Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Where have I been?

Admittedly, I have not been the best blogger in the new year. So far, 2008 has been a whirlwind year. Why is that when you have the most things to blog about you have the least time to actually blog?

So, a few days after my sister's wedding, I boarded a plane and flew to Utah. You may remember that I have a new nephew there. I went to help out in his house. I actually got a little nervous right before I left; I was scared that something might happen to me and I'd leave my children motherless. Thankfully, the worst thing that happened is that their father took the girls to church with their hair hanging in their faces. If I had a nickel for every person who's said to me, "I saw your girls at church last Sunday and knew you had to be out of town!" The good news is that Michael and I discussed it and if I do die prematurely, the girls are all getting bobs and endless packages of headbands. Until he remarries. This is the best solution we could come up with. Sigh...

Back to Utah. Basically, I was doing all my regular chores in a new locale. I did laundry for six people, scrubbed bathrooms, swept and mop floors, helped organize some stuff and cleaned out the food cupboards. Oh, and I did the girls' hair for school and held a tiny baby lots and lots. Little Jackson is off oxygen and gaining weight now so all is well with him. I could hold a little baby all day, I tell you. He is so sweet.

Along the lines of "sweet" was my four year-old nephew, Easton, whose voice would raise 4 octaves whenever he spoke to his little brother. "Hi, Jack (voice becomes so high it is unrecognizable to human ears) son!" It was adorable.

I did manage to squeeze in some fun, don't you worry. One evening, my sister-in-law and I ran out for a quick smothered burrito while my brother stayed home for an hour with the kids. Also, my old Laurel, Jamie, came over a couple of times to watch Lost with me and to hold Jackson. It's always fun to visit with her; I love that girl.

On Saturday afternoon, I ran to the BYU Bookstore (I could spend all day there--many a poor college student dollars were spent by me in that place) and then off to some visits.

My first stop was Cafe Rio in American Fork. I met my friend, Sally, there to have lunch. I also met her there to meet her. That's right! Up until February 2, we were merely "cyber pals," but now we are friends in the real world, too! She treated me to a fabulous lunch and we chatted away for two hours like we've known each other forever. It was quite fun. I look forward to future get-togethers with her. And next time is my treat, Sal!

After meeting Sally, I cruised up to Bountiful for a quick visit with my dear friend Amy N. It was so fun to chat and laugh with her like we used to do. Amy and I get along so well now--it's hard to believe she didn't like me and wanted nothing to do with me for the entire first year we knew each other. Thanks to the visiting teaching program in my church, she had to get to know me and eventually succumbed to my charms. I am blessed for it!

My final stop was Whitney's new digs. Since she got married, she moved into Shawn's bachelor pad and has been trying to de-bachelorize it. It looks really cute, especially in her dining area where she has a darling table that she refinished complete with chair cushions recovered in toile. Too cute.

After a final stop at Sonic (don't worry--I had cherry lime-aid daily while in UT) I went home to my brother's house. The next morning he drove me back to the airport, through a terribly windy snow storm, and I flew home. I was really excited to see my kids and husband again. I sure did miss them while I was gone!


CJohnson said...

Welcome back, Mendy! Sounds like you've traded in your daily service routine to me for many many offerings of service to others. Oh how I love you.

Jared said...

Sister Sally Salamander... Sal-Pal... Smelly Sally. It's funny to see you with my sister. :) We've won the Mormon game and come full circle. Just so you know, "Smelly Sally" was a Garbage Pail Kid. She was a sardine girl. I used to taunt Sally mercilessly with that one in elementary school.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h80/sebrink/th_08454a00.jpg And there we go... Smelly Sally... the sculpture. Isn't the internet great?

Cami said...

What a cute smoochy baby! Darling. Sounds like it was a fun trip.

Kellie said...

Glad you're back with us, but holding babies is the best. Karlee is looking forward to her hair appointment on Thursday!

Christie said...

sounds like a fun trip. And I did notice your girls on Sunday... so there's another nickel for ya! :-)

Kel said...

Next time you are in Bountiful (not that you don't have anyone else to see) I would love to see you. I am a Sonic fan, or Nielsen's Frozen Custard - you can choose!

Jann said...

What a sweet new baby and cute kids. How fun to go spend some time with them and old friends.

Deb said...

sonic... cherry lime-aid... what a great trip. :)

and chair cushions covered in toile? yes, it is a bachelor pad no longer!

he's a little cutie, that nephew of yours. i'm glad you got to hold him in all his newness.

Jenni said...

Oh little Jackson is so tiny and adorable!! I bet it was so lovely to hold him. I'm so glad everything went well and you were able to visit with friends and have cherry lime-aids too!!:)

Tracy said...

What a fun time for you, even if you did abandon your girls and left them to have bad hair for days. How fun to hold a baby again.

Sally said...

And what a nice lunch it was, Miss Mendy. No sickness on my end! I hope none on yours. Our Jackson had that same hedgehog outfit when he was tiny. Seeing it on yours made me wax nostalgic. :)

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