Thursday, August 20, 2009

You'd be wearing that smile, Haven't Seen For Awhile

When we were younger I remember the road trips to Minnesota in the height of summer to visit family. I remember the mosquito's, the heat, the fun. I remember my cousin Julie.

She is the oldest of my "Bates" cousins, and twenty years older than me and yet the one I have always felt closest to. Maybe it's because she lived with our family, in Seattle, on a couple of different occasions in my youth and I remember thinking she was so cool, so hip, so awesome. She was the one who started my pig collection. She held a permanent place in my heart.

and yet I haven't seen her since 1992.

My mom kept in contact with her, so through the years we would get updates on what "minnesota julie" was up to, but it just never worked out for any of us to travel and visit.

Then a couple years ago, we reconnected through my blog and emails, and it was great for her to be able to see what we were up to and for me to hear about her life.

When my mom died, Julie was one of the first people I talked to. She and my mom were close, and I knew how much my mom loved her.

Since my mom's passing Julie has kept in touch with us, making sure we were okay. Giving positive reinforcement, encouragement, and love...just like my mom would have.
I love my cousin Julie.

When I knew that all my siblings would be in one spot I knew it would be a perfect opportunity to get Julie out here for a long overdue visit and to see us in person,

as adults parents

We had such a glorious time! I have to admit, I was a little afraid that I had built her up in my head. After all, I hadn't really hung out with her since I was 16 years old and maybe she seemed so cool to me back then cause she was older.

but she was everything I remembered!

She was easy going, fun, funny, hip, and knowledgeable about pop culture.

We spent the few days together
hanging out

swimming, eating, laughing,

and even played an amazing round of "celebrity" (have Jared do his "bruce jenner" sometime for ya) and just reconnected.

It was such a fun visit, and I can't wait to see her again.


Kimmy said...

I loved every second of it! Julie is still one the coolest people I know. Nothing has changed.

auntiescary said...

tears - real ones. I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Larry and Janice said...

Hi Angie -
Finally checking blogs again - - SOOO cool you guys reconnected with Julie again. Don't know if she'll remember me but I sure remember her and how much your mom loves her!
You guys all look awesome! Love ya!

melanie said...

I love that you have someone to encourage, support and love you just like your mom. I had read tears too and I don't even know Cousin Julie!

Looking good and happy in blond and pink in that last photo!

lindsay>boo said...

It was really fun to finally meet Aunt Julie. She was so much fun and a great person!

Colleen said...

I am glad you had such a great time with your brother and your cuz! You guys sure have been blessed with an incredible fam!

dirty>south said...

Julie rules. Next year is Minnesota!

oh, and so does bruce jenner.

and michael buffer