Kacie & I have gone through everything together: Kindergarten, High School, summer vacations, family road trips, college, and after. We've been classmates, roommates, and co-workers.
Our childhoods were filled with sledding in the woods, catching craw-daddies, making homemade slip-n-slides, playing Ray-Man, and slumber parties. Our teen years were filled with 4-wheeling, painting our nails, baking, car-pooling, Moulin Rouge, reading Harry Potter to each other, taking trips "into town", and never-ending sleep-overs. Our adult lives have been filled with cooking, doing each other's hair, shopping, sending hilarious and inappropriate picture messages to each other whilst at work, wonderful disney movie sing-alongs & impersonations, wishing we were wizards, crafting, and as much time together as possible.
Kacie is a beautiful, smart, hilarious, happy, talented, caring, rational and organized woman. She has the biggest heart, but is still skilled at laying down the law! She literally knows at least a little bit of EVERYTHING, so I can always ask her anything and she'll have the answer!
Also, Kacie has the most amazing, shiny hair in the world.
Ailsa and I have a bond that no one else can appreciate. No, really, should you ever try to follow one of our rambling conversations from start to finish you'll think we are...special. My FAVORITE memory of Ailsa was on one rainy Saturday afternoon on the front porch of Mom's house. We were scarfing down an entire box of Cosmic Brownies (hence the nicknames CB Sr. & CB Jr.), quoting Nigel Thornberry ("ro-ro-ROLLING in the dough"), scoping out the "guy in the purple truck", and trying to decide what accent our future husband should have (Max I think "Southern" is just PERFECT!) We always decorated sugar cookies at Grama's together, and played with Little People.
I love her so, so much.
Emma, Ailsa, and I made up a cousin trio dubbed "The Gurls", and practically grew up together at Grama & Grampa's house in NC. As the middle of the bunch, Emma was, and still is, the calmer and more quiet of the 3 blondies, but she was also the most tricky, and the most danger-seeking of us too! My best memories of Emma include crab apple wars, building sheet forts, and playing dress-up at my grandparents' house. I look back onto the crazy dangerous things we used to do... like jumping off the playhouse onto the trampoline, or flying upside down on the zippy slide, or twirling on the parallel bars, riding toy cars down the sidewalk hill... and OH MY GOD, it's a wonder we're still alive! I'm (obviously) glad we are though, because I love this girl with all my heart!
One of the best things I'm getting from our marriage (other than Max of course) is Savannah! She is going to be my SISTER, and I LOVE her - YAY!
I remember the first time I was going to meet Max's sister, I was terrified. I was just sure that she wouldn't like me or would be dull or mean or crazy, and this was just going to suck! Oh contrare! Savannah turned out to be this brilliant, beautiful lady that was SO much fun! She is vibrant, like-able, and has such a ridiculous set of talents, hobbies, and friends that you just want to be around her and be happy.
Savannah (a.k.a. lil' sis) has benefited greatly in life from having 2 older brothers who were generally pains in the ass. I mean seriously, we taught her to be aware of life's dangers by explaining all the various monsters under the bed, in the closet, in the toilet bowl, etc. Then we taught her that physical attachment is unhealthy by claiming eminent domain on her toys (purely for professional purposes). Now she's really turned into a stand-up gal who at 21 years of age is worldly and wise far beyond her years. You might say, nearly to that of 27 years, even? You're welcome!
EVERY TIME I'm around Maggie, she turns it up about 1,000 notches and makes everything better, funnier, and more memorable. I think Maggie is like a top coat to wherever she is - she just envelopes her space and people with happiness. I love her.
Plus, shes a crazy talented jewelry designer & artist. Marianna also has this uncanny ability to make you want to smile. For instance, whenever you look at her, she's ALWAYS got some type of inside joke going on in her head and a smirk on her face. You just KNOW what shes thinking and you have to laugh too!
Taylor is ALWAYS ready and down for whatever! Drinks? Which type of wine do you want! Dinner? Of course! Pool party? Bring your suit! Nail Salon? Already made the appointment! Cabo? Flights are booked! Waffle House? Well, naturally! I really believe that I was just meant to meet this amazing woman and my life is so much richer and complete with her in it.
Andy Wilson (a.k.a. BoShanks Rappaport) deserves the most epic of introductions. A fast comrade since the grad school years, Andy's friendship is rivaled only by his fencing prowess and mastery of ancient Chinese fángzhōngshù. If you get the chance, ask him for his Texas megachurch pastor impression. You will not be disappointed.