I have a group of friends I grew up with. Some of my first memories are with these girls, playing with them, walking to our first day of school together. I know that I am where I am today because of these girls and I like to think I was an example to some of them as well. I am having them over tonight for a "girls night in" so I wanted to write down some of the memories I have of them:
Mrs. Mitchell's kindergarten class * birthday parties * playing between my house and Stephanie's house all of the time when we were kids (and telling our moms we did not have lunch yet so we'd get 2 lunches in one day) * slumber parties (remember watching Watcher in the Woods at Candi's house? That movie freaked me out!) * wishing I had red hair like Heidi because she looked like Strawberry Shortcake * going to the bathroom after lunch in 3rd grade while Charlene brushed her teeth because she had braces * Jackie's Ugly Shop in Mr. Graff's class * all of those Primary activities * Young Women activities * our HUGE Beehive class * all those years of girls camp (Erin and Candi were with me when they made the 1st years go to to different wards...remember all the rain and hail that year? And then the drama in our tent our 2nd year...the best had to be when we were Jr. Staff together!) * going toilet papering * our first day at middle school (Stephanie, Charlene and I went to a different school...and then when Michelle moved into the neighborhood) * the drama at sleepovers (I think Steph Webb always fell asleep first) * all of the fights we'd get into and then the rest of the girls trying to get the ones fighting to make up * Spring Mountain Ranch and watching the musicals at Erin's house before we went to the play * cheerleading with Jackie and Stephanie *going to the mall with Jackie and her trying to teach me how to flirt....I don't know if I ever got the hang of it * Erin's yellow Submarine and ditching at LVA with her and Heidi * driving Heidi to school once I got my licence (sorry Erin but you were always late!) * going to the movies with Erin at the last minute and missing the first part of most of the movies * swimming at Stephanie's and Charlene's houses * sitting in my room with Charlene and Michelle and doing our personal progress books (remember the story we wrote that Sis. Robb made us read at Mutual?) * singing, always singing (children's choir, Melody Movers, the Christmas concert and a million other time we sang together.....I won't bring up seminary graduation!) * the bike ride up to the temple * reading The Babysitter's Club with Stephanie * all of us graduating and going off to college (or staying home and being alone that first year - that was me!) * being roommates with Stephanie (it's true what they say about being roommates with your best friend - be we got over it and it's all good now) * and a million other little things.
Thanks for all of the good times girls!