Well, that's all for now. Seriously though, what a lovely time.
Anyway, these points are awarded to him because not only did he watch all five of our kids (one of whom had multiple bouts of throwing up and diarrhea) while I was gone for a few days, carting them to scouts and primary activities and school, etc., but he did it with a smile! No wait, I don't actually know if he was smiling. He might have been frowning . . . or maybe just holding a poker face. What I meant to say is: not only did he handle all that admirably, but he had the house clean and EVEN laundry done when I got back! That's it, as I typed that I realized I need to up him another 100 billion points. So, he's at 400 billion and one! I hope that by giving him points so freely, I am not making his points as meaningless as the Russian ruble. Hmm. I'll have to think further on my point system.
Anyway, I was off on the annual Spring sister's trip. It is really a sisters/sisters-in-law/older nieces/mom trip, and annual though it may be, between having babies, living away, and so forth, I haven't been since 2004! Ahhhh it was dreamy. Honestly, to have a few days of simply doing whatever suited my fancy -- no one needing or expecting anything from me -- was quite wonderful. I really don't even remember at all the last time I had even one entire day to myself. Thanks Mike and thanks family that I went with!
Oh, and here, for your viewing pleasure:
Sister-in-law Missy (my running heroine), sister Megan and sister-in-law Debbie at dinner.
Niece Tessa posing with the Old Navy mannequins in hopes of winning $100,000. Niece Ashley's boy Israel checking out the real honest to goodness Native American. Most of the girls hiked to some petroglyphs on Saturday morning. I didn't go because I am a bad person (good people always opt to go hike and be in nature as opposed to sleep in and go to the gym). Apparently this man was beating his drums and telling them all about "the white man" trying to steal their land. When I showed Penny this picture, she asked if the Indian man was me. When I said no, she said, "Yah, Mom!! I want it to be!"Here I was supposed to be looking serious and showing off how Megan did my hair, but then Kristen made me laugh -- which I think turned out much cuter.Heading off shopping. Nieces Kristen and Ashley (with Israel), Me, niece Tessa, sister-in-law Stefanie, and niece Karin.My mom and Kristen.Sister-in-law Stef and sister Amy at dinner.Megan had a headache, so Amy broke out her first aid kit. Megan being so righteous (yes, that is her reading her scriptures while the rest of us are doing who knows what -- well, we know what I was doing -- snapping pics).Megan being so wicked. Actually, I don't know if she is wicked or not, but at the restaurant we were passing my camera around for people to take self portraits and when we looked at Megan's, it was quickly apparent that she was a ghost. Seriously, you can see her chair through her!! How does that happen? I told her she was wicked because I reasoned that ghost = evil. She disagreed, however, and said that she was in the process of being translated . . . and thus, extra righteous.Ha! She wishes! Look at her in this picture. I think that settles it.Nieces Tessa and Karin -- the two youngest girls on the trip.Missy and Megan.Tess and I waiting for the others to finish up at the Indian jewelry store.Still waiting.Shopping. Here Amy is using her phone to take a picture of the extensions Tessa just purchased so she could send the picture to her daughter to see if she wanted some. Me taking a picture of her taking a picture? It is all too much!Megan and Kristen checking out perfume? I think.More getting ready to go shopping -- though Ashley is now out of the picture while sister-in-law Debbie is in. My mother has also joined us here. Me with Amy and Megan -- the only two blood sisters on this trip with me. Although . . . I suppose I could become "blood sisters" with the rest of my nieces and sister-in-laws if we cut our thumbs and rub them together. I don't know that blood mixing is smiled upon much these days though.More fierceness. These three nieces are also sisters. Notice the lovely eyes on Kristen and Karin that I made up for them because I love make up (which also makes me a bad person).