Five Funny Beanie Memories:
1. The first day we met, my mom (who talks incessantly to strangers) found out April was LDS and introduced the two of us. April thought we were trashy. I thought she was shy and extremely hard to talk to.
2. Carmen was the first kid to pee on the carpet in my brand spankin' new house (certainly not the last!).
3. April and I have spent countless hours "chit-chatting" on the porch (her's usually, she has more shade than I do) while our kids played in the circle. Usually we'd be out there in the afternoon during the "witching hour" while we contemplated what to make for dinner, and waited for the daddies to finish work.
4. David traveled a lot while they've lived here, so April and the girls have eaten dinner with us quite a bit when he's been gone. The first time they came over it seemed all the kids were whining and crying, dinner was not super tasty, and conversation didn't flow easily as we ate. When April left after that first dinner, I thought for sure she'd never come back. Luckily she did. Most dinners went about the same as that first one, but my cooking skills improved, and we learned to talk over the kids. That, and the lack of conversation is no longer uncomfortable. Only between best friends can comfortable silence exist (and if you know me well, I generally can't stand silence)!
5. April and I made a deal when she was pregnant with Charlotte. If she would hold Aliza back in school so she and Liam could be in the same grade, then I would have another baby so that Charlotte could have a playmate. Alas . . . SETH! Okay, okay, it started out as a joke, and if the Bean's were staying in Cali then Aliza would be a year ahead of Liam. But guess what? In Virginia the Kindergarten start date is later, so they will be in the same grade! Too bad Charlotte and Seth won't be able to play together much.
A neighborhood Halloween.
Our Superkids. April's mom made these capes for the kids.
Playing at the park. These four have been great friends . . . like siblings really.
Best Friends from the get go.
I've always thought they look like they could be sisters.
I hope these two will remember each other as they grow up.
Sharing apples and telling secrets.
When our hair stylist neighbor moved in next door to the Beans, Carmen and Sariah played "Julie" a lot.
Every little girl needs a best friend.
The early days.
Aliza and Liam are two peas in a pod. They've always played together super well, frequently calling each other "honey." Last week David said he heard Liam say to Aliza "When are we going to get married Aliza?" Wouldn't that be great?