Monday, October 27, 2008

Nothing like friends

I am blessed to have as many great friendships as I do. They are all so uniquely important. Each one of my friends brings perspective, support, and love into my life. Without them, I would have a hard time staying grounded.

This weekend I had the privilege of enjoying a few of my friends that have been around the longest. I met Michelle in preschool, Stephanie F. in 1st grade, and the other Stephanie N. in 7th. The bond wasn't there immediately, but it grew over time. High school was great but we had some rough times. College life brought us back together. We lived together our sophomore through senior years and then Michelle and I lived 1 more year together before she got married.

We have done so many things together. Sports, parties and other stuff associated with that (not proud), cried over boyfriends, fought, stood up for one another on our wedding days (except Stephanie N., she was smart and got married in Jamaica), pigged out on junk food, celebrated new babies, grieved over the passing of parents, and laughed until our belly's hurt.

We don't have very many chances to see each other. We've all moved about 2 hours apart and it's rare that we can sneak away from family to get together. So we made a plan. A plan for a night away with no children or spouse's. Just 4 ladies shopping, celebrating another new baby, and eating and shopping until we no longer could.

We enjoy high tea in the morning. For 2 hours we sat, ate, and drank delicious tea. We then headed over to Bellevue for shopping and wandering. We managed to get free hand massages from Aveda and our makeup done at Bare Mineral's. We checked into our hotel and then down to dinner. We sat, ate, drank, and laughed until we were crying...for 2 1/2 hours! We talked about being moms, wives, and how we have changed so much from those college days. We offered advice to the first-time mom, hopefully not bringing with it too much fear, but hey, we had to be honest. It truly was a carefree day.

The plan after dinner was to hang out, paint toe nails, and watch TV. I think someone was quoted as saying, "you're not going to bed at 8:30!". She was asleep at 9:30. We all vowed to sleep in and then two early riser's woke at 6:30. Darn kids, they really have changed our clocks. Off to coffee and breakfast and sad goodbye's.

I can't wait for the next weekend.


Steve, Kristine, Cole, Kade said...

Thanks so much for sharing the photos and the events of the trip! So much fun to see these ladies! Can you please let me know how I can get in touch with Stephanie N.? My email address is on facebook - can you email me with her info? Thanks & I bet you guys had such a good time!

amanda said...

looks like such fun!

and is it weird that i am totally humming the girl scout song..make new friends but keep the old??

Jodi said...

What a fun girls' get-away! There's something so special about friendships that have lasted since childhood.

In the picture of you with Michelle, you look JUST like Lily. Seriously. She is so your girl.