Jessica and Michelle are my oldest friends. We have been friends for about 15 years. We’ve lived in different cities since 2007, but have stayed in touch. Jessica and I were pregnant at the same time, and we took belly pictures together. She is due in August with her second, and Michelle’s daughter was born a year ago.
It’s not uncommon for friends to grow apart as they grow up, get married, or have kids, and it’s happened to me a lot. Even though I’ve grown apart from quite a few people, I will always consider them my friends. But by some miracle, the opposite has happened with Michelle and Jessica. We’ve all gone back and forth across the state to see each other more in the last 2 years than we ever have in the past. Having kids and getting married has brought us all closer because things like birthdays, weddings, and showers give us more reason to make the journey. I’m thankful for the friends who are family to me, and that includes these two and all the people who come with them.
Michelle’s daughter, Addy, turned one on Saturday, so my sister and I left after work on Friday and drove 4 hours. We got there around midnight and started decorating for a Sesame Street themed party. Saturday morning held more party prep and hanging out, then the birthday girl arrived. Addy is the sweetest thing in the world, even though you might not know it at first glance.
She’s a tough egg to crack, but if you can get her to smile, it’s the best thing you’ll ever see, and I actually made her laugh!! My heart was a puddle.
sidenote: One of the greatest things about knowing how to sew is being able to make handmade gifts for people. The hoodie I made for her was some of my best work. She looked so stinkin’ cute!