My family from Utah, the Krauses, came down this past weekend before little Jake (6'5'') goes off on his mission to Guam.
I LOVE this family, and have many fond memories of Summers past; spending a few weeks with my Grandma Krause, aunt Jill, and their family. Because they are closest in age to me and Hayley, and were always soooooo much fun, we always looked forward most to seeing them.
Wes and I were able to spend Saturday with them at the beach & In-N-Out. And Sunday the whole family met to have dinner, celebrate Sarah's birthday and spend time together before they head back up to Utah tomorrow morning.
My family, the Krauses, and the Fishers at my wedding.
Thanksgiving 2004- Antelope Island (which of these things is not like the other??)
So... I just got back from Girl's Camp yesterday afternoon. Okay, and yes, I did come back a little grumpy. Not because my girls kept me up all week (honestly, I think some of them yelled at me to stop laughing and giggling some nights) but because I was so sick and coughed the entire night. Except for the nights I got my sleepy drugs and was so happy.
I felt so blessed with my girls this year. They were sooooo great. We had no drama, no complainers, nothing but fun, fun, fun. I can't remember laughing so much in 1 week. Lots of funny inside jokes to share with my girls now!
While there, we did a cope course (ie: ropes course) where I climbed a 30 ft telephone pole and did the leap of faith, in which I jumped off and tried to hit a cow bell dangling in front of me. I was inches, truly inches away. Had not all the young women been counting on me I would have probably wussed out... glad I didn't, I feel like, well, basically the coolest. :) Then we did a lot of good classes, hikes, canoed on the lake, games games games, and firesides.
I am actually not in the young women's program, and was just asked to come and help... and I am so glad I did.
I felt like I really connected with them, and I was able to see their sweet testimonies grow over the few days we were there. And, selfishly, I felt like a young woman again, and I liked it. wah ha ha!!!
The cabins were so nice too. We decorated ours so cute, (props to Robyn... you da' bomb)! We also had a shower, toilet, sink everything inside the cabin, which made it a world more enjoyable than other camps I have been to in the past. One of our mom's (who is part of the stake presidency) walked in and said she got teary-eyed knowing her daughters were well taken care of, which I hope they were.
So, needless to say I had a great time, though I felt like it wasn't 4 days we were there, but more like a month.
The whole ward group (L-R): Sandy, Jasmine, Samantha, me, Jessica, Mariah, Robyn, (honorary ward member Rachel), and Cheyenne
So, in the last 3 years of our marriage I have had a number of people say to me, "you look like..." and then a number of different people are mentioned. Some good- some not so much. I think I have one of those faces.
However, Wes has only had 1 person that people think he looks like (except for Ryan's weird look-a-likes). His celebrity look-a-like is always Bradley Cooper.
-Are the BEST uncle Wessy EVER! All the nieces and nephews love you most of all... on both sides. I love watching you play and laugh and hug. Watching you, I KNOW you will be the best daddy. -Let me take silly pictures without complaint. Like this one of your funny dirty feet after hiking. -Are always willing to help and serve. You never complain or hesitate when I ask you to help or do something for me. People always know you can be counted on to do assist without any expectation of something in return.
-Are my bestest friend in the whole wide world!!!
-Can make me laugh any time anywhere. I don't know how you do it, but I love it! -Are up for anything. You are funny, witty, and always up for a good time. - Encourage and support me- even when I am being insufferable!
-Have turned into such a book worm... oh, how the tables have turned.
-Are tough. Even when you really get hurt (like a big time jammed finger) I rarely hear you complain. -Get excited about the smallest things... like a silly community basketball league or a good Peggle ball.
-Are super athletic and it is super sexy!
-Have learned to be such a handy man in the 3.5 years of our marriage.
-Have patience beyond my wildest dreams. You are the yin to my yang... ie: patience to my impatience and craziness.
-Like the same music and television/movies as me.
-Are incredibly good looking and have the best hair and most beautiful eyes and mouth. -Dress great! (Should I thank Shaun for that)?
-Are fun and easy to be with. Even being with you 24/7 I can't get enough. I enjoy every minute of the day with you. I can't say that about anyone else.
I love you babe, and while I know I am hard to live with, I love you and want you to know always what a superb hubby you are! Thank you for your patience and love always.
Saturday, my cute little niece Ella Broberg turned 3 years old.
Heidi and Ned held a little birthday party at their house and the community pool. In all actuality they inspired me to never have a "friends" party at home. :) Really though it was a fun party and it was obvious that Ella felt like the bell of the ball. She laughed and screamed in pure giddy excitement throughout the party!
Cake, friends, presents, swimming... it was a great party! And when you combine 2 great aunt's presents, you come up with super tutu!