My parents came, and we all talked with a coworker friend of mine Clayton and his girlfriend of four years Erinn, and a couple other people. My dad apparently enjoyed talking to Brian Unger, who is one of the ones who likes to make faces at my door. Actually, Clayton does too.
At the BBQ they had two big jumpy things for kids to play on... and for me to play on. I have pictures. Rather, my mother does, and she'll eventually send them to me. They also had food, sno-cones, and Talla-Tech cups for everyone. And dog tags and army bracelets, which I passed on. Plus free admission to the museum of course.
So after lunch and some socializing, my parents and I walked through the wildlife and farm animal areas. The Jr. Museum is zoo-like in one area, with birds of all sorts, panthers, bears, alligators, foxes, skunks, otters, deer, etc, and farm-like in the other area, set in the 1800s complete with cows, mules, pigs, goats, sheep, geese, turkeys, old houses and plantations, corn grinders and stuff. Both areas are really neat and I love looking at all the animals.
After my parents walked around with me, they left. I was planning on leaving soon too, but Katy (who is my coworker friend Jeremiah's wife) showed up, and she's really awesome, and then everyone (Katy, Clayton, Erinn, Dante, Will) was going to walk around together, so I went with them. Then Will (who isn't really part of their group, but a nice guy) left. Then Amber, Dante's wife who I worked at Camp Shalom with, showed up so we hung out with her for awhile, and talked for a bunch of time on the benches. Dante and Amber had to leave, and then the rest of us talked for awhile. And then when they closed, we left and then ended up talking in the parking lot for another hour.
Yeah. These people rock.
Then tonight they invited me to come to dinner with them (just the girls) so I just went to TGI Fridays with Katy, Amber, Erinn, and another girl named Brandy. Twas fabulous. We stretched dinner into almost three hours before Amber was passing out at the table, so we left. My lips are sealed about what was talked about at dinner, but let's just say I learned a bit too much about my coworkers (the girls' boyfriends/husbands). And by "a bit" I mean TONS.
Katy and Sabrina are going to start a playgroup for their sons (Katy and Jeremiah have a one-month old named Wesley). So that's cool. Groups intertwine. Plus all the boys in the group play D&D and Sab's husband Ken plays, so yay.
A bonus to making these friends is that they're older. Amber is 24, and the previous "baby" of the group.. Jeremiah is 27, Katy is 26. Clayton is 28, and I assume Erinn is around the same. Dante just turned 29. Therefore, Sean won't feel so weird around them like he does around my 21/22 year old friends. Plus, he used to be a D&D freak, so he'll fit right in.
Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold.
P.S. Is anyone else having trouble with LJ time/backdating?