Catching Up

Whew. I just spent the past four-ish days enjoying the company of a dear friend from college. I hadn’t seen her in over four years, which meant she hadn’t yet met the girls and I hadn’t met her sweet (beyond sweet) almost two-year old little man. The kids played really well together and we were able to have time to sit around and catch up which was a treasure. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if our third musketeer, the famous Captain Haus, could have been there.

In order to not completely bore all of you with mundane trip details I bring you a top ten list of why the trip was a little bit of this, a little bit of that, with a light layer of fabulous friendship on the top.

10. It is still possible to enjoy oneself on a four day trip when 3 out of the 4 days one of your children has a temperature of 102 degrees (armpit style).

9. Dairy Queen, people, Dairy Queen.

8. Watching your big girl love on one of your closet friend’s sweet boy is a gift.

7. Meeting, playing with and loving on your friend’s child is awesome.

6. Sharing stories that pertain to bodily function and loss of control into the wee hours of the night while laughing hysterically is good for the soul.

5. Being with someone who knows me well and loves me still is rare and wonderful.

4. Having a child say she needs to “make a waterfall” while you are cruising down the freeway can cause you to panic, pull the car over, take out the mini white potty from the trunk, and assume that she is in fact telling the truth. When the panic subsides and small child simply sits on the potty without even releasing a drop, you realize that she has in fact worked you and any panic or fear of a wet carseat turns into, um, a bit of frustration.

3. Is it possible to lose a small child’s shoe somewhere in the car on the way home? Yes. Is it a gift from God when you check the trash for your camera and end up finding the shoe in there just before it goes out to the big grey can outside? Double yes. (especially when you then remember you had already put the camera away in the drawer where it belongs).

2. Real friends don’t care how often you call or write. They are the ones where years pass and yet when you are together you pick up right where you left off. And they are rare. I am grateful to have some (You know who you are. I hope. Maybe a Hallmark card would suffice to express this point?)

1. (don’t even care if you think it’s cheesy) No matter how much fun I have with friends or family, there is simply nothing on earth that compares to being with The Doc. I am grateful that in four days I miss him. Any experience is richer, better and more fun when he is there.

So there you have it. Nothing Epic, nothing earth shattering, but a top ten list all the same. Good luck in your travels! Remember to thoroughly check the trash.

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