When my friend, Cheryl, initially suggested this "weekend away" idea seven years ago, I didn't think it sounded like such a great idea. I thought it would be weird & even a bit selfish to go on a vacation by myself without my hubs and the kids.
But let me tell you, I'm SO over that! If you've never experienced the joy of a girls' (or boys') weekend away, I strongly urge you to remedy that situation immediately! It's hard to describe, in a short blog, the innumerable benefits my friends and I get from taking this break every year.
Because there are 12 of us, we select B & B's that give us free reign over the entire house plus room to spread out any craft supplies members of our group may have. Aside from the obvious bonus of getting to spend endless hours hanging out with some of my closest friends, it's just so incredibly relaxing. And we talk. I'm sure I don't need to tell you women can talk. Women need to talk. We get to finish entire uninterrupted conversations which cover the gamut from the serious to the silly. We get to spend all day in our jammies if we want. We answer to nobody (no kids, no hubbies, no bosses, no pets). We stay up late, sleep in and take naps whenever we want. We eat copious amounts of chocolate, dance, sing, play games and laugh until our stomachs hurt.
Sometimes we watch movies, sometimes we don't. This time we had a triple-feature-chick-flick fest with The Proposal, 27 Dresses and The Wedding Date then proceeded to vote on which
Taking breaks are important anyway, but these Llama Mama Getaways offer such a wonderful female bonding experience, more so than sharing an occasional lunch or evening out could ever provide. And we always return home refreshed and grateful for the time we've gotten to laugh and love and cherish our friendship. Alas, it's over for this year. But there's always next year to look forward to.
So how about you? Do you have any traditions of female (or male) bonding you look forward to every year?
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