This past Friday, I packed my bags and left work early all to head south for the weekend. I was going to Atlanta to meet, visit and assist my friend Katie. I’ve never been so excited to meet someone – we’ve been friends for years but never actually met in the flesh because of our distance. I had butterflies out the wazoo and couldn’t slap the smile off my face. I talked a million miles a minute and tried to cram three years of emailing and phone calls into three days of face time with Katie.
Hindsight: I should have visited her sooner.
Katie and her husband were kind enough to let me stay in their guest room and it was surreal being in her home. Seeing things I’ve seen before on her blog. Eating off her blue and white plates. Meeting her doggins Libby and RoRo. Hearing her voice as it came from her lips. Friday night felt like a dream. Then I woke up Saturday, exhausted from my excitement, and realization set in because I was playing with Camden. I was really there, visiting with my photog-friend, my bloggy buddy from afar… such a good feeling.
How sweet is he? Camden didn’t know what to think of me but I played telephone with him anyway, made animal sounds and we found our ears together. He’s the best.
Gah. Too much cuteness to just have lying around.
Libby. Such a sweet girl doggin, reminds me of Chase.
Found some things that reminded me of home. Like bourbon. (Honestly, who doesn’t love bourbon?)
And a familiar photo hanging in Katie’s guest bath.
The weekend flew by. I had such a great time with Katie, Ashley and Camden – I can’t believe how warm, inviting and caring they were while I was there either. I knew they were good people (because let’s face it, I don’t have friends that aren’t frickin awesome), but they still surprised me. Especially when Saturday night rolled around… more on that tomorrow.
But I love them – I love their family and their hospitality and everything about them. I hope to visit again… or maybe talk Katie into traveling north… but I know that I need more hugs with this gal. She makes me happy.
To read about the bad (because unfortunately, there was some bad), click here.