If you're new-ish to crafterhours, you may not know our co-blogging scenario. In a nutshell, we started in one place together in 2009 and blogged for about a year before Susan moved 7 time zones away and a year later Adrianna moved 5 time zones farther. We're hoping to be in the same place again in a year or two but there are about a million variables in the relocation equation and few that we have any say in.
It'd been exactly a year since we'd seen each other in person. Last year baby J hadn't even reached "bump" proportions in utero yet. We talk pretty frequently via Skype and e-mail. The internet has offered us the opportunity to continue to do this crazy blog thing, but getting together? Can't be replaced. Here's a brief account of our four crazy busy days in the same spot.
We told the girls that a sleepover was coming about a month ago. Each and every day after that, they asked "When is the sleepover? Is it time yet? When will it be time for the sleepover?!?" When the car arrived in the driveway, K almost leapt out of her skin.
And gleefully attacked Z.
J was still leery of the whole situation from the seemingly safe distance afforded to her by her seat.
We made a blob one morning following the directions we found online. Creating it was a fun abstract art adventure, watching the bottle of glitter and 3 tub tints tablets dissolve and spread out. Though maybe constructing it while 5 kids wandered around --and using clear packing tape-- weren't the best choices...
It was fantastic for a whole 30 seconds! Or maybe 45. You can probably make out the river that's flowing from the back corner...
So then the blob became the landing area for the slide and sprinkler combo.
This change of plan seemed to work out just fine by all accounts.
There was much time for comparison of height, vocabulary, interest in using the potty, hair length, and matchy-matchy potential.
There's never enough time for kissing J's sweet and happy chubby cheeks.
There was a little time for crafting things that'll appear in the coming weeks, and for a quick shoot of a dress review.
There were two trips to Susan's new favorite frozen yogurt place. The girls loved it because they could play a game where they closed their eyes, spun the tabletop and opened their eyes again to find a new cup of ice cream! There was uncontrollable giggling.
There was time for art. Lots and lots of making with paper and tape and markers and crayons and spin art.
There was a little time for mommy shopping. J wasn't enthusiastic until...
...we told her we had a 40% off coupon.
T J Maxx yielded some treasures for a photo shoot.
And Adrianna had to see Susan's favorite thrift store that's been open for almost a year. Every thrift store should be organized by size and color.
The vintage sheet selection is not to be missed.
J decided a sidewalk near-blowout rescue was required.
The second trip to the yogurt store was for a round of bio photos that'll eventually make their way onto the blog. We know from experience that when we have to be *in* the photos, we need a little help loosening up. Sippy cups help. Sippy cups filled with... fermented grape juice.
Even after the special juice, someone took a while to chill out and cheer up.
But if you're looking to take a photo of feet, Adrianna is always happy to show off her cute kicks.
Of course, it would've been unforgivably rude not to have some fro yo while we were there for the shoot.
Susan had to show off in her circle skirt. There's a rumor there's a photo out there somewhere that is a little less modest. It's a good thing the photographer can be trusted with half-naked photos.
The fantastically amazing Babysitter Laura entertained the kids by letting them help bake cookies...
That the moms later used to make kahlua cookie shakes.
On the last day of togetherness, we met friends for a play date at the mall and had lunch. We applaud the staff for not flipping out when we asked for a table for 4 adults and 10 kids...
Or registering annoyance when we removed all of the steak knives from the utensil rolls.
The goodbyes weren't outwardly tearful. We were both consumed with getting kids locked down for a rush-hour Friday afternoon drive in 104 degree heat. Will it be a year before we see each other again? Two? We don't know yet. Until then... there's Skype. And memories of four very full days of hanging out.
P.S. You may've seen a few of these photos via Susan's Instagram feed - @crafterhours, and now you can also follow Adrianna - @adriannaappl! If you want to stay current on nail polish, fabric scraps, works in progress and baby cheeks, that's the way.