Girls Trip 2018

We gathered together one April night, celebrating Brooke’s birthday. As the five of us sat together in Leslie’s backyard she said, “Alright ladies, now that we’re all together, we need to get a date set for our girls trip!”

Last June, we took our FIRST EVER girls trip. It was merely a weekend spent at McCall’s family cabin that sits on a lake in the mountains, but it was magical and exactly what we needed. In fact, that is where the idea of Lucie and Gray was born! (You can read all about that here).

We would have no idea just how nourishing that girls trip would be for our souls. To break from our regular lives, unplug (perks of escaping to the mountains) and purely focus on each other with no outside ‘noise’ or distractions, was the most fulfilling. Plus… we think hair up, cozies on, bras optional and makeup free is pretty enticing in itself. ;)

Who knew how hard you could laugh.

How much love you could feel.

How happy you could be.

And how many memories you could make.

In one weekend with your girlfriends.

From that moment on, we all knew we needed to keep the tradition alive. So we got down to planning Girls Trip #2 for this fall.

It can be tricky getting five women together for dinner, let alone a girls trip. Which is why Les brought up the subject (and calendars) that night in April… a FULL 6 months before the trip!

After looking at our busy schedules… we set our eyes on the end of September and ALL FIVE of us were confirmed! Plans were in place, childcare arranged, menus planned, grocery shopping done, favorite wines bought and bags packed.

It was Friday morning and each of us started the day on cloud nine, spirits high… until Leslie dealt a devastating blow.

Her youngest child came down with a cold, so she wouldn’t be joining us. Her childcare plans that had been in place for weeks, backed out.

How could we go without her?

We pulled up our calendars once again, throwing dates out left and right in an attempt to reschedule. But with the holidays nearing, there wasn’t another free weekend until early 2019! After exhausting possible alternate childcare, by late Friday afternoon Leslie “admitted defeat.” But she wanted us to go.

We followed her wishes. Our girls trip group of five fell to four.

There was a distinct fall chill in the air that night we arrived. As we carried our bags from the car to the cabin, we all stopped for a moment to look up at the night sky. Star filled, we knew Les was there in spirit.

Saturday morning we made French toast with the most delicious brioche bread from Trader Joe’s (a Leslie find), just as we did last year.

It was a beautiful sunny morning to wander through the aspens on McCall’s parent’s property on the other side of the lake… and ‘deface it’ by carving our initials! ;)

After enjoying lunch on the deck, we took a drive into the tiny town and wandered along the sleepy dirt roads before heading back.

A breeze picked up as we hung out on the dock and laughed as we watched Surae’s puppy, Paxton, take his first swim in the lake.

Dinnertime came way too soon, but grilling out, watching the sunset and turning on the ‘twinkle lights’ that lined the cabin was enchanting.

The best sleeps happen at the cabin. Especially after enjoying meaningful, late night conversations, pure laughs and simple moments with your tribe. There is no quiet or dark quite like it… which you do have to be aware of when you’re trying to find the bedroom door in the middle of the night for a potty break! LOL.

In a perfect world we would have loved to have everyone together but you can’t predict when kids will get sick or any other bump in the road. Although devastated, Leslie wanted and needed our girls trip to still happen for the sake of OUR happiness and made it clear that she didn’t want us to “feel bad for having a wonderful time.”

The reality of Leslie not being able to join us this girls trip saddened us, but it taught us what true friendship is. Love, empathy and commitment.

For that alone, it was worth it.

How very important girls trips are… don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. We deserve them and if anything, need MORE of them.

“I’ve learned that things don’t always go as planned, or the way you think they should. And I’ve learned that there are things that go wrong that don’t always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before. I’ve learned that some broken things stay broken, and I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you.”

- Jennifer Weiner