What a weekend!

I'm SUPER excited to share my weekend adventures with you but first I have to apologize for totally bailing on Shameless Snapshot Sundays. You'll understand why it slipped my mind in a moment but I promise to be back up and running {and looking for friends to join the party} next weekend. A few weeks ago Z told me to make sure I had this weekend free. My birthday is the 12th {tomorrow... holy crap} so I figured he had something small and fun planned for the weekend. The usual possibilities crossed my mind... a cookout, a day at the spa, nothing out of the ordinary. But I had no idea what I was in for until Friday around noon.

It was a normal morning and I was sitting in the kitchen feeding Keelin one of her first tastes of carrots.

We have wooden shutters in the kitchen windows and I love letting the natural light in. I had just finished opening up the shutters and had just started serving up some yummy orange goo when Z came downstairs and immediately shut them again. I thought it was funny, since he hadn't seen that I JUST opened them, and seeing my face in reaction to the whole thing he explained that his contacts were bothering him so his eyes were overly sensitive. I don't wear contacts but I know his bother him from time to time so I assumed he was telling the truth and continued feeding Keelin. Once she was done I took her into the living room and the hubs went back upstairs to use the loo. He texted me while he was up there {yes, we totally do that} and said that he would come get Keelin when he was done so I could get myself ready. It was a beautiful day so the plan was to take the pups to the dog park and enjoy the weekend.

Once Z was back downstairs I stepped into the kitchen again to take care of some dishes when there was a hasty knock at the door. I looked out the window and saw a black SUV that I didn't recognize. When I opened the door I was greeted with a loud "SURPRISE" and instantly collapsed over in tears. My 5 best girlfriends from college {who all live in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina} were standing outside the door. I was totally shocked and completely overwhelmed with joy. I hadn't seen most of them since my first baby shower in September and we'd been talking about planning a reunion soon. Little did I know they had 6 months of SECRET planning under their belts already! Here are some shots they got from the surprise.

warning... ugly cry

Lots of tears and hugs ensued.

Megan*, Alicia, Laura*, and Leslie {listed clockwise...the ladies sitting higher than me on the stairs starting with the beautiful brunette above me} were all my roommates senior year of college. {*Megan and Laura were also bridesmaids in our wedding} Megan {next to Keelin} was our dance director and a wonderful inspiration to us all.

They all woke up at the crack of dawn and flew into Atlanta with the help of the hubs! I still can't believe they would do so much for me. Well... to be honest I have no doubt that meeting Keelin was at the top of their list as well. :)

We went bowling, we went shopping, and we had an amazing time catching up and reliving college memories. Saturday night we left Z and the bean at the house for some daddy-daughter time while we enjoyed a ladies night with dinner and drinks!

They even treated me for my birthday and helped sing {with what seemed like the entire 1/2 of the restaurant} happy birthday!

The entire weekend consisted of me pinching myself and feeling so incredibly loved. It was the a wonderful surprise and I couldn't have asked for a sweeter birthday treat. It was sad to say goodbye again after such a short time together but we'll be joining forces again in November for a trip to New York for shows, dance classes, and plenty of fun.

Love my girls and so happy for them to all finally meet my little girl.

I couldn't ask for better friends and feel truly honored to know them.

Until next time...