Ok..surprise...I went for a jog...down memory lane. One of the great things about blogs is I find long lost friends. Yesterday a friends blog led me to a friend that I grew up with...Darleen Waite. When my parents bought the house I grew up in I was 1. Darleens parents bought their house like the week before...so we literally grew up around the corner from eachother. I was so excited to find her because her family moved to vegas right after her brother Aaron and I graduated from high school. So I have decided to share with you a little of my jog...
1. I remember sitting in her front yard and making her practice being a "lady" how to cross her leg properly and sit up straight (I was so bossy and feel bad about that now..sorry)
2. We use to spend hours in their sand box building elaborate cities for hot wheel cars, and then by the time we were finished building the city our hands were so cold we couldn't play, or it was time for me to go home
3. We at one time built a zoo at their house. Aaron had a ton of animals, so we decided to make a zoo. They had rabbits and mice, and we caught minnows and snakes in the ditch behind their house. My contribution was my dog missy! We wer so surprised that no one payed to come to our zoo!
4. When Darleen and her sister Marleen moved into their older sisters' room after they moved out we were so excited. It was the coolest room because it had a counter top in it with book shelves above! I don't know why, but I thought it was the neatest room ever.
5. I remember many times kneeling with their family for family prayer in the hallway near all the kids bedrooms. They always made me feel part of the family.
6.Darleens mom was a baker. She made the best bread and cinnamon rolls.
7. In 6th grade the other kids in class made fun of me and Aaron because we were walking home together. I couldn't understand why because he was like a brother to me and they we teasing us about liking eachother.
8. Aaron was the first boy I ever kissed....when I was 3. Our big brothers made us kiss, but I don't remember it, just remember the story.
9. In high school Jonathan, an older brother, drove their grandpa's station wagon. I mean those monster station wagons with the amazing engine. This one was complete with 8 track and wood panel siding. After church dances we would race people off the red light...and always win. It was so fun!
10. I helped out at Christine (The second oldest) sister's wedding. I was maybe 10 or 11 and got to wear a lacy apron and go around picking up garbage. I loved it!
11.The Waites had an hugh van...to fit all 9 kids..but that was before electric sliding doors. I never was strong enough to slam that door shut...although I tried many times.
12. I remember one of the older sisters, I think Julene, got in the van, and then backed out of the garage, without opening the garage door.
13. In junior high my friends and I toilet papered their house, all my friends had a crush on Jonathan (eeewww...we were like siblings) we then rang their doorbell and hid. After we watchen them clean it up, we did it again. I feel terrible about that now!
14. Each year for Darleen's birthday I would give her a 1 inch teddy bear figurine. It was always a little different. Maybe you remember the kind with the red bow tie glued on it.
15. Sister Waite taught us the 13th article of faith in Primary...and I still remember it from the time she taught it to us.I will always remember the Waite family as fun and welcoming. They treated me like I was part of the family. It was fun to go for this little jog...but I better go reward my "workout" efforts with a cinnamon roll...thinking of Sister Waites has made me hungry!