Thursday, September 9, 2010

Labor Day 2010

How does a worn out mama from summer get refreshed? Time. With. Friends. At. The. Beach!!!!

My special group of college gals had our annual Labor Day trip for the 14th year!! Woo-hoo. We all take great pride in the fact that we have kept this up through the years. The number of gals has changed, who can attend due to births of the 45 kids (that was the count with this year's group), and various other reasons. BUT, it remains on all of our calendars with a special asterisk. We all know what the weekend means. Fun. Relaxation. Food. Lots of chatter. Some sleep. Shopping. More chatter. And my favorite, LAUGHTER.

My college years hold a special place in my heart and always will. That's another post. But for me these girls, yes, we are still girls, stand for more than college years now. We have gone through weddings, divorces, re-marriages, births, miscarriages, deaths of parents, illnesses of siblings, loss of siblings, jobs, loss of jobs, travels to our various cities. . we've just done life. While not together for most of the calendar year, emails, calls, Christmas cards somehow keep us all connected enough to always start right back up where we left off. It's funny how some relationships can stand the test of time in that way.

This summer was an especially hard one for me. Maybe because I'm getting older? Who knows? But this year, the Labor Day trip could NOT have come at a better time. I was weary from summer and needed to refresh and unwind. These special girls always seem to re-energize me. And this mama is better for it. I love you all!!!

Enjoy some snaps from our trip!


Dinner at my New Favorite: Caliza Pool at Alys Beach!! So fun!

Dessert at Fish out of Water at Watercolor!