Friday, February 29, 2008

...and we thought we were cold.

After all the commenting/complaining that has been done about the weather this winter I found it interesting when I came across this blog on the mental_floss website. Check it out here.

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Marlie is just all over the place lately. She begining to grab things smile at us and make sounds, ITS SO CUTE! I can't wait for you all to see her!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Asking Me to Post Music is Like Asking the Pope to Wear a Funny Hat

You wanted music, Holly, and you got it. These videos are in honor of me scoring TICKETS TO RADIOHEAD!!! Theresa and I will be driving down to Charlotte NC this May to see the greatest band of the last 20 years (if not ever...). Are y'all jealous? If not you should be - just watch these videos (taken from one of the band's recent webcasts) to appreciate my excitement.

This is also a good time for blogging 101: Posting Videos. Posting a video from your computer is just like posting a picture - just click the video button at the top of the box when writing a post. Posting a video from youtube is a little different, but very simple. First go to youtube and find the video that you want; at the top right, where it says "About This Video," there is a little text-box titled "Embed." Simply select this text, copy it, and then past it in the box where you write your post. It's that easy!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Music Anyone?

Hey all,
I've just been perusing some of my friends blogs and they have playlists that come up when you open the blog. I realize this is probably not news to some of you, (I'm quickly realizing that I thought I was in the internet/IT generation, or whatever you want to call it, but really I'm not) I thought it was kinda cool and that it might be something that could be added to this blog. I don't know, it was an idea. What do you guys think?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Blog 02/25/08

February 25, 2008
We had some very special visitors last Friday night, Randy and Theresa and Theresa’s parents from Taber, Alberta. In the afternoon we took a quick tour about Lexington and Buena Vista (Stonewall Jackson stood straight and tall and never once glanced toward the grave of his first wife- maybe I needed Ben, Matt and Addy to turn his head.) and then on to Captain Tim's for supper. The food (love those hush puppies) was good and the conversation great. That evening we attended the SVU production of "Travels with my Aunt." If you have never seen this play - prepare yourself for something completely different. There are 6 actors who play some 20 plus roles. But that's only the start, sometimes the same actor played two different parts - switching characters mid speech; on the other hand, at one point three actors play the same character - each giving part of the same speech -interrupting each other in the process. It is a comedy/mystery piece that requires one's full attention just to keep the cast straight - it reminds me of the ballpark vendor's sales pitch - "Scorecard, scorecard - get your scorecard - you can't tell the players without a scorecard!" The evening was fun, and most of all we enjoyed getting caught up on all the doings of Southern Alberta (did you know there is an election going on in Alberta even as we speak?). We wish the Valgardsons an enjoyable and informative Virginia visit. Thanks to various family members for the valentine cards and e-mails. It is always fun to get mail.
That's all for this week, but remember each of you are in our prayers.
Elder/Dad/ Grandpa Cottle

Saturday, February 23, 2008

more pics!

And I'm also sending them all at once because I dont know when the next time I'll be able to get onto the blog will be so I'll send them all now so I'm all caught up with you guys... I have a chance now b/c I'm on Reading week (which is Spring Break for the university). More to come in the next couple days before I go back to school.

Sorry for taking up all the room on the blog - but Randy has been on my case FOREVER to start posting my pictures on the blog (instead, or as well as on Facebook) - so I'll send some (only a selection) of the ones that I've put on facebook. They span from July 1 2007 to Jan 2008.

Friday, February 22, 2008


J'NeilAfter Amy posted the cute photos of her haircut & glasses, I decided I should post a couple pictures of J'Neil. So here she is.

If any of you were unaware of how beautiful her eyes are, this will give you a little bit of a clue. She inherited her great grandmother's lovely blue-grey eyes.

And here's J'Neil with a bit of her personality shining through...

New Hair

Here is another couple more pictures of my new style. I actually am growing to like the darkness - at first I didn't, but its starting to grow on me.

I'm not dead!

hey everyone - I'm not dead! I'm just technology illiterate, and have now only really got a handle on how to work the blog stuff. So here I am, you will be hearing more from me in the future!! To begin with, I'm sure you all know that I got new glasses almost a month ago, and although I was opposed to them in the beginning I LOVE wearing them now because I have been introduced to a world of vibrant color - who knew the world wasn't a full of dull colors after all?! And of course what comes with new glasses, a new hair style of course. here's a picture of my new look. In one of the pictures I'm standing in my first apartment's (first time living away from parents house - who ho!)
kitchen sporting my uniform for work (it says YMCA staff on it in case you couldn't read it).
So a very quick update b/c I have to back to work... I'm still working 2 jobs (one at the daycare, and the other is at the children's place!), and going to school full time - a pretty loaded schedual! I have 1 1/2 semesters left in school, then you'll be looking at the newest addition to the profession of teachers!! YEAH!!! I'm living with Holly and 2 other girls in a 3 bedroom apartment and am now experiencing "the real world" - its overwhelming but satisfying at the same time.
And that is me in a nut shell.
Ta ta for now!


Hey Randy,
How do you Put a cool picture in the top of your blog? When I have tried that before it was really big. And where do you find some pictures?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Great new picture

Hey Randy
You changed the picture on the blog again! Just keeping us on our toes, eh?

Mormanism and Politics

Last night Theresa had the chance to participate in a fantastic evening sponsored by the LDS student organization here at the law school. Terryl Givens, preeminent Morman scholar spoke to us about Mormonism and Politics, and I would like to share some of the insights we gained with you all. He began with a brief history of Mormon politics, but his main point was that America's fear of Mormon politicians such as Mitt Romney are completely unfounded and based on unrelated prejudice, since Mormons are actually more likely to be patriotic and respect the constitution than any other religious group (and more than most non-religious people as well). This conclusion is premised on various Mormon teachings, such as our belief that the Constitution was an inspired document, that America is a chosen land, and that we need to "obey, honor, and sustain the law."

It was a wonderful lecture, but then we had the opportunity to accompany Dr. Givens to dinner with a few other couples, which was even better. There, our conversation ranged across a number of topics, with Dr. Givens proving to hold, in my opinion, a very enlightened view on our religion. We discussed:

How to be an intellectual believer: respect the doubt and understand that if the church is true, it doesn't need an apologist

Conflicting evidence of the Book of Mormon: He approached his research hiding nothing, trusting that in the end, the good will outweigh the bad

Opposition in all things: This world is designed so that there is just enough evidence to believe in or refute religion (just as DNA evidence was threatening B of M credibility, researches find some documents in Africa that suggests its authenticity), which makes the choice to believe - for it is a choice - a true reflection of one's character

Unfounded Paradigms: He told us of a great Mormon Scholar in the early days of the church who was completely confounded by "proofs" against the B of M, such as the fact that native American languages are not based in Hebrew or Egyptian. But he was operating under the presumption that the Lamanites were the sole ancestors to modern natives, a position unfounded in revelation and later disclaimed by the church. How many of our current beliefs are similarly unfounded?

Polygamy: we're supposed to find it repugnant

The PBS documentary: "It was like falling from a building - really enjoyable until the end." He said the producer was very professional and he saw an unedited version of the program that he thought was very good; however, the version that was actually aired was unbalanced (the ratio of opponents to supporters of the church was about 6:1).

The four paradoxes of Mormonism: 1. authority and radical freedom (we place so much value in agency, yet are highly obedient to leaders), 2. searching and certainty (we believe that we are always learning an perfecting ourselves, yet our testimonies profess that we know some truths with certainty), 3. sacred and the banal (our temples demonstrate our sense of the sacred, where the presence of basketball courts in our churches show how we are banal) 4. election versus exile (we choose to be a "peculiar people" standing out in the world, yet are insulted that other churches and the public in general don't include us).

Hmm, this post is getting long. All and all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I would highly recommend his books (I've read "The Hand of Mormon").

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Hey all
Just want to wish everyone a happy family day!!! What's that, you ask. It's a unique Alberta holiday. Our government has set aside one day a year to celebrate the wonders of families! We celebrated by skating, going to the Telus World of Science and having a colossal Wii family invitational. While there was not a clear winner, there was a definte loser--ME! Oh well, you can tell I don't spend all my time playing the Wii. So, hope you all a had a great family day (and didn't have to work too hard).

Monday, February 18, 2008

Blog 02/18/08

February 18, 2008

A Valentine Day Tale: Eric, a dour, somewhat quiet, highly academic young student, showed up at our office on Valentine's Day PM. After pacing about in the hall for several minutes he approached Sister Cottle and, somewhat hesitatingly, ask if she could help him with a Valentine treasure hunt (think of Jodi's treasure hunts about Columbia Falls), organized by Eric for the benefit of one Krista, another student and the objective of his affection. He explained that shortly Krista would arrive and Jean was to give her the two roses (roses, I'm sure he had purchased with his meager funds) he left behind and a valentine card that gave her the next clue. In about an hour, Krista, her bubbly self, arrived at the office. Sister Cottle delivered the roses (she had placed them in a bottle of water to freshen them up a bit) and the note. Eric hovered nearby anxiously watching and wondering how things would go. In fact he was so anxious he didn’t even let her have a chance to open the note by herself. He was right there urging her to tear open the envelope and then pointing out where she should go for the next clue. As I watched this little tableau play out I realized this is what Valentine’s Day is all about. Anxious, nervous men watching and hoping that their Valentine gift will be “just right.” It was fun to watch young love blossoming.

Also on Valentine’s Day, several single girls came to my class wearing T shirts with home made lettering on the front and back. It said “SAD” or Singles Awareness Day on the front and on the back “Sponsored by the women against PDA or Public Displays of Affection.” At least they could have a good laugh at their own love life on Valentine’s Day.

We also had a fun Friday night with Randy and Theresa. It started with good food and a most interesting discussion on the current state of United States Politics (don’t ask) and then on to the University of Virginia musical production of “Songs for a New World.” The entire program consisted of 7 students singing one song after another about the “New World.” These original songs ranged from the upbeat “World, you don’t Know Me Yet” about a young basketball player about to burst upon the league; to the poignant, “The Flag Maker” about Betsy Ross sewing away on the flag as she worries (“I worry and then I sew one more stripe and the worry and then sew one more star”) for the safety of her husband and son, both fighting in the war; and the ridiculous – Sayonara Santa, in which Mrs. Claus prepares to leave Santa for good because he is always leaving her alone on Christmas Eve. Sound weird? It was unusual, but the talent was amazing and the total experience mind boggling.

And last, but not least. We had a 42 stake conference on Sunday with satellite messages from the general authorities. Elder Nelson offered the following advice to men wanting to be good husbands. He called it the eight “ates!” 1. Anticipate. 2. Appreciate (for example how clean and orderly the house is each day). 3. Celebrate (date at least once a week). 4. Cooperate. 5. Elevate. 6. Motivate. 7. Radiate (more light than heat). 8. Supplicate (make your home be a house of prayer and a house of order). Great advice! Love to all.

Elder/Grandpa/Dad Cottle

Sunday, February 17, 2008

You Are So Lucky

I can't believe how bad its snowing here its just a blancket covering Cardston! Last night when we were driving up here we almost crashed half way there because of the snow storm. We could only see the road [barily]! See you all later,


Saturday, February 16, 2008

My New Creative Outlet

As I mentioned earlier, I am attempting to write a travel story of my trip to Mexico with my roommates a few years ago. If you have time to read a fairly long story, I have posted the first bit I have written over at

For those of you who are cold and miserable...

Here you can see David enjoying Valentines at his new favorite place: looking down the NaPali Coast from Ke'e Beach (Kauai). We are thinking of you all fondly as we enjoy our 78º weather, though sadly tomorrow Jamie will be back in the cold and snow in Denver.

Looks like Heather, Jeff & Michael win the prize for "Coldest place, among those where Cottle family members live, at the moment". While most of you are in the 30º to 50º range, Salt Lake is currently 10º and mostly buried under snow.

Happy February.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Valentines Day - Part III

Since I do live in the eastern time zone, this post actually is a day late, but I wanted to share the wonderful valentines that Theresa and I made for each other last Family Home Evening. Addy's not the only artist in the family, methinks.

Happy V-Day

Hey All,
I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentines Day. And for all the little cousins, keep your eye on the mail box. I didn't send them out fast enough so some (if not all) will be late but I was thinking of you.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentines Day

Don't have much to say other than hi and we can't wait to see everyone at the reunion. Also- we can't wait for summer- we are tired of SNOW!!! This has to be the longest winter in a while. Just want to wish everyone a happy valentines day tomorrow. Hope you get some quality time with those you love most. Miss you.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Blog 02/11/08

February 10, 2008
Not much new this week. We (the Institute) watched the press conference on Monday (a week ago) announcing the new first Presidency. While President Uchtdorf may have been the surprise member of the presidency I thought he was the hit of the question and answer session. Just in case you missed it. President Monson's favorite color is YELLOW. And his favorite ice cream is...... EVERY FLAVOR! There is a man after my own heart. President Eyring had the least to say, but as you know, he is my golfing buddy (I'm sure you've heard that story before), so I feel a special connection with him. I think the new First Presidency (and President Monson) will do just fine.
On Saturday we attended a broadcast of the yearly World Wide Training Session of the Church. The topic was the family. I know some of you may have also been in attendance but let me add just a couple of quotes (I'm sorry I missed the names on some quotes);
"There may be other organizations (wards, stakes, etc.) in the hereafter, we are not sure, but of one thing we are sure of - the family will be in the forefront (Elder Holland).
"Married couples have three assignments (as found in the Bible) 1) Leave, 2) Cleave and 3) become one."
"In a marriage it’s not who is right - it is what is right."
"I love my children with all my heart but I can't always love them with all my time." (this from Sister Beck, who was talking about making sure a mother has the time to develop her own life as well as that of her children)
"There are many housekeeping tasks that can be delegated but very few HOMEMAKING tasks that can be done by other than a mother."
The whole session was filled with great information for families everywhere. Get a copy of the DVD and watch it as a family.
Hope this finds you all well and happy and working hard.

Brent Is Hot!

The other day I was reading one of Sam's very interesting entries on his blog, (you should check it out - be sure to read the Prologue). This particular post was called "Me and Literature".

I wanted to share with Sam the fact that Brent teaches English & Literature at a college in Lethbridge, but I wasn't sure which one he is teaching at these days. So I did an online search.

Well, imagine my surprise when my search yielded the results: Brent Cottle is hot.

Seems Brent is indeed hot, based on what his students have to say. If you doubt me, just visit
Rate My Professor. Check out his reviews.

Don't you wish YOU were hot?

Monday, February 11, 2008

My amazing feat!

O.k. everyone--I did it! I figured out how to add pictures to my blog posting. So, here are some pictures of Bailey at her baptism on Jan. 12. I'm been meaning to post them every since, but had some difficulty in the beginning. However, Addy spurred me on--if she could figure it out--by golly so could I! O.K., other than that, not much going on. We are getting a break in the cold weather deparment, so that is always nice. I'm working very had to get my thesis written, although by now I am VERY sick of the topic. Who cares what careers gifted high school students choose!? I'm sure none of you do. I need to have it written by mid March, so all of you keep your fingers crossed for me. I should be doing that instead of this, but this is way more fun. I'll keep in touch. Bye for now.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I miss High School Basketball

I don't think I officially made a new years resolution this year but as I look back on the past month and a half I think I would have to say it's to not let things get in the way of what I want to do. Basically stop making excuses. That being said every year I think I should stop in and check out the Harry Ainlay (my old high school) Tri-Prov Basketball Tournament but I never do. This year I broke that cycle and it was quite the tournament. My roommate's brother was on one of the invited teams and I knew a couple players on the Ainlay team, so that added a bit of interest but after the final tonight I'm missing my days in High School cheering on the Titans.
This final came down to the wire with Ainlay having 4 sec to try and tie the game with a three pointer, and the shot was fairly close too. The energy in the gym was insaine. I think it rivaled the Sugar Bowl, but I could be wrong. Anyway it's been a long time since I've seen ball like that, with the exception of the UVA game I attended. But games in Canada can't begin to rival those anyway but this was probably the closest you'll get.
Anyway I'm tired and this may be making little sense but I'm glad I got to watch some good Basketball and hope I get to watch some more soon. I'm excited Edmonton is getting a B-ball team in the International League. That could be fun. Well Later Days.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Virginia Lives

In anyone has been over to my other blog, you may have noticed that I have stopped posting. This is because I have decided to put it on indefinate hiatus. But for everyone who still want to hear from Theresa and I, I will still post on this blog.

So, I guess I should tell you all what we've been up to. Theresa is doing amazing in her Pharmacy Tech classes: she has a 4.0 and has even been recruited to work as a part-time tutor for her classmates! (Funny that I never tell anyone my own grades, but have no problem telling you all Theresa's).

As for me, I am back at school as well. It keeps me pretty busy, so I really can't think of anything exciting going own. Other than school, we spend our days following the election. Virginia's primary is this Tuesday; Theresa is quite upset that, as a resident alien, she can't vote, but I am preparing to cast my ballot in a few days.

It was great to see everyone who we were able to visit this Christmas. It was a great time, even though Alberta is a cold, cold place. Here's some pictures:

Friday, February 8, 2008


thanks for all the nice comments on my art! I wish i could send you all a picture right now [of a shark of corse]! I still can't wait for the reunion, see ya later.
P.S. Almost down my picture of Marlie!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

My Bad

My mom pointed out that the time on my previous post says 8:30ish. I think I screwed that up when I was playing around with settings. It should have said 6:15am, That might make more sense (don't you hate when you have to explain your jokes? :) )

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


I guess Grandpa really summed up our thoughts on Pres. Hinckley. I remember him saying at one of those times we were with him that he said " I am just a humble servant of God, just like you missionaries." I certainly hope that I am just a little bit close to being like he was and as dedicated to serving. I also liked his quote that he was the last leaf on the tree and the wind was blowing. What a tremendous man he was!

I love reading what all of you write and hope to hear more from all of you. You mean so much to us. Each of you are very special and we love to hear about things going on in your life.

Grandma Cottle

Hard Done By

With mom trying to solidify the idea that we are most hard done by with weather, I thought I might through my thoughts in for most hard done by with work. Well ok maybe just start time, just take a look at when this was posted and I've already been at work for over an hour and a half. :( I'm just glad I live about 2 min away from work and @ 4:30am the drive isn't that busy.
Anyway, I don't have much to say except I really like this blog and I love to read everybody's stuff. Thank you Randy for maintaining it. I also like the new look, even if I thought I was on the wrong sight when I loged on. It looks good. I should get back to the show now. Lata!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Blog 02/04/08

February 4, 2008

Thoughts on President Hinckley

President Hinckley passed away on Sunday January 27, 2008. I heard the news by a 10:00 PM phone call from Richard Stuart (Institute Director). He was 97 years, 8 months of age at the time of his passing.

While we were serving in Hawaii President Hinckley came to speak at a missionary conference (about 200 Elders and Sisters and 50 Senior couples) held at the historic Honolulu Tabernacle. We were bused down from Laie and were all seated a good 30 minutes before the start of the meeting. The mission president gave us all a good lecture about how to behave when the Prophet arrived. Remain seated - don't shout out – you’re your suit coats on, don't try to shake hands, and so forth. At the appointed time President Hinckley bounded into the hall via a side door. We all stood and started singing "We thank thee oh God for a Prophet” He waved hi with his cane and started up the isle, shaking hands with everyone he could reach (I noticed some of the young missionaries hesitated a bit - given the previous lecture by the mission president). He just lifted everyone in the room by his presence. As he came up the isle closest to us (Jean and I were seated on the second row) and shook hands with the missionary in front of me President Hinckley looked past the front row and looked me right in the eye. As our eyes met I felt his gaze penetrate my very soul. Even now, I get chill bumps as I think about it. In that short period of time our eyes connected I felt a clear message from him to me. "God loves you, I love you, you are doing a good thing (serving a mission) and you and your family will be blessed." The moment passed quickly but it is stamped into my mind for ever.
Comfort from the Prophet.

Shortly after 9/11 Brent and I were moving some of his stuff out of the Bunnage household to his home in Magrath. The TV was on, and as we passed by with our hands full the announcer was saying, "And now, in an effort to make some sense of the terrible tragedy (9/11) we have invited some world religious leaders here tonight. First, from SLC, Mormon President Gordon B Hinckley. President Hinckley then started to answer questions in such calm and reassuring manner that both Brent and I dropped what we were doing and just listened - President Hinckley had that effect on you - you just wanted to listen to him.

A great sense of humor.

Sister Cottle and I were present in the meeting where he said to the missionaries, with a twinkle in his eye, "missionaries, always do your best - the Lord is counting on you - your may not be much, but you're all the Lord's got!"

On one occasion in Hawaii, at a regional conference as President Hinckley was speaking (We were part of the choir) he turned to the stake president who was presiding and said, "President what time is this meeting to end?"

The startled mission president replied, "At 12:00 (about 20 minutes hence) but if you would like us to go longer....
"On the contrary, I think we would all benefit from an early dismissal to enjoy some of this fine Hawaiian sunshine, and since I believe I'm the highest ranking person here - I say, let's close this meeting right now" This brought thunderous applause!

Respect and Love for a Spouse

Sister Cottle and I were back stage at the Pacific Theater at the PCC (as part of a choir to sing for the 40th Anniversary of the PCC) when a big black Lincoln pulled up to the staging area (Remember in Hawaii everything can be outdoors), and the special guests, the Hinckley’s, had arrived. President Hinckley got out first and waved his cane about greeting everyone standing around backstage. The chauffeur moved around the other side to help Sister Hinckley out, but President Hinckley waved him aside and said, “This is my job.” Whereby he opened the door and offered his hand to Sister Hinckley and with tender loving care, escorted her to the box of honor to watch the program. For the student performers watching this unfold it was a sermon on love and courtesy - by example.

I could go on and on – but better stop here. I hope all of you have some great memories of President Hinckley – if so, write them down and keep them in a special place ready to share with family in later years.

Super Bowl – what can I say – just check out my prediction from last week. By far this was one of the most entertaining games in recent memory.

The Silly riddle answer from last week. Where did Santa go on vacation? The Hilton Ho Ho Ho Hotel. (I liked Kristin’s answer better).

The Silly riddle for this week. What Medicine do snakes hate?

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Bowl

I just had to say, that I was going for the giants the whole time. I had faith in them, and they played a great 4th quarter. Fun Game to watch. And, I had the best wings from Sams Club, I couldn't stop eating them. YUM

New Layout

I guess I don't really need to tell you all that I changed the blog layout. Can anyone tell what the title piture is of?. I just downloaded it from the internet, so if anyone has any more personal pictures that you think would capture the spirit of this blog, let me know. You could send the pic to me, or you could create your own title banner (just make a .jpg, and I could put it up)

All about Marlie

I wish all of you could come see marlie right now she is so cute, i can't wait for the family reunion and you can all see her. And also i'm worknig on a pencil crayon drawing of her when its done i'll show all of you!

Heres some of my pictures!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Superbowl Pool

Are you ready for some Football!!! The Candy Pool has been drawn and everyone has their squares assigned! If you didn't get the email, or need to see the grid online, it's on my blog. ( ) Good luck!