A few weeks ago, we met up with some old college pals back in northeast Georgia where we all went to school. It turned out to be quite the reunion weekend. We drove down on Friday and stayed with some friends in Winder. They have a precious little girl, Imogen, who’s just a few months younger than Cooper. Coops and Im got along famously, although they did tend to go back and forth between giving hugs and yelling “Mine!” 🙂
Saturday afternoon we met up with the Greys, who have two little boys, Chase (3) and Charlie (8 months). We ate at an old favorite, the Taco Stand, in downtown Athens. The food was delicious, the boys ran around like crazy (even working together to break into the men’s room when the parents weren’t looking!), and the company was so sweet. We knew Hannah and Seth when they were students at Emmanuel and Paul and I were on staff. They have grown into such amazing parents, and it was wonderful to spend some (all-too-brief) time with them.
Saturday evening, we headed into Franklin Springs proper (haha….can you call a town of less than a 1,000 residents “proper”?) for a cookout at Victoria Bryant State Park. There were about 20 adults and half as many small children running around. I’ve mentioned it before, but it is still such a strange phenomenon to be the grownups! I think the greatest thing about being with that group, though, was that very few of the kids knew each other, and yet, they became fast friends. Exploring the woods by our shelter, playing on the playground, sharing hot dogs, and smiling and giggling the whole time. It was almost, like, “hey, our parents are old friends….we should be new friends!” was an unspoken agreement.
This was our first out-of-town venture since Cooper’s diagnosis and it couldn’t have gone more smoothly. He had great numbers the whole weekend, ate well at meals and snacks, and was generally charming and well-behaved all weekend. It was awesome! We definitely kept things low key, and that made it easier on us and Cooper, but we were able to sort of prove to ourselves that our lives are not over. We traveled, we were crazy off-schedule and out of routine, and yet we had a great time and were really able to relax and have fun with friends we don’t get to see very often.
Here are a few pics of Cooper and Imogen running around. This went on for a while. 🙂