Monday, June 30, 2008

Weekend in Breckinridge

The first words that greeted me when I woke up this morning were, "Mom! Can you come here?" As I stumbled out of bed and across the hall to inspect my daughter's tummy for a rash (which was rather innocent looking, I think she had too much sun), I thought longingly of the past two mornings and my "Girls' Weekend". Why is it that the really fun things we do, pass too quickly like it was all a dream, and bad stuff seems to take forever to go away?

Our Girls' Weekend was wonderful to say the least. Forty-eight hours of being self-absorbed, lounging and shopping and being in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Five of us "girls", who have been together in a Bible Study group for over eight years, and known each other through the challenges of raising kids and raising husbands. We rented a condo in Breckinridge where the warm, sunny, 70 degrees of the village belied the freezing air and snow-capped mountains that hovered over us. It was a weekend of staying up too late, sipping wine, trading stories, pouring out hearts. Then waking up late and gathering around the table for breakfast, all bed-headed and in p.j.'s, until late in the morning and three pots of coffee later, we decide to get dressed and do some shopping.

Not having sisters to grow up with, it's experiences like this that give me a glimpse of what I missed. Five women sharing two bathrooms, make-up bags scattered all over, trying out someone else's colors, talking hairstyles, sharing blowdryers when one catches on fire (no, that wasn't good). Many hands make light work in the kitchen. We work together so easily and it's fun.

Saturday afternoon we walked the main street in Breckinridge. We went through all the shops, admired the gorgeous flowers growing in baskets and planters all over town. The pansies, daisies, labelia and columbine thrive in the mountain air. It was pure joy to stop at an art exhibit and listen to a street musician without kids tugging on my arm to "let's go, I'm bored." About mid-afternoon we found a cafe with a balcony that overlooked the town. We feasted on drinks and appetizers, then shopped a bit more before heading back to the condo. Supper was a smorgasbord of snacks that everyone chipped in. So simple, but better than a meal served at a five-star restaurant.

Ending the weekend was hard, but made easier knowing that we'll do it all again. And not a bit too soon:)


Bill said...

Wow, what a view in that picture!

Reading about your weekend put a big smile on my face. That will be a special memory for you. Keep it handy, and pull it out whenever you need a lift.

p.s. Was it your hairdryer???

Judith said...

This is so good, that you take time to drink in life together.
Even if you're tired later, it's worth getting through all the bags and other travelling stuff. I almost envy you.

Lynne said...

I'd love to have a weekend like that! You must have had such fun! Great picture.

gail@more than a song said...

Your weekend sounds VERY nice and relaxed! I'm glad you got to do that and had such fun....everyone needs that. What a great view in that picture. I think it would be fun to be in those ski areas in the summer to see what it looks like without all the snow!
I only grew up with sisters, no brothers!

Jen said...

How fun is this. Our group of friends take a trip every year with husbands..we do girl nights monthly but havent done one of these...maybe later when our children get older. It look sbeautiful there. I have never been to colorado. My parents go some. I'm glad you had a great time.

Judy said...

We had a yard sale last weekend.

I think you had more fun!

Renna said...

What a glorious weekend! You're so fortunate to have a group of women friends like that to get away with. :-)

I haven't been to Breckenridge in many years, though Hubby and I used to try and go every summer. We'd rent a condo for the week there. Even having the kids along, it was an awesome getaway. Beautiful town!

annie said...

I need a girl weekend too!

BClark said...

Super fun and good to indulge yourself for a while. I will say that since mine are all grown and scattered I do miss having the kids around some. I enjoy just wandering and am looking forward to one day loading up the motor home and just meandering here and there. Best to you and yours, Barbara

Becky said...

That is such a fun memory to make. I am so glad you did it. I think often we talk about "it would be fun if ..." and then life takes over and we never have that fun.

By the way, I was in Breckenridge in 1976, skiing. My memories include FREEZING to death, skiing downhill to a church on Sunday morning where we parked our skis ouside the door with everyone else's, and tromped snow through the small foyer, and joined a handful of other worshippers all dressed for the ski slopes.

That was the trip I ran into President Ford on the slopes of Vail. He was skiing with his daughter Susan and a bunch of Secret Service guys. I was this close to him. See??

Chappyswife said...

Karen, that sounds heavenly, and that picture looks heavenly, too. Right now at this season of my life I truly can't imagine a weekend (much less a few or more days!) like that.

I am glad you had a great time and got relaxed and uplifted.

Kelli said...

Hi Karen! It's nice to meet you too! I enjoyed hearing about your trip. What a lovely place to visit!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

That all sounds so awesome! I'm so glad you got to go, and just a tiny bit jealous of all of the fun you had :)

When do you guys get together to do this again? :)

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

What a wonderful trip! Isn't it great to have girlfriends like that? I'm glad you were able to get away and just relax for a bit.