Friday, August 27, 2010

Having Fun Is Exhausting. Or Maybe That's The 6am Seminary Talking.

The cool thing about being in the same house for awhile? You get your spots.

Like this one on the front porch, which has become our annual "back to school I'll be taking a photo whether you like it or not, so knock off the protesting" spot.

2009 (when Brendan did this)
And now 2010.

The littles are in grades 1, 3 and 5,

and the bigs in 7 and 9. Thanks to an over the summer growth spurt, the height difference between these two has become non-existent.(I should've been in the photo with my "I Survived Summer Break" t-shirt. Even though it would've been a bit snug, due to the large amounts of Double Stuffed Oreos and IBC Cream Soda it took to get me through.)

Back to school means an empty house, which was the perfect time for my sister Liz to leave her kiddos at home in California (thanks Justin!) and fly to Texas. I took the week off of work so we could be free to do whatever we wanted....

like seeing important historical sights from the car because it's too hot to get out and we don't want to pay five bucks for parking just to get a picture.

Speaking of important...I think it's safe to say that it's probably not a good idea for me to have a camera in the car.

(Is "Shuck 'n Jive" a metaphor? Or are these two businesses just coincidentally neighbors?)We scarfed all week long. Liz because she's preggo and hungry, me because I'm not. Preggo, that is.

After seeing Trish's magic with my grown out locks, she couldn't resist a little sprucin' up even though she had just gotten hers cut. Plus, who wants to leave a salon where you can be as loud and obnoxious as you want?

Quiet and demure is what I meant. Quiet and demure.

Roger was our (handsome) photographer for a sisters photo shoot at the temple,where it became painfully obvious that no flash would be necessary due to all the light reflecting off my pasty skin. Liz was always the olive skinned one - DANG HER! As punishment for her superior genes, she got put to work in areas that I've failed as mother. Which I do realize could've taken years. Decades, really. Instead, I just focused on the small stuff.

Piano lessons,swim lessons (thanks Cheryl!), feeding my impossibly picky brood, and giving Brendan his sensory input of choice: scratches.

I also made her sit with the kids wherever we went. It had been almost 3 years since the last time she saw them, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity for more bonding.

Not to mention all the bickering, burping and general annoying behavior that I thought she should get to experience as an aunt. Because I'm selfless like that.She left this morning, and I think it's safe to say, it'll take me a few days to stop being sad about her leaving, catch up on all the missed sleep, and lose the three pounds I gained. All of which, I'd like to add, was TOTALLY WORTH IT.

P.S. I went back to work today, and guess who came in, Liz? Bill. Remember the guy that was in front of us? And he says to tell you hi and what a fabulous sister you are blessed with.

P.S.S. Okay, he might have left out that last part. But it was implied.

P.S.S.S. Here's a little parting video gift.


  1. I'm glad you both had an awesome visit. I still want to come down in the winter. Or the fall. Or the spring. Just not in the summer. =)


    I love to read your family updates! :) Glad to hear you had a great time with your sis!!

  3. Lots of fun going on around there! The new hair is great and NOTHING is better than sister time! (okay, maybe a few things but not a lot).

    Congratulations on reaching the "Holy Grail of Motherhood" otherwise known as 'all kids in school full time'.

  4. Could I have any more chins in the temple pics?!!! But I'm definitely framing the "gym" billboard for Christmas presents to people who could appreciate it, HA! Oh I got a little teary eyed once I realized I had to be a mom to my own kids. It's much easier being an aunt with absolutely NO responsibilities besides the occasional back scratch and fashion advice (you know, because I'm like the fashionista of the world). So fun!!!

  5. Awwwww sisters! Don't we just love our sisters? I know I do. I love that your sister got her hair cut! I thought that was pretty snazzy of her considering she already got it cut!

    And it was super nice of her hubs to let her come visit! Too bad we didn't get to meet her at church! That would've been fun.

  6. Love the hair on both of you! I wish I could pull that off, but I can't even come close.

    Also, I don't know what you're eating but it looks good.

  7. FUN! FUN! FUN!

    PS- Is Sierra wearing a pair of Tom's? If so, I'm totally jealous!!

  8. Love the swimming lesson pic! I can see so much more than most people would1 I love it! Oh and I love the rock band video! So fun!

  9. Looks like you guys had so much fun, makes me wish I had a sister! & Can we discuss the condoms to go? Like, is that opposed to condoms for here? Cause that would be quite filthy.


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