Angela and I became friends instantly! :) We worked together, joined a gym together, traveled together, and enjoyed happy hours (especially those blue margaritas at El Paso!) together. She was there when a certain police officer ran into some Montclair kids I knew at a bus stop and passed a cute little note to me through one of them. Love was in the air for me by the end of that first year and, coincidentally, not too much longer after that for Angela! In fact, we wound up only teaching two years together, side by side, since, by the end of the second year, Angela was taking a gamble on love and moving to New Jersey.
|Lunch date to Chick-fil-a- |
Summer 2011; Kids
played for HOURS while Ang
and I gabbed. K was napping in the
infant seat! ;)
|First summer playdate- Summer 2010,|
Little Rose was in the belly
(gender still a mystery!)
|Summer 2010- Ryan got big|
brother practice with Addison!
In any event, the trip to New Jersey wound up being our summer finale!! We headed up there last week on Monday and stayed through Thursday. We enjoyed backyard fun (Angela + Kimberly + bottle of wine= Brian playing baseball with 5 kids) and day trips. The BIG trip being the Philidelphia Zoo. The kids, as they now "always" seem to do, got a long SUPREMELY well... any conflicts reserved to the siblings and meltdowns to overtired, we've-had-too-much-fun kids! ;) In fact, on Tuesday morning the boys were already asking me if we were going to get to come back again!! I had such a great time, too! Angela has mellowed over the years... yes, she still can be a tad-bit obsessive (where is the class list??!), but, as a momma, she's super go-with-the-flow and allowed us to explode all over her house, be picky eaters, and even have a potty-training oops! It truly felt like a vacation as it was incredibly great to be able to have such quality, relaxing time to catch up!!!
But, alas, all good things must come to an end!! We hope to get up there again soon. Just got that whole school year thing to get through... *sigh* I've already set foot back in s-c-h-o-o-l. I am back lower key three days next week and then on contract the following. Where DOES the time go?
Thank you, Angela, for your friendship. It seems like a lifetime ago that we'd grade papers with Mr. Sketch markers (Is there a better scent than blue? And, that's DARK blue... not light!) late into the evenings. Fond memories, those years, and I know that those two young things would be proud of the chaotic, grayed, frazzled mommies we've become!
Two blogs in a week!! And, since school is looming, I will likely blink and it will be fall before I return. Maybe I'll get to that "Fall Fun" post that I saved space for last year but never returned to write! No promises...
Until next time...
<3 Kimberly (and John, those two stinky boys, and our sweet little Rose)