Ice Skating

February 15, 2009

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We took the family ice skating for Family Home Evening on Monday.  Man, I shoulda wore some long underwear or something!  I was frozen by the time I left!  Got a few pictures to share.  Dillan actually finally got the hang of it by the time we were done.  Now everyone is asking when they get to go again!  Dave was the picture taker since he’s not really fond on being on slick ice with just little blades underneath you.  Besides the ice was pretty rough, not the smooth glossy ice you see at ice skating shows and competitions.  And really, I do know how to ice skate even though it looks like I am about to fall down in these pictures!

Potato Salad

February 5, 2009

I made potato salad for the Superbowl on Sunday.  Dave said I had to make it just like his mom’s.  Well, of course!  At least almost like it.  I like dill pickles so I have to add a few of those in.  Anyway as I was making potato salad I found myself standing in the kitchen of the old house (the one next door to the new house) with the dark brown cabinets and the yellowish counter top.  She was standing next to me giving me directions about making the salad.  She always used Miracle Whip instead of mayo, sweet pickles, a little mustard, lots of salt and onions as always, and then mashing everything together to give it a smooth creamy texture.  I know I will never make potato salad without thinking of her.  It’s funny what kinds of things link to memories we have; what simple tasks stir up little pictures tucked away in the back of our minds.  It didn’t make me sad necessarily, but grateful that she taught me how to make her potato salad.  It was comforting to know that I can bring up that little memory whenever I make it.