Saturday, March 20, 2010

Alex is Home

In our old age Lisa and I are developing very different reputations. Lisa is getting a reputation for spending a lot of time on the phone and I'm getting a reputation for never answering my phone. I know my problem is that I work at a very intense job and I'm often in the middle of an experiment or a technical discussion with the other engineers. Lisa has always loved to visit and since her kids are now mostly out of the house she loves to call them or she loves it even better when they call her. It is probably just my imagination but it seems like my kids are calling me more often now that I don't ever answer the phone. In reality they are probably calling me the same but I just notice it more. Usually when they call me at work I can't answer the phone so I try and remember to call them back when I have a spare minute but this week something very odd happened. Brandon called me Thursday and it so happened I had some time and I talked to him for about ten minutes. Immediately after I hung up with him Alycia called me. I figured I had just talked to Brandon so to be fair I should talk to Alycia so I answered the phone and we talked for about ten minutes. I had barely hung up the phone from Alycia and Kira called me. By now I was starting to get a bit antsy wanting to get back to work so even though I felt bad about it I only talked to her for about five minutes and what do you know but as soon as I had hung up from Kira, Sarah called me. I figured I had talked to all the others so I should talk to Sarah too so Sarah and I talked for about five minutes. Lisa didn't call me until an hour or so later so now I'm beginning to wonder if Ben and Alex don't love me. More than likely they've just given up on me.

Track season has now started and I'm quite disappointed that most of the meets are on Thursday. That means that if I go to Sarah's meet then I'll be late for the temple. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal except that I'm an assistant coordinator which means I'm supposed to be a good example for the others. I missed her meet last week because the coordinator was sick and while two coordinators can run a shift OK it would be pretty tough for one guy to run it on his own. I picked the wrong week though because last week she had a good time and this week she performed quite poorly. She still came in third but they weren't running against a very good school. She was quite disappointed but I thought she looked beautiful.

The other great news is that Alex came home yesterday for spring break. He also brought a couple of friends with him. Harrison Hinz is from Lehi and Tyler Griffin is from St George. The weather couldn't have been better either for those poor frozen souls from Utah. It was in the 80's today and I spent most of the day working in the yard. I love working in the yard and even though my back is killing me I feel like I played all day. Tonight we barbecued some burgers for the boys and they were pretty good.

I'm very excited for tomorrow. We're having a Stake Conference and Elder L. Tom Perry will be speaking. For those who may not be familiar with the structure of our church, Elder Perry is one of the twelve apostles and so it is a big deal to have him come to our lowly church. We did have an apostle (Elder M Russel Ballard) come once before but he was just in town visiting family and his visit was informal. I'm told that this is the first official visit our stake has ever received from an apostle. I'm looking forward to it. As you can imagine we're planning on getting there quite early.

In the year 2000 for the first time in the history of man, the number of obese people in the world exceeded the number of starving people.


Lisa said...

And I have been fielding more calls than normal from the kids who call me to vent their frustration because you never answer your phone. All I can say is "I know, it happens to me too."

Lynn said...

AH AH! Poor Fred.

I honestly understand about being busy at work. Personal phone calls are really frowned upon at work at most places.....Deans the same and so we have never really called him while he is at work. The kids just grew up understanding whenever they call just to's usually between the hours of 10 pm and 1 am here at our house. ; D

I am VERY excited for your Stake!!! We got a special visit from Elder Tom Perry just last year on Valentine's Day! He had a private dinner with all of the STake PResidency and their wives. It was SO cool to sit that close to him and just chat about everyday life. You can read about it on my blog.

Can't wait to hear all about his visit there!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

That picture of Sarah is great! &I am so sad I couldn't come down for spring break. Mainly to see you guys, but hey Elder Tom Perry would have been cool to see as well.
OH and I believe I call you everyday (sometimes more then once), &I call mom multiple times a day! HA :)

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