Tuesday, November 09, 2010

a girlfriends weekend

 friday morning i woke up at 5am
hopped in my hubby's truck
and  drove to birmingham alabama
to hook up with my fantastic friend ashley
and one of her besties, amelia

we then jumped in ashley's swagger wagon
& road tripped to seaside florida!
oh yes we did

we talked
we laughed & we cried
we ate yummy food & drank good wine

amelia, i truly enjoyed spending some more time with you
& getting to know you better.
i appreciate your transparent heart
and your fun laugh!
ashley was shooting for her spring catalog
& chose to shoot at such a gorgeous location.
we met up with  darby
and her off the chart precious children.
she has a paige.
i wanted to bring that little one home with me.
oh my word.
we also met up with several mama's and their cutiepie kiddos
who modeled the spring BBTN line.
cuteness overload.
was a smidge chilly though. like boots & fleece chilly.
like wrap 'em up in blankies until it was their turn chilly.
but the pictures are gorgeous,
the line is fantastic,
& the weekend was wonderful

the sky this weekend was spectacular.
i look at this view and wonder how anyone could doubt that we have a Creator.

both mornings we woke up & saw dolphins playing out in the water.
i could have cried. i kid you not.
i love that.
just absolutely glorious.

i met ashley back in the spring.
we had been 'blog readers' of each other but had never chatted on the phone or met in person.
she invited me to spend a weekend with her , several ladies that host her line, a few close friends of hers and that cutiepie rockstar blogger darby.
it was an amazing weekend
that jumpstarted an amazing friendship.

ashley is a rare gem of a friend
who although we've only been buds for a few months,
i feel as if i've always known her.

she blows me away.
she's strong & creative
she loves the lord & she loves her babies well
she is an amazing wife & wears the funkiest jewelry
she's a wise entrepreneur & drives a minivan
her toes are painted black
she's off the chain generous
she serves many
gives away much
& listens to great music.
she's humble, bff to many and has the naturally whitest teeth. ever.
i love that girl.
i am blessed by her,
 more than she'll ever know.

because i'm a freak and didn't want my picture taken this weekend
i added this one from the girls weekend in the spring.
darby is third from the left
amelia is between her & ashley.

now if darby or ashley upload any unflattering photos from this weekend
this mushy post will indeed self destruct.
 (proof of ashley's fantastic choice in shoes)
 thank you sweet friend
for everything.
for being YOU.
you are loved!!!

 i haven't facebooked, emailed, blogged, got on line, edited photos,
checked out google reader, or twittered for almost 5 days.
this would normally cause me to feel completely behind
& maybe a tad overwhelmed
but i honestly enjoyed being unplugged
for a few days & just being in the moment.

tomorrow we're getting hardwood floors!
oh my word!
i want to put that in all caps, under line it & change the font
but i'll refrain.
this may be the most excited i've been about anything that is so non important
in all my life.

Colossians 3:14 & 15 (NLT)
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.
 For as members of one body you are called to live in peace.
 And always be thankful.


Jodee said...

It looks like you had a fun weekend with great friends. I love the picture of all of you.

Hooray for hardwood floors. You are going to love them!

traci said...

good for you. girls weekends are just the best. i have a girls overnight this weekend and another one next weekend. that makes me happy. good luck with the hardwoods. that is exciting.

melissa said...

Girls weekends are the best! (Especially when you live with all guys!!) ;)
So glad you had such a fabulous getaway to such a beautiful beach!!
Yay for your new hardwoods! You will LOVE them and they will look gorgeous with your white decor.


Between You and Me said...

i'm so glad you got a girls weekend and that it was so wonderful....

seaside....{love,love,love} seaside.

35 again said...

fun weekend paige.
i cant wait to see the

ejs said...

Oh my goodness, I feel your excitement for hardwoods! I want wide plank " pickled" as my mom calls them- hardwood floors like hers. White distressed hard wood floors. However, I would just take them any way I could get them. CONGRATS!

Jboo said...

I kind of wondered where you were over the weekend! Happy to hear you were off having fun! Sounds fabulous and what amazing friends you have! Lovely photos!

And hardwood floors -- wow!!! Can't wait to see those pics! Have a great week. Am sure your girlies and Hub missed your sweet presence!


Farmgirl Paints said...

What a fun weekend girlie. Your friend looks sooo familiar. Trying to figure that out. Can't wait to see your new floors. I would be giddy too!

Kristin said...

How much fun for you all!!!!! Makes me smile for you. Just so very glad it was a precious and cool weekend and that you got to share time with your friends that you hold dear to you on your favorite beach no less. God is soooo cool how he works out friendships like this that you just want to kiss the sky and say, thank you!

Shannan Martin said...

Oh, that sounds like SO much fun! Florida??? Sigh...

ps- It snowed here last weekend. :(

Kelli said...

What a weekend with some great people (LOVE Darby). How wonderful that you met such a great friend through blogging...it can be cool like that. Ooh, enjoy your hardwood floors!

Shannon said...

Sounds like you had a fun, refreshing all girls weekend.
Can't wait to see those beautiful hardwood floors, how exciting!

Courtney Walsh said...

This looks like so much fun!! :) I'm inspired!

Petit Coterie said...

It's always good to have good friends to spend great times with!


Kat said...

A trip to a gorgeous place with great girlfriends is a little slice of paradise for sure! So exciting about the hardwood floors! Your house is going to look even more fabulous than it already does!!! :)

ellieshine said...

oh yay! a girls weekend at the beach, dolphins, beautiful skies, photography and good wine included. . . does it get any better?

well maybe - when you are getting hardwood floors! yay for you - can't wait to see those pictures!

Shell in your Pocket said...

We all need weekends like this!

sandy toe

Martha said...

girls weekends are amazing...your pictures are so beautiful and so glad you had a great time...seaside sounds wonderful!
Congrats on the floors :) How exciting Paige ~ can't wait to see pics

Jen Kershner said...

That just sounds like a lovely weekend. There is just something special about time spent with our girls! I'm so looking forward to seeing your floors. I'm so happy for you!