Sunday, August 3, 2008
It’s been great to read and catch up on what everyone has been up to. As for myself, it’s been a pretty exciting 10 years and I’m looking forward to seeing those that can make it to the reunion. After graduation I spent the summer working and then went to Ricks till heading out to southern Spain for my mission fall 99. I was spoiled in Spain with the warm weather and so it was hard to come back to Rexburg’s cold winters. So, after returning I went to Ricks for one more year and then headed down to the University of Arizona in Tucson with Tim Pickard.
That spring Tim and I drove down to check out the University and attended an institute dance that weekend...I met my future wife, Cassie, there for the first time. I began the Optical Engineering program Fall ‘03 and graduated Spring ‘05. Along the way, Cassie and I were married Thanksgiving Day ’04 and our cute little redhead daughter, Madeline, was born September 05 and we’re expecting a boy in October. Cassie also received her degree from the U of A in music education and then taught elementary music for 5 years. She is now a stay-at-home mom taking care of Maddy and teaching piano on the side.
After graduation, I continued on in the same program and am hoping to finish up my PhD in December 09 hopefully…who knows, the graduation date keeps on sliding further into the future. I’m working on building a pre-clinical camera system to image the brains of radioactive mice that have Alzheimer’s disease…hopefully to help in finding a cure.
Cassie and I love living in Tucson and it’s been great to have friends from Rexburg down here too…Marshall Hart, Tim Pickard, Scott Nielsen, and Ryan Robison in Phoenix.