On May 5th I received a very pleasant surprise in my email in box. It seemed that my soul sista'/cyber BFF/ kindred spirit was about to have a surprise 30th birthday party given by her mom, and her mom- Julie- wanted me to be there to be the "icing on the cake".
Knowing that my hubby is normally shy (until you get to know him, then ya can't get to shut his pie hole ;) ), I broached the subject slowly, and softened the blow of what it would cost to get there by offering to have this little trip as my mother's day present. "Yeah, we can do that," he said.
Inside I let out a SQUEEEEEEE! Shortly there after, being the dork that I am I began to panic a bit. "Maybe we shouldn't go, maybe she wont like me in person because I'm such a dork... what if I do what I always do and say something stupid because I am really nervous? What if I start to actually like the taste of synthetic leather because my foot never leaves my mouth? Oh god, what did I get myself into...what if she doesn't like me?"
Then I realized that Michelle and I have been emailing each other almost daily for over a year. She knows everything about me... including all of the bad things that I keep hidden from most of the world, and despite all of that she actually gave me her address to send her daughter a purse for her birthday. I know where she lives. ;) Honestly though, she's not afraid to give it to me straight and I know that if she had any qualms about meeting me in person ( which we have talked about many times since she lives in Wisconsin, and I live in Iowa) she would have never given me her address. So I turned the hose on my neurosis and never looked back. I made hotel arrangements after getting time off from work, and started making lists of the things we needed to make the four hour drive.
Finally, after over a whole month and a few [hundred] emails passed between Julie and I, June 14th rolled around. Believe it or not, I wasn't nervous at all. Well, except for that first bit. We arrived at the hotel in time to grab a quick lunch and change clothes. Julie was so sweet, she left us a card and some cookies in our room to welcome us!
We got ready and drove over to Julie's (Michelle's mom) house and we were welcomed and received very warmly. All of Michelle's family and friends we so nice! Not to mention funny :) We waited. And waited. And waited what seemed like an eternity, but was actually only about 40 minutes... and finally they walked in through the back door...
Looked around the room ...
Saw me (with a strange look on her face, LOL), then John ( with slight recognition)...Then saw my girls, then looked back at me... :D
Julie and her family managed to pull off the surprise of the year, and I was so happy to be a part of it.
In true Krajnovich fashion, we really cut loose at the end of the party and let our hair down. Or in Emma's case... worse. She suddenly announced to the room that her butt hurt, and preceded to drop not only her shorts but her Disney princess panties too. Then she made her way to a nice, soft chair and planted her naked bum on it. While I laughed hysterically along with everyone else and turned shades of red that haven't yet been invented... Emma luxuriated in feeling the cool smooth material beneath her bum, by scooting her bum across the chair... giggling. I then got to wrestle my 3 year old back into her undergarments, which was no small feat, mostly because I wanted to crawl under that chair and die of embarrassment.
I joked that Emma needed to get her clothes back on or this would be the first and last time we would be invited up to Julie's house... and I joked that this wouldn't be the first time a Krajnovich was caught with their pants down. ;)
Again, we had such a great time, and the next day (Father's Day) we went over to Michelle's house for a couple of hours before driving to the Milwaukee Zoo. I was a little sad about leaving but I was so happy to have finally met Michelle in person, and the fact that the whole family had a smashing time, not just me... I was on cloud 9 driving to the zoo! Not to mention the fact that both Michelle and I managed to make the whole night without wearing our food! BRILLIANT!
I know Michelle and I will be getting together again. Four hours isn't nearly enough to keep us apart for very long. I'm already thinking we should get together every year for our birthdays.
Michelle, I'm so glad we got to meet and I am looking forward to being less nervous next time so that you get the full dorky affect.
There might even be drinking involved. ;)