And it was good.
Dave gave me a trip with my college girlfriends...a little reunion with my roommates I haven't seen in ages (well, all except one of them that I'm lucky enough to live right next to so I get to see her a bunch).
The best part about that gift wasn't only that he was willing to let me go, but he was willing to happily stay home with five kids for three days and get them to 35 sports games and 342 birthday parties (well, at least it seemed like that many). Plus he was willing to deal with a fit-throwing-three-year-old on all the side lines and even let Grace host a sleepover while I was gone.
Like I said, it was a good present.
So last weekend I took him up on his offer. (Yeah, if you're wondering why I was still posting things on here last weekend it's just because I'm super nerdy and I scheduled them to post while I was gone.)
(We missed you girls who couldn't come like nobody's business though!!)
Anyway, five us met up in Los Angeles and man oh man did we ever have a great time.Nichole,Brigitta, Nikki & Lynna
Look how great all those blondies are. These girls have changed my life for the better and I'm so thankful for them.
After I went to Boston University for my freshman year I went on study abroad in Israel with BYU. Nikki (the middle one in that picture up there) was my next-door-neighbor. We became great friends and ended up rooming together back at BYU (it was always in my plan to go to Boston for one year and then get my home-body-but-now-not-quite-so-naive self back near home to BYU). Through Nikki I met these other girls, and through them I met Dave. It was so fun to reminisce all the good old days and all the funny, weird things we did, people we dated or had crushes on, etc.
We hung out by the pool:
We hung out at the beach:
We walked around and decided which houses we'd buy right there on the water in our dreams:
I actually want to build this one here in the desert some day...I LOVE that shingle siding stuff:
Nik, Brigitta and I got make-overs. Here's the before picture:
...and the "after" picture:
(I'm only posting this picture because I think Nik and Brigitta look awesome. I was personally mortified when I saw it of myself...am I really that old? But the make-over was fun...it's always good to have a little refresher on how the heck to apply make-up.)
We played a little doubles:Lynna and I put up a good fight (don't be fooled and go thinking I'm a good tennis player...I stink at tennis, but Lynna was pretty darn good...check out that serious expression),
...but these two came out triumphant in the end:
(Nichole was the cheerleader since she forgot her tennis shoes.)
We found a gorgeous farmer's market:
And we went out to eat at some delicious places.
Of course, I had to capture a little of the beauty surrounding us in every direction:Oh man, California is so darn beautiful.
But mostly, we talked. And talked. And talk, talk, talked...all night and all day. We stayed up 'til almost three both nights. We had so much to catch up on.
I love these girls so much.
Thanks guys, for such a fun trip! And thanks, Dave, for spoiling me with such an extravagant present. Love you.