Today I'm writing about the second of those meet-ups, to be followed by the 1st and the 3rd, because I'm weird like that. AND I'm afraid that Miss Grace -Of -My - Heart will call me "Kelly-Belly" if I don't write about her first!
A few weeks ago, Penny from A Sweet Grace emailed me and said that she and her family (including Miss Racy Gracie) would be spending the week in Ocean City, NJ.
Since my ancestral home is just a few beaches away, she wanted to know if we wanted to have meet up, D-style.
Well of course I did, so we met up on the steps of Ocean City's City hall on the corner of 5th & Asbury Avenues, in Ocean City NJ.
The minute Penny and I saw one another, we hugged, while Grace and Jessica (her look alike American Girl doll) said "hello."
The three of us started walking and talking, and we fell into step just like old friends do, even though we'd never met one another in IRL (In Real Life) before.
Penny is awesome on every level, and Grace is most certainly her mother’s daughter. Soon all three of us were chatting up a storm.
Until Grace spied BeDazzles (Randazo's) and declared that she wanted "to eat at Bedazzles!" So we did.
Penny and Grace have such a great relationship, and I really admire the way Penny works with Grace regarding her diabetes. They test and count carbs TOGETHER, and Penny makes it clear that no blood sugar number is bad.
It's obvious that Grace is confident about talking to her mom about all types of things, including diabetes! We talked about life and living, Friends For Life, diabetes camp (Grace is going!) and everything in between.
Oh yeah, GRACE is AMAZING!
And as long as were being honest- I want to be just like Grace when I grow up!
She's beautiful, articulate, and funny! And her insights about the world, including but not limited to; boys (I need her help in that department), diabetes, nicknames (I know her's but I’m not allowed to say & she loves calling me Kelly Belly), American Girl Dolls, all things math related (girlfriend is a math wiz), booggie boarding, grill cheese sandwiches, letting me in on the universal secret that"The Bird Is The Word," and making others laugh!
Grace = magic!
After dinner, we walked around town some more, before they headed off for some family time on the boardwalk.
Miss Grace-of-My-Heart had (has) my heart indeed. She and I walked with our arms around each other and did the dance I lovingly refer to as doing the "pump bump"!
Finally, it was time to say our goodbyes, and that was hard.
Miss Grace-Of-my-Heart: I don't want you to go!
Kelly Belly: Me either- but we'll have more meet-ups both at the beach and Philly- maybe some other places too!
I hugged Penny and Grace goodbye and Gracie and I blew one another kisses along Asbury Ave, calling our goodbyes in dramatical tones.I miss them both very much, and I can’t wait to see them again!