See, once upon a time, meeting people on the internet was creepy and only something weirdos did. (I realize I'm showing my age here. I grew up in the pre-Internet days.) But somewhere along the line, instead of being weird and rare, meeting people over the internet became more common. And as a result, a bunch of crazy women who met on the old Baby Center May 2006 boards actually decided to meet up. And it was awesome. We discovered that the friendships we had developed on-line were real friendships. Friendships worth building and expanding.
So, we got together again. And again. And again. And BOOM, it was normal.
When Laura showed up at my house for the first time, it didn't feel like having a formal guest at my house. It was just like a friend dropping in for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. And it wasn't just normal feeling to me, it was normal to Michael. He was excited to see her, and giggled away when she followed him into my living room and jokingly sat on him. In fact, he was so comfortable with it that he didn't hesitate to try and talk over her and try to dominate my attention. Which is so annoying, but something he only does around people that he's down with. So...um...Yay? I think.
One of the awesome things about it being no big deal is that it allowed Laura to snap some great pictures before she had to leave. I've seen her at work before, and she really knows how to engage children and get them to give her their all. In just a few short minutes, she was able to capture this picture, which I LOVE!
She managed to catch both of us smiling! I thought that was impossible.
And oh my, I want to eat him alive in this picture.
Which is just so Michael. He's a very animated little boy, and I loved that she caught him being, well...himself.
Which brings me to the picture that cracks me up.
Michael tries to pull the pouting thing all the time, I guess in hopes that I'll give in. Unfortunately, he's not very good at it and in the end both of us end up laughing. This face is the transition face, the face that tells me that I've got him. And that he knows he's got me as well.
So thank you Laura for stopping by for the afternoon. And thank you for capturing these great pictures of my little imp. And know that you have an open invitation to stop buy. I'll gladly treat you to a cheese steak anytime. And that goes for the rest of my internet friends too.