Past & Present

I’ve known these girls since I was 15 and brand new to my hugemongous high school in Northern Virginia. We didn’t start out as the best of friends (possible understatement of the year) but when you live through puberty and graduation and college and life together and are still on speaking terms it creates kind of chemical bond that means you’re destined to be together forever. It’s science. We met because we were all involved in the drama department (and OH the DRAMA that was involved in that department!) but that’s where the similarities end. Each in a different year of school, different colleges, different careers, different stages of our life, and always so so busy.

But turning 30 is a Big Deal, so come hell or high water (or two hurricanes that managed to just miss ruining our weekend) we knew we needed time to catch up.

Thank GOD they’re the kind of friends who think your baby is adorable and laugh hysterically when your toddler photobombs all your pictures.

Because even if you don’t change at ALL when you have kids and cling desperately to every ounce of childless coolness your old self ever contained, you are still your old self WITH KIDS. And kids have needs, and naptimes, and bedtimes and are loud and messy and generally regarded by your child-free friends with the same amount of enthusiasm as they’d regard a raging case of herpes. Your social calendar empties like so many wine glasses of your youth and you’re left with wedding pictures featuring bridesmaids you haven’t seen since you announced you were expecting.

Not THESE friends.

These friends teach your baby how to walk and show your toddler the cool seashells. They don’t consider their vacation ruined by the presence of your children. They think your kids are super well behaved and they tell you so.

We started as three and now we are seven.


E, Me, Caroline, Elliot, Erin, Sara and Little Evan

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8 Responses to “Past & Present”

  1. Krista says:

    That’s just awesome! You are a lucky girl!

  2. Oh wow, how sweet! I’m glad you guys had such a great time! Everybody looks great and not a bit sunburned. :)

  3. TMae says:

    I love, love, love that last picture. I have some friends like these and I swear, they’re the most amazing women on the face of the universe. I’m grateful for them every day of the year. And fun was had by all!

  4. molly says:

    How fun! I’m so glad you got to go have fun and reminisce with your buddies.

    I just happen to have ladies night out with two of my best friends from high school this Friday. I know it will be like old times (except for our beautiful friend Amy who will be with us in spirit). I’m sure we’ll talk about her and our kiddos :)

  5. Other Erin says:

    Tear. Such a great weekend.

  6. Brigid Keely says:




    How could you let that happen?!?

    it’s awesome you have such great friends, and are able to keep in such good, close contact with them. Here’s hoping for more shared vacations!

  7. Kimberly says:

    Yay for keeping good friends. ALL of my bridesmaids are single, and I am always astonished when they want to have lunch with me AND the boys. Don’t they see what little screeching monsters they are?!? I think I can live vicariously through them, and they get their baby fix from me. It’s win win.

  8. […] already mentioned that my friends were great with my kids, but it also helped that my kids were REALLY REALLY well behaved. All my (not unreasonable) fears […]

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