Deanna and I had been talking about getting together for at least a year and a half. We live less than 200 miles apart, and some of our “stomping grounds” overlap.
Yesterday was finally the day! It was a gorgeous almost-spring day, and we met at the zoo.
|Anxiously awaiting the arrival of A&M!|
Our families seemed to fall right in with each other. Deanna is so very kind and personable and down-to-earth. Her girls are nothing short of precious, and so well behaved! And her hubby is super nice and very hands-on. They are such an awesome family.
|Such a sweet family!|
|My favorite of A&M, "balancing" on the timbers lining the walkway.|
We toured the zoo at a leisurely pace, stopping to take lots of pictures (of course!). The animals were fantastic, as always…but I was considerably more taken at watching our four little beauties.
|Four little monkeys, climbing up to see the monkeys. :) :)|
|Running to see the elephants!|
|So sweet of B and A looking at the meerkats. A and M were nearby...but I couldn't quite get everyone in the same photo frame.|
|Looking for the cassowary...I love the warm sun on their backs.|
|I am almost SICK this picture is out of focus! I was on the opposite side of a little bridge, shooting through the railing. I'm not sure what happened...but you can at least get an idea for how these four got along seamlessly.|
We spent about three hours at the zoo, and then we agreed to meet at a nearby outlet mall for lunch.
Lunch may have been what impressed me most of all. The seven of us piled into a six-person booth. The girlies got busy coloring, and the adults had ample time to chat! Once our food came, everyone ate really nicely, and we got to talk some more!
After lunch, we said our goodbyes. I’m sure my hubby would have characterized them as “Southern goodbyes”…as they took quite a while! Hugs were exchanged all around, and it was so precious to see the wee ones embrace.
After we parted, my girls and I went to do a little bit of shopping. They were such good helpers! I got them each a shopping bag, and they were content (at least for the 15 minutes we spent in the store) to collect things as selected them.
When we got back to the car, I couldn’t believe what time it was! By the time we drove home (about 75 miles), we’d been gone a full eight hours! That’s by far the longest time I’ve ever been gone from home – by myself – with the girls.
I was pretty tired, no doubt, but I am still marveling at what a fun…almost vacation-like…day it was! The girls were well-behaved, and that makes the world revolve smoothly, for sure…but it was also so nice to be hanging out – leisurely!!! – with friends.
Looking forward to next time, Deanna!!!