I've known Aleisha (aka Hazel) since we were THREE! We were inseparable from kindy... and proceeded to stand beside each other in every primary school class photo from then on (we were always exactly the same height). It's safe to say we've been through a lot together - we made it through all the bad hair styles and tragic fashion faux pas, we've rung each other at 4am to get through all-nighters for school projects, we've danced in our tights and slouch socks like lunatics for hours on end, we've had MANY a hysterical laugh together. All I know is that we will be friends until we are old ladies knitting in our rocking chairs, giggling about the times we performed 'Achy Breaky Heart' in assembly, and fought over who won our after school one-on-one basketball game. Hazel will be the old lady with motivational quotes plastering her rocking chair. It's just what she does.
But now Hazel lives in Aussie... which is sad 'cos I don't see her very often, but it's also been amazing seeing her go from strength to strength at whatever she puts her heart to. She has ice-skated her way around the world, got promotion after promotion in her work, started her own business, and most of all... met the man of her dreams. Haz and Steve are so incredibly happy together... and I couldn't be happier that Hazel has found such a perfect guy for her (even if his Aussie accent has rubbed off on her). Steve is equally insane, and equally awesome.
Nah, this is Hazel's awesome brother and sister who came along for the ride...
And thanks for the many years of friendship Hazel - I look forward to many, many more good yarns and laughs with you and Steve :) xoxoxo