Monday, April 6, 2009

Girlfriend Reunion

This Week I got together with my three best girlfriends from High School. Teesha Burrow (now Wiggins) Deborah Gaisford (now Winward), Mandy Robinson (now Dettman) and me. The Four of us were so close back in the day and all of us have since married and had children and gone about our lives as wives and mothers. Mandy Is the only one who live outside of AZ and she was in town from Utah so we arranged a play date at the park with all of the kids. I had more fun than I have had in a long time.

There are a few things about these wonderful women that are striking. First of all, I find it miraculous to look back and realize how lucky I was to have this group of girls in my adolescent years. None of us ever rebelled or even wanted to rebel. When everyone at school was sleeping around and getting drunk at desert parties, we were planning big group dates and going to the church dances. It didn't seem so extraordinary at the time but now I look back and just pray that my kids will have such a good group of righteous friends. Girls can be so catty, and we had none of that. We all got along all the time and there was never any of the drama and meanness that accompanies most teenage female friendship groups.

The other three girls all got married pretty young and started families. It was weird to be all together because it feels like just yesterday that we were in high school and dreaming about the families we would one day have and then it feels like I just snapped my fingers and here they all are. All combined we have had 13 beautiful children.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our little reunion.Deb's two oldest were in school but she brought her youngest, who is so fun. She and Jack got along really wellThis is Mandy. She has FIVE kids. Yes, she is the champion childbearer among us. I marvel at anyone who has that many kids and is still sane but Mandy manages to be not only sane but funny and beautiful and strong as well.
Mandy was a gymnast in her youth and it is cool to see her muscular little gymnast daughters who seem so much like there mommy.

I couldn't help but sneak a picture of this little sand taste test that was going on. Childhood is awesome. Her boys were always ready for the flirts.

Teesha Has three kids but her oldest was in school. She brought her two little ones and they were so fun to see. They look just like her and have her calm sweet personality.

Of course all of the kids had to get back in the water after they were all dried off and redressed. I thought this was a great shot of Teesha's daughter.

This little boy of Teesha's was so cute I wanted to steal him. Check out those beautiful brown eyesJack and Abe had a ball. They had so much fun with the other kids and being allowed to run loose for hours while the moms talked.

I love being a mom so much and it was so great to see that these girls do too. It felt like no time had passed since we were giggling about boys and passing notes in high school, which makes me realize that it will be no time before all of our kids are grown up and having families of their own. No that we have all gotten together we vow to make it happen more often. I am truly blessed to have such amazing girlfriends in my life.


Brittney said...

you are blessed to have had them in life. its so hard to be a girl in highschool, and either take one direction or the other....i PRAY libby has girlfriends like you did that will keep her on the straight and narrow. what a fun day! is that power ranch park? the splash pad is on now eh? gonna have to take a visit!! its bloody hot today!

Scrap Happy said...

Great photos. Tempe splash park?

Alexandria said...

I remember all you cute girls!
I loved the sand tasting picture! Can't you just imagine what she was thinking before she did it! You gotta love that age where everything is new and exciting!

Tara said...

I Am So Jealous! I miss Teesha and Deborah SO much! It sounds like you guys had a great time. I love days like that. There's nothing better than a great long time friend! I would love to get ahold of Deborah, I also want to ask you some questions about the lasik surgery. Could you email me, when you have a minute, so I could ask you some questions. Thanks so much!

Stacia said...

We still need to talk on the phone! Did you get my message on your home line?

What a blessing it is to have friends for that long! Looks like a fun day!

Chelsey Howard said...

That is so fun!! I love getting together with girlfriends and just hanging out. That is so awesome that you have such wonderful friends. They sound like amazing women. And I love all the pictures. The kids are so cute.

Shelly Rowlan said...

Dang! I wish I were invited. I would just like to hear all your crazy stories, and I haven't seen Teesh in like 40 years. Remember when you were 15-ish and went to the Grand Canyon and you swore to me that Teesh was going to marry that guy she met in the Grand Canyon that she had 2 conversations and 3 letters from? Ah,The simple times. I don't know why I remember that, but its a vivid memory of you and Teesh that I have. Wait! Did she marry that guy?

Deb said...


I finally got my computer back and the first thing I did was check your blog. I feel the same way you do. I had such a great experience growing up with all of you and hope that my kids have at least one true friend they can always count on. It was so fun to reunite and see everyone's kids.

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