You know that Rascal Flatts song? The one where he wants his lady to show him all the major places from her past? Well, I'm not a big fan of Rascal Flatts -- his overplayed voice just sort of bugs me sometimes -- but I couldn't help but play that song in my head as Matt, Jake and I drove up the 99 over Martin Luther King weekend. I was finally introducing him to all the major people and places from where I grew up in Northern California, and I was so excited.
Once we were there, I kept kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It was so great to see so many old friends and bring two of my worlds together in a sense. Matt clicked well with everyone, Jake was an angel, and the weekend was perfect -- albeit too short. As we were driving home, Matt told me what a wonderful time he had, how much he liked my friends, and how cool it was to have all my old stories come to life by being where it happened, with the great people he'd heard so much about. "I feel like I get you more now," he said. It was so sweet.
*Lunch at Pluto's with my old BFF Christina and cheer friend Kelley.
*Stopping by my dad's old work, where we once spent many happy days.
*Staying with my old babysitting family, the Eppersons. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love them.
*Giving Matt a grand driving tour that included my old schools, my first job, my favorite park, and our old home.
*Brunch at Crepeville with my cheer friend Tiffany and her awesome boyfriend Rich.
*A happy night with the Marbles and an afternoon chat with the Mathiesens.
*Starbucks hot chocolate runs with my PE buddy Christy and her husband Tyler, and with my cheer friend Sydnie and her sweet baby Marshall.
Hopefully we can make it back soon!