Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wedding Day Fun

On Sunday afternoon, Ron’s best friend Carlos married his sweetheart, Erika. I took Evi with me and tried to plan the day very carefully, giving her time for a nap in between church and the wedding. I think she played more than slept, though, and when I went in to get her, I was greeted by her bare bottom! She has figured out her diaper and I didn’t leave her diaper cover on under the dress she was wearing. Luckily, or I should probably say, amazingly, there was nothing to clean up when I got her up!
Anyway, back to the wedding. Carlos and Ron grew up together and pretty much spent most of their time together. Ron was his best man, just as Carlos was for Ron 5 years ago, and it was so great to be there with them on their wedding day. It was to neat to see Ron standing there supporting his best friend. Through moves and distance and lots of changes, Carlos and Ron have remained close and that’s why it was so neat for me to see them standing up there, side by side. The whole best man/maid of honor thing is pretty meaningful if you think about it. At least it seemed like it to me watching Ron walk behind Carlos in full support of him. It was a good day.
As for Evi, due to the lack of sleep, she didn’t really want to sit still for the whole ceremony, but we ran around the back a bit without being too disturbing! The ceremony was great and Erika looked beautiful. Carlos and Erika are such caring people, always with smiles and love to share and I was so glad to be there for their day. The reception was lots of fun; Carlos and Erika seemed to have a great time, and Evi had other kids to play with, and really, it was just a great celebration of their marriage! Ron did some Michael Jackson dancing, which I must say I have NEVER seen. But I guess you get him with the right people and he lets loose!
Ron had to stay and I thought I knew how to get home from a spot in downtown Silver Spring, but instead, I got my welcome back to Maryland moment by missing my turn and ending up in DC…twice! At least I was in the upscale part of town so I didn’t have as much to worry about. But all was well and I found my way. Evi slept the entire time so it didn’t really mess her up at all. How did I know I was in DC: the ‘cheap’ gas was $3.94 a gallon! I felt a little silly losing my way, but can I use the excuse that I’ve been gone for the last 2 years????
Long day, but quite fun. Congratulations to Carlos and Erika! Love you both.






Saturday, August 23, 2008

I love the Junkyard

This post is a bit random, but that’s what we’re entitled to with blogs, right? Ever since I got into the world of blogging, I have reminisced about the past as I’ve been reconnecting with old friends and re-living some of my fond memories. I have especially thought about my freshman year at BYU-Hawaii. That was such a life changing experience for me and I had so many positive experiences that year. I went in knowing no one, and had taken one of the few remaining spots in an off campus house because the dorms were full. The house was appropriately nicknamed “the junkyard” by the look of it, and the “yard”, was more like a dirt path, later covered with gravel. I even wrote an essay about our house for my freshman English class and I remember writing something about how the junkyard is a home--thanks to the awesome girls who lived there with me! I was the only freshman in a house full of sophomores and a junior and they nicknamed me “little one”; our house song was dancing queen by abba, and I still think of them to this day every time I hear that song; one of the roaches we caught in our house won a race on campus (I couldn’t watch because those bugs sicken me—but we did get a trophy for the win); Stephi and Katie (I think) bought a car that some of the doors didn't open and the winshield wipers didn't work, and they ran out of spray paint half way through so it was two colors, but it got from point A to point B....and the memories could go on. Aaahh, I won’t go into too many details or memories because then we’ll be here all night. But I will say that with all the not-so-good things about the physical aspects of the house, including our constant nasty giant roaches, the Junkyard was one of my favorite places to live! So to Kimi, Steph, Katie, Amy, Kristi, Jessi, and Merrilee (and many other friends too!): thanks for some awesome memories. The Junkyard holds a special place in my heart!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Starting new

Hello, hello. Sorry for not updating in awhile. With trying to move in, unpack, and watch the Olympics, I haven't made much time for the computer. We have had quite a busy month and I'll try to list some of the highlights.
Once I got things squared away with our new house, Evi and I went to New Jersey to see Amy and Christian and their girls, and to go the beach. They live in Ocean City, about a block and a half from the beach (not to be confused with Ocean City, Maryland). It was so fun to be there with them and get to know Christian more, and his family too (they got married in April and live in Utah, so I don’t get to be around them much). For Evi’s first beach experience, she loved the sand the most! The water was pretty cold, although she did splash in it, but nothing could beat the sand. The feel of it, the texture of it, and even the taste of it!

After getting back from New Jersey, we got to see our good friend Mandy and her kids for a couple of days before they went back to Texas. We haven’t seen each other in probably 5 years, so it was so good to be together again, even if for a short time. Sad to say, I didn’t get any photos of our reunion! We got to see Evin and her girls too while they were up from Virginia for a day.
Then, the day that Ron got here, I got stung by a bee while Evi and I were at the pool with Courtney and Spencer (Evi’s betrothed). The short version of this story is that I was stung on Friday, my had swelled so much that I couldn’t bend my fingers and it looked like a marshmallow, so then on Sunday after only getting worse, I went to an urgent care clinic to get it taken care of! I am happy to report that I am all back to normal but it was not a fun week! It also came during moving time—Ron arrived that Friday night and we were set to unload on Saturday. We had some awesome help, though, so it made it slightly better that I couldn’t do much.
And the last major thing that I can remember is that last Friday we took Ron’s cousins Heather (12) and Macy (10) to Kings Dominion. We were all having dinner together last Sunday when we found out that they have been to lots of amusement parks, but never to Kings Dominion. I joked with their dad that we could trade for the day; they take Evi and we’ll take their girls. I think we all thought it might be an eventual thing, but Macy got on the phone with her mom and came back and said she could do it on Wednesday or Friday! So it was set and we went and we all had a blast. Heather conquered her fear of upside down roller coasters and rode everything—then said that she would now be able to ride any roller coaster, and Macy conquered her fear of roller coasters in general and rode the 3 biggest wooden coasters at the park, plus many other rides too. It was so much fun to be there with them, and I was very proud of both of them for challenging their fears! Way to go Macy and Heather, and thanks for the fun day! That brings us to now: Ron just started his meetings for school today and school starts on September 2nd I think. Evi is adjusting well to her new surroundings and I have to say that it is so nice to be around family again. We have been able to spend some good time with family and friends since returning and it has been nice to come back to a familiar environment.
We dearly miss our friends in Memphis, because they really became our family. So now we’ve extended our family a bit and have more reasons to visit Memphis again!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

moving

It's been awhile....so I wanted to at least take the chance to say that we found a place to live and we are in the process of moving in! Everything is unloaded from the truck, now we just have to find a place for it all. We have had quite a busy couple of weeks, and hopefully I'll get to update sometime soon.
More blog posts later :)