Thursday, August 31, 2006

Fall 2006 School Schedule

School has now been going on for about a week and a half. It's going to be a busy semester, but it shouldn't be a bad one. I've got to prioritize my time a little better because it is awfully hard to study at home with a new baby here. On the converse, It's not terribly fun to not be home either because she is so cute! Here is my schedule for the semester (you can click on it to enlarge it).

As you can see Wednesdays are my long days. I have Microwave Engineering I and Bioengineering I on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Semiconductor Physics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My Senior Thesis class on Tuesdays is actually just a time that I will meet with my senior project advisor. It won't necessarily be at that time on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays I also have a lab for Microwave Engineering I, and a lab lecture and lab for Semiconductor Physics. Friday afternoon is my lab for Bioengineering I.

This semester I am also taking a testing lab (on my own) in which I test a chip that I designed last semester and I've got to find time to work on my senior design project. I will just have to squeeze these into my schedule when possible.

I am also planning on working 20 hours a week during the semester. I will mainly work on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 8 hours each and then 4 hours on some other day... Now that I am a senior in the program, I also got a raise. I was previously making $17/hour and now I will be making $18.50/hour. It's a better rate than any other internship that I know of. What a blessing!

I leave with mom and dad for the UCLA vs. Utah game tomorrow. Hopefully the Utes will be able to get the W. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 28, 2006

Ada's Blessing Day

Yesterday (Sunday, August 27, 2006) we blessed Ada in Church. She is still just the most adorable little girl that you have ever seen. Here she is in her blessing dress.

The blessing went well. My parents, Alison's parents, Jeff, Cheryce and girls, Rachelle and Shelby, Spencer, Korrin and Ella, Hyrum and Angie, Abby as well as my grandma and grandpa Squire, grandma and grandpa Dickson, grandpa bateman, grandma Bateman, Brett and Kim Hampton and Dan and his friend Jody were all there. It was quite a crowd, but it was sure fun to have family there for such a special occasion.

After the blessing everybody that could came up to our apartment and we had a little pot luck lunch in the grassy court area. Everything just went so well. Ada was such a good girl, during the blessing she was wide awake and just looking all around. I'm sure she knew that something special was going on.

Alison and I have also sent out announcements of Ada's birth. So far we have only sent them out to immediate family that was invited to her blessing but we will probably also send them out to our aunts and uncles as well. The announcement that we sent out is below.

We made the announcement in HP's Photosmart Premier software program. It has a photo collage option that we used and it sure made it easy to come up with the announcement. Alison and I were running short on time and we needed an announcement that could be made up quickly. I think that it turned out fantastic.

Well, school has now started. I will give a run-down of my new fall schedule in the days to come. Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 18, 2006

Huntsman Cancer Institute Golf Tournament

Well it was a pretty busy week this week. On Monday I spent the day at Thanksgiving Point hobnobbing with the stars. It was the annual Chairman's Tournament hosted by Ron Boone, and I was a volunteer. There were quite a few big names there from Michael Doleac (Miami Heat Center - who now has a championship ring) to Kevin Sorbo aka Hercules.

My dad and I spent the day on the 14th hole (the KJZZ hole) running the long drive competition. It seemed that every team that came through had at least one person capable of hitting the long ball. Most had more than one. The eventual winner of the long drive was a high school kid that drove about 350 yards. The second place drive (about 332 yards) was also hit by a high school kid. It's amazing that these kids could outdrive former and current NBA stars and NFL stars.

Here is a partial list of some of the names that I recognized from the tournament:
Arnie Ferrin (from the Utes 1944 NCAA championship team)
Bill Child (President of RC Willey's)
Bill Marcroft (former Ute announcer)
Tom Holmoe (BYU athletic director)
Gale Sayers (youngest inductee ever to the Pro football hall of fame, scored 6 TD's in one game, scored 22 TD's as a rookie, and on and on)
Nate Williams (former NBA player)
Ike Austin (former Jazzman)
Danny White (former Dallas Cowboy quarterback, Utah Blaze coach, Arizona athlete of the century)
Bubba Gilliam (from "Blazing Saddles")
Don Nelson (former Bucks, Mavericks, Warriors, Knicks coach, jersey retired as a Celtic, 3-time NBA coach of the year)

As you can see there were many stars. I don't get paid time-off at my job so I worked 4 ten-hour days to make up for my time off. If I had been able to volunteer on Tuesday as well then I would have also met Keith Van Horn (he's been there the last 2 years as well) and Julius Erving.

Ada is still doing well. She can be a little fussbucket in the evenings. I guess I need to regulate, eh?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

More photos of Ada

We have been working hard to get Ada to smile. She has been trying hard to oblige. Here are some of the best new photos that we have been able to take.

She has been a pretty happy baby lately. She even has been sleeping better at night. She gets a little fussy in the evenings, but once we get through that part of the day then we are smooth sailing. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Oh my Gosh! What a loser!

I saw this picture on the internet the other day. I think that once I graduate Alison and I will move nearby this school so that our kids can go to a school that is obviously more progressive than most others.

I can't wait for football season. Only 20 days until I will be at the Rose Bowl watching the Utes season opener. Hooray! Posted by Picasa