Sold Out 

Well we made the trek south to see BYU came Gonzaga.  Gonzaga right now is the numbet 1 ranked team in the country you know!  So it was not just the rivalry game, it was an undefeated huge game with potential for an upset on Groundhog Day.  Plus it was packed.  We barely got a parking place and we were early!  

So here is how the trip and everything went down.  We left on Wednesday late afternoon.  Had Thursday to get some things done.  A friend came by and taught my mother in law and I some cool dōTERRA stuff.  We made some blends and on a very personal note we are grateful for her love and encouragement. Keith spent the day with his parents.  I went and had lunch with Sara.  We hit Tucanos and had a big lunch.  They made sure we got plenty grilled pineapple.  After lunch we stopped at Mr Mac and ordered some more shirts, ties and another set of pants for my missionary.  Love that Mr. Mac ships for me.  We then went to Deseret Book and got some new garments for Keith and I.  I needed to get back so gave Sara a hug and off I went.  Keith offered to take his parents to dinner and they wanted Chuck-a-Rama. I was so full from Tucanos I didn’t have much, just a salad and some jello.  Keith was crazy hungry, so they all ate up.  We got to the game early and Sara and I met up and went to find peeps.  She is quite the social butterfly.  We were back and forth all over the place.  Was fun to see friends and even got down on the floor at one point before the game.  I had 4 inches of Cougar Tail and some Kettle Corn.  I was feeling a sugar high like crazy.  Keith bought like 4 Cougar Tails and was sharing them with all the kids around us.  I think he was Mr. Popular last night.  Keith’s parents left when the game was over and we stayed for awhile chatting with friends then a few of us were hungry so decided on IHOP.  I needed some real food again so ordered eggs, toast and sausage with sides of bacon and ham.  This round Keith wasn’t hungry so he just had hot chocolate.  He and Todd kept stealing my bacon.  I ended up having to order like 3 sides of bacon.  Very bad boys.  We finally got home at a little after 2 am.  We had one final stop this morning after sleeping in.  I wanted Lehi Rollermills muffin and cookie mixes.  I told Keith I was going to get a bunch and not to complain after all the Girl Scout cookies he bought.  It was just like nope, don’t say a word.  He just quietly signed the receipt and I am happy again.  

The game was so fun.  Sara and I tried to get on TV, we danced, we played the air drums, we even held up this ladies cute baby.  Nothing worked that I am aware of.  The Marriott Center was loud, like insanely loud.  The Roc section was all the way to the top.  Most I have ever seen.  BYU got to within 6 with about 2 minutes left.  They just couldn’t close the gap.  The Cougarettes gave us their National Title performance of their Hip Hop routine.  Was awesome as always.  I had so much fun!  

Lavell Tribute

Today one of my Heros died.  I grew up watching him coach my BYU Cougars.  Lavell Edwards was a great coach but most importantly he was a great leader.  He once made time to come and speak to us.  He told us we were an integral part of the football teams success.  Our efforts on the field and our interaction with the fans made Game Day a success, win or lose.  One of the things I admired most about Coach was despite the fact he won a lot of football games his focus was on developing good people.  Whether you were a coach, player, or even a cheerleader you never, ever doubted that you made a difference and it was more about life than the win.  Part of life is growing old and eventually we all die.  I will miss him.  I understand that his beautiful wife Patti and his family were with him this morning when he passed away.  My prayers are with them.  Patti is a remarkable woman and I am sure is doing much more in comforting others than needing to be comforted tonight.  My best friends Mandy and Sara and their families have been with us in Park City for New Years.  It was the girls turn to head down to BYU for a basketball game, so the three of us and the oldest girls came down tonight.  It was so awesome seeing Lavell Edwards Stadium lit up in tribute to Coach.  (See pic below)  It was the house that he built.  We decided we wanted to do our own tribute for Coach tonight.  So we had us three and found a few more.  After the game we connected up and walked down to the stadium.  We had our own impromptu cheer as we sang the fight song.  Rise and Shout!  💙

Lavell Edwards Story 

BYU Fight Song 

The Cougar Song
Brigham Young University

By Clyde D. Sandgren, 1932

Rise all loyal Cougars and hurl your challenge to the foe.
You will fight, day or night, rain or snow.

Loyal, strong, and true

Wear the white and blue.

While we sing, get set to spring.

Come on Cougars it’s up to you. Oh!

Rise and shout, the Cougars are out

along the trail to fame and glory.

Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out

As you unfold your victr’y story.

On you go to vanquish the foe for Alma Mater’s sons and daughters.
As we join in song, in praise of you, our faith is strong.

We’ll raise our colors high in the blue

And cheer our Cougars of BYU.

Ra, Ra, Ra Ra Ra Go Cougars

6th Hottest

It’s been a standing joke for quite a few years about me being the 6th hottest.  So tonight I will share with you where it came from.  I was a cheerleader all through school.  One away trip, we were being goofy at dinner and started ranking ourselves.  Now mind you I was definitely not the hottest of the group, even on my best days, but I am pretty. Being with hot girls pulls the average way up lol.  Anyway as the pecking order placed me I ended up 6th hottest.  There may have been some chance to that.  As rock, paper, scissors played a big part in the placement of several of us in the top 10 lol.  Oh and the hottest of the cheerleaders got the title “the fugly cheerleader” Fugly = Freaking Ugly for those not in the know.  Good times!  I miss the fun and the games.  We always were laughing about something.  I also was known as “Smiles” as I never could escape mine.  So for those that always insist I’m “at least” top 3 it’s really ok.  I’m flattered but I will always be the 6th hottest.