The Generosity of Friends and a Dream Come True

So some of my long time readers may remember my good friends, Old Married Couple. They are about to have a baby (which I’m so over the moon excited about)!

Every year they go on a trip to Mexico, but this year they aren’t able to go on their pre-booked trip because the baby is coming. They offered up their trip for a discounted price to all of their friends on Facebook, and I messaged them, oh, I wish we could do something like that, but we don’t have anyone to watch Piglet. Then Old Married Couple made some phone calls, and long story short, the Match Family is going on vacation to an incredible all-inclusive resort to The Hardrock Puerto Vallarta in Mexico!!

Old Married Guy sent me the final confirmation info today, and I couldn’t help but get teary eyed when I looked at the totals. They paid for more than half of the trip, and asked for so little from us. I kept asking if we could give them more but they insisted. They’ve known that Match and I have always wanted to go on a vacation like this, since they first told us of their resort experiences back when we were first dating. We had planned to go for our honeymoon, but when Match was accepted to the police academy right before our wedding, our plans fell through. So in a way, this is our long awaited honeymoon. There will be a kid’s club for Piglet, so Match and I will still get quality couple time.

The trip is in April, and we are on a mission to get into the best shapes of our lives. We were already kicking off the New Year with some healthy habits, but this has become a huge motivator. I want to feel confident in bikinis, and not cringe when I look at the photos.

You guys, this is also the first time I’ve vacationed out of the country and the first time we’ve vacationed for this long. It’s almost a week! Ahhh, I’m so excited I can’t even think straight. I need to give Old Married Couple a gift, I need to figure out a way to express our gratitude. We did recently give them a ton of Piglet’s old baby stuff, and I know they appreciate it, but it doesn’t feel like enough. I’d love some suggestions from my readers.

Have any of you vacationed at an all-inclusive resort before? I.cannot.wait!!

Tech Dept Christmas Party and Zoo Lights

Tonight was our Tech Department’s Christmas party. Being in my new leadership role, this was the first time I organized a party as what my team affectionately (or not so affectionately) call me, “bosslady”.

It took awhile for the team, and the department as a whole, to warm up to the new changes. But I think the easy talk, laughing and general merriment tonight was a sign of how we’re grown. I am happy to be working with this crew, and I’m feeling a stronger sense of connection. We cracked up during the Dirty Santa game. I ended up with a pair of men’s size Star Wars boxers. I’m pretty sure I’ll be re-gifting those next year!

My little elf stole the evening with his cuteness. This will be my first year working the Christmas break since I started with the school district. I’m taking 2 days off work which will turn out to be 5 days off due to where Christmas lands. I’m so excited for some down time with my little guy, and with Match, though he doesn’t get to take any time off this year.

Last weekend we experienced the Oregon Zoo Lights. It was not the best night to go, since the weekend was crazy busy. But it was the only night we could go with Old Married Couple. I’m sad to say they’re moving back to California, now that they’re finally having a baby. I’m so happy for them, but I’m so sad we won’t get to have them close by, and watch their baby grow up. Sure we’ll visit, but I’m still really going to miss them.

Hoping you’re all enjoying the joys of the season, and not too much of the stress.

Old Married Couple and Memory Lane

Last night, Old Married Couple stopped by for a visit. We had a relaxing evening, drinking beers and reminiscing about old times. We looked through old pictures from our college days, and I couldn’t believe how far we’ve come. Have I mentioned that they moved to Oregon last year? It’s crazy to think we’re both living in a new state, after going through our college years together.

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I’m still sad when I think of those lost years, where I let my grief get in the way of our friendship. But I’m so grateful that they were willing to accept my apology, and that we have reconnected as friends. Once again, Match and I were reminded of how happy we are with our choice to become Oregonians, and how we are so much happier here than we were in our old life. Old Married Couple seem happier than ever, and they are loving the Oregon life as much as we are.

I went to bed with a happy heart. Grateful for new and old memories, and for getting older with life-long friends.

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Old Friends in a New City

This morning Match and I helped two of my old friends, Old Married Couple move into their new apartment in Portland. I cannot tell you how happy I am to have them up here in Oregon with us. We dropped Piglet off with his aunt and uncle (my sis in law), who babysat him for the first time so we could help with the move. I was nervous about leaving him, but he had so much fun, and I think they did too.

Old Married Wife and I did the unpacking while the men did the heavy lifting. Call me crazy but I actually love unpacking. There’s something about finding a place for everything that makes my OCD heart go pitter patter.

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After the move we all went to lunch, including my sis-in-law and her hubby. Piglet entertained everyone with his cute toddlerness, and I could tell that OMC and the in-laws might become friends. I’m excited for more excuses to make drives to the city and to have my close friends living in the same state as us.

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Lunch With Old Friends

This past Sunday we had a long overdue double date with Old Married Couple. It was so good to see them again! Some of you might remember I recently blogged about reconnecting with them. IMAG6105We had lunch and then took Piglet to play at a nearby park. It felt like old times again, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to reconnect with this sweet couple. I’ve missed them, and it feels good to be back in each other’s lives. They loved getting to know Piglet, and I was proud of him for being on his best behavior at lunch. He only threw half of his food, and he showed off his new word, “pleezzzz”. 🙂
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We had a wonderful day, and I am looking forward to more get togethers. Hopefully soon!