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Posted by Jessica on Jan 17, 2011
A Ridiculously Silly Slideshow

Everyone loves a fun slideshow, right? Right! Well, you'll just have to read until the end to watch it. (Or, I suppose, you could just scroll down to the fun part, if you like.)

Tim and I have written many times about friends we've made while traveling the world, but we've rarely mentioned those friends we have at home. (Writing about gallivanting in random suburbs of Philadelphia, for example, doesn't have quite the same ring as gallivanting in Bogota or Buenos Aires. No offense to our beloved Philly, of course.)

But in just a few days, two of our friends from home – our very dearest friends, in fact – will be leaving life in the States behind for a new life together in New Zealand. For Philip, it will be his first time returning home in nearly nine years, after having lived in the States for 12 years. And for Lauren, it will be a brand new adventure in a new country.

As luck would have it, pesky things like mileage and time zones have never bothered Tim or I one bit. And so the four of us are still planning on seeing one another a few times each year, and we're looking forward to many visits together in New Zealand. Given our passports will soon be covered in Kiwi entry and exit stamps, we figured it only apropos to introduce you to Philip and Lauren properly. That way, when we write about our adventures in the land of hobbits, you'll know exactly who we're adventuring with.

I was going to write about how Philip is my oldest friend: We met in July of 1999 and we lived together for six years in an awesome little apartment outside of Philadelphia (with our cat named China, who still lives with me and Tim in Cape Cod). And I thought about writing how sometimes I think Tim and Lauren are long lost brother and sister, just as I sometimes think the same thing about me and Philip too. (The similarities? They're downright bizarre sometimes.) I might have shared how if Tim and I had had a traditional wedding, Tim would have asked Philip to be his best man. Or how when they first met, Philip declared Tim his "male soulmate." I could have mentioned how Lauren is one of my most favorite cooks in the entire world (who has graciously left us her awesome pots and pans!). And I most definitely would have written that the four of us – me, Tim, Lauren, and Philip – have a wonderful friendship, one filled with instant memories, easygoing laughter, and so so so much fun.

But instead, I thought I'd just show you how much Philip and Lauren mean to both Tim and myself.

So without further ado, we'd like you to meet Philip and Lauren...in a silly slideshow by two hedgehogs, as set to a ridiculously silly song so that more folks than just the four of us might watch it too.

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January 17, 2011 at 6:29pm
what a beautiful tribute to friendship…and yes,that was the silliest song ever!
January 17, 2011 at 7:00pm
Glad you enjoyed it, lady! We had a lot of fun making it. :)
Lauren & Philsie
January 17, 2011 at 8:49pm
Wow! You guys are too much! What an awesome surprise!

Love you!

PS-Awesome call on the FotC song!

January 17, 2011 at 9:00pm
*happy dance!*

We're so glad you guys like it so much. We nearly died when we first heard the song because it was so absolutely silly and perfect. Yay! :)

Love you too!


Maggie (Tim's sister)
January 17, 2011 at 9:28pm
You guys are nuts! However, I can see myself making a similar slide show if Charlie ever left me to live in some other country.
January 17, 2011 at 9:30pm

You guys are nuts!

LOL! Luckily we have never claimed otherwise. ;)

Lauren & Philsie
January 17, 2011 at 9:42pm
Just watched it again (for the 5th or 6th time) in 'slo mo'. Not so easy. Where did you get some of those pics!? Amazing! You two are wonderful. We are honored to have two such amazing people for friends!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


January 17, 2011 at 10:00pm
Awwwww, shucks! :)

We'll confess we've watched it several, several times too. It makes us so happy!

We were so surprised at how many pictures we have of us all together. I think last count it was somewhere around 700-800 photos! :)


Tracey Sheehan
January 17, 2011 at 10:31pm
What amazing friends you are .. I promise you I will continue the craziness and we all look forward to making a million memories with you guys when you arrive in the Land of the Long White Cloud!


January 18, 2011 at 12:47am
Thank you so much, Tracey, for such a sweet comment! Take care of them for us. And yes, we are tremendously looking forward to the memories we'll all create together in NZ!
January 18, 2011 at 3:31am
Nice :) ! You either have missed your calling or discovered a new hobby.
I'll ignore the Philly comment.
January 18, 2011 at 5:50am
LOL! I was wondering how many of our Philly friends would mention that… ;)
Katie McCallum (Lauren Sister Duki
January 18, 2011 at 8:08am
That was really great <img src=' style='position:relative;' height='17px' width='17px' /> Pilip and Lauren are luck y to have friends like you!
January 18, 2011 at 8:22am
Thanks so much, Katie! We're so glad you liked it! :)
January 18, 2011 at 8:27am
Sorry the above message came out funny! Great pictures. Philip and Lauren are lucky to have such great friends! PS – I liked Duke's cameo!
January 18, 2011 at 9:54am
LOL! No worries. :)

We're so happy Lauren shared the slideshow with you guys – we thought you might enjoy seeing Duke. We had the pleasure of meeting him in 2006 or so, and of course are lives have been changed ever since. ;)

January 18, 2011 at 10:18am
January 18, 2011 at 10:20am
LOL! We couldn't agree more! ;)
January 18, 2011 at 10:26am
ha! that was super cute, with a fitting song from NZ :)
January 18, 2011 at 11:06am
Thanks, guys! We were super psyched when we found the song not only because it was silly, but because Philip and Lauren had been the ones to introduce us to Flight of the Conchords and, of course, the NZ connection! :)
January 18, 2011 at 11:51am
Its O for Awesome, Some of those photos are sooo old…I still love the one of Timmy and Me by the Lighthouse its an Album Cover…Thanks guys we will be showing so many people and now the challenge is on for us to even attempt to do something close to that…Meowww
January 18, 2011 at 1:10pm
Yay! *happy dance* I can't tell you how happy it makes both of us that you guys love it so much. We've been grinning from ear to ear since last night. :)

I'll have to FB your favorite album cover photo to you. I think that one's pretty cool too. :)

…and now the challenge is on for us to even attempt to do something close to that…

Nah, don't be silly. It was our pleasure to do that for you guys for the start of your big adventure in NZ. Just pick us up from the airport in Christchurch and we'll call it even. ;)


January 23, 2011 at 6:21am
January 23, 2011 at 10:37am
Thanks, sis! :)
January 23, 2011 at 11:27am
awesome… where is the slow-motion button? :)
January 24, 2011 at 9:40am
LOL! Sadly YouTube hasn't complied with our requests for said button. :)
January 25, 2011 at 6:07pm
Exactly what Klaus said! Without the slo mo button I had to watch it many times!It is indeed awesome.
January 26, 2011 at 8:22am
Aww, thanks! We're glad you enjoyed it! :)
January 26, 2011 at 3:15pm
Free YouTube Download 2.10.27 and VLC media player 1.0.2 do the job :D
January 28, 2011 at 8:24am
LOL! Very tricky! :)
March 26, 2011 at 10:27pm
Been a while since I watched this. Needed a pick me up. Thank you so much again for doing this. It's so amazing!

Let me know when you guys are coming down to Philly next and we can get together! Miss you!

March 28, 2011 at 9:57am
Awwww, shucks. :) It was our pleasure. And I'm so glad it worked as a nice pick me up. *hugs*

We'll definitely let you know when next we'll be in Philly. We're really looking forward to seeing you! Miss you too!

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