Thursday Thankful...Friends That Shop till You Drop!

Where has Sandy Toes been???Well, this weekend I was gone (I know...two weekends almost in a row but that is just how it all worked out) and went shopping with my "old" playgroup. We met about 3 hours away...stayed at the Hilton Garden...dined...shopped..dined again..shopped....took in a movie...shopped...what a wonderful weekend!

And you know what???The shopping and great food was not the best part. It was spending time with my "Classy Clowns". Before, we moved I had been in this playgroup for years....we have watched our kids grow. It was not the normal playgroup...we would start at 9:30am at a "house"...eat lunch together...around 3:00 one of us would go pick up the older kids...come back and around 5:00 do dinner!!! We had husbands who traveled...worked long hours...golfed and we made the best of it.

(Picture of My Friend getting her "new" makeup look at Mac in Sacs)

This is a one-of-a kind group...it's been almost a year since my family moved and I still miss them as much as I did the day the moving truck pulled out. True friends are hard to find...we are all different with different personalities but TOGETHER we have the "Housewives of Orange County" beat. These ladies are real, make you feel like mother of the year even when they have seen you at your worse, love your kids like their own, can make you laugh so hard you need "Depends", they are honest even when it hurts. They will sit in an Emergency room for hours with 8 kids who are crawling the walls to be by your side; they will drop everything to gather for a coffee to listen;they are honest with who they are, what they have, where they want to go and if they will "get there"

It was so hard to say "goodbye" on Sunday afternoon. For me it had to be quick and fast or I would cry like a "baby"!A couple of them said how much they miss me at breakfast and I couldn't even respond b/c I knew where it would go. Even though I have moved, the moment I am back with them..I feel like I did when we lived in the same town...it's like we left off and just started up at the next sentence we left off.

I miss them so much...I miss the relationships my kids had with their kids. Sometimes, my middle child will cry b/c she misses her friends and sometimes I just want to sit right next to her and CRY even harder!!!Everyone says give it a year...it's been a little over the year! I feel the same..I miss them more b/c I realize "what I had"! It was rare and "few" have it!

Sorry this not my normal type of "postings" but I am not good with words in "person". So I hope they will read it even though they NEVER leave a comment! hee hee!!! This Thursday Thankful I am thankful for friends especially ones who will give up a December weekend for us all to be together!

p.s. Thanks for another great weekend! New York City Next YEAR!!!Save Up!

55 comments:

coco said...

I can totally understand why you are so thankful for those kind of friends! I still keep in touch with a group that I became friends with 16 years ago when my girls were toddlers...our husbands all travelled and we were each others life line. Our kids are all in high school and college now but we still get together when we can and it is like we were never apart.

Erin said...

Your weekend looks so fun! I think I need a girl's weekend. I went to a movie and dinner with my sister last night and I thought I died and gone to heaven!

Liz said...

It looks like you had such a good time. You are very fortunate to have friends like that! I have yet to find any that are that selfless. I am sorry that you had to move but I think it's wonderful you all stay in touch.

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Oh my GOOOOOOOOOOOOODNESS how much fun!! What a blessing to have such a rare bond with friends like that. That's just fabulous!! Oh and I'm jealous of the makeover at MAC. I LOVE me some MAC makeup! ;-)

~melody~

mysteryhistorymom said...

Everybody just adores you, Sweetie! How could they not? You are loving, funny, creative, etc. So glad you had a fun weekend! Lori

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Oh my goodness...I know how you feel! I moved away from my friends 4 years ago and STILL feel the pain and miss them. Great friends like that are SO hard to find! I am thrilled you got to spend some time with your friends, what a blessing~AND it looks like you guys had the best time!
Robin~♥

Jessica said...

How fun!!!! Those kind of weekends are the best! There is nothing like getting the girls together for shopping, eating and chatting! P.S.-the Mac counter might just be the best place in the world!

Jan said...

Wow. There is a whole lot of love and fun in this post today. How lovely Sandy. You are so blessed with such a great group of gals. Can I join?

Heather said...

Sandy - I am right there with you! My friends mean everything to me as they support me when my husband is away and they love my children as much as I love theirs. There is nothing to compare to a good girlfriend!

Lisa & Gerald said...

Its nice to get away with your friends and enjoy the time with them!

Mari said...

That is truly something to be thankful for! What a fun time!

April said...

Sounds like you have a great group of buddies! That is so hard to come by, so cherish each and every moment you have together!

Makes me think of when we lived in North Carolina. I became involved in a playgroup because Brittany was around 2 years old. It was one of the best things that's ever happened to me. We'd meet at someone's house once or twice a week. The kids would play and all the moms would sit around and compare notes about our kids and hubbies. We had a real connection. Unfortunately, we moved after only a year and a few months. The other ladies all moved away, too, eventually. I've kept in touch with some of them, but it's never been the same. It was so wonderful while it lasted, so count yourself very lucky.

A trip next year to New York City??? Now, that's going to be fun!!!

Darlene said...

What fun memories and fabulous friends. At least you are close enough to still be able to go see them occasionally. It is so hard to find good, true friends.

Kelly said...

That looks like a fun bunch of girls! Glad you had a good weekend. I'm sorry you miss your friends so much, that has to be hard.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so lovely and true. Good girlfriends are hard to come by...so glad you had a fun time.
good memories!!!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

There is nothing better than a close group of girlfriends!

Looks like so much fun! makes me want to call up my gals and have a girls night!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I totally understand how you feel!!! My Sat. post is about the same kind of friendship-my dearest friend/playgroup member moved 10 (!) hours away last year, and me and my kids are still caught crying!!! I am glad you got to reconnect with dear friends-that is treasured times, I know.
(We got your Christmas card yesterday-LOVE it! The kids are adorable!)
Your son looks so mature, and such a sweet older brother. The girls are just so sweet looking!!! LOVE it!

Kristen said...

What a fun time you had!!! Girl's Weekend's are a must! My girlfriends are a gift that I am soooo thankful for!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

There's nothing like having a great group of girl friends. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Love the smiles on all of your faces!

Joanna said...

Nothing is better than a great group of friends...Finding friendship like that is so hard to come by. That is something to truly be thankful for.

Montee said...

I understand. We moved here 7 years ago and I am still sad sometimes because I miss my friends and family. My son really gets sad. He has made good friends here but he misses Tennesse really bad. He will graduate in 2010 and has let us know that he is out of here. He is looking at colleges in The South. Vandy and UNC are topping his list.

lmerie said...

Looks like a great weekend was had! I miss the group too and I was not even in it! hehe

Great honor to your friendships! Have a great day!

Tricia Anne said...

You are so blessed! What a wonderful time you all had together!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Debbie said...

I have never been to New York - and always wanted to go. It looks as if you had a blast - what great friends.

Jillene said...

That is GREAT!! I am glad that you were able to go and spend some quality time with some great friends!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Oh, I am so sad for you that you don't have this group of women on a daily basis anymore. I can understand how much you must miss them! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend though!
Carrie

Chris said...

I know you must miss them so much, but be grateful you have such soul sisters as that, not too many people have that in their life.

Hugs,
Chris

Jboo said...

Sounds like you all had so much fun together!! Great that you all keep in touch. Isn't it so wonderful when you get together with friends and it's like you've just seen and talked with them! Girlfriends are the best!

Hope you have a great day.
Janet

Julie said...

YEAH for girlfriend time.... and shopping. I love that when I get to go back to the States and hang out with my friends... so nice!!!!

squawmama said...

Wow that sounded like so much fun... I LOVE girls weekends... and it is hard to find a bunch of women who all get along so you are so fortunate to have this group as your trusted friends... Knowing they love you no matter what... Great Friends & Great times... Have a good day

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Lindsey said...

How fun!!! Glad you had a great time, love the pictures!

Carrie said...

How great! Looks like you had a blast!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I loved this post...straight from the heart!!

Girls weekends are the best, especially when they are with special friends like this....no matter how much time goes by, you pick up right where you left off!!

You are fortunate to have such great women in your life!!

NYC sounds like a complete blast...start saving is right!!

Have a great day:)

Lisa

Scrapper Mom said...

Awww. It looks like you guys had a blast!!! Friends are the best. I am so very thankful for mine.

Daphine said...

Beautiful post! You are so right, true friends are HARD to find. It looks like you ladies had a fabulous time! I love the group picture!

Happy Thursday!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful post! I wish I had a group of friends like that.

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

D - what a wonderful post. I just moved a state away and long for some friends that are fun, real/down-to-earth and take me as I am. You really couldn't ask for more than that! I am so glad that you got to spend some much needed time with these gals!

jennykate77 said...

I'm so glad you got to spend a girl weekend with your friends. That's so awesome! Looks like you guys had a great time☺ I love all the pics!

Ashley Griffin said...

i totally get that!! what a great post. but, one question. i think i know, but... which one are YOU??

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I am glad you had a wonderful weekend with your friends. I'm so sorry you had to move away from them; that would be really hard! Hopefully you will get to see them again really soon! :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Sandy! I know how you feel. I had to leave my close friends years ago, but we made it a point to stay close and have. I'm so glad you had a fun weekend! Looks like you all had a blast together!

Your post just proves that the most important things in life aren't things. People are the most important thing in life! Loved this. Big hugs to you.

XO,

Sheila :-)

AndreaLeigh said...

That is so tough, but it is awesome that you find ways to get back together. That is what friendship is all about. It looks like you had a blast and came home wiht quite the haul.

nikkicrumpet said...

YUP...most of us will NEVER have a group of friends like that. You are a lucky lady...What a fun group...and I'll be sure to warn New York that you're coming!

Sandy said...

new york is a blast! sounds like such a great time!!!

Carolina Mama said...

So sweet. Glad you had a fun time with old friends!

At Home In Georgia said...

Shopping and a hotel? Not fair! At least someone go to do it.

The Blonde Duck said...

It sounds like you had a blast! What wonderful friends!

The Decorated House said...

What a fun post! And it certainly looks like you all had a ball.
Thanks for stopping by. It's always so sweet when you come by.
Donna

Emily said...

Wow your lucky to have friends like that! Sweet post.

Our Complete Family said...

Oh Sandy Toes.
I feel your pain. Each time we move with the AF I have to find good friends that can keep me sane and it is so hard to leave them when we move again. I am so glad you keep in touch and are still close enough that you can do things like this. How lovely!
What a fun playgroup you girls must have had! And, b/c Momma's were happy while Daddies were working hard, the kiddos were happy, too! Win win, right?!?
Merry December Miss Shopper!!! ;)
Les

Smelling Coffee said...

So glad you had a wonderful time with your good friends. What a special group God gave you for a season. It's so hard to leave good friends. I hope you girls have many more years of fun get togethers in your futures!

Moi said...

I undesrand how you feel exactly. I have lived away from my best friends for 3 years now and it really doesnt get better - you just get used to it. Well, I am super jealous of your shopping trip! It looks like so much fun. I am hoping to squeeze in a dinner with my girls when I am home for the holidays!

Katie said...

That is awesome, it about makes me cry. I miss some of my old friends that we have moved away from. It is special to have this sort of thing in life it doesn't happen very often. I'm hoping to find a few friends like this to have these meaningful caring friendships. Looks like so much fun...

Debbie T said...

Debbie,

What an amazing post! This truly sums up exactly how I feel as well. I am VERY blessed to have all 4 of you in my life. I think each one of us brings something completely unique to the group. When one of us is missing, it does not seen whole! It is very rare that you do find TRUE friends who are 100% honest and REAL about who they are. With this group, what you see is what you get! You can make mistakes and admit your shortcomings and there is no judgement. Instead, we laugh WITH each other or cry with each other! After laughing or crying, we will jump in to help each other. I know that when we are 80 years old, we will still all be friends and planning crazy adventures.

Debbie, we do miss you each and every day. Every time we are together, we have a moment of silence for you. We always say, "Debbie Glosson would say...". Or, Debbie would say right now "You know what would be fun." There is a hole in our playgroup that will NEVER be filled. That is...until you move back some day.

Thanks for a great weekend girls! I just wish someone, other than me, would have helped with Ann Claire in the middle of the night (ha.ha.ha)

Love you,

Debbie Teper

Jill said...

Hey Debbie!

As Kelly (and Dolly) would say: laughter through tears is my favorite emotion! I'm so grateful I got to share some of the closeness you all have for each other when we were all on the Exec Board together. I truly looked forward to those meetings at your house.

Many blessings to you!