Sunday, November 4, 2007

Let them eat cake!

Seven years ago, Deb and I took a girls trip to San Antonio. She left her then year and a half old at home and we enjoyed a fun filled night on the Riverwalk. It was the best!! Sitting on the patio drinking a margarita--we vowed to take a girls trip EVERY YEAR. The next day, we found out she was pregnant with her second child.

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.


Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you for recapping this so Franklin's head doesn't explode begging me to put more details on my blog. Which I don't have time to do. Because, you know, I have to be at the hospital THREE times this week. Speaking of, I'm sitting here in my towel with my hair dripping wet from my shower and I should be getting ready to leave, but I had to check the blogs.

I'm still giggling over the weekend, and as always after I spend time with my Dallas posse, Rich and I had the discussion of "should we or should we not move to Dallas". And just like we always have the conversation after seeing y'all, it ended as it always does, with deep tired sighs and the cross of our fingers that somehow the 4 of you will move to Austin instead.

It might be my imagination, but even Dharma is looking a bit bereft.

Franklin5 said...

Jenny: LOVE THIS! Love y'all! Love the fact that my head is no longer threatening to explode from the suspense of it all! Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you.

How DID Tracey find time to make cake? And, perhaps more importantly, did it taste as good as it looks? I'm so impressed.

P.S. Tracey, I just asked a Magic 8 ball if the Robinsons should move to Dallas, and: whaddayaknow? ALL SIGNS POINT TO YES. Girl, Mattel don't lie!

Anonymous said...

What a grin Tracey has in the Cake photo you've shared. Sounds like a wonderful weekend for HFC Business and fun with the girls!

EquineSpirit said...

That looks like so much fun!

I added your site to my list of blogs on my blog. I hope you don't mind!

Saint Richard said...

It was so nice having you and Deb here last weekend. I know I've said it before, but in spite of our already insane schedule, having you spend those couple of days at our house really bring some sanity back into our house.

Call it self-care.

Miss you guys already.

By the way, did you tell Andrew, that "the other guy" figured out how to install the software? If he needs me to send him instructions, I'd be happy to.

Kidding! Just kidding, Andrew.