My two best friends from college flew into Ohio on one sunny Friday afternoon to spend the weekend giggling, reminiscing and watching way too many Mary-Kate and Ashley movies with yours truly. I had been counting down the months, weeks and days to their arrival and was in dire need of some time with my girls. But I had no idea just how restorative my time with them would be. Sometimes, you just need girl time.
On Friday afternoon, after picking them up at the airport we enjoyed a quick lunch at Applebee's and went on to explore the Franklin Park Conservatory. We walked all throughout the gardens and had so much fun playing with butterflies. Upon our arrival back to the house I introduced them to some homemade Cincinnati Chili and we spent the evening kicking off our Mary-Kate and Ashley marathon.
On Saturday morning, when we awoke, I threw together a yummy breakfast of blueberry pancakes and then we walked around Chuck's quaint hometown for awhile, browsing the local candy shop, bookstore and antique shop. After grabbing a quick bite to eat back at home, I headed to Yellow Springs, OH to introduce them to this adorable little hippie town I've grown to love so much. Needless to say, many Ohioans had the same idea as us so it was pretty crowded, but I loved walking through all the little shops and then treating ourselves to some homemade ice cream at Young's Jersey Dairy. I was so excited to check a trip to Young's off my Ohio bucket list!
When we finally got back to our house, we relaxed, showered and primped for a little while and the girls treated Chuck and I to an awesome dinner at my favorite local Mediterranean restaurant. My bestie, Laura is from PA and had never seen a Beer and Wine Drive-Thru so we stuck her in the driver's seat and documented her first time going through. She was completely thrilled. The lady behind the counter, on the other hand, did not find it as amusing. We capped off our night with a brief trip to see Chuck's parents and then finished it off with...you guessed it, more Mary-Kate and Ashley.
Sunday morning found us pretty beat from our walk-filled Saturday. We had a delicious brunch at the same pub/restaurant where Chuck and I had our wedding reception and then relaxed at home and laughed our heads off at a hilarious round of The Game of Life. Needless to say, the morning flew by way too quickly and I was broken-hearted as I dropped them off at the airport later that afternoon.
All in all, I couldn't have conjured up a better weekend if I tried. It had been over a year since I saw either of my college besties, but I drove home from the airport with the distinct realization that these girls really are going to be my best friends forever.
Love you girls!