Landing is the best feeling in the world... for those who fly, I think you'll agree with me. I hear that taking off and landing are the worst, but I love landing. When I hear the pilot say "We have begun our descent", I get oh so excited. I don't care if we smoothly roll onto the pavement or hit it hard enough to make me bite my tongue...the feeling of being on the ground in so satisfying. And this landing was especially wonderful, because I knew, a hop, skip, and jump away was my dear friend waiting for me. I remember going up the escalator and seeing Crystal, Aaron (her hubby), and Maverick in her arms. I was overwhelmed with emotion. Crystal and I have been the best of friends since I was a freshman in high school-let's do the math- nearly 10 years. She is so special to me and we have the most unique friendship. We go very long periods of time without seeing each other, the most being 2 1/2 years, when she came in to be a bridesmaid in my wedding last March. She and I share such a connection. even through the miles between us, it's just overwhelming to see each other and hug each other and know that there is a person behind the hour long phone calls. She moved to Texas soon after she graduated, then married Aaron and they were stationed in Hawaii for awhile. After Aaron was discharged from the service, they moved to Washington to be with his family. It had been a little over a year this time and I was more than ready to see her and meet her precious baby boy, who is only 9 months old.
In preparation for this trip, Crystal was trying to come up with things to fill our agenda while we were there. I told her I was perfectly happy with hanging out with her everyday and kissing all over Maverick's face, and I did a lot =) And let me add here that he is probably one of the most well behaved babies I have EVER been around and he shot my baby fever through the roof =) Anyway, the 5 nights and 6 days we were there was a blast. It was just the right mix of sight seeing and lounging around. Our first night at their house consisted of Aaron grilling chicken wings and playing catch phrase. It was so nice to just be lazy together. However, the rest of our weekend was filled with shopping, double date night to a yummy bar-b-que place and my first experience at a casino, fun days in Seattle and Tacoma, and a church service Sunday morning at Mars Hill Church. Went went to a cute little farmer's market that was in town and bought a bag of yummy cherries to munch on. She also introduced me to the most adorable baby boutique called Sugar Babies that I plan to keep an eye on for the future Pryor children ;) I think my most favorite times, though, were those spent with her laughing, talking, catching up and just seeing her as a mommy. She's such a wonderful mom, as I knew she would be, and Maverick is such the little miracle baby. I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with joy for her for this little angel that God has blessed her with. Leaving Crystal was difficult and goodbyes will always be hard when someone has such a piece of your heart. But I am so thankful for our friendship and the many memories we made in Seattle and Tacoma. Here are some pics of our trip.....
Maverick the first night..he was drooly face from teething
Mav in his stellar headphone shirt I brought him =)
Yes, he is beautiful!
We just woke up here haha
This pizza place was awesome
Look how cute =)
Us all dolled up for date night
Bad waitress but great food
Mark Driscoll's church- it was awesome!
The famous fish market in Seattle (yes where they throw the fish)
The Space Needle
Adam in front of the EMP (experience music project). He loved it.
Takin a break at Starbucks (they were everywhere)
Crystal and I our last day