Sunday, June 5, 2011

Amanda's Visit

My niece, Amanda, came to visit us for a week. I had all this stuff planned…even if it was just hanging by the pool, but it all took a change. Including two visits to hospitals with the kids, record breaking heat, and car trouble that left us without a vehicle. BUT…it was still great! We made the best of it and got in some fun times!

We got to take her to church with us, celebrate Memorial Day with family by the pool, go visit our cousin and her horses, go to dinner and a movie with Aunt Diana, make her eat her first sushi, take Sophie to the dog park, go walking together, I got to teach her how to sell stuff on Craigslist and eBay,we played beach ball in the pool, and even got to go to some yard sales!

Amanda designed the fruit pizza for Memorial Day!

Taylor made decorations

Blake stayed busy making a diary/bingo book!

Amanda is getting Aunt Diana's famous braids

I wish i could braid like that!
She put together the Heath Bar Trifle too!

Aren't they cute?!?!?

She got to ride Buttercup!

Amanda with our cousin, LaVon
Aunt Diana (aka Sissy) brought us Sushi for
Amanda to try for the first time!

Blake loves to use chopsticks

"OHHHHH...I just don't know if I can eat this!!"

"OK....I'm gonna do it!"

First sushi, down the hatch!!! YAY!! 

Taylor loves chopsticks too!
We were outside alot!

At the dog park with Sophie

A tired Sophie on leaning on Amanda!

The entire time Amanda was here, both Blake and Taylor fought for her attention.  They both love her!  Me too!  She left yesterday, but that didn't stop Sophie and Taylor from making their morning trip upstairs to see if she was awake yet...she was gone, they are both sad.  Blake said that he missed her yesterday and she had only been gone a couple of hours.  :( 

The thing that I love most about her is that even though she is a teenager, 16 now...she is still fun to be!  She is a better kid than I ever was, at that age, and we are blessed to have her in our lives.  It makes me happy that we got to spend some time together, but a little sad that we don't live closer.  We love you, Amanda :)

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