Monday, July 14, 2008

They Call It "Memory Lane"

I had fun reading this on Laura's blog and everyone likes to be remembered so...try this tag on for size.


(just in case you are a visual rememberer)

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.

32 comments:

the4bulls said...

I remember meeting you at the first ortho picnic during the guys' intern year. You were so nice and put together and your kids were so cute! I was glad to have another mom to play with and talk to about our experiences!

Laura said...

Just like you I have a million memories. Isn't it crazy that we only lived near each other a few years and I have more memories with you than any other friend.

1st memory: I hadn't met you and I was going to open your house up for the carpet guys. I had only talked to Travis about it and so I called him to get some more info and you answered. I asked for Travis and you said, "Well this is his wife." I didn't think you sounded too nice. Funny huh, I wasn't sure I was going to like you, but that ended soon.

Another memory: you helped me to make my first freezer jam. remember at your house. It was so nice of you and fun.

Another memory: making kimonos for Ally and your niece. Ally wore hers one time because I think I made it a little too small.

Last memory: All the fun and good meals you provided our family. corn on the cob on the bbq, whole chicken in the crockpot, italian chicken in the crockpot, that Christmas dinner on the floor like in Jesus day, and much much more. You are the best cook and host.

MIss you more than words could say. I need to come visit sometime soon.

Marianne said...

I remember meeting Travis when we first moved in and he was the only one from the ward to help us move in. He offered to bring us dinner that night- which was so nice after days of traveling and eating out. You dropped off a yummy spaghetti dinner on your way to the temple. It wasn't until later, we learned that your family had just moved in as well! You guys are an amazing family, and such examples to us. I'm glad to be your friend!

KTLADY said...

I think I already told you my memories, but I'll say them again. I remember you gave me a ride to EFY because you were going up to BYU. You taught me to drive your standard. Then we saw a sign that said, Las Vegas however many miles, and realized we had missed our exit completely. I went to your new ward with you on the first day. Straight pin to separate your eyelashes... and I thought you were so nice!

The Christensens said...

I remember going to the Darby Creek Battelle Park last year and talking with you and Britt. I remember thinking how skinny you guys were. I went home that day and started to loose weight. That was September and in 6 months I lost 11 pounds. I still have more to go buut a break is nice. Kind of a silly memory but it is true!

Aprilyn said...

I did this on my blog sometime last week. Well, I grew up with Travis but I have only met you once in person but I love reading your blog. I can tell you are a wonderful mother and wife. I love all the funny things your boys say. They make me laugh!

Kimberly said...

I have a zillion and five...no, make that six memories of you, but the one I choose to share on your blog is when I pushed you in the shower with your clothes on. That was a lot of fun. I can't even remember why I did it...I just remember there was quite a lot of screaming involved, and I felt victorious! :) That was the first time as roommates that we really bonded...from there on out, it has been pure bliss! :)

I also remember that you put lotion on your belly...maybe you don't want me to post that on your blog! :)

Love you tons!

Sarah and Troy said...

Where to start? One thing I remember from our days in YW was when you taught a lesson about being a mother. You told them that laundry "consumes your life." I think of that every time I stare at my laundry basket, which is always full.

Ashli Welsh said...

One of my favorite memories of you was when we were playing that two truths and a lie game. One of your statements was that you were pregnant. I always thought that was such a cute way to tell us all that Charlie was on his way!

Robin said...

One of my favorites is the recent pity party we had during your VT visit last month. It still makes me laugh when I think about it.
Roasting marshmallows in 90+ heat and soaking humidity will probably be a memory to last a while too. You guys are good sports!

John-David and Kathryn said...

Brit
I remember meeting your family a few times after we moved in but never had real interaction with your family until you called one night around Christmas for us to come sing with your family. We had a fun time and enjoyed it but still we didn't know that great and then two days later, Christmas Eve none the less, we call to ask you to watch Jackson while we went to the hospital. I felt like just a dork but you guys of course were so nice a bout it. Then 3 days later we called you again to watch him while we went and had our baby. You guys are the nicest family. Thanks again.

Emily said...

Let's see, I remember my first Sunday in the BYU 101st ward I kept hearing that a girl named Britt was in the hospital. I guess you had surgery on a cyst in your cheek or something? I remember thinking everyone must really like you because they were all so worried. And I hoped that whoever you were, you wouldn't have a big ugly scar on your face.

Pete said...

I remember when I was dating Sheralie, someone sneezed and you said "You are so good looking" and I think it was the first time I had ever heard someone other than myself use that Seinfeld-ism and I thought it was great.

Another good one was when I crashed your FHE and you passed a note to one of your roommates that said "Who is that guy?"

And a 1 am private screening of U-571 at Movies 8.

Good times Britt.

Travis said...

Well, Britt and I have been married for almost seven years. In some ways it seems like my life started when Britt and I met. I hardly know where to start when reflecting on memories of her.

Britt has such a talent for capturing memories and sharing them. No memory I could share of Britt would in any way approach or adequately express what my life full of memories of her means to me. I stress about every word I write in mundane emails about work. Choosing ONE memory to share about Britt seems infinitely more difficult.

Early in our marriage Britt and I were visiting her parents. One night she and I got into some silly argument. I don't remember why or what we were arguing about, but I am certain of two things. First, whatever it was it didn't matter. Second, I'm certain I was being an idiot. Before these two points were obvious to me, Britt went to bed and I stayed up for a while with her family.

When I went in to get in bed I found a note on my pillow from Britt. It read: "To my very handsome, fun husband that I really really love but am sometimes short, rude, & grouchy to. I really really love you & I'm so sorry I just haven't been being very nice or even pleasant to be around. I really love you. Thank you for everything you do for me. I love you tons!
Britt"

It was at this point that I realized with painful clarity the two things I mentioned earlier. I'm so grateful that Britt forgave me that night and and has loved me in spite of me. I can not explain how fortunate I am to have her.

Those who know us well or knew us while we were dating know that it took me a long time to decide to marry Britt. I'm grateful that Heavenly Father helped me to overcome my fear and uncertainty. Never since have I doubted the decision. The days have turned into weeks, the weeks into months and the months into years. I'm glad for every moment and every memory. Thanks, Britt! I love you!

Brian & Michelle said...

HAHAHA...oh the memories I have! All mine are from your high school days (or shortly after), so let me think of something that will not embarrass you and get back to you on that.

Gonzalez said...

For some reason this memory of your first Christmas away from home keeps popping into my head lately so that's the one I'll share. You sent all of us kids towels in different colors. You were always taking care of your younger sibs like a second mom and I wonder sometimes if that is why you are such a good mom now. That Christmas was the first time that I realized it though. Thanks Britt! Love ya!

Britt said...

Kimberly-
my first memory of you...right after you moved in I started telling you about this guy I liked who was getting married and how it was throwing me for a loop and then I mentioned his name and it turned out he was marrying your COUSIN!!! Good thing I found my man!!

Trav-
Actaully this is more for everyone else but...my first memory of Travis is walking past the breezeway at the Elms and I heard someone calling my name. It was Travis. I didn't know who he was but he knew my name. I talked with him for half an hour and later that day I told my dad about him and that I'd be happy to marry him. I had no idea at the time that I actually would but I like to think there might be something to "Love at First Sight". And after such a sweet thoughtful comment from my boy I am reminded once again that I have the best teammate ever.

Kimberly said...

That's funny...I saw them just this last week up at Bear Lake, and I thought about you. I didn't say anything though. They are having their fourth baby probably about the same time you are. I'm glad you married Travis! :)...Even though that would be cool to be family...I guess we tried to make that happen several ways, but it just didn't ever work, huh? Maybe Charlie and Rachel?

Brian & Michelle said...

HAHA TB...that was a funny memory of me! Here is yours:

I remember standing outside the seminary building and this young, innocent looking sophmore girl somehow started telling me about her poor crippled dad in a WHEELCHAIR! You had me going! Then I found out you were "fibbing" the entire time. And to make up for it, you made a toothpick wheelchair! HAHA

caligirl said...

Making and eating ginger banana pancakes at Travis's parents house:-) They are my favorite breakfast treat. Every time I make them they remind me of YOU!

Aprilyn said...

Ok, so I'll do one for Trav too.
I am not really sure which one to share. We grew up in Naperville together. Our parents were best friends and we had such a fun time together. I remember wanting you guys to come over for Sunday dinner so we would take turns being a stowaway. We figured once the parents found out we had one of the other family's kids, we would have to switch them back. Then the parents would talk forever and we would get to play! We played together, sang together, and spent many hours at each other's homes. We were "back door" friends. I didn't even know what your front door looked like because we just knocked on the back.
I love the memory of our annual New Years Eve Family Sleepover. When we were little, they were much more fun. I ruined it by thinking I should be in love with Trav. We were great friends. We weren't meant to be romantic together. I still remember the summer we moved. It was such a hard thing to do. Now as I read your Mom's blog and hear stories of you guys when you were in High School (especially Quinn), it's a loss to me. I thought we would live in Naperville with you guys the rest of our lives.
Trav & Britt- I'm so glad you found each other. You are such great parents. I can tell. I love reading about the funny things your kids do. Keep it up. You inspire me to do better. I wish we lived closer so our kids could be best friends the way The Petersons and Grubbs were. Maybe we will just have to settle for a visit.

Melissa said...

My favorite memory is when we went to Disneyworld for Orchestra. Me, you and Annie all roomed together and one day at Disneyworld Mr.Poff saw us in line and he was making us laugh historically! The band teacher was imitating him and we were all just cracking up and the 2 of them! Oh man! that was funny!
Also, just being in orchestra and seminary together and all the good times we had! I always looked up to you!

Emily said...

Ooops! I just reread your instructions and I was supposed to leave a memory we had together. I had a whole list of them and I decided to just do the first one I had of you- but you weren't even there!

So here's a few more you might remember:

Hanging out with you and Travis in Salt Lake and you guys couldn't keep your hands off each other...

You guys visiting us in Provo in our little apartment when you were pregnant with Isaac. I remember you bringing us a blanket for our wedding gift, and it's still the most popular blanket in the house. You brought a salad from your parent's garden.

Our visit to AZ soon after you had Isaac but before I had Natalie. You matter-of-factly described your delivery experience with Isaac and I tried not to be too freaked out. (mine wasn't nearly so bad as yours!)

And of course, our most recent visit when Nick threw up on your front porch and you were so nice to help us get cleaned up and I will soon send back all the clothes we borrowed.

I really do wish we lived closer!

Camey said...

You always invited me to play groups even though Spencer was too little to really play and told me that you went to play groups before Isaac was even born. I think that you are such a great mom and feel like I should ask your advice on everything. I love how you handle situations and whether you feel like it or not I think that you have it all together. You brought me dinner after I had Olivia and I think that I felt a lot better than you did at the time. Thanks so much for everything!!

Hall Family said...

Okay so I as your closest in order sibling probably have the most family memories but my obvious favorites are when you would yell from your room to mine "Jenny are you awake?" to which I always responded "yes" and then you again "do you want to come sleep on my floor?" And of course I would. I think its so stinking funny that I your younger sister made you feel more safe in the dark! The other is the late night Rummy 500 games we would secretly play and always lie to mom by saying that we were in bed so that we could!

LoGunns said...

I remember you had a headache and took a nap and when you walked out of your bedroom a long time later all bleary eyed, half your face was puffed up and you didn't even know it. You had to have surgery to take out a cyst and then you were normal again. But forever you puffy half face will be in my memory:) Well that was the first one that came to mind. and I have to go camping now. But I love thinkinf of memories of you so I will get back to you with more.

LoGunns said...

Okay some random memories...
I remember....
you telling me how you are afraid that when driving around a curve, the car coming the opposite dirrection won't stop turning and run right into you.
that fly thing you had on your coat and people would always try to pull it off.
singing with you.
your tan bronco vehicle
polo shirts

keekerann said...

orchestra. young women's. specifically, and this is really random, i remember one of the young women's leaders asking you what kind of shampoo you use cause you had such pretty hair. and i was jealous...

Kim said...

I'm hoping maybe one day I'll be able to have another memory with your family. It is always so uplifting to be around you. Once I think I was like you, I had it all together, and then I had 3 kids. I remember our many discussions about our children and your warnings to get prepared. However, you almost have 4 and you still have it together. Amazing-that's one of the best ways to describe you!

ellen said...

I remember that you lived in the Arlington Ward for a summer and also that you brought some of your cool cards that you make when you came to Boston on vacation and I bought some of them.

Brynn said...

Dinner without kids is my favorite memory. Jarom and I had so much fun! I still laugh about the van doors. Travis was such a gentlemen to open the door for my disabled husband! Other memories- Theron's pirate birthday and your amazing cake and of course Travis's amazing hamburgers :), Helping us with our kids and bringing us dinner numerous times. Thanks for all the fun memories!

Trinette Hayslip said...

Besides being in Primary with you, I always think of the night of that terrible storm last March. It was a Friday night and Nate and I were trying to decide if we wanted to go anywhere is the snow. Then we get a call from you guys. I first assumed it had to do with Primary, but it turned out you wanted to know if we would like to come over to play games. We both had a lot of fun that night and I just remember laughing a lot. We def. need to do it again, but let's not wait for another snow storm ;)