Thursday, April 17, 2008

Florida Weekend Re-cap

I arrived at the airport bright and early for my 7am flight. Okay... maybe I wasn't feeling the brightness of being up at that hour. And maybe I wasn't early since I got to the gate at the final boarding call. Well, you know me.... nothing like being the last one on the plane. LOL! I arrived in Florida 2 hours before Colleen.
That gave Tracy just enough time to pick me up at the curb and drive her boys to Grams and Gramps house and then high tail it back to the airport for the big surprise. It was awesome! Colleen had no idea I was coming. On the left, you can see the edge of the pole I was hiding behind as she walked up to greet Tracy. I came up behind her and the look on her face was soooo worth it! She was shocked and just as happy to see me as I was to see her. We headed back to T's house and immediately fired up the blender. Hey, I'm sure it was 5 0'clock somewhere!! I fell in love all over again with Colleen when she told me the margaritas weren't strong enough and added more tequila. A girl after my own heart!
The afternoon was spent lounging in the pool and enjoying lots of girl talk. Could not have been a more perfect afternoon! I love the Florida lifestyle. The people down there really know how to have a good time. And they certainly enjoy their cocktails. My kind of folk. :) But I don't know how I'd ever get to work if I had a pool and my own bar right in the backyard! I might never leave the house!Our host and hostess threw an impromptu little cookout that evening for some of the other neighbors also running for the BOD. Before everyone got there, the birthday girl received a box in the mail from Maryellen. She had tried so hard to work out a flight so she could be part of the birthday surprise, too. But in the end, there was just no way to do it.
So she sent Colleen some cool gifties instead. She loved all of it! The wine glass was in her hand most of the weekend. Except when we went boating. She took the koozie for that. LOL! After a delish dinner and lots more cocktails, we played mucho cornhole. Now since I'm from Ohi-yer, I've had lots of practice with this game. The funny thing is that I got better and better as the night wore on. The more tequila I drank, the more accurate my aim got. Strange, huh?
In fact, on the last shot of the last game I made all four of the bags in the hole to pull out a victory for my team. Because of that amazing feat, I was crowned the new "cornhole princess". (Boy do I have a lot of jokes for that line...) Here you can see the former princess passing on the crown. I accepted it proudly!
The next morning, we headed out for a little shoppy. Now this was an entirely different experience than what I'm used to. Last weekend when I visited Maryellen in North Carolina, we made a Wal*Mart run. Much more my speed. These high-falutin' stores down here were way outta my league. But I'm always up for an adventure so I happily went along.
The birthday girl wanted to treat herself to a new LV handbag. I wasn't able to share her enthusiasm when I saw that one bag cost more than my house payment. However, we made the mistake of going in the C0ach store later. Somehow a bag that only cost more than my last car payment seemed more reasonable. WTF?I've been corrupted! But I do love my new bag. And I rationalized that since my car has actually been paid off for more than a year it wasn't that big of a purchase. Plus more importantly, I deserve it! Looks good on me, no? Before heading back to party central, we stopped at the market. Tracy needed to pick up a few staples. No.... not bread and milk.We're talking tequila and beer, baby! You see, Florida is very hot. People tend to get pretty thirsty.Once back home, our host and hostess slipped off to their BOD election meeting while Colleen and I held down the fort. But we received constant updates via text messages. Finally, they arrived home victorious! And the celebration began.
We headed out to Colleen's favorite place for dinner. T0mmy*Bahamas. I'd never been to one. Let's just say that now I'm a believer, too. I had the best steak I've ever tasted in my life. Seriously...in my life!!Since I was dining in a tropical paradise, I decided to have an appropriate tropical drink that came with it's very own little umbrella. I ordered a yummy pina colada in honor of another homegirl who was also part of the birthday surprise. But unfortunately, she had to cancel at the last minute. So cheers to you, Melissa! You were there in spirit.
Mr Sea Star snuck off during dinner under the guise of "going to the bathroom". But really, he arranged a special birthday treat. But there was no stupid singing by the waiters in this classy joint. Though she did get to blow out a candle.
She was so happy that she decided to make love to the palm. She's truly a tree hugger! LOL!
We walked down to the pier so I could see the gulf side of the ocean since I'd never been here before. It looked the same as the Atlantic side. But it was a nice walk anyway. LOL! Aren't these two just the cutest couple? They really are just as adorable in real life, too.
Deja vu? Didn't Tracy lose her keys during the last "Girlfriends on the Gulf" trip? And was photographed in the exact same position? With the exact same look on her face?
The humidity had taken a toll on our hair at this point. But we still look hot. No, I mean we were really hot. LOL!
The next morning, we were up early for a day on the water. Mr Sea Star loaded us up on the boat and took us out for some island time. It was a gorgeous day.
These two sun worshipers worked on their fabulous tans with no worries. While I slathered on SPF 50 sunscreen and sat under the umbrella. With my lovely fishing hat and tee shirt on. Scared to death of a burn.
This set up is how I garnered the name "Miss Daisy". I burnt anyway. Badly. I knew my fair complected skin couldn't deal with that sun. Happens every time. But it was still a great day... in spite of my pain. LOL!
I had the most fun!! And to think I almost didn't go. Only because I had traveled the weekend before. I thought it would be too excessive to fly two weekends in a row and get my party on again so soon. Thank goodness Tracy twisted my arm and convinced me to throw caution to the wind and live it up while I still can in my pre-baby time. Thanks for the encouragement, girl!
Our time in paradise. We lounged. We swam. We ate great food. We enjoyed many delicious cocktails. We talked and talked. We cornholed. We shopped. We celebrated. We boated. We saw naked ass on the beach. We partied like rock stars. And then some of us fell asleep. :PThe weekend was fabulous! Spent with two of my favorite people. (Well, actually three now cuz Mr Sea Star is pretty freakin cool himself.) I could not possibly have had a better time. Except maybe if we left out the sunburn. LOL! Thanks to Tracy and Jason for being such wonderful hosts and pampering us all weekend.
I love you girls and can't wait til next time!
I miss you so much already!
*And I can't believe I just posted pics of myself in a bathing suit on the world wide web. Yes it's hidden under a tee shirt but it's still there. I must really love you chicks! BTW... am I not just rockin that camouflage fishing hat? LMAO!

21 comments:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

LOVE this post...
Looks like such a WONDERFUL time..
Have a Great Week girly..
I will let you know when I turn 40...
HUGS

Wendy said...

Looks like a total blast! And while you are touring about the country, you need to bring yourself down here to Texas! We'll show you a good time too! :o)

TBG Happenings said...

A fun time had by all! They don't call it paradise for nothin!

Colleen said...

I'm bawling. I am sooooo missing you girls and paradise. I am still workin on Jim to move. God that is soooooo my lifestyle.

PS... lets not forget the LV that I am selling...so remember, its a "wash". LOL....

Great post, great pics, great time.

Pug Mama said...

I am sooooo pissed I missed out on this!! Looks like so much fun!!! Oh well, I now have a ticket good for one year..........

redmaryjanes said...

That looks absolutely fabulous. And I am so glad to hear the Tracey took over the BOD!
I'll be drinking one of those beers tonight.
It's finally warmed up here!

Sara said...

What a fun post, looks like you had a great trip. Makes me want to find some sun and a beach...and a coach bag too! LOL...

OziMum said...

OMG! You bought a REAL Louis?!! Looks gooorgeous on you, dahling!

Looks like an awesome weekend! I hope you made sure it was memorable for Colleen?!!

amy said...

OH how fun! What great pics!

3D said...

Awesome recap! You 3 are just hotness, hotness! What a great weekend.

Keep smilin!

Sandra said...

Looks and sounds like an amazing time! Glad you enjoyed yourself :-)

Headmeister said...

These pics are GREAT!!!!!!! Sorry I couldn't make it either, but I'm glad to see that a good time was had by all!!!

sea star said...

Was it all just a week ago.....???

*sigh* time flies when your having fun!

Mark & Michelle said...

Looks like a great time!!

Glad you enjoyed!

Rhonda said...

Looks like everyone had a blast...so, when are you coming up to this neck of the woods? :)

Briana's Mom said...

Wow - sounds like you had an absolutely amazing time and your pics are fantastic! I am so envious! That purse looks dreamy on you!

Catherine said...

Wasn't that a party?!! You girls look and sound like you had a fabu time! You're rocking the LV bag.

Until next time!

Colleen said...

Um....WHO bought the LV bag?? LOL!!!!

Allison said...

Clicked over here from Colleen's blog. Looks like y'all had a fabulous time! Girly weekends really are the best.

Elise said...

Glad you guys had so much fun!!!

PIPO said...

Ahhh...paradise.