Last Friday, I did something I never thought I'd ever do. I left my family and boarded a plane, bound for the east coast to meet people I had never met before.  They weren't strangers, but before this, we had never spoken in person.  7-ish years ago, we met through Babycenter's birth boards when we were pregnant/caring for infants.  We moved eventually from BBC over to Facebook, where we continued to share our lives with each other.  Now our '06 babies are no longer babies, but kindergarteners and 1st graders.  

Yes, traveling halfway across the U.S. was a little scary to not know what they would think of me when they 'met' me or wondering just how comfortable it might be when you have 6 women in one hotel room (we had two rooms, but we spent most of the time chit-chatting in one).  But once I met them, it wasn't weird at all.  

But here is the thing. Our entire weekend revolved around walking, eating, laughing, and talking. It was wonderful! It was just what this tired momma needed. I came back feeling refreshed and so blessed that I was able to meet (some) of the most important people in my life.  

Outside our hotel
Awesome giftbags, as well as watermelon cupcakes and cookies
(Thanks Stacey and Amanda!)

Quincy Market
True New England Clam Chowda(h)!
Samuel Adams

Seriously I can't go anywhere without stopping by an old cemetery


Lobster Ravioli from Lucca

Six of us spent the weekend together, 
but we were lucky enough to have 
three more July moms join us for brunch on Sunday:

Yummy french toast!

This next part is not just about the girls I met in Boston, but all the July '06 mommas. We have shared so much of our lives with each other over these past 7 years.  Whether we have a lot of things in common (3 of them have twins just like me!) or not, none of that matters.  We have shared our joys and our sadnesses.  They are there for support, advice, and virtual hugs (although it was nice to finally get some real ones).  We don't judge if you have one child or six. There are moms from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Africa. I consider myself so lucky to be a part of this amazing group of women. I ♥ you all.

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