As Julia has already so well recapped, this past weekend something of epic proportions occurred. The first, hopefully annual, WI/MN get together, that united Erin, Julia, Erin, Diz, Andrea and myself . . . oh, and not to mention our respective family's, with all having two kids a piece, at a water park in the Dells. It started simply, with an idea, an email, and then a text and then a group email, followed by a lot group emails and a google doc. It's no surprise with so many planners [read: note me] in the group that it seemed to come together seamlessly, from choosing the date [after Jim and Tony managed to get out of work], to the hotel, to the meal planning. But even though these ladies are good it was still pretty incredible how well the planning went.
With the excitement of the holidays, the first weekend of January seemed to arrive overnight. Isaac was over the moon excited to go to the water park and well, Ezra's always up for whatever we throw his way. As Tony and I made our way closer and closer to the dells, the last family to arrive to our 3 bedroom condos, we both shared how neither of us were nervous. Admittedly, I gave Tony a crash course on my internet friends, some of whom he'd been hearing about or stared at their faces from our fridge for the past 5 years. It's so amazing to me how close these friendships can become, even while never having met face to face. Erin and I have known each other now for almost 4 years, meeting when she referred me for my current job. Andrea and I got to meet this past summer when she assisted me at her friend's wedding in Wisconsin. Going in knowing that I already knew two of the ladies and that Milwaukee Crew spend time with each other frequently definitely helped.
I must say though, that while I wasn't nervous, I couldn't believe I was finally going to meet Julia. In terms of my blogging history, Julia is pretty pivotal. After blogging privately for a few months, sharing the angst of the heart of a 24 year old almost newlywed, Julia's blog was the first popular blog that I commented on. And shock of all shocks, she came to my blog and commented on one of my posts. It was my first taste of the blog community, which is really why we continue to share. It seemed like I was coming full circle by being able to meet her, my online friend of 5 years.
I can't even convey how awesome it was to walk into a room filled by my internet friends, husbands, children and all. It had a surreal fairytale mood, combined with a complete underwhelming excitement, because really after so many years invested into the stories of each other's lives, all six of us together was truly just like visiting with old friends. It was comfortable. There were no false pretenses. It was just amazing. And I want to do it again next weekend.
With 12 adults & 12 kids, it was as imagined a little crazy, but it was a fun, barely contained chaos. There were some sleep issues, and a Vikings/Packers play off game, but ultimately, the weekend went off without a hitch. Who could have ever thought?
The result of leaving the water.
Followed shortly by.
And guys, Isaac may have had his first legitimate crush. He requested this picture and stood there patiently waiting with his arm around Diz's Char, as comfortable and confident as well, I've ever seen him. And after I took one picture, he told me to take another and then another.
Sunday morning we attempted several group pictures.
All of us women are smitten with this picture. Man, those are some proud dads who were amazing sports.
Sadly, we went last and got the least cooperative kiddos.
Man, did the dads go for the slides.
But after a little trickery, Tony got Isaac down the slide by himself and there's seriously no counting how many times he went!
We didn't enjoy ourselves one bit, uh huh.