On Thursday, Rita and the kids went to the Reflections award night. Kenna won honorable mention for her painting she entered. The assigned theme was diversity. She painted a colorful landscape and put a poem on it that she had written. They gave her a gift certificate to Menchies, which is perhaps her favorite place to eat.
Friday, I went to Austin Lawyer's wedding reception. Afterward, I went to Russ's house and watched the BYU vs USU basketball game. I got home in time for our family to have a small 11-11-11-11-11-11 celebration. (That's 11:11:11 p.m. on November 11, 2011.) We sipped sparkling apple cider from plastic champagne glasses.
Today (Saturday) I got up and did my weekly long run. Today's version was 12 miles in the wind and rain. Then I had an Elders Quorum activity featuring burgers, brats, and football.
We then went to a very fun surprise birthday party for Marshall (and Missy, too, as far as I could tell). The party was in Alpine at Marshall's parents' home. There were about 30 people there. We ate birthday cake, but the candles were actually on a large, delicious pumpkin pie.
I didn't know very many people at the party. But everyone was very friendly. I had brief conversations with at least four different people that I didn't know previously. Most of the conversations started with something along the lines of "you must be Missy's brother." I also spoke to Marshall's mother Sidney, mostly about her recent trip to Dubai and Delhi. I joined in a bit with the conversation between Marshall's father David and Todd and Rita. They mostly talked about Todd's drumming interests. After the party, Todd and I watched the BYU vs Idaho football game.
I know this makes me sound old, but I hope tomorrow I can just relax.