We have not taken a trip since.
Friday, Deb and I loaded up in the car and headed towards Austin. Heroes for Children has created a new program, Holiday Heroes, to adopt fifteen families in the major hospitals we serve to cover holiday expenses entirely. A group of Gamma sorority girls at Trinity University in San Antonio were signed up to help with Holiday Heroes for the two families adopted from Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital. Needing to use my credit card and oversee the project, I planned to head down to San Antonio Saturday. A perfect opportunity to pose a girls trip plan with Deb!!
Of course, if heading to San Antonio and going directly through Austin, the girls trip turns into an overnight crash at Tracey's!! A quick stop in Temple to meet with a social worker at Scott & White, and then we were on our way for lasagna dinner with the Robinsons. We spent all day Saturday shopping with the sweetest group of sorority girls and my friend Amy from cancer camp. I'll write more about that aspect of the trip on the HFC blog this week.
Oh, we laughed. We talked (my favorite thing to do!), and we discussed serious topics. We shared our side splitting stories and entertained each other until 2am. And did I mention the cake? Oh yes, the cake. Caramel apple cake made by the ultra overly busy Tracey (time? where did she find the time??). More than a week ago, Amy, Jen, Deb, and I enjoyed an inpromtu sushi date. Missing our friend, we decided to text message her our love. Amid giggles of, "no, you do it," "no--you!" and "She's going to KILL us!!" we sent a silly photo text message to Tracey letting her know (with cupcake in hand) how much we missed her.
So, it comes as no surprise that we sent Amy and Jen this picture via email Friday night:
Mean? Possibly. Rubbing it in that they weren't with us? Maybe. But in truth, we love these girls so much that the idea of being without them was just no good. So, we had them join just a bit in the festivities.
It was a great weekend--a little bit of work, a lot of fun, and much needed recharge of my battery.