I had such a great weekend this last weekend. My girlfriends and I took on Napa and we enjoyed and appreciated every second. Wendy and I have been great friends since we were 5 years old, sharing many of the same classes throughout elementary school; she is my oldest friend. After Wendy and I birthed our first babies we joined a mom’s group. I joined out of desperation to find other moms who thought this job was damn hard like me, and to get advice on how to make it through each day of motherhood. Wendy probably joined for different reasons like so she could meet other moms, since she had the easiest baby in the world. It was at this mom’s group where we met Kari and Andrea, who both had baby boys. The four of us have all been friends for six years now. When our kids were two we sent them off to the same preschool. We have also had many playdates with each other throughout the years. Now our kids are all in different stages of school and at different places but the girls manage to get out and have some fun when we can.
We had been talking about going away for a girls trip for years and we finally made it happen. We headed to Napa as early as we could get out of the house on Friday and didn’t get home until Sunday night. In between we packed in as much eating and drinking, relaxing and laughing as we possibly could.
We got to Napa around lunch and this is when our eating and drinking extravaganza began. We immediately found a place to go for lunch and ordered food and a bottle of champagne. Afterwards we headed to The Westin and put on our bathing suits and laid by the pool until the sun went down.
The next day we had a wine tour with our aggressive Iranian tour guide. She led us in all the places she wanted to go and we didn’t care because we enjoyed our stops along the way. Because I am not great at drinking a lot of wine during the day, I did get nauseated and light-headed about half way through, but after about an hour I was able to work my way out of it and enjoy the rest of my day.
We literally ate and drank ALL day on Saturday. While we were sitting in the hot tub that night around 6pm we discussed whether we should go out to dinner since we were all stuffed. We decided to go out a little later and just have a few appetizers. We got to our restaurant and our stomachs were very full, but the entrees just looked so great that three out of four of us had to get one. Even though we were ” so stuffed” we all managed to clear all the food off of our plates and enjoy every bite. I love that about my friends; we all love to eat and when we are on our girls trip we didn’t care about how much we ate or counting calories or any such nonsense.
At the Westin Wendy and I slept in one room and Kari and Andrea slept in the other bedroom. Saturday night at around 11pm when we were drifting off to sleep I said to Wendy “don’t you think it is funny that we were all so stuffed and we were just going to get appetizers and we ended up ordering huge entrees and eating them all?” Well, this set Wendy off in a laughing fit of epic proportions, that then set me off in a laughing fit. We couldn’t stop laughing for a long time. It was so funny because it reminded me of when Wendy and I were little and we used to do this all the time. We would think something was the funniest thing in the whole world and we would start laughing hysterically and couldn’t stop. It is interesting how some things never change, no matter how old you get.
We ended our girls trip with a wonderful massage at this cute spa in old Folsom called The Dream Spa. I realized on this trip how priceless a weekend away with your girlfriends is. It is during this time that you can share, learn and laugh with people who share the major common bonds of womanhood and motherhood.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Kahlil Gibran on Friendship
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.