Thursday, July 17, 2008

Friends and Family

I had the neatest night on Monday. I met a great friend (who is now one of my friends!!) of a fellow blogger, Candy. Candy lives in Louisiana but her friend Guyla lives in the same town I do!!!! Candy and Guyla went to college together. Guyla doesn't have a blog (I think Candy and I are really trying to get her to blog) but she has been reading Candy's and came across mine. Because we lived in the same town and had a few other similarities Guyla emailed me when we began planning our DC trip!! It was so neat!! I felt like I was a teenager all over again and I was giddy when I read her email. In her original email she mentioned she went to a Missionary Baptist Church in a nearby town. I emailed back and said I had a friend that attended there at one time and wondered if her and her husband were still there. Guyla replied Yes! and that they were great friends with each other. I had not seen this friend in 5 years.
So Guyla, Kim, and I were finally able to meet this past Monday night!!!!! So Candy, I thank you. Through you I made a new friend I'm excited to build a relationship with and I was reacquainted with a friend I had not seen in a long time!!!! Thank you Candy!!!!!
I loved my time with Kim and Guyla. Guyla has the sweetest, kindest spirit about her! I love seeing her love for her little boy shine through! My friend Kim had to leave a little early but Guyla and I stayed at iHop a little longer and just talked. I'm always a little nervous when I meet someone for the first time. I hope she didn't think I was too crazy or loud!! One very major highlight and interesting note is the fact that Guyla lives literally about 2-3 blocks from me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait until the next time we meet. We talked about meeting and walking the trail near our house. I wanted to take many pictures but I didn't want Guyla and Kim to think me too strange on this first meeting. I nearly forgot to even get a picture but I knew I needed to so Candy could see it. Sorry, Kim had already left before we took this picture.

We made plans for all 3 couples to get together soon and have our husbands meet. Kim's husband likes to hunt and Guyla's husband shoots guns, so Bryan will be happy!!!!

Wednesday was Brooklyn's birthday. Happy Birthday, Brooklyn!!!!! Her mother-in-law's (who is my boss) birthday was Thursday. The Gorton family (parents, sons and their wives) went out to eat with no children on Wednesday night and I offered to babysit for Jorge and Brooklyn. I had a fabulous time!!! I didn't get any pictures of Stella (sorry Brooklyn)! But we had a joyous time. We swung around, plopped on the couch (sorry Brooklyn), "body slammed" on the bed (sorry Brooklyn), and any other bad habit I should not have done!!!! :) I promise I didn't literally body slam them. I just picked them up high and gently laid them on the bed. They just thought I was slamming them. I promise. I bet the parents who just read this are so nervous now!!! Sorry!!!

The girls were great and Boston spent a significant amount of time in the swing. I'm thankful for the man/woman who created the swing!!! It saved my life on Wednesday. It was an honor to watch these sweet ones. They really are like family to Bryan and I.

I kind of wonder if Boston was thinking "Who is this crazy lady watching me?" He looks a little scared!! But isn't he precious!!!!!!!!!

Ava "painting".

We had cake and lunch for Judy and Brooklyn at the office yesterday.

My cousin James has been visiting from Texas. This evening we are headed down to Ada for a family reunion tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it. I haven't seen my cousins since Katie's birthday.


Heather said...

There is no way they thought you were crazy!! They had to love you. I mean, seriously, how could they not? I have to admit I'm a bit jealous. I wish I got to sit at IHOP with you! Maybe someday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I can't wait to hear all about it!!

Megan L Hutchings said...

You are NOT crazy! You are SWEET as can be ;)! I am so jealous of everyone getting to meet...peew!

I hope that you have a fabulous weekend with your family ;)!

Brooklyn said...

hope you have fun at your family reunion and get to relax! we will be at our family reunion this weekend too so i'll see ya sunday. (ya'll will be back, right?)

Jessica said...

A fellow Engineer's wife! We are soul sistas! Ha, ha! David is Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in manufacturing. What about your hubby?

valerie said...

That's a great story about meeting up with friends and finding out the one friend lives so close to you.
We sure didn't worry about pulling out all of our cameras when we all met. :)
You are so sweet to watch Brooklyn's kids for her. I know that meant a lot to her and her husband.
Thanks for the comment on my blog.
Have a great weekend.

Kim said...

Sounds like you have had a busy week! I love meeting new friends!

Faith said...

How neat to make new friends! Glad you guys had a great time visiting!

Hope your weekend is wonderful!

MiMi said...

How neat that you met a new friend and that she lives right around the corner from you! It's always fun to meet new friends.

Sounds like you had a really busy week. I hope you have a great time at your reunion.

Laura said...

It truly is a small world! I am so glad that you met another blogging buddy! Sounds like ya'll have so much in common!

Lindsey said...

Julie--you are such a cutie. You really make such good pics!

Candy said...

I'm so glad that you and Guyla got to meet and I LOVE that ya'll live so close!!! How fun!!! :) I hope ya'll can get together again soon. Thanks for the picture. :)

Leigh Ann said...

That is so neat that you got to meet another blogging friend, and what a CUTE picture!