{at this moment: road trippin' p.one...}

as promised, i would love to share with you our road trip adventures to the bay area. we covered A LOT of ground in the five days we were there. so as not to make your eyeballs fall out, i will dole out our trip in parts, sprinkling the stories over the next week or so. sound good? first, let me answer the question everyone is dying to know: the road trip itself went surprisingly well. perhaps leaving at 5:00 a.m. was a good call as the kids slept most of the way.



we arrived in the east bay on friday morning at 10:30 a.m. to say we made great time would be an understatement! i think even my girlfriend was surprised when we rang her doorbell so early. [smile] the remaining part of that day was spent relaxing, stretching our legs, and letting the kids play and get reacquainted with one another. later that evening, we ordered in, shared some wine, and caught up on life as old friends do. it has been a year since we've all seen each other, but we picked up right where we left off. this level of comfort is what i cherish most about old friendships, and this friendship in particular - nothing about it is hard or forced. our friendship does span over 20 years. we've been a part of every bit of each other's lives (warts and all), and they mean the world to me. the very thought that our own kids will now grow up together warms my heart. i just wished we lived closer to one another.
 
the next day, we wanted to tucker the kids out and nap them before we headed to a pool party later in the afternoon. as we threw ideas around, i remembered codornices park in berkeley that erin of such small steps posted from her own trip up north. i suggested the park to the gang and everyone was game. the park itself was absolutely beautiful, tucked into the berkeley hills and surrounded by tall redwood trees. the air smelled of eucalyptus, pine, and some other liberal scent, if you catch my drift. if you are not familiar with the city of berkeley, it's a cozy home to liberals, telegraph avenue, u.c. berkeley (a renowned university), and alice water's chez panisse (which i highly recommend as a dining experience). however, the highlight of the trip was the 40' concrete slide at cordornices park. even i took a turn on the slide, and proceeded to scare every bird and child within ear shot of my screams.

after the park, we ventured off to aforementioned pool party, where more fun was had by all. the entire day resulted in pure exhaustion and sound slumber. [nice!]

writing this post and taking the the time to reflect on friendship, had me wondering: how many years does your longest standing friendship span?

happy weekend everyone! hope you're spending it with good friends.


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  1. Beautiful post! I love how you remembered every detail about this first leg of the trip. You definitely have me looking forward to hearing more about it.

    Aren't those the best friendhips when everything is so comfortable and easy going? My longest standing friendship spans 29 years and I love it because she can tell me things that I have done that I don't even remember! It's good to have those freinds you can reminisce with.

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  2. My longest friendship is for 27 years (I'm 28) - my best friend and I have known each other longer than even our sisters have known us.  We have grown up to be different people with different interests but it's so fun to see how quickly we can come back together like nothing has happened and pick up where we left off

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  3. Cute photos! Definitely looks like you had a wonderful time!

    My longest friendship goes back 26 years (if you don't count my friendship with my sisters, that is... ;)) and I'm amazed at all the changes in our lives. We love to laugh hysterically at the fun we had as pre-teens. Life really does go by so quickly and it's wonderful to have friends that remember us as kids. Reminiscing with an old friend about those goofy times helps me remember to lighten up a bit when I get stressed out!

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  4. well that slide looks pretty spectacular. 

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  5. sounds fun. I have friends since pre-kindergarten. it's hard to keep in touch with people and i wish i'd been better at it. I feel god about the ones I have held onto but always wish there were more friendships saved throughout the years. 

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  6. Great post T, your photographs are lovely and your friendships wonderful too.

    My longest friendship spans 36 years.  Yep, friends from the age of 4, we went to school together and are still good friends now.  My other closest friends 29 years.  I think my living in the same area for all my life and indeed my friends too have a big part to play in why we are still all together, it's far easier to pop in to see each other, it requires little effort on all of our parts.  Plus we have ALOT of history, happy memories, if we've had a few drinks together, it always gets a bit emotional.  Have a great weekend x

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  7. ...ahh...sounds like bliss to me. You would have read my post on visiting friends were I can just 'be'. Aren't those the best?? No forced conversations or iteniaries to impress. Just simply 'being'. Great stuff and the kids look happy and relaxed.

    Wow, you went on the slide? Brilliant!

    Now, i love the pics but i want to see more. Call me greedy, that's ok:))

    Friendships. I have friends still from kindergarden. (that makes it over 43 years) They all called me on my Birthday a few weeks ago and we get together from time to time. I also went to Boarding school at 15 so there's a whole lot from there....My best friends, though, are far more recent as i feel i changed and moved on a lot so have found more like-minded people. I get criticised a lot for this...but finally people are starting to accept that my needs are different and I cannot stay in friendships or relationships just for history's sake.

    Look forward to the next installment. Have a good one!!

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  8. My oldest friendship is 28 years old. We're still really good friends. Scary isn't it? I find friendships come and go, sometimes you don't see each other for ages and then hook up again and it's like you were never apart. xx

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  9. I definitely spent the weekend with good friends :) Can't wait to share all the details. My oldest friendship spans back 20 years, but we are more distant than I would like these days (need to work on that, thanks for the reminder!). My oldest current friendship is from 6th grade, so 15 years? Wow. I love her like a sister and don't know what I would do without her. We have all the best things in common: Spice Girls, Harry Potter, vodka. What a sweet post, T! Those slides look incredible, I kind of want to go on one. And I love the "liberal smell" reference, haha, I got it instantly! So funny. 

    Hope your weekend was amazing, girl! See you tomorrow on the blog. xo

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  10. hello t,  i like early morning starts - especially with young children.  glad it worked for you!  that slide looks like something.  good for you for trying it out.  i look forward to seeing the rest of your trip.

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  11. They really are the best kinds of friendships. Ha, so true - my best girlfriends remember things about me that even I don't remember about myself. I always attributed it to my horrible memory; So glad I'm not alone. ;)

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  12. Wow, Rooth! Come to think of it, my longest friendship started before my sister was born, so same boat. We're not as close anymore, but we do still try to get together every now and again. 

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  13. Those are some good times to sit with old friends and talk about past hijinks. When you young, didn't everything seem SO important and dire. Now, it's all laughable. 

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  14. That slide was all that and a bag of chips. I highly recommend it, if you're ever in the area, that is. :)

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  15. So true, Teri. I just recently reconnected with an old high school friend. We did a pretty good job of staying connected over the many years until we started having kids. So, we haven't spoken for about five years. We recently exchanged emails and I'm looking forward to getting together again. Sometimes friendships take a bit of effort, but I have to remind myself it's really worth it to make the time.

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  16. Gosh, what a special friendship, Sam! It's great that you two are still close. I suppose it doesn't help that I've moved around so much in my life. I'm like a moving target. Cocktails with old friends almost always guarantees a great time. ;)

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  17. The trip was really great. I already miss them.
    It's sounds reasonable to me to have different friendships throughout life as we change and grow. The ones that called on your birthday sound pretty special. 

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  18. I know what you mean, scary that we're old enough to have a friendship for that long. ;) It's a gift, for certain.

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  19. Oh, thank you for confirming that a post about meeting L+C is in the works.
    Well, who could ever let a friendship with so many amazing commonalities wane? ;)
    There is one great friendship of mine that is in dire need of a marathon jab session via phone, so thank YOU for the reminder. 
    Happy you had such a great, fun weekend, Erin!

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  20. You know, it almost didn't occur to me to ride the slide myself. I was so busy taking photos of the kids and what not. So happy I did; No regrets. 

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  21. Sounds like you had an amazing weekend!

    Hmm, my oldest friends I know from kindergarden, that is more than 33 years ago. We were around 3-4 years when we met. God I feel old now ;) I am still friends with two girls from that time but unfortunately they live thousands of miles away and we rarely get to see each other but when we do we start where we left off the last time and it feels like we've never been apart. With really good friends the distance doesn't matter...

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  22. Awww! What a special memory for your kids to treasure and to see friendship modelled so beautifully? Priceless.
    I LOVE the photos of the kids having fun - so very heart-warming!

    My oldest friendship is 26 years and still going strong despite now living oceans apart. We're so close, she's like the sister I never had and so desperately wanted.

    Best of all, I inherited her 5 sisters (and parents) who treated me like one of the family and still do to this day. :D

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  23. that comfort and familiarity with old friends is something i cherish too. my oldest friendships are 25 years old. and when we get together (even if we haven't seen one another for a few years) it feels like just yesterday. your trip sounds wonderful xx

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  24. I loved reading you describe your friendship - "...the remaining part of that day was spent relaxing, stretching our legs, and letting the kids play and get reacquainted with one another. later that evening, we ordered in, shared some wine, and caught up on life as old friends do." I can really feel that moment and it makes me happy. I have one friendship that is as old as me, 31 years old, and another that is 18 years old. These are special friendships and I consider them to be more like family than friends :)

    That concrete slide looks amazing!

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