Some of the greatest blessings of my life have been the friendships I have made with my roommates over the past 13 years. I feel enormous gratitude for the women who have taught me, cried with me, laughed with me, understood me, uplifted me, spiritually fed me, and so many other things that are invaluable to me.
This weekend, I reunited with Kate (Wyoming), Tessa (Ohio), and Melissa (Orem), my roommates from Millrace #3 the year after I graduated college. We were three teachers and a social worker, all working professionals and navigating our way through difficult changes, decisions, and the general ups and downs of life. I am forever grateful for that time!
|Our first item of business as reunited friends was to eat at Cafe Rio. Ohhhhh man.|
|For the baby shower activity, we made baby mobiles (inspired by Scotty Pendleton's mobile). It was unanimously one of our favorite parts of the entire weekend, and they were so inexpensive to make. While working, we were highly entertained by the movie Sydney White with Amanda Bynes.|
|Our reunion was in Park City. We headed first to the Olympic Park. I LOVE THE OLYMPICS! I loved this activity...and it was FREE! I would love to go back again soon.|
|I was shamefully proud of the reflection picture (top right). The bottom two pictures are props and costumes used in the opening ceremonies!|
|They had ski uniforms on display from different decades. Our personal favorites were the ones from the eighties, as pictured above. Check out the leg warmers on the top right!|
|I was excited about the ski boot from the 1930's. We also had the chance to have a virtual "experience" ski flying. We even got snowed on!|
After our Park City jewelry tour, we checked into our hotel for a little R&R. Kate got a KILLER deal on a beautiful Marriott hotel. We all crashed on our beds and played each other in Scramble with Friends, Words with Friends, and Quiz up for a good solid two hours. This was one of my top three favorite things we did on the trip! It was so fun. We then went to Red Rock for dinner. At Kate's suggestion, each of us took turns telling the others about our lives as high school students. We learned so much about each other! I didn't remember that Kate was involved in mock trial, that Tessa had won 2nd place in a talent show singing a Jewel song, or that Melissa was the mom in Bye, Bye Birdie! We then came back to our hotel and hit the jacuzzi and pool and talked about our favorite musicals.
|So many people came to watch!|
|I introduced the crew to my boyfriend the bear. I was a little jealous of all the attention the other girls were giving him, but I am learning to share.|
|We got pedicures, took pictures of our matching bracelets from the Olympic Park, and saw the moose with jeans on. We also did a little outlet shopping (I got J Crew wedges for $21.99!). It was such a wonderful day!|
It was an unforgettable weekend. At dinner, we all went around and said our top three favorite things from the weekend. Melissa talked about how fun it was to remember all the things we love about each other. I loved that and it has inspired me to spotlight something each of these women bring to our friendship.
Many is so smart. If you need to know what to say in a text to a boy you like, ask Many. If you don't know where you are, have Many look at the map and figure it out. If you aren't sure what a word means, Melissa knows it. She's like our informal leader whenever we go anywhere because we trust her to do what's best for all of us. She's got the street smarts AND the book smarts!
The perfect word to describe Kate is gracious. She is loving and kind and looks to see that each of our needs are met before her own. She is supportive and makes us feel like a million bucks. Shopping with Kate is the best because she is so positive. She has a clear understanding of what is most important in life, like meaningful relationships and spending time with the people we love. She is integral in making sure these reunions happen.
Tessa never complains. Tessa is up for ANYTHING! Tessa is a fabulous, sympathetic, and thoughtful listener. We find ourselves pouring out our concerns to Tessa, because she always knows the right thing to say. We joke all the time about her "Missing Out Syndrome" because she always loves being part of the fun and hesitates to leave the room for fear of missing out on the party! She is an absolute joy to be around.
Thank you Kate, Tessa, and Melissa, for enriching my life so greatly!