Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Benefits of Living in SoCal

Sometimes I kind of forget where I live, no I don't get lost and can't find my house or anything like that, I forget that I live in a state and a part of the state that a lot of people like to come to.  A place where people save up their hard earned money to come for a once in a life time visit-- and it is in my backyard!

Now before you all go on hating me for where I live, trust me there are a lot of downsides too; extremely expensive, completely bankrupt state with crazy politics, etc. etc.

But, when one of those people who saved up some money to have an awesome vacation is your former college roommate and she gets to stop by my house because it is literally on their route to their destination (wow long run on sentence) then it is awesome!

Sunday, my Amy and her family stopped in for dinner and a visit.  We had a great dinner (thanks to my husband for cooking it all while I was at a meeting)
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 The kids all played so wonderfully.
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My kids and Amy's kids - check out the curls on Amy's oldest, just like Ryder! 
...And I got to see my Amy!
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The time went way too fast, she wanted to spend the night (and I happily would have let her) but her husband didn't really feel like taking all the kids to their vacation rental himself and putting them all to bed- party pooper!

I have to be honest, I really am not the best at keeping in touch with Amy, other than facebook and instragram, no weekly phone calls or anything, but when I saw her it felt like no time had passed at all- we were ready to put on our pajamas and go running again!
Amy and I freshmen year of college in our pajamas ready to go for a run
So yes, this weekend I was very grateful for one of the many benefits of living in Southern California.  Do you live in a vacation destination location?

15 comments:

  1. I love it when you see and old friend and it's like you just picked up where you left off! No time passed or anything. Those are special friends! :o) I love that old picture!

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  2. How fun! I always tell my husband that we should move to California. I'm joking. Sometimes. Until February, and then I'm really, really not joking. I love the pictures!

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  3. So fun that you got to see her again! Love the freshmen year pic.

    No one really comes right here- people assume that since I'm on the coast of NC, that means Outer Banks, but that's three hours away from us.

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  4. I always say that one of the biggest benefits of living in SoCal is how so many people come to us! They're on vacation and we get to share in it. So special!

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  5. Cute pics!! Getting together with old friends is always fun.

    I'm in Michigan and not in one of the big cities or tourist areas so very few come my way.

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  6. Someday I want to hit up So Cal. Looks like you guys had fun and it's great you were able to catch up! Too bad you couldn't spend more time together!!

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  7. So fun! I live in Asheville, NC which is a huge tourist destination in the fall (and many other times of the year.) Our anniversary is this weekend and I remember people were so excited to visit for our wedding. It was a gorgeous time of year, and makes me feel really lucky that I get to live here year-round!

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  8. How nice! Its fun to catch up with friends we haven't seen. Looks like your kids had a great time!

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  9. So cute!!! How is it that you are the mommy when you look like you're still in high school?

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  10. Aww so glad you got to catch up with a good friend!

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    1. Yes me too! It really was such a great evening, too short but wonderful

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  11. So sweet how you call her "my Amy"! I could do the same with my beloved college roomie! Glad you got to visit.

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    1. Yep, she definitely is my Amy :) We met our freshmen year, lived next door in the dorms and then roomed together our sophomore year, then I got married but just those two years was more than enough to cement a forever friendship

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  12. What fun! I'm so lucky in that my college roomie only lives an hour away and we get to see each other frequently.

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    1. That is lucky! I wish she lived closer.

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