Thursday, January 17, 2008

It doesn't get better than this.








This year (or last year, rather) Brian gave me one of the most wonderful Christmas gifts I have ever received. He gave me a trip to visit my sisters and mom for a weekend. I flew to Vegas last Thursday and then my mom and I (and Danin) drove up to Utah where all of my sisters and my sister-in-law live. For the love--it was seriously the coolest weekend ever. I could have just driven around all weekend with my mom, talking and listening to cool music, and that would have been cool enough, but it got even cooler than that. The highlight of the weekend was Friday night. We went to P.F. Changs for dinner and then to an improv show in Salt Lake and then we spent the night together in a hotel. Man, there is seriously nothing greater than hanging out with my family, and especially with my mom and sisters. You wouldn't believe the juicy conversations we had. At dinner, we had secrets and confessions pouring out all over the place. Ok, Ok. I'll tell you a few of them, but you are going to have to guess for yourselves whose secret is whose (just so that i'm still invited to the next mom and sister reunion). Somebodies have been seriously tempted to get tatoos, somebody really wants to wear a bikini, somebody is a little drawn to the idea of getting high, somebody really wants a belly button ring, somebody else had one, someone else used to drink coffee... I know!! Scandalous!
Its funny because I remember my mom and I talking about whether we should bring our scriptures with us for our night in Salt Lake, and we both decided not to. But don't you worry. There was plenty of spiritual food that night--as always. We talked about the concept that love is a gift of the Spirit and that when we sin, we literally lose the capacity to feel love. Hmmm...so interesting.
I also had an enlightening conversation with Sarah on our way back to Orem. I know I've said it before, but I learn so much from her and I rely on her so much for understanding of the gospel. She really does have such a mature, sound understanding of the true gospel. And so do my other sisters... When did my my little sisters stop running around in tutus and gini gowns and start going to college and talking about adult stuff and teaching me about the gospel and becoming so interesting and fun? I must not have been looking. I mean, are you aware of how creative and hysterical my sister Laura is? Chels--you have definitely met your match. And my sister Audrey knows the words to all kinds of funny rap songs and she can beat her boyfriend in boxing. (Laura and Seth swear that she is a closet thug.) Does it get cooler than that?
And my mom is just a given. She's pretty close to brilliant--especially when it comes to the gospel and being a good mom.
And Kat might as well be blood related because she is so fabulous. On Saturday after lunch, we were all leaving and Sarah asked Kat if she wanted to come with us, and Kat said that she was going to do her own thing. Sarah asked what she had going and Kat said that she was going shopping, but that she liked to shop alone. Her honesty and frankness are so refreshing. I love it.
Anyway, the weekend really couldn't have been more wonderful. I can't wait until next year.

14 comments:

nikki said...

That sounds so fun. it's crazy when you turn around and realize most of your siblings have either pushed past 30 or on their way there. When did we stop being teenage punks?

Heather Bell said...

Everything you said is true. You do have the coolest sisters and mom! I saw Audrey at Kohl's a few months ago. I thought she was still supposed to be 12, right?!=)

Theresa Rodriguez said...

What a sweet gift brian gave you. I love my sisters. I would love to have a sister weekend out...what a fun idea. I love reading your blogs ann they are so funny.

Lila said...

WOW! What trip! I loved reading this post it was a lot of fun. I am very impressed that Brian took on the kids for a weekend by himself! What a great guy you have and what a great family.

Miriam said...

Man, I'm just in love with you and your sisters as you are. Always have been, and always will be. What a treasure of a weekend.

Aaron, Lindsey, and Zander said...

How fun!! I love sister and mom time!

Nicole Cave said...

Last weekend I went out with my sisters to a movie and dinner also...we had some "juicy" conversations as well. I love being with them!!!

About Me: said...

Oh man I love the Mitchell family! You guys are so funny and I love the spirit that all of you have. I miss all of you so much but seeing those pictures help satisfy missing you. The one thing that I have always loved about your family is your smile and how real it is. I just don’t know how to put into words the comfort I feel whenever I interact in any way with your family, even if it’s viewing pictures on a blog. Ann my family is doing great. Elenna just had her second girl/baby and I am enrolled for CSN this spring, everyone is healthy and fine and no new news; Elenna baby was the latest even. I wish your family all the safety, fun, love and strength this new year and will talk to you soon!
Andrea Olave

laura said...

oh annie...im glad to hear that you had as much fun as I did that weekend. you mentioned something great about everyone except for you.. so I will do it. does anybody know how good of a mom and wife ann is? she couldn't be a better example to me. and besides that, she is so freaking funny and cool to talk to and be around and has amazing fashion sense.

Rachel McEwen said...

Brian is so sweet. I told Justin about this trying to hint something. We better see each other this next time you are in town. I just love you Ann, you always make me laugh. I did get your christmas card, you are so creative. I just loved it. I thought that it was soooo funny!!!

Valerie said...

I don't totally believe Brian handled the whole weekend by himself. Are you sure he didn't drop them off somewhere and just said he watched the kids? That story is much more believable. I think you are the only person, when I read your blog, I can hear your voice. I think that's pretty special for you. You are quite funny Ann. I miss seeing you.
P.S.- I don't think Theresa could really handle hanging out with only her sisters all weekend. She's just saying that to sound good. :)

Danalin said...

Could the Mitchell women be any more beautiful?! You all have your own look and each of you are so darn pretty. What a fun weekend! I need to institute that in my fam...

Kat said...

Anne,

I just want to let you know that I had such a fun time with all you girls. This was the first time in my life that I really felt like I had sisters. I wish we all lived really close to each other, so that when we have kids they can be best of friends and we could have play groups. I love the Mitchell girls and I feel like we really are close friends and am glad to be a part of it.

Heather + Billy + some= more said...

Well, I have to admit that I am TOTALLY jealous! And, oh, the juicy stuff. I bet I could guess and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna have to find out. Your mom was pretty excited about the trip and it sounds like you all had a fantabulous time. And of course you did... your the Mitchells!!! (and I'd agree about Kat, even if I haven't spent that much time with her, it was pretty obvious from the get-go that she fit right in with the fam)