My weekend starts this afternoon, when two very special gals arrive at my doorstep.
Gal #1 is Mikaela, my graduate school partner in crime and one of the Ms. My first Mikaela experience was hiking with her in the Sandias for a planning project and stumbling upon a bear cub, high up in a tree. We cooed, then promptly froze on the trail as we heard Mama Bear munching on apples just below us. Eeeeek! We're too smart to get between Mama and her cub. We high-tailed it out of there and spent the next five years inseparable, with room for no one but our missing link Marjorie. So many laughs, so much goodness, so much toughness, so much growth. She's one of my favorite people on the planet, and she's coming to see me!
And who is Gal #2, you ask? It's Mikaela's daughter Umea!
Umea had the honor of being the youngest guest at our wedding, but is now a crazy-cute, walking and talking machine. By night's end I won't even believe she was this tiny at our wedding - just six weeks old!
How lucky am I to drag these ladies across the country two times in two years? I'm feeling pretty darn blessed, that's for sure, and so excited to meander around this city for a few days and see it with Mikaela's eyes. Future President Umea might have an observation or two as well.
Happy early weekend, folks!