Finally, proof that there are real (and really cool) people on the other side of the keyboard! We met up with Stacy and Andrea (pronounced -- now get it right people -- ahn-drea) who were in town from Mississippi to see a concert. A quick brunch turned into 3 1/2 hours of alternatively laughing at Andrea's stories about raising a brood of 5 and us saying things like, "no really, how do you get kids to stay in their own beds?"
Somehow during the conversation I heard (I swear) them say something about Tennessee and the ensuing convo went something like this:
Me: Oh, so where in TN do you guys live?
Ahn-Drea: Mississippi, actually.
Me: Oh, cool.
Inject one funny story about kids then back to me.
Me: So how do you like living in Alabama?
Rachel: M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i, honey.
It was really just a test to see if they'd slip and say, "We're from Nigeria and we head up an international cyber-crime ring." Turns out they aren't... either that or they are really good at sticking to their cover story.
At any rate, we had a blast with them. Stacy is just about the most chill human being I've ever met, has a great sense of humor and quick smile. Now if I could just talk him into getting a tattoo, maybe something to match his profession as a radiologist...I'm working on something Stacy, so keep an open mind!
Andrea made parenting look fun and easy. The fun part I get, but easy part, not so much. On the way back home Rach said, "I'd just like to be a fly on the wall at their house so we can see how she does it with 5." Count 'em people, 1-2-3-4-FIVE kids. Oh, did I mention they are planning to adopt again and they home school? Rachel and I are waiting for their parenting book to come out. The sleep deprivation part of parenting has aged me 10 years. Andrea looks 27. Hey.... maybe they are Nigerian cyber-crimials after all... I think their story is beginning to fall apart!
If you're ever in Tennessee...errr...Mississippi, stop by and see them! Or come to New Orleans where we hope to meet up with them. You can get a tattoo with Stacy and I while you're there!