Sunday, June 27, 2010

All-American weekend

After a fun-filled week of shopping for curtains, doing laundry, and visiting teaching, I was grateful to spend Thursday night at home with Thomas. We had a quiet evening here and watched the new Alice in Wonderland. It's different, huh?

Friday night, we made our way north to the Draper temple to attend an endowment session. The Draper temple is this lovely, very square building. I find it magnificent. When we came out of the temple, the weather was so nice. It had cooled down a lot. The sun was setting and the sky was beautiful! We brought the camera along and were looking forward to taking a few photos for you, only to discover that the battery needed to be charged. We hope you enjoy these photos of the temple.

Saturday, not long after we woke, we heard many loud sirens somewhere nearby. I rushed to the front window at a couple different times to see what was going on, but couldn't catch a glimpse. About 15 minutes into this ruckus, the various sounds characteristic of a marching band met our ears. This time, when we (both) looked outside, the sight of the Freedom Festival's Children's Parade graced our eyes.

In the afternoon, we went grocery shopping. Thomas' coupon-clipping really is growing on me; it's awesome to combine coupons and price-matching at Walmart and watch the final price drop drastically at the end of a shopping trip. I highly recommend it. It takes a little bit of work (and sometimes a bit of restraint - you only really save if you're saving on stuff you'd normally buy!), but it's totally worth it. Yesterday we cut over $16 off of our total (combining totals at Walmart & WinCo). 28-cent cans of tuna make it a lot easier to begin our own food storage!

Yesterday evening, we joined our friends Katey and Ashton for a Salt Lake Bees game! We had great seats, just off of 3rd base. Not long after we were seated, the sun went down enough that we were in the shade. It was a close game; the Bees won 6-5 against Reno in the final inning! We got to see the team mascot up close and because the Bees scored over 5, everyone got a Subway coupon. (We even got out of the stadium quickly enough that we were able to grab a free loaf of bread just outside).

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Independence Day!


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