Two summers ago was a summer I will never forget. Ben left for Las Vegas for 15 weeks...I was 15 weeks pregnant with Maizie, and I will never forget dropping him off at the airport and feeling an aloneness that I cannot quite describe. The boys were crying when they understood they wouldn't see dad for awhile and when I pulled onto good ol' Kilbury Lane, I had tears in my eyes, not knowing quite how I would deal with the next 4 months. On my doorstep was a sweet note and gift from a friend, letting me know she would help out at any time. And within the next 4 hours, unexpectedly, a few more of my friends showed up with gifts and notes of love in their hands. There were a few great things that came from that summer. One was that I KNEW I could count on my friends in Columbus...in any situation..they were family to me. Two was that because Ben flew back and forth so much that summer, we got a free roundtrip flight!
Skip another year and a half forward and I was headed back to Columbus to visit..and what an awesome visit it was.First, I cannot tell you how awesome it felt to fly with no children...I read a magazine, I worked on the computer, I drank my own drink..with no kiddie spit in it! It was liberating!(not to say I didn't miss them..just maybe not so much on that portion of my trip!) As we were flying into Columbus, I had just the most warm, excited feeling...not a nervous feeling, but a feeling like I was coming home. And not in the sense of my family being there (as we all know home really is where your family is)..but it was precisely that feeling of seeing my family once again. I don't want to go into too much gushy detail, but Columbus will ALWAYS have a special place in my family's hearts because we really feel like in Columbus we really set patterns and traditions and relied on each other and our friends like we have no where else..and that brought us closer as a family than ever before. ANYWAYS...:) needless to say, I was so excited for this trip and it didn't disappoint.
Jessica had planned a perfect weekend of Girl's Nights, Girl's Days, relaxing, shopping, eating, playing, etc..it was perfect.
We ate at Figlio's one night..heavenly...and the company was...TOO PERFECT.
where we visited the most delightful shops..
really it was awesome..made me dream!:)
we also visited some interesting shops that had interesting shop policies...
REALLY?? a cat in a store?
it was no lie.
disgustingly enough, they were not lying!
There was a girls night IN..which was so fun to sit and chat and catch up..
Playing with and having conversations with Jansen and Natalie could not have been more entertaining.
The chili chocolate cookoff was a non stop conversation place for me..so fun!..
then off to Jeni's for some of my favorite ice cream ever..
i really can't stop dreaming about it.
there was plenty of OOOHHing and AHHHHing over babies.
plenty of laughing and smiling....