We were thrilled to have a visit from my best friend Bethany and her daughter Norah last week! For those of you who don’t know us, Bethany and I have been best friends since birth. Our parents went to college together, taught at the same school in San Diego together during our early childhood, and later, at the same school in Hong Kong! Our dad’s were best men in each other’s weddings, and we were Maids of Honor for each other too. We tell our girls “You MUST be best friends! It’s genetically required…but no pressure!”  😉

So, who’s this Jimmy that visited?  Well…You know those movies where there’s an obnoxious guy…maybe an Italian mobster, who insists on giving everyone a nickname, whether they like it or not? Yeah…that’s my toddler. The nick-name-giving-Italian-mobster. (I supposed, given my last post, she comes by it naturally!) My dad’s ‘grandpa’ name is Boppa. Apparently it was easy to say and so now EVERY relative who does not live in our house with us is “Boppa!” Grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts…they’re all “Boppa” to her.

Recently, Lilly has picked up a new nickname. After spending some time with Jenny, she started calling her “Jimmy!” Now it would seem that every friend of mommy’s is “Jimmy!” It didn’t matter how many times we tried to teach her to say “Auntie Bethany,” “Bethany” or just plain “Beth,” Jimmy is what she was called. If she didn’t respond, Lilly just got louder until she got the desired attention she sought. “Jimmy….Jimmy…Jimmy…JIMMY!!”

Thankfully, Bethany took no offense! Despite nicknames and Norah being under the weather, many good times were had. Mostly at various playgrounds, but there was also an adventure walk, throwing rocks into the Provo River, playing Pooh Sticks, and introducing Norah to snow at Sundance resort! The girls hugged, held hands, and had fun playing together…but as soon as the camera was out, scenes like this were more likely to be captured:I have a new and profound respect for photographers of children. There will be no photographic genius in this blog!

They also had their own ideas about what was worthwhile of investigation. While Bethany and I marveled at the beauty of the mountains at Sundace, Lilly felt a careful study of EVERY pebble in the parking lot was a much better use of her time:No…really….EVERY pebble!:Meanwhile, I was a second too late to capture the evidence, but Norah decided to explore her inner rebel and attempted to use one of the aforementioned pebbles to scratch designs in the Sundance Safety vehicle. A horrified Bethany SPRINTED to the vehicle’s rescue!*Please note: no Sundance vehicles were actually harmed in the making of this blog.

Then we moved merrily on our way……for 5 feet until, having inspected every pebble in Sundance, Lilly discovered a storm drain!Pokey pace of our explorations aside, we did have a lovely time! Here are some other photos we managed amidst our wanderings:“Don’t bother me with photo ops mom! We don’t have this white stuff in Southern California!”

A minute later….“Um…yeah…I don’t know if you’ve noticed but this white stuff is cold and wet. I’m over it.”

And a few others from the trip:Trinity referred to Norah as “Little Cutie!”

Wine and Cheese Birthday celebration! Mmmmm (Apparently I was hungry! The food is more in focus than Bethany!)

The classic “Kids in the bath” shot.

We had a great time! Wish we lived closer but we’re so thankful for the time we had. Thanks for the visit Jimmy and Norah! Maybe next time we can get a shot of the hand-holding! 🙂