Wednesday, August 27, 2008

widney wednesday - the canadian edition

It all started when I clicked on the link for Widney Woman (Simone) in The Mommy Project's (Normie) blogroll. I'm not sure why except that I had begun to notice her commenting on Normie's posts. As it turns out the Widney Woman and the Mommy Project are friends from way back. Me, I'm just a Mommy Project newbie friend, but that was enough of a connection for me to keep reading over at the Widney Woman regularly. Then she's commenting here and I'm commenting there and before you know it we're facebook friends too.

There was so much I enjoyed about her blog and the lady herself. I loved the fun things she had planned for her kids, things like Widney Wednesday. A day that looked like so much fun I wished I could go myself, but the commute to Chicago would be a killer. Then the Widney Woman came to Canada. Not only to Canada, but to my hometown. And extended to my family a Widney Wednesday invitation. I was thrilled. And flattered. And nervous. Remember I'm the shy and socially awkward one. The idea of actually attending Widney Wednesday was as terrifying as it was exciting. I waffled back and forth on whether or not I would actually be able to go. Talking myself into it, only to talk myself back out of it again.

In the end I went, after a pep talk from both Mike and Auntie Yoli (ack! what am I going to do without her?). Oh and the promise of Michael to come along and be my "wingman". And not just because Simone had promised me a surprise. Jiffy corn muffin mix y'all! She knows me so well! What can I tell you? I am so glad I went for my first official blogger meet up! The kids, (yep the girls went too, Widney Wednesday is a family affair) made construction paper popsicles before chasing each other around the house and then wrapped it up with a little make your own sundae bar. I did manage to snap a few pictures before the white screen of death showed up on my camera. It seems to be working "okay" now, but totally crapped out on me when I needed it. Here's is the one sort of okay picture I got that shows, Abby, Normie's girls and Jazz. Paris and Maya were busy still making their sundaes while the bigger kids were eating theirs. Hopefully the other ladies got better pictures that they will be posting soon.


And Simone? Well she was terrific. Exactly as I imagined she would be from reading her blog. Her kids are absolutely adorable. Abby was thrilled at the idea of meeting new friends and wasn't yet ready to leave when the time came. I'm sorry we didn't get more time to visit. So your next visit to Canada Simone, please know you have a standing invitation to the Ranch. Which really isn't a ranch, we just like to live with delusions of grandeur.


Julie said...

Don't you love the internet? Facebook brought me back together with so many friends frmo highschool, it was great. Of course there were a few that I didn't want to be back in touch with, but I guess there is always some bad with good. I'm glad you talked yourself into going. Sounds like it was a great time.

Norma-ann at The Mommy Project said...

I'm so glad you went. It was a fun time and the kids were all instant friends...which was cute to see. I wish we could have stayed longer, too. I'm working on my post now - I got a few more pics.

Thanks Widney Woman!
We had a great time!!!

Kaci said...

Awhh that's great!! XOXO

Leah said...

The day sounds fantastic!!

I'm glad it all went well and everyone had a great time.

Kristina said...

You're brave. And Mike is a great guy to offer to be your wingman! J is more of a homebody than me, and would never volunteer to go...but it looks like you had a great time!

Widney Woman said...

It was so much fun meeting you and your family. I knew you might be nervous so I figured the surprise corn bread mix would sweeten the pot! I'm a mother - therefore I am not above bribery.

The odd thing about the Internet is how much you can know about someone. Like Abby. I knew she does not do so well with people at first. So, when she was crying, I knew she was just getting comfortable. I think she warmed up by the end of the evening.

And we know so much about each other that we know the answers to our questions before we ask them! However, I was completely blown away when you said you work full-time. I am bowing down to you - once again - because of all you do with your family and STILL work!!

I'll be back! Feel free to remind me to bring more corn bread mix.

Shan said...

Julie - I love facebook for that too. It was a lovely time, glad I went.

Normie - Next we'll have to plan for a longer visit.

Kaci - it was, thanks.

Leah - we did, thanks.

Kristina - I know, Mike is awesome. Much better than I at these sorts of things.

Simone - the cornbread was a great treat! Oh and Maya had definitely warmed up buy the end. She did not want to go home. She wouldn't even let me put her shoes on.

Aww you're making me blush... no bowing necessary. Thanks though:)

Looking forward to the next time!