Mighty, Mighty Toros

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 5:45 PM


We just returned from the blissful heat of Arizona to six inches of Park City snow.
I'm a little bit Grrrr... I just turned Grrr into an adjective.

Why did we go to Arizona? Someone in our family was invited to attend their 20-year high school reunion. I won't name any names. That might make them feel old.

Can you handle it?

Peter was great on both flights. Heavens be praised. I slept poorly most of the trip and suffered from the delusional onslaught of emotions that that brings. (I love when a sentence calls for the double use of "that"). But I still managed to enjoy myself-a lot.

My motto for the evening of the high school reunion was, "Because I can". I was the very first in line for food -"because I can" . I danced by myself to the 80's music (while sitting down AND chewing my food)..."because I can". No one knew me there, so hey, why not. It was quite freeing. My sister-in-law did gently remind me that although it wasn't my graduating class, I should keep in mind that I was representing my spouse and should make him look as good as possible. (I think I just gave away who in my family graduated 20 years ago. I know you were wracking your brains). After the gentle reminder, I proceeded to grab three desserts from the dessert table and shove candy in my purse from the candy bar. "Because I can."

All in all it was a fun evening. The D.J. was FAR too loud, and the whole event was over-priced, but I was happy to go and support my Vic. And luckily, we had plenty to do in Arizona besides sit around and talk to balding men with guts and almost 40-yr. old women trying to still look like they're 20. Ok, so everyone looked great. But it does pay to marry older and ALWAYS be the younger one. Food for thought.

And if any of you were wondering:
Mountain View High School
Class of 1990
Red White and Blue
Mascot: Toros. Reminds me of churros.

Jenny Jackson Robinson, Chris Robinson, Preston & Karen Webb.

Along with the reunioning, we also did the following activities in the beautiful weather:
-walked around downtown Mesa with nieces and nephews and ate frozen yogurt
-played on the trampoline
-chased chickens
-chased dogs
-watched airplanes fly overhead (I don't think they fly any other way)
-went running
-attended church
-picked grapefruit
-went to Karate with the cousins
-attended a fitness/dance class with my sister-in-law and got to do the Thriller dance
-ate delicious food
-saw a lot of old and wonderful friends (and by that I do mean old)
-went hiking in the Superstition Mountains
-got the tour of all the Jackson homes in Mesa (four of Vic's siblings own homes there)
-etc, etc, and so forth

Peter and I actually flew to Arizona before Vic because he was in Oklahoma for work. (Where he received an award and got to listen to a 'motivational' speaker who reminded him of Michael Scott--the stories would WOW you). The above was the father and son reunion. Precious, I tell you.



It was a great trip and a much needed getaway! I vow to go on a vacation 4x per year. Once every three months. Who needs fancy new clothes or home decor? I want vacations! Whatever it takes, I will do. It gives such great perspective and it is so wonderful to spend time away from the demands of everyday life and just be with my little family.

It was great to see so many of Vic's good friends who have shown so much support and love to us over the past two years. So many of them came to Utah for Lucy's funeral and have showered us with prayer, gifts, and words of kindness. I am blessed to know them through Vic and I know he is especially grateful for all they have done for us.

We also owe a huge thanks to Vic's sister, Jenny, and her husband Chris. They were incredible hosts and I love both of them dearly. They put up with my high maintenance with such grace.

I'm off to eat a churro.

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  1. One Comment-80's Hair...
    ok, well there was a lot more to the post-but really-it is hard to get over that prom photo.

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  2. What a fun time! Love the 80's photo:)

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  3. I am so glad you had such a good time in our sunny city. I wish we could have seen you, but totally understand how hard it is to fit everything and everyone in.

    Tons of people in our neighborhood when to Mountain View... I am sure he knows of them! :)

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  4. I love your blog. . . it gives me hope and makes me laugh! We are just coming up on a year of losing our Luke and it is HARD (that is the understatement of the year!). Thanks for sharing with us!
    Jan
    brianandjansboys.blogspot.com

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  5. Holy cow Shannon looks SO much older in that pic! Glad you guys had a fun time. Reunions are fun. Surprisingly. And Chris and Jenny ARE the ultimate hosts - I totally agree. So bummed you've reached your max on AZ for the year. Thanksgiving in December is going to be awesome, and you guys might just miss out on the all the fun. Boo hoo.

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  6. Molly, I completely AGREE! I too, would much rather spend my money going on vacations and traveling to visit family than spend it buying furniture or clothes. (my living room and my closet will surely confirm my ideals!) I'm so glad you had a great time. And, Vic, man, you ARE old ;) no worries - we're not far behind.

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  7. Hi Molly! Im one of your many readers who thinks you are just amazing! I am actually from Mesa and me and my 2 older brothers all graduated from Mountain View High school as well. My family is all still down there while I'm the only one up in Utah. I loved the pictures of the mountains and cactus. I miss the AZ heat.... sometimes!! I love your blog and your posts are incredible and so much fun! I love to read A Good Grief. People have such a way to get their stories out there. I haven't had the pain of losing a child, but my oldest was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 7. It turned our world up side down for sure and at the time, it was the WORST thing that could have happened to him. But, as I've been reading your blogs and such I am amazed at how strong you are. Things could definantly be a lot worse and your strength helps me remember that! Thanks for being you!!!! By the way, my brothers name who is close in age with Vic is Adam Arrington. maybe Vic knows him? Just a thought!!

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  8. looks like a fun reunion. plus, thanks for not identifying the people in the old pic. ugh. really? we looked like that? and our moms let us out of the house?

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  9. It sounds like an awesome time with family and friends. Too bad that the weather in Park City didn't greet you with warmer temps.
    WE were just in Logan and froze most of the time we were there. Rain and snow... both of which we are not used to.

    ToOdLeS.

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  10. the weather here is beautiful right now, glad you got to enjoy it!!!

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  11. Molly this blog was so laugh-out-loud funny to us! Thanks for sharing.

    Go Toros!

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  12. OK, this is Tracie....Wes' sister. I just wanted to tell you how beautiful your family is, and how awesome it was to see you tonight! You have a way about you, that is, for lack of a better word, inspiring. Peter is such a beautiful, sweet little treasure of a child. Hopefully, we'll find more excuses to run into each other more often!

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  13. mmm...a churro does sound good! Glad you had fun on your trip. I agree with your vacationing every three months. And one of those vacations should be out to Pittsburgh! You are looking great! And I'm glad that you lived up the night and ate multiple desserts! And have you talked to Liz in the ward about the whole ALWAYS being the younger one? It's classic :) Happy 20 year reunion Vic!

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  14. Fun! I bet it was so nice to be warm! BTW, I love your hair. You look gorgeous!

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  15. I want to hear about the OK award...since I live in Oklahoma!?!I hope he had a good experience here! We're from Mesa as well but love it here.

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  16. Small world!!! I went to Mountain View, too. But I think I graduated a little later. :) (its my 10 year next year) lol

    In fact, we still live literally right around the corner from MV. You probably drove right by us!

    ~Bethany

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  17. K Bailey,

    I don't know if you will see this comment. I don't know how else to respond to you since your profile is private.

    So Vic's law firm is part of a company called "pre-paid legal". There is one law firm in every state in the country. Essentially, people can sign up by paying a monthly fee and receive law advice at any time. Have letters written for them, questions answered, etc.

    The headquarters for the company is is Oklahoma. Vic was awarded the 'attorney of the year' award for the state of utah within the pre-paid legal company.

    The motivational speaker was super crazy and reminded Vic of Michael Scott (did I say that in the post?) Have you seen the office? Anyway, just awkward and very painful, with some very odd topics thrown in there. He hardly got to see any of Oklahoma as he was stuck in a hotel convention room most of the time.

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  18. It was WONDERFUL to get together with you guys. We will be praying for you until your hearts are healed. I wish we could help carry your burden. I cry every time I read your blog. And still feel guilty. My love to you both!

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