Sunday, July 27, 2008

52 Blessings Project: Week # 30

New Friends

Also, while on vacation with the kids in Michigan, I was blessed make some new friends. I was invited to a Blog Party of sorts. Now for the Muskegon girls, it was more of their regular "Girls Night Out" evenings. For me it was meeting friends, that I already "knew" from their blogs. What a fun night! Beth and Holly figured out that both Beth's sister Andrea (who had recently moved away) and I would be in town at the same time, so plans were made. Leanne I've known for years as my aunt Tami's best friend (but no she's not much older than me- only a couple of years difference!) Beth, Andrea, and Caity are new to me though. I've been getting to know each of them by reading their blogs. Strange to meet someone for the first time and not have to actually introduce yourselves. :) I had a great time & loved these girls! Granted I knew I would from their blogs and the fact that they are Holly's friends!
Beth & Caity

Leanne & I... Leanne was so sweet to bring along treats for everyone. She does a "Try it Tuesday" post on her blog each week where she reviews some new goody she finds. She gave us cute little packages of LesserEvil Kettle Corn. Yummo! She made Holly her own package with a dairy free snack. So thoughtful.

After dinner we went to Beth's house where I got to meet her and Caity's sweet families. Caity and her kids...

Beth's daughter in a bit of an animal cracker induced haze. :) (It was pretty late!) Beth, I hope the "corns" on her feet are all better! :D

Andrea brought over her little man as well- what a cutie he was!

Then a tour of Beth's place complete with Mickey Mirror...

... and fertility chair! (You should do a post about this chair sometime Beth.)

Followed by lots of fun conversation...

(A little blurry but... Classic Holly laughing-during-a-story face that usually gets everyone laughing to tears!) BTW, sorry Holly for stealing most of your pictures- feel free to post them on your blog too! :)
Thanks to you all for welcoming me into your lives. I wish we'd had more time together!

Oh! I'd be remiss if I forgot to mention who made this whole day possible, and worry free. BIG thanks go out to Nathan (Holly's husband) who managed 7 kids ages 12, 10, 10, 7, 7, 4, and 4 all on his own pretty much from 3pm until after midnight while making it fun for all of them. He seriously played games with them the whole time! He even made them his special mac 'n cheese and a chocolate peanut butter fudge cake and let them make the frosting.

They were all asleep when we got home too (except for Jackson who wanted to read about 100 books with Uncle Nathan.)

Thanks Nathan!


Sunny said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Where did you go to dinner? Fertility chair? Oh my, I think I might need to see a post on that too.

Beth Soelberg said...

We DID have a great time, didn't we!? The only thing that would have improved that picture would have been a fire in the middle of our table.

Thanks for having a Bloggers' Night Out with us, despite having to leave your kids and take many hours out of your Michigan vacation to do it! It was wonderful meeting you "in person" despite feeling like I already knew you!

(And the "corns" appear to have gone, thankfully.)

I could do a post on the fertility chair, but there's honestly so little to say about it...

Shan said...

Nik I wish I could have been there too! Just to be around Holly when she laughs would have been the best thing! That picture of her brings back many a fun memory. She really can get people laughing like no one else! What a talent!!
That cake looks interesting- how sweet of Nathan to take care of the kids.

Leanne said...

I had a great time that night too Nikki. It was great to see you again after so long! Sorry I missed out on the other half of the night at Beth's, but it was for the best (when I got home, it was like a zoo at my house). It sounds like you all had a laugh-fest though. Wish I hadn't missed that part!

I love that you took so many pictures too, but for some reason, I always look like I'm on drugs! Haha. I'm not very photogenic I guess. lol.

Hope to see you again soon :)

Andrea said...

What fun we had. I love to laugh until I hurt and I did plenty of that. Thankfully none of Beth's giant dinner came out her nose during one of those moments of laughter (she has a problem with that) Thanks for taking time to get together with us. I am thankful for modern technology so that we can so easliy stay involved in each others' lives.

Holly said...

GOOOD TIMES!!! I wish we had been able to do the City Cafe, maybe next time (in December when Nikki comes for Saroya's Baptism.... ;) I am SO glad that you have that laughing HARD picture of me because I LOVE it when I look that way. It was a really fun. Thanks girls for coming out and making it so much fun. Too bad we can't do it more often! :)