I haven't taken such a long blogging break in years! I have no reason, no excuse other than it fell out of my routine, I suppose.
I was in Utah and California for three weeks (!) and had a marvelous time. It was wonderful to welcome home my sister and then my brother, and get in a lot of good family time before returning to my Coast. One of the best parts though, was connecting with friends that I don't get to see all that often.
I was able to spend a few hours with my dear, dear friend, Kristy. I love this girl! We used to run San Diego! I don't even want to try to calculate all the hours watching trashy MTV reality shows, boxes of mac 'n cheese and pints of Ben and Jerry's consumed, movies at the drive in, and Wendy's frosties that I have had with this lady. We haven't seen each other in years and it was like we didn't skip a beat. I was able to meet her beautiful family and fell in love pretty darn quick. It was just amazing luck that we were in San Diego at the same time.
Speaking of luck - Tira was also in town! She and her family live in Boston now and I haven't made the trek up there yet so it was great to luck out and both be in San Diego. Tira and I met in 11th grade and we sat next to each other in Ms. Henderson's AP American History class. The class was a disaster - maybe because we had too much fun in it to pay attention. I love this girl, she always reminds me of good, happy times.
Danica! I had breakfast with Danica and her amazing sister Madi (and Becca was there as well but I see Becca often. I saw her today, in fact). Danica and I went to college together but we didn't really run in the same circles. I would say that we became a lot closer through social media. Holler! Blogging, Facebook, Pinterest and videos of cats have been the catalyst for what I think is an awesome friendship. I love this girl and I am grateful we were able to make it work for breakfast while I was in town and hopefully I'll always get a bit of Danica time whenever I return to Utah.
Up next, my girl Aubry. This is one of my few successful internet relationships. Some people prefer to not have friends that mirror them but when it comes to Aubry it is a joy. We were able to meet up for dinner and it was fabulous! I had to skeedaddle back up to Logan but I'm pretty sure we could have just kept refilling our drink glasses and chatted for hours and hours longer. Love this girl. Seriously. LOVE.
I was able to cram in SO much love on this trip - how lucky am I?!?
Also worthy of a mention (but let's face it, I see y'all a lot more often) I got to go to a wonderful baby shower for my darling friend Ashley and that lead to a get together with some of the best ladies I have ever known. Thank you Kat, Shanna, Becca, Ashley, Bryton, and Charlotte. Always a pleasure to be with loved ones who leave you better than they found you.