As you can imagine, I was both excited to meet them, as well as anxious for the impression myself, my home, and my family would make on them! I was going crazy trying to get my home ready for TEN house guests (the kiddos were invited too)! In the middle of the scrambling, Hubby and I got the surprise of our lives:
That's right folks....baby number 5 is on the way! To say that we were surprised and also a little overwhelmed would be an understatement. Readjusting our mindset from the idea that we were done having children to the idea that we will soon have FIVE kids has been an adventure. But we are thankful for this blessing, and the kids are over the moon excited. Monkey kisses my tummy every time she walks past me.
Back to my awesome girls. The whole group arrived safely and gift exchanging, hugging and laughing ensued. I already loved Macey, and I immediately loved Amanda and Myya as well! The 4 of us really had such a great time together. Sadly, Amanda started feeling sick a couple of days in. She was a trooper, and hung in there for several more days, but the constant going, combined with the horrible air outside due to the raging wildfires across the state (my whole state was seriously on fire this summer) caused her to keep feeling worse, instead of better. She ended up having to leave early, and when she visited her doctor she ended up with a diagnosis of Strep and Tonsillitis - EW! Poor girl. We were so sad to see her depart early, and not feeling well. But we were glad for the time we did get to spend with her!
Some of our awesome adventures included:
Heading to the park to hang with Sami, Evelyn and Tanielle (more blog and IRL friends!).
We took this photo after Tanielle and Sami had already left - boo.
Visiting a historic farm that included a tractor-pulled wagon ride, feeding the ducks (and really mean geese), as well as milking the cow. Macey was in love with that part a little too much....
Weenie roasting in the backyard because the mountains were already on fire, and you weren't allowed to build camp fires up the canyons.
Bingham Canyon Mine - you can totally see it from space!
Of course Temple Square. There were lots of brides there that day - beautiful!
And much more!
But the best times were truly the nights after the kiddos were in bed and we sat up visiting and laughing and making fun of each other. I know we built friendships that will outlast all our blogs! Especially Amanda's - since she already quit blogging. ;)
I know this fabulous start to my summer, the wonderful friends and memories definitely helped fortify me for the things to come that weren't as fantastic - and I'm so grateful for these awesome girls and the fun we had!