I met Traci in 4th grade. Putnam City moved their district lines and she had to start going to Windsor Hill Elementary then, lucky me she was in my class. I can literally talk for hours about our friendship and how wonderful she is, but I'll try to keep it a bit short and sweet. Traci is an AMAZING friend. She was the point guard for my middle school basketball team (my short ass self was a post believe it or not), She helped me unpack when I moved into my house, She was a bridesmaid at my wedding and she had her baby girl 83 days after I had mine. Traci is one of those people who tries something once and is instantly better at it than you, even though you've been trying for months. We played basketball, she always scored more points than me. I made almost straight A's in high school, she was a valedictorian...you get the point. Though, I may have her beat when it comes to cooking, because I don't think I've actually ever eaten anything she has made before. Hell, she could probably read the recipe for homemade croissants once and then totally nail it. Everyone should have a Traci in their lives, a lifelong friend who you may go months without seeing but when you do, you haven't skipped a beat.
Traci has moved to Houston. She has just become a dentist (of course) and has found a great practice in Houston where she will work alongside 3 other dentists. When she told me I flipped. Houston?!??!! It's so far, its so hot! Once my freak out session mellowed out I was able to be happy for her and her baby girl and what the future holds for them. Looks like my future holds a trip to Houston. As Eliana's first birthday was approaching and Traci's moving date becoming near I knew I had to capture them together one last time. Traci agreed and braved the summer heat for a quick evening photo shoot. Here are a few of my favorites from that session:
Traci, I know you will conquer anything you set your mind to and make it look easy as you always have. Thank you for being such a sister to me and saving my ass in dodgeball since 4th grade. I hope Houston knows how lucky it is to be gaining you two. Love you.