Thursday, July 9, 2009

Still catching up!

Las Mujeres De Costa Rica!

Well, I am back from our little vacations...which you will see in August if I keep with the pace I am going with my blogging-I can never catch up! But I do have excuses right-friends in town, quick trips to Vegas, vacation to Lake Powell and Las Vegas and then sick makes for a very busy time.

So, back in May the weekend after my Grandma's birthday I was lucky and got to hang out with some of my mission buddies-"Shipp" (Michelle Moore), "Stahr" (Amber Stahr) and "Hansen" (Lucinda Hyatt). It was so fun and what was even nicer was that my dear friend Elizabeth was kind enough to keep my boys over night-yeah, that is right she gave me the gift of no kids for about 30 hours, it was priceless. Elizabeth, remember, I totally owe you, you just let me know when and it is a done deal! It was so fun to go up to LA (not the travelling part, although the boys did really well), and first visit with Elizabeth and her girls and then hang out with the mission girls. It was like old times-giggling, eating goodies, mission memories etc. We ate dinner at a diner that had we known earlier we would have taken advantage of their special:free food to those wearing their pajamas. Amber hooked us up in an awesome hotel (classy finger up high), and we talked until the wee morning hours. We then got up early (not my idea) and spent the day at the Getty Museum (a free museum that is awesome-photography, gardens, antiques etc) and then the Santa Monica Pier. It was a wonderful 30 hours, just talking and laughing and catching up! I love these girls. It is shocking to me that I served a mission nearly 13 years ago (please don't do the math-that is when I left), but I am so grateful for the connection I still have to these lovely ladies. I love that even though we aren't the best a keeping in touch all the time (although Lucinda really does a good job at it), we can get together and it is like old times. I love that one of the most spiritual times of my life was spent in the presence of these fine women! Thanks ladies for being so wonderful-PURA VIDA!

Starting the morning off right in our classy bathrobes!

The tram up the hill to the Getty Museum

Steel trees made of bouganvillas flowers!

I like to call these "lady bug flowers". Aren't they gorgeous and slightly bug like in appearance?

The Costa Rican Crew: Shipp, Perry, Stahr and Hansen

Lunch in the gardens-hummus, cheese, crackers, apples, carrots and chocolate!

April and Michelle in front of the steel trees!

Me with the maze behind me! What a background!

Maze in the garden.

Where is Lucinda and Michelle?

April and Amber in the garden!

Amber and I missed the tram. You can see Lucinda in the window-how funny!

"I wish to be big"-in reference to the movie Big

The Santa Monica Pier


Melissa said...

It looks like you guys had so much fun. I love girls-only outings. I will have to show Jeff the pictures and see if he recognizes anyone. I hope all is well with Scott's family. YOu said he was at a funeral. Call us when things calm down and we will have you over or meet up somewhere.

Anonymous said...

How nice that you could get together with the people that were a part of a wonderful time in your life...your mission. I'm glad you have such wonderful women in your life.

AJsGirls said...

XO...glad to help!

Jessica said...

How fun is that!? I thought the steel trees were just little until I saw you standing under them.

Moore Family said...

It was fun to see more pictures from our trip. Thanks for posting them. I still think about that outing with fondness. What a great time we had!!