I saw Katy (and her husband Adam) and their three kids at her mom's house in Lake Oswego. It was a short visit, but fun nonetheless, as they have added a baby boy to the two girls in their family since we moved away from Bend. Her girls are close in age to my boys, and she is one of the few full-time stay-at-home moms I know, so we have common challenges and concerns in our lives right now. For example, our deteriorating ability to have a conversation with an adult. I was also somewhat relieved to see their almost three year-old daughter revel in her crabbiness and create a lot of drama. I am not alone.
When we got back to Camas, we had a visit from our friend Kylee from Boise. She was an art student of our friend Amanda's and a babysitter extraordinaire. The only non-family babysitter our boys had ever had. Kylee is at a very different place in the life experience spectrum--she finished her undergrad last year and is in that interesting and sometimes frustrating (well, for me it was) season when one tries to gracefully navigate the big unknown of what comes next.
It was truly a pleasure to spend time with these two women today (or yesterday now, I guess) and to be let into their lives a little bit, even though we don't see one another very often. I hope it's helped motivate me to be more proactive in making friends here, and to take advantage of the connections we already have in the area. Blogs are nice for keeping in touch and all, but they're a poor substitute for conversation over tea, or watching Nels and my friend's daughter stretched out on the floor reading a Disney book together.