A little summer fun

It’s getting colder outside so I thought it would be a good time to go over some of our summer videos to help me warm up; a hot cup of tea helps too.

This summer was so crazy and very busy. I don’t think there was a weekend that we didn’t do something fun. We live in Utah so there is never a lack of outdoor activities. However, I remember growing up with a family that didn’t go out more than once or twice a month. This is why I choose to get out as much as possible while trying out new activities.

With help of some of the new people I’ve met this year I was able to try rock climbing and new intense mountain bike runs. Of course I didn’t forget about the family. We had plenty of family fun doing activities like bike riding and swimming.

Check out my youtube channel for more adventures.

Iconic Figures

I have found that my boys are very drawn to the same iconic children’s figures that I had in my youth. Sure there are some new ones like… Ummm Lightning McQueen? Seriously, we had Winnie the Pooh, The Looney Toons, Thomas the Tank Engine, etc… Come to think of it those characters were even before my time. They were my parent’s icons. My generation had The Lion King, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers. When it really comes down to it does it seem like we are losing the development of these characters? Is this because the ones that were previously developed were so iconic or is it because we are starting to lose our creativity because we watch too much television. It’s all very confusing. Here’s a picture to help ease your troubled mind. Yes this is my youngest with an icon.

Comfy little boy

Comfy little boy

Marriage Failure Rate

I think I may have figured out something regarding the high marriage failure rate; here in the US anyway. To explain my thought I’d like to first go back to my impression of my wife’s family and culture.

My wife is from China. When I first married her I was under the assumption that there were some differences between people of the Unites States and people from China, but overall we had the same basic human understanding of the world around us so the difference wouldn’t be too great. While some components of this are correct, for the most part my understanding was grossly inaccurate. When I first met her parents I did everything wrong, but the biggest thing I screwed up on was dismissing how important the family was in Chinese culture. It is my general understanding that in China you never dismiss your family. By this I mean that retirement homes are virtually non existent or when a child goes to college it is perfectly acceptable if not encouraged that they attend a university that is close to home.

To contrast Ive found that, at least with my family, we have very much said good by and good luck. If you ask my mother she might say something different, but this is the overall impression I’m left with.

To get to the point, I believe this stand alone complex we have is one of the things that discourages or inhibits longevity in marriage.It seems to me that relationships are easier to manage if there are outside parties helping the couple work through their differences. We have a lack of this in our relationship which is why it becomes very difficult at times. This seems to be especially true when children are introduced into a family. Overall, I just think people should support their friends and family more here in the States.

Cheers