Ten years ago, I moved to Alpine and I absolutely love it. I lived in Murray before, and every time I came over the Point of the Mountain into Utah County I thought there was such a beautiful rural feel to it. I live in the older part of town and there is tons of variety — little tiny homes are next to expensive mansions.
My husband, Gary, brought me to Alpine. We had both been divorced after 18-year marriages when we met at a cabin party. When he asked for my number, he assured me he would remember it without writing it down. I gave it to him but didn’t hear from him. Two months later we saw each other at an LDS singles dance and when he asked for my number again, I told him, “I gave it out once. If you didn’t remember it, I must not be that important.”
A few days later, I was packing for a trip and my son was out front mowing the lawn. When I heard the lawn mower stop and the basketball hoop swishing, I went out to tell my son to get back to work when I saw Gary shooting hoops with him. We talked for a bit and then I left on my trip as planned. When I returned home I found roses and treats from Gary on my doorstep. We’ve been together ever since and I’m pretty sure my kids love Gary more than they love me!
When Gary and I met, we both had teenage kids — we each had a 17-year-old, a 16-year-old, a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old. I also had my caboose, my 5-year-old son, Dane.
We’ve been extremely lucky that we didn’t have much animosity or drama. We all agreed — Gary, his ex-wife Susan and I — that we wanted things to be comfortable for the kids, and we made it that way. Susan and I are actually great friends and get along well. We’ve even been on vacation together with the whole family.
I work in the office at Lone Peak. When Dane started at the high school I walked into the office and asked if they were hiring. I worked at a bank before, but I wanted to be close to my kids. I’ve had a few different roles at the school, and right now I manage more than 100 substitute teachers. I also enforce the school’s parking rules. I get in a golf cart and give out tickets to students who are parked in faculty spots. The principal claims I’m the only one who can do this job because I give the kids tickets and they still like me. The kids call me “Boze,” and by Dane’s senior year I became cool enough that he wasn’t embarrassed to see me in the halls.
Another job I enjoyed in the past was being a JetBlue reservations agent. When my oldest daughter, Katie, moved to Las Vegas, I couldn’t stand being away from my grandkids. I did the JetBlue job solely so I could fly to see Katie’s family frequently. Now I have nine grandkids with one on the way.
In addition to being known as “Mom” and “Boze,” I’m also known as a yard sale queen. I love a good deal and I regularly scour KSL.com. My house is filled with items I’ve purchased at garage sales, and my friends often enlist me to find certain items. They say I’m “classy cheap,” and I get a kick out of it.
My other claim to fame is that I appeared on The Price Is Right and won the Showcase Showdown, which included a Rolex watch, a wine cooler, $1,000 cash and a new Pontiac Grand Prix.
I’m lucky, what can I say? I have an amazing family and a great life.