The weekend of May 23rd, the kids and I went to College Station to visit our friends, the Decells. They have been our bestest friends forever, and we miss them so much! But like I said below, their oldest son was leaving on his mission. We went to his mission farewell in their ward in College Station, and Kyle gave a very good talk. It's so hard to believe that he is now Elder Decell. We have known Kyle since he was 5. After Sacrament Meeting we quickly headed over to Bryan 1st Ward to visit our old friends, no pun intended! LOL!! Kids loved seeing their friends, and actually attending a HUGE Primary. I was certainly amazed by all the pregnant women and small children in both wards. Not that I want to be pregnant or anything, but our small ward just doesn't have a lot of babies. After church we headed back to the Decells for a great lunch of lasagna, bread, salad, and 3 different types of desserts. It was a short trip, but we loved having the chance to see Kyle before he headed off for 2 years.
On Thursday Josh called me to say that our stake president had received his mission papers back because they were not completed. The eye exam was left off. Good thing our Stake President is a doctor because he was able to finish it, and was suppose to send them back off. Maybe we will know by June 25th where he is going to be serving... plus I am leaving that day for 10 days, and I would like to know before I head.
I told Lauren & Kayley that I would take them shopping on Friday in Shreveport. Trying to find dresses for these girls that are modest is a pain in the boo-tay! As I was preparing to leave around 9am, I checked my email and saw that Brett's daughter, Rachel, was being baptized on Saturday @ 10am in the Temple Ward. I checked my calendar, and besides the shopping with the girls, NOTHING! So I told the girls if we could go to Killeen, they could go shopping with their cousin Rebekah. They said okay. I gave the kids 2 hrs to be ready to leave. I didn't tell my parents that we were coming, and away we left. As we approached Dallas, we made a detour to the Dallas Temple. Kids took some pictures (maybe I will post later). We finally made it to Killeen about 6:30pm, and showed up at the mexican place they were eating at. They were happy to see us. Next morning was the baptism, and it was nice. Afterwards, most of us went to McDonalds to eat lunch (small kids!), and my mom took home Joey & Lindsey, and my sister took home Jacob & Krissy so that I could take the big girls (and Rebekah) shopping. We found 1 dress at Ross, and 3 dresses at Dillards, but 3 cover-ups since all the dresses were immodest without the cover-ups. We had a great time trying them on. We then went to Payless and got 2 pairs of shoes for Lauren. I think she is taller then me when she wears them. I will post pictures with those dresses on later too. They are cute. We had a great Sunday night dinner with the whole family that lives here, and my dad made 2 chocolate cakes. I didn't stick to my diet while here. I ate a HUGE piece!!
One big milestone with both these trips, is that Joey has not screamed his head off at all! He has had a great time here in Killeen playing with his cousin Jared, who is about 6 weeks younger then him. They have been getting along so well, it's been amazing! Of course I didn't bring my new digital camera (that I got for Mother's Day), but I know that others took pictures, so maybe I can post some of those later. I've also have had a great time holding my new little niece, Lexi. She is almost 3 months old. She reminds of some of girls when they were this age. She is so stinkin' cute... but I am not baby hungry. Which I am so glad about!