Giggles and tears... oh how the female emotions begin so early. One of Anna Kate's best friends, Katie Castleman, came for a visit this week-end and they had so much fun. Katie and Anna Kate have been great friends since they were two (they are about to turn FIVE, oh my!!) Teresa, Katie's mom, became one of my great friends 3 years ago and one of my daily phone calls. We had playdates and swapped some babysitting until they moved to South Carolina 2 years ago. Thanks to Cingular mobile to mobile and AT&T unlimited long distance the daily phone calls still occur and we've tried to keep the girls in touch. We survived hurricane IVAN 2 years ago trying to make it to Katie's 3rd birthday and last summer they flew to Wichita with Teresa being 6 months pregnant. What great friends!!! Well, this week-end they picked up right where they left off. Dress up, singing, dancing, lots of hugs and tons of giggles. The Castleman family stayed with another family but the girls wanted to be together so Katie spent Friday night with us. Their first big girl sleep over. They were so funny to listen to. Not once did they fuss or argue. They finally went to sleep around 10:30pm and awoke promptly at 8am with more giggles, hugs and of course dress up clothes. They were both sad when Katie had to leave but reunited at a birthday party and at church. But then came the tears. Anna Kate fell completley apart when they had to leave after church. We all tried to comfort and console, the moms fighting back tears too, but she couldn't be comforted. About half way through lunch she finally sniffed and slowed down the tears when her daddy promised her a South Carolina trip this fall. From now till then I'll have to answer the question every five minutes "how much longer till we go to South Carolina?" I pray they can keep their special friendship through the years and across the miles. We miss you Katie!!! Thanks for such a special weekend.