Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Leidecker Fam

Phil, Hayley, Philip, Parker, Marley. Nephi, Jessica, Noah, Diego, and Evander

Rachel and Brian

Jarrod, Jennifer, Jonah, Eli, Malachi, Isaac, Madelyn, and Abram in the belly.

John, Meagen, Reddick, Ryken, and Daxon.


Lydia and Mom

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Our Story Together

Well I guess I will tell you all how we met. Since I am writing the story it will obviously be from my perspective. In October of 2005 I saw Amber at the stake center at a YSA fireside and I thought wow that girl is gorgeous. I went straight to investigating whether or not I knew someone that could introduce us and I did so we were introduced and I found out she was 17. That was the end of that for me at that time. There was no way that I as a 21 year old could date a 17 year old. Fast forward to May of 2007. If you do the math she is now almost 19, which is totally legal. I saw her at a dance on a friday in early May, I didn't even talk to her I just saw her and remembered her. The next night I saw her at a party and this time I talked to her, danced with her, felt totally nervous around her, and at the end of the night I said, "We should hang out sometime" and she said "yeah." Then she left and I didn't ask her for her number. The whole next week I was kicking myself for not getting her number because she seemed to be at least a little interested but I was just a wuss. The weekend finally arrived and it was my birthday weekend so I was feeling lucky. Friday night passed with no Amber sighting. The next day I met a girl at Folsom Lake that was cute and I was able to flirt with her no problem. I kept thinking to myself. Why can't I be like this when Amber is around? So that night I went to a party for all the people who had b-days that week and who walks in? Yeah, Amber Leidecker. So the entire night I was in the same room as her, talking to her a little but totally at a loss for words. It was ridiculous. The entire night I followed her around and again I didn't get her number. I drove home that night really angry at myself for being so weird. I was totally bummed that I didn't get her number but I was leaving the next wednesday to So. Cal to sell alarm systems. I thought to myself, "she'll be married by the time you get back." Sunday night I was talking to my Mom, telling her the entire story about how I can flirt with other girls fine and be totally cool around other girls but when Amber comes around I get this weird feeling and I am totally self conscious of everything I say. As I was telling her this story I received a text message from a number I didn't know, "Hey Jason, this is Amber. I hope you don't mind I got your number I was wondering if you wanted to hang out before you leave." I thought it was a joke. I thought it was one of my friends messing with me. The next day I texted her back saying. "Yeah, how's tuesday night?" So I took her out on a date and the entire time I was nervous and kept telling her. "I'm not usually so nervous, I don't know why I feel totally intimidated by you." All of my plans fell through. The place we were going to eat was closed at seven, by the time we found another place to eat and finished our meal the miniature golf place was closed. So we ended up walking around roseville automall talking about life and looking at cars. It was pretty humiliating for me and I thought she would never want to talk to me again. Obviously she did, probably because of my amazingly good looks. We spent the next few months writing each other and talking every once and a while on the phone. We had our first kiss at sunset overlooking lake folsom, I told her I loved her and she waited two weeks to say it back and I proposed to her where we had our first kiss on January 18th 2008.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Life in Hawaii

This is my school. Over 70 different countries have students here.

We went up to North Shore and saw this sea turtle sunbathing. I have seen quite a few during my frequent surf sessions.

The Polynesian Cultrual Center was pretty sweet. We got in for free because I am a student here.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Graduating to the Blog universe.

Blogging, it is very interesting to me how technology can bring us closer together but at the same time remove physical interaction (unless you consider typing physical, but then what about talking on the phone is that physical, I guess it is more personal than typing). I know that through facebook I can see what is going on in peoples lives but I never have to talk to them. Just a quick comment on their wall and I am involved in their lives. Is there something wrong with that? Is it a waste of time? I don't know, but I look at this as a way to scrapbook but actually have people see the scrapbook instead of putting it up in the book case only showing it to someone when it gets noticed. Amber is a huge scrapbooker and this is a debate that we have been discussing for quite some time now. Is it better to be able to hold the pictures and turn the pages? Does writing something down with your handwriting make it more personal than the cold typed letters we see on the computer screen. Is anything lost from handwritten to typed? So I am trying this blog thing out but I am not sure how often it will be updated. Maybe it will be just another thing I do in my pick up the computer routine, check my email, check my facebook, check blackboard, check the surf report, and check my credit score. We'll see.