Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sister Sneak 2008

See ya later kiddos, Mom's going away for the night! To go stay in Victor, ID at the Fox Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast with the sisters.

We arrived right at dinner time, stuck a pizza in the oven and reveled in the silence of dinner without kids to feed or chaos going on in the background. It was golden.

My favorite part of the weekend was the gift bag exchange. We each brought something to share 9 times (one for each of us) and we came away with such fun goody bags. This was better than Christmas I tell ya. SUCH fun and a tradition we've vowed to do every year.

So what all did everyone give?

Amber- Colored toilet paper (We laugh every time we go to her house and see her pretty yellow, pink, and green 1960's t.p. She inherited loads of this from her Grandma's house.), raisins (Amber is NEVER without her raisins.), and CUTE bracelets

Anna- Witches Brew Scented Candles and Flips pretzels

Becky- Crossword puzzle books WITH pencils. (We even had a crossword puzzle challenge and of course Becky won.)

Elena- I gave Bath-n-Body Works Pumpkin Pie home fragrance spray

Emily- Paul Mitchell firm style hair spray (Great gift from the hair dresser in the family.)

Katie- Fabreze Lavender Vanilla

Kaylin- Homemade craft blocks

Missy- Scented sachet powders to pour into our vacuums

Natalie- Biore pore strips, face masks, and crest white strips for our teeth

It's not a sister sneak without Biore strips and face masks.

"Oooooo! How many blackheads did you get?" Yeah, we're gross like that.

Of course picture taking was a must.

As was lounging and reading.

Time for a nice soak.

The Bed & Breakfast was so nice and the beds were COMFY!! You'd think that we would have gone to sleep and gotten some rest, but instead we stayed up laughing and talking until 2:30 am, but we did get to sleep in until 10 the next morning so that was wonderful. David and Julie (the owner) made us a beautiful breakfast and kept us entertained. What a hoot these two were. Seriously, don't they just look like fun? Who wouldn't enjoy them making you a breakfast fit for a king? Thank you to them for making our weekend completely enjoyable.

Julie's bird ,"Girl Bird", entertained us with her dances and talking.

After breakfast we took off and headed to Jackson Hole, WY a short 20-30 minutes away. We enjoyed window shopping and eating a few tasty treats.
Yee-Haw ladies! Becky and Natalie having some fun shopping in Jackson. Don't they make cute cowgirls?

And of course, you can't go to Jackson without getting your picture taken in front of the famous antler arch. Back: Amber, Kaylin, Emily, Becky. Front: Missy (holding Izzie), Me, Anna, Natalie, Katie

Our get away ended with dinner at Johnny Carinos and some uplifting messages from the women leaders of our church at the General Relief Society Broadcast. Now we all sit and wait for another year to do it all over again!


Camille said...

How FUN! Now, why in the world doesn't my family do that? Oh, yeah. I guess it's because we live ALL OVER the United States!! We will have to start doing that, though. It would be a much needed get away for all of us, as I am sure it was for you girls!

Anonymous said...

You need to tell us what the fun things were that everyone shared.

Elena said...

Mom- You caught me before I was done. It's updated now.

Wendy said...

This sounds totally FUN! I can see why you all look forward to it all year. I'm calling my sisters; we gotta do this! What a wonderful getaway.

Thanks for sharing this.

Brandy said...

Hi Elena nice to meet you! This sounds like a blast and something me and sister friends need to do! I would love a night away from the kiddos and just be a girl again!

LouandAngela said...

Seriously--my sisters and I are GOING to do this!! What fun!! I'm so glad you took pictures and shared your great weekend with us! I'm trying not to be jealous! :)

Did I tell you Carlianne is getting married? On the 24th of October. So. . I'll be there that weekend. Hopefully I'll get to see you then.

Mama Williams said...

That looked so fun!!! But, did I see a baby there? We're never fully off duty are we?!

Miki said...

I'm always so amazed at how much fun you have doing these sorts of things. You all are the most gorgeous group with those perfect smiles and bright teeth (I loved your car pic. btw ;) ).

I tell ya, the goodie bags were the best. You know which was my favorite? Becky's crossword puzzle book. I love those things. I'm not joking one bit. Love them.

I had forgotten all about this (the sister's weekend)...again...and it looks like you all had a terrific time.

You're pictures all turned out pretty darn good btw, and what I mean is that you looked so nice in all of them (no scoffing, it's true). The weather looked just perfect too. I see why you were looking so forward to this. It's a lot of fun.

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

That comment from your mom is too funny. Usually I accidentally hit post before I am ready. And I never remember to proofread before I am done. And sometimes I forget to mention something. And I always add the theme song afterwards. So...if you read my blog in the first hour after's not done yet :-)

Now...those goodie bags - what a FUN idea!! My book club is going on a road trip to Asheville, NC the first weekend in November (the gas crisis will be over then, won't it???) - and I will be sure to steal this idea from you for then. How fun!

Brenda said...

What a fun time! We must have just missed each other, we were in Jackson on Saturday as well! Not as much fun though, because we had the kiddos! I love the grab bag idea, and the Biore strips! Me and my sisters pull out the wax for eyebrows when we get together! The things we do for beauty and amusement! Looks like such fun weekend!!

The Shep's Herd said...

You all looked like you just had a great time. I think I need some sisters. What a fun way to be with family. Elena you are such a inspiration to everyone.

Jennifer P. said...

how. fun. was. THAT?!?!?! I love y'all's sister sneaks! The biore shot was priceless :)! I'm so glad you guys had such a great time and that we got to live vicariously through your pictures. What fun, fun, fun!!!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I love the girl get togethers, but we have never done Biore strips. That is a great idea!!!

Do you really have that many sisters? WOW that is a big family. Thanks for sharing your fun weekend.

Lee Ann said...

Oh my goodness that looks like so much fun!

The B&B idea is awesome!

Jonathan & Rachel said...

What FUN you all are!!

becky ward said...

if we could only do that every month! i guess doing it annually does it make it more special! way to get it all set-up elena. i feel sorry for the next sister that has to try to top this. love ya!

The Manwarings said...

That was such an amazing weekend!! So much fun. I can't wait for next year, too, and I think I'm just about caught up on my sleep now.

Brandon and Emily said...

Thanks Elena for putting everything together!! It was such a needed trip. You and Jarom are awesome (like you didn’t already know that)!

Debbie said...

How fun is that! I love the gift times 9 exchange. I have never heard of that but it is so clever! It looks like you all had a great time...sigh...I need a weekend at a B&B...with my husband!

Lula! said...

Good times. Precious memories.
Thanks for sharing. What FUN!

Unknown said...

What a great idea! I LOVE girly get-aways! Isn't it fun to just be yourself, sleep in, stay up late, eat whatever and whenever you want, and ACT SILLY??

Elise said...

As I mentioned on Becky's blog, I'm totally jealous of every aspect of your fun weekend! My sisters are just plain lame... maybe I need to try a little harder? Probably. Anyway, you guys look like you had so much fun!! And you look darling!!

Tamie said...

oh so fun! so how many sisters do you have and how many SIL do you have---that is quite the crowd---that would be a lot of fun to do.
my sister actually does a blog getaway with a lot of the girls that she blogs with. they did it in oregon late this summer---wouldn't something like that be a blast! i know that i would love to get to know all the girls that somehow i have lots in common with yet have never met!