It’s been over ten years since Jamie and I (Kate) have met. I seriously cannot believe it! It seems like just yesterday we were in the 7th grade, giggling in the back of geography class while admiring this cute and hilarious boy named Kelvin who was always making jokes and getting into trouble.
While Jamie will tell you that she and I met when I “ditched her” in the lunch room during the first week of middle school, I will never believe that to be true. I have no memory of this happening and could never see myself ditching this adorable girl!
No matter the official introduction, Jamie and I became fast friends. Both of our families were transplanted to Japan in 2000 for the military. We both were fortunate enough to stay there until 2006 when we graduated high school. Those years were spent exploring surrounding cities, traveling to other countries together for our high school volleyball team, and taking millions and millions of sticker pictures.
Following high school, Jamie went on to get her degree in Kalamazoo, Michigan while I attended Ohio University in Athens. We were lucky enough to only be a few short hours away from each other and spent many spring breaks at each other’s college apartments.
Since college, Jamie has moved to Fairfax, VA with her boyfriend, Scott, to be closer to her family. I spent a year in Rhode Island, got married to Anthony. Anthony and I then moved to Wyoming for my graduate school and finally back to good old Columbus, Ohio in 2013.
Being a part of the military growing up, distance has a very different meaning to us than many of our non-military friends. This has allowed us to remain the best of friends for so long, even with having the sometimes thousands of miles between us.
We started this blog in 2014 to help reconnect with each other. In high school we would spend hours upon hours locked-up together in our bedrooms playing guitar, making collages, writing in our “slam book”, drawing, painting, and who knows what else. Consider this a modern day, 20-something “slam book”, a way to continue to feed off each other’s creativity, and to share our projects with you!