As I alluded to in a recent post, taking 3 kids 5 and under to Friends For Life was not easy. Especially when one of the three is a breast-fed 7 month old, who is partial to his naps and wants at least three of them a day.
And let's not forget Mattias (or Senor Crankypants as he was dubbed on this trip); our whirling dervish of crazy who is rocking the terrible twos.
Anyway, if you saw me at the conference and I looked like I was on the verge of "loosing my shit", it's because I probably was. So let me apologize.
It probably could have been a lot worse if not for Shannon. Have you ever met someone and in that instant you knew you were supposed to be friends? That's Shannon. At least for me. Hopefully she got the same vibe or else this post is turning into something creepy and stalker-like.
The first morning of the conference, I was running behind. I had just finished nursing Lucas and was rushing to get him into childcare so I could get to the opening on time. I had also missed breakfast, was starving, and couldn't find Fred with the other two kids. I was working myself up into a tizzy.
I saw Shannon and she asked what she could do to help. I don't remember my response, but she put together a plate of food and accompanied me to childcare... holding the plate as I stood in line and ate.
And she was there the rest of the conference. Helping with the kids. Getting food. Saving tables. Helping me with my sanity.
Her husband and daughter are just as cool as she is. Fred and John (who is so, so funny) hit it off and Elise became L's little shadow. Something that shows me that Shannon and her family are good peeps is how L would make sure to spend time with Elise, even when she could have been hanging out with her same-age friends. Did I mention that she's a teenager? She was so great and Elise still talks about her.
Shannon and I have been friends in the computer for awhile now... we have a lot in common. Meeting her in person was just like seeing an old friend. I'm thankful that FFL gave me the opportunity to meet one more sister from another mister.
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