Sometimes life surprises you.
And the best surprises are the fun ones.
Surprise #1 - The first married couple friends Burley and I every really hung out with after we got married turned out to be life long, by your side, till the end, make you a better person, feels like home, kind of friends. Lucky us.
Yes. If you are single, I now introduce you to the phrase couple friends. Don't be jealous. This simply means that now, instead of making 1 friend as an adult (which can be hard enough) you have to find couples who BOTH of you get along with individually (woman to woman/man to man), and maybe even, if the stars align, all together. When this happens, it feels like you are dating again, and you fall asleep saying things to each other like "That was really fun. Man. I love those guys. It's great to have good people around" and then you realize how silly and desperate for friends you sound so you both play it cool. I am saying all this in good faith that Burley and I ... Are not the only ones. God help us if we are.
Surprise #2 - Sometimes, you and said buddies decide to follow your hearts and dreams, and they unfortunately lead you to different states. Then you think that you aren't going to see said buddies for perhaps once a year. And then your love and fondness grows, and you just make it work. You love to see each other and you make it happen.
And that leads me to LA. Burley and I headed out for a rather impromptu trip to LA last week/weekend for a vacay with our buddies. At the time of booking it, it seemed like a fun interlude before moving. But, at the time of the trip, Burley and I were heavy hearted and overwhelmed, and it was a God send to be in the company of such great friends. Isn't it great how that happens?
So we are now home, after the most wonderful 3 days/4 nights. We are rejuvenated. We are thankful. We are so blessed with the life we live, and most especially the people we get to live it with. This is going to be really important to remember as we say goodbye to so many other amazing friends here in Denver over the next two weeks.
If it hurts to leave a place or a people or a vacation, you must have done something right.
PS. If you are wondering if that is a baby seal in the first picture... the answer would be yes. Boom.