First, I have to say that I am so thrilled and excited to have so many people who we love and care about want to come visit us this summer. I know, in part, alot of them are coming because they wanted to be here for my graduation, but the summer works better for them. I also know that many of them are making the time to visit because they know Craig is gone this summer, and are trying to help make this summer a good one for me and the kids. And guess what? It's working!
Yesterday, the kids and I went to pick up a good friend of mine from the Atlanta Airport -- Miss Kelly! We are all so excited she's here!! Kelly and I used to "work together" back when we both had our own home daycares when we were stationed at Fairchild. Kelly and I went through the same daycare training classes and became very good friends. We worked so well together that we decided to be "partners in crime"...I was always at her house or she was at mine with all of our daycare kids. And it was amazing, because you'd think with twelve little ones packed into a base house there would be chaos. Not with Kelly and I. We are two peas in a pod and we had those kids on a schedule, organized, and it was smooth sailing! Play, create, laugh, sing, make lunch...OR, we were off on some grand field trip together. We both always had a full load of kids (meaning, we were at max occupancy) and were always planning something wonderful and fun to do together. A backyard circus for the parents, a trip to the lake to swim and go on a nature walk, a trek downtown to the children's museum, or a day of carnival games and bike rides. One of my most favorite moments when Kelly and I did daycare together was, after September 11th, we got our kids to do a mini-concert for all of their parents. We did it after work on a Friday: we did patriotic songs, had them dress in red, white and blue, and even had a flag cake for dessert. It was so precious! Kelly and I loved to do the same things with the kids, we loved to keep them busy, and we loved to do it together.
So, even though Kelly and I didn't technically "work together", we did work together...we had this kind of synergy, we both loved what we did, and doing it together made it that much better.. Have you ever had the kind of relationship where things seemed seamless, like a well oiled machine? Well, that was me and Kelly, and we basically spent almost every working day together for...almost three years. Wow! Now that I think about it, that was alot of time together! And in that time, we did many circle times, family style lunches, craft times, and our favorite (of course) nap times...because then Kelly and I could sit and plan menus and talk and giggle. And working with Kelly while doing one of the hardest and most taxing of jobs (daycare is definitely that, especially doing it by the military standards...and I'll tell you stories of that another day), was such an amazing gift!
I am so thankful that Kelly and I have kept in touch! Our families now live miles apart, we are both very busy with kids and military spouses, but we still have made time to stay close. And even if we don't get to talk but a few times a year, we can pick up and keep going like it was just yesterday that we used to spend every day together. We've had two very fun and jammed packed days so far, with Miss Kelly here to visit, and are looking forward to what the rest of the week has in store! The kids and I are all so excited to be spending more fun-filled days with our dear friend! Thanks for coming to visit us, Miss Kelly!!!