whew! i had quite a full weekend! but it was grand fun! i got to watch 4 girls from Friday evening to Sunday morning. “my” 4 little girls. they are 11, 9, 7, and 5 years old. i used to bbsit for them ALL the time! in fact, the first time i went over to bbsit, there were only two girls, and they were 4 and 2 years old. crazy. anyway, so their parents went out of town this weekend and they came over to hang with me! yay! we had a great time! friday evening we went had dinner, went to the local school park, and watched Peter Pan (the new one of course). we dragged two mattresses out into the family room and i slept on those with kiley (11) and noah (5), while brynn (9) and drew (7) slept on the couches. saturday morning we made pancakes for breakfast, went up to michaels and found some fun wooden boxes and pictures frames and stuff and brought them home and painted them. after lunch i took them to the local pool and we spent about 2 hours swimming and going down the slide and flying off the diving board. then we had popsicles at home, showered, relaxed a bit, then headed off to taco bell and the movies! we killed a little time in the mall, and stopped to use one of those photo booths! i’d never done one before. those things are much smaller than they appear. we had quite a time of it fitting 5 girls into the seat, let alone into the picture! anyway, then we saw Ella Enchanted. from my perspective it was quite cheesy and lame and definitely a kid’s movie. from their perspective, it was cute and funny. so they enjoyed it, and i enjoyed being with them. i drove their mini van the whole time and chuckled everytime i got in. i seriously must have looked mormon, 4 blond kids, young mom, driving the minivan. haha! i had to give the girls up to their aunt and uncle on sunday at church b/c i have to work on monday. i love those girls so so so much! i just look at them and i could start crying, i love them so much. and as we were driving home from the pool, i was thinking of how excited i am to have kids of my own and to do all sorts of wonderful things with them! and if i love those 4 little girls as much as i do, how much more will i love my own kids! what a thrilling thought! i can’t wait… i tasted being mom for a weekend, and i absolutely loved it!
sunday after church i went to lunch with missy and brad. that was quite fun, even despite the fact that brad now thinks i’m “a whackjob”. oh well, what can i say? he bought lunch and it was enjoyable conversation, so i won’t complain.
sunday evening i went to a bday party for a friend and had a lovely time chatting with janet. turns out, she knows a lot of the ppl i know from CLC! i totally had a great time!
and then reality hit once again monday morning.
last night my mom and i were watching reruns of martha stewart that my mom had recorded. man, that woman (martha) is way too easy and fun to mock! it’s hilarious! now, before i go any further, let me clarify that i do enjoy her show and i really like a lot of the stuff she makes. there are some great ideas and recipes, etc. on that show. but it is way too much fun to make fun of the things she does and says! like, she pulls things out of the oven and says, “and look. it’s just perfect.” and you’re like duh! of COURSE it’s just perfect! it’s television, and it’s martha stewart! it wouldn’t be on there if it wasn’t! or, all her high faluting specialty kitchen equipment and top of the line ingredients. haha! it’s like “we only use the best ingredients purchased for 200 times it’s normal price because we got it from a remote farm in switzerland. but you peons can get it at your local grocer and it still might work if you’re lucky and do everything else precisely right. but it still won’t be as perfect as mine, and don’t you dare call it ‘a good thing’.” my mom and i got the horrible giggles watching it. for some reason this time everything she said hit us so comically. anyway…
we have training every day from today through saturday for the mission trip to Tijuana, MX! things are really coming together and it’s getting really exciting!