Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's the Little Things: Best Friends

Today, am I linking-up with the beautiful Ashley over at Words About Waverly for It's the Little Things again. Two weeks in a row; GO ME! This is quickly becoming my most favorite link-up in the history of link-ups! It's so nice to put together a post about something so little, yet so powerful. I honestly can't thank Ashley enough for putting this together: it has really made blogging enjoyable again. Whenever I go to write up this link-up post, I am just reminded of how incredibly blessed I am as a new mother embarking on this beautiful journey. Of course it has its lows, but the highs are... well no words can describe the highs.. only other mommies know that feeling!

Last week, I touched on how hard it was to make the decision to move 2,000 miles away from our families. I did not know one single person living in the city we moved to. (Mark has a couple friends and family in neighboring cities, but none in our city). It was scary, especially having a one-year old and no real support. I decided to start taking Myles to a place called The Little Gym. For the younger ones, it's a parent-child class where they work on gymnastic skills, exploring, group activities, and more. I love the place and have been going for 7 months now. It took a couple of months of going, but I finally made a friend. 

Right away, I could tell she was my kind of person. I don't find many 'my kinds of people' because I am very introverted, a semi-loner, and have a very low tolerance for BS. One day, I decided it was time, and I nervously asked for her number ;) I mean, how hard is it to make friends once you're older?!?! I dealt with enough rejection as a child/teenager! 

We texted, started having play dates with our two boys, and the rest is history! Her little boy Cameron is 3 months older than Myles, but they are seriously like two peas in a pod! More and more now they are learning to play together and it's the best thing in the world to watch! My heart melts into a puddle every time I see them interacting! I hope they stay friends forever! I am so thankful to have found Leesa and Cameron; Myles loves playing with him and I love some adult interaction! Amen!
Here are some of my favorite shots of them together:

Playing at the park:
Cameron giving his buddy a lift :)

Working on Cameron's jeep:

Superhero besties:

These next pictures are from Valentine's Day this year. Leesa's husband was working late, so she offered to watch Myles while Mark and I went to have dinner. This was the first time Myles stayed with anyone other than my parents or Mark's sister. I wasn't sure if he was going to be upset that both Mark and I were leaving, but he did not care AT ALL! It was crazy to go out and not be worried about him. I knew he would have a good time, but he took it to a whole other level! He didn't even bat an eye when we came back. No 'mommy' 'daddy'.. no hugs.. nothing. But I was just so happy to see him having fun and not worried about us.

This is a video of Myles trying to get Cameron to go play where he wanted! He kept bringing Cameron places, Cameron would leave, then Myles would have to go back and get him :) 
I die...

And lastly, my most favorite picture of all time. We had been waiting to capture this for a long time and it was better than I could have imagined!

 It really is just all about the little things...


Do your little ones have a best friend?

20 comments :

  1. Aww I'm so glad you've found a friend in your new place Julia! It's nice to know that your son now has a playmate too. My son does not have a kid playmate because there are no kids in our home. There are kids in our neighborhood but I get paranoid when my son's out without a permanent babysitter. The little things can indeed make your day! :)

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  2. Visiting from the link up. Adorable photos! How nice to meet a new friend with a son close in age to yours! It must be hard living away from family and friends.

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  3. This is so precious! Little friends are priceless!!

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  4. Oh my gosh! Seriously this is the CUTEST! Especially them hugging at the end!

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  5. Right?!? I hope they stay friends forever. It will be so fun for them to look back at these pictures when they are older!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by! It really has been a total blessing to have met them. I wasn't sure it was going to happen; for a long time everyone I met was very stand-offish and had no desire to become friends. Totally worth the wait though. One good friend that is a good mom with a good kid is perfect enough for me :)

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  7. I was really worried about being able to meet people here, but it has worked out pretty well! I totally understand the worrying thing. I don't know if I will ever be okay with him being out and about without a specific person watching him. I'm sure he will get mad at me, but it's scary out there!

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  8. Yea I couldn't believe he didn't even care! I was almost offended but then I realized that I have to be happy because not too long ago he wouldn't let me leave his sight for 2 seconds! I guess he was having that much fun. I think it also helped that he was at a place with all new toys so he wanted to check them all out. Wish we were closer so we could make a playdate, I bet the boys would have fun together :)

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  9. Right?!?! That is my favorite picture of all time. The innocence of children is just the greatest thing in the world. When they start to learn love and affection is the greatest! Now I just wait until he says "I love you!"

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  10. We moved halfway across the world and it IS hard to start over. Making friends and not feeling depressed is so important. We go to a playgroup twice a week and I've thankfully made a few friends there. Makes the whole moving process a lot easier.

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  11. I completely understand the offended thing. When Dylan went to daycare for the first time and had zero reaction to me picking him up other than "what are you doing here?" I was offended. LOL I would love to have a playdate! We would all have so much fun!

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  12. I can't imagine moving that far away to a place that is so different. I'm sure there are way more challenges because of that. But it will be so awesome for your family to have this memory together; not very many people can say they have lived abroad and got to experience another country/culture! Adult interaction definitely helps a ton to not be depressed. I know I probably need more of it. That's why I try to be active in the blogging community and share with other mommas like you :)

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  13. Brittnei WashingtonFebruary 24, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Oh my goodness! This might be one of the most adorable things I've seen so far this week! I love how close they are! My son is super picky about being friendly with other kids. He started to with one kid but then the boy was too overpowering from when he played rough with his dad so it turned my son off. I think with being around people, it will take time. It's another reason why I'm happy to be having another one that will only be 2 years younger so hopefully he will be close with his sibling too. Thanks for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! xo

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  14. I can completely relate to moving away from what you know. Just this past week my husband and I moved from Iowa to Tennessee, leaving behind everything we know. It was the hardest decision we have ever made but are sure of God's guidance and provision. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your story, letting me know it will get better and better. I have been blogging about our transition if you would like to take a peek.

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  15. April @ 100lbcountdownFebruary 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    We moved across country CA to FL, to be closer to his family. However, I don't know anyone here, and I'm the only one that has little children, so I know how lucky you are to find little Cameron. I'm sure they'll be great friends for many years to come. I would love to have playmates for both children. I'm still looking for that little one for my little ones. THanks for linking up to Countdown in Style.

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  16. He usually doesn't like playing with kids his age either. He likes to play with the bigger kids if they let him. This is Myles' first friend his age and although they don't play 'cooperatively' they are interacting more and more. It is so cute to see.

    That's cool they will be so close because then they will have a play buddy all the time for each other. Hopefully they will love playing together and then if will give you a break. If I could have another one I would want them to be close in age too.

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  17. I definitely know the feeling. Moving that far away is a huge change in very short amount of time. It really feels like starting life all over again. Some parts are a lot harder than I anticipated, but some have been easier. The good thing is that I stay busy and occupied with my toddler. He keeps my mind off missing people, but then again it's so sad how fast time goes by in that way. Hope you are doing well and the transition has been easy on you. Send me a link to your blog so I can check it out :)

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  18. It had been hard and has taken a lot of effort. Even getting involved with classes and such, it still hasn't been super easy to find friends like I thought. People are usually very comfortable where they are with their own friends. I have found the best luck with people who haven't recently moved to the area like me. That's how it was with Cameron and his mom. I hope you guys find some friends soon too!

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  19. Kids can be so cute and innocent. I live to see them play with their friends. I wish my godson had more kids to play with other than just at church and school. Nice to have you on Countdown In Style.

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  20. They are so innocent; it's so fun to watch them figure out how to play together, At first they just want the other one to do everything they want like how they are with their parents. Myles tried to drag Cameron around everywhere, it's so cute to watch. The ideas and games they come up with are so funny too. Thanks for stopping by!

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