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06/09

1:38 pm by Janelle. Filed under: News

Sorry it has been awhile. Life just gets busy and every time i am able to use the internet, I just have other things I need to get done. The blog gets ignored. It seems we haven’t been up to much, but then i also feel like we have been really busy!

We recently took Preston to the fish hatchery. He loved feeding the fish and was really hoping to get a grab at one…

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Here is what the fish eye looks like from the inside of that giant fish…kind of weird.

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Preston didn’t really enjoy running through the sprinklers.

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And finally, here is some of our new place.

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One of Preston’s favorite spots to play. The window sill.

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Sorry there isn’t much more information…we aren’t super exciting people as I like to think we are sometimes.

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06/09

Before and After

9:54 am by Janelle. Filed under: News

I love looking at makeovers…especially when you see the before and after pictures right next to each other. I don’t know why. Maybe you do too…so I bought a few things recently for our new place, since we came into it with two end tables, a bed, and two bar stools…I have such a hard time buying new things when I know I can get a can a spray paint and make something look new again…well, new-ish. Here are two jewels i found. The stool $4.99 at Good Will and the chair $6.00 at a garage sale. I am pretty happy with the outcome!

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Then, I had a request to see before and afters of photos…sometimes when I see things right out of the camera I think, “Hey, that looks good. maybe I shouldn’t even edit that.” But then after editing I see what a dramatic difference it can make!! Photo editing is a lot of fun…extremely frustrating when just starting out, and even STILL is…but I am glad to be continually learning.

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A little head swapping below… (meaning, since we both look weird in the first, I took heads from another photo and swapped them…)

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06/09

Thanks Ma and Jake

12:02 am by Janelle. Filed under: News

Now that we have a law school decision…we also decided to get our own place! So we are officially moved in! I’ll post some pictures when I have my camera nearby, it’s back at our place…we don’t have internet yet…or really a computer for that matter, ok, at least not a monitor…which, it turns out, you really need if you want to use your computer…anyway, along with a new place comes decorating! yeeeeah! So I decided I needed some pictures of our family to put up on the walls and my mom was nice enough to follow us around and take some photos so I could edit them. I think she did an AWESOME job!! We should go into business…she takes, I edit…anyway, so I thought I’d post some of them. Thanks mom!

BUT before I do that I have another little (OK, BIG…..to me) announcement…

My photo WEBSITE is up and running!

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Go and check it out…I am still trying to finish a few odds and ends, put more pictures up, changes titles, etc. etc. so let me know if links or other things aren’t working so we I can fix it! Thank you Jake Toolson for an awesome design!!

And back to family pictures…

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06/09

Mohawk

7:11 pm by Janelle. Filed under: News

Shaun currently has a mohawk. The real deal…not necessarily a “bus people” hair-do, but he does have one long strip of hair down the center of his head. He told one of his boys at church that he would shave a mohawk if he finished the Book of Mormon. He did finish, so Shaun did shave. It’s not as bad as it sounds…

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06/09

Long Overdue

6:19 pm by shaun. Filed under: Shaun

This post is overdue. And I would say it is also highly anticipated, but who am I kidding… you guys don’t really care too much what the adults in this house are doing. You all come for the pictures of Preston, right? OK.

Regardless of why you are here, we have an announcement: We have decided to stay here in Sacramento and attend the University of the Pacific—McGeorge School of Law. I know, I know, this isn’t that exciting—mostly because many of you already knew that. However, I have had several people ask me lately if we have decided on a school, so I decided to dedicate an entire post to our decision.

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Furthermore, some people have informed us how crazy we are—not news to us by the way— so I want to give some insight into our decision making process. For those who are unaware of why we would be crazy, here is the background: we turned down BYU, Lewis & Clark, a scholarship at UNLV and a scholarship at Penn State—all schools which are ranked higher than Pacific McGeorge and have a better reputation—or at least more name recognition.

So, here is why we are not crazy (or at least only a little crazy… or even crazy, but with a good reason for being crazy). First, things first, Pacific McGeorge is a good school. It has a good reputation, phenomenal faculty, and great facilities. I wasn’t entirely sold before I visited the school, but after my visit I really felt that McGeorge is a fine institution and I am proud to attend.

I went into this process thinking BYU was a long shot, Penn State was my favorite and McGeorge was a fallback school. I knew Janelle wanted to stay here in Sacramento, but I figured she would be OK with leaving for a few years. However, after we were accepted at BYU and even offered a scholarship at Penn State, I found myself unable to commit to those schools. I was surprised. Janelle was also unable to commit to a decision.

For weeks (maybe even months) we weighed the pros and cons of each school, prayed, and talked, but made no headway into our decision. We talked to people from each school and visited a couple of them, but still couldn’t make a decision. Then we got advice from two individuals who gave us some insight and helped us make the final choice.

First, I visited with my Bishop, Reed Metcalf. He and I talked about all the pros and cons for quite a while without discovering any point that I hadn’t already visited. Then, just before I left he told me, “I really feel that you need to find out what will make your wife the happiest and use that as the primary factor in your decision.” Then smiled and added, “Happy wife, happy life!”

The next week I happened to be in Portland and visited my old Bishop, Steve Berne—who happens to be an exceptionally gifted and successful attorney. His advice also gave me some clarity. He said; “where you choose to go to school will make less a difference in your career than the way you choose to live and work. If you are honest and hard working you will go places regardless of the school you choose.” He also told me that McGeorge had a good reputation among attorneys all over the West Coast. Most importantly, he and his wife, then agreed wholeheartedly with the advice Bishop Metcalf had given me. After all, I will be locked away in a library for the next three years, while Janelle will be more involved with where we live.

In the end, I (we) really feel that staying here is what will be best for our family. We are eager for the changes, challenges and opportunities that will come over the next few years.

One last thing, I hope that no one will mistake my choosing a lower ranked school for a lack of ambition. I go into this with the intent of working hard enough to graduate at the top of my class and having every opportunity available to me in three years when I graduate.

Anyway, for those who read this entire post, congratulations on making it through. And for those who didn’t, I will know who you are when you ask me questions later about why I chose McGeorge.