Sunday, May 18, 2008

We saw Stephanie Meyer!

Stephanie Meyer,author of the Twilight Series, came to Salt Lake on a book tour for her new book The Host. Heidi Graham, Heather and I were able to go. It was a really nice trip. We drove up on Friday evening. We stopped at Chili's in Layton to eat and ran in to my aunt Teresa, cousin Tana and her kids. What a small world. Then it was on to Orem to stay with one of my best friend's growing up, Kirstin Bybee's house. Poor Heidi had to listen to Heather, Kirstin & I reminisce until she finally went to bed around 10 or 11. We sat up until 2:30 in the morning talking and laughing (mostly laughing). Whew! morning came fast yet I still slept very well. We got to the venue at about 10:00 for the doors to open at 10:30 and found an already huge line waiting. Everyone was dressed in their Twilight and The Host shirts. Everyone was so excited to be there and was so nice. We asked some complete strangers to take our pictures and they were more than happy to help us out. Here is a picture of us waiting in the hall:

The doors opened and we finally got in to the auditorium. We were group 11 and were hoping that our group would make it to the first signing. Our hopes were not enough as they only got through group 10 and took a break. Oh well, it made our wait after the signing close to nil. There was a box up on the stage during this time to put in questions for Stephanie to answer. Here are some pictures that I took while we were waiting. The first one is her walking out on the stage as the crowd went wild, the other two are of her signing the books of groups 1-10.

Stephanie took a 1/2 hour break and then came out to do a quick Q&A. She answered about 5-10 questions and guess what? She picked one of my questions out of the huge box... I asked what her kids favorite characters of her books were. Too bad that once I realized that she had picked my question my mind went to mush and I didn't even hear the answers. Here are some pictures of the Q&A.

After the Q&A we has about a 15 minute wait to get our books signed. We each got our copy of The Host signed and we were also able to get 2 of the Twilight series books signed too. Stephenie was really real and just nice, she apologized for talking so fast. I really felt like when she was talking that she would have fit in really well laughing on the couch at Kirstin's house the night before. So with our books signed, we were off.... after a quick lunch, we headed straight for Tai Pan and then to IKEA for some shopping. It was so fun. Thanks Heather for driving. Thanks Heidi for coming with us. It was a blast!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mother's Day

We celebrated Mother's Day on Saturday. We drove up the Blackfoot River and had a picnic. Tena & Gerald came along too. We had the 4-wheelers and the spot that we stopped at had a horse shoe pit. Tena & Gerald played first and Gerald won. Shawn and Gerald went next and Shawn won 21-20. On Sunday, Heather & I took our mom, grandma, and aunt to lunch in Pocatello. (Shawn had to work) Hayden and Hadley both insisted on sitting next to Grandma Verda. It was a nice visit and we all survived my children and their energy. Later that night we had cake & ice cream at Shawn's parents. It was such a wonderful weekend. I'm so thankful for all the wonderful mothers in my life!!

The kids had so much fun. Hallie loves the 4-wheeler and was able to take little rides around the campground with her mommy and daddy. Hadley learned how to make the 4-wheeler move (watch out!!) and Hayden drove by himself.

We built a fire and roasted marshmallows. Hallie hung out with grandma while we went on a longer ride. She just loved walking around the camp ground. It was a great day and I'm so very thankful to be the mother of such wonderful children.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Hallie's Birthday

Hallie turned 1 on April 26th. We had a party in Pocatello for the Christensen's. Hallie walked around eating a chicken strip and drinking everyone's pop, which she threw up on Aunt Heather later (note to everyone too much pop) There was a little boy there celebrating his 2nd birthday with his family and he kept coming over and giving Hallie hugs. We had a princess cake with a tiara on it which Hadley was super jealous of. Hallie got to wear it for about 5 minutes before her big sister commandeered it.

The next day we had a cook out at Tena & Gerald's for the Humpherys. We cooked hamburgers and Shawn made dutch oven potatoes. It was a nice little celebration.