Granted, for the first few years of that time they were still living back in Costa Rica where I'd met them and I didn't have much contact with them until Facebook came around.
Girlies showing off new skills: Sitting and crawling position (non-moving)
But Hilary graciously let us invade her home for 5 days. She says it was a ploy to keep her occupied while her husband was away on business in a not-so-safe part of the world. I'm not quite sure she knew what she was in for with our traveling circus!
Her boys are 6 and 8 so they had lots of boy toys around, and one night there were many neighborhood boys out playing in the cul-de-sac. There were lots of swords and Nerf gun wars.
Cory educating Hope in Star Wars
Their playroom was full of Legos, many of them of the Star Wars variety. I think I can safely say I know what's on the Christmas list with the new obsession that created.
Cory, Sammy, Noah, and Ben
It was really great to hang out and talk (until much too late) after all the kids were in bed. Fun to reminisce about our school days with someone who was there with me! Here's hoping our planned reunion might actually happen in the next year or two... since many of our classmates are also from the Pacific Northwest!
And somewhere along the line someone said that the back of my van looked like Tetris... yes, I did manage to pack enough stuff for a month on the road and then some! There is actually another layer behind what you can see that also includes a few more bags and a pack-n-play. That is a stroller and two high chairs there and I could still see out the back window. I'm very impressed by the storage capacity of my van!
Now, off to Oregon for 10 days...