when we first moved into this ward 8 years ago, the first 3 families that we made friends with were the oberg's, the gold's, and the neilson's. we had no children back then, but were pregnant with nani. the first sunday in relief society the relief society president came up to me and said, "oh you need to meet allison, tonya, and becca!" so, she introduced us and we set a day to get together. from that moment on they became dear friends of ours.
however, after several years they each moved out of the ward. allison and tonya just moved within our stake, but becca moved quite a bit further. first to mississippi, then colorado, and now they are in texas. every year since moving they have come back for a visit because becca's parents live here.
we always look forward to that visit because, you see, one of nani's first best friends was becca's daughter emi. they spent practically everyday together because becca and i were workout obsessed and we swapped kids at least 2 or 3 times for each of us each week so we could go to the gym. meaning 3 different times for her and 3 different times for me. not only that, every friday night we had a date night swap that involved them, as well! so, our kids saw A LOT of each other during those years! for awhile there i think emi and nani had this "love, hate" relationship going on, but they always wanted to see each other!
well, a few weeks ago was this years annual visit. we were able to get caught up with becca and to see her very cute kids. but the highlight of the visit for nani was when emi spent the night!
the girls got to stay up late watching curious george while eating popcorn after mommie and daddy went to bed! then, in the morning they were treated to a breakfast of eggs, waffles, smokies, and fruit smoothies. after breakfast, they treated me to sit back and relax while watching a puppet show!
now this wasn't just any old puppet show, it was a special puppet show using little stuffed animals, finger puppet's, and bathtub washcloths! doesn't get much better than that! complete with giggles and heads popping up, undecipherable words, and very, should i say, "creative" storylines!
and, of course, at the end of the puppet show the puppeteers came up for a proud bow!
it was such a fun night and day for the girls! we wish it could have lasted longer! before emi left she asked us, "are you guys moving?" i told her we were and she said, "well, i guess i won't see you ever again!" she said it so matter-of-factly that it was quite humorous! i told her that we were actually moving closer and that we would only be 1 state away from them. she liked the sound of that, even though it really doesn't mean that we will see her any more often!
no matter where we move, i know that nani will always remember her good friend emi! thanks for spending the night with us, emi!