Sunday, November 11, 2012

Notre Dame BYU Football

I was looking through my blog and saw this draft in my folder. Sad I didn't post it earlier.

Stonehenge at Notre Dame

The beautiful Cathedral

Our tour guide

Touchdown Jesus

The grotto

Waiting for the trumpets to play...

Yep, we took a bike taxi on a tour through campus...

The trumpets in the rotunda....AWESOME

The rotunda

An awesome shot as we drove past on our bicycle tour

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Children Are an Heritage to the Lord

In the Saturday morning session that scripture was quoted twice. Both talks were about the importance of families and raising children in happy and safe environments. Family time is a sacred time that should be protected.

Watching our family last night I could see how much our children are loved and how happy they are. When I reflect on my childhood, I know I had a blessed childhood. I had parents who loved each other and loved me and all of my brothers and sisters. They taught to be good and to work hard. And now I can see those traditions being passed on to all my nieces and nephews.

Here are a few pictures from the evening:

The mom's with Jordan and Olive. Olive was hungry - we barely got that picture in.

The dads with their babies. After both were fed and changed. See how happy the babies are?

Ethan reading

Spencer and grandpa playing with blocks

Roslyn and Beckam
These two love to play together

Grand and Baby Olive

Grandma Tina and Jordan. Don't you love how both the babies are looking up at their Grandmas?

The grandmas with their grand babies. Olive and Jordan were born 4 days apart.

General Conference Traditions

I love General Conference weekends. It is truly a time to reflect and be uplifted. I also love some of the traditions our family has during General Conference - more specifically homemade donuts! Yummm!

For the April Conference the guys "spring" for dinner. This year was Cameron's first time to attend the priesthood session so he got to choose where they went for dinner. He chose Salt City Burger. Later Geoff, in talking about going to dinner before the session, he said: "It's probably not the smartest thing to do, fill everyone up with heavy, greasy food then have them sit in a hard chair for 2 hours in the dark and ask them to stay awake and pay attention!"

While the guys are filling up on food and counsel from the priesthood leaders, the ladies get to hang out with all the kids and brand new babies, have our own dinner and get the homemade donuts ready!

Here are some pictures from the night. What made it even more fun was the 2 brand new babies, Jordan and Olive, we had with us.

Don't those look delicious? Why do all my favorite traditions revolve around food?

Beckam and Spencer rolled and cut out the donuts under Hannah's supervision. It was so much fun to watch them. Carly and Sarah got some really good pics and video of it.

The boys showing off their muscles after they finished.

Is that not the cutest face? He loves to help in the kitchen.

Aunt Emalee holding baby Jordan.

After the session - shot of the family hanging out

In the kitchen getting the donuts ready - Hannah loves to put the frosting on them and Cameron is anxiously waiting for the green light to have one.

I thought this was a really cute picture of Cory and Spencer.

All the guys (Cory, Kendall, Joel, Tyler, Andrew, Geoff and Cameron in the back. Dave, Doug and Dad in the front). A pretty impressive sight.

Bingham and Tate Families

3 Generations

Father and Son (sorry Geoff that was the only picture I had)

Cameron with his mom and dad.

Friday, March 30, 2012

12 Year Anniversary

12 years ago today, I was sitting on an airplane at the Denver International Airport. I had just made the almost 24 hour journey from Recife, Brazil where I had spent the last 18 months of my life and was hoping desperately that everyone would get off the plane before I would have to. I wasn't sure if I was ready to re-enter into my old life. And I was also afraid that my family had not gotten the memo about when I would be landing and I didn't want to get off that plane and have no one there to greet me. This was before tighter security restrictions at the airport so I was hoping for a big reception right at the gate. Of course, there was a very polite gentleman who insisted that he get my bags for me in the overhead bin and that I exit the airplane ahead of him.

The last leg of the trip was from Chicago to Denver. During that flight there were so many emotions, so much anxiety. And as I walked towards the gate all of those emotions swelled up. Sometimes it amazes me how many emotions one person can carry in a single moment.

I walked through the gate, scanned the crowd of people and saw my mom. What a relief. After a hug to her, I look around and my 5-year old niece is waiting for me. I go over to her, kneel down on the ground and get one of the best hugs of my life. She was wearing a red cuordoroy jumper and purple tights, she had picked out that specific outfit to wear to the airport. The rest of my family was there except for my brother and wife who lived in Salt Lake. I landed early in the morning so we all went out to breakfast and then everyone went on to their day.

The only thing I wanted to do on the day I got home from my mission was to take my shoes off and walk around in the grass barefoot. There wasn't a lot of grass in Brazil and it wasn't the best idea to walk around barefoot. Guess what hits Denver that day? A huge spring snowstorm! So my barefoot grass walking dream was put on hold. It was still a great day....

So now it's 12 years later and while I am not where I thought I would be it has been a full 12 years.

The first year after returning, I had one of the best summers of my life spent with my mom, my sisters and their kids. Then I headed back to BYU where I had the best group of roommates. We had all just returned from our missions. It was a great year at school. I still love all you girls and I wish I still had pictures of the quote board. I graduated with my bachelors' degree in public relations. And I got engaged. It was an eventful year.

The engagement didn't work out but I started my career. Since then I have worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Credit Union One and most recently CUNA Mutual Insurance Society. I also recently completed my MBA at Westminster College in SLC.

In 12 years I have lived in 9 different apartments or homes. I have lived in Denver, Provo, Orem, Holladay, West Jordan, Holladay (different place), Boise, Farmington, Holladay, Kearns and now I am back in Farmington. My two favorite places are Holladay and Farmington. I bought a house in Kearns and now I rent it out to tenants.

In 12 years I have traveled to South Africa, Hawaii, Long Beach (Washington), Portland, New York City, Los Angeles, Florida, Juneau (Alaska), Philadelphia, New Jersey, Germany, Prague, France, all over Wisconsin, Nauvoo, Carthage City, and probably other places that I can't remember.

After the engagement my relationships have been interesting to say the least. I have been pursued my old college sweetheart, the one that I think of as the one who got away, and some millionaire from the south who came out to Utah to take advantage of our fantastic snow. I have dated a "prince" from the UAB and have had so many first dates, I wouldn't even be able to remember them all. There's only been one serious relationship since the engagement and that one turned out to be just as disastrous as the engagement.

I have gotten to know hundreds of different people and have made some really close, good friends. All of my brothers and sisters have gotten married and I have 13 fabulous nieces and nephews with another one on the way in less than a month!

I have truly been blessed in my life with a wonderful family, great friends, steady, good-paying jobs. It has been a very full 12 years and I am looking forward to the next 12.