Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Enjoying Maui Sun

Sometimes, the best way to deal with stress is by going to that happy place. Literally! Jen and the boys decided that they needed a few days away from the gloomy, gray skies of Utah so they hopped on a plane and traveled more than six hours to the beautiful shores of Maui.

Its amazing what a few days in the sun, on a beach can do for you. The average temperature there was 80 degrees and the water was bliss. Kingston, Chase, Mica and Kenyon spent most of their time in the water with their snorkel gear on and Quinn even ventured into the waves a time or two just so he didn't feel left out. They even tried skim-boarding!

It was hard for them to come home to Utah after having such a wonderful time but all good things must come to an end. They're all very grateful to have visited one of the most beautiful places on earth and can't wait to go back to see the rest of the island and enjoy all of the wonderful things they didn't have time to do this time around.

We wish that we could have brought some of that sunshine home, but we did take enough pictures for you to enjoy....

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Its the big day for high school football seniors around the country as they declare their intent to play for one of the hundreds of salivating colleges and universities around the nation.

Manti Te'o, by far the biggest Polynesian name on the radar today, will inform his adoring fans and the nation at 2PM Pacific Time today. Coming into the home stretch, Notre Dame, USC and UCLA are at the top of the list, but its never a done deal on signing day and Stanford, Tennessee, Oregon, BYU, California or Colorado may still have a glimmer of hope to sign the man-child from Punahou. Manti's signing-day frenzy has been monitored closely by the nation, a lot like another Polynesian star, Haloti Ngata did a few years ago. That's how big Manti's number has become.

Timpview senior Xavier Su'a-Filo will announce his college of choice at 2PM Mountain Time. The 6-4, 285-lbs offensive lineman has Auburn, BYU, Colorado, LSU, Notre Dame, USC, Stanford, UCLA and Utah on his mind. With his pro-style body and nimble feet, Xavier is a hot commodity for teams looking to beef up in both pass protection as well as the run. Will he opt to stay in Utah close to family, or is his future in the PAC-10 or SEC?

Another Utah product, James Aiono (Murray HS) became the #1 Junior College prospect in the nation thanks to his impressive stats and consistency on the campus of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. Unfortunately for Aiono, becoming a non-qualifier meant that he would not be able to join the Utes right out of high school. But fortune has a way of finding those who persevere and Aiono has made the most of his time in Ephraim. He will be wearing red after all next season and I can guarantee you, this guy is going to turn lots of heads when Ute Defensive Coordinator Kalani Sitake gets his chance at molding a hot young prospect.

I'll update you throughout the day on the latest signings and surprises.