Monday, May 17, 2010

Small Group Girls' Weekend 2010

The wives from our Small Group at church have been planning a girls' weekend for over a month now. We made arrangements to head out of town to Galveston, sans children, husbands, and chores. Unfortunately, there were a few travel, health, and other obstacles preventing everyone from making it. But those that did, had an AWESOME time!

The beach house was perfect. We each had our own room, we had plenty of food, and we were about a 3 minute walk from the beach. A drive into town was only about 8 minutes, so we also went shopping and toured the city a bit. But we realized about an hour into settling in that it didn't really matter where we were, we could have a great time anywhere just chatting and enjoying our friendships. We didn't have diaper or potty-training duty for four whole days!

So what do you do when you're on a beach vacation and it's pouring rain outside?

You watch movies and chat. And eat. And eat. It's amazing how many conversations you can finish and how many hot meals can be eaten when there aren't any little ones around!

It rained HARD from Thursday night until early Saturday morning. It finally slowed to a drizzle on Saturday morning so we were able to go on some shell hunts and enjoy the surf and sand.

There were a lot of Portuguese Man-O-War that were washed up on shore after the previous night's storm.

Lola and Tito, some local Boxers, entertained us on one of our walks.

I just loved this. Have no idea why, but it spoke to me.

Some of the beach front homes are still hurting to be remembered from Hurricane Ike. This is about two blocks from the W's home.

Every girl's vacation dream: a place you can throw back a beer and get a tattoo while you're waiting for your new car security system to be installed. If it takes too long you can roll away in a scooter.

A gorgeous historic home a few blocks from The Strand.

See the blue step? That's how high the water was with the storm surge from Ike.

The Galveston Fishing Pier on the sea wall is still in need of repair. (Click link to see pictures from before Ike.)

Fabulous Threesome. It's off-centered on purpose. See the view in the background? We can see the waves as we're sitting on the sofa in the living room.

LH's second job: Abercrombie model.

Homeward bound road trip staples: Sonic Happy Hour and a stop at Buc-ee's in Madisonville. (If you haven't heard of Buc-ee's, it's The Ultimate truck stop. Ever.)

The sweetest little Welcome Committee I can imagine! (Bubby hadn't crawled to the front door yet.)

JJ and LH, thank you for being amazing road trip buddies! I had a FABULOUS time and am already looking forward to next year's trip.


Husband said...

Great pics! Sucks that it rained as much as it did, but it's always nice to get away just for a change in scenery, regardless of the weather outside. The boys and I had a great weekend, but when they saw momma pull up, it's was pure excitement...Evan nearly jumped out of my arms trying to get to you! And Jonathan doesn't have a shirt on in the pic because he got jell-o on it during wasn't a white trash fest while you were away...but I did let him pee in the backyard once :)

Mandi said...

Soooooo glad you got a break MM!! And so glad it wasn't 'white trash fest' at home. Lol@husband!

While I was in the hospital recovering from the csection with K, Dear Friend spotted my Husband with D at the mall. He'd dressed her and 'fixed' her hair himself .... ahem. I was so proud of him for trying. And so thankful it was just Dear Friend who saw him. Ha!