As I'm sure that you can relate, my life is very full and very busy. I wanted to give you an update as to what I've been up to. We've had a lot of good things happening in these past few months. First and foremost, we've celebrated a big anniversary for my parents. It's unusual to be together for so many years so I'm so proud of them. My parents got married when they were 19 and 21. I know so many people have gotten married that young (both my brother and sister got married young as well.....still happily married) but it seems to be the exception now. They've had a great life together and have really shown me & my siblings how to navigate life in both the good and bad times. They still hold hands and my dad still gets her from the car when they go out. It's so cute. Since our family has grown so much, scheduling a party has been a bit challenging so it looks like it's going to be in September. My whole family will be there and I know that they'll love it. In the meantime, I was able to take them out the weekend of their actual anniversary. They've been wanting to try a local seafood restaurant and we finally got the chance. It was nice to share this with them. We all love to try new places together and my dad really enjoyed it. We ate, laughed, had homemade donuts and a glass of champagne....it was a celebration!
I also got to spend some quality time with my friends since we've had some long weekends. Over July 4th I was with Cari ( my best friend ) and her family. I've written about them before. We spent several days together and we never seem to get tired of each other. On day 3, I told them that I really had to get home. They had a great bbq and we got to catch up with lots of our friends. Cari's son Jamie just keeps getting bigger and we're as close as ever. He and I like to play games together when I come over and he catches me up on what he's doing. What an amazing kid....sweet, sensitive, smart and talented. This time we got to play boggle, a game I've loved as a child and an adult. He was very good at it. We played several games and he really did well. He was telling me all about the camps that he's going to this summer- tennis, swimming, sailing and a wilderness type camp where he goes camping, does white water rafting. Everything outdoorsy. I saw all the gear, it really sounded like so much fun. I loved camp as a child and was happy to hear that he was also excited about it. Cari and Jon are such good parents . They give so much of themselves to him and they are great examples of what good parents are. I've gotten great tips from them and luckily, between them and my own family, I'll definitely be ready when my time comes.
Other than that, I also got to spend the weekend with Lisa (Pepe) and Anthony. I've been friends with them since my first weeks at college. I posted a picture of their family on this page. They have such a nice family and I always joke that I want to be them when I'm married. They have 2 girls, Sammie & Melanie. I've always been close with them and their kids call me Aunt Wendy ( my closest friend's kids all do). Sammie had a graduation so I got to spend some time with them to celebrate. When Sammie was little she wrote me a funny story that I've kept for what seems like years. I couldn't get rid of it. She was learning to spell and was sounding out the words when she wrote it. It started "Wonsaponna" instead of Once upon a. I thought it was so cute and kept it on my refrigerator for so long because it made me laugh every time. The refrigerator is where all the important things go, right???? I didn't want it to get ruined so I finally put it away. I gave it back to her with her gift. She couldn't believe that I kept it. I'm a bit of a softy and a sap. I keep all the kids things that I'm given and I love giving a good gift....It's the best feeling.
I'll write more soon. Hope to hear from you.