A few of you know I was on a journey the week before Thanksgiving to meet one of my Dearest Sparkfriends (FLPALM) aka Fran.
We met on Sparkpeople about 3 yrs ago and she has been such an inspiration/motivation to follow & a great friend!
We live 3,000 miles apart her East Coast me on the West Coast.
Her & her DH made plans to visit Oregon as it was on their bucket list,they love to travel and have fun!
Fran had sent me an email last June with their traveling plans and I was so excited at the thought of meeting this wonderful Sparkfriend who had became Spark/family to me so I told them about the Oregon Coast that we were planning on going there and could make it on Nov 22nd when they would be there(its about 3 hours from us) and the same drive for them from PDX (Portland airport) as I am on the Oregon/Washington border.
DH & I first met them at Chinook winds casino resort Friday morning and that was where I got my first BIG hug from the Sweetest lady ever and met her DH Paul he is as wonderful as her!
Fran's DH (Paul) & my DH (Trace) hit it off well these men were 2 of a kind (well with the exception of Fran's DH Paul he has a tremendous sense of humor which just made everything flow so smoothly.... at first I was kind of worried because Trace is not an easy person to get to know but him & Paul started talking and Fran & I were talking eager to know about each other, and Trace turns and says I like this guy ALOT him & I are gonna be friends!
We then parted and agreed to meet an hour later at Mo's for lunch we had a great lunch (Long lunch was absolutely wonderful!) and Fran shared her ways to track her food while on the road & some pictures of her....you will see her secret blue notebook below (hehehe)but only the outside she really has her act together she is so true to her words "Making small changes that you can live with forever".
Fran & Paul are seriously wonderful friends I told her I really believe in that saying "A friend is a stranger that you just haven't met yet".
Now I don't go around friending every stranger I meet its like you just know when someone is special and there is something there & you trust your instincts to want to meet.
At some point in your life every friend you have is someone you never knew until you developed a bond and became friends.
When we were leaving Mo's for lunch outside her DH Paul told me to never give up that I looked fine and if I let stress and bad feelings about myself happen & if I don't believe in myself it will only hurt my progress and that I can Do it! Just to be patient and never give up!
He truly is Fran's number #1 fan he supports her 100% and these two have a love that shines like no other they are as down to earth and real as you could ever imagine!
We decided that we would meet the next morning at McDonald's for breakfast on there way back to driving to PDX so we met at 8:30 am and had breakfast and got a couple hour visit in before they hit the road.
I know its a repeat on words but Fran & Paul we want you to know Trace & I think the world of you two and we are going to take you up on your invite to stay with you in Vegas in your time share someday and as soon as Trace retires if not before we will visit Massachusetts and Thank you for welcoming us to your home to stay we feel honored that you two felt as comfortable as we did...Below are a few pictures I did leave out the one where Fran kissed me and her arm exercises at he casino...Lol.
Fran & I at Mo's for lunch
Fran & Paul (with Fran's lil blue book)
And this next picture Fran's DH Paul said this is "The spark Studs"...Lol...Paul on left & Trace on the right
Next morning pictures at McDonalds...Fran & I standing by our truck
Fran & Paul sporting the Daytona...Lol..and they look good!
You can just see what a fun loving couple they are and their zest for life...
And I enjoyed EVERYTHING they shared with us about them & how they met....So Cool!
This by far was my most memorable & happy time on the Oregon Coast.
Now on a side note heading home along the coast we decided to stop at my Dads house and stay a night as I hadn't seen him for over a year (I am Daddy's Baby) & he was soooo excited and happy to see me/us he didn't want to let us leave the next morning...it was hard to go I love him so much...we got home and the next week he sent me a flyer of a house for sale right next door to him he loves all 4 of his kids so much and is the BEST Dad Ever!
A picture of Dad & I below I love him so much
I just wanted to share some pictures of my family & I from "2012" I Love my family.. they are a wonderful family.
This is my daughter Janelle
This is Janelle's 2 daughters Pacita(the black/white one) & Lola(the tiger) they are 5 & 7 Janelle is 26 yrs old and going for a professional career & travels so no hubby or non fur kids in her life actually these 2 kitties are referred to as my granddaughters.
This is Janelle and her daddy(my ex husband)she loves him so much she is a daddies girl
And this is Janelle with my 2 brothers (they love her lots too)my brother on the left in the purple shirt he and his wife will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in June.
This is my Beautiful momma & step dad
This is my Dad & Beautiful step mom w/my niece & her baby
This is my Daughter Brandy age 31 on 12-12-12 getting married
And this is Brandy and her new hubby with all their kids(my grandkids) together(its a tribe..lol)
And this is my only Beautiful sister Bonnie (she is taking a picture of me taking a picture of her she is the BEST sister ever!
This is a picture of mom & I
Random pics in Oct on my 50th bday (These were taken on a trip to the beach in a hotel).I had dyed my hair brown for a change..(I like myself much better with my blonde color)but it was change lol..and as you can tell I am my husbands "Princess" On our second date back in (2008) he brought me a costume jewlery Princess Tiara and it has never stopped,the things he has bought in the last 5 years has made quite a Princess collection in our home..on the back of our sport truck there is a "Princess on board" sticker and another in the lower corner that says "I'm not spoiled I'm just well taken care of" both have the princess tiaras..Our bedroom door has a sign thar says "The Princess Sleeps Here"...etc...I have quite the collection I seriously have to stop him at times when he sees Princess items...And he wonders how he created a spoiled lil monster...hehehehe...He has & always opens the car door no matter where we go every single time we get in/out of the car,he told my mom one day that it gets him a free kiss everytime,my mom laughed and told him "nothing is free"..Lol
Me riding the carousal on my 50th Bday that was a first since I was a little kid.
And me swinging and playing on the beach at night w/hubby on my bday
And last is DH with our youngest grandson "Teegan" aka "Mr "T"