What can I possibly say about my friends that would even begin to describe how lucky I am to know them?!?
I never had trouble making friends as a youngster, but we moved a lot & keeping friends wasn't always easy. There are a few die-hards who still put up w/ my craziness & I love them for that! Though we're all older & have families of our own or miles separating us, we manage to maintain contact, even if it's primarily on fb or other electronic means. Despite the distance & changes in our lives, I'm unbelievably grateful to know them.
I also have a small, but important circle of internet friends. Those are the folks I have met in person only a handful of times (or not at all), but who I talk to on a fairly regular basis. This is a very tiny group, but my affection for them is anything but little.
As for everyone else: again, there is no measure to fully express my love & gratitude for their presence in my crazy world. Not only did I have a little core group of my own, but my hubs expanded that group considerably & now there is no distinction between where his friends end & mine begin. They're an eclectic mix of characters with such distinct personalities. The common thread is that they're genuinely good & kind people, and FUNNY!!!
Since words really can't do justice to this unbelievable flock o' friends, I'm gonna share a couple of my favorite pictures instead. Fair warning: I can't possibly fit every single person's mug on this one post, so don't be sad if you don't see yourself on here. It has absolutely nothing to do w/ my love for you, it's merely a space/time constraint issue. So unbunch those panties & be grateful the more embarrassing pics are safely filed away on Justin's hard drive!!
**Update: Speaking of internet-only friends, I would be remiss not to include a picture of the day I first met my friend Caroline in person. We had been internet friends for 8 years before we finally met in real life.
|8 years in the making!|
|The might Preston & West just kinda chillin' in the background.|
|We call our group the Devil's 3-way. Our career never made it off the ground.|
|Justin w/ our friends Rob & Allie, who moved away for greener pastures! We miss you guys!!!!|
|A bunch of us on top of Table Rock|
|My besty & I at our luau bday bash (Patrick the lovely photobomber!)|
|Chrissie & I in our best '80s garb. (Photobombed by Amy)|
|My besty, me, my hubs, & one of his besties on our wedding day.|
|This was the night I met my hubs. Genn & I were very FUN single ladies!!|
|2 of the great loves of my life: my polyester bowling shirt & Heather!|
|Me, Chysi, & Rayna in our finest attire. (Photobombed by the awesome Adam!)|