Me Monday + Shopping Explosion

Hellooooo! How was everyone’s weekend?! Hope all your Halloween dreams came true.

Back here with another post in the Me Monday series.

So this tale takes place during the time we spent living in North Carolina, just outside Raleigh in a lovely little town called Fuquay Varina. Gorgeous. Magical. Magnificent. Look it up. (Cupcake Bite I love you and I miss you) (And even though they built a huge glorious splash pad in one of the parks RIGHT AFTER WE MOVED AWAY, RUDE)

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(What happens in Fuquay, stays in Fuquay. It’s that legit.)

In this home, we also were able to live next to some of our best friends –  by chance! We didn’t know them when we moved in but after we met we become fast friends, which = hello. Awesome. We basically shared backyards and could easily walk back and forth. Colin & Nicole are the names they go by and they also had a little baby girl about 8 months younger than S and so perfection struck twice, neighbor wise.

As young, tired & busy moms, Nicole and I were not able to make it out a whole ton just by ourselves to do fun things like shop & dish, as us girls are wont to do. BUT ONE SATURDAY, THINGS CHANGED. We planned an outing to a big mall in Raleigh weeks in advance, left the girls with the guys and SWEET FREEDOM!

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Off we went in my car.

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So there we are, driving down the highway, dishin’ & laughing like we do.

[Side note: I am using the term “to dish”, in jest. A long time ago Joe made a reference to how “we girls” – AKA all females in general – like to “dish” to each other. Like whenever he would see Nicole & I speaking to each other at all, ever, he would refer to it as “dishing” to each other. So now that’s how Nicole and I communicate to each other. We dish.]

All fellow parents can understand how utterly amazing it feels to get out of the house by yourself, let alone with a friend to do something fun when you have small children. Just doing normal, average things feels exhilarating. Taylor Swift rolling up 9-deep to the VMAs squad level exhilarating.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30:  (L-R) Models Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, actress Hailee Steinfeld, model Cara Delevingne, actress Selena Gomez, musician Taylor Swift, model Serayah, actress Mariska Hargitay, models Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

(Me & Nicole on our way to the mall)

Anyway, I’m driving along and I see our exit and get over to get off of the highway. About .5 seconds later I realize, “oh, LOL, this is so not my exit.” So I pull a jerk move and try to swerve back over onto the highway.

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I thought that the lane was clear for me to move back over, but another car rolled up quick on my left side and we pretty much almost sideswiped them.

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But the other guy got out of the way and, “HAHAHAHAHAHAHA”, we laughed. All was well with us and we continued on our merry way to the correct exit for the mall.

We get there safely, park and are about to get out of the car when Joe calls my phone. I answer and he says,

“Hey, I forgot to tell you. After I went hunting last night I forgot to empty out the trunk. There is a ton of ammo & about 5 shotguns in the trunk. Sooooo… Be careful and make sure the car is locked up well.”

Me & Nicole:

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IF WE HAD ACTUALLY HIT THAT CAR ON THE HIGHWAY, WE COULD HAVE   EXPLODED, YOU GUYS.

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So Nicole & I just kind of stared at each other for a while in the car while we contemplated this fact.

For about 1 1/2 minutes.

Then we got out of the car to go shop because – hello – time was a-wastin’.

But we did laugh nervously & hysterically about it the rest of the day.

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