Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Friends and Ice Cream...

I have a wonderful group of friends. We can be an odd group of kids but we get along well and we are always having fun wherever we're at. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hang out with some of my friends while we celebrated a fellow friend and classmate's birthday. One of my friends, Chelsie, had tried to get a bunch of us together so we could surprise the birthday girl the night before, but none of us could make it work. It was then decided that we could meet at Coldstone Creamery for ice cream the next night and we would surprise her then as well. We wanted to take some time and get to know this sweet girl and to show her that we love her. In the end, only the girls could make it so you know what that means? GIRLS NIGHT!! (even though Andrew showed up later). We girls waited patiently for Chelsie to bring our other friend (she didn't know we were ambushing her with ice cream and cake). Chelsie and the birthday girl showed up, we yelled surprise, wished her a happy birthday, ate ice cream and cake, laughed and talked loudly, and just had a good time. Later, a couple people came back to my house and we talked and laughed some more. It seemed like just another one of those nights where you hang out with friends and you feel like you're going to be a teenager forever. It came the time where people started to leave and Chelsie and I had the opportunity to just sit and talk. I've know Chelsie for a few years now and it was good to just sit down and talk with her about life in general. We talked about our friends, our church, the future and just about anything and everything. It was one of the best talks I've had for a while. Why was it so good? It was good to be able to sit down with someone and talk about loved ones that aren't involved in the gospel and to have someone understand it. It was good to be able to talk about experiences we've had and how we're the better for it. It was good to be able to talk about things we wish were different. It was good to be able to talk about our church, what it means to us, how it relates to us, and how we've made the decision to live the way we want to live. Chelsie is one of a kind. This girl rocks. She always keeps us laughing (Nacho Libre quotes are a staple in our everyday conversations) but she knows who she lives and she lives it. It was great to just sit down and talk with her about anything and everything. It was great to be able to spend time with friends, eating ice cream, and laughing at the foreign people across the room from us. It was great to be able to get to know a sweet girl and be able to share her birthday with her. And at the end of the night, I knelt down and thanked my Heavenly Father once again for placing these people into my life. All in all, it was a great night.