Lori and I met in the 8th grade when we lived in Heidelberg, Germany. Here are a few of our finer moments:
Big bangs and photo booths. Has 1989 written all over it.
What the...? Sookie! 1990
Sweet 16, complete with zits and braces. 1991
After we both moved away from Germany we continued to visit in the summers through high school. We kept in touch sporadically through college and then when Lily was a baby, after not talking to Lori in 3 or 4 years, I got the urge to track her down. We had both changed and matured (I know, very hard to believe, but I guess it's all relative) but we were thrilled to find that we still liked each other and could talk for hours! We started planning a reunion and in 2004 I went to visit Lori in Minnesota. We had such an awesome time that we agreed then and there to visit each other every year. Lori came to Utah in 2005, hopefully some of you remember meeting her at Jane's house, right before Avelyn was born. Then last year I went back to Minnesota.
Each year I have made a scrapbook of our visit (yeah, still need to start the 2006 book!) Here are a few from 2004 and 2005:
There's nothing that can compare to a friendship that has lasted since your adolescence. All the history, all the inside jokes. Sookie, for example. This goes back to the New Kids On The Block days. It's the word for someone that is good looking. Or can be used in a sarcastic way, as in the scuba flipper picture above.
So Lori and Gracie are going to be here for the 4th of July and we really have to show them a good time! We're planning to go see the hot air balloons launch at sunrise, but I don't think my nerves can handle the parade (the parking, the crowds, the heat) so we'll come home and play in the sprinklers or something. Let's plan a BBQ for dinner here at my Mom's house. I thought it might be cool to put together some soldier packages like we did at our reunion 2 years ago. Very patriotic. Then when it gets dark we can do the white trash fireworks show in the street. Josh, did you mention something about Wyoming contraband?
I'm frantically trying to get all of my work done (editing, reprint orders, etc.) so I can be totally free to hang out while Lori and Gracie are here.
Ready, and go!