Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Proud Daddy Moment: Kwynn becomes a cheerleader

Although Kwynn gives me numerous "Proud Daddy Moments," this one in particular I wanted to share with everyone. Here is a video I took of Kwynn voluntarily becoming the newest member of the Pleasant Grove Vikings football cheer squad. She absolutely loved it. I coach football for the 8th grade Lehi Pioneers team, and we had our first game a couple of weeks ago. This video was taken while our team was warming up and waiting our turn to take the field. It took some pretty serious negotiating and bribery to pull this little girl away from the rest of the squad when it was time. I don't know about you, but I think she is a natural!

Check out the video by clicking here, or by searching www.youtube.com with keywords "Kwynn Cheerleader."

Friday, May 9, 2008

Free-Write: Questions

Why is it that a single thought, of a single person can bring tears running down my face?

How can I miss someone so much, even when they are sitting right next to me, holding my hand so tightly?

Does she ever wake up in the middle of the night and think of me?

How do the eyes of one communicate to the eyes of another, if eyes don't have mouths to talk?

Will she ever know how much I truly love her?

Does She know that my heart beats for her?

Am I the first thing she thinks about when she wakes up, and the last thought in her mind as she goes to bed at night?

How does love grow in absence?

Why does time move so slow when she is away from me, but go by so fast when I am with her?

Is there such thing as too much love?...too good of a relationship?...too much happiness?

Does she live for me, as I live for her?

Can she close her eyes and see my face?

Does she think my smile lights up a dark, dark world?

Will she ever understand how much she means to me?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wanted: Kwynn Leona Sabey

Wanted: Kwynn Leona Sabey, suspected of eating the Easter Bunny

Orem, Kwynn Leona Sabey is the number one suspect in the case of the missing Easter Bunny. Sunday afternoon around 4pm, T. Easter Bunny was reported missing by Santa Claus after the request of a text message from Mr. Bunny to Mr. Claus when he had successfully made it home was never made.

Mr. Bunny and Mr. Claus were attending a bachelor party for Chuck E. Cheese when this experience took place.

Santa Claus expresses his sincere sadness of the missing Mr. Bunny. "He only lives 2 blocks away. I was standing on the door step watching him walk towards his house, and saw Kwynn Sabey get out of a black Nissan Sentra sedan next door with devilish eyes and a hungry grin on her face. Kwynn was standing directly in the path that Easter had to take in order to get home. "

Mr. Claus continues to describe what happened next.

"Chuck E. Cheese was inside while I was standing on the doorstep waving good-bye to Easter. A huge crash desctracted my attention away from Easter, and found me running inside to attend to a drunken Chuck. Not 30 seconds went by before I was back on the door step looking to where Easter would be on his trek back home. To my surprise I found a shocked Kwynn Sabey running with those tiny legs towards the front door of her father, Jake Sabey's home. And,...Easter was no where to be found."

When asked for his side of the story, Jake Sabey speaks of the sweet innocent nature of his daughter Kwynn Sabey. "Look at her, (pointing to a smiling Kwynn Sabey sitting in the back seat of a police crusier) there is no way that little girl could hurt a fly let alone kidnap or eat Mr. T. Easter Bunny."

The picture above was taken by Orem FBI agents just minutes before detaining Kwynn inside the Sabey home with handcuffs and leg-shackles. The DEA agents that accompanied fellow FBI agents quickly pointed out the bare-stomache of Kwynn Sabey in the picture that was taken.

"Of course she ate Easter!", shouts Mr. Clause as he expresses his theory that Kwynn Sabey had eaten Mr. T. Easter Bunny in the short time he was inside caring for Chuck E. Cheese. "Look at her tummy in that picture, and notice the empty basket--she finished everthing in the basket and looked at Easter as desert."

Officer Shaps Tripp comments on the theory made by Mr. Claus saying, " Kwynn's belly, according to the picture, as well as my physical observation, showed no sign of Mr. Bunny inside. No matter if she had a strict motive and desire to eat Mr. Bunny, it is not physically possible for a 2 year old to eat a grown rabbit."

Kwynn had nothing to say besides, "Hooray" when asked about her innocence.

Kwynn Leona Sabey will be held in the county jail awaiting trial for eating Mr. T. Easter Bunny. As of now, there are nothing but theories and suggestions as to what truly happened to Mr. Bunny.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Free-Write: Today

Today is a great day; a great day following a great night. I received one of the best night's rest I have had in a long time. I also had an awesome first-date last night; she looked great, the conversation was great, the overall experience was great. Thanks Megan!

Today is a different day. I woke up with my eyes opened a little wider than usual, and wasn't moving as slow. I drove to work with the window down and radio off. Sometimes you need a natural soundtrack while facing the day. I am more motivated to make today one of the best days I have had in a long time.

Today is a happy day. A smile rests on my face as I think about everything and everyone that is important in my life. I am lucky to have such great symbols and examples of life, love, and everything that connects the two.

Today is a dedicatory day. I will live this day in honor of those who have helped shape my life. I have learned a lot in the past 3 years. A lot about others, myself, and what is truly important in life. I dedicate this day to unanswered prayers, blessing I have received (worthy and not), and those I have waiting for me. Mom and dad, I love you.

Today is a beautiful day. Looking out my office window, I see the sun shining with warmth. It highlights the snow capped mountains in the distance, and gives life to what seems like a dead atmosphere. There is a bird perched on a tree branch just outside my window. He communicates songs of joy to his nearby friends. Today is a great day.

Today is Kwynn's day. I am looking forward to spending time with Kwynn tonight. I have to get things ready for a weekend trip I am taking tomorrow, but just know that tonight will be a great night for Kwynn and I. She is such a positive good-natured little girl, that doesn't have to search far for a smile or giggle. Both of us being easily entertained, we have a lot of fun together. I love every second that she is in my mind, heart and site. I love you Kwynnie!

Today is your day. Make today what you want it to be. Make today your day. Here is hoping that everyone will have as great of a day as I will.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

She Doesn't , But She Does

She doesn’t listen to everything I say, do things my way, tell me it’s ok, or see me everyday…but she does scream, “Hey!”

The full alphabet she doesn’t know, to bed she doesn’t go, and the lawn she doesn’t mow…but she does love to, “Watch a show.”

She doesn’t back me in a fight, tell me it’s alright, like to go “Na-Night,” or band-aid a bite…but she does hug me so tight.

She doesn’t like to share, meet me over there, wash my underwear, or brush my hair…but she does join me in prayer.

She doesn’t take away my fears, remember the years, buy us some beers, or introduce me to peers…but she does live in my tears.

She doesn’t settle for any drink, reach the bathroom sink, or wear it if it’s not pink…but she does look just like me, I think.

She doesn’t stay up late with me, take me on a shopping spree, or even always agree…but she does call me, “Daddy.”

She doesn’t hear me say, “Daddy loves you” everyday…but she does let me call her my “Special K”.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Who am I: Finding Yourself

Jake and Kwynn Cartoon

A "self created" cartoon version of my daughter Kwynn and I

Being recently divorced, a student, a father, and well...human, I currently find myself on a voyage to find me. As mentioned in a previous post, I was assigned in school to write a paper describing "Who I Am". This was a very difficult assignment for me because I do not know who I am. That's just it, I am trying to find myself. I am trying to find out exactly what it is that makes me who I am. If I was to write a paper on describing who I am, the paper would only be accurate for a short period of time, only to lose it's truthfulness with a "changing me".

In talking with friends and co-workers about this paper, we came to a conclusion that it would be more interesting if the paper was on the person I want to become instead of who I currently am; because as humans we are constantly changing as the life and world around us change. During the discussion, I was given the following quote by Joseph B. Wirthlin, member of the LDS Quorum of the 12 Apostles. He shares his thoughts on this subject by using a quote from author/writer George Bernard Shaw:

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw

"Don't worry about searching for who you are; focus your energies on creating the kind of person you want to be! You will discover that as you pursue that journey you will not only find yourself, but chances are you will be pleasantly surprised and proud of the person you find along the way." - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Joseph B. Wirthlin defines exactly what the people of this world would love to do-trust themselves enough to let go and be the unique individual they really are. However, society is so restrictive on who or what is acceptable that people are scared to be who the really are-different. It is so much easier to follow what everyone else is because the path has already been laid before them.

I admit, I would much rather walk on a paved sidewalk instead of having to create my own path. Call it lazy, I call it human nature; fear of not being accepted, fear of actually finding out who I am.

What if Elder Wirthlin is incorrect? What if I am not happy with the person I have come to know as myself along the journey? Well, that brings me to present day. Like most people, I am faced with that question today, right now. The journey of finding yourself doesn't end until life's journey ends. I feel it is then we will find who we are as we look back the paved or unpaved paths we took that we will have a smile on our faces, a cold beverage in hand, and a complete knowledge of the person we are at that point in time.