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Overdue Reunion

2015 October 11
by Becky

It’s hard to believe three years have passed since we lived in Old Town. I grew quite nostalgic a couple weeks ago when we visited the old neighborhood, but this weekend a little (big!) piece of our DC life came to us right here in St. Louis! We last set teary eyes on our dear friends the Haughs when they moved away from Old Town, leaving a giant hole in our hearts—Lyla and Ethan were the cutest of buddies and Mae had just arrived (in dramatic preemie style much like our Peanut). Cara tops the charts as one of my all-time favorite friends, though we only shared a zip code for exactly a year.  

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So it was, again, with teary eyes that I greeted them at our front door last Thursday! Fresh off a four hour drive from their current residence of Bloomington, IN, the girls were buzzing with excited energy to see Ethan and meet Finn. Lyla with her two front teeth missing, Mae with her incredible soft curls…both much bigger in size but smiles the same. I knew they would be sweet, but I can’t even describe the absolute loveliness of these little girls. It was a joy to spend time with them.

Because I couldn’t let them wait a second longer, Lyla, Mae, and I snuck in to a quiet, post-lunch school to break Ethan out a little early—they laid eyes on one another and got shy for a moment, then Ethan and Lyla kind of patted each other on the arm and back, smiled, let out a few happy giggles, and were once again friends. All three kids couldn’t wait to start having some fun.

So where else would we head to show of St. Louis?

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A quick trip up to the top of the arch was the perfect afternoon adventure. Finn was there too, he powered through nap time to join the big kids…just not many pictures. From there it was just a whirlwind weekend of magical moments.

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There were pumpkin crafts and playgrounds and Blackthorn pizza. A trip to the Science Center and a stop at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Finn got so many snuggles from Lyla, he grew quite attached. The kids got along extremely well, truly enjoyed each other’s company, and Cara and I had evening time to catch up over a glass of wine (or two).

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There’s a point where girls and boys are just different. “Say cheese!!” gets mixed results—Ethan doesn’t do jazz hands, Lyla rocks them with a hip pop.

We couldn’t let the trip end without an attempt at recreating an old picture…I showed the kids my original version and they humored me with posing. The result is kind of blowing my mind.

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The ease of being back with our friends after so many moons apart made me wonder why the heck this hadn’t happened sooner. I’m still kicking myself for all the things I didn’t do before Finn was born, since traveling and seeing friends is even easier before the second kiddo arrives on the scene. Shoulda, coulda, woulda. Be smarter than me.

Life goes by so quickly, too much time flashes between phone calls and visits. There’s always an excuse—moving, having a baby, work, back surgery, school—so making this happen felt like a big win.

We won’t let another three years go before the next visit. Bloomington, we’ll see you soon. 

The weekend was delightfully exhausting, after the girls left Stu and I had Oktoberfest beer booth duty for school fundraising, bike rides, the usual Sunday chores. My eyes can barely stay open to finish th…..

 

2 Responses leave one →
  1. October 12, 2015

    Looks like a great time. So glad you stay in touch with friends. It’s so worth it.

  2. Cara permalink
    October 12, 2015

    Love this! Thank you for sharing and for being a wonderful person and friend! We had the absolute best time visiting and are so lucky to have you all in our lives. We loved exploring the city and I’ll hold on tight to our late night talks until they are continued. Much love…

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