A long time.
Fortunately, my husband has some family who live around the half way point (give or take a couple hours, but, really, who's counting?)
Which just so happens to be the same town where Meri and her beautiful family live.
Which just so happens to be the same town where my husband spent intermittent parts of his childhood.
Which just so happens to be the reason my husband's picture can be found in Meri's high school yearbook!
I KNOW! How crazy is THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?
It must have been fate that our paths would cross one day. The stars were aligned just right :) I mean you DO know Meri, right? Meri, who is always banging out inspirational, motivational blog posts? Meri, who is raising 4 amazing boys...THREE of which have type 1 diabetes?
YES!!!!! THAT AMAZING MERI!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, anyway, after driving AAAALLLL day, we finally arrived. Of course, we were up and out the door before dawn...so we were all still in our jammies. There's NO WAY the girls and I could meet his family (AND MERI!) for the first time wearing PJ's after sitting in the stale car air for 14 hours, soooooo....we stopped at a grocery store a few minutes away to get everyone changed and freshened up a bit in the bathrooms. We must have been quite a site lugging in a suitcase! I'm sure management must have wondered if we were moving in.
But I digress.
On the way up, Meri stopped over for a quick hello before we set off on the rest of the road trip early the next morning. When she texted me that she was on her way, my heart skipped a beat (Corny...I KNOW!). A few minutes later, Sugar needed to get something out of the van, so we walked outside...and then I saw the headlights........and OMIGOSH........MERI was standing right in front of me!!!! It was like a scene from a movie or something. There were hugs and tears as if we had been friends forever...we both stood there and couldn't believe it was REAL!!! She came in for a little chat and then was on her way.
Fast forward 2 weeks and we were back in town, but this time for a couple days.
On Saturday, Meri and her MOST FABULOUS HUSBAND, Ryan (Hi Ryan!), cooked up a wonderful breakfast and invited us into their home. They scoured labels to make sure everything was gluten free, and prepared a feast fit for 4 royal princes and 3 royal princesses (and their parents). I brought along some GF pancake mix and Ryan (the most awesome baker that he his) whipped them up while Meri and I chatted and chatted and chatted...because, you know, what else do moms do when they get together????
Sugar tested at their "diabetes station". I watched as she analyzed everyone's plates to eyeball their carbs in the blink of an eye. It was amazing. Like she had a 6th sense that allowed her to remember which boy had how many carbs on his plate, who was coming back for more, and who still needed to bolus. I even had the honor to sit next to her in her favorite blogging spot AND we broke out the laptop to peruse around online a little. We swapped stories about meeting our husbands, each diagnosis, and laughed about how crazy it was that we've been pals online for 2 years.
It was seriously awesome.
Meri and her family are seriously awesome.
Meri's home is seriously awesome.
AND LAWTON IS SERIOUSLY AWESOME!
Here's some pics...but please forgive the camera phone quality...
Thanks for the memories, Meri.
It was a joy to meet you and your beautiful family!!!
PS -- Here's a recap of the Summer 2011 West Coast D Mama Meet Ups...