My parents are very important to me. I live with my mom in a trailer we have lived in for nearly17 years. She has always been there for me whenever I needed her and always will be. My dad doesn't live far away. He provides me with a job and helps me out with a lot. He covers me for whatever I really need that I cannot provide for myself. My parents make my life pretty great. We don't have much money but that doesn't matter that much. We make enough to be all right
Not a lot changes around the house except for how long we’re gone from home. I'm basically only home at night and then leave early in the morning for work or school. My mom does the same after she makes sure I get up on time if I shut my alarm off more than once.
My dad lives by himself a few miles outside of Battlement mesa. He owns his own lawn business that I help him with whenever I get a chance. He has a total of 56 properties a week that he mows and takes care of. Him and I are professional landscapers. Over the years we’ve made a reputation for ourselves as a well priced lawn crew.
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I was born on a Friday around 11:00 am after about 18 hrs of labor. I was a blue baby, meaning that I didn't have enough oxygen while being born. It took a few minutes for me to pink up, but then the most beautiful sound in the world was heard and everyone on that floor knew that I was good to go. We found out on Sunday that I was not so fond of Mexican food. There was a great little restaurant with burritos that my mom just loved, and unfortunately they didn't like me. I had a tummy ache for the rest of the day. We lived in Taft Ca. I was born in Bakersfield Ca.
I was in a car accident when I was about a year old; it changed a lot for my parents. We were going to Grand Junction to pick up my dads paycheck and get it to the bank. It was very windy. We were in a jeep wrangler and flipped multiple times. When authorities arrived we were up side down and I was in my car seat laughing. My mom was rushed to the hospital with a major head injury. For years after that there was tension between my parents, which led to their divorce in 1998.
I was going to Grand Valley High School at the start of my freshman year. It was all right but the teachers and I always had our differences. I was in algebra class one day and was working on my homework from the previous math class, when the assistant in the class took my paper away from me and interrupted class just to yell at me. A few minutes later the class was assigned a worksheet. I asked for help and all my teacher said was, “you would know if would have done your homework”. I told her that I was trying to finish it when it was taken from me. She said that because I never paid attention and that every kid in the class besides me got their work done and didn’t argue with them. So now that the whole class was distracted and the teacher was yelling at me I just said ‘fuck this school” and walked out.
Now I am a senior at Yampah Mountain High School with 4 credits needed to graduate. I am soo much happier in this school than any other school I could have gone to.
A current event that changed my life is Erin Staats. We started dating march 25th and its been the best months of my life. Even though we don’t see each other very often, the time we do spend together is ten times better than it would be if we could see one another every day. I’ve been more happy in these six months than I have been in any other relationship I’ve been in.
Strength and talents
I think I’m a pretty cool guy with an outgoing personality. I’m friendly and enjoy being around people. I especially enjoy the outdoors! I have many strengths and talents, the Spanish language is not one of them. The things that I do excel at I focus on and try to make them a big part of my life; such as snow boarding, running a lawn business or biking. I’m making snowboarding a big part of my life by working at a ski resort. I am very gifted by having a girlfriend like Erin, she keeps me happy whenever I’m sad or having a bad day and I do the same for her. Not to mention she keeps me out of trouble.
Sometimes I feel that I can’t do anything right and everyone is smarter than I am. My mind does not comprehend things as quick as other people, such as Spanish, I cant learn Spanish worth a ****. Sometimes it gets really bad and I shut down completely. That doesn’t usually happen very often but it still lingers in my life. Sometimes I can’t think about what I’m trying to think about like when I was trying to write this paragraph, it took me way longer than it should have to write this paragraph. I stare off outside and wish I didn’t have to write about my weaknesses. That’s some of my weaknesses.
I am a Baptist Christian; I used to go to Sunday school/church with my mom and grandma in Grand Junction. I remember one time in Sunday school my preacher held up a sword and a bible and said, “This bible will go deeper than this sword ever will”. I was thinking in the literal sense so I didn't under stand how the book of God could go deeper than a giant sword.
Another time in Sunday school my preacher was talking about the earth and how god created it in perfect rotation and if it were even an inch off we would all burn up. I thought about the change of seasons and how in the summer we were closer to the sun. I wondered why we didn't burn up in the summer. I guess I never really understood why he said that.
I went to church a few times last year and tried to accept the Holy Ghost but it never really worked I guess. I prayed and everything. Maybe I just don't believe. So now I just live my life the way I want to and its been working pretty well so far.
Beauty can be many things to one person. For me, my girlfriend is beautiful. She is a beautiful person and she is beautiful to the eye. Beauty is something that is appealing to the eyes such as, mountain ranges, snow-capped mountains in the spring, sunsets and sun rises. All of those things are beautiful, but not in the same way. Erin is the most beautiful because she my girlfriend. Scenery is beautiful to the eye and gives me a sense of freedom from everything.
Friendship is a necessity in life I think. Without friends life would be empty and I would be very lonely. My best friend Jordan and I do everything together. He has been my friend since freshman year. We are probably going to move to Glenwood together after we graduate.
3 most important Characteristics of being a good parent
Being a good parent is a big responsibility. The three mostly important characteristics of being a good parent are: you have to be a good husband and care for your kids, be loving, listen, and have structure and discipline from infancy.
Good parents will not fight in front of their children no matter what. You must show them love, make them feel good about themselves. Good parents will listen to what their kids have to say even if its something crazy. Structure and discipline is very important , if you do not have structure your kids won’t know what’s right from wrong. Discipline your kids appropriately according to what they have done wrong.
Things to focus on to achieve future happiness
To achieve future happiness I have to set my self up for what I want to do with my life. I want to become a snowboard instructor. So to achieve this goal I put my application in for Sunlight Mountain on 9/27/2012. When I get that job at Sunlight I will work there for a few years and then I will move up valley to Aspen/Snowmass. When I do that I will be making enough money to be happy and be able to support my family or myself in the future.
Success:….am I successful?
Success to me means doing something and having something good come out of it. I am very successful. Most of the time my actions are successful, other times not so much. Like that one time I was to fast on a dirt road and rolled my jeep. Over all I am successful, at least I'm not in jail, which must mean I’ve been successful so far.
Things that I am grateful for
I am grateful for many things. Included are my parents, my girlfriend and everything I have. My dad has paid for my birthday 4 times over this year and I am extremely grateful for that. He spotted me money for things I didn’t have money for, such as an alignment for my jeep. All he asks for in return is for me to be grateful and I am very grateful for everything that he does for me. He also came over to my house on my birthday and cooked everybody hotdogs and cheeseburgers.
My mom has also has done a lot for me. Not just for my birthday but also on a daily basis, everything from making something to eat in the mornings when I don’t have time to, or having my family pitch in money so I could get my Gopro camera. I will always be grateful for my parents.
My girlfriend Erin is someone I am extra grateful for. She is to good to me; she deals with this long distance relationship very well. She keeps me out of trouble even when she lives so far away.