Monday, September 29, 2008

Critters anyone?

Once upon a time (seven years ago) Brandon and I had no children. We were at church and met a new couple with their cute baby. Being childless and always up for a fun get-together, we invited them over for dinner. Little did we know that this would be the start of a lifelong friendship. Jason and Summer Gollhofer and their cute baby Anika came over and we all hit it off. From then on, we were stuck in late nights of our favorite game Critters. We would go to their house, put the baby to bed, and stay up until 2am playing the domino game.
We've come a long way since then. The Gollhofers moved twice. They started probably two blocks from us, then moved a block closer, then closer again. Then, they bought a house all the way across town. We thought that was far, little did we know where we would one day move. We've also added to our families. The Gollhofers had another girl Taylor, we had Koby, then Spencer, then came Lexi for them and Jackson, next up for us was Clay, then their finale was Carter. We still get together whenever we can (not as often as we would like) and try to keep the kids under control so we can pull out the dominoes.
The point of my post...
Friday night was the Gollhofer/Hansen family farewell party. Saturday night was the couples date night, with all the children (minus baby Carter who came with us) playing together at the Gollhofer's with Jason's oldest girls (Lauren and Cailyn) babysitting.
Here we are at Hu Hot's where Summer's fortune cookie told her that someone would come into her life and be her new best friend! (I se how it is)...
That wasn't enough, so we had them over on Sunday for dinner. Nope, still not done, we just couldn't end the party. But, were we going to let strep throat and pink eye stop us? No way, we had a sleepover on Thursday night and braved the infections.
All the kiddos getting cozy for a movie just before bed...
The familiar sight of our get togethers...The loser and winner of the last game before we moved...We LOVE this family. They were the first to show up on Friday (with lunch) and the last to leave, helping so much with moving and cleaning. Then, here come the tears when we finally say goodbye. The tears continued for a while in the middle of Wyoming thanks to a card and cd from them. I know this will be a friendship that we can't get out of by moving out of state. In fact, between their girls and our boys, we are already arranging marriages! We will forever play critters with the Gollhofers...

5 comments:

Lauren said...

Nicely said. The Gollhofer's are THE BEST. We miss them and we miss you guys, too. I know that you'll miss them a lot, but you'll have lots of fun in UT there, too! :)

Logan and Ashley said...

Aren't friends like that the best!! You both are fantastic families, it is not wonder you hit it off!!

Kelly Fam said...

ahh, I hate moving. Worse yet, when my good friends move. Friends like that make the places you stay definitely feel like home and make you not want to leave. Sometimes that makes it the hardest thing for yourself to leave good friends, even though the move is good for your family. We'll be excited to see you guys more.

Sarah said...

Love that picture at the top of your blog!! It is nice to have friends like that! Good luck in Utah!! Hope to see you guys every so often!

Ryan & Christy said...

Hey guys! I somehow came across your blog trying to look for the Gollhofers new blog. I know they are so sad you moved. To be honest though if you had to move out of state, Utah was the best choice. You will still see them every time they come out to see the fam. I hope everything is going well so far out here for you though.