Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Girls Night

Everyone needs to get together with friends.
I especially am a fan of Guys Night and Girls Night out. 
My Hubby and I always realized how important it is for us to be individuals and to enjoy friendships outside of our marriage. 
Hmm.. that sounded strange. What I mean is to get out with friends without spouses.

Hubby works way to hard and way to many hours. He always has. Giving him a night out with guy friends is a rare but necessary step for his sanity.  When the girls were young, he went on a yearly Ski Trip with guy friends, that totally re-amped him. Later, he would jump on the Harley and go for a ride with a friend. Sometimes it's just grabbing a bite with a buddy.

For me~ I use to take a yearly trip with Besties, Have a Margarita night once and a while, and a favorite night out for me was BUNCO (which I have written about HERE ). Lately though, I am embracing girl friends and making every effect to spend more time with those who make me smile.
Mary, Bev, Maureen, Lee, Leslie, Me, Julie, Lisa, Norma
Last night I was Blessed to join some dear friends for a lovely evening.
I sent a message out to 20 girlfriends for a dinner get together and was pleasantly surprised that half were able to make it out on a Monday evening. (Julie L is missing from photo). The above photo shows you some of my high school classmates of the class of 1980. It was a joyous evening of laughter & random conversations all going at the same time. 
♥The clatter of friendship. 
It was heavenly♥ 
Part of the wonderful thing about this group of woman, is that even though we went to school together, and all knew each other, we did not "run" together in the same cliques. I considered them all friends, however, there were different points in my life that I was closer to one or the other over those years. Some I have been blessed with knowing well and not losing touch over the years. And some I hadn't seen in twenty-some years. Yet, we all picked up like it was yesterday. No awkward pause... no regrets...no tears. Just a bunch of belly laughs and even some gentle loving advice. Some have been widowed, some divorced, some celebrating 20-31 years of marriage. Some have children, some do not. But we all share a common love and desire to have girlfriends.
Life is short and unexpected. I have had too many things pull me down or knock me over. I am learning, you get what you get... make the best of it.  There is no time to waste feeling sorry or second guessing.  For me, I am going to grasp the golden ring, I am going to enjoy.


Kristen In London said...

How wonderful of you to be so spontaneous and include special girls in your night. I love evenings like that. Janis, you're getting this breathing thing just right!

Pammy Sue said...

Look at all of those smiling faces! How fun. Nice post, Janis!

Curtis Covington said...

What a beautiful group of ladies! I readily admit having "crushes" on at least 3 of the young ladies in this group in high school. Very nice testament to the character of your group to still care enough to share time together after so many years! Salute!

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Mark Pressley said...

Awsome stuff, great friends

ellen abbott said...

it's what I liked about yoga every Wednesday with the girls. I loved the yoga but more importantly was time with the girlfriends.

Lori ann said...

how lucky all those girls are to have you as a friend janis, this was such a special thing to do!

Julie Harward said...

Sounds like fun to me...I have done that with the same kind of group and it is amazing how you just pick right up on where you left each other. (Love your border here!) :D

Linda said...

I'm not big on this, as you know, but I loved reading about your time and seeing the photos. :)