on growing up

December 29, 2011
at the door to greet me

It was one of those days when you realize you're growing up but you can't do anything about it. And maybe that's a good thing.

telling all about her engagement

A few of my high school girlfriends got together at Sara's after Christmas just to catch up. For the most part, we all went to different colleges and we live all over California (and now Arizona) so it's easy to get caught up in the current everyday. Work, school or whatever gets in the way so reuniting and just being together again is perfect.

emily is engaged!!!

And then you find out that one of your girlfriends just got engaged on Christmas Eve!!! We're all talking casually when Emily says, "So. I got a really great present for Christmas," and puts her new ring on. (And we squeal in excitement/delight, of course).

the ring
christmas leftovers
kale, stuffing, sweet potatoes and lasagna- yum
checkin' out the bling
gettin' ready
some of the girls
life is good

So even though we'll go weeks without talking to one another, I'll always cherish little moments like this-- that Emily waited to tell us in person. I didn't see it on my facebook news feed and I didn't hear it from anyone else.

Of course, this also means that we're getting older. We're growing up. It's a little intimidating but I can manage small steps.

Just add a few hours of conversation and Christmas leftovers and let me reminisce about that Monday afternoon.


  1. I know this feeling so well!

    It's great that you managed to get together and that she told you in person :)

  2. Wow, this post could not be more timely for me. I had dinner with all of my childhood girlfriends this week, too, and it was really bittersweet. We are growing up.

    Thanks for sharing :) I'm so glad I am not the only one!

  3. sounds like a great group of girlfriends to have :)

  4. Moments like these are so good for the heart. Now it makes me want to call up all my old HS girlfriends!

  5. Lovely photos! That ring is adorable <3

  6. it's SO weird getting together with friends and seeing that you're all becoming grown-ups! it's so good to have a group of friends like that that you can always go back to.

  7. Reminds me of my group of high school bffs. Very sweet :)

  8. that is such a nice tradition! I love getting together with old friends and that food looks amazing.

  9. I second Anna! I really wish I was there!! But I feel the exact same way - I can't believe we're all growing up... This also means I get to see you and all the girls at the wedding soon-ish though :)

  10. Celeste, how awesome for us that you wrote about our get-together - it really will stick in our memories! Beautiful post and beautiful girls :)

    Thanks for the lovely photos and marking this moment in our history <3

  11. i know what you mean about that weird grown-up feeling...pretty soon, friends of mine will start having babies and then i'll have a MAJOR freak out.