Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Finish line

And just like that, it is all over. Countless tests, hundreds of pages worth of papers, glazed eyes from reading, late nights, early mornings, high stress, tears, and laughs have all led me to this point. I am a college grad. Somehow, I managed to make it. I loved being in school; I know I will miss it. But for right now, I am so excited to be done.

And what did Husband do for me? This little box might answer the question.

Isn't he the best?

University of Utah, Class of 2010...yep, I am a part of that!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cute Wife

To start off, my cute wife loves sleep.
Loves it.
When 10:30 rolls around, wife is ready for bed.

A short time ago my buds and I went to the Rocket Summer concert for BNO with the D-7 (Boys Night Out, Destructive Seven) I've had boys nights before, but this one was different. I went to the concert (which was really good by the way) and we had a joyous time. But when 10:30/11 rolled around, I started missing wife like crazy. I knew when the concert would be over she would be asleep however. But I still wanted to get home to her so bad. I kept hoping that Bryce would stop playing and end the concert already so that I can hurry and get home. Once it ended, my buddies took me home and I sprinted up to our apartment around midnight. I opened the door to my cute wife laying on the couch waiting for me. As fun as the concert was, coming home to a wife waiting for me topped the concert by a long shot.

Now I know why people get married.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Husband Fail

Let me share with you an interesting statistic that I came across the other day. When Jenessa and I got married, we had six bowls. We now have 3. In 7 months I have broken half of our bowls. You may be asking how I still have self-esteem. Well, you have a false assumption, I have lost all self-esteem. The last mishap was this past week. I was trying to get my sweet wife a bowl of pumpkin ice cream. I just cleaned the bowl so it was wet. I got a rag and started drying it when it slipped from my hands and shattered on the floor.
thats an F.
In marriage.

But the curse continues, just this morning I was once again being a nice husband and making wife toast with jam. Our jam is in a Tupperware container. Yep, dropped that. Yep, it broke. Yep, you're right about that too, I didn't think they could break either. But they do. So our floor and my foot are now very sticky with jam residue.

This led me to make the best joke ever. I had a bad case of toe jam. :)

The Gap

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Guilty Pleasure

I am loving her right now, and I really don't like that I do. I tried to talk myself out of getting her CD, but we all knew it was going to happen. So T. Swift, thank you for another great CD. You bug me, but I love your music.

Needless to say, Husband is not loving her nearly as much as I am. He's a trooper. I promised him we'll be back to listening to Dave Matthews soon :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The End is in Sight.

I can feel it in the air. The weather is changing. The mornings are darker, the nights are colder, and the heater is turned on. This year, these are all good signs.

I can now count on one hand the number of times I have to go to each of my classes (excluding finals). This means that in about 6 weeks I can call myself a graduate. That is assuming I pass all my classes of course.

I bombed my first test EVER and I wanted to die. I went to talk to my professor with a red face and glazed eyes as he told me not to worry, I would be fine. I sure hope he's right. I still ran out of class and bawled the whole way home. I am such a baby sometimes. It's just, why did that have to happen my LAST semester? I was so close. Oh well, it has to happen to everyone I guess.

I do love school though. Despite the tests, papers and projects, I am going to miss it. I love having this side of me that no one really knows about. At school, I'm kind of a nerd that loves deep conversations and the occasional outbreak of an argument amongst classmates. I like making comments now and then and having an opinion about a topic. At school, I feel smart. I'm going to miss that certain feeling.

Regardless of my love for school, I am ready to be done. I now think of myself more as a teacher than as a student. My brain has shifted to work, and school has taken the back burner. I love teaching and I want to be able to give it my all rather than being divided between school and my class. So, bring on the changing season and the cold temperatures. The sooner it comes, the sooner I can be a graduate.

Love always,

p.s. My mom bought us Christmas ornaments today! They are sitting in our living room and I am so excited about them. Just another reason for it to be December already!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My interaction with the Shape-Up lifestyle

This is basically a vent-post, so bare with me.

Let me explain to you the time I got chewed out for being a worker at Scoreboard Sports. One day a boy and his mom came in looking for cleats for soccer. The boy was approx 15 years old and his mom wore Shape-Ups. They are an unusually quiet mother and son. Very soft spoken and reserved. I started getting him some cleats that he wanted and he found a nice pair that he said, and I quote, “Feel Good.” After wearing them around for a hile, I rang them up and sent them on their way thinking nothing of it.

A few days later I got a call at work from this very same Shape-Up lady. She started chewing me out for selling her son cleats that are “too small and that hurt his feet.” She went on to say, “That it’s my responsibility as an employee to make sure that they fit right.” She said she would be in to exchange them and get the right size. Feeling a little flustered but not too bad, I went back to get the next size up for this young son of the Shape-Up mom. They came in and, avoiding the awkwardness, handed them the shoes and took the old par to the back. To my surprise he had worn them to a soccer practice, in the rain nonetheless. They were stained with grass and dirt and smelled not very pleasant. I told the woman that we could not take these back because he had already played in them. You could see her face heat up and her eyes start to water. Now this woman isn’t the kind of woman that talks things out. No, she is the kind of woman that cries and gets furious, like a weeping cry. But she and her son left the store.

To my surprise I got a call from her. She was furious! In between the sobs and high pitched shrieks, I heard her say that her son was also was crying. He just waited to get out of the store because he didn’t want to make a scene. She said that it’s my fault they didn’t fit because I didn’t check his toe to make sure it was at a good spot. What! How is that my responsibility? Your son said that they felt good! Who is this family?? Are they like the most unreasonable emotionly-based family ever? Mike, my boss, being the sweet guy he is exchanged the shoes for free. They left with tears in their eyes.

This is not only a portion of why this gets under my skin. The other is because what kind of world people like the Shape-Up lady makes; a world where it doesn’t matter how hard you work, but how hard you complain. If you whine and cry enough, you get what you want. No, that’s not how it should work. I so wish I could go back and be like “Look, Shape-Up lady, you need to shape up. Cry and whine all you want. You purchased these shoes. Your son wore them to a point where we cannot take them back, and that is that.” Then after telling her off, I would sell her some thin socks or blister preventing band-aids for her son.

Thus is my experience with the lifesyle of Shape-Ups.

The Gap

Friday, October 1, 2010

....We feel like illegal immigrants....

I put dots around the title because I saw lots of other blog posts with dots around the title
Let me take a moment to explain to you some of the deepest conversations my wife and I have had in our marriage.

When Nessy and I were youngins, we were raised on Cougar Football. Ness went to almost all home games, same season tickets every year, and even painted her face sometimes. My little wife grew up a die hard Cougar fan. I was raised the same way (minus the face painting, thats wierd) Needless to say, we were raised up to bleed blue.

As many of you may know, college football has started up again. Being young and full of life, we have been very excited to watch and keep up-to-date with as much as we can. This season is different than others however. Both of us are attending the University of Utah and feel like we are stuck in an awkward position. With the comments of Max Hall turning up the heat between the Y and the U, it feels like you have to be either a die hard Ute, or a True blue Coug. Speaking for myself, I feel like I am not as die hard of a cougar fan as I once was.
As mentioned before, we are yound and full of life and decided to try something a little crazy. Become a Ute fan. We went and watched the first Utah game over at my sisters, where they are huge Utah fans. We cheered when they scored and got mad when something bad happened just as any other fan would do. However, it felt as if we were betraying something deep within us. The cheers felt more forced then real. We were driving home when the deepest discusion of our marriage happened. We both confessed that we do not think we can become Ute fans. It just doesn't feel right. However we (at least I) feel distanced from the Cougars because we go to the U. With constant hazing from my family about betraying the Y when I transfered to the U, they wont accept me as a Cougar fan.

This is why we fill like illegal immigrants. When an immigrant comes to the US, but holds on to traditions from his former nation, he loses his place in society. He isn't apart of the US, nor his former country. His is in limbo, like Hugo and Ben from Lost. So we came up with a plan...

We are Aggies fans.

To celebrate our move, we are going to the USU vs BYU game tonight with a bunch of friends. I will be buying USU gear to wear. I am greatful for a wife who will let me join in on Utah State and not judging me for never going there. In my heart I did. But in fact, my body was on my mission. I now root for the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Aggies. For those who ask "Who will you root for when BYU plays Utah?" To them I say, My blood is still blue, just not as blue as it used to be. The Cougs will always have a place in my heart. But for now, its the Aggies.

So, wish us luck in our future ventures.

The Gap

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This is us... on our Wedding Day.

Our day... March 19... 6 months ago...

I love our pictures of our day. I know this might sound vain, but I am a bit obsessed with them right now. Because of this, I decided I needed to share them. It was a sunny/rainy/snowy day and it was fabulous. I'm sorry for the picture overload, but I couldn't resist. Our photographer was Haley Miller and you can check out her adorable blog here. She is an incredible artist and her blog is so much fun to look through, so check it out! Anyways, here is part of our wedding day via the camera lens:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

We promised a Lake Powell post...

We LOVE Lake Powell. That right there is the first thing that needs to be said. We went to Powell this summer with my family and it was a great 4 days to say the least. We skied, tubed, boarded,swam, jumped, hiked, jet skied, explored, played games, watched movies, and ate, ate, ATE. Food is so much better in Powell. It was such a fun vacation and we are so grateful we were able to spend a few days in our favorite place. Here are some pictures from the week!

He loves it :)
Hot Husband

Thursday, September 2, 2010

What I do in my spare time

So my business writing class got out early so I headed to the library, with the intention to do research for a company that I need to apply for for the class. Instead what did I do? Listen to Lady Gaga and blogstock people. Today will now be a good day.
The Gap

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Aug 22!

The Gap is back in the house! It has been way too long since my last post. August 22 has been a big day in the history of my past. Actually just in the past 3 years, but with how it has gone these past 3 years, I am assuming it has happened ever since I was born.

Like this for example, this probably happened on August 22nd. As you can see, this has impacted my life in more than one way.
But the main two things have happened on this day that stick out in my mind. On August 22, 2007 I went through the Bountiful Temple for the first time. Pretty big day in my life. (PS Nessy is asleep on the couch next to me watching Marley and Me. She looks so cute and cuddly.) So that day always sticks out. Then, the next August 22, 2008. I was in Fayetteville, Arkansas with Elder Jurgensmeier. Fayetteville is just a sweet town in its self so that made the day sweet. That was probably the day when we went to a Razorback basketball game.
This definitely wasn't Aug 22 but it was on my mission which is kind of like Aug 22. That is the sharp Elder Begay.
But the most recent Aug 22, 2009 was a big day for Jenessa and I. It is when THIS happened...
Ok so it turns out this picture is kind of small, and some how my font got changed to blue...
This was also the first day I met my newest/first nephew Zach! What a stud. So this day has a lot of meaning for me if you haven't noticed. And to make this day special this year we are going to Grandma T's for dinner, and then out for games at my dads as a departing party for my sister Emily who will be taking off to BYU this week. Now, It is time to go finish Marley and Me with my Nessy. Glad I could finally post.
The Gap

Monday, August 9, 2010

We're back (long post)

It has been exactly a month since we have blogged. For our loyal followers, we apologize. It has been such a crazy month but so much fun. It feels nice to be breathing again though.

To recap:Align Left

Bradford's mom, step-dad, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew all came to Utah so we spent time with them inPark City for a week. We had so much fun and itwas so relaxing for us. Bradford took off a few days of work and I slacked on my studies a bit so we could play games, hang out in the pool, and just chill together. It was a fun week with Bradford's family!

Bradford's siblings and mom at her graduation.

While in Park City we also celebrated Bradford’s birthday which was so fun! It was great to actually give him a gift in person this year rather than put together a care package, send it to the mission, and hope he likes it! Him being home is just so much more fun. Because of our crazy schedule however, we STILL have not been able to go out on a birthday date yet. It is happening this week, even though it is almost a month late. Happy Birthday Husband! Thanks for loving me, laughing at my jokes, and letting me cuddle with you. Enjoy being 22, I love you!!

The next big event was my friend Lindsay's wedding. It was such a fun day and Linds made one gorgeous bride. We love Lindsay and Adam and we are so happy they are in SLC with us now!

The following week we took off to Lake Powell with my family. Lake Powell is the best part of my year. We had so much fun and I was so glad Bradford was finally able to come with me! We’ll dedicate a whole post to Powell soon. For now, here is one picture of how we felt while in Powell…

After we got home from Powell we went and stayed with Bradford’s sister, Natalie because her husband was out of town and she is having a baby in about 2 weeks! It was fun to just chill with Nat, even though I was studying for finals the majority of the time. We are so excited for Baby Girl Farley to get here!!

The final event to make the blog recap was my friend/cousin Aubree’s wedding. Me and Aubs have been friends basically are whole lives, but about five years ago we became step-cousins; very convenient. Anyways, the wedding was beautiful and Aubree and Wade looked so happy. They will also live in SLC with us so that is great news as well!

Our husband’s and Wade’s best man (on the right) patiently waiting outside the temple

My hot husband

One last thing for anyone still reading…finals are over; I can breathe. This is how we celebrated last night…

Raspberry smoothies and Phase 10. Just me and Husband. Perfect night.

One more semester to go…huzzah.

Love Always,


Friday, July 9, 2010

Our little Nephew

Can you say adorable? He got a little sun the other day, but that doesn't slow him down.