In memory of Grandpa Greenland

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Published on: July 6, 2015

Dan “L” Greenland (1935 ~ 2015)

Dan GreenlandDan “L” Greenland, 80, passed away June 30, 2015.
Born June 3, 1935 in Highland, Utah, to William John and Cressie Althera Loveridge Greenland. He grew up in Highland and attended schools in American Fork. Graduated from
American Fork High School in 1953. Married his high school sweetheart, Eleanor Bunker, October 21, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple which was officiated by Pres. J. Reuben Clark Jr.
Married 61½ years. Worked for Deseret Chemical and Chevron Oil. Loved the youth, umpired baseball, and refereed basketball for many years. Active in the LDS Church serving in many positions. Received the Duty to God award and the Scouter Key for his work with the Cub Scouts. Served as the priesthood leader at girls camp for 17 years and enjoyed every minute. He loved people and served as bishop three times and two years as a stake missionary. Served an 18 month mission with his wife to the New York Utica Mission where he was called as a counselor in the mission presidency.

Survived by wife, Eleanor; children: Dan “L” Jr. (Marilee), Jeanette (Mike) Brimhall, Dale, JoAnn (Douglas) Braithwaite, Laura (John) Aitken, Debra (David) Ginnett, Marguerite (Michael) Thacker, Tina (Andrew) Rother; 36 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren;
brother, Vernon (Golda) Greenland, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; son; and a daughter-in-law.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 6, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at the Kearns Stake Center, 4260 West 5215 South.

That is what the obituary read. This is how I will remember him.

Grandpa was a kind loving man that was well liked and respected by many people. He touched the lives of many whether through baseball, basketball, church or his daily interactions with young and old alike.

I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with my grandfather and the lessons that I was able to learn just by observing him. As a young man I really enjoyed the times that I was able to spend with him whether it was to drive 100 miles or so to watch him umpire a baseball game or just go to an ice cream parlor for fun.

He taught me an appreciation for baseball as well as other sports. It is an appreciation that I have to this day and that I hope my children (how could they not) will be able to gain and keep.

Something that I noticed early on was how hard a worker grandpa was. Grandpa did not shy away from work and made sure he always provided for his family. Despite all of the work, he always seemed to have time for the grand-kids or even to help with church or community. He loved to tease and enjoy the people he was with. He brightened the room.

Grandpa conducted his life with dignity and with my admiration. I hope I could some day be as kind, fair, gentle and hard working as we was throughout his life. I was honored and humbled to be able to have the chance to sit by his side and have a few conversations as he was preparing to pass from this earth to the next.

Grandpa has earned his place in heaven and this chance to rest.

I love you Grandpa! I will miss you and hope to see you again.

Having Cake and Eating it Two

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Published on: March 4, 2011

In early January, I wrote a little tribute to my wife for the awesome job she does when making cakes.  There was a lot of good feedback from that.  You can go back and read it from here, if you like.  This is a short follow-up to that article.  This is mostly because I think she has outdone herself again.

Just a short while ago was our oldest daughters birthday.  She just turned two.  Last year she got a ballerina music box as her birthday cake.  This year she got this:

I think she did a fantastic job on this.  The towers are all covered in colored white chocolate.  The cake was really tasty too!!

Here is another one from last year that didn’t make it onto the first article.  This is the tractor that was made for my niece.  This was another birthday cake.  We weren’t able to be there for the party (traveling back home at the time).  From what I hear though, people were impressed and my niece was quite happy with the cake.

This one was harder than one might think.  The hard part is getting the cake to stand off the ground and appear like the tractor is on wheels.  She was frustrated with it – but did a good job.

Having Cake and Eating it too

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Published on: January 3, 2011

Every once in a while it is necessary to do something a little more than a blog post about SQL Server.  This happens to be one of those occasions.  This time around I wanted to boast a little about the talents of my wife.  My wife is an amateur cake decorator.  Everything she does is self-taught and from her own artistic creations.  My children really look forward to their birthdays.  For them, it is a lot less about the toys than it is about the cake.  Ask them what their cake was for their last birthday and they will tell you immediately.  Ask them what toy they got and they fumble around trying to figure out the answer to that question.  That is really awesome.

Here are a few of her creations.

This cake is a dinosaur made for our son Garrett on his 3rd birthday.

This cake was made for my first daughter for her first birthday.  She might have a little more difficulty telling you what here cake was.  Too bad she can’t truly store jewelry in this musical ballerina jewelry box.

This tank was created for our oldest son just last year.  Unlike an M1-A1 or Sherman, this tank is fully edible.  Next time, she will need to add some fireworks.

This one is a couple of monster trucks that you may recognize (e.g. Bulldozer with its horns).  This Monster Cake was made for my sons 4th birthday.  You can see he is there ready to eat it.

This cake is LEGO Batman and was for the 5th birthday for Kyle as well.  This cake is also 100% edible and was eaten very quickly.  You should have seen the enjoyment my son got out this.

This R2 unit was made for me.  This was a new challenge for my wife with the cylindrical shape and it being upright.  She did a good job on it.  This was from a couple of birthdays ago.

This cake was a cake that she did as a giveaway.  She did this one for the birthday of another child in our neighborhood.  She did a fantastic job on this cake.

These are just some of the cakes that my wife has done over the past few years.  She doesn’t do the cakes as a part of a business but more as a hobby.  She gets great satisfaction out of it.  I think she should develop this talent a bit more and expand it to be more than just a hobby.  When she has the time and practice on cakes like this, they are incredible.

I would like to see her open up her own shop some day.

Bundle of Joy

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Published on: December 8, 2010

After baking for 9 months, our bouncing baby girl has finally arrived.  She arrived Thursday Dec 2, 2010 at 8:28 AM (PST).  There were no complications and the delivery went smoothly.  Family is doing well.  My wife is doing well.  And baby is doing well.  Our newborn came in at 8lbs 4 oz and 20 inches.  Today she had her first doctors visit and we found out that she is only at the 50th percentile for weight and 95th percentile for height.  And here I thought she was a pretty big baby.

We are extremely pleased to have this new child in our family.

The Year of the Phantom

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Published on: October 3, 2010

It is amazing how fast time moves the older (and slower) we as humans get.  Looking back on time, it doesn’t seem to have been that long since I got married.  Today marks the 15th anniversary of that occasion.  It has been a good fifteen years and both of us have learned a lot.  I would dare say that while many things have not changed, many have changed within our relationship.  That is a good thing – you can’t make a marriage work without teamwork.  We work well together.

For our anniversary celebration (we did it a day early), I took her to the Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian.  If I were to be reviewing it, I would give it high marks in most areas and I think it is a must see.  A tip though, order your tickets directly from the Venetian.  If you order from the Venetian, the initial ticket cost is cheaper than anywhere else I found the tickets.  Furthermore, I was able to find discount codes online for ticket purchases at the Venetian.  Overall cost savings was huge.

My wife and I sat front row for the show, right next to the orchestra pit.  The view was spectacular – even when we disappeared in the fog.  What we were unprepared for was the fireworks and fire plumes at various points in the show.  We like what they did with the chandelier and moving the characters from time to time throughout the audience.  Even being as close as we were, and being able to see fine details in the makeup, there were no real flaws to the production (not even in the makeup).

I would go see it again.  Just be aware that this production is not exactly the same as the production on Broadway.  This is still Andrew Lloyd Webbers work and all changes to the score were done by home.  The main changes are in scenery and transition as well as special effects.  Both versions have their highlights and are both well worth watching.

5 down 4 to go

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Published on: July 23, 2010

Not much ado about SQL Server here.  Good things come with the number 9.  For instance SQL Server got substantially better at version 9 (my opinion).  And another good thing is the next addition to our family.  We are 5 months in with 4 remaining.  My wife and I typically try to wait until well into the pregnancy before making it big news.  And this time around, we will be bringing in a baby sister for the other children.  This is very good news for us and we are quite happy about it.

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