03 March 2008


That stands for Time Out For Women. What is that, you might ask? Well its a conference for LDS women to go and hear speakers and music and have a day out with just the girls. My hunny, Taylor, says its "like EFY for ladies". That works.

Well we left Iowa City before 5AM, bound for Chicago in a sweet, rented (because none of us are old enough, or lame enough, or have enough kids to justify driving a) mini-van. There were 6 of us and we had the best time. The messages given at the event were very inspiring and uplifting. I think we all left feeling great and energized to try to be better people and live with more faith and more happiness. The theme was "Living a Joyful Life". And we learned great things - how to provide service in and for your family, how to deal with troubles and trials that will inevitably come up in life, how to be better mothers, ways to love each other and be kinder, and (most importantly) how and where to do the "dance of joy"!

I was so happy to have such great company on this little road trip. Can you guess which one of us:

1. eats the gross little "thingy" at the bottom of bananas?
2. brothers tied her to furniture and lovingly nicknamed her "skeeters" (aka mosquito bites) when she was growing up?
3. is better than consumer reports in giving advice on what products are the best to buy and where you can get them?
4. can fold her tongue like a clover (and swears most people can, but thats a lie)?
5. whose Grandma took her to buy a first bra and made her try them on in the isle when the dressing rooms were full?
6. was the "sinner" of the group, relying on a diet dr. pepper to keep her eyes open at 4:50AM?

Bonus**Which of us had a blast leaving the kiddo (we each have one!) with dad and didn't look back? Thanks, hubbies! (Not that it was "babysitting" cause these papas know how to parent their kids!) But we're still grateful.


Street Fam said...

Rock on TOFW!! Oh, what a fabulous day, good times, great stories, and a lovely "EFY for women"!

Jessica Sorensen said...

Looks like you guys had fun wish I could have come with you.

GordonandChrissy said...

That looks like so much fun! Do they do those all over? How did you find out about it?

Tamara said...

Sounds like so much fun...I wish that I could have been there;)

GO Gray's said...

Good for all of you!!!! Looks like some good fun times with the girls and getting a break from the kids. The girl whose grandma made her try on her first bra in the aisle is hilarious!!!!

Jason, Kim, & Kallie said...

All I can say is JOY DANCE BABY!

HeidiAnn said...

I still wish I would have gone. Aw well, next year I suppose. So, I think Sarah does the banana thing, Kim folds her tongue, and it was Sunny'd g-ma that made her try on a bra int he aisle. HA!! I wish I had been there with ya. So fun!

Courtright Family said...

Looks like so much fun, I wanted to go with you! Too bad I didn't... I'm the lame one with a mini-van! haha I found your blog through Heidi's, I would love to add you to my list of friends in Iowa, it's again, lame-ily very short.

Merrick and Vanessa Smith said...

Hey I just found your blog from your facebook site. You should check mine out too sometime: merrickandvanessa.blogspot.com

Looks like you guys are doing well!