Wednesday, March 26, 2008

One Thing Leads to Another

I never would have thought last April that that random family I met at the Hard Rock Cafe would end up becoming such good friends... I never would have imagined that I'd read someone's blog daily, not to mention start one of my own...

And now Cecelia, the grandma of sweet Katya (in the middle, between my Katya and Natalia) and my mom have become friends. My mom and her friend Diane met up with Cecelia at The Publick House for dinner a few days ago--and that was the first time they actually met. Ohhh.... meeting people on the internet??! My mom might even be able to get a dachshund puppy from one of their family members! Aren't friends grand?!


The grandmas are already planning our much larger Moscow-Michigan reunion that will take place in New York this summer. We can't wait to see Rachael and Katya and to meet the rest of the family! It's odd to follow someone's life so closely through a blog, yet to have never actually met them... Rachael and Katya left Moscow and then magically reappeared to us in "blogland" through daily updates--and the rest of the family popped right in.

How I wish I could somehow pop up in the real lives of many of you blog friends I've never actually met... It would be wonderful to visit Niger or Kenya, Dina and Garnet!

8 comments:

Tina in CT said...

I brought that picture of the three girls walking down the Moscow street with me last night to show Cecelia as that's how it all began.

We had so much fun talking about meeting up in NYC at AG Place this summer so hopefully some of the midwest members of Cecelia's family will be visit her and Bob when you and the girls are here visiting me. Diane will come too and hopefully bring Chloe. (For those of you reading this comment, Chloe is the oldest daughter of close families friends. Her mother was my boss a couple of years ago and we became close friends even though she's only 6 years older than Tamara. I introduced Tamara and the girls to Beth and her family and we get together whenever they are visiting me from Moscow. Diane and I all are good friends - met through scrappbooking at our local scrapbook store - and she became Beth and her family's nanny through me. They'd be LOST without her as Chloe has a brother that just turned three and baby identical twin sisters that are 7 weeks today. Their mom is an exec at one of the local large companies and her dad is an attorney so their lives are VERY full. OK, I've given you blog readers some history.) Can you believe how this all came about with just your going up to Katya and Rachel at the bounce house the Hard Rock Cafe had??????

Hopefully it might also lead to my getting a new Dachshund puppy to love as Cecelia's daughter (think it was Shannon) commented on her mother's blog today that she thinks their grandma's dog is a doxie and she just had a litter in OK. We could have her flown up to Southern New England and keep her in the "family".

Meeting Cecelia was like meeting an old, dear friend as I've enjoyed getting to know her, Bob and her family through her blog and her daughters' blogs. Diane and I can't wait to go visit her and Bob and pitch in with all the canning, gardening, etc.

Diane is going to get a new laptop with income tax money so I'll get her into reading blogs too. You say that I should blog but my life doesn't have that much to blog about and I don't have a digital camera. I will have to get one when I get a new puppy so I can take pictures of her though.

Cecelia said...

I had such a wonderful evening having dinner with your mom and visiting. I'm looking forward to meeting you this summer in New York City.

Rachael said...

Like I said to my mom: the funny thing (as in funny, ironic) about this is that BOTH our moms gave us such a hard time about the blogging in the beginning as they are two overly cautious peas in a pod if you know what I mean!

I think it's great that they had a nice time though. And while I think it will be lots of fun if we can get together in NY this summer, what I REALLY hope is that someday we can come visit you in Moscow. Now wouldn't that be amazing fun?

And if I win the lottery someday, lets go visit Robyn together in Kenya!

garnet said...

Oh, we love to have visitors in Kenya! Even though it's such a *hardship* being forced to show people around the game parks and find yet some more lions. Prices are cheap now due to all the current troubles as they're trying to get tourism restarted.

Of course, I've always wanted to visit Russia. I've also just discovered I have a former college classmate living in Moscow. She's Hungarian but I *think* she may have been an English teacher in Hungary. She has beautiful English, just like the lady on "Green Acres". In college people used to love making her repeat "New York is where I'd rather stay. I get allergic smelling hay."

So if you ever run across a Hungarian woman named Andrea with two girls about ages 10 and 7 . . .

I know Moscow is big, but given the ex-pat community it could happen. And, though I don't know for sure, I'm guessing her kids might be in an English-speaking school. (Not that your daughter is.)

Oh, and hope everything works out for your mom to get a very special new dog.

Dina said...

It's amazing how much meaning these blogs bring our lives. What a great art form.

Annie said...

I wondered how you met Rachael! I was guessing you were old school friends.

Nataliya said...

How exciting! It's so cool to be able to finally meet each other!

Natalie said...

I still can't believe that in a large city like Moscow, that one American family would find another American family and have so much in common. That's pretty crazy. No excusses for not having a blog of your own Tina... Her life can't be any more boring than the rest or ours, but it's still fun to read.