Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chicago Abroad

My weekend in Chicago was so fantastic.
I can not explain how much these people mean to me.
I am the very happiest when I am with them.
No one in the world makes me feel more loved, and accepted than these friends. We are more than just friends. We are soul mates + family. I laugh the hardest, smile the most, and cry for hours when I have to leave them.

It is so amazing to think that four years ago we met for the first time at arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport, it was very Love Actually of us...
Gives me chills to think about...

Scared to death of the adventure ahead and feeling terribly alone, we clung to each other from the first instant we met and honestly, I never plan to let go.
It has only been four years but I feel like we grew up together. When we met, we were babies- but together, we saw the world. (Well not the whole world, but a piece of it..)
We lived out of backpacks, slept on airport floors, took every means of transportation available, and created an unlimited amount of memories.

Even though we started all of this in England, our adventures are never-ending. From all corners of the country, we find ways to stay together.
My relationship with them feels more like that of a partner than just a friend. We talk about our futures knowing we will always have one another. And no matter how much time passes between visits, we have no problem picking right back up where we started.

Sunday morning I was sitting at brunch, looking across the table at my incredible friends, and thinking how proud I am of all the amazing things they are doing. Thinking, "I know these people! These are MY friends!! How did I get so lucky?!" That probably sounds silly, and way too emotional, but I love them and I know they love me right back.

My dear, sweet, beautiful, wonderful Tessa. I would be completely lost without you. We have been soul sisters from day one. You are my forever BFFeaeaeaea. You're are the one person who thinks I'm funny when the rest of the world is judging my craziness. Thank you for always taking care of me, and being the best friend I could ever ask for. I wish so much we lived closer - hopefully one day soon. Happy birthday, Tess. I feel so grateful I was able to celebrate with you. I love you.

 Matty + Addy- gosh, I don't even know where to begin. You two hold my heart. I feel so blessed to have such amazing, genuine best friends. Two incredible guys that are always here for me no matter what. I may use being the youngest as an excuse to be out of control and annoying, but you guys love me anyways. Hands down, the two BEST guys I know. I love you. 

All the cute Whoregrove/Tramp girls + husbands - I am so incredibly happy to know each and every one of you. I could have just kissed your little faces off seeing you for the first time Friday night. What a fantastic, joyous reunion it was. I love you guys!

And of course, this little pal - @heykatieneal and I have become best friends after living in New York together. But man, things definitely worked out the way they were meant to for us. Yesterday, when our plane back to New York took off, we looked at each other and cried for a solid 20 minutes. I'm sure the other passengers were terrified of the two twenty-something blondes, holding hands and hugging each other, as we watched Chicago get further and further away. I don't know what I would do without you, sweet Katie. I love you.  

A few more pics, because it was a weekend to remember:

(The adorable sign Tess + Adam were holding when we got off the plane)

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