we had our college girl’s reunion trip this past weekend and if it’s any indication that i couldn’t seem to bang out a post until wednesday…you can imagine how good of a time we had. the premise of the trip was that it’s been 10 years since we graduated. OMG we are old! it’s a bit disturbing how quickly those 10 years have gone by…and man, they have been action packed! we left 17 collective children behind to come on the trip. crazy! it was so great to regroup and relive old times with all twelve (12!!) girls…and make plenty of new memories too. fripp was the perfect backdrop – it felt like we were the only people on the island, and for a group this lively – that’s not a bad thing!
merrell and i rolled into town late thursday and abbie greeted us friday morning (after sleeping in and coffee on the widow’s walk overlooking the ocean – ahhh) with summer berry bellinis.
we headed into town (n.b. “town” is BEAUFORT! only my fave small town with the most fabulous downtown manses, including the house from “the big chill.” which we did, in fact, stalk.) for brunch and champagne buzz art buying (good idea). it’s ok though, they are by the local artist eric longo who i love. i bought a painting from him when i was in town in 2010, and couldn’t wait to go back for more.
did i mention the party favors – sorority t-shirts and koozies? how awesome is that. now i won’t feel like a total has-been wearing a XO/PM tumble & fall t-shirt from 1999 with holes in it.
we hit the beach for a late sunning session and waited on the other girls, then enjoyed a delicious dinner that abbie made and got into the cups a little bit…no surprise there! jenny regaled us with the most AMAZING video she compiled of pictures from college, along with what we’ve been up to since – it brought the house down! i can’t wait to get my own copy so i can watch it and die laughing (and cry) all the time. a late night dance party on the widow’s walk ensued afterwards. it was so dark up there that we had to bring a flashlight and work it into all of our moves. the whole thing was a little fuzzy, so this picture captures it perfectly…
here is a good example of how we roll: the girl in the middle is pregnant with her 3rd child. here she is breaking it down at approximately 1 o’clock a.m.
saturday morning came pretty quick and shermosas were made for all (champagne and orange sherbet). this serving was noted as being an “opportunity.”
we all donned our new t-shirts with pajama pants, grabbed our cocktails and headed out for a golf cart cruise. stephanie had an extra good time!
it was all fun and games until one of the golf carts ran out of juice…
and we had to be towed back to the house. womp womp.
then it was time to hit the beach. we sat out there for hours chatting away…subject matters were most entertaining!
we went back in to take another golf cart cruise and whaddayaknow… same golf cart ran out of juice. this time we were close enough to push, and had fun doing it!
we got ready for dinner and caught the sunset up on the the widow’s walk.
some things never change :)
and we were off to beaufort for a fantastic dinner at wren.
our waiter loved us…no, hated us…no i’m pretty sure he loved us. i think.
we even saw a self-proclaimed maid marion just strolling down the street. although after she walked away, kanda mentioned she was more like a fairy godmother.
love love love these girls.
i was thinking about something after i got home, how we’ve all left our mark in the last 10 years since we walked under the arch (finally!) on u. of georgia’s north campus. it never even came up, as this group of girls is as modest as they are fun, which is really saying something. but i know through the grapevine how accomplished all of these girls are! we’ve got a partner at a law firm, BFDs in the mortgage/accounting world, a talented interior designer, lab/pharma sales dynamos, a teacher enriching the lives of middle schoolers, an emmy-nominated tv news producer, a magazine writer, a nurse practitioner, a film location scout (MRM, we missed you) and a political campaign manager! i mean – pretty bad ass, if i do say. i am so proud to be friends with these gals, and it seems that the constant in all of our lives is our friendship and how much we care about each other, even if we don’t all see one another all that often. hopefully that will change as this beach trip changes from “blue moon” to “annual!” life’s too short not to see the people you love. and oh how i love each and every one of these girls!!
and ulysses s. grant.