This is my Entourage. It started out with me and Kristen. All the way to the right on the top. We met in second grade. Then in Jr. high, we met Michelle, Kristie, and Joanne. In 10th grade we met Kim and Tricia, and our Entourage was formed. We've grown up together, we've suffered loss together, we've nursed broken hearts together, we've partied together, we've vacationed together, we became adults together, and we've had children together. Kristie and I had our boys only days apart. I was once accused of only hanging out with beautiful women. As I look at this picture, I have to say maybe that is a true statement. I see so much beauty in this photo. I see a Manhattan commuter, I see 2 lawyers (one with twin babies!), I see 2 teachers, I see a Mommy that stays home and cares for her freshly 3 year old son AND twin baby girls. I see 4 working mothers. I see a world traveler. I see years of friendship. I see the young girls that had to physically dress me for my father's funeral. I see the girls who have made me laugh more than anyone else in my life. I see the girls that would go to the mat for me in a heartbeat. I see decades of my life flash before me as I look at each of their faces. That is beauty. Without a doubt. This photo is from 2005. I was 4-5 months pregnant with Alex. This is the most recent picture that I have of us, and I have it on my nightstand. I look at it everyday, and every night. I love my girls.
My 2nd Entourage. Siobhainin and Dawne. The beautiful bride, and the girl beside her on the right. Different type of Entourage. I met them at 19 or 20. Love them to pieces. These are my 'go over in my pj's for eggs and bacon' girls. These are my 'tell it like it is whether you like it or not girls'. These are my beach buddies. We had our girls together. Amber in May, Kara in June, and Morgan in July, 1998. They are my 'family', relatively speaking. All of our children are cousins. Dawne, and Siobhainin's husband are Alex's cousins. Just worked out that way, I knew them first. Turns out that my parents very best friends are Siobhainin's Aunt and Uncle. These relationships didn't just 'happen to happen'. They were meant to be, and they are life lasting. Another set of girls that would go to the mat for me. Love me unconditionally. This is May, 2006. Alex was 5 months old. This is the most recent picture I have of us. Although I don't get to go see all of them as much as I would like to, they will always be my Entourage. My "Beautiful Girls".