Ryan and I spent 5 days in California, visiting with Nonna and Poppa, but mostly to visit Tammy and Gabe. It’s been nearly 4 years since Tammy and I have seen each other, including almost a year where we didn’t talk because she was stationed in Iraq and had limited phone access (thank you again, my dear). But it’s like we were never separated. Sure, in the last four years we’ve gone though marriages, Army, jobs, pets, pregnancies, babies, and all at pretty much the same time, over the phone, but getting together, and in Pleasanton, where we used to hang out, it was like neither of us ever left.
Case in point: Hanging out at Stoneridge, one of our favorite haunts. We took the babes to get their pics together (adorable BTW, will post later) and had to feed and change diapers, etc. So it was a bit twilight zone to be back in our old hangout, but now with babies to deal with. I don’t know. It’s hard to put into words how so much has changed in our lives, but in many respects, it’s all still the same. We are still very much the same people, even though we’ve changed a lot. And I think the fact that we did so much at the same times has helped us to remain really close despite the miles and miles between us.
We’ve really been through a lot together, and have stayed friends though a lot of things that other, not so close people might lose touch over. But it’s really cool to have the kind of friends where you can just pick up where you left off, no matter how long it’s been.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I love you and miss you so much Tam, and I’m so grateful that we got to spend that altogether too short weekend together. I still can’t wait to meet Drew, Shelby, and Butters.