Monday, April 18, 2016

The Utah Jazz and A Few Updates

In other news, here are a few of our updates!

We've been to two funerals in the past three weeks. The first for a previous coworker (very sudden and unexpected), the second for Don Gordon. Don was Grant Gordon's (one of Brandon's best friends growing up) dad. Don had been fighting cancer on and off for more than the last decade and had finally decided that he wanted to enjoy the remainder of his life rather than go through chemotherapy anymore to add a few more months. While his passing didn't come as a huge shock, his loss was still very much felt. And his funeral was one of the best I've ever been to. Aaron sang (amazing - really) and Grant did Don's life sketch. Just those two things would have been enough to have conveyed the emotions we all felt - both the sadness at the loss of Don from our lives and the joy and happiness that he brought to it.

We work with the youth at our church, teaching the 15-17 year olds during Sunday School. It can be a challenging calling, but we like it and we like getting to know the kids. We recently received an additional calling to help during this summer's Youth Conference. It will be similar to the Trek (with Mas and Pas), but with a Book of Mormon theme instead (which will make us "Goodly Parents"). But we'll essentially be camping and in charge of directing out little "family" of eight to eleven kids. We haven't done anything like this in years and I'm actually a little excited. There will be the unavoidable cheese factor that comes with trying to create this kind of events, but I think it will be fun. And interesting to view from this perspective rather than as part of the youth.

Brandon got a new computer this week. A very nice one. He'd been wanting a new one for awhile and we'd budgeted for it because it had been on the "want" for a fair amount of time. This past week he finally made a decision on the one he wanted and went for it! After a weekend of experimenting with it, he seems very happy with it. :)

We had a Batesville Reunion breakfast yesterday and I finally went through some of the photos I've had hanging out on my computer from Red Mountain, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and the Utah Jazz Game we attended a few weeks ago. I'll do a separate post for Red Mountain and the Batesville Reunion, but here are the photos from the Parade and Jazz Game.

Shauna and Duane have come for two quick visits in the past six weeks or so. During the first one, it overlapped with the St. Patrick's Day Parade downtown. We made our way down to the Gateway Mall for the parade, found a good spot, and stayed for most of the parade (Grant and Lauren Gordon came down briefly and said hello as well). After most of the parade had passed we walked down to the Rio Grande to wander the Winter Market a bit, had lunch at the Mexican restaurant right there, and then stopped at the Siamsa (Irish music and dance) before heading back home. It was a fun little adventure!

On April 1st (a Friday) Brandon called to see if I wanted to go to a Jazz game that evening and I (somewhat to his surprise) said yes! They were free tickets from his work pretty close to the floor. And as sporting events go, it was a lot of fun! We got some CupBop for dinner (the food options inside the event center were pretty good!) and waved flashing foam wands they'd given everyone upon entry. I know almost nothing about the Utah Jazz, but it was fun cheering for them and watching the various side shows during time outs and half time. Three fans of the opposing team were sitting in front of us, which made for interesting conversation with them about their players. None of which I particularly care about, but enjoyable none the less. Of note - there was a child of about nine sitting behind us who had clearly had a thorough education on the best way to give commentary at a game. It made me decide then and there that - hypothetically - I'd like to try and teach any children we have to cheer for the team they are supporting rather than booing the team they're not supporting. 

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