The minute we found out we were leaving Texas, I started planning my first trip back.
I couldn't bear leaving my friends and not having a return date...so August (for my friend Lauren's sprinkle) it was!
I knew it was going to be hard to leave Arden behind (especially when I'd be seeing all of her best buddies!) but Chris kept reminding me that it was only for 1 night--and that she'd be in good hands ;) I had a few last minute temptations to just bring her along--after all, she still had 2 weeks of free flights left--but in the end I'm glad I made the trip solo. 24 hours of girl time was just what I needed!
The minute I saw these girls, we picked up right where we left off. It was like I lived there again and it felt so good!!!
We got to sprinkle sweet baby Caroline with love...and stock Lauren & Charley up with pink, pink, and more pink! Oh and I'm still dreaming about that bundt cake...
This girl. I'm so happy we've gotten to go through this second pregnancy journey together and I can't wait for her sweet little one's arrival in September!!
That evening we had planned to go out to dinner and celebrate my little guy too. Well it only took about 5 seconds to decide to scratch the fancy restaurant, and trade it in for yoga pants and pizza instead. That's how you know you've picked the right friends, people!
I should've known that these girls would go all-out and spoil our little guy. Thanks to them, he now has clothes! And some pretty darn cute ones at that! Bow ties, sweaters, plaid shirts...I think I'm totally going to get into dressing a boy :)
I went back to Emily's house that night with such a happy heart. Moving away from these friends was hard...but this trip only confirmed that distance doesn't matter--these are friendships that are going to last a long time, no matter where we live.
The next morning started off at brunch with the whole group. The kids have grown so much in just 3 short month--especially our little Kendall!!! She just gets cuter by the day...
Each of the big kids asked for Arden as soon as they saw me (which kind of broke my heart)...but we improvised and sent selfies back and forth :)
And hello, Arden...
Each picture that Chris sent was a surprise...a surprise to see what Arden's hair would look like, that is!
I think I'll give him an E for Effort? #menchiegirl
After brunch, the 5 of us girls headed to Target for childless shopping. It might sound silly, but it was actually glorious! Granted, everything we bought was for our children--but it was still a treat! :)
Then we tentatively planned our next get-together (where 2 new babies will be joining us!) and said our goodbyes. As you can imagine--I cried.
But luckily the fun wasn't over yet :) I was so happy to get to see my "computer friends" (HA!) for some lunch and cookies at Tiny's before I flew home. Emily, Darci & Lindsay spoiled Baby #2 some more (too much!), while we all just enjoyed catching up...although we truly needed 6+ more hours to cover everything! I'm still kind of in shock, but somehow, someway, we didn't take a picture! That's just not like us ;) Regardless, it was great--and I decided I'm gonna need to fly in for our next girls night. Time spent with those girls is just good for my soul!
So there you have it--my perfect weekend in Houston. Thank you to my sweet friends for making it so very special...and thanks to this dude for taking care of everything at home and encouraging me to enjoy the time away.
Hope to see you again very soon, H-Town!