Friday, April 25, 2008

Tag, I'm it!

I've been tagged with this cute idea to talk about all my friends and family whose blogs I have listed on my blog. Here are the rules:
1. Answer the questions about the list of friends/family that you have on your blog.
2. If you don't have the number of names that the question asks, answer the question about the next name that you have not had a question for your your list.
3. Tag your friends and family.
*When did you meet the first person on your list? I visit teach Amy and we always have great discussion. She moved into my ward about 3 years ago?
*What do you like about the third person on your list's blog? Brandi is so creative and is an amazing photographer. She's supposed to be giving birth today to her third son or I'd be bugging her to take pictures of my family. I'll give her a week or two to recover, then bug her... ;)
*What do you like best about the 5th and 6th people on your list? Abby is one of my cousins on my dad's side. She is so much fun as a person and as a mom. I haven't seen her in years, but I love that blogging makes it feel like I see her all the time. She also always looks great. That's not fair..
Allison is also one of my cousins on my dad's side. If you knew that side of my family very well, you'd understand that the siblings didn't love to spend time together when we were young, and my family lived out-of-state almost the whole time. That's my excuse for not know either of these cousins really well. I do know, however, that Allison is hilarious. I haven't seen her since she's had kids, but I'm willing to bet she's a great mom. We need to have a family reunion (we can just invite the cousins if we want).

*How long have you known the 8th person on your list? Meredith is my husband's cousin on his dad's side. I think we first met about 3 years ago? She came down for Thanksgiving. She is so much fun. Or was it at her house in North Carolina that I met her? I can't remember.

*What impresses you about the 11th and 22nd person on your list? Cyndi is an old family friend of Dave's. She is best friends with his sister, Katie. I don't know her well, but I enjoy reading her blog. I can tell that she's a great mom and really knows how to have fun with her daughter.
I don't know where to begin on what impresses me about my sister-in-law Kristy. She is amazing in so many ways. Her blog is always interesting and fun, she's a great mom, wife, sister, daughter and person. She's beautiful inside and out...I could go on and on.

*What memory do you have with the 17th person on your list? Jenny was a roommate of mine in college. She is absolutely hilarious. She always speaks her mind, you never have to wonder what she's thinking about. She would regularly come out of her room while we were studying and start her sentence with "Random thought..." and finish it with something thought-provoking, but also very funny. One of my more recent memories was when she had a house party (after her mission we weren't roommates). I had just started dating Dave and our roommates Jenni and Eric had just started dating (different Jenni). We started playing a game and within seconds, Dave and Eric could tell Jenny was super competitive and also into keeping the rules. They decided, without even discussing it, to try to change the rules just to make her mad. It was so funny watching her get so frustrated. She didn't care that Dave and Eric were strangers, she fought them to the end. She truly is one of my favorite people to spend time with. Too bad we live in different states.

*Say something nice about the last person on your list. Stacey was a super good friend of mine when her husband was in med school and they lived close. They've since moved 3 times and we keep in touch mainly through blogging. She is also an awesome mom and super spiritual. We were close friends almost immediately upon meeting. She is super sweet, loves to be active, along with her husband, and is gorgeous. I miss you Stace!

Now I tag anyone I talked about who hasn't already done this. I changed a few of the instructions.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Enjoying being a mom again

I'm finally ready to write about my week with my mom and sisters. My mom, sister Rachel and her two daughters got in on Saturday night and stayed with me until Monday. It was nice having Savannah and Kenadee here during conference on Sunday to help entertain Addison. Here she is wearing my mom's reading glasses and the wings that came on her Easter bunny. She's also still in her pajamas. What a stylish little girl!

Addison with her counsins. Savannah is such a huge help with watching Addison and Kenadee is so much fun. Thanks for playing with Addison!
On Monday Mom and Rachel checked into the hotel and I drove up with Melissa and Carter to play at the pool. Besides a minor incident of pooping in the pool and a few near-drownings in the baby pool, fun was had by all.
On Tuesday I dropped Addison off with Maylene (thank you so much for taking her at the last minute!) and met my mom and sisters in Scottsdale. The very first thing on the agenda was to get pedicures. They felt great and we had beautiful toes the rest of the week. I forgot to get a shot of our toes after.
Then we had a dinner of appetizers. I love eating out with my mom and sisters. We almost always want to share the same dishes!
My mom's twin sister, Ardene, and her daughters got in late that night. the rest of the week was full of tennis, walking, laying out at the pool and lots of shopping and food. Notice that the majority of the pictures were taken at restaurants. We love food!
Shannon, Ardene and Melissa

All of us at Flo's. I was impressed that we only went to Flo's once during our trip. But I think my mom and sisters also went on Monday night. My sister's and I have all worked at Flo's at some point in our lives and we are still in love with the food. Sorry, Ray, but this was the only photo I had of all of us together. The rest of us look good!

Beautiful Rachel posing for a tennis shot.

My gorgeous oldest sister, Jessica. Look at that form!

This is my other sister, I mean mom. She passes for being one of the girls all the time.

The twins that never age. Now I know where I get it from. Maybe I'll be happy about it when I'm their age.

Me with the cousins and my aunt.

We had such a great time. In fact, too good. I was exhausted when I got back. I needed a nap the day I got back! But I also got back ready to be a mom again. Thanks so much to Maylene, Melissa, Dave's parents, and Dave for doing my job for the week and letting me take some time off. It was much needed and appreciated.

Dave's parents brought a little rocking chair for Addison and she just can't get enough of it. It's just her size and she thinks it's great.

Dave's parents were in town for the blessing of our nephew, Katie's baby, Reese Benjamin Clement. Isn't he the cutest? The blessing was beautiful and lunch was yummy. It was fun visiting with all the family. Thanks for having a baby, Katie and Greg!

So that's a recap of last week. It was busy, but filled with fun.