Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wicked with Brooke and Sara

9 months ago Sara enlightened us on the coming of a new play called, "Wicked". I had heard about the play from her a few years before. I thought it sounded boring. After all, how could it compete with "The Wizard of Oz"? Because I didn't want to appear like I was a stuck in the mud kind of girl I acted all excited to go when Sara offered to get our tickets. She had some wonderful connection through her mom. Brooke and I asked her to get us some since our husbands didn't want to go. So this is our wicked girls night out date. We began by going shopping and walking around. I think we wore out our pregnant shopper.
You tell me...does she look worn out? At this store you can try their foot massager but since she is pregnant they said she couldn't use it. Sara and I browsed the store while Brooke took a 5 minute break.

Then off to dinner! We decided on Olive Garden since it was across the street from the theatre. We had to wait for a few minutes. While waiting for our table our fourth member of our party arrived. Brooke and I shared a meal and Sara and Natalie shared a meal so we could feel guilt free to order desserts! Yummy! For some reason we got one of our desserts free. It's because the head waiter asked Sara if he could have a bite. Without blinking an eye Sara offered him her fork! I guess it was only a test and she passed with flying colors. After dessert we rolled our bodies to Wicked!
Natalie, Brooke and Sara were having fun in this cool chair, so, it became a picture moment.

After the show we got a stranger to take a group shot for us. I loved the show. I think in many ways I liked it better than "Phantom" or "Les Miserables", and you know how good they both are! Sara wouldn't tell us the entire story line and I am glad. I think maybe I liked it so much because I expected nothing and was pleasantly surprised. I sang the songs in my head all night and woke up with them still swirling around. I played them in my car all day today, too. Thanks again, Sara! I would recommend it to anyone.

Monday, April 13, 2009

In my Easter Bonnet

Yesterday was Easter. A day to celebrate for many reasons. Obviously the most important reason is for the life, death, resurrection and atonement of Jesus Christ. But, on a more personal note, a day to spend with family. If you don't know, Jordan is marrying Nikole Clements on June 19. She is sitting here with her future sister-in-laws and cousin, Angela. It was so cute seeing the girls together!
Here we have all the males in the family (except Andrew who is in Tennessee still). Isaak was almost asleep in his dad's arms so we had all the guys gather around him. We had to just about tackle Hayden to get in some pictures. Pictures are so dumb when he has cousins to play with!

Kailie and Rylee! So cute together! They love being together...

...and being goofy!

Then Kenzie decided to join in on the fun play time in front of the camera!

All of the granddaughters in one spot...for a short moment. Kate didn't want to get her picture taken too much. She wanted to wander!

Angela came up for a few hours. Angela is my niece and is almost like a sister to Hilary, Tai, and Brooke. She is a beautiful, kind, loving, smart, sweet, etc. girl. The little girls wanted her to hold her all the time. Kenzie was watching for her to arrive! She was so glad to have her come. Thanks for coming Angela. Come again, soon!
I made the couples pose for pictures. Hilary and Bill. They have a wonderful sense of humor. They know how to laugh, play games and see humor in the craziest situations.
Jordan and Nikole...the engaged couple. Nikole is a cutie! Hope she likes being in the family as much as we enjoy having her. When they are around I feel at peace. That sounds boring, and they are full of life and fun, but, there is still a wonderful sense of peacefulness. Welcome to the family Nikole. Good job Jordan!
Tai and Mike...cute couple. They actually don't seem to mind hanging around with us. We love talking to them and playing games with them. We are game playing folk...anyone want to play Phase 10?

Brooke and Andy...Fabulous couple. They are expecting their first baby in June. They look cute as an expectant couple. They stayed later than anyone else last evening and played a game with Tim and I.
It was a wonderful day. I have been given so much. I have been extremely blessed with a grand family, handsome husband, warm home, food, the gospel, health, brothers and sisters (in-laws, also) and more than you would want to read about.
Hope you have a great day and week. Until I write again...God be with you.