Friday, June 3, 2011

How We Kept Austin Weird



A few weeks ago (2 to be exact) a few little bloggy friends got together and did everything in their power to Keep Austin Weird.  We never expected that we'd click so easily.  We never thought it'd feel so comfortable.  We never thought we'd walk away even closer, wanting to spend even more time together.  After all, none of us had ever met.....


 I have been blogging with Jen for almost 2 years now.  This "Harried Woman of Four" (not harry....) is so completely real and we connected right away.  She is a momma of 4 gorgeous children and makes no pretenses about how hard it is to raise all four.  She blogs about her adorable kids and the messes they create, her need for wine every night (hee hee), her fear of motorcycles, and her amazing home improvement projects (her hubby is very handy).  We connected as if we'd been close friends for years.  She is funny and easy going and like the sister I never had.
 Shawn from Seriously Shawn and I have actually met before.  When we took a trip to Disney we spent a few hours over a margarita (or 2), connected immediately, and definitely knew we must meet again.  Shawn is so much fun!!  She is sarcastic, and witty, and optimistic, and you will all want to be her best friend the minute you meet her.  Shawn had a knack for seeing the quirky things Austin had to offer (like the gentleman in green) and could talk to anyone, getting us a free drink or 2.  She is a momma of 2 gorgeous girls that are amazing - I admire how well-rounded she has raised them - and has 4 German Shepard "babies" that tend to give her lots of blogging material.  Shawn is the best friend you always wanted - she is loyal and funny and tells you the truth at all times.  I adore her and can't wait to see her again!  Next week, your house?
I have admired Viv from the V-Spot for 3 years now.  Admittedly, I was the most nervous about meeting her.  She is SO put together - with her amazing crafting skills, organizational Goddess-like talents, and an amazing mom of 4 boys!   She has the sweetest little habit of slipping a little gift or note in the mail to brighten your day.  She is so California cool - look at her rockin' the adorable hat??  She exudes confidence in every situation - the kind that immediately attracts a crowd.  She is sincere, loyal, and so very kind-hearted.  I have been blessed to have Viv in my life as she provides guidance, encouragement and real-worldness to me.....even though she may not be trying.  I don't know why I was nervous to meet her - Viv is so real - and I adore her.
 Ah, my Jenny-Kate - one of the funniest people I ever met. Seriously - this girl kept me in stitches all weekend.  I knew she was funny based on her blogging, texting, & twittering material in the weeks leading up to the weekend.  Her amazing personality just makes you want to smile.  The coolest thing?  Getting to spend one-on-one time with her in conversations where I saw her heart.  She is one of the most generous ladies I have ever met - I loved that I had time to really get to see her heart this weekend.  She is an incredible momma and wife with a wacky addiction to all things Rob Pattinson (hey, I'm not judging).  She is still making me laugh over the twitter and text, but I really can't wait to see her again!
 And lastly, my newest friend, Impulsive Addict.  No, I didn't call her IA all weekend, this chicky has a very nice name.  I have gotten to know her through her blog from the past 6 months or so - she is so very creative and funny in her writing, that I knew her personality would be incredibly fun - she did not disappoint!  She is sarcastic and always with a witty comment.  But like Miss JK, I got to really talk to IA this weekend too and see her as the incredible woman she is.  She is an awesome momma and wife, fiercely loyal, and so very loving.  Again, another example of someone you want as your best friend.  She would do the most random thing that would just make me smile and I can't wait to spend more time with her.
As I typed all this, I saw a theme...all these ladies are incredible women who I am so very blessed to call my friends.  It was not weird at all to spend 3 days with them - there was absolutely no awkwardness, no stalled conversations, no judging.  Just 6 ladies so happy to meet and get to know one another.  It was surreal.

So I guess, we didn't really keep Austin weird, we just enjoyed the weirdness it had to offer us.....

we had a little lunch at the trailers on South Congress
 where we had the pleasure of seeing these two bananas....
"just because..."
the famous pocket edward made an appearance or two....
and I saw my very first drag queen.
and she was mean.

But most of all, the weekend was filled with smiles, laughter,  & funny moments you will never forget.



 I know that God brings people into your lives when you need them the most.  I have been refreshed by these friendships and it has allowed me to see that you can have incredible, strong relationships with women in any capacity.  We will all remember this weekend and it is my hope to continue our weekends each year.

In the meantime I have to get by with texting, facebooking, twittering, hey-telling, and of course blogging.

 Girls, I got your number.......

P.S. We will be announcing our winner for the Keeping Austin Weird Contest very soon......


11 comments:

jennykate77 said...

AWE, Becca!!! That's the sweetest stuff. *tears* I wish we all lived close enough to meet up any time we wanted!...like this weekend?? I could really use a girls night.

You're the best! I wish we were neighbors. Except we might be trouble together on a long term basis. You're so genuine and sweet. I loved our conversations and getting to know you better.

You've always got my number!!...867-5309!! ;)

Charon Benton said...

what a great, fun post! Can't wait to see who won.

Myya said...

What a sweet tribute to a great bunch of ladies! I love all pics & stories. I hope one day I will get to meet you all as well. :)

Brittany said...

Yay! What wonderful ladies! Glad you had such a great time in Austin! I can't wait to meet you once i'm officially living in Austin!

MiMi said...

What a sweet post! And such great pictures.
I'm still green with envy, but one of these days I'm gonna crash your party and then I'll feel better. :)

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Wow! Just when I thought that our weekend couldn't possibly get any better, you write up all of this wonderful stuff about us! So sweet! I got a little teary reading it all, but I did bark out a big laugh that you were nervous to meet me. (Organizational goddess-like talents? Ha ha! I've fooled you!) :)

Your boots-on-the-ground planning: logistics, shuttle-service, and sight-seeing, made the trip so amazing! I cannot believe how much you did in order to welcome us with fabulous details. Thank you thank you! The bar is set pretty high for next year. I hope I can "do it" as well as you did.
xoxo
:)

Impulsive Addict said...

OMG! This is the sweetest thing I've read in a LONG time! I LOVE YOU for doing such a sweet and sincere write up!

Wait...who is the fatty mcfatty with the fat arms holding up a cell phone with a pic of our MIA friend Connie?

So, are you saying you want to be my bestie? I need a new one.

Austin was the best all girls vacay that I've ever had! I can't wait for round 2!

Now, I need to talk to VIV about sending out these so-called gifts and notes in the mail. Apparently, she needs my address....

LOVE YOU BECCA!

Jen said...

Ok your Austin post is much better than mine :) lol! You said the SWEETEST things about everyone, me included! And so spot-on. I CANNOT WAIT until we hit CA together next year! Or maybe we can do something closer sooner. Who knows??

Love you!
Jen

Shawn said...

What's a girl to do while sitting Test Track ride #2 out during the 5th grde field trip? Check in on her bloggy besties of course.

Can I tell you how wonderful this post is? You are a fabulous lady and I am so beyond honored to call you my friend!

I'm glad I was able to assist in the weekend fun. Getting us free drinks with no strings attached was great. Spotting the now infamous dude in the green shorts was nothing
less than spectacular! Listening to JK repeatedly ask for Snoop Dog was hysterical. Watching Jen loosen up with a
little help from her fermented friend was awesome. Finally meeting the crafty spray paint queen and my long time
iFriend Viv was incredible. Sitting with IA and interacting with her just like I knew we would, big sister/little sister, was fantastic. And getting to see you again and watch you
in your element taking care of all your out of town friends with such finese and ease was fabulous!

So I guess you can say our trip to Austin was one spectactularlly great, incredibly fabulous, fantasically awesome, hysterical trip and I cannot wait to do it again!

Love you friend!

Shawn said...

I'm home and had to reread your post and my comment to make sure I didn't mess it up too much from my phone.

I did see one mistake...You failed to say how beautiful I am. I'm sure this is just an oversight so I'm going to let it go this time but please don't let it happen again!

MUAH!

shortmama said...

How sweet are you? What a sincere post to your new friends!

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