Life is busy but we have been blessed to have had some nice time with friends lately. I have been realizing that I used to think that because God gave me a strong desire to connect with other people and build deep relationships that it must be justification for why I shouldn't have to move or say goodbye to people I love so much. I mean, I could relate to Pam Halpert in "The Office" last week when she told Jim she liked her life in
I have reconnected with a friend from high school and she has become such a kindred spirit. And the best part is that our kids like each other a lot, too! She took us to a secret hidden redwood grove right down the street--I had no idea it was there!
|Look at Annie's sassy-ness even when lugging a giant tumbleweed behind her. Man, the kids were oddly attached to that tumbleweed. They wanted to take it home with us. I'm sure my dad would have loved that as an addition to his landscaping.|
|Oh, wait, he did take another that turned out...better-ish.|
|It seems I will never tire of taking pictures of the backs of my kids.|
|Fronts! Pretending that they aren't impressed with the water and music but they really were.|
|What my husband lacks in photography, he makes up for immensely in situations like this where he finds the cool place with the cheap treats and gets the lady to give us a super big discount. Okay, I will stop saying super.|
|The cupcakes had different hairstyles she might be able to wear when her hair grows in! (and I made some that looked like her other family members that are celebrating her health as well)|
|I love these ladies! And the picture was taken by Sam!|
And finally, we got to see some friends from Flagstaff this weekend in Prescott, AZ. Jeremy was asked to be the speaker at a NAU Cru retreat so he and Annie and I went and left the boys with my parents. Annie got to be reunited with her "first best friend", Bethany. They giggled and played in a church basement all weekend.
|While we were there, we got to see our former neighbor (and good friends) Brooke (that's her arm and hair in the pic) and her daughter, Claire. I'm so glad!|
And now, sadly, we are the family that sees a sad patch of melted grey snow and gets all excited and takes a picture of our kid standing next to it. Things have changed. We caught a glimpse of the snow-covered peaks that define Flagstaff in the distance as we pulled into Prescott and my heart definitely climbed up into my throat and I had to look away. But hopefully we will be visiting soon!