Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Unblogged Bloggable-KMB Lakehouse Weekend Part 3

A trip this epic takes several posts to get through. See part 1 and part 2

Kate had to leave early Saturday morning to be with her family. We were sad she had to leave but happy she got to come for part of the trip.

We had a lazy morning. We had breakfast with mimosas. Mela still wasn't feeling well. Darcy took care of her and gave her bananas to eat. Danielle A and P and I did a circuit workout in the driveway. Ana and Mandi came out for moral support. 

We went to MaBank for a little shopping. They had a great wall for photos. We looked around the shops, had cupcakes, and made the facebook page of a little boutique. On the way back we stopped at Sonic for Danielle A's favorite drink.

Some of wanted to get in the lake. The house had several rafts and other things for the lake. We blew up a giant raft and hauled it down to the lake. We got on the raft, and Mela and I kept sinking in the middle. We sang some songs. Ashley swam up to scare us. Ana did some pole dancing. I almost killed myself trying to get off the raft.


Mandi insisted on a group sunset photo. There was a little complaining about it, but it turned out so amazing. It's one of our favorite photos. We spent the rest of the night hanging out, playing makeup and brows, learning the curling wand. 

We went to Whattaburger a little later. Ana's order number was 22-the date of her birthday. The guy thought she said it was her birthday that day and gave her extra desserts. He said Happy Birthday as he gave her food to her, and Mandi responded with Merry Christmas. Some girls danced around the fire (the proposal style) and played cards again. Danielle wasn't very good:) and Mela acted out a few.
We made our own Harlem Shake video. Hibiscus' hair flew everywhere. Mandi called her Habascus accidentally and it stuck. We "called" on the banana phone and snapped Cody. He wanted to be on the trip with us, but we told him no boys allowed.

We had a big breakfast Sunday morning complete with tons of bacon. Ana wanted hard bacon and not turkey bacon. Some people did impersonations of people, and Ana did the perfect one of Mandi putting on her lipstick. 

We got all cleaned and packed up. Mela couldn't believe I left my running shoes (something I often do on trips). We signed the oar and took more pictures.

We sang O Town I want it All over and over. Ana insisted on taking a booty pic of all of us looking out towards the lake. We all wanted to get out of the house and protested. She insisted and we are so glad she did. It is another one of our favorites. As we were leaving Danielle made plans to meet Ana at chemo that week and do a dance to juju on that beat. They joked about making it viral and had no idea that would actually happen.

We said tearful goodbyes and went our separate ways. Our car (Ana, Danielle P, Mel, Mandi, myself) met Frank and Sharon at the Texas State Fair. It was a quick meeting, but it was so great to meet them and see the fair. It was beastly hot but still a great time.

Ana dropped us off at the airport and snapped and then there was one... We ate whattaburger again and waited for our flight. Mandi and I flew back to Vegas. We tried to sleep on the plane and traded off trying to sleep in the car. It was a long drive back. We talked about highs of the trip. 

a few things that didn't make it anywhere else
-Ana and her snaps from the toilet
-Ana "why do you talk like that?" making fun of Danielle's nodes. Mandi "you can make fun of her cancer"-Ana laughed so hard
-Ana sitting on Mandi's foot multiple times
-snapping BTK sr
-facebook live-everyone wants to be KMB

This trip was incredible. We had the best time together. These girls truly are my sisters. Ana was doing so well with her treatments and was able to fully enjoy the trip. We had no idea a few shorts months later she would be gone. I will be forever grateful for this time we had together.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

book review-The Nativity Pageant

It's hard to believe it is already time to talk about the holidays. It seems like the year was just starting, and now we are almost to the end. I want time to slow down. They holidays are some of my favorite times of the year, and I want time to stand still while we enjoy it.

I'm a sucker for tradition-especially holiday tradition. Growing up we always read the Christmas story as part of our Christmas Eve traditions, but we never really acted it out. I am not sure why. We just never did. When Chelsea's kids got old enough, she started the tradition of acting it out rather than just reading the nativity story. Her older kids are reading well enough to start reading part of the story. This year will be the perfect year for the new book, The Nativity Pageant. It uses the exact words from the scriptures with easy to locate props and costumes to make the story of the nativity come to life. It is short enough to fit very nicely into our Christmas Eve traditions. Karlee will love being in charge. She can gather the costumes, and assign the props. It will be perfect. The Nativity Pageant can be purchased on amazon for anyone interested in including this as part of your family traditions this year. What other holiday traditions do you have?

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*I received a copy of The Nativity Pageant for review. All opinions are my own.