Jul 8, 2012


{This is an update to my post from Saturday}
What is it about girlfriends that make them so special?

· Maybe, it's the fact that they listen to your joys and your fears and still love you no matter how outrageous your ideas are

· Perhaps it's the fact that just because you don't see each other as often as you'd like you're still able to pick up where you left off

· Or could it be that you are guaranteed to have a blast each time you see them

Each year my college friends and I arrange an overnight get together. As I'm sure you can imagine, we enjoy being able to reminisce about good times we've shared along with creating new memories!

This year my friend, Courtney, graciously hosted us. It was only about a 45 minute drive from her house to mine {We live on the opposite sides of town}.

After unloading our bags we spent some time just chitchatting before heading to get pedis. I love how soothing simple conversation and laughter are.

We never really have definite plans other than to get pedis. It's the one consistent part that we have each year.

Rachel and Courtney

After getting pedis we headed to The Flying Cupcake. I had a Chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake {There are several fun flavors like this}. I want you to imagine how tasty chocolate chip cookie dough is. Now think about the best cupcake you've ever had. You know the kind that are super moist and they have icing that is really smooth, creamy, rich, and chocolaty.  Like the best you've EVER tasted. Ok now combine these two treats and wham! you have the Chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake!

So after this super awesome treat we got some lunch.  Yep, that's right, we ate our dessert first and then our lunch.  And ya know what; it's ok, because we didn't have to set examples for our kids!  What they don't know won't hurt 'em!

When our lunch was completed we headed back to Courtney's to change and freshen up.  Our activity for the evening was to paint at Wine and Canvas.

Rachel, Courtney, and Cat

Now let me tell you this Wine and Canvas place was very cool.  A local artist instructed us through a painting that we created ourselves and while we created this painting we . . . you guessed it - drank some wine!  Doesn't that sound like super fun?!  Ok, don't give me the, oh well I'm not an artist, you don't have to be.  You just have to want to have fun . . . that's all just have fun :)

Me and Rachel

While we were painting we took a few pictures and sent them to our husbands.  They had some interesting comments regarding our art work. 
Brent wanted to know where the rest of my painting was.
Rachel's husband, Josh, told her she needed to drink some more wine before finishing her painting.
Aren't they nice and supportive? {Jerks!}

Cat, Me, Rachel, and Courtney
Every so often the artist stopped and took a break during the painting process.  This picture was taken during one of the breaks.  I'll let you decide if our shenanigans are a result of the wine or sleepiness setting in.  When deciding keep in mind that 1 of the 4 is pregnant and has a 3 year old, another has 3 children, one has 2 children, and the 4th has no children, but teaches 4th grade.

Rachel, Courtney, Cat, and Me
Here we are with our finished products.  If you can't tell {I don't blame you if you can't} they are lake scenes with some hills and a tree.  And just in case you're wondering yes, we did giggle and say "A happy little tree" {You know like Bob Ross that painter who was on tv}.

When our canvases were completed we were STARVING so we headed to eat at The Cheesecake Factory.  The Cheesecake Factory, just in case you were wondering is like one of my all time FAVORITE restaurants!  If I always got to choose where to eat {and if I had an unlimited supply of money} I would choose The Cheesecake Factory. 

I was shocked to learn that my friend Cat had not previously eaten at The Cheesecake Factory.  I felt like it was my duty as her friend to take her there so she, too could enjoy some of the best food on the planet.  She agreed, it's yummy, and she would totally go back!

I'm sure you can guess this, but we headed back to Courtney's for a good 'ol fashion slumber party {well minus the bra freezing} and talked and fell asleep.

When I returned to reality this morning I was gleefully greeted by B and G who jumped up and down saying, "Mommy's home!  I missed you Mommy!"  Baby M got a huge smile on her face and kicked her feet rapidly.  I had fun being away, but it's nice to know they missed me at home.

Do you get away with your friends?  What do you like to do when you get away?


  1. What a fun weekend with your friends. Can't beat pedis, wine, and girl talk.

    1. You sure can't! Only wish it could have been longer.

  2. What a fun time with your friends. I've gone away on a women's retreat and to a mothers of multiples weekend.

    I've heard of the wine and painting class. I'm limited to drawing stick figures but the wine part would get me there.

    1. I'll bet you enjoyed the retreat weekend :)

      Wine helps with anything, right? Seriously though, the artist walks you through each step. It's not as complicated as it appears.

  3. You girls are way more productive than my friends are! We usually get away to the beach every other year, but we just sit on the beach and drink...no pedis, cupcakes or painting!

    1. I wish we could get away to a beach! That would be awesome!

  4. Sounds like a great weekend! I'd be happy with just a pedi!

    1. It was a great weekend! I would also be happy with just a pedi. The only time I get one is with them.