Thursday, May 28, 2009

If you don't get sick of baby photos...

My brother Jesse came to the hospital and was kind enough to use his photo skills to take some pretty sweet shots. Thanks Jesse! There's a lot, so reader beware.

Baby James Photos

Also, I uploaded a video that's about 7.5 minutes long that basically details what went down on James's birthday. Nothing gross or least in my opinon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's a boy!

James Terry Stay was born today around 4:30PM weighing in at 7 lbs. 6 oz. Both he and mom are doing awesome. We got to the hospital this morning a little after 8 and all went pretty smoothly. He's got a pretty decent cone head, but he's still pretty cute.

Rebekah woke up this morning at 3:30AM and thought she peed her pants. She changed and went back to bed only to wake up two more times with the need to change her pants. She woke me up at 7 telling me what had happened. I was planning on leaving for golf at 8 with my friend Neal, and she still encouraged me to do so. I told her no and that we were going to the hospital, and we compromised on calling them to make sure. The hospital was pretty sure her water had broken and insisted on bringing her in. I cancelled golf though the man at the course apparently didn't think I had a good enough excuse.

It all went well. He's doing great!

video video

Friday, May 1, 2009

The end of an era and start of a new one

I started BYU in Fall 2001. That's right folks, 8 years ago. Check out the original 6 in 2310 Whitney Hall.

Now I have finally graduated with both my Bachelor's and Master's of Accountancy with an emphasis in Tax. Here I am with the woman who made the last three years so much easier to bear and the parents who got me here.
And a few friends in the program: Ian K., Jonny boy and the whole class.

All in all it's been a great experience. The amount of school work I actually did has seen a dramatic decline over the last two years since the junior core to the point where I had 3 classes this last semester where I never opened the textbook. Oddly enough, I am still happy I bought the textbooks for use as future reference in my career, so it wasn't a complete waste.

From here we are in sort of a limbo between Provo and a real job. I have accepted a full time offer with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their tax practice. After trying to pull some strings, I failed to get my start date pushed forward and thus will be unemployed until October 19th when I start with them full time. Until then I will be studying and sitting for hopefully at least 3 of the 4 CPA exam sections and possibly getting a temp job in Virginia.

We are still here in Provo until the end of June when we will move out to live with my wonderful in-laws once again in Ashburn, VA. They have been so kind to let us stay with them until we can get ourselves settled out there. I think they are just letting us come because they want to spend time with the upcoming grandson they will have ;)

I am working at the Law School for another week. From then until the end of June I will be at home studying for the CPA exam and taking care of my awesome wife and her growing tumor. Besides studying for the CPA exam at least 3 hours a day, my goals include the following: watching multiple seasons of 24, beating Call of Duty: World at War, finding all the stars in Super Mario Galaxy, and packing moving everything back east. Lofty goals, but I think it's plausible!

Here are some things that have been happening lately.

First, Sarah, Rebekah's sister, got married to an awesome man, Jayce Porter. They are a great couple and we're so excited to hang out with them.

We got the chance to play an awesome game of guesstures with them and 2 of my sisters over easter. Jayce has a great FBI impersonation. You should ask him to demonstrate if you see him.
Here's Rebekah doing something for the camera...I think it might be a victory dance, but from what I recall, I don't think she was ever on a winning team. I love that woman!