For the Fourth we decided to take a little road trip down to Florence, Alabama to visit our good friends Josh, Kelli, and their cute son, Judah. About a five hour drive from Lexington, Florence is a fun little town on Pickwick Lake, home to the University of North Alabama, and has some of the best local restaurants.
Fun fact: Josh and Kelli actually introduced Micah and me! Micah and Josh worked together at the time, and Kelli and I had become really good friends in graduate school, so the two of them schemed to set us up on a blind date. Only it could have really backfired. We were already out with friends that night, so they told me he was just meeting up with us at some point. They told Micah it was a double-date. Poor Micah waited at the bar for nearly an hour before we showed up, and we rolled in with a group of friends in tow! But Micah wasn't at all upset (true to his laid-back nature) and we immediately hit it off, only talking to one another for the rest of the night.
But back to Florence. We have really missed our friends since they moved here a couple of years ago, so we were excited our schedules finally lined up for a visit. We stayed two full days, and we packed in as much lake time, eating, movie watching, and gabbing as we could.
Josh and Kelli had a boat when they lived in Lexington, too, and we would often go out with them so the boys could wake surf. I was always too nervous to try, but I was impressed by Kelli's ability to get right out there with the boys. Well, she has obviously been practicing because she's AWESOME now! She landed a 360 on the first day before the boys could, and they were obviously super jealous.
After that, all three worked the rest of the holiday weekend perfecting their 360's. I just couldn't get over how quickly they all got it.
Although I was nervous, Micah talked me into giving wake surfing a go. I'm glad I did because I actually got up!
I went about five rounds and got up each time, but I never got to the point where I could surf without the rope. Maybe next time, but I'm proud of what I was able to do.
It was the perfect holiday weekend with friends who feel more like family.