Friday, April 17, 2009

Sunny's Day

Another one of my favorite people is celebrating her birthday today-
My sister Sunny!

Too bad for her I'm a creature of habit. I checked the post I wrote for her birthday last year and here's something I wrote in it...

"Sunny- unfortunately I was a little late getting your gift in the mail... and I'm a little late posting this... but I hope your day has been fabulous!"

Well guess what?! Sadly it applies this year too. I guess our late night phone call really put me behind in getting this post done!

So let's get to it...


1. Her middle name is Casandra.

2. She is skinny- and will always be the skinny sister.

3. Some of her skinniness is probably due to her frugality. She doesn't splurge on junk food.

4. She is so frugal, and a bit of a hoarder, but she's learning to toss things or at least give them away.
5. She is so frugal that she considered going out in public like this.

One pair had a lost shoe, one had a broken shoe. Luckily she found the lost shoe and I HOPE she got rid of the broken pair.
6. Her and Derek's frugality made buying their first house possible this year!

7. They have the cutest little blond hair, blue eyed little man named Hyrum.
8. At Christmas time she set out to recreate the molasses cookies our Great Great Grandma Pearl used to make. She found a recipe that seemed to be the right one and made them with the help of our Mom, Grandma and Great Great Aunt Byrdie.{Back: Grandma Pauline, Great Great Aunt Byrdie. Front: Mom, Sunny, Hyrum}

9. Sunny has a passion for family history.

10. Sunny is a gardening pro. Last summer she maintained 2 gardens. They were in an apartment then, so the gardens were in some friends yards!

11. Sunny is a sewing pro too. She once made the cutest little graduation cap and gown that an 11 month old Jillie wore to Greg's college graduation.

12. She has encouraged the artistic talents of our Dad and her husband by commissioning art work from them.

13. After harvesting raspberries last summer she made her own fruit leather.

14. She also canned a lot of her garden harvest.

15. She can eat a box of mac 'n cheese all by herself.

16. She also loves white rice with butter and soy sauce.

17. Her favorite restaurant is Olive Garden.

18. Her favorite snack is popcorn and she usually eats it like someone might come behind her at any moment and swipe the bowl from her if there's any left.

19. She is a happy girl- usually. :)

20. She used to be very flexible, and probably still is.
21. She could fit in the smallest spaces22. She has always felt at home in nature.23. She enjoys camping in the mountains.

24. She has been on a couple of handcart treks at Martin's Cove in full pioneer attire in the summer heat.

25. She isn't bothered too much by extreme temperatures. Or at least she cares more about saving money. Her heat is turned up to a whopping 50* even in the winter and the air conditioner only comes on if it it's over 100*.

26. She has put a lot of work in to her new house already since the walls and trim were all painted in peach, yellow, and purple- like this...

Dad flew out to help too and they've turned to this...27. Her nieces and nephews think she's a wonderful aunt!28. She once lit off illegal fireworks in an Iowa field on New Year's Eve. 29. She has inherited Grandma Nellie's energy and enthusiasm. I didn't realize til recently looking at this picture how much they look alike.30. Sunny is giver of meaningful gifts.
31. Sunny has had Church callings in Primary, Relief Society, and most recently Young Women's. She dying to get a calling in their new ward since they have been there since March without callings.
32. Sunny has a strong and unwavering testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
33. She's as cute as ever!

Happy Birthday Sun!!!


Caity said...

I always love your birthday posts!

Dad said...

That's our cute "Sunny Bunny". We so love and appreciate you!
Great post, Nik. Thanks

Beth Soelberg said...

And Sunny doesn't know this - but a certain dorkster named Beth thought she was supremely cool in the Girls' Camp days! :)

Guess I was right!

Happy Birthday, Sunny!

Sunny said...

See Nik you could have slept. I didn't even look again until TODAY! :) Thank you though! You're so sweet. I WISH I had grandmas energy and drive to clean. I lounge WAY to much to be compared to grandma! Oh and I totally buy junk food...and eat it too much. And we put the temp up to 60. :) Love you Nik! Thanks again!

Shan said...

Hilarious! I need to learn some of her tips for being so frugal :) Love that she would wear two different shoes- so funny.

Angie said...

What a great birthday post. And very fun to have her be the same age as me!! Happy birthday Sunny!