Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ultimate Girls Weekend

(Amber and Stephanie on the Golden Gate)

So, someone had the crazy idea that while I was in California visiting my parents, some of my friends in the ward should come and visit play, leaving kids behind. Well, it worked out for two of my friends (Stephanie & Amber) to fly out for 2 days. Wow. We tried to pack in so many things. We did miss a few (riding the trolleys, china town, Wicked and much more) essentials, but were able to do a ton.

We had a lot of fun. Poor Amber wasn't feeling well (motion sick) most of the time. I hope she wasn't miserable. So....we drove to Pier 39. Smelling of funnel cakes and sea water. We shopped, ate my fav - chowder in a bread bowl- and laughed at the noisy sea lions. Stephanie has a great video of them. I'll try to post it.

We walked around - a lot. We went to Ghiridelli square and ate chocolate, bought fun gifts and laughed at the street musician accost innocent ladies. Creepy guys! We also bought a lot of chocolate, which I am still enjoying! Let's see, we drove up to Union Square because we didn't feel like waiting an hour for the trolley. We found some great fun stores. I got a nice shirt for $5 and some jewelry.

We also had a memorable hour in Saks Fifth Avenue with a lady we lovingly call the "GodBless Obama" lady because she had a huge, sparkly pin on that had those exact words. Plus, she was a very convincing saleswoman. Hence the eyeliner we all now own, but it makes our eyes POP! We drove around all over. We found Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world. And we also went to Alamo Square. Stephanie had to see the painted ladies...she is so naughty. ;)
(Alamo Square)(Lombard Street)
We found some wonderful sourdough bread (in crazy shapes) and ate dinner at The Rain forest Cafe. We stopped at the Golden Gate on the way home, but it was too dark for pictures.

It was interesting navigating the streets of a busy, crowded city. I'm not as used to it any more. But, we survived without getting lost or a parking ticket. By the end of the day, my feet and back killed from not having good shoes.

We crashed with my parents and slept in a bit. The next day we went to Armstrong Grove to see the tallest trees on the planet. The Giant Redwoods. It was a perfect morning. I love it there! Then it was off to the beach. We ate at the Inn at the Tides, right on Bodega Bay. It was so yummy. And yes, everything I ate was seafood. Amazingly enough. Bodega Bay is chock full of so much history and in some great movies. If you have ever seen an Alfred Hitchcock movie, you will know what I am talking about.

We did some more shopping and then headed off to the beach. We stopped and took pictures along our drive. Chilled on the beach for a couple of hours. I got covered in wet sand by some punk kid and learned that the clear chunks of jelly like substance on the beach are jellyfish sea brine.

No visit to the beach is complete without a stop at Screamin' Mimi's. The best frozen treats on the planet. They are all made locally and are 100% natural. My mouth is watering just typing a bout it. I love that place!

Then we travelled to the Golden Gate and discovered that we could walk under the bridge (disturbing) to get to the east side so we could walk on it. Man, is that fun!! We saw so many great things int he bay, including Alcatraz and huge cargo ships! The view was breathtaking, and the weather perfect. We got some killer pictures. See top of post.

Then we drove around Santa Rosa for a while and had a great time, even if I did drive a little crazy. I still think this may have been the true source to Amber's unsettled stomach. Oh, and we had to go to a Trader Joe's so Stephanie could see what all the hype was about, and to make an educated decision as to whether or not she would enjoy one in Utah. Thus ended our Girls weekend. It was so great to get away and not worry about kids - or life really. Busy, but relaxing and tremendously fun at the same time. Thanks for humouring me girls! You are the best. I hope you enjoyed yourselves half as much as I did.


To see another new post, you will have to scroll down past the beach post. I don't know how to change the order of the posts. If anyone knows, please let me know!
(Leslie, Roy & Noni Andrew)

(Janice & Dale Andrew)

(Chris & Michelle)
(Darin & Dean)

(Myra Andrew & Jordan Clark)


I will be doing little excerpts of vacation in different posts. If it's boring, feel free to just peruse the pictures and move on with your life.

So, we drove out through the night, had a day to recover and then got to attend the wedding of Christopher Andrew & Michelle Ampuero. The temple was super duper busy. They got behind on sealings, but it was the shortest I have ever been to. President (ex Patriarch) Paul Mortinsen was the sealer - which was cool since we all know him.

Then there were fun pictures in the wind and then it was off to Cheesecake Factory. We had lots and lots of yummy food and cheesecake, duh! Tha
t evening was the reception. I must say, I don't think that I have ever seen a more decked out cultural hall. It was amazing. There was a dropped ceiling with white lights and fabric everywhere! I was pleased that my kids' clothes totally matched the wedding colors. They looked so cute. See:

(Cadie Andrew & Myra)
It was good to see some of Darin's family that we don't see often. There was some great dancing (Michelle is a dancer with Living Legends) and live music by Ian Andrew. It was fun.

We are so excited for Chris and Michelle to begin their lives together. They are at BYU so we get to see them more than most. Congrats you guys!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

California Beach

Here are some pictures real quick. These are from the beach with Joshua & Renee who are currently in France and I hate love.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Heart Walk!!!

Game on!!! Registration is available online at

You can pay online through pay pal, or can mail in your form with your payment. Don't forget, each participant needs to have their own form signed by someone over 18. Help us spread the word!!

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Monday, June 15, 2009

A girly girl

This is what happens when mom and grandma assume a 20 month old is in playing with her siblings.

Mom was thankful it wasn't her expensive favorite lipstick.

No, it's not blood (the picture is from a cell phone) it is my mother's lipstick!!!!!! Her teeth and hair I think are still stained. Lucky for me this was Friday morning before I was leaving for the airport to pick up Stephanie and Amber for our super fun weekend with no kids!!!! I got to put her in the bath and let my parents clean up the vanity, carpet, jewelry and jewelry box. There was a great pink ring in the tub when she was done,. Thank you for Meleluca soap which got it out.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I saw this on a friends blog and wanted to also share.  How amazing would this be?!?!

You can read more about this life sustaining research here.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I've still got it!

Whew, I can still navigate my way through a big city.  I can merge through 7 lanes.  I can go from this freeway, to another and another before I need my exit.  Utah is so simple compared to the Bay Area.  There is something fun about knowing you can get around highly populate areas and actually arrive at your destination.  It's satisfying.

I met my friend Charlene at a place in Alameda and had a great visit with her.  We had a lot of fun at Chris and Michelle's wedding.  We visited with a lot of family on the Andrew side.  It has been a busy weekend.  We even saw Darin's dad.  80 is a tough age.  I'm glad we got to spend time with Bob and Noni.  So, onto a week of single parenting.  Should be interesting.  It will be fun.  I'm going to school my brother in Mario Kart on the Wii now.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Good, Old fashoned manners

While visiting with Darin's parent's today, at the rest home Bob is at, I was given a glimpse of what life must have been like for women "back in the day."  Yes, they were not given many of the modern conveniences that we have, but they had one thing that we don't, respect.

I know that a lot of this comes from women thinking they are the same as men.  I am not going to rant and rave.  We know each have separate and defined roles.  They compliment each other and work together.  The respect that I am referring to is the simple, kind courtesies one human being offers another.  Mainly men having respect for women -strangers and acquaintances a like.

Yes, I do get the occasional door held open for me at the grocery store, but there are so many other pleasantries that our culture no longer practice.  I love to be around my Grandpa Olsen for that reason.  It makes me feel special when he stands if I enter of leave a room, or makes sure I go through a door way first.  It's the tip of the hat and other signs of respect that let you know that someone recognizes you and is aware.

I once heard a story (I think it was in an email) about a professor and a female student.  When the girl got on the man tipped or removed his hat.  She asked why he would do that because they were equals.  He then explains to her all the reasons why - the included respect for the creation of life, protection he would offer if needed, etc. etc.  It was a very touching explanation.  I looked for it but was unable to find it.  Any way - the girl left feeling honored to be female and not like she had something to prove.  It was very powerful to me.

We were visiting in the common area with Darin's parent's today.  It was later in the evening and Myra was fussy.  I was standing with her because every time I sat, she tried to get away.  I twas just walking around the room a bit, keeping her happy.

Now, you have to remember that everyone who is a resident is there because they aren't able to care for themselves at this point in their life.  A man saw me standing, and walked over too me.  Now, you must understand that is took him a minute or so because it was such an effort to walk.  He was walking, but it was a physical challenge for him.  He came over to where I was standing and asked me (In very broken sentences with slurred speech) If I wanted to sit down - or move a chair over to where the rest of the family was visiting.

I was so touched it was hard to tell him that I was simply standing to keep the baby happy.  He was satisfied and returned, slowly to his chair to watch Wheel of Fortune.  He went so much out of his way to make sure that I, a stranger was taken care of, because he had been taught you don't sit when any woman is standing.  Here we was struggling with his body and so much, yet still managed to be such a gentleman.  Wow - if only there were more men like this left in the world.  So if you are one (a man) practice makes perfect.  

Now - I must note that Darin still usually holds the door open for me and also for the car - unless we are loading kids in the van and stuff.  If it is a date, then he does.  It is appreciated.