We call ourselves the ToeTat5.
We all have the same toe tattoo...and well, there are 5 of us.
Pretty snazzy name right?!
We think so.
There's Ranch Girl on the far left, then Miss Bloom, Miss Nash-center, Moi, and Mom3CrazyGirls.
And, YES, I was sporting my post-baby-don't-ever-let-me-do-that-again spiral perm. This pic must have been 2006. Shut up.
So it's closing in on that time of year again. Our annual
Once upon a time these ladies lived in my town. But for reasons
Ranch Girl I've known the longest. Her hubby was my boss/principal when I got my first teaching job back in 1996. 3 years later, when DQ was one, I met her through her husband, she had little M. Getting together with her and our local mom's group was a Godsend and it's also led me to the other ladies. She in soCal at least, but still a long drive.
Through Ranch Girl, Creative Memories, our mom's group, and scrapbooking, I met Miss Nash. Mom to 2 beautiful girls, we soon found out that we were pregnant and due about the same. If I remember right, I knew that Miss Nash's stay in my little town was temporary, this saddened me immensely, but the bond was too hard to avoid. March 12, 2001 I gave birth to My Boy and on March 15, 2001 her youngest and 3rd girl entered the world. Just a month later she moved back to Idaho.
Mom3CrazyGirls came to town knowing few people with children and again, through the great mom's group, we met. We were also neighbors which was nice and in August of 2001, her 3rd daughter was born. G moved to Indiana a short time later.
Miss Bloom and I also had a 2001 baby in common and as with the other girls, we were all avid scrapbookers. She's in Nevada now, we're so lucky to see her in Tahoe when we vacation as well.
In 2004, all of us with a handfull of our other friends headed to Santa Barbara and spent a long weekend to celebrate Ranch Girl's 40th birthday. After an amazing time, the five of us bonded in a way that we didn't want to lose the connection we'd sealed that weekend. We vowed to meet each year from then on and share fun, special memories.
This year is our 5th trip together. We've been to SB, Couer d'Alene, Idaho, South Lake Tahoe, back to Santa Barbara, and this year we're headed to Reno, near Miss Bloom's home. As all our kids get older we'll venture off the Pacific Northwest, but as we always say, we could stay anywhere as long as we're together!!
Our first trip we decided to get tattoos. For 4 of us, our first ever! We took the design from Miss Bloom's ring. Since then I've gotten a second, G has gotten her 5th or 7th...something!! Ranch Girl got a second and Miss Bloom got her second. I think all our husbands are leary after each trip wondering if they'll find ink in a new spot. We always like to keep them guessing.
Anyway, since the departure of these friends, I now have a contract signed by any potential new friends. They may NOT move out of town before I do or else the friendship is OVAH! Even Deb, who
Friendships like these are tough to come by.
Once in a lifetime.