i don't even know where to begin, which is probably why the concept of SPELLING OUT how awesome my last weekend was, proved to be too overwhelming for the last 3 days!!!
CHRISSY & JAY ARE MARRIED!
I HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD!
I SPENT FOUR DAYS AS AN ADULT WITH NO BABY!
I CANNOT REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I HAVE HAD SO MUCH FUN!!!!!
that is the first drop in the bucket :)
i would like to start off by saying that i wish everybody walked away from their college experience with the same group of girlfriends that i did. my life orbits, more or less, around these amazing women and this past weekend reminded me, YET AGAIN, why my life is overflowing. we cried...laughed...ate...drank...and though not much sleep was involved, i kept reminding myself, "eh..you can sleep when you're dead, allison." exhaustion often made me wonder if i was dying...BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT!!!! (and so were those two rounds of antibiotics. my body has flat-out given up.)
we started the trip SO wonderfully. me, janell and carolyn had an awesome drive to jersey, and were really able to catch up. isaac did swimmingly, with carolyn in the backseat with him, until we dropped him off in philly to stay with my mama! whew.
we continued to jersey where we met at chrissy's and headed out to NYC for her bachelorette night out. i have MUCH gratitude for the girls who actually took photos. i had my camera with me and know that i snapped a few, but all of the below are thankfully provided by my girlfriends :)
thanks nikki for the pics! (and lanier!)
the bride and carolyn!
bride, adriana, me, janell!
carolyn dealing with her sushi experience...
bridal party! minus nikki. see! this is why i'm tired of being the photographer! you're never in any photographs. thank you for sacrificing that, nikki.
the next day was spa/brunch day....best pedicure of my LIFE!
brunch was so lovely!!!
i went to college with each one of these girls and i wouldn't be the person i am today without them actively involved in my life!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!
chrissy and christin! both college roommates :)
i'm actually embarrassed over how many photos were taken of me, attached to my blackberry....i feel a new years resolution comin' on!
the wedding was over!
not many ACTUAL photos of the wedding, since we were all in it!
my adopted college friends.
lanier and julie didn't attend college with me, but my gosh....i sometimes forget that!
chrissy and janell!!! also college roomies at one point...
escorted by the bride's kid brother...oh....what coulda been, in another life.... ;)
wannabe liberty grads, once again.....honestly, the most fun ever....
lanier and chrissy!!!!! two pillars in my life...
after party at the diner. PLEASE take special note of my PLATE. full. of. cheese. fries. with. gravy. i may dry-heave right now....
the next morning we slept in and hung by the pool.
thanks julie for posting these!!!!
i really don't know how else to say it.
it was the weekend i desperately needed.
husbands i haven't seen for YEARS were there. (although mine was in CA...maybe in another 10 years we can pull this off again and chad will be able to attend...)
it was incredibly refreshing and just another reminder of why i need to daily remember to be thankful for the relationships that God has graciously and lovingly given me!!
in ISAAC news....he pulls himself up on things now! ACK! the more mobile they get, the more damage is done!! bruises everywhere! poor kid :( and he also does this dance in his high chair while eating that is HYSTERICAL! and he waits for me to do it back...then he does it again...and he'll go back and forth for the entire meal! he laaaaaughs and laughs and thinks he's SO funny...
on a FINAL note, today is my consultation with one of the doctors at johns hopkins. i am praying for the doctors to have wisdom in determining my next steps toward permanent pain relief. please PRAY that this dude gets it. whew. so i'll be gone pretty much for the rest of the day...but will hopefully have an update tomorrow!!