Life at the beach (or the Inlet) is wonderful, but there are many things [mainly people] we miss from Columbia. Two of the couples we often enjoyed getting together with we the Bakers & the Hymie-Lynns (aka the McCallisters). The Bakers [Jen & Kiel] have been friends of Warren's since elementary school, and were all in homeroom together growing up. The Hymie-Lynn's we have only known since college. Jamie, or Hymie as we prefer to call him, was stuck with Warren as a roommate their freshman year at Carolina and none of our lives have ever been the same since. His awesome wife, Ginny Lynn (I don't know anyone named "Virginia"), is one of the most dye-hard Carolina fans to ever attend Clemson. They have a precious little boy that was born after our relocation, and I cannot believe that I still have not met him, but pray that will be remedied this summer.
As for the Bakers, their daughter, Baxley, is only a few months different in age from Eason. Then they had a little son, Kyler, a few months after we had Evie. Dinners with these two couples was never dull, and usually best done at one of our houses rather than taking our clan out to a restaurant. Although Mexican always did work well....
Anyway, we miss them all greatly. And really miss watching Baxley and Eason together.
Other than John-Michael, who is only about 3 weeks different in age from Eason, I think Baxley is his longest known friend. The Bakers were in town a few weeks ago and we planned a rendesvous for dinner at P.F. Changs. (ummmm, yummy) The wait on a weekend was over an hour, but even with 4 little ones, that did not seem long. Why? Because, P.F. Changs is at Market Common, and the beepers's range is incredible. We walked down to the playground, we went into Barnes & Noble and played, then the lovebirds enjoyed a moment by the lake as the sunset.
The wonderful evening came to an end and we said goodbye. as the Bakers headed totheir hotel, Baxley said, "I miss Eason."
The next morning, Baxley wore her medal that Eason had given her to breakfast. Jen (Baxley's momma) and I decided that the medal was a promise ring. And since Baxley is probably the girl/friend that Eason has played with the longest in his little life, we will have the greatest slideshow of pics at their rehearsal dinner.
As Jen has said, "imagine how much fun holidays will be!"