I love surprises. Well...I love being in on the surprise. Being the surpriser. Rather than the surprisee. And it was so much fun to have a hand in bringing 6 mommy bloggers together. Plus a mini blogger. And some bloggy children. It took a lot of work. Threats of kidnapping. Duct tape. And a serious sales job. But it all eventually came together. And a lot of people were surprised to see who were the guests at the table!
We had lunch at Maggianos - and because our party was so big, they wouldn't let us order off the menu. We had to order family style - all sharing 2 appetizers, 2 salads, 2 pastas, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. One of the appetizers we ordered was calamari. Which Angie insisted was disgusting. But somehow we convinced her to try it. It's now her new favorite. I had to arm wrestle her for the leftovers.
So...we ate. Laughed. Got a few phone calls from people wanting to know what we were all really like. Took lots of pictures.
Watched Lizzy's youngest slurp spaghetti straight from the serving dish while we laughed till we cried. And then Lizzy showed us how the eye crossing thing was passed down to the next generation. New friendships were forged.And Lula showed off how she matches her bra with her shoes.And her shoes and bra with her children.Kori regaled us with her spoon on the nose abilities. And then we pounded the table with chants of "do it! do it! do it!" till Kori put a chocolate spoon on her nose.I think that was about when they kindly asked us to pay our bill and be on our way.So, naturally, we blocked the walkway into the restaurant for the next half hour as we figured out what to do next...and took some more pictures.
We had to bid adieu to Lula and the girls...but the rest of the gang headed back to the wilds of Lilburn for a continuation of our summit. But before we could go, my daughter and Kori had to have a knock down about who got to ride shot-gun. Kori won.
And Katie christened us not bloggers, but blabbers. And oh did we run with that. And the first meeting of the Mommy Blabbers club was about to commence.I think that Lizzy said it best - that this is the sorority I never had. Complete with initiation rituals. Hazing. And a secret handshake.
So...what about you? Were you ever a part of a sorority? Or something like that? Do you get together with friends on a regular basis? Who wants to come to Atlanta for the next Mommy Blabber meeting? Have you entered the contest yet?
Theme song: Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (and it's not some of the suggestions from the Mommy Blabbers like: I have Friends in Low places OR The Theme from Shaft)