Jazz Opener

Exciting start to the 2019-2020 season. Jazz over the Thunder 100-95. Great WIN!

Keith’s parents came up from Utah this morning to watch the kids and we made the trek down with friends to see the Jazz game. Left just after 1, arrived in SLC about 4, checked in at the Courtyard Marriott across the street from the Vivint Smart Home Arena and went to dinner at Tucanos.

VIP experience tonight in the suite. Walked away with Megaplex movie passes and the winner of the drawing got a Utah Jazz jersey. Was not us. Good times though.

Incredible Homecoming

One of my favorite weeks each year. I’m just going to run through some highlights of the week. So much awesome it’s hard to know where to start and end.

Cubby’s for dinner with kids and their friends. Love, love, love what they did in Provo! I want one of those street signs!

Our daughter really wanted us to come down on Tuesday for the opening ceremony and the night hike but with kids in school that’s hard to break away for the whole week. Thursday we finally hiked the Y as is our tradition and finished with lunch at Chom Burger. Took our entire group and it was like a Flash Mob at the restaurant. They were good sports. If you haven’t had the food there it is so good. The shakes are fantastic. Go see them and let them know Angie sent you. Here is the website http://www.chomburger.com.

Enjoyed a formal dinner at the Gordon B. Hinkley Alumni Building and dessert after at Last Course. Here is the website http://www.lastcourse.com. I enjoyed my Caramel Oreo Cookie Dough Shake. It was a fun night. I like to get dressed up and celebrate.

Temple trip with all the kids to do baptisms at the Provo Temple. A busy day with Fall Break but we got a great deal of work done.

Friday included some business in Provo then at dōTERRA. Enjoyed a hike to the Battle Creek Falls and the beautiful colors. Friday evening was the Alumni Cheer Practice for the Homecoming Game. Afterwards several of us went to Chilis for their virgin margaritas and skillet cookies and ice cream.

The 5K Cougar Run on Saturday was awesome. They had a new course for the run this year. I love running through campus. Got the tee and had the blue pancake breakfast. The weather began to turn by the afternoon. Costa Vida catered dinner for our pregame party. Dressed warm and in layers for the game. Thermals included. Didn’t help.

The game was cold, wet and miserable but we kept our spirits up. Cheered loud. Sang the fight song. Huddled close. WOW what a third quarter. It was enough and sometimes that is all you need.

After the game we ended up at Village Inn having hot chocolate and breakfast to warm up. I still am cold but this week has been Epic. So proud of the football team. Loved being a part of halftime and being on the field. Always a treat.

Hunger

Last. Night. Was. Insane! Boise State had BYU beat in every way except one. Hunger. A cold miserable night that kept a lot of fans away. For those that braved the elements we saw Heart. They did enough to win and hung on for that win. Congrats to BYU. I’m happy for Kalani he deserved this one. Gutsy call on two fourth downs. More of Homecoming to come in a follow up post. Rise & Shout!

Grand Targhee

It was a pretty quiet week. A PTA meeting Wednesday to plan the Spring 5K and end of year event. We have some pretty awesome Sponsors stepping up. It is my last year in the PTA, youngest moves on to 7th grade next year and I’m retiring. (:

There were two flag football games this week. One Tuesday and one Saturday. The team had a slow start but they are playing so awesome now. Tuesday our little guy scored two touchdowns and Saturday the team won 38-0. It has been very exciting to watch.

Friday we made a quick run up to Grand Targhee. Had lunch in Driggs at this place called The Royal Wolf. Wings, salad and a virgin margarita. Driggs looks like that perfect Idaho small town. The backdrop of the Grand Tetons is beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and ski. Friday evening around 9:30 our daughter and four of her friends from BYU arrived for the weekend. It was fun having them.

Saturday morning they came to cheer on the 5th and 6th graders in flag football. It was a lot of fun. In the afternoon we all watched in horror as BYU lost another game they should have won.

Next week is Homecoming for BYU against Boise State. I am going to enjoy the week and not worry about the game. Injuries have been been brutal this season, but even without injuries I just don’t think BYU is very good right now. Maybe someday. 💙. I love Homecoming in Provo. The blue pancake breakfast is making a return after the 5K. A good week ahead.

The Red Forest

This has been a week of discovery and renewal. Had some deep conversations with friends in person and online as I look to the future. Lately exhaustion has been tracking me like a predator. Many of my goals and plans have been set aside as I have felt overwhelmed in how to accomplish them. For those that took the time to listen my gratitude is full. Inspiration strikes when we are ready and willing to let go. Not always easy, but oh did it come. Several days of adjustments followed, both personal and organizational. By Wednesday many decisions had been made, but I took it to the Lord. In the Temple I prayfully shared my vision and desires and asked for his blessing if it was right. Then I let it rest.

The weather has been racing towards Winter quickly. Snow in Wyoming and Montana last weekend. Heavy rains in Idaho Falls. Keith and I really wanted to go see the Colors of Fall before snow fell. Friday we checked the kids out of school at noon and headed to the Palisades. The Colors were brilliant. Despite sun, rain and snow, all in a few hours, the Colors never faded a bit. A Red Forest for sure.

Made it back in time for the kids to arrive, with friends in tow, from BYU. Conference Weekend began with pizza and wings followed by Laser Tag.

One thing we enjoy during Conference is great food, treats, play and the Spirit. The announcements yesterday regarding the changes in the youth programs were very exciting. Last night brought tears of Joy hearing about the Orem, Utah Temple and others around the World. It was incredible hearing that announcement in the Women’s Session. After the news, Keith and I were talking how obvious it is to see the Lord’s hand in these changes. They make so much sense in fulfilling the Lord’s purposes. Keith is especially excited as he will be working directly with our youngest son who is a Deacon. I am grateful for the changes in how we can structure our YW classes to meet our specific needs. Seeing these inspired changes were an answer to my prayers, not only for the YW I serve, but my own personal circumstances. Simple changes open new doors and opportunities. This weekend has energized me in ways I didn’t expect. I feel renewed and full of Hope.

We wrapped up Saturday night indoor rock climbing. I am not sure what time the kids went to bed but Keith and I crashed at midnight. Sunday started with a big breakfast again and dragging, sleepy kids. Conference today wasn’t the sprint of Saturday but I have enjoyed the messages and most importantly have my answers. We have work to do.