Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Those girls"

High school reunions are totally lame.  And yet I'm travelling 800 miles to attend my ten year this weekend.  I figure it's as good an excuse as any to buy a new outfit, right?

So, recently, my friend Greta insisted on seeing my photo albums from high school.  I think she just wanted to make fun of my bad haircuts and unflattering jeans. (Why oh why were they SO high waisted and baggy?) But when we came across this picture and I got really sentimental.  

Some of my best memories of high school were made senior year with these girls. We had so much fun. I see this picture and I'm reminded of the voice-over in the closing sequence of Never Been Kissed, when Drew Barrymore is talking about her second high school experience and says,

"Those girls are still there. The ones that, even as you grow up, will remain the most beautiful girls you have ever seen close up."

That is how I feel about these gorgeous girls.  I was lucky enough to tag along with them for a while, and even though we've all kind of gone our separate ways, it's always fun to feel the years fade away when we get back together. 

I love my current life. I love being a wife. I love being a mother. I love being a homemaker, a teacher, and a friend to new friends.  But there is a tiny part of me that wishes I was seventeen again, sitting on that bench in front of the high school when life was so easy but I thought it was so hard.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mexico Cruise 2012

I love everything about this group of people.  Our "game night friends" have been getting together once a week at the Bradfords' house for over six years and every once in a while we get to go on kick-a vacations too.  A couple years ago we went on a Caribbean cruise (as seen here) and this year our destination was Mexico.  We also got to add two more couples this go-round, which was awesome.  We had an absolute blast.  Here go the highlights.

Before we got on the boat, the season passport holders had to make a kids-free trip to Disneyland -- why not, right?  We quickly discovered how awesome it is to run from ride to ride without strollers and height requirements.... we also discovered that we are getting old and very prone to motion sickness when we try to run from ride to ride without strollers and height requirements.  It didn't help that we rode Space Mountain first and then seven more rides before lunch.  And then we jumped right onto a rolling boat for the next seven days.  I have come to appreciate the wonders of  Dramamine.

We tried to recreate game night on the boat and just may have tried to use the Friends of Bill W's privacy sign to deter the "other" Mormon group that was trying to get in on the library action.  It backfired a little :)
 Monday was my 28th birthday!! Two appetizers, two entrees, three desserts, and a birthday song from the Balinese waiter? Yes, please.
 The boys

 The girls.  No, you didn't miscount.  We had an extra girl, Jen, who was there stag.  Her husband has a new job and next to no vacation days so Jen came to supervise the hot, new, as yet unmarried couple, Tahsha and Kyle.  The three of them shared a room; it was both awkward and awesome.
 Volleyball on the boat. I watched for a minute and then took a nap.  I am not nearly athletic nor competitive enough for this group.

--Here come the random shots from ports of call--

Cabo San Lucas

 super legit glass bottom boat tour
See the bumpin' sound system and all the tropical fish?
 view from the beach
 Best. Coke. Ever.
zip lining, rapelling, Indiana Jones style bridge crossing, rock climbing, and a bit of crying

Puerto Vallarta
Our plans fell through in PV, so we ended up taking a self-guided tour, shopping, and getting massages. Not too shabby.

more hanging out on the boat...

 Thanks for another great vacation, amigos. We sure do love you guys!!

p.s. I have 192 pictures; I tried to cut it down :)