Saturday, September 10, 2011

Weekend in Waco

One of my childhood best friends, Megan moved to Waco, Texas after getting married last April. Several months ago (6+) 5 of us girls and Megan's husband, Nick started planning a surprise birthday party for her. That weekend finally came this past weekend when the 5 of us loaded up and drove 7 hours (I drove 10!) to surprise her for dinner. She seriously had no idea. It was the sweetest thing!
Here is a video I took on my phone when she walked in. I sound like a 4-toothed hag from the depths of Mississippi. Brittany sounds like a cackling witch! This video makes me teary-eyed though- Megan was SO surprised!
We had the BEST weekend. I seriously love these girls SO much. We have all been best friends since the 6th GRADE!!! Can you believe that?? We were inseparable in high school, all went to different colleges, and now live between 2 states- all but 2 several hours apart. We talk or text weekly and pray for each other daily. It's rare that we are all together, and in fact it has been over 9 months- last Christmas that we were all together. Sweet Megan has had a tough time adjusting to a new city where she knew NO ONE. She has the cutest house and coolest job and I'm so glad I finally got to visit her!
What is amazing to me about our friendships- is that we literally can pick up right where we left off. We also don't have to be entertained. We always have plenty to talk about and spent many hours on Meg's back porch talking about life (and reminiscing about the occasional high school shenanigan we participated in.) We did some shopping on Saturday, then ventured out for a field trip to the site of the Branch-Davidians compound in Waco. It was super creepy, but the history and story was very interesting. There isn't much to do in Waco so we had to get creative!
One of the porch convos- me explaining that I have man hands. My ring in the middle, Megan and Kori's rings wont fit past my knuckles. :)
Jessica, me, Britt, Meg, Kori, and Tiffany
I love these girls so much! We are having our annual Christmas party in Fayetteville this year and I can hardly wait to see these girls again!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Working Girls

When I first started my "big-girl job" 3 years ago, I think its safe to say that I had a "rough" adjustment. I was not new to the working world... I actually got my first job at age 15 and worked 2 jobs in college. (this isn't a sob story I promise... I just really enjoyed working!)  Anyway... a full time job is different from even 2 part time jobs. I had to be on time- even early, commute 45 minutes each way, work in a 5x5 cubicle for 9 hours a day, and sell over the phone. It was hard. It was draining. I cried every day before and after work and sometimes on my lunch break. (I think my old job is open if you are interested, ha!)

With a LOT of prayer and support from my then future husband things got easier. About 3 months in, I started becoming really good friends with a girl named Amy. We sat across from each other but rarely talked and then just all of a sudden hit it off. We are not extremely close in age, and are in different life stages. Amy became pregnant when we worked together and I was just engaged. I've gotten to watch her sweet baby boy grow up. We really learned to lean on each other for work, but that relationship quickly extended into a friendship that has lasted for 3 years now and includes me in a different role at my company and her in at a different job at a different company all together. Amy's husband, Shawn, is somewhat of a local celebrity- he co-hosts a sports radio show. He and Adam have become good friends over the years. I know it was God that brought Amy and I together and formed such a strong bond. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her- and I certainly wouldn't have had as much fun at work!

 Amy and I at the Hogs vs. Texas A&M game in Dallas last year.

I had to get proof of Amy calling the Hogs! She is an Ole Miss girl!
Amy and Shawn FINALLY made it to Fayetteville to visit us a few weeks ago! They even brought sweet, Harris to play! I made a yummy Seafood Lasagna for dinner and we had a great time just catching up on life and laughing a LOT!
 Isn't he the cutest thing you have ever seen?!

Poor Harris was all tuckered out!

Thanks for coming to visit us, Shawn and Amy! We're looking forward to another visit soon!