Yesterday was my Best Friend Karen's 35th birthday. We celebrated at our favorite place to have dinner(remember this post).
I can't even begin to describe with words how important Karen's friendship is to me. We have been friends for over 25 years...yup, you read that right 25 years. We both started Elementary School together in Kindergarten. We have been inseparable since middle school. We have shared every major and not so major life event with each other. Karen is my "person". She is the one I tell everything too, the one who shares every happy moment with me and every not so happy moment with me. The BEST part in all this.....she lives across the street from me. Isn't this every little girls dream? Well it came true. About 7 years ago when our neighborhood was in the works of being built, we both decided to buy houses in this neighborhood. It was 5 minutes away from where we both grew up and a perfect place to raise a family. When Dan and I chose our lot for our new home, there were only 12 lots left. The best lot was right across the street from the one Karen and Jeff picked. It is WONDERFUL to have your Best Friend across the street.
More friend facts~ We both share December birthdays. We were born exactly 2 weeks apart. We are both Nurses. We work for the same Cardiology practice. We drive the same Mini-Van. We have so much history and so much in common. But for as much as were are the "same" we are also different. I think our different qualities compliment each other and bring wonderful things to our friendship.
I am so thankful for our amazing friendship. It means more to me than I could ever tell you.
Dear Karen, I hope you had a wonderful Birthday. We have shared so much together over the past 25 plus years. It feels like yesterday that we were 15 years old chasing boys! We have come along way. You are my family. I love you! Jen
A few fun photos to share..
How CRAZY is this picture??? We really thought we were so cute! Ready for a night out on the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ. Jen and Karen, age 15, summer of 1989
Karen and Jen age 21, summer of 1995
Our 30th birthday party Jen and Karen, Dec 2003
Our trip to Disney Karen and Jen with Minnie, Feb 2007
Work Christmas Party Dec 2007
St Patrick Day Neighborhood Party March 2008
Karen on her 35th birthday
Mom-Mom Maureen (Karen's Mom), Aunt Karen, and Katie
Karen, Frankie, and Jen......I know this post is not about me but can I say how much I hate myself in this photo? I only posted it because I needed to add it to the long list of pictures of us. Our work Christmas party is tomorrow night and I already told Karen we need a retake!