Throwback Thursday

For this “Throwback Thursday” edition, I’m going all the way back to 2009, which occasionally seems like yesterday but often feels like a million years ago.

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My best friend Raymond and I got silly and mixed it up with some little kids at the bumper car rink at a town festival.

Those were very different times – pre-marriage, pre-kids. Raymond and his wife Tina recently welcomed their first child into the world, a little girl they named Hattie. She was born just about two weeks before Owen came into ours.

It is unlikely that I would have the great life I have today without all of Ray’s support and encouragement over the years. Actually, impossible, considering he was the one who told me I needed to ask Abbey out in the first place. He also helped me come up with my famous (infamous?) prosposal scheme.

Raymond and I have always had so many things in common. We even share the same birthday! One of the things we both talked about even then was that we’d like to have families of our own someday.

In your late 20s that all seems so far away. But I’m so happy that we both have kids and families. We frequently tell each other “you are living the dream.”  Even though we live a thousand miles away from each other, I’m still proud to call him my best friend.

Throwback Thursday

Way back then the hubby and I did actual touristy things every once in a blue moon. This trip to Memphis was our version of a one-day vacation. Most of our vacation time back then was spent driving up to Indiana from Louisiana to spend time with my family.

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These days most of our vacation time is spent driving down to Louisiana to see his family.

During those trip five or so years ago we would try to make an overnight stop midway somewhere different so we could have a little mini-vacay.

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This trip to Memphis in 2009 was a fun one. Here’s some of the memories from it. We look so young. And I still wear that shirt ALL THE TIME!

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Throwback Thursday July 4 style

Family photo before fireworks in Anderson in 2012.

Family photo before fireworks in Anderson in 2012.

Daddy and Miles waiting for fireworks to start in Anderson in 2012.

Daddy and Miles waiting for fireworks to start in Anderson in 2012.

Nap before fireworks in Anderson in 2012.

Nap before fireworks in Anderson in 2012.

Fireworks in Anderson in 2012.

Fireworks in Anderson in 2012.

Fourth of July parade in Vincennes 2012.

Fourth of July parade in Vincennes 2012.

Fourth of July parade in Vincennes 2013.

Fourth of July parade in Vincennes 2013.

Fourth of July parade in Vincennes in 2013

Fourth of July parade in Vincennes in 2013

Waiting for fireworks with grandma and Elmo in Vincennes 2013.

Waiting for fireworks with grandma and Elmo in Vincennes 2013.

Waiting for fireworks to start in Vincennes in 2013.

Waiting for fireworks to start in Vincennes in 2013.

Watching fireworks in Vincennes in 2013.

Watching fireworks in Vincennes in 2013.