Monday, August 11, 2008

still friends after all of these years!

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!


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!


nani and emi

no matter where we move, i know that nani will always remember her good friend emi! thanks for spending the night with us, emi!


Becca said...

Emi had so much fun with Nani! Thanks for letting her spend the night, even though she invited herself. We really do way back, huh?

Pineapple Princess said...

How sweet it that? A sleepover with a bff!

Loved the puppet show recap AND the awesome pics. I have camera envy and I can't help it.

ps we do smokies with pancakes too. Yum. We really could be real friends in real life!

Sarah said...

BFF's are the best!

Bridget said...

What darling girls! I wish I had been able to get to know Becca better before they moved out of the ward.

Elizabeth said...

What sweet pictures!

Lauren in GA said...

Your photography is so amazing!

I love that their friendship is so strong.

Isn't that why blogging is so great? I live in a military ward (though we aren't in the military) and lots of friends come and go...I love that I can keep my friends through blogging.

Scott-n-Allison said...

I was just trying to arrange a sleepover with three girlfriends from my elementary and middle school days. Sometimes you just need some girl bonding time.

Looks like they had so much fun!

tutu lady said...

Emi hasn't changed much. Didn't we do an Ellison scrapbook page on those two, in that very same pose?
Sooo cute!

jennifer said...

Hi Mahina! Just saw a link to your blog on Tiff's so I thought I would say hello! Congrats on the upcoming move to Alb! My little brother Brad and his family live there. They love it... so, keep an eye out for them! :)

Melissa-Mc said...

I'm glad you had a great time. I wish I could have been there.

Katie Smith said...

What adorable little girls. Sure, I'm biased as one is my niece, but they are both so cute. How fun that they've been able to stay close even though they don't live next to each other anymore.

Tonya said...

Oh Mahina! I remember when you first moved into the ward and I had just had Sophia. That was 8years ago! We always loved hanging out with you guys. I don't know why it kinda stopped after we moved out:0( Never meant for that to happen. I guess it was just the craziness of moving and another baby coming into our family and kids starting school. Life just happened. We really do think you guys are great and we want to get together before you guys leave.
( I left a message on your phone about it while you were gone:0))