The Day The Thistle Woods Came To Town
We have been settling into summer around here.¬† Our days are filled with softball tournaments, barbecues and more softball tournaments.¬† But on our girl‚Äôs last day of school, we had some special lunch guests to start our summer off right.¬† KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms and her family were driving through to a family vacation and were swinging right by our neck of the woods. Now, I say, her whole family, but the truth be told, her oldest son was not there and his presence was greatly missed! It is such a strange feeling, someone who has been such a good friend to me ‚Äì but all through the phone or occasional blogging events, was now in my home.¬† I will admit, I was nervous, afraid it wouldn‚Äôt meet up to her expectations. But as soon as I saw her pull in the driveway, none of that mattered.¬† It was just so great to have her smiling face here and be able to talk with her in person. And, even better, the kids were fast friends.¬† The younger girls are all the same age and Kari‚Äôs younger son is the same age as my older girl.¬† They quickly were bored with the adult conversation and went off to the pool. Of course, we had to get a group picture to mark this special event. This was after Kari took a bunch of pictures of our home ‚Äì which did make me nervous all over again.¬† But watching her and her sweet husband interact as she took the pictures was priceless.¬† She shared them over on her blog if you would like to take a look. But my favorite part of the afternoon is when the kids all sat down with Kari and I at the kitchen table.¬† We got to hear from all of them what it is like to be the child of a blogger.¬† They had us in stitches.¬† And let me tell you, KariAnne is not the only story teller of the family.¬† I now officially know who to go to for any scoop! The greatest gift of the afternoon was that we were not bloggers, we were friends and we were moms spending a summer afternoon with our kids.¬† And KariAnne shines even more as a mom that she does as a blogger, and that is saying a lot. I feel very lucky to not only have had this time with my sweet friend, but her crew as well.¬† I am hoping it will work out again for them stop by our neck of the woods (hint hint!).¬† Oh, and while she was on vacation, she and her hubby completed the most amazing makeover ever!¬† You have to go check our her beach bedroom makeover here. Wishing you a great day and thanks so much for reading!