Monday, April 19, 2010

Sisters' Trip

Mike has earned 300 BILLION bonus points! And I don't even know what that really means for him, but between that and the one point I once awarded him for having butcher paper right when I needed it, he is waaaaay ahead of me in the points department. At least 300 billion and one points ahead as he has yet to award me any points -- verbally anyway . . . it's possible that in his heart and mind he has awarded me many many points . . . possible, but not probable.

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.
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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:
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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).
Well, that's all for now. Seriously though, what a lovely time.

11 comments:

Tia Juana said...

I think you get 400 billion points for actually posting!!! (Where you been, girl? Oh, wait. You answered that already in the post.) Anywho. I think you should get another 100 billion points for having so many nice picutres. But, I am going to take away 600 billion points for not posting my favorite picture which, as you know, I saw on facebook and thought was the most lovely, sultry, and mysterious picture that has ever been taken of you. Perhaps you are saving it for another point worthy post, but until you do, you are minus 100 billion points. But I will give you a point for growing a super chicken in your window well because that is just awesome. (Even though I don't trust that his eggs aren't laced with the effects of growing green GRASS!!!

jami said...

ah, there is NOTHING better than a girl's trip to me! we did the same thing at the beginning of march (i know. i'm so behind i've still not blogged about it! :) ) ... so fun for all of you to be together!! great pics!!

Marnie said...

Sigh...

Nancy said...

I know, Marns. It makes me want to sigh again at the thought of it . . . especiallly at the thought of it maybe not working out for me for 5 years again. After that taste of ease, even the thought of waiting til next year and hoping it all works out for me makes me sigh.

Nancy said...

P.S. Jami!! How did you manage a sisters' trip when you are living 100 million miles away?? I never managed to make it work when I was in WA!

marzee said...

Lovely nothing - you girls are gorgeous! So much fun. Where did you stay? I'm glad you had a fun getaway. And really - you are looking lovely Nancers - better every year I say.

jami said...

my sis (who lives out here - about 2ish hours away) and i (ok, and lexie too) went to see my little sis, who'd just had a baby. my other sis (in texas) heard we were going and went too. all of us there in ut, for one whirl-wind long weekend. it was quick, fast, but we all loved every minute of it. don't ask me how we planned it - maybe because it wasn't planned and that's why it all worked out, but i loved it -- nothing better than girl time!

Perla said...

i am sad i missed out. i am afraid that you will not ever come again for another 6 years.

Londy Loo said...

Ohh! It looks like you guys had so much fun! I'm so jealous! Hopefully next year I can go though! And you better come, especially if I do! ;)

Kit J said...

Oh sadness..why did I have to look at all your fun pictures and then the one of you and Amy and Meg and the two best looking sisters not there....but it was kismet or karma or whatever because what would I done if I had been in St. George at church when my Jess went into labor...I knew it would happen if I left and even when I didn't leave it happened...Ok this is long but I burst out laughing when Goldie says she wished you were that old, wrinkled Indian man...ha ha ha...good laughs and good writing and well I.....

Mugsy said...

Well I am glad to see that much of this post contained Old Baggy Eyes.

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