My wife’s parents and my second parents, Mark and Jeanine Richards, started a new tradition in 2013 when they invited their children and their families to spend a February weekend at a massive Bear Lake cabin they rented as their Christmas gift to the whole family. Despite sharing some germs, the weekend was a fun getaway. So the tradition continued in 2014, except this time they booked the Grist Mill Inn Bed and Breakfast in Monticello, Utah, from Thursday, Feb. 13, to Monday, Feb. 17. This is a summary of what happened over those four days from my perspective. Overall, it was a quality experience for the whole family. Continue reading
There are benefits to having a blog.
Last Veteran’s Day, I posted a blog in honor of my grandpa Charles Mickelsen and his experiences while serving in World War II and Korea. I mentioned he served in the Navy aboard the SS Maryville Victory, a cargo ship, but I had not been able to find a photo of the ship. Continue reading
It’s been a sweet year for our family. Look at all the cool things we did. Lisa is such an awesome nurse that she was invited by the royal family to assist in the delivery of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, the baby son of Prince William and Duchess Catherine. Our oldest son, Trevin, is such a computer whiz that he was called in to help solve the problems with the Obamacare website (yeah, it needed a lot of work). And remember that viral video, “What Does the Fox Say?” Kalen was in one of those cute fox suits dancing in the background. Continue reading
In recent years, my wife and I have really wanted to start the tradition of taking our family to see the Christmas lights at Temple Square, and we’ve failed to make it happen.
This year we were so determined that not even the cold weather could stop us. Continue reading
A member of the bishopric asked me to speak in sacrament meeting today on a topic related to Christ and Christmas. Continue reading
I have always been fascinated with real life stories.
Since my own life is so dull, I’ve made a living by writing about other people’s stories. Over the course of my career in journalism I’ve interviewed World War II and Vietnam veterans, professional/college coaches and athletes, authors, other members of the media, administrators, law enforcement, accident victims, politicians, religious leaders and pretty much any other type of person you can think of. They’ve all had something interesting and unique to offer. Continue reading
For some reason, celebrating Veteran’s Day seemed extra special to me this year. I have always appreciated our fine men and women of the military, they always deserve special recognition. But for some reason this year the attention on the holiday caused me to reflect on those in our family who have served in the armed forces more than ever before. Continue reading
The elders quorum of the Jupiter Hills LDS ward in Syracuse, Utah, recently held its annual skeet shoot activity.
It was a blast, literally (sorry, sad attempt at humor).
This is how it works – we pick date, buy clay pigeons, shells, hot dogs, buns, condiments, chips and Oreos; then grab a cooler of water, sticks for the roast, wood for a fire, ask the brethren to bring their shotguns and meet at the designated location. And in case your wondering, yes, our annual budget is exhausted with one activity. But it’s worth it, keep reading. Continue reading
In his book, “Surround Yourself With Greatness,” author and former NFL football player Chad Lewis tells about taking “Brothers Trips.”
For more than a decade now, Lewis and his brothers have made time each year to travel somewhere within four or fives hours to camp, hike, or bike for a day or two. “It allows us time to reconnect with each other on a deep level,” Lewis wrote.
When I saw the pictures of Lewis and his brothers in the book, I thought about my own father and brothers. What a great idea. So for a few years now, my older brother and I have attempted to bring the men in the family together for at least one weekend a year. My brother Ryan, a master fisherman, came up with the name the “Toone Trout Slam.”
Not only have these trips been fun, but I feel like we have connected on a deeper level. Continue reading
As a Mormon missionary in Santiago, Chile, my mission president challenged us to “conquer our fears” on a daily basis.
Fear robs us of blessings. You can’t be a good missionary if you are afraid. Conquer your fears and open doors of opportunity, he would say.
That theme of facing your fears and overcoming them no matter what has stayed with me and blessed my life in many ways. Continue reading