I use my iPad every single day. I love all the things I can do on my iPad. Here are some of the things I use my iPad for:
- Check Facebook
- Check my emails
- Listen to music on Spotify
- Surf the Internet
- Write blog posts
- Catch up on the latest news using Twitter and Flipboard
- Read books using iBooks, Google Books and Amazon Kindle App
- Manage my finances
- Access all my important files on my Dropbox
- Create documents using Pages and Numbers
- Watch movies and TV shows on Netflix
- Write in my journal using the Day One app
- View my family tree using the Ancestry.com and a few other genealogy apps
- View my photos on Flickr using FlickStackr
- Play a few games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Clash of Clans

So, as you can see I use my iPad for quite a bit. I use my iPad more than I use my laptop anymore. However, there are still some things that just can't be done on the iPad yet. There are many websites that require Flash. There are multitasking issues. I can't have two applications open on the screen on my iPad like I can a computer.

There are many other small things that you just can't do on an iPad that you can a computer.

I would love to see developers of website and apps making their websites mobile friendly or making apps available not just for the iPhone, but also the iPad. I have a few apps on my iPhone that don't have a native iPad version. I can install the iPhone version on my iPad, but it definitely isn't the same.

So, to all you developers out there, I know it takes time and money to make apps but please make your apps for both the iPhone and iPad! :)
In November 2006 I left on an LDS Mission to Canada. I served in the Canada Calgary Mission. Before my mission I had never been to Canada. All I knew about Canada was that it was cold and their country's flag had a big maple leaf on it.

I have been home from my mission for over 3 years. I have been back a couple of times and I look forward to going back again in October for the Calgary Temple open house.

The next couple of posts will be some of the things I love most about Canada and the things that I miss most as well!

Cardston Alberta Temple

The Cardston Alberta Temple was the 6th operating LDS temple. It was announced 27 June 1913, the site was dedicated 27 July 1913 by Joseph F. Smith. It took 10 years for the temple to be completed. It was dedicated 26-29 August 1923 by Heber J. Grant.

For more facts about the Cardston Alberta Temple, visit the the Official Website or LDSChurchTemples.com.

5 Pin Bowling

5 Pin Bowling or "Canadian Bowling" is SO fun! I had never heard of 5 Pin Bowling until one of the first weeks I was there. On one of our P-Days (Preparation Day - day for doing laundry, shopping and selected activities) we went and had a lot of fun bowling. I was quite shocked to walk in the bowling alley and see that there were only 5 pins held up by strings and the bowling balls were small enough to grip and didn't have any holes to put your fingers in. I really miss 5 Pin Bowling and wish I could find a place here in Utah that had it!

The Extreme Cold

I know I said these posts were going to be about things I miss and love about Canada, but I am also going to share those few things that I DO NOT miss about Canada - the cold is the main thing!

I have never been a fan of the cold. In fact, before I got my mission call and people were asking me where I wanted to go I said I didn't care where I went I just didn't want to go somewhere cold. Well, I think I jinxed myself by saying that.

Below are some photos of how cold it was!
The other day I was doing some late spring cleaning. I cam across a number of things that I haven't seen in quite a few years. Some of the things I had totally forgotten I even had.

It was either my Junior or  Senior year of high school that I took a photography class - I can't remember which. I was surprised to find out in the class that we weren't going to talk about digital photography at all. Even 6 or 7 years ago when I took the class most people were either using digital cameras or they were converting over to them. There weren't too many people still using old-school film cameras. But alas, that is what we used in the class.

It was actually a lot of fun to learn about film and how to develop it. The process was a lot more complex than I ever thought. I don't remember all the technical terms now, but there were processes of loading the film in the dark room so it wouldn't ruin the film, and then after taking the photos there were a couple other processes in the dark room getting the film onto other reals to get ready for developing.

The process of actually developing the film was fun. After going through all the chemical processes you then used a projector to project the image onto the table where you would put your photo paper. 

Below are some of the photos I took in the class. They are no way professional, but I don't think they are bad for a high school student who didn't know much about photography.
This morning I updated my Genealogy page here on my website. I wanted it to include links and information about my own family history and the websites I have created for the various lines in my family.
Although I have not added all of my websites on that page, nor are any of the websites anywhere near completed, at least it is a start. As I continue my genealogy research I will update these websites with pictures, information, sources and stories of my family.

Check them out! Maybe we are related! If you find any connection on any of these websites, please let me know. I love meeting distant cousins!

One Week



I am a big movie buff. I really enjoy kicking back and watching a good movie.  Some of my favorite types of movies are those that make you think.

Tonight I watched One Week with my brother and aunt. My brother first mentioned the movie a couple of months ago but I had not watched it yet and neither had my aunt. 

One Week is about a guy named Ben, played by Joshua Jackson, in his late 20's early 30's who finds out he has stage four cancer. The doctor tells him he needs to start treatments right away. Success rate for his type of cancer is only 10%.

After talking with the doctor Ben buys a motorcycle and decides he is going to take a trip across Canada on his motorcycle. Ben tells his fiancé about his cancer and his trip. He tells her he needs time to "find himself."

He begins his journey in Toronto heading west seeing many landmarks. Along his trip he meets various people and learns more about himself and "who he is." 

One of my favorite things about watching the movie was the time he sent in Alberta. I served an LDS Mission in southern Alberta and so it was fun for me to see these places that were in my mission. He visits the Worlds Largest Teepee in Medicine Hat, the Dinosaur Park in Drumheller and Banff National Park

He continues on to the ocean in British Columbia and accomplishes his goal of making his way west. 

The whole movie is narrated with information about Ben and his movements throughout Canada. The last thing that the narrator states is a question asking what you would do if you found out you had only one week left to live. Where would you go? What would you do? Who would you want to meet?

Back in July Apple released their new version of OS, Lion. I am a total Mac person, but I must say, I was not happy with Lion at all! 

I installed it just a few days after it was released and it only took me about 30 minutes to realized that I did not like it. Simple little settings that I really love about OS Snow Leopard were all of a sudden gone! Some of my favorite gestures used on my trackpad were no longer available in Lion. 

For instance, I really liked being able to swipe four fingers left/right to be able to select running applications. In Lion they took that feature away and instead that moves between screens, which I never wanted to use. I never got used to the four finger swipe in Lion. I was still used to the Snow Leopard gesture and it would frustrate me every time I wanted to switch between applications.

Also, I really liked being able to swipe four fingers down for Exposé and see all the applications open all at once or being able to swipe four fingers up to see the desktop. I often will save a file onto my desktop rather than the Downloads folder for quick access. 

With Lion I was not able to customize my own gestures - fail 1.

My MacBook Pro is almost 3 years old. I bought it in January of 2009. Macs are know for their longevity and quality. Even while running Snow Leopard, I never felt like my computer was running slowly. It seemed to always run just as fast as the day I bought it in the Apple store. However immediately after installing Lion I noticed a significant difference in the speed of my computer. At first I thought that it was no big deal. I would get used to it - NOT! After running Lion since the end of July I was so frustrated at how slow it was making my computer.

Apple disappointed me in a large part because of how slow Lion made my computer run! - fail 2.

Auto Save - I really liked the concept of Auto Save. I have had a couple instances where I myself have not saved a document and I ended up loosing it because I did not save before I quite the application. I thought this would be a great new feature.

However, I soon got annoyed of this feature because of some simple settings that I think should not be incorporated, unless the user specifies that they want it. With Auto Save, if you were to close an application such as Pages, TextEdit or any similar application you would not be prompted to save the document. The application would immediately close. The next time you opened up the application ALL documents in that application that were in use the last time you closed it would all open up automatically. I myself did not like this! There are many times where I open up TextEdit just to simply copy something real quickly from a web page, blog, etc. that I need to use for a little bit. I don't technically want to create a document of what I copied and with those instances I never want to save the doc. But with Auto Save, all documents would automatically save and re-open the next time I opened the application. The only way a document wouldn't auto save is if I hit ⌘+w or clicked the red circle in the upper-left hand corner of the open window. It would then ask me if I wanted to save the doc.

In my opinion, the Auto Save would have been a great feature if it worked like Microsoft Office on a PC. Did I really just give a compliment to something Microsoft?? haha. Yes, I did. The auto save feature is great when the application crashes or when you accidentally close the program and don't save. There should be a recovery or auto save dialog or window in the application to open the saved document.

In all, it was annoying to me that every time I opened up Pages or similar application, previous windows would also open, making me go back and manually close them and tell them NOT to save.

Those are just a few reasons why I was NOT a fan of OSX Lion. So, what did I do? I reverted back to Snow Leopard! Yes, it was kind of a pain to restore all my files and applications, but it has been so worth it to me! If you are one of those wanting to restore back to Snow Leopard, here is the website that I found the instructions on how to revert back to Snow Leopard:

It's been a couple of weeks and I have wanted to write another post, but I just haven't gotten around to it until now. I wanted to write about my second time going skydiving.

As soon as I went the first time, my dad said he wanted to go. My grandma (of all people) also said she wanted to go! My brother said "if grandma and dad are going, I'll go." So, we planned on going on October 22. Well of course as soon as I scheduled it I knew something would happen where we someone or all of us wouldn't be able to go. Well literally about 3 hours after I called SkyDive Ogden my grandma called me and sais he tore her rotator cuff! So, in the end she wasn't able to come with us - this time...

Anyway, Saturday morning we woke up and headed up to Ogden. My mom wanted to come and watch us. For about a week before we went we kept trying to talk my mom into going, but she kept saying that she would never do it! Even on the drive up there I told her "it's not too late!" I think she was getting a little annoyed that we kept trying to get her to go.

We got there and went in to go pay and sign our lives away (literally). Soon after we got there a group already in the plane was about jump. We walked out of the hanger to watch them and again I tried to talk my mom into it. Still, she was not convinced. There were about 3 groups before us and just as that third group left, my mom asked "Is it really not that scary?" I immediately responded and said NO! So many people who have never done it are scared, but they don't know what they are scared from. I told her this and also told her that I KNEW she would love it if she would just try it! She sat there for a few seconds and I could just see that she was seriously contemplating it. After about 20 seconds she said "Okay..." Really!? She just said okay?? My dad, brother and I ran over to the counter and said to the lady that we just talked our mom into going and that we needed to sign her up since we were the next group going!

I cannot believe we finally talked her into it! It was awesome! And sure enough, she LOVED IT! As soon as we got down to the ground she said that she wanted to go again!  
We all had a blast! Now we just need to get my other brother, Fred and his wife Mary Ann and my grandma! My mom said that she wants to go next June for her 50th birthday! So, if you are wanting to go skydiving, we will be going again next June!!

I think I myself will have a hard time waiting that long! If I don't go sooner, I'll be sure to post about going skydiving again in June with the whole family!
So I have said for many years that I have wanted to go skydiving and so this year I finally did it. I bought myself a birthday present and went!
The above picture is of me and my instructor, Tom. Both he and my camera guy, Nick were amazing! They were so experience and fun to work with!

So we flew up to 12,000 opened the door and jumped! It was unbelievable! The experience free-falling for 1 minute and over 6,500 feet is so amazing. It is hard to describe it all. It is something that someone just has to do in order to truly understand how great it is!

I could sit here and write about it all I want, but I think there is nothing better than seeing the photos and watching the video for yourself to see how awesome it was!