Dec 4, 2008

Photo Story Friday - New Friends!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

This past summer we had the good fortune to make friends with a new family while we vacationed at the Ranch.  The mom and I hit it off right away and our oldest girls soon became quick friends.  

Both girls are only a few weeks apart in age and had a lot in common, which means Vicki and I also had a lot in common!  

By the end of the week the two teens were attached at the hip and sharing each other's clothes!  It was sad when we had to say goodbye, but we all promised to stay in touch.  

So that is just what we have done! During Thanksgiving we had the opportunity to meet up again!  They drove down near us to go hiking and then traveled about an hour and half away to have Thanksgiving with family.

We jumped at the chance to spend an afternoon together!  My friends sister generously opened her beautiful home to our family.  We spent a few hours chatting and catching up and getting to know Vicki's husband (he didn't come to the Ranch) and her sister.

After munching on some yummy Thanksgiving leftovers we took to girls Ice skating down at the beach!  Yes, that is the way we roll here in Southern California!  We Ice skate under the shade of palm trees.



After ice skating we headed down to the beach.  Since it was late and we were going out to dinner we asked all four girls not to get wet.  Of course the big girls thought they could keep from getting wet if they just rolled up their skinny jeans.  

Which really means, we will shake our heads, agree not to get wet, but ultimately we are going to do what we want.  "I mean like what's the big deal MOM it's only water!"



So we gave up and just let them be kids!  Because really, it isn't just water......it's fun and when you are a kid what is more important than having some fun?  

53 comments:

Jen said...

that is so cool. I remember meeting really cool friends on vacation. We have failed to stay in touch. I am glad that you were able too. I love the photos.

CC said...

Those pics are so cool and FUN!!!!

I wish I could go from ice skating to the beach (and short sleeves!!!) too!!

Straight to Your Hart said...

What wonderful souvenirs for you all!! Good for you for keeping in touch...looks like the girls had a blast. Ahh just thinking about going to the beach....

Krystyn said...

Great pictures!

And, teenage girls..I remember those days.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

FANTASTIC - and I love those photos!!

Midwest Mommy said...

Those pictures are awesome. I really would love to get a family shot like the second one. so cute!

Cecily R said...

What a great way to start a friendship!! I love that!

And that last shot? A framer for SURE!

Liz said...

What a great story...and amazing pics!!!

Kelsey said...

Wow that's really cool that you guys still keep in touch!
Ice skating under palm trees? That's pretty amazing. I can't say that we have anything here that's remotely like that.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

Those pictures are GREAT!! How nice to have met such wonderful new friends.

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

I really like both shots, but I love the jump shot. I've always wanted to get a capture like that.

Happy Friday!

Chris said...

Way to give in you old softy. (That's just an expression, I'm certainly not implying that you're old).
That sounds like a great time, and I think the pictures are fantastic -- especially the first one.

Diane said...

I hope you have that second photo in a frame! That is fantastic and the sort of shot you just can't plan!

Great story, too... I love meeting people you feel like you've known forever.

Jaysi said...

What fun pictures!! They are priceless! How wonderful to find such great new friends!

Rhonda said...

LOVE the pictures!!

Oh, and strawberry angel is (was) cheap wine. Very cheap wine! lol

Sara said...

LOVE the pictures! I wish we had some warm sandy beaches here in upstate New York...

Kacey R. said...

Can I come next time? Looks like so.much.fun!!! :o)

RhondaLue said...

new friends is awesome!

And nothin' is more important than having some fun. Sometimes it's hard to let go of our own ideas and just roll wit it but that's definitely what the best memories are made of. Way to go mamma! What a great picture of them too!!!

Lindsay said...

Good friends are hard to come by - what a wonderful post! I hope you guys can continue to keep in touch!

Casey's trio said...

What an awesome experience to make friend while on vacation and hit it off so well. Love the pictures!

hippos toes said...

Those are some great memories and some great photos :) Thanks for sharing!

david mcmahon said...

Thanks for the visit and the lovely comment.

Sounds like they had fun. You're right about letting them be kids. I know - I have three of my own!

Kimber said...

How awesome you were able to spend Thanksgiving together. Love the photos.

K said...

I love the photos, but even more, I adore that you are REALLY keeping in touch- not just empty words at the end of a vacation. You're living out that GirlScout song, "make new friends..." :-)

Crazy Mama said...

looks like a blast!

Jay @halftime lessons said...

Wow...beautiful pics!

Nice PhotoStory Friday!!

Jay

mommaof4wife2r said...

seriously, you are killing me. it's 12 degrees here and i need the beach!

Michelle said...

I miss ice skating on the beach. Now we have real ice. And I try NOT to skate on it, because you know, the driveway isn't an appropriate place to fall on your arse on the ice.

Indrani said...

So much of fun! The last shot is too good.

Melissa said...

Great fun.... you are right-- it's all about the fun!!!

And hopefully this will be the beginning of a life-long friendship for your daughter!!

mine, by magpie said...

how cool!! those pictures are awesome- you DEF need to pull out that scrapping gear soon, mama!

mine, by magpie said...

ps- i tagged you in my blog today. you're it! *runs away like a kid on a soda high*

ValleyGirl said...

Very, VERY cool that you can go ice skating at the beach! We can go ice skating at the lake, too, now in winter.... but swimming would be impossible!!! (and likely not good for your health, either!!)

The pictures are beautiful!

Jenners said...

Great photos and story!
You really do just have to give up and let them get wet...you're only young once!

sandy said...

Great pics!

Preston said...

It's so fun to make new friends and it's amazing how we can meet them just about anywhere. Also, I stopped by to see if your word verification was turned off... :)

gingela5 said...

That is so cool! It's always great to meet people that turn out to be unexpected friends! Looks like so much fun!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh how I remember those days! The photos are fantastic, it makes me wanna GO!

Gaspegirl said...

Great photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog and come back anytime!

make it a great day!

Gaspegirl said...

Great photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog and come back anytime!

make it a great day!

Carla said...

What fun!

Lorie said...

Ice skating on the beach! NICE!

Shala said...

That's it I'm moving to California. My hubby and I are beach lovers and your pictures look like so much fun!

Jo-Jo said...

You always have such wonderful pics!

Shellie said...

How wonderful and also great you let the kids be kids. The pictures are gorgeous and roller skating on the beach at Thanksgiving time? I so want to roll like that.

scrappysue said...

sounds like the perfect day to me!!!

mtnyoung said...

I love these photos! And the fact that the older girls are dressed alike in blue stripes and skinny jeans completely by accident. Do your blog-stalkers have any idea how cold it was on that beach?!? And OUR good fortune last summer was meeting YOU!

Lindsay said...

I love the picture of them under the pier. The lighting worked just perfectly!

tommie said...

I do hope you continue to stay in touch! That last shot is priceless!

Thanks for visiting my PSF.

Happy weekend

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

Awesome pictures! They look like they had a blast. :)

Cecilia said...

Great pictures....What a priceless moment!

Friends are the best!

Lorie said...

LOVE IT....Let them get wet....It is fun! LOVE LOVE the photo.

WheresMyAngels said...

Those are wonderful photos and what fun.

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