Longtime weblog readers could acknowledge loads of the faces within the photos from this previous weekend as they steadily popped up on the weblog in my early days of running a blog in the course of the post-college years of my life when Ryan and I lived in Orlando and most of us lived pretty shut to one another. Memoriesss! Now we’re residing in every single place which makes our time collectively really feel all of the extra coveted and particular.
Laurel, Merri, Leah, Kaitlyn, Krystal, Cherayne and I met up in Boston and we flew or drove into city from Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Connecticut to make our weekend time collectively occur. With so many shifting elements and perfectly-timed arrivals in Boston, we had been glad no flight delays popped up so our journey began out on a easy and seamless word!
All weekend lengthy we continued to thank Kaitlyn, the grasp planner behind our journey, for organizing principally every thing for our group. Kaitlyn grew up visiting New Hampshire’s coastal cities (there are solely 18 miles of shoreline in your entire state) and picked three of us up on the airport in Boston earlier than driving us about an hour north to her mother and father’ home. Her mother and pop greeted us with sub sandwiches from an area store, chips and onion dip, which, after a morning of journey was a really welcomed lunch! We loved chatting with Kaitlyn’s household and seeing the home she spent a lot time in all through her childhood earlier than making the brief drive to the home we rented in Rye, New Hampshire for the weekend.
Although we rented the house on our personal, we love that it had a connection to Kaitlyn as certainly one of her buddies was the builder who dealt with the inside renovations inside the house. It was a shocking home and the inside was so attractive that I’m kicking myself for not taking extra photos. That is the room I shared with my good friend Laurel for the weekend!
It’s so much cuter than the room we shared collectively in school nevertheless it took me proper again to the years we spent sharing Room 12 of the Kappa Delta home at UCF! We didn’t have an excessive amount of time to unpack and get located in our rooms earlier than we had a reservation at The Franklin for cocktails, oysters and fries. We drove into downtown Portsmouth, an cute city in New Hampshire with brick-lined streets and plenty of native retailers, cafés and eating places to discover round each nook.
Our cocktails had been nice (I opted for a cocktail made with grapefruit juice, lemongrass, Bergamot Liqueur and vodka and beloved it) and anytime uncooked oysters are on the menu, there’s a one hundred pc probability I’ll organize them. We then popped into one other native spot for a drink earlier than making our option to Surf for dinner the place, as soon as once more, I used to be in seafood heaven — a serious perk of visiting a coastal city! After dinner, we had been all craving our cozy garments and wasted no time turning into our pajamas again on the home earlier than we spent extra time simply hanging out and speaking — the principle objective of our journey — earlier than calling it an evening.
Saturday was our first and solely full day collectively and we made probably the most of it. Kaitlyn’s mother and two aunts had been so considerate and arrived at our rental home at 8 a.m. with two breakfast casseroles. We crammed our plates with a tacky egg casserole, pecan French toast casserole and buttery biscuits. Kaitlyn’s aunts are literally her mom’s greatest buddies they usually had all of us cracking up and admiring their closeness and friendship. It was simply one other reminder of what a present longtime buddies are and made me really feel all of the extra grateful for a weekend away with a few of my very favourite individuals. Our important plans for Saturday took us on a drive alongside the Atlantic coast into Maine the place we had reservations at Cliff House, an unbelievably attractive oceanfront resort with expansive views of the rocky shoreline.
We deliberate to seize brunch at Cliff Home and had been blown away by the view we had of the ocean from our desk. We sat at a big spherical desk (random, however I like spherical desk seating for big teams!) and as somebody who hasn’t had a leisurely brunch in approach too lengthy, it felt superb to sip my latte, get pleasure from sizzling seafood chowder and tuna poke and simply calm down with my girlfriends.
As soon as we had been executed consuming, we didn’t wish to go away Cliff Home and opted to order some drinks and stroll across the property to absorb extra of the gorgeous views.
The remainder of our day we deliberately left up within the air as we had been planning our journey and we thought driving again into Portsmouth to wander out and in of among the native retailers seemed like a great way to spend the afternoon.
Ordering pizza in our pajamas on the home seemed like excellent night plans for our group and, after spending a couple of hours in Portsmouth, within the early night we made the brief drive again to our home in Rye, placed on our sweats and dug into wine, Prosecco and snacks earlier than ordering pizza. We additionally had a bit shock in retailer for our good friend Leah as her birthday is in early December and we knew we wouldn’t be capable of spend all of it collectively. We sang “Pleased Birthday” and introduced out the cake her husband Ricky ordered for her and our group to share from an area bakery earlier than giving her our playing cards and a bunch reward. She appeared stunned and I hope she felt all of the love from our group coming her approach! The remainder of our night handed by approach too quick with a number of laughs (the perfect variety that make your abdomen harm from laughing so onerous) and loads of chatting earlier than mattress.
Sunday was a journey day for all of us however we deliberate our flights for the early afternoon so we fortunately had the morning collectively. My good friend Merri and I made the brief drive to Sandpiper Café, a small café situated inside a surf store, to select up espresso and sizzling breakfast sandwiches for our group.
I beloved getting out a bit bit within the morning, spending time with Merri and seeing the entire surfers within the water proper off the seashore throughout the road from the café.
By the point we received again to the home, we had a bit over an hour to pack up and straighten up the home earlier than making our option to the airport. We hugged goodbye and talked about our subsequent journey collectively and are hopeful it should occur sooner reasonably than later. We’re eyeing subsequent summer time at our home in Charlotte with the entire youngsters which might be a chaotic dream!
As soon as I landed in Charlotte, I couldn’t wait to get again residence to Ryan and the boys! I missed my loopy crew so, a lot however fortunately we had been capable of FaceTime a couple of occasions whereas I used to be away. Normalcy resumes in our home immediately with the standard faculty and weekday insanity however I’m nonetheless smiling fascinated by this previous weekend. It was much-needed and great and undoubtedly crammed me proper up in the way in which solely high quality time away with shut buddies can. I hope you all have an exquisite Monday and an excellent week and I hope to see ya again right here quickly!