The end of the year is the best! It all starts in October when things start to cool off, you just get a wave of excitement for what's coming. Then November comes (and goes before you blink) and it gets even cooler and brings Thanksgiving, a time for family, football, and food. Then it's December! Lights come up, Christmas music starts blaring, nativity scenes are displayed, hot chocolate is needed after you get home from class ;), and everyone is full of holiday cheer and happy as can be!
But I think that Thanksgiving is really the best! And in my expert opinion, I have to say that I have the best Thanksgiving experience every year! Sorry guys, try again next year.
It's the Gunderson tradition to go up to Utah and feast at Grandma's house. It's the most wonderful time of year! This year it was blizzard weather.. so the
turkey bowl was in the snow!
We had 42 people over for dinner! (Everyone except some of my family and the Burr's). It was too cold to eat in the garage, so we ate in the warmth of the house.
That night, some of the cousins went to the revamped Gunnison Theatre to watch the 7th Harry Potter. It was 17 degrees outside. We got there and were waiting for the previews to start when the owner comes out and tells us that the heater had just broke. He said that we could leave if we wanted and he would give us our money back, or we could stay because someone was on their way to fix it, and we could get free popcorn and soda. So naturally we stayed and got free popcorn! Well, the guy came and was working on it... but it never got fixed! IT WAS FREEZING!! It was 52 degrees when he annouced it, but it dropped A LOT as we were watching. We all had hoods on, collars popped, knees in chairs, and I was shaking madly. It was like 30 degrees in that place! But the movie was good!
Black Friday means shopping, right? Well, when you're in Centerfield you don't have that many options. So every year we drive the 45 minutes to Ephraim to go to Walmart! Haha! It's fun! Then we usually stop at the Malt Shoppe on the way home. The malt shoppe was closed this year, and so was the fudge place in Manti that Adam says is the best place ever. So we went to a small ice cream and donut place... but they don't sell donuts on the day after Thanksgiving. Haha. Oh well, it was still fun!
Friday afternoon Paula and Rachel came for a few hours since they decided to abandon us and not come on Thanksgiving. We spent the rest of the day watching football, talking, going on walks, and playing games.
That night, everyone had gone home.. or to another cousin's home, except Adam, Amanda, Jeremy, Kyle, Tara, Mattew, Jacob and I. So we went to the Ephraim theatre and saw Megamind. IT WAS HILARIOUS!
Saturday was Jared and Jarom's baptism in Springville! We all went to that then went back to their house for lunch!
Thanksgiving weekend is rivalry weekend. So we get to watch the BYU-Utah game together every year. This family loves BYU. We were just born with BYU blood... Except the rebels, Shane and Jared. So Ashley made Jarom and Jared this wonderful cake this year.
The BYU side was for Jarom and the Ute side for Jared. We sang happy birthday, after all the "to you's" everyone would yell BYU! Then they had a race to see who could blow out their candles first, Jarom aka BYU won.. only because Jared was stopped by a certain BYU fan.
After that, Mariam took our family pictures at a park in Springville.. it was mighty cold outside!
Adam, Jeremy, Matthew, Jacob, and I met Tara and Rachel at Kyle's work (a pizza buffet) in Alpine to watch the BYU-Utah game! We got there, paid for our food only to realize that they didn't have the right channel for the game. OI! So we scarrfed some food and were off to Grandma and Grandpa Burr's house to watch the second half of the game.
The game was HECKA intense. Utah ended up winning by one point, I don't want to be a sore loser and say it was all the ref's fault.. But... there was one call on a BYU interception that would probably had changed the outcome of the whole game. Oh well. We still had a chance with 4 seconds left, down by 1, with a field goal attempt.. but some guy came out of no where and blocked it. Oh well, it was a good game to watch and kept us interested until the last (very sad) second.
After BYU's first touchdown.
Shane after Utah's first touchdown.
After the blocked fieldgoal.
It was a great weekend! Let's do it again... next year! Same time, Same place! :) Be there!