My neighbor, who just happens to be Joe's grandma, and I did a book trade. She hadn't read Virl's book about Mother Osmond and I hadn't read Marie's new book. The Nielsens served a mission with George and Olive Osmond in Hawaii and were really good friends with them. My daughter, Michelle, married their grandson, Joe. Michelle remembers seeing a cute blond-haired guy next door cutting the Nielsen's lawn. Little did she know that he'd be her husband years later.
On the drive home from Vegas I read Marie's book and thoroughly enjoyed it! Wayne was driving and was a bit bugged in the beginning of the trip that I had my nose in the book, but soon got used to it. Marie is one amazing woman! I always knew that but this book just reconfirmed my opinion. Until reading the book I never realized how much she is like her mother - busy, busy, busy. My daughter, Amy, reminds me of both of them. It's all in the genes I guess!
The highlight of our trip to Vegas was Sunday evening, which we spent at Marie's beautiful home. She invited all her family that was in Vegas over to dinner with a couple of other friends, because I guess she didn't have enough to do that day. Ha! We all commented on what a long time it had been since we all had just sat around a table together, relaxed and enjoyed each other's company. It seems like we're always in a rush heading in different directions.
Marie played Jay, Wayne and I selections from her new CD that is coming out soon. Marie has such a beautiful voice! I always knew that she could sing since her first hit record "Paper Roses," but now she can REALLY seriously sing. You already know that if you've attended her show in Vegas. She is an incredible talent as well as an awesome sister! Thanks Marie for sharing your evening with us!