After two years of writing this little blog I've become legit friends with some very sweet woman and we were finally meeting.
Honestly, I was so so nervous. The night before I sat on the couch with Drew Jones and told him, "I'm not going."
I was half kidding.
Mostly I was scared of flying alone with Westley.
I was also jittery about spending an entire weekend away from our home, our schedule, Drew.
And honestly, I was anxious about seeing these woman for the first time. What if they thought I was better on my blog? What if they are disappointed in real life me?
But Friday morning came, bags got packed up in the car, kisses were exchanged and we were off to the airport. All of a sudden my nerves were gone and it was just time to go for it. If Westley cried all the way to Boston so be it. And hopefully the girls would like me, but if not I would have Westley there with me and I knew they would LOVE him.
The flight went great. Westley was a happy boy and only fussed a little. We sat next to a really nice guy named Fred who baby talked Westley and teared up thinking about his own kids when they were little. I've never nursed Westley while sitting so darn close to a stranger ever, but he didn't blink an eye. Thank God.
Bridget and Parker picked us up at the airport and from there the weekend officially began. We had a couple hours together just us to talk and hang out and it was wonderful. We walked downtown Boston and ate huge slices of pizza with our babes strapped to our chests. It was surreal to meet someone I had only seen in photos. I had read her thoughts and stories and now here her and little Parker were! It's so strange to feel so comfortable with a person I had just officially met in real life.
We finished our pizza and were off to pick up Molly. Molly! When we pulled up I hopped out of the car to greet and hug her! Again, the surreal feeling was there. How awesome to feel such closeness to a friend I'd only exchanged words online with!
Our babies cried all the way to the Villa. I sat in the backseat trying to assuage their discomfort with little success. We made it to our house, got the tour, put our luggage in our rooms and then literally talked for hours until Shannon and Elizabeth came in later that evening.
So then there we were. All five of us under one roof, plus our four adorable babes. I almost couldn't talk because I was too interested in taking it all in. Hearing all their voices and laughs. It was so fun.
It was a really great weekend. If I were you I would be asking me, "So what are all these woman really like in person?!"
And so I am going to tell you.
Molly - God. I love her. I knew I would. First you must know that she has a very proper, lovely, dignified southern accent. It's awesome. She is very funny and quick and dry in her humor and is so so sincere. Molly is one of those people that you look in the eyes and immediately tell that she is trustworthy and good through and through. The first time she held Westley he fell asleep in her arms. She is a great story teller and has great stories to tell. She is even more pretty in person. Sigh. I love Molly. If we lived close to one another I think we would be inseparable. Did I mention we were roomies? We spent Saturday night whispering to each other into the early morning hours. Molly is a rare woman with a strength and grace and peace to her that made me feel so comfortable in her presence. I missed her the moment we left the house.
Bridget - You think Bridget is awesome on her blog? Even BETTER in person. Seriously. She is one of those uncommon women that is confident and beautiful and funny and strong without an ounce of arrogance. Bridget is the type of girl you just want to be around. She is really kind and thoughtful and obviously completely funny. Some people are funny when they write but not funny in person...not Bridget. Funny in person too. Totally. Another thing I really liked about her is she was an open book. You ask her something and she answers you honestly. And she looooooves Parker so tenderly and sweetly, something that she talks about on her blog of course. But in person their bond is so evident and strong it brought tears to my eyes.
Shannon - Shannon is such a high impact person. She had no fear of taking on the escalator in the subway with Behr in his stoller. And when the escalator was no where to be found she just scooped up the stroller and stinkin' carried that beast down a flight of stairs. Shannon seems to me to be the type of woman that can take on big tasks and get things done. She is a leader and knows what she likes and what she doesn't like and isn't afraid to tell you that. She has so much energy and her smile is just as pretty in real life as it is in photos. Oh and Behr? He is deeeelightful. A sweet, smiley, squealy little guy full of life and joy. What a sweetie.
Elizabeth - Elizabeth has a southern accent that I was not expecting and it's adorable. She speaks first with looks and body language and second with words. She can say a lot to you with an eyebrow raise and a smile. She is even prettier in real life and if it is possible Everett is even cuter. She is kind and self assured with a touch of mystery. You could almost see her writing stories in her head about all that was happening around her. If you read her blog you can obviously see that she is a writer, but meeting her in real life confirms it for me because instead of being chatty she takes things in and listens well. But, she is also a fantastic storyteller (duh). Also, I saw in her this weekend a sweet soft heart that cares deeply for people she loves and people she doesn't know at all (readers). I believe that she blogs and puts her life out there so openly so that those of us who read can in turn be open.
And now for an onslaught of weekend photos...
The Villa we stayed in was perfect, the weather was beautiful, Boston was invigorating, the women did not disappoint and the babies? OH THE BABIES. Too much.
Believe it or not I have more to share of my trip! On Sunday and Monday I visited an old friend and her husband in Marblehead, MA. Tomorrow I will have a Living Pinterest as scheduled and then Monday I'll wrap up my trip with photos and thoughts.