A LITTLE HISTORY: Robert and Richard became friends at the U of A 20 years ago. Robert was a tall, nice, quiet guy. They met at church and then ended up in business classes together. When Richard and I dated, Robert sometimes hung out with us. It wasn't until a few months into the friendship that Richard learned Robert had a sweetheart who went to school at Baylor. After college Richard was a groomsman in Robert and Heidi's wedding and I got to attend too. This is where I first met Heidi as she included me in all the happenings of the Edmond, OK, event. I won't ever forget her kindness to me, an unplanned guest at her wedding.
Robert was a groomsman in our wedding too, in 1992. One year later Richard called Robert when we got pregnant with Ryan. Robert called a few months later with the same news. We both had boys. I called Heidi when I got pregnant the second time. Heidi called back about 6 months later. Lauren and Emily arrived later that year. We had Erin in 1997, they were taking a break. Heidi called a year and a half later and Hallie was born in 1999.
We were sure we were finished having babies for awhile, but they had Tessie three years later (2001). Our Sheridan arrived 2 years later (2003). And, now we were both really done.
Over the years we've kept in touch, exchanged Christmas cards, met at Razorback games, Ryan and Jacob played against each other in baseball, and Emily played volleyball in our town...but we haven't ever had both of our families together until last week.
OH MY! Twelve of us living in the same house.. for 5 days, still liking each other at the end of the trip, now that's amazing. Tonight, two days later, they are skype-ing in the back of the house with their new friends.
Because we left from Grandma's house on the 26th, it was an 18 hour L.O.N.G. trip. We stopped for the night in Dumas, TX, and slept like rocks. We also stopped in New Mexico to stretch and visit a volcano. We finally arrived in South Fork, CO, around 3pm on the 28th.
The rest is history and made the 2010 TOP TEN lists of everyone in our family as one of our favorite things of the year in one of our new favorite places...