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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Memories Tag

I've been seeing this tag on some friends' blogs and someone finally tagged me so now I have a legitimate excuse to do it myself! :) Here are directions:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

And like Camille, I tag everyone!
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20 comments:

Rebekah said...

Well I know that we have never "met" so I'm probably the least likely candidate to leave a message, but why not?! :O)
I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog and left the comment. You have a beautiful family and I'm glad that I can call you friend (even if it is only through the blogs that we know each other).

Nells-Bells said...

It's so crazy how connections can be made through blogs. Who would've thought? But I truly feel a connection to you and cannot wait to meet you in person. You have always been so nice in answering my q's and helping me to make my blog cool like yours. PLUS I love just pulling up your blog and listening to your music. It's the best! AND when I found out that you know Dayna, then I knew you had to be awesome. That validation right there was enough for me. :)

Carrie said...

I think some of my favorite memories I have of you is is sitting in the nursing room during church nursing the girls and just talking about any and everything. Oh how I miss those days. I feel blessed to have you as a friend, you are a wonderful woman. Love you lots

Paula said...

Definitely my first memory is your family photo session. Chloe is such a doll with some great personality and made it so fun. Good times!

Michaela said...

Hey Valeri! One memory came to my mind immediately... Remember the time we came to visit you guys and you and I went to have our favorite food together...SUSHI!!! I just remember the great conversation we had (some funny, some, well you know)! I just love the connection we have and how we can just always start where we left off, no matter how much time inbetween visits! Sorry if this sounds cheesy!

Camille said...

Yes, I do remember that visit you made to Utah and I also have a couple other memories of you that I wanted to mention -- I remember coming to California and staying with you guys and it seems like it was just me, you and Aunt Jill (where was the rest of my family? I don't know!). We stayed up very late at night and we ate good food and played with your cats. I sort of remember your house, but not very well. I also remember going to a place that made gingerbread (or something like it) and getting to bring mine home with me. Another memory I have of you is driving into Koneta Court and seeing you and David playing in Aunt Pat's yard and realizing that you guys had come to surprise us! Don't we have the BEST extended family? We have such happy growing-up memories.

stephschmidt said...

I agree, Camille! We do have an awesome extended family! One of my clearest memories of you, Valeri, is one time my family was visiting you in California. I can still picture certain parts of your home so vividly. And I remember your dogs; didn't you have 2? Anyway, you gave me a book of blank checks to play with and you told me I could take them home. The next morning we got up really early to leave, and my parents told me I absolutely could not wake you up to get those checks! I was devastated (apparently, since I still remember it so clearly)! So the way I see it, you still owe me some blank checks! :) (What a weird memory...)

Wendy said...

Well! Where the heck do I even begin?! Of course my favorite memories are the summers we spent together...specifically that summer we spent at grandma & grandpa's condo! I love how we'd stay up till the early hours of the morning talking about everything! Top Stop...show me your stuff...swinging the blue bra on the balcony...stay this night with me...marco and eugene...armando's kitchen...albertson's...ahhh, I could go on forever. You know them all. Love you!

Jamie Lamb said...

My first memory of you and your family is how friendly you were when we moved into the ward. You had us over for dinner and it was so fun to visit and get to know you. You were also kind enough to come over to our house when we were out of town and wait for our new kitchen appliances (I'm sure you remember that fiasco!) Your family is awesome! We are glad we have been able to get to know you.

Rachel said...

I remember spending the New Year's Eve of 2005 with you and Neil just a couple of days before Micah was born. I was so pregnant and miserable but it was so nice to be around you and get to know you. You are so gracious and kind. I really felt welcome and happy. You're a great gal and deserve every happiness in life!

The Goulds said...

Val I have so many memories but the one that sticks out to me is when you were preganat with Chloe. You were home sick from work so I brought you over some coke. I rang the doorbell & you grabbed them from me & said you were going to throw up so I left & not 2 min later you called me because you did barf & wanted to know if I could come back & hang out with you. I miss you more than you will ever know.

Natalie said...

Okay I only have 2 memories of you...1st is when Neil met you and he was telling me about you, and when I met you at your wedding. Your parents have a beautiful place by the way. As far as memories of Neil...tell him squaw peak ha ha ha and I remember we went roller skating in Logan and I about died! Who can still roller skate?

Allie said...

We haven't had NEAR enough time together...but...
just sitting on the floor of the living room at your folks' house talking. I LOVE YOU VALERI!!!!

Valeri said...

Michaela,

Since you don't have a blog (YET) I will leave my memory of you here (just as the post states). There are so many fun ones, but this one has to be mentioned and I know you remember it just as well as I do!

That night we all went to Braum's and were standing in line... need I say more? Not really sure what got into Neil that made him want to suddenly lick my face, but I think more than anything else your reaction is what has always stood out to me! It was a perfect combination of shock and hysteria that turned into endless laughter! I think that alone is what made the memory so priceless.

I also remember how beautiful you were when you were at the end of your pregnancy with Ryan. I know you didn't feel at all attractive (who does, really?), but I remember that glow you carried and how amazing you really did look right up to the end, huge belly and all! I am sad I didn't get to see you pregnant with Rachael.

Come to Colorado so we can go have sushi again! :) Miss and love you lots!

Mindy said...

I remember coming to SLC to your reception. You looked amazing. It was good to see your parents. Your mom always makes me feel like a million dollars.

Anonymous said...

Mindy, I'll love you forever. You're worth lots more than a million dollars though :). And I love your blog! What a wonderful idea this is! I've been laughing and crying reading everything - re-living the memories with many of you. Wendy, the blue bra? Sounds like fun! Camille, I remember that night so well! Your folks had gone to a campground. The gingerbread place was The Nut Tree. Those were special cookies, and that was a special night. Steph - I've got some blank checks you can play with - but you have to come get them. :) April - I miss you!!! I love your memory! Carrie - I love the image of you two nursing your babies at church in the nursing room. Addie is beautiful! Allie - you're so right - you and Valeri need more time together. Love you so! All the rest of you - I love you and hope someday I get to meet you - I feel I've gotten to know you and love you here on Valeri's blog (and sometimes I look at yours who have them). Valeri, my sweet forever ladybug, one of my first memories of you is the day I left the dr. after finding out that yes, you WERE coming (course I already knew it - back in the day before home tests and ultrasounds). I was so overflowing with happiness that I didn't drive home - I floated. You were the answer to so many prayers and I could hardly contain myself. I wanted to shout from every mountain top in the world! And look at you now. Dad and I couldn't ask for a more wonderful precious daughter. You're "above all we (could have asked or thought)..."

Sorry this is so long - couldn't help it.

LOVE YOU!
Mama

The Goulds said...

I was on the plane yesterday thinking about you & I thought of a memory I wanted to share. I gave birth to Zhara while you were gone & Neil didn't tell you he just picked you up from the airport & brought you to the hospital. That is a precious memory!

Camille Foote said...

I loved being your visiting teacher and I remember when You, Stephanie, and I were all pregnant, but I didn't say anything until I was about 5 months along and I finally just blurted it out and both of you thought I was joking.

Also lots of fun memories of working with you in YW you were always such a great teacher and the girls just adored you.

Austin Sheens said...

Trying to think of my favorite memory with you made me think of putting on pointe shoes, going to the pool for birthday parties, girls camp in tweetie bird shirts, being called your moms flowers. I have lots of great little memories. You can pick your favorite, because all of them bring smiles to my face.

The Papin's said...

Valerie, Valerie, where do I start. One of my first memories is of you and your mother at church. I loved the way she could bear her testimony with such confidence. I loved the way you and her had such a close relationship, like Manya and I. I love the fact that you and Manya have reunited in Colorado Springs, and I love the fact that you share your beautiful family with us on your blog. Love, Vicki