Monday, February 23, 2009


Blog-A-Union, (def.: n., v., adj., var. GuatSnowberFest!) Much like in that a RE-union is getting together with friends and family you've haven't seen in a while. A Blog-A-Union is getting together with friends who are like family that you've never seen before! ;-) As in last weekend was one of the best Blog-A-Union's evah.

Last week (yes, I'm that behind in blogging), we travelled north to visit Gary's family. (I will dedicate a future post to that specifically.) And all the stars aligned so that we could hook up with some very special families!

Bobbi at (private)
Bobbie and Beth see each other quite frequently and are very good friends (insert jealous sigh). Steph flew into town for the long weekend and we took a brief 24 hours out of our family trip to catch-up with all of them. What an amazing experience for the four Momma's who have stood by, supported, consoled, cheered, celebrated, cried, and shared so many special daily moments together both on and off of Blogland for the last year and 1/2 or so!

And the children. Well, the children did what children do best - they went hogwild in Beth's house!!

Luckily, there was a brief reprieve outside of sledding and hurling down a 2nd "hidden" hill! Then, back inside for an incredible meal which Beth orchestrated effortlessly x2 - once for the kiddos and once for the (term loosely used) "adults." Where thanks to some incredibly special little ladies, we were all able to sit down and pretty much dine in "peace!"

Then, off to the hotel where Austin and Logan let their true colors and explosive energy loose and to my amused bewilderment, Bobbi's three darlings not only were unfazed - but kept up and matched Austin and Logan inch for inch and pound for pound of unbridled energy! We even managed a swim in the pool water, but that was cut a little short as it was apparently filled with Maine (translation ice cold!) water! lol

The next day, we hung out some more and then had one last fabulous meal together (and I believe the restaurant is still standing!).

And alas, a group shot:

And my favorite comment of the weekend as we were driving away the first night was from my hubby who said, "Wow - they're all just like us!" We all felt so relaxed, so comfortable and so at "home" with one anther. Speaking of...Huge thank you to Beth for opening your home. Thanks to Bobbie for traveling and for finding the cool hotel! Thanks Steph and family for flying out and overlapping your visit with ours. Thanks to all the kids who did such a nice job playing together. Thanks Cassie and Krista who were wonderful Mini-Mom's to all the wild ones.

What a treasured resource for our families for years to come. My only complaint....and it's a big that it was too stinkin' short! ;-)

Be sure and check out the other girls' blogs, they have lots of pictures, too! We are SO looking forward to the NEXT get together!


Samantha- Mama to Julian said...

hand up for jealous here...looks like soo much fun! :)

Steph said...

I love that last group photo! So much fun! I am also very jealous that we missed all of the fun at the hotel. ;)

Yep, waaaaay too short, but I hear VA Beach calling our name! Excellent spot for the next blog-a-union.

Our Family of 5 said...

So So jealous!!! Looks like a blast!!

Bobbi said...

how did we get such a great shot of ALL of us?? Thanks for taking it.

Oh, it was all too fast......we need more time next time!!

Laurie said...

Isn't that the best to meet othere Guate families! So glad you guys were able to share some time together and had a great time!

Hannah said...

I just wanted to leave you a note and thank you for the kind words you left me the other day. It really helped knowing that someone else understood. I totally get what you feel about when you leave him. Dmitry still does not fully trust that I will always come back. He trusts me but not that something won't take me from him. It just breaks your heart as a mom to see their pain, and then to wonder if any of it was added by your actions is just unbearable.

Give yourself the same advice you gave me and cut yourself some slack on the past. Those boys both are lucky to have such a loving mom :)

Gwen, Jenny, & Mia said...

Insert a big jealous sigh here too....

Looks like you guys had a great time!

Cheryl Lage said...

Okay, I know it's my period and all, but that last image has me wiping tears. What a fantastic get-together of some amazing families. :)

Appreciate so much you sharing it with us!

Beth said...

I LOVE this post!!!! I just had the best time reading this and reliving a very special weekend! I am grinning ear-to-ear!!

I have become a bad blogger, but we just have to stay in touch! I still can't believe that weekend happened, and now that I have loved the boys live and in person, I am even more addicted to the idea of watching them grow up!

Thanks so much for getting that blog-a-union rolling... what's next?!?!