Matt, Acadia and I were able to meet up with some more friends from my mommy board at the Brookfield Zoo on Saturday.
All of us: Mark, Stella, Elena, Ray, Jackie, Taylor, Jason, Amanda, Owen, Matt, Jen, Acadia, Melissa, Jeff and Johanna!
The babies: Elena, Owen, Johanna, Taylor, Acadia
The boys with the kiddos: Matt, Jeff, Jason, Ray and Mark
The sexy mammas! Amanda, Melissa, Jenny, Jackie, Stella
Mark, Stella and Elena - I don't think you could meet a cuter couple than them. Not only are they an incredibly sweet and gorgeous family, but they like the Red Sox! You can't get much better than that!! Mark has only one more year of school until he becomes a doctor - yay Mark!! I'm sure you're counting down the days! ;-) Stella is just so sweet and beautiful! She is due in December with their second child and is absolutely glowing! And little Elena...I think we all fell in love with her when we met her! She is so sweet! They don't live too far from us (ie. a half a day drive), so I am really hoping that we can meet up with them again, because I really can't wait to meet their little one!
Jackie, Ray and Taylor - Honestly. Jackie is just gorgeous! Blond hair, blue eyes, beautiful smile and the sweetest and most friendly personality to go along with it! She is just awesome and I decided that she was my "soul sister" after we both said the same sentence at the same time to our husband and now I can't remember what we said!! Oh well. We are still soul sisters - it was pretty funny at the time! We just kind of looked at each other and laughed - did we really just say the exact same thing?! Her husband Ray is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. He was SO sweet and Matt and I both agreed that we could have talked to him all day! He was just so friendly from the second we met him - and such a doting father and husband. If we lived closer to them, I just know that he and Matt would become close friends. And Taylor has mommy's looks and both of their personalities. She is a beautiful little girl and SO SWEET! She wasn't able to fall asleep in her stroller like some of the kids and you would have NEVER guessed that she didn't get a nap that day. She is such a sweet and happy baby! (I'm sure the parent's have a lot to do with that!)
Amanda, Jason and Owen - You know how you meet someone and from the moment you see them, you just KNOW that they are amazing parents? That is Amanda and Jason. They were so cute with one another and with Owen. Owen also didn't get a nap until towards the end of the day, and you wouldn't have known. He is such a happy and laid back little boy, again, really reminding me of mom and dad. They are such sweet, friendly, go with the flow type of people. I think that it is very easy to become stressed when you have children (when they are fussy, etc.) and they both strike me as the type of people that let things roll off their backs, go with the flow and laugh about it along the way. And you have to have that when you're become a parent, or else you'll go crazy! lol! They are such a sweet and beautiful family and I wish we lived closer to them!!
Matt, Jen and Acadia - Thanks, Jackie for taking this picture!
Melissa, Jeff and Johanna - Melissa and I were able to spend quite a bit of time together when I was in Chicago, since she had Fridays off. I am going to miss her terribly! We spoke on the phone the night before I left and both said that as crazy as it is, because we have only been hanging out for a month, we will miss each other! She is a friend for life. It won't matter how often we are able to see one another, but I know she will be in my life forever. She is one of the nicest women I have ever met - showing me around IL when we met up, taking me to Target and the mall, taking us out to a yummy Mexican dinner - our trip would have been half of what it had been if it wasn't for her. Literally from day one, we felt like we had known each other forever, and I really will miss her. Her husband Jeff is such a nice guy! During dinner while we were there, he made me laugh the whole time! Matt and he talked throughout the entire meal, and Jeff will always be known as the "first husband from Jenny's mommy board that Matt's met". Johanna....sweet, little, beautiful Johanna! I will miss that little girls and her "beautiful eyes!" She is just such a love - a sweet natured, beautiful little girl and I will miss her!
Sweet Elena - I wish they made that shirt in my size!
Taylor, Owen and Acadia having a snack
Jason and Owen...so sweet...
Cadi and Johanna looking at the goats
Taylor brushing a goat
Owen and mommy...I love this picture
Acadia excited to be at the zoo!
Buddies - Taylor and Acadia
Owen (the only boy!)
Owen and Cadi sharing a snack
We had to leave early, because Acadia started having an allergic reaction - her eyes were red and watery and her nose was really runny
Luckily, Amanda and Jason recommended Benadryl Perfect Measure, which is awesome for when you're on the go, and this was Acadia an hour later!
Good bye, friends - we had fun!!