#66 - Ride in a Helicopter

I have to honestly say that one of the biggest perks of going through fertility struggles is the amount of time I get to spend with my best friend. We have such crazy adventures and I love that we get to do them together. This past week Danielle took me on a surprise date. One of the running jokes that we have is that we try to pretend that we're rich even though we're poor college students. This date was definitely a part of that joke. Through work Danielle got a sweet hook up and took me on a comped helicopter ride. When we got to the airport we were weighed and paired with two other couples. It was kinda fun to see another couple ahead of us actually got married on the helicopter ride over the strip. They were from rome and were "so in love" according to Danielle. Once our names were called we were walked out with our group to the helipad. We all got in the helicopter and put on our headsets. It was surprisingly very spacious and comfortable. As the pilot took off I was so excited and it was so cool to see how smooth the helicopter actually flies. The view was amazing and we were just taking pictures left and right. The coolest part of all was that I got to be flying over the stratosphere with my best bud. She made it all happen and I couldn't be happier to cross this off the list. I definitely recommend it anyone and I hope to one day be able to fly one of those bad boys myself.

#69 - Be a Best Man at a Wedding

Last summer my best friend growing up, Greg Krause, got married. We had lived next door-ish to each other since I was 7 and he asked me to be his best man. Danielle and I thought that it would be great to go to Texas and be apart of the wedding since he extended me that oh so coveted title. My whole family decided to piggy back and go with us to the wedding. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We stayed in a hotel that had it's own water park which definitely did not disappoint and had so much fun being there at the wedding. Apart from all the other fun things that we did like the bachelor party, ditching our tube in the water slide, and going to buenos tacos, the best thing about being in Texas was being at the sealing of my best friend. It was very surreal to be in the temple with him and to see how far he has come. To say I was proud of him would be a huge understatement. It was a big testament to me of answered prayers and never giving up on the people that mean everything to you. I wish both him and Katie the best and Danielle and I thank them for allowing us to be apart of their special day.
 "Brethren and sisters, material possessions and honors of the world do not endure. But your union as wife, husband, and family can. The only duration of family life that satisfies the loftiest longings of the human soul is forever. No sacrifice is too great to have the blessings of an eternal marriage. To qualify, one needs only to deny oneself of ungodliness and honor the ordinances of the temple. By making and keeping sacred temple covenants, we evidence our love for God, for our companion, and our real regard for our posterity—even those yet unborn. Our family is the focus of our greatest work and joy in this life." - Elder Russel M. Nelson


#70 - Watch All Three Extended Versions of Lord of The Rings In One DAY!

One of the things on my mission that I absolutely loved was that my mission President allowed us to watch various movies on P-day. Anyone who has served a mission before will be surprised to hear that my mission President allowed us to Watch the Lord of The Rings Series. Many times we watched them while I served in the office and every time we did we would always joke that even though the movies are awesome it was humanly impossible to have the patience to sit and watch the entire series in one day. Ever since then I have wanted to take on the challenge and man up to prepare to be a couch potato and spending my day with Frodo and the gang. Not very often do I have the opportunity to have 11 hours of free time to pull it off, but this week I had a day off and my wife was nice enough to let me take on the challenge alone (she isn't the biggest fan of the movies). I started watching the Fellowship at 5am and finally finished the last DVD of Return of the King at 4pm. It was a long day but nonetheless I DID IT! It was awesome to feel like I had taken the entire journey and holy crap was I excited to see that ring destroyed at the end. My wife and I always joke that everything on this bucket list will be things that we will do only once in this life but hey I wouldn't be opposed to do this one again. One of the biggest things that I can say I took away from this experience is that
  • A....I am glad that I have a job and that I don't sit at home and do this every day

  • B.....Every single one of us has a Ring in our lives that we need to destroy and overcome whether it be pride, relationship drama or the ugly orcs of temptation

  • C..... Peter Jackson is a stud.
Overall I am grateful to be able to say that I did it, another thing has been knocked off my list and I am grateful that Frodo checked saving the world off his bucket list.

To see my favorite quote from the movie please check out this link to youtube....

#75 - Play Pinball At the Pinball Hall of Fame

A great blessing that I have that I think I take for granted a lot is that I have a great job. When returning home from my mission, my dad offered me a job to work at the fmaily business. It has been a great blessing in our marrried life to have me employed at AMG and to be able to work with family. One of the perks of working with family is sometimes we get to do some pretty fun stuff that others wouldn't have the opportunity to do. On a random day my uncle Paul (my boss) came into my office area and invited me to go with him and the rest of the guys to surprise my dad (my other boss) by going to play some pinball at the pinball hall of fame. Danielle told me about this place a while ago and I added it to my bucket list because I really wanted to go and I absolutely love pinball. It's seriously addicting. So, when Paul told me we were going there I was more than excited. My dad tells this story of when he and my mom were first married. He had like a pocket of quarters to his name and played asteroids at the local Reams grocery store and got the high score. By breaking the high score he scored himself like $80 of free groceries from the store. He was especially happy to play some of the old games. The warehouse where this is located in vegas isn't as high class as most hall of fames are but it served it's purpose. They had everything since ever! There was pac man, teenage mutant ninja turtles and even paperboy. It was a blast spending time there are to check this off of my list. If you've ever got a free hour or so I recommend going and checking this place out. Disclaimer though, go during the day as it's a 6 out of 10 on the sketchy neighborhood meter.


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