Sunday, April 3, 2011

Becks & Co.


So, I had some company last week. Becky, from Farmgirl Paints, drove FIVE hours out of her way (when she was already 10 hours from home!) to come and visit our farm-hood, with Little and Big Chicks in tow.

They stayed for two nights.

Before I knew it, they were gone. It went so quickly. It was a blur of cheese-crackers and salsa and Polly Pockets and sweatpants.

Our kiddos acted like they'd known each other forever. They played outside for hours on end. They pretty much ignored the mommies, which gave us plenty of time to gab. And eat.

Here's something I'm learning about myself: In times when I might be most inclined to try to impress someone, I default to my most mediocre self. No bells. Nary a whistle. I tidied up, but I didn't really clean. I cooked, but nothing pretty. I strolled around the house in the early morning hours with my hair still in my wonky top knot. I didn't blow-dry.

And you know what? I knew it didn't matter. I knew Becky wasn't here to be wowed by me. I knew she didn't expect to walk away thinking I was "fabulous", because I'm not. Her and her girls climbed right in to our boring routine and walked around in it like it was theirs. That's my kind of company.

I took her for boring drives around farm country. I bought her a Diet Coke in the McDonald's drive-through. All 7 of us packed into the van Friday morning for Calvin's blood-draw. And in the evenings, when the kids were all passed out from farmy air overload, she would squeeze onto the couch, single-file, with Cory and I and our salsa bowl.

Everything about her is genuine and endearing. She is the real deal. Her laugh is magnificent. She doesn't know how to put on airs.

Then, after 30 hours of non-stop nothing, I took that girl out on the town. (CMB babysat!) Brooke joined us. We did the whistle-stop Notre Dame mini van tour in the rain, then hit up my alma mater, Bethel College, for six seconds worth of kicks. She got to meet the Junk Evolution girls. And she saw, firsthand, the innumerable virtues of the Mazatlan Fajita Quesadilla. So much fun.

I am still amazed and honored that they made the trip.

I'm pretty sure they're gonna go ahead and come again next month. I mean, she didn't say that, but I'm sure they will. Ten hours shmen hours.

To read her take on the visit and see scads of photos, go here. And give her a big squeeze for me while you're there.

45 comments:

  1. "That's my kind of company."

    Amen and Amen.

    Pass the salsa, I feel left out again.

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  2. Looks like the perfect weekend....you never know how much you mean to someone until they go out of their way (in this case 5 hours) to eat salsa and lounge in jammies with ya. That is something pretty special.

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  3. I'm so jealous!! Wish I could have been a fly on the wall with the two of you. (I don't mean that to sound as creepy as I think it did!) You guys are two of my favorite bloggers to read.

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  4. What a special friendship. Love both of your blogs - thanks for sharing :)

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  5. girl time is sooo good for the soul. 5 hours to see you?? that is what i would call time well spent.:) i love that pic of pajama time on the couch. good stuff. :)

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  6. I love both of your posts (yours & beckys) and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to hang out with you two for an evening on the town. I totally forgot about our stop at ND, such a fun little part of our little trip. Glad you two had such an amazing time together :)

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  7. Oh my gosh girl I'm grinning from ear to ear. I think that's what I loved about you the most. You were just YOU...no airs, no trying to impress me...just hangin' with my friend Shan. Loved every second of nothin'. That pic of the kiddos is just the best. So glad Cory caught that moment in time!!!

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  8. how fun! i'm so glad you girlies had a good time. your farm looks so fun!

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  9. Whoa ~ Worlds Collide! Two of my favorite reads in one place!
    What fun!
    ~Andrea in NH

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  10. I read about your adventure and it sounded like so much fun!
    I bet you look like a supermodel with a knot on top of your head : )
    You are outstandingly beautiful! and the kids?
    SHUT UP they are so cute.
    Sorry to yell at you, but it had to be done : ) They are just so delectable!

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  11. You two are so darling! How wonderful that she and her girls could make this trip! Sounds like Heaven to me, especially since she got your salsa!

    Megan

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  12. these kind of friends are truly the best, the no frills friends:) i would be honored too if Ms.Becky made her way to me,i do love that lady:) you guys sure look and sound like you had a blast:))))

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  13. Sure wish I lived closer to you.
    :-)

    El

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  14. I am constantly amazed at how many 'real' relationships are made through the use of social media. I am so thankful for the friendships I've made across the nation and world wide. And it's always fantastic when you can make that 'in real life' connection with a blogging buddy:) So glad you guys met and enjoyed some girl time:)

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  15. how bucolic! Did I spell that right? Anyhoo, I think you should start shipping bottles of your salsa to your poor blog friends who live too far away for, um, visits.
    And while you're at it, throw in some guac.
    And please come over, I need decorating advice.
    that is all.

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  16. Sounds like a wonderful affair! I'm glad the kids got along so well and that both parties thoroughly enjoyed their company! :)

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  17. You are one lucky lady, I would love to have the two of you in one room! Oh the talking, laughing, and fun that would be had. Love you both so much, fun to see you together!
    Emily

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  18. Girlie, you and Becky are two of my faves. This might be the only time I've wished I still lived in Illinois. lol Soooo glad you had fun! :) Soooo wish I was there with you. :) And I think your take on company is just perfecto. I'd lap up some salsa with you and CMB any ol' day! :)

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  19. I love it! I love the fact that you did 'nothing' and did 'everything' you'd want to do. I have a smile on my face :)

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  20. Awwww...nothing like the company of an old friend! So fun! You girls are adorable!

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  21. Great picture of the three of you! Is it just me or does Brooke have movie star hair?

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  22. Wonderful time, love the picture too. My favorite company is also ones who make themselves at home, got serve themselves what they want in the fridge and dont care about the dishevelled toys throughout the house to trip over :)

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  23. sounds like a wonderful time!

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  24. Sounds like the perfect company! Glad you had a fun weekend.

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  25. how fun how fun! and you make me laugh that you don't think you're "fabulous". you're fabulous in a non-blow-dried, real-deal kinda way! glad you enjoyed your visit.

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  26. How fun! I'd love to meet you both some day! Jayme is 2 miles away as I type hanging with my Mama. She had a rough day! She got a flat tire and was saved by my man pretty & Maggie's European model pretty. I'm sure she was glad to see them on the side of the interstate!!

    PS - love your periodic table of elements behind the kids pictures! We have great minds my friend!

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  27. I love your home and your farm! Sigh.

    Glad you had fun and the kids on the couch? The best!

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  28. I just read her blog. How fun. The kids looked so cute all together on the couch. You are famous! :) Everyone would make a ten hour journey to see the Famous FPFG Family! :) Love it.

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  29. Friends like that are a true blessing!
    Sounds like it was a fun weekend for everyone:)
    I just found your blog and I am enjoying getting to know you and your adorable family.
    Have a great day!

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  30. Sounds like fun! I should have done a pop-in visit when I read your fb post! You like pop-ins, right?! Glad you had a good time!

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  31. how fun that you go to meet becky!!!!
    love that.
    :)

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  32. Oh my gosh!! How fun! Going to Becky's to check out her photos too.
    What a treat!

    Beth

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  33. I already got all gushy and fangirled out with double comment at FP, so I'll just say I love, love the kids zoned out on the couch pic. What movie were they watching?

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  34. OMG(oodness) why can I not be so lucky? You girls look like you had alot of good talks, and long country drives, that just sounds so wonderful right now. Actually you know what sounds even better is a Mc'D's diet coke through a drive thru with a girlfriend! Love this post , we got to feel like we were there!

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  35. Love this! What an awesome visit! And your house is so super cool, just like you amigo!

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  36. i love your house!!! it's so beautiful! so glad you had a good time with becky, i *almost* got to meet her when she was in seattle!

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  37. Farmgirl, you are the hostess with the mostest. I bet she and her girls had the time of their lives. All her pics made me miss your house. And miss you, too. Your hair is getting so long! I'm going to start calling you Rapunzel.

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  38. I can't believe that two of my favourite bloggers are in the same photos. Slept in the same house. Just got to hang together. That's just too cool for school!
    I'm wearing my Farmgirl Paints cuff right now too!

    Love ya work SM x

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  39. You defined her dead-on! She is so easy, isn't she? And the most fun hostess is the REAL hostess who does her thing, and lets you into it... I think I'm only about 30 hours away... If I start driving tonight, we could all meet somewhere in the middle and have a party! :)

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  40. Good ole Dayton. I've never actually been there! Well, if you ever find yourself in my parts of Ohio let me know!

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  41. hooray for friends and wonderful visits!

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  42. Alrighty, so I've been lurking about in your last few posts and noticed your little alma mater tidbit. Turns out I went to college not too far away from your place: Indiana Wesleyan University. I ran CC and Track and we ran against Bethel. I remember several meets there actually. IN will forever hold a special place in my heart...that must be one of the many reasons I think you're so swell. : )

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