We enjoyed the lights at a nearby shopping area...it was even cold---feeling just like Christmas:)
And a Happy New Year to everyone! We went WAY outside of our comfort zone and hosted a New Year's Eve party...trying to entertain our company:) I doubted that we would be able to make it until midnight...but low and behold, we were kicking people out at 12:30...:) We did a white elephant gift exchange and of course ate and ate and William and NaKya introduced the "signs" game to everyone...that was the hit, especially with the Cottrell cousins. We made a bunch of noise and then cleaned up and sent everyone home:) We have 9am church and I had a gospel doctrine lesson to teach...ugh...but it was lots of fun and who knows, we may do it again next year.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
While we were in Utah for Thanksgiving Grant made an interesting discovery...his very own Papa was named "Most Preferred Guy" at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho many years ago. Grant was so impressed that he took a picture of the yearbook as proof and then insisted that the bakery put that very inscription on his birthday cake:) Grant is pretty proud of the fact that his old grandpa was popular among the ladies back in the day.
"This year, mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and then speak it again."
- Howard W. Hunter
- Howard W. Hunter
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
We had a great time at the Armed Forces Bowl here in Dallas at SMU. The best part being that BYU beat Tulsa in the final possession of the game. Grant and his cousins had a great time waiting for the team to come out of the locker room...they got lots of autographs and met a lot of players. My personal highlight was seeing some old friends from our Wymount Terrace days...Les and Sheralyn Brown. Their son Braden plays offensive line for BYU. Sheralyn and I talked just like old times...that's what friends do...pick up where they left off:) It was great being with Papa and Grandma and the Cottrells too. I think we made some great memories:)
After several months of dating...it is official. William asked NaKya Nelson to marry him, and she accepted:) We couldn't be happier. She is a delightful girl and she adores William. No firm date is set yet...late April or early May in the St. George Temple!