Tuesday, October 05, 2010

My 5 year blogiversary

Five years ago today, I peed on a stick (POAS) and found out I was pregnant. The very same day, I started this blog.

18 weeks, found out it was twins. 22ish weeks, got put on bed rest. I stayed on bed rest for 14 long weeks, nearly 100 days of laying on our couch trying to keep our babies in. It was incredibly difficult for both me and Jon. Three things kept me mentally going through that time:
  1. Jon
  2. Alex & Nate
  3. Babycenter & blogging
When I sat down in front of that computer that very first day to keep my family updated on my pregnancy, I never thought the journey would end up here five years later:

Bouchon brunch

I feel so privileged to have so many women in my life who help me be a better mother. Not just the women in this picture, but all the babycenter women who couldn't make it, all my friends in North Carolina, and my friends and family scattered across the country. LUCKY to have this tribe is what I am.

It seemed only right to celebrate five years and 1400 posts by eating, drinking, laughing, dancing, and chatting with these women.

Cabana day

I want to tell you all about the "new" people!

There was another BBC chick in town, Cathy, with her husband Cliff.

Cliff Cathy

Cathy and Cliff have six kids, and Cathy has a photography business... that she started with 6 kids. And she runs. And she blogs. And she is super happy and shiny and positive. I always wonder how she does it all. This was the first time I've met her in person and now I know her secret. She is the MOST ENERGETIC person I have ever ever ever ever met. FULL of energy and enthusiasm and excitement and wow.

Y'all know I don't usually wear make up like this. I got it professionally done because Cathy took pictures of me! Hello Mondo!

Laura & Cathy

You all know I have met Beth (on the left) many times. We will see her again this weekend during the Warrior Dash trip. This was my first time meeting Julie (on the right).

Beth Julie

Rita and Lindsay came away from the NY trip with girl crushes on each other. Julie would be my girl crush from this trip. Super smart, warm, friendly, funny and a science nerd. We even lived a few blocks away from each other in Chicago. I didn't get nearly enough time with her but I know this friendship will grow over the years.

And of course last year I gushed about Rita (left) and Bridget (right), two of the most photogenic people ever.

Rita Bridget

I wish I could rock necklaces and deep red hair like they can. Sigh.

Long time readers will also remember Jen (right) from our San Diego trip. Seriously, how many people have I met??

Heidi Jen

Heidi (left)... dang. She has a special place in my heart. Not only can she rock short hair, she also loves food like I do. How she can be so cute with 3 kids and getting her master's is beyond me. When they move to their farm in the bay area, I will definitely be visiting!

You all know I love Lindsay (middle) so meet Desi (far right)... seriously look at these photogenic people!

Julie Lindsay Desi

Desi is freaking awesome. Strong, intelligent, warm, fun. You just know her boys will turn out amazing because she has such confidence and strength.

And you've already heard about Beth and Joanna many times, so I'll just include a picture. Next week, me and Maria and Joanna and 5K of mud and craziness.

Beth & Joanna

There's really nothing that happened in Vegas that will stay in Vegas. It was just one big fun eating-talking-laughing trip. The last day we walked around shopping and I did see something I've never seen before (which says a lot, having lived in big cities) - a dude with a snake on the street:

Desi & Snake

This picture is for Beth's husband, who hates snakes.

Ed's favorite

And I might have been squealing a little bit when the snake started to go into Jenn's hair. Okay a lot!

Beth & Jenn& Snake

Thank you ladies for another amazing trip. In this crazy world, you give me faith there are good people everywhere. Thank you for being part of my tribe the last five years and making this tiny little blog space into something very special in my life.


Joanna said...


Megan said...

I don't know how you do it- tie it all up so well. Five year anniversary of getting pregnant and then meeting all of those amazing women in Vegas. Those of us here at 'home' have been waiting for the posts!! You all look so fabulous and beautiful! So glad you had so much fun!!

Lindsay said...

You rock! Love the pics! Busy busy this morning, but I'll try to get mine out later...

Happy Blogiversary!

Carrie77 said...

Its great to see that you all had a wonderful time!

Heidi O said...

Joanna took my word! Awesome! A nice start to the day.

London said...

So awesome! I'm glad y'all had such a wonderful time. Now I am super-depressed that I wasn' there. BUT I am glad you all got to do this. I'm anxious to hear how your "profesional pics" turned out though I doubt we'll get to see them ;)

Speaking of girl crushes...mine from last year was defintely Joanna. Hey, didn't anyone have a girl crush on me??

Beth said...

Happy blogiversary! Love the wrap-up. I'll reveal my girl-crush in my blog post (if I ever get to it). But suffice it to say that it was so awesome meeting everyone LIVE (other than Julie and you) and I'm so inspired by everyone. Can't wait to see you again soon! (I hope.)

cathy said...

The weekend was awesome! Meeting you Laura, and the rest of the gang was truly amazing! Happy 5 years blogiversary to you.

p.s. I LOVE all of the photos you posted! I hope to post mine soon.

Kara said...

Awesome!! Looks like you all had a great time!

Karen said...

Happy Blogiversary! Looks like it was a fun time. Love the pictures too!!

Sadia said...

How nice to put faces to names. :)

Also, happy blogoversary.

Angela said...

It looks like you guys had so much fun!!!!!!!!!!

Julie said...

Aww! You are too nice. I'm totally blushing :) I can't wait to post, but these kids of mine are hanging on to me like I might leave again.

DesiDVM said...

Love! All I can say is this - based on these photos from now on I'm wearing fake eyelashes in candid shots. Seriously your makeup looks good just hanging out by the pool LOL.

I had a great time with you guys. I crushed on everyone.

Claroux said...

This is awesome! I'm also so excited to read this because on November 6th I will be meeting all of my babycenter clan for the 1st time in NYC. Except we are being crazy (i.e. stupid) and including the kids. We all started out on gonal-F and going through painful infertility treatments. Now we're one of the most prolific bunch of chicks I know. I think between us we now have 15 kids. Three sets of twins and LOTS of singletons. Looks like you had an awesome time! Thanks for sharing!

Mel said...

Happy blogiversary and POASiversary! Enjoyed seeing the pics of all the Vegas ladies!

Lainey-Paney said...

...yes, that IS awesome.

beebee said...

So they were boudoir shots?? Oh you ARE going to post some of those aren't you?

Karla said...

SO nice to see you all had a great time in Vegas.

Happy Blogiverasary!

Natalie Mikolajczak said...

So. Jealous.

Looks like a hella awesome trip.

(and your eyes look FAB)