Monday, July 8, 2013

Friendships & Surprises

Friendships & Surprises ... just two of my favorite things ...

Friendships in baseball can be something truly special.  You're lucky when you are surrounded by ladies who "get" what you're going through, understand why you may mope or complain during a long baseball season, and are there for you every step of the way.  I'm blessed with the baseball friendships I've made and held on to ... despite retirements, moves, and trades.

A couple of weeks ago, Jim and I were able to catch up with some good friends that we hadn't seen in a while.  It's hard to see guys get traded and I think even harder for us wives to see our "partners in crime" head to a new city.

Now that Abby is getting older, it's going to be hard on her too when friends come and go. She has been obsessed with Jacob for the past two seasons and has been asking where he is ... all. season. long.  Abby was on cloud nine to see him again.  True love ;)  It was great to catch up - but now I miss everyone even more.  Who knows, Cleveland trip soon?

Now for the surprise.  Jim's birthday was right in the middle of a long homestand, with NO off days and NO day games.  Seriously? How was I to plan anything special, especially for the big 3-0!  The kids and I got him the watch he had his eye on, but I just felt like something more was in order.  So I decided to plan a short, overnight getaway.  With the help of my family, I was able to pull off a surprise for the hubs, which usually doesn't happen.  :)  

After the game on his birthday (even though it was super late because of a rain delay - always our luck), we headed to Havre de Grace.  A small, historical town with honestly not a whole lot.  But that was kind of the point.  Getting out of the big city, away from the hustle and bustle ... a night and morning to ourselves without two littles needing our attention.  

We stayed at a little vintage bed and breakfast, decorated with antiques throughout the house.  Nothing fancy, but just perfect.  The owners were super nice and were honored to have a local "hero" stay at their place.

After checking out some shops, we had lunch, and then stopped into a local decoy carvers workshop.  It was neat to see how the decoy carving process works.  Being in the workshop brought back so many memories of me and my Dad visiting workshops when I was a little girl.  In fact, I had met this man's father when I was younger.  It's interesting to me that so much of my childhood is now coming back into my life, through my husband.  

Even though the trip was quick, it was worth it to have a little time away.  After all, surprises keep life fun and exciting, right?! 

I'd say it was a happy birthday for the hubs ... and even happier day for me.  I'm not the only one in the 30 club anymore - welcome, babe!


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