By Leighton | September 24, 2012
So much has happened over the last few months that it is hard to start a blog post about updates, but the longer I wait, the more things will pile up, so here goes.
First and foremost, I am a dad! Liam Jackson Whiting was born on September 13, 2012 at 9:52 a.m., weighing 8 lbs 5 oz and measuring 20 inches long. Besides jaundice for his first week, he has been a healthy and happy baby. What more can you ask for?
My mom, mother-in-law and sister-in-law came to help out, and it was really nice having family around while we get settled in to our new daily (and nightly) routines with Liam. Sleep has been a more precious commodity now and I am starting to appreciate it more and more.
Sharon has been the best mommy that I have seen. She did so much for Liam before he was born by taking care of herself, making sure to take her prenatals every day and reading a TON of books and articles about everything from how to calm crying babies to how to be good parents. Now that Liam is here, she tirelessly cares for him, changing diapers, feeding him, playing with him, and giving him all the love he needs. I am very lucky to have married this wonderful woman.
Over the summer we took a few trips to Hawaii, Toronto, Seattle and Portland, but you can and should read Sharon’s blog for more information about those. Sharon also finished her project for her Masters, so she is mostly done now. I am so proud of her! I, on the other hand, still have a year of school left. My AP credits didn’t transfer like I thought they would and I ended up having to take some general ed classes I hadn’t counted on. Can’t wait to finally be done!
Meanwhile, my business endeavors have been flourishing and I am starting development on a new idea today called Appyrus, which will be a sort of online marketplace for modules/plugins/themes for CMSes such as Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, Prestashop, etc. I’m excited about it. I am also adding new features and modules to MoneyScripts.net, and have a bunch of ideas for things to do there, so no shortage of work opportunities, for which I am very grateful.
The days are getting colder now that summer is gone, and I am going to be doubling down on my work and school over the next few months. Wish us luck!
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By Leighton | May 8, 2012
Originally we were told it was a girl, but now they are saying it’s a boy! We are so excited. It is due in September. It’s our first but we are ready for it. I’m still staying super busy with MoneyScripts and also starting school this summer. We just got back from Hawaii (a little ‘Baby-moon’). That’s a quick update with our lives.
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By Leighton | February 12, 2012
Well, it’s almost been two years since I’ve updated this. Life has just been so busy. Sorry to anyone who may have checked this in the last two years hoping to see an update (yes I do have delusions of grandeur haha). A lot has changed since my last post. For starters, we moved to Provo, UT for school. Sharon has been doing her Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at BYU, and I’ve been going to UVU in Orem studying Software Engineering. It’s been good and I feel like Software Engineering is really something that I am interested in, since it’s pretty much what I’ve been doing for the past 4 years. That and entrepreneurship.
We had a lot of traveling going on in the past two years as well, all over Asia and up to Canada and all over the USA. But you can and probably have read about that on Sharon’s blog. We also got a new car, and I made my business into an S-Corporation. So those were some big changes. Chantelle and Tyler, two of my siblings, got married last year, so that was fun. Also, we are now expecting our first baby in September of this year! So we are VERY excited about that as well.
Sharon is going to be graduating this year and I am going to try and graduate also. Then who knows where we will end up. We shall see, but I would like to live either in Hawaii or California. Anyways, sorry for the short post, but, as I said, busy busy.
By Leighton | May 9, 2010
Well, it has been way too long of a break, so I am going to try and sum up what we’ve been up to for the past months.
Sharon and I were enrolled in Dixie State College since last Fall. Sharon completed her Certificate of Visual Technologies, and I worked on my Bachelors of Computer Science, with an Emphasis on Visual Technologies. This resulted in us being in many of the same classes. That was a lot of fun because we got to help each other out with homework and remembering when things were due. Believe it or not, she helped me a lot! I am so proud of Sharon and all of the things she has learned and done this past year. She also started a photography business this year and has made amazing progress putting her portfolio together. You can see her site here: http://www.enchantedwindowphotography.com
I was reflecting just the other day about how much Sharon has changed since we were married last April. She had no interest in photography or computer things, and now she is a Photographer and has a Certificate in Visual Technologies! She even knows how to make Flash movies, Web Sites, and write programs in code! It boggles me how fast of a learner she is.
I would be remiss to not make mention of our 1 year anniversary. It is mind-boggling how fast time has been flying. It really doesn’t feel like a year has already passed. We are getting ready to move up to Provo at the end of this month, and we are both SOOOO excited to finally get our own place and start school up there. Sharon will be going to BYU to get her Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I will be going to Utah Valley University to try and finish my Bachelor’s in Computer Science. We are both very excited about this.
We are planning to go traveling in December to Australia to see Sharon’s sister, Ivy, graduate from her University in Adelaide. So we’ll be saving our pennies and dimes for that.
I was accepted to take part in Google’s Summer of Code 2010, and will be developing a module for Drupal 7’s new Commerce platform. I am really excited to be an ‘employee’ of Google, since it’s long been a dream of mine to work for them.
My business endeavors have been flourishing, and I am keeping busy every day with some new project. There really never is a dull moment (unless you consider programming dull, haha).
Kendall will be graduating from Hurricane High School this month. This means that all of the ‘kids’ will be done with High School! Amazing again how fast time flies. We will all be in Provo this Fall, because Tyler will be back from Mexico and attending BYU, along with Kendall and Chantelle and Sharon. So that should be fun.
Anyways, I will try and update this blog more often since I will be a bit more free this summer!
By Leighton | September 13, 2009
Well, another week has gone by. I can’t believe how fast time flies. Monday was Labor Day and we didn’t do much. I watched some YouTube videos about our troops and it really touched me. I have always been very patriotic and I really do appreciate all of the things they do for us. I am also very grateful for my liberties which I have been blessed with in my life, and I love and support my great country.
This week was really good, and we finished it off with a Pool Party/Halo Fest at Paul & Nikki’s house. It was a blast! Next week we are planning on going hiking at Bryce Canyon with Chris & June and Paul & Nikki. It is going to be a lot of fun, and we are all excited about it. Most of us have never been there, so it will be a new experience.
Tyler came down for the weekend and it was really great to get to see him again. He recently cut his hair really short so it looked strange at first, but now we are all used to eat. Mom cooked a nice big meal for him and also cleaned up Chantelle’s recently vacated (and EXTREMELY messy) room for him to stay in. It was great having him around.
Sharon and I taught our first lesson in Nursery, and it went pretty well. It is always exhausting looking after 10-12 kids, but it is fun too.
Well, that’s about all I can think of, and it’s getting late, so enjoy this movie:
By Leighton | September 6, 2009
Well, another week has come and gone, and we are still alive. It seems like time is just moving faster and faster. Last week on Friday I was able to test out of my IT 1100 class with an A-, and I decided to take it since I have a lot of classes and also my job to do this semester. It will be a lot less stressful now. I was able to get my assignment done for CS 1410, programming the logic behind an Animal Game, which is due on the 18th, so that is a big relief as well. Now I just need to concentrate on my VT 1300, IT 2400, and HIST 1700. Tomorrow is a holiday so I don’t need to worry about HIST 1700 for another week, although we will be having our first exam (on our 3rd class day of the semester). I already read the chapters so I feel ready for the exam, but I need to write a paper as well which is due next week.
My VT 1300 class is really starting to get old. The teacher seems to go off on tangents WAY too much, and then on tangents of tangents, so in the end, we end up listening to a lot of stories and history, but don’t really learn much. In the first 2 weeks of the class, we haven’t learned a single thing it seems like. We haven’t even had any assignments. I took this class because I was really interested in learning some Design Techniques and skills that I can use in my work and on my personal projects, but up until now have been disappointed.
I have been keeping really busy with my work, working every day of last week even between classes at school. I have two big deadlines on Tuesday so I am really trying to squeeze them in, and I have also been working on my personal site, MoneyScripts.net, as well as brainstorming and coding a new PrestaShop module which I plan to release this week. So it’s a lot of things, but it is good to be busy, and I hope that I will continue to be blessed with lots of work in the future. I also hope that I will be able to find new ways to create recurring income streams by launching new personal web sites. I have a number of ideas, just need to find the time to do them.
This week I hired someone to do some of my work for the first time. Nikki Yoder, a talented Web Designer and the wife of one of my best friends, Paul, did some work for me. She did a perfect job, and I hope to continue using her in the future when I get too much work. She is really good, if anyone is interested, feel free to check out her portfolio: Artistic Element. She is just starting out as a Freelancer, so she needs to find some good clients.
Yesterday Sharon and I went to the local celebration, Peach Days. She took some pictures and I suspect she is writing a blog post about it, so keep your eyes open for that one. Sharon has really made me proud this last week, she has been keeping up with her school work and also doing home chores like laundry and cooking and making the bed. It really is nice to live with her. She is learning how to code HTML in one of her classes, and she is such a fast learner. She was scared at first that she would never get it, but I think she is a natural. She has a lot of talent, and I can’t wait until I can get her to make some designs for my future web sites! Haha.
Today we both went to Nursery, and it was a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time. Those kids have so much energy, it is hard to keep up. Kendall and Mom both bore their testimonies during Sacrament Meeting, and I was really impressed with both of them. It especially hit me how mature Kendall is, an how grown up he has become. I am really proud of him, along with my other two siblings and my mom.
In summary, I am loving school, it is a lot of fun and I LOVE to learn new things. I am looking forward to doing more things with Chris & June, Paul & Nikki, Ben and some other friends in the coming weeks.
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By Leighton | August 30, 2009
Well, the first week of school is now over. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Sharon and I both finalized our schedules this week, and got things taken care of. I am taking 18 credits this semester, and am trying to test out of two of the classes. I already tested out of one of my classes, and am going to try to test out of the other one this week.
I am working on getting a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis on Visual Technologies. I am taking Visual Technologies 1300, which is mostly about design principles and strategies. It is pretty fun and I am learning a lot about why Ads are set up the way that they are. I tested out of Visual Technologies 1400, which dealt with XHTML/CSS Web Development, something that I have been doing professionally for the past couple of years. I am trying to test out of Information Technology 1100, which deals with the hardware and operating systems of computers. I am going to have to study a lot this week to be able to test out of it. Another class I am taking is Information Technology 2400, Introduction to Networking, which deals with the hardware and software of computer networking. It is interesting. I am also taking Computer Science 1410, which is a follow up to Computer Science 1400, a class I took 5 years ago at Dixie. The problem is that when I took it, I learned C++, and they have since switched the language to Python. So I’ve had to do a lot of catch-up to get to where the rest of the class is. But now that I’ve caught up, I think the class will be pretty easy from here on out. Last but not least, I am taking History 1700, which deals with American History. It is a 2.5 hour class every Monday night, so it is quite a grind. In addition, since there are so few classes, we have to read a TON between classes. I had to read 115 pages this week in the history book. Each class deals with 2 chapters in the book, including the first one. Tests usually cover 4-10 chapters each. We have to do 30 chapters this semester, with only about 12 classes. But I suppose it is better to take at least one hard class this semester.
I am also trying to work as much as I can during the week. I have Tuesdays and Thursdays off (all of my classes are MWF), so I try and do my work on those days.
Sharon and I are also trying to finish things with the USCIS Adjustment of Status we are working on. There are more and more difficulties, and they keep wanting more evidence of my ability to financially support Sharon, which is difficult to prove since I am self-employed. Any prayers would be much appreciated^^
Sharon and I are both happy that school is here and we are busy again (well, I was busy before too, but she wasn’t so busy). I will be sure to keep everyone updated on our lives, working on my Sunday blog posting goal.
By Leighton | August 23, 2009
Wow, I really can’t believe how fast the summer went by! We did a lot of things, but it still seemed to go by so fast. Now the time has come for me to start school. Sharon is also returning to school with me to get a Certificate for Visual Technologies. I am going to be working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science: Visual Technologies Emphasis. This is basically right up my alley, since most of the classes are dealing with Web Design and Development, along with Marketing, Programming, and Computer Design. I am really excited for this new degree that is offered at Dixie.
Sharon and I will have two classes together, so we are both really excited about that. We can help each other study and do the homework. Sharon can make sure that I don’t procrastinate my schoolwork too much as well. I will still be working as much as I can while going to school, so I put all of my classes in the mornings and early afternoons of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This leaves Tuesdays and Thursdays open for me to work, as well as evenings of the rest of the weekdays. It will definitely be busy, but I think we are both ready for a change of pace from the lazy summer days.
It rained last night, which was a pleasant change from the usual dry heat we’ve been seeing. Summer is still here, but Fall is just around the corner. We are both excited about the changing weather.
This week we went to Chris and Jieun’s new house to hang out with them and check out their new house. It was very nice! It has a nice pool and jacuzzi in the center of the complex, and the apartment is spacious and nice. We swam, ate and played games with them and Paul & Nikki.
Another random thing that happened this week was my tire blew out on the way to St George on the highway. We were going to Sharon’s first Ballet lesson, but we had to turn around and go home when it blew. Luckily, only the surface of the tire came off, and the metal mesh underneath was still intact. The tire still held air, so I was able to drive the car home slowly. The next day, I took it to Tire Pros and bought two new tires for the front (the other one was starting to fray as well). Then I went down to St George to get the Alignment done (it was out of alignment). All in all, it only cost about $240 for everything. It is good we got it done now though because we will be driving a lot more to and from school. And after the alignment and new tires, the shaking that would happen at higher speeds has stopped.
Yesterday, Sharon and I decided to head up to Springdale to see the various shops there. We looked at a few gift shops and some art galleries. There is some really amazing arts and crafts up there! Sharon and I really had a blast looking at all the cool things there. We ate lunch at Sol Foods by the entrance to Zion National Park before heading back. It was really nice to take an afternoon and just stroll down the street and enjoy nature a bit as well. We felt like tourists even though it was only about 30 minutes away.
Well, that was pretty much our week in a nutshell. I am excited about tomorrow, although I’m not excited to wake up so early (our first class starts at 8, and the school is a 30 minute drive away). I’ll be sure to post next week with all the details of our first week of school!
By Leighton | August 16, 2009
Well, it has been a long time, and I have been really busy, but I really don’t have any excuse for not posting for so long. My apologies to friends and family who have been visiting. Here is an update on my life.
School starts on the 24th for Sharon and I. We are both really excited. Sharon is going to be getting a Certificate in Visual Technologies or something, and I am going to be working on my Bachelors for Computer Science. Sharon wants to get her Masters Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), so we are planning on heading up to Provo to attend Brigham Young University next Fall 2010. We are excited about that.
The days are getting shorter and (slightly) cooler, and Sharon is excited for Fall’s approach, so that she won’t have to be so hot. I keep telling her that once she sees how cold it is, she will be wishing for Summer again, but she doesn’t believe me (yet). We will see what happens.
We are still waiting to hear back from the USCIS on the status of our Adjustment of Status application, so any prayers you could offer in our behalf would be much appreciated. We had to go down to Las Vegas twice already for Finger Prints (the first set weren’t legible).
This last Friday, we were invited to St George to eat lunch with Uncle Toby and Aunt Carrie, who were driving through town. It was really nice getting to see them again and hear about their lives and stuff. They treated us to IHOP, which was delicious.
We are planning on a few trips this year, but still have to better plan them. Among them are:
- Bryce Canyon
- Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Balloon show in October
- Salt Lake City for a Mission Reunion in September
- Boerne, Texas for a Family Reunion during Thanksgiving
We’ve had an eventful summer, taken a lot of trips, and done a lot of things, as you can see if you go read Sharon’s blog (while you’re there, check out the new butterfly in her signature, done by yours truly^^). I have been staying busy with work, doing a number of projects, including launching a new personal project site, MoneyScripts.net, which is a place where I can sell my Drupal Modules. It has been fun, and I’ve been working on it on the side for the past couple of months. I hope to keep adding more modules to it as time goes on this year.
Well, that’s our lives in a nutshell! I am making a goal to start making weekly entries again (on Sundays), so stay tuned for the next edition!
By Leighton | July 24, 2009
Well, it’s been a long time since I’v posted, and I am way overdue. I will post again on Sunday with a more general update of things, but until then, you can go to Sharon’s blog (which I made an RSS feed to over there -> ) because she is REALLY great about posting when we do anything. So if you are wondering what I’ve been up to, just go check out her blog.
This post is to get all of you who are reading this to go here: Sharon on MommyModels to vote for Sharon! She is number 10 on the right, so just click and vote. If she wins, she will get a free photoshoot. That link also has some REALLY gorgeous pics of her for the photoshoot she had, so regardless of whether you want to vote, you should go check it out cause the pics are amazing! Here is a Preview: