Monday, March 15, 2010

West Coast Trip Take1

It's hard to put into words the events of 8 days, 6 cities, multiple car trips, 5 airports, 11 amazing women, 4 homes, 3 husbands, 7 children, 1 hotel, and no sleep schedule.

It truly was amazing. Getting to hug good friends who's voices and faces I know and love, but have never touched in person is so amazing. Holding babies who you prayed for and anticipated all through pregnancy and then birth is wonderful. Meeting children whose lives you've seen chronicled for years, and seeing them in person finally, is fantastic. I was in tears.

Things I loved about this trip:
Chelle's enthusiasm when she saw us at the airport (she jumped out of an {almost still moving} vehicle and ran across 2 lanes of traffic people!)
Aminta's smile
seeing everyone's creativity abounding
creating meals for people you love with people you love
hearing stories that are too hard to tell on a blog
sharing bedrooms
giggling way too late into the night
2am hot tub ventures
Pike's Place Market
being asked what magazine or newspaper we were with because of all of our huge cameras
Courtney's tackle box of embroidery thread
eating macaroons for the 1st time ever
wearing an apron made just for me by 2 dear girls
seeing Courtney arranging all the flowers bought at the market
the candy bar on Sat. night
riding on vintage style beach cruisers with Chelle, Leslie, Katie, and Dawna
loving on some people who just needed to be hugged and told that they matter
crying so many tears
watching fears become lessened
laughing till our cheeks ached
learning some astounding (and hysterical) random facts about certain people
our large collection of quotes
Nikki and Amanda's laughter, the best ever
Andi, standing on chairs to get our attention and giving us direction
a 3 story Anthroplogie (need I say more?)
kissing on 4 sweet babies all weekend
sharing hearts on a 7hour car trip
Ikea in the rain
Misha's quite grace and understanding, though her questions were hard. :)
sunshine for 4 days on the cutest beach house
finding 4 complete sand-dollars, on for each of my family
Leslie's honesty
Starbuck's stops
Trader Joe's
sharing lunch with 2 sweet ladies and a 3 hour car trip later we were really good friends
Dawna's mothering to all of us, she has been dubbed "the Queen Mum"
quinoa, spinach, and pomegranate salad
Katie's Aussie accent and sweetness about everything, our resident "sleeping beauty"
sharing breakfast and jammie time with friends
getting to see Chelle, Andi, and Courtney's beautiful homes in person
praying with some special ladies on a Sunday afternoon
the sound a multiple cameras all firing at the same time
Quinn's dimples and sweetness
Jack growls and love of adventure and moving
Jillian's ultra sweet disposition
Sadie-Rose's complete inhibition all week long
sunset's on the beach
seeing a winter wonderland on the drive to Spokane
flying over the Rockies
flying in general
hugging so many sweet women in person, holding their hands, and hearing their laughter


~beautyandjoy~ said...

I love this! You list and your glowing photos.

It's so funny, too, because I woke up yesterday thinking: I still want to know what questions Fairlight wrote down that Sunday, I bet they were amazing. :)

It's so sweet to read your perspective in all these details. xox

Cottage Mommy said...

I can't even really say how much I loved reading this list...totally brought back the good memories...miss you and love to you! said...

Absolutely stunning. Such beautiful words + pictures. Sometimes I can't even believe all of you girls are really real. Seriously just too sweet to be true. The definition of friendship. I so wish I would have joined you all!!

Nikki said...

Such a sweet list and beautiful photos!!

Chelle said...

In this post you captured our time, in words and potographs so beautifully. It is as breathtaking as your very heart, dear one.

Leslie said...

Nick totally loved this post...
he said he couldn't imagine the cameras... he liked hearing about it from another perspective..
and he said me on a bike without a neck strap.. you totally busted me.... but he said... :)

love you friend.. love your eye.

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