The most obvious 'same same' between Ellie and Bean.
I cannot believe that it's been two weeks since our wonderful meet up with Amy and the fam from Three Thirty Three!
It was totally surreal meeting them for the first time yet feeling like we had a life long connection already. There's something about D that builds an instant bond...not to mention reading each other's blogs for a few months!
After a four hour road trip up to the Grande Denali Lodge on an absolutely beautiful day, we got settled in our room and made contact via text with Amy and made plans to meet them for dinner.
It was a lovely dinner...full of BG checks, a pre-meal bolus for Bean and post meal for Elllie (same doesn't always mean same), Bug torturing Ben by hitting him in the head with the pen the older girls had to go to the front desk to ask for (who gives a children's menu with activities on it with no pen or crayons?!?), and snarky fun filled conversations!
It's awesome to immediately click with someone and to know within minutes that you are all on not only the same wave length because of D but because your personalities just click.....case in point when Amy thought Bug was choking and a quick look from me confirmed that it was just her 'filling her pants' and we all went right along with our dinner conversation like nothing was out of the ordinary!! Gotta love it!
After dinner we headed out to the balcony area to enjoy some of the wonderful Alaskan summer sunshine and amazing views.
Ellie, Bug, Ben, and Bean
love how Bean is on her tip toes and is still a smidge shorter than Ben!! :)
Bug had decided to scoot along the hearth of the fireplace
in the lobby before dinner and had a
lovely sooty booty...thanks, Amy, for the cover up!! ;)
The lovely D-moms and their amazing T1 Kiddos!
I soooo should have sat in a chair for this picture!! ;)
We headed back to our room and we all sat around and talked for what seemed like a few minutes but was closer to a couple of hours. We talked about D and how we 'do it' while the girls did crafts (thank God for the thought to bring along the craft packs that had been sitting around for months in the playroom waiting for just the right moment!) We talked about our lives and about Alaska and Iowa. We just talked, like old friends. It was awesome!
The girls hit it off, too. They chatted over dinner and doing crafts. Ellie helped Bean out with some of the trickier parts of the menu activities and crafts, being a couple of years more experienced! ;) Bean was so excited to meet her and hang out with her. It's not often she gets to be around other T1s, so this was an extra special treat...not just to meet a new friend, but another member of the club,' as she puts it. Bean was totally disappointed that Ellie was already gone by the time we got around to having breakfast the next morning...they had to be on the bus at 7:00!! In hindsight, I should have dragged our sleepy butts out of the bed for one last meet up over breakfast, but alas, it didn't happen.
It was a wonderful four or five hours that I so wish could have been four or five days. I so wanted to stow away on the cruise with them!! It was a connection that will surpass time and distance and I am so blessed to have been a part of their family's adventure in Alaska!
Here are a couple of other random shots from our trip
I love how sharps containers rank right up there with shower mats!
When did that happen?!?
This is what you get when your almost 3yr old dumps salt on her plate and then licks it!
Can you tell I was engrossed in conversation with Amy and Dave
and was paying absolutely NO attention to my children?!?!
Oh and it wouldn't be a trip with D if you didn't have a little blood spot on the pillow from a night check!
Ugh! Glad it's a white pillow case so they can use bleach!!