Tuesday, February 17, 2015


This is my friend Emily Rice. We have been friends for a long time. We met when Trent was attending BYU for Law School and her husband was in graduate school. We lived in the same apartment quad where each day our children played outside together. We had good times together like pushing our children up the Temple hill to the park, participating in EARLY morning deep water aerobics, swimming at the Towers pool, attending the dinosaur museum, and talking for hours. That all happened when our oldest two children were four years old or younger. Now they are in their twenties. A lot of time has passed and we can't do those same things anymore. We live in two different states and have busy lives. But, on those rare occasions when we do get together we can still talk for hours. I'm so grateful that I am able to visit with her like we did during those good 'ol days. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Small Town Grocery Stores

Living in a small has its disadvantages and I am well aware of many of them. Like, there are no museums to go to. You have to find your own fun. And there isn't a lot of shopping. But, there are advantages too. Like, the pace is pretty slow. You know a lot of people and can wave to everyone. And, there is a small town grocery store. I love ours. It usually has what you need just not everything that you want. I almost always see someone to chat with for a second. 

Tonight, my sister and her husband were there. They bought a lot more than us and we were at the check out together. We were talking with the cashier, manager, and each other about a particular item they were out of and were getting rainchecks when my sister's purchase was completed or at least it seemed completed. Then it was our turn. They left and we proceeded to purchase our groceries. We didn't need a lot but when the cashier was finished scanning our items the total was over $100. I was dumbfounded. This is about all we got. There may have been a little bit more but not enough to total that much.

Upon closer inspection of the screen, I saw the things that my sister had purchased. They hadn't finished their transaction. All of our talking had gotten everyone distracted. We had a great laugh while we waited for them to come back to the store to buy their stuff. It was very funny. That is the kind of stuff that can happen in a small town grocery store and no one got too worked up about it. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Super Bowl

It isn't as much fun to watch the Super Bowl when you want both teams to lose. I found myself in-cheering both teams at times. But, we did and unfortunately, or fortunately, the Patriots won. Personally, I think the biggest winner was the Chevy ad that had us all thinking our TVs had gone out right before the games started. It was funny. Our party was small with just the four of us who occupy this house on a full-time basis attending. It was quiet, perfect for a little snooze, and very low key. We did have some snacks. I think it was almost perfect - could have only been better if the other two members of the clan were here.