Skip to main content

Linda visits from Chicago

Linda and I were roommates at BYU for one semester before Kelly and I got married. She and I haven't kept in touch very well over the years, but she surprised us with a visit the last few days and we had a ball. She arrived Thursday at lunch time, so I planned a luncheon with two others, Paige and RuthAnn, to welcome Linda. We had a nice light lunch with a deluxe salad, complete with Linda's favorite ingredients. Afterwards, the kids came home from school and Linda got to meet them one at a time, and get acquainted. Our next two days with Linda was so delightful. Lindsey and Christopher enjoyed meeting with my college girlfriend and getting to know her.
Both kids adored Linda and could tell she is really nice and why I love being around her.
She's really got flair!
We did our normal adventures when we have guests pop in to see us for a few days, like heading up to Mount Bonnell, this time to see the view at night.
We visited the capital of Texas and here we are laughing hard over something and Lindsey snapped it.
We walked around the capital and everyone was blaming Linda for bringing the chilly weather with her from Chicago. She loaned me some gloves to help my hands stay warm.
Lindsey was named after two people, and this sweet friend of mine, is one of them. Lindsey is named Lindsey Elizabeth after my friend, Linda Elizabeth. The other person (Rebekah's mother) is no longer with us.
We took Linda to see where Kelly works and here we are in the elevator at his office building.
It's always a must to take our out-of-town guests to the County Line to experience Texas barbecue. Linda loved it. (Heidi, one of these days, when you come to Austin, I'll take you there.)
It's been a little more than four years since her husband's airplane accident when she became a widow. Brian and Linda had only been married about three years and had planned to have children, but hadn't yet before then. So I guess she'll have to come out to Austin more often so I can share mine with her! We love you, Linda! You're welcome any time.


Heidi said…
You are such a great hostess! That is so sad about her husband.
Linda was such a fun person. I can see why you both get along so well. I bet the weekend was full of laughs. Glad you got to reconnect with a great friend. Thanks for lunch. It was so good!
Bobbi said…
Old friends can be so fun to reconnect with. Glad you had fun. She sounds like an enjoyable person to be around. And Austin is a great city to visit!
Julie V. said…
Can you just send me some of that Texas barbeque instead of talking about it already!? I remember Linda at your wedding reception having to trade dresses with me because my dress didn't fit or something. It messed up the rainbow effect you had going with the dresses and all, but it all worked out!;)
Kelly said…
Julie, Valerie, Tracy, Debbie, Brenda, and Linda: Please accept my apologies for making you wear those hideous dresses from our wedding reception. I hope you have all thrown them in the trash.
Kirks said…
Hey! Can I come for a visit and do all the Texas fun stuff? I am sure craving some Texas BBQ. What a good friend you have and are!
I would LOVE to go to Chicago! Next time you should go there, and take my mother, and ill tag along!

Lonna said…
You do know how to have a good time. I am glad that you are still in touch with so many friends. I remember when you stared your facebook page, and within a matter of hours you had at least a hundred friends. You are so likable it is easy to see why everyone wants to spend time with you and come and visit you.
Julie said…
It looks like you definitely had a good time and I agree, County Line is a must for out of town guests!
Maryanne said…
What a great time you had with your friend. She looks like such a nice lady!!

Now I am curious about those reception the pics, post the pics!!!

Popular posts from this blog

Fun with Ninnies and Nini

Our family got to attend the monthly stake temple day at the Taipei temple on Saturday.   Lindsey and Christopher did their temple work, then waited outside on the beautiful grounds and at the chapel next door until we were finished with our session. After that, we enjoyed hamburgers at a place we heard about called California Grill, then did some exploring.
Lindsey arrived last week from Rexburg, completing 32 credit hours and her first year of college at Brigham Young University-Idaho. We are so glad to have her home with us!  She will be with us until she starts school again in September and will be taking two classes online in the meantime.  In addition to Lindsey's arrival, we've been blessed to have the company of 7-year-old Nini (her real name is Yeh Min-Yu) with us this week.  She's so darling and we love having her around too.  It's kind of funny that when Lindsey was a little toddler and she could not say her name well, she called herself Ninnies.  So we h…

Isaac's creation

One year ago today, this little angel came into our world, sent directly from heaven, without a doubt.  Isaac is our fourth child, but the first that I gave birth to.  He was the result of a successful fertility treatment called In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), our first and only attempt.  The fact that I was 48 years old when I got pregnant, is a miracle in and of itself.  I had long since given up the idea of ever being able to experience pregnancy and childbirth after having been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, until a rare contact from a dear friend had renewed my desire.  This is the story of how Isaac came to be, and the loving environment that welcomed him.  Take note of the numerous small miracles along the way, leading up to our pursuing this dream.

There was a three-week window of opportunity when our family had come to our Austin home for the holidays, while we were living in Taiwan for one year.  My long, lost friend sent us a beautiful Christmas card, perhaps the fi…

Flagstaff House Executive Chef Mark Monette's Family Legacy

Mark Monette, executive chef and partner of Flagstaff House, has been the man behind the scenes in the kitchen for countless special occasions and celebrations. This fine dining restaurant situated a few miles up Flagstaff Road in Boulder, perched at the Flatirons' edge with a bird's-eye view of the city, is where Monette has spent more than three decades fine-tuning his craft in this family run business. The restaurant and staff have received accolades and notoriety locally and nationally, including recognition for being named "Top Ten Restaurant in Boulder," "Most Romantic Restaurants in America" and "Best American Cuisine and Best Wine Selection." (This article is from a Q&A interview I did with him in February, 2017.)
Your father, Don Monette, bought the Flagstaff House in 1971 when you were 10 years old. What do you remember about the restaurant back in those days?
"We would come up here in the summer and work, and it was just busy al…