So we have had a completely AWESOME month so far. All of the out-of-town sisters either have or will be visiting this month! How cool is that! I love being able to hang out with my family. It's different now that I'm an adult (and much more mature than several years ago). It's more fun, and I really enjoy getting to know my sisters again as an adult, not as one of the 'little girls'.
Sharon, Kristin, and Annette and their families have all visited so far. Miriam and her family will be here next week. We've had so much fun! It was especially great to see Kristin and Scott and their boys. We haven't seen them in four years, and they had never even met Brett. It was really cool to find out how many things we have similar tastes in (like music). Go figure. Also, I have to say, I LOVED having Kristin cook. I'm always so jealous of her posts on Facebook about the amazing things she's been making, so it was really fun to be able to sample some of her delicious food! But it's probably a good thing she hasn't been here throughout my pregnancy, because I would probably be a whale by now. A really big whale. It was kind of funny, because Brett mentioned something about the Johnson girls liking to cook, and either Sharon or Kristin said that it's because we love to eat! How true!
Since Brett and I still had to work, we didn't get to do a lot of the day activities with everyone. But I did get to go to the Zoo with Sharon, Kristin, their families, and Mom and Heather. It was a lot of fun, although it was really hot. I was careful, stayed in the shade when I could, and kept hydrated (plus wore a hefty sunscreen), so it actually wasn't unpleasant at all. I loved seeing how excited my nieces & nephews got about all the animals. They were especially cute about the penguins, although that may have something to do with the fabulous temperature of the Penguin House. After the Zoo we had a little picnic lunch/dinner. It was fun to sit and talk while the kids ran around playing hide & seek. Also probably a good thing that we ate so late, because Sharon and Shellie helped me make Polynesian food for dinner, and it takes a while to make. So technically we had dinner at, like, 8:30 or so that night. But surprisingly, the Poly food was a fairly big hit. I was really proud of the kids for trying the stuff, I'm sure it was a little...scary.
We didn't get to see a whole lot of Annette and Joseph and their kids because they were also up this way for a wedding, but we did get to hang out for a little while. We celebrated Heather & Kristin's birthday with a party (and some amazingly delicious food....thank you, Kristin). It was way fun to have the sisters there, as well as several of Heather's friends. We played Werewolves, which is kind of like Mafia. I'd never played either, but it was a lot of fun!
I'm looking forward to seeing Miriam and her family next week. I'm sure there will be more fun tales to tell!