Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Last week my brother Michael came to town. This doesn’t happen all the time, so we all made sure that we were going to take the time to get together. He was in town for a week, but Sean and I couldn’t get away from work until the weekend. Saturday morning came around and I had a stake relief society workshop in the morning. I drove down with Jenny (which was so fun) and they served delicious muffins and juice! Then Sean came and picked me up and we headed to Cocoa Beach to meet my family. It was a beautiful day (despite the XS sizes of swimsuits in Target—is everyone XS or am I the only one who’s not). The sun was shining so bright! We picked up some pizzas and made it just about an hour after everyone else! Michael, Johnathan, Ashlee, Mom, Gavin, Me, Sean, and Johnathan’s friend Jenny all had a blast! We went swimming (the water was only cold at first), played soccer & Frisbee, and Michael was helping me catch the perfect wave on the boogie board! Sean and I got sunburned—him on one arm and face—me—EVERYWHERE! I was so fried! First burn of the summer I suppose!
After we left the beach, Sean went home because he had to clean and be at Ward Council in the morning. I stayed with Ashlee and we went shopping at Winter Garden Village with Michael, Ben (Chinese Foreign Exchange Student living with Ashlee), and Mom for Stephanie’s birthday present—since we were celebrating her b-day the next day. We got her an outfit that of course I was jealous of, then we went home and made a little din-din on the BBQ. Afterwards, even though we were all sunburned, we went and played laser tag! It was so awesome! It was a split level room. We played with these kids, 3 girls ages probably 6-11, and a 13 yr old boy. It was us against them. They did pretty good and I did run away screaming from them. They would chase us and say, “I’m gonna get you! I’m gonna get you!” It was intense.
The next day, we went to my sister’s ward and it was ward conference. I was able to go to her Primary Teacher training as well as her class. It was so insightful and I could relate to the YW as well. After church we began immediate setup for Steph’s party. Sean got to Ashlee’s right when we did so we were able to spend the rest of our Sunday afternoon together. We put all of steph’s baby pictures and those of her growing up all over the table with sparkly tinsel. We ate a delicious feast and gave Steph her presents. We concluded the evening by playing Loaded Questions and chatting. I love family get-togethers. We all really have a great time! It’s good to see that no matter what, we all still love spending time together and that we know we can always be there for each other. I love that Sean has a great relationship with my family like I do with his. Families can be together forever, and I am glad I am with mine!
Remember...I am posting stuff I wrote a long time ago!
The week after Michael went home to MO, Mandy came into town! I haven’t seen her since she came for my wedding, and now she is married and PREGO!!! So excited for her! She is going to have a little girl named Annabelle!
I picked up Mandy from the airport and we went to lunch, followed by a shopping trip and my determination to find the outlet malls. We had a lot of fun just catching up and talking like we used to talk. That evening, we went to her aunts house and WE GOT TO SING!!! Oh how I love singing with Mandy! We were both looking forward to it! We sang all the songs we used to, and her wonderfully sweet aunt played the piano and taught us a few new ones! We are singing soulmates (except that she should be famous).
Anyway, the next day was the baby shower, so I went to the store and prepped for the party. I made so many flowers and bows for that baby it’s insane. I told her since I can’t be there to do her hair, that would have to do!
We went to the baby shower at her awesome friend Ana’s house, and set up and enjoyed the rest of the evening with a lot of food!!! Too much food! That was the most I had eaten all month! It was DELICIOUS!!! Mandy and I sang again, then we headed home. I dropped her off, then headed back to my home. The next time I see Mandy she will have a baby in her arms! So wonderful!
Pictures coming soon!
Here's one of her new little girl Annabelle!
Bonny & Andrew are in town. It’s so good to see them in Florida! Mama J and I went and picked them up from the airport, then we picked up Sara and all went out to dinner. Sean and Kegan were cleaning so it was just us. Afterwards, I went home because Ashlee and Stephanie came over to help us unpack and get our place set up. Ashlee really did a great job…but when Stephanie came, we all just ended up chatting and watching Kaleb and Gavin play. The next day we had plans to go to the beach, so in the morning, while Sean went to an Elder’s Quorum breakfast, Ashlee and I did ZUMBA on the knect! IT WAS SO AWESOME!!! We love the knect and want to get more games!!! It’s crazy how awesome technology is! Anyway, we all made it to the beach and we had a BLAST! The ocean is so beautiful! It’s my 4th time so far this year, the first being in February. Crazy that you can go to the beach in FEB!!!
Anyway, we went to Blue Springs on Thursday and Universal on Saturday (We decided to get passes so we could go all the time--dates for a year plus free concerts!!)! We are so so so excited!!! Woot woot! Will keep posting as much as I can!
What is that? Where did Kegan go?
Yep, we went to Hogwartz.
Met a SUPERHERO! Found out Spidey does P90X!
About to go on the Sneeches ride! I loved Dr. Suess-ville!
Lots of 3d rides at Universal...I think Spiderman is the best!
A Daredevil show!
Bonny and I met another celebrity!
Wish you all could be here!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I know that my last post was Mother’s Day weekend, and there is so much that I haven’t blogged about, but the thought of trying to play catch-up is pretty overwhelming. Thank goodness I started writing this a long time ago!
This last weekend was so much fun! Sean and I really had a lot to do, but a lot of fun! I was sick all last week, so by Thursday I was getting restless so we went and played volleyball at the church. Not the best idea for someone who was so sick, but we did it anyway. Friday night I stayed up late while Sean went to work so we can watch I AM NUMBER FOUR when he got off! It was more exciting and more supernatural than I expected it to be. Saturday we got up early because we had to help the Flemings load their truck to move. This mom and her two youngest girls are some of the best people we have ever known! Tierra, her 14 yr old was my first little beehive when I came into YW. She has really grown into a beautiful young woman who is righteous and has righteous desires! We love her! She had a special place in Sean’s heart too! Alisha, the red headed 16 yr old spit fire, was a great leader! If only she would always use her powers for good J! She always made everyone feel comfortable and included. I would always do her hair for any event. Love her! Debi, the mom, was the most charitable woman! She ALWAYS gave of her time, made it to every event and gave her daughters a ride anywhere they needed/wanted to be! She always helped us! She was so talented and had one of the most giving hearts! I know that they will be so great to the people in Colorado that they will be surrounded by! So excited for their new adventure!
Anyway, after that, Sean and I went to go look at his Aunt Kathy’s table and chairs that she was selling. Anything she sells is going to be WELL worth the money because it’s so nice! We fell in love with the table and chairs!
While we were there, we attended Sean’s cousin’s son’s first birthday party! His name is Kai and he is the most peaceful baby! Then we went home, upacked & cleaned our living room and kitchen! Domonique, a 17 year old in our ward that just joined the church a few weeks ago, spent the whole weekend with us! He is so helpful! He helped us with our house and everything! After working on the kitchen and living room, we chaperoned the stake dance because it was Tierra & Alisha’s last dance. It was a goodie!
Sunday we had fast and testimony meeting because next Sunday is stake conference. We also had an emergency preparedness meeting, so Sean and I both decided we would die if something went wrong so we need to start stocking up. After church Sean went home teaching, and I took a nap. Then, we switched! I went and visited some less-active YW with one of the YW Jasmine. It was really great to see them especially with camp coming up! Monday was met with the beach in the morning—no swimming because of jellyfish—so we played volleyball. Then we went to our pool so we could actually swim. Then we got ready for a bbq at chain of lakes park! There were a few families that got together and each brought something. Then we played soccer after until we all passed out! We then went home (mind you—Dominique was with us this whole time) and did more unpacking/cleaning. When we got home, however, Sean had officially caught what I had and by that night he was so exhausted he couldn’t do anything. So, Dominique and I did it all. I tool D home and I came home and we passed out! It was a great weekend but not necessarily restful! Sean and I can’t even remember the last time that we slept in on a Saturday?! We pretty much just plan for naps on Sundays. Anyway!
I will be posting pictures and random blog posts that I have written but haven’t posted. Sorry about the novel—but it was such a good weekend that I had to tell you all about it!