Saturday, January 12, 2008

Thanks Mom

My mom and me (I think you can tell we're related).

My dad

Soren and Emilia. She is so amazing with him! I'd love her to come and stay with me in Scotland--she was such a little mother to him.

Soren and Paris

Francie's great karaoke

Peter and Charla doing Dance Dance Revolution (When I saw Emilia and Leif do DDR for the first time I was blown away--they were like little dance machines). Charla and Peter--you're awesome too. I think I'm going to call you guys DDR 1 and DDR 2.

Richard and Bridget-- our gracious hosts (Thanks for having such a full house for so long).

Soren and I came home for two weeks to Utah (my second home) and Jason met up with us a week later. It was my mom's idea to surprise Charla while she was in town (and send us home) and have a baby shower for her. My Secret was outed a few days before and it was so dreamy to see family and friends. (We did have a rough start though).

Despite Soren and I getting sick on the plane, Soren getting a fever for 2 days, followed by me getting food poisoning for the New Year, and then Soren getting the flu, we still managed to have a good time with Bridget's Dance Dance Revolution, High School Musical sing-along and Karaoke. Charla's shower was darling and so is she. I love her stomach and can't believe my baby sister is having a baby! We all loved seeing Peter dote on her as well--they are such a perfect couple. Bridget had a full house for a while as the cousins ran around loving being together again. My brother and his family were the only ones not there because they went to visit his wife's family in Argentina for the New Year--They're still there and hopefully having a dreamy time.

I went to see my beautiful niece Emilia in her ballet class and although no parents are aloud to watch I pleaded my case (as the aunt from out of town) and got to stay for the beginning to take some photos. She is such a lovely dancer and a smart one too. With straight lines and knees over toes as she did her barre exercises she was a dream. I'm so proud of her and was also impressed with her attentiveness in class and her regal posture and focus.

I wish I could start a children's dance company for all of my family and friends' beautiful and talented children in the states. I see so much talent and individuality in all of them. . . .one day.

. . . When Jason arrived Soren was so cute. We went to the airport with Grandma and Grandpa Monson to pick him up and when Soren saw his dad he ran to him in his little striped pajamas and hugged him. It was so nice to be all together again.

At Grandma Pat's house Soren had a ball with her treasures (keys, chains and things that made clanking noises) and would pile them up and say he had made an Eiffel Tower.

We also ejoyed spending time with cousins and having a happy Birthday with Kari (my sister-in-law). Her little boy Weston is a doll and he and Soren had so much fun together. Her older boy Kyson is such a nice big brother. I wish we weren't all so far apart.

My Babe

Grandma's house (always well stocked with wonderful fruits and veggies)

Weston and Soren

Grandpa and Grandma with Soren, Weston, and Kyson

Rob, Kari and Weston (Happy Birthday Kari!)

. . .and I still have more to post but better stop for now!


Carol said...

How fun for you. Glad to finally hear about the trip. Can't wait to see more.

Funny thing about the stripe rugby the boys are wearing. I bought the orange one for Jack and later regretted the spending (he doesn't need any clothes)so...I took it back. It looks way cute on them.

emily said...

great picture post! I was wondering if you got to go back home for the holidays...So fun for you (except the awful sick stuff. Boo.)

Stephanie said...

What a fun trip. I am happy that you made it home okay.

charles said...

mimi is a girl made in heaven!

thank you for that which you have given the world.
photos. amen.

Elizabeth said...

SO glad you got so much sister time and S so much cousin time. Nothing better for a vacation.

Bridget said...

We miss you. Thanks for coming.

jaredandmatisse said...

Hi Cammie,
You and your mommy are so adorable together. I am so glad you had a nice holiday and I think your niece is a dalring ballerina.

Michelle said...

What wonderful pictures!!! Charla looks SOOO CUTE!!! That dance dance revolution sounds like so much fun! And Emilia does look so lovely so attentive! I wish you could instruct our little gorillas!