God blessed me with an amazing soul sister and best friend going on 16 years ago! Erica and I met in Mrs. Laudani's 8th grade English class, and have been best friends ever since. Erica and I have been there for each other through some amazingly happy times, and some sad times as well. Erica and her precious family moved to Arizona a year and a half ago. She has been back to visit several times, but we were ready for a "girls only" weekend of fun! We split a plane ticket and decided it would be best for her to come to Florida. Our husbands were amazing and were responsible for the kids the whole weekend. The night Erica flew in we went to Tijuana Flats for dinner (a place we love and they don't have in Arizona). The next morning, we met up with Jamie and Hannah, and my mom for some playground fun with the kids. Tanner and Aunt Erica have a special bond! Everytime Erica visits, Tanner takes right to her. I love this picture of them playing on the floor. This is why he loves her so much! We hit one more playground before it was time for Daddy to take over! Our fun girls night started with the Cheesecake Factory, another one of Erica and I's favorite restaurants! We took cheesecake to go, ran through Starbucks for coffee, then headed to All Fired Up to paint pottery. We had previously talked about painting our kids something and came up with "It's Your Special Day" plates. We hope our kids will have fun each time there's a celebration and use these special day plates! We had the best time painting, and put lots of love and laughter into them! The finished product: The next morning we met up with my mom and Jamie for a brunch at The Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora. This tea room is simply wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed our girl talk and of course the delicious food and tea!
After brunch and a walk through Mt. Dora, Erica and I had a caribbean spa pedicure awaiting us at the Pure Aveda Spa and Salon. We were so excited to get pampered! After our amazing and relaxing pedicure, we ended our fun weekend with a cookout at my parents house. My mom made Erica's favorite brownies and we enjoyed our time together!
It was sad to see our girls weekend come to an end, but we were so thankful for the time we had to spend together! Thanks Er for traveling so far for our fun weekend and thank you to our awesome hubby's for all their hard work taking care of the kids! Can't wait til' next year's girls weekend!