Sunday, December 30, 2012

Thanksgiving Smoothie

Cameron and I had a new and unexpected experience with Thanksgiving leftovers this season. This is a little delayed, I know, but it took a while to decide if it was something the public should know. After a a long day at school the Monday following Thanksgiving, Cameron and I b-lined it over to the in-laws to feed on delicious leftovers we knew were awaiting our arrival. We opened the fridge to find a huge zip-lock bag of what appeared to be the leftover turkey and stuffing. 

Frantically we warmed up the food and began to snarf. To our surprise we found rolls, cranberries, green beans and any other thanksgiving goodness you might find on the table the day of the feast. We were rather pleased by the concoction and continued to eat up. 

A few days later we were talking to my mother-in-law Connie and told her what a great idea it was to mix all the food together in a bag and how tasty the "Thanksgiving Smoothie" was and asked if she had any more. When she realized what we were talking about she let out a roar of laughter. She couldn't get a word out she was so hysterical. When she finally did, she told us the news...

Thanksgiving Smoothie was all of the leftovers from everyone's plate, scrapped into a bag...
For. The. Dog!

Bon appetit,
                 The Ricks

Thursday, December 6, 2012


If you go to UVU, you have probably seen the sweet old man walking around school in his tattered clothes and a HUGE smile on his face. I have seen him around for the past year and a half. He is brave and talks to anyone in his path. I admire him as I have watched him shower people with compliments. People he doesn't know, anyone & everyone! Who is this guy? He is sincere and you can feel it even being 10 feet away from him. He is so kind and people are always leaving his presence with a slight smile or an ENORMOUS smile. 
Today was my turn.
What a blessing it was to be in his path.

He came right up to me, told me to smile, showered me with compliments and looked me right in the eye the entire time.
He said, "I hope I made you feel good." and shook my hand.
Then he left. 

I was a victim of exactly what I had observed for months leading up to this moment. 

Sure enough, I walked away with a smile on my face and I am still feeling good.

Thanks mystery man. I really appreciate your kindness and example!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wedding, Day 1

Finally, it is time to share the best weekend... ever, with the public. Our wedding dinner is where everything officially started
credit: Connie & Stan Ricks
It was beautiful and memorable. We dined at the Riverside Country Club and ate delicious food and enjoyed wonderful company.
Family & dearest friends
Friday, June 22, 2012

           The Ricks