"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve." Stand by Me

I've had the same group of best friends since I was 12. Maybe even youger. We have been friends since before we waxed our eyebrows. We have been friends since the days we wore our hair in a 'poufs', as we called it, and teased our bangs to look like Alyssa Milano. Definitely since crop tops and high-waisted jeans worn with skinny leather belts bought at Guess were in style.

Since before 90210. Probably since the beginning of Who's The Boss.

My best friends are awesome. And we've been through it all together. Bad hairstyles, awful jeans, pleather pants and tops, sequined tube tops and Tretorn running shoes. We have been together since skinny jeans were first in style, perfected with safety pins.

We have spooked ourselves with the Ouija board, watched Girls Just Want to Have Fun more than one million times, and danced all night long.

We have travelled to Venezuela, Florida, California, Toronto, and Greece. We have lived together as college roommates, and interned together in Washington, D.C. We mastered the subway, almost got kidnapped, and had VIP access to the hottest clubs. We went to the same university, joined a sorority, skipped classes and studied (yeah, studied—ha!) in the library together.

We were together when we discovered the INTERNET.

We've shed tears, yelled at each other, kept each other's secrets, and gotten in trouble.

We were in each other's weddings.

We had babies.

Half of us can now commiserate over how tired we are. We don't sleep much anymore.

We have overcome tragedy and have laughed so hard it hurt. We have stories to tell, nights we don't remember, and nights we remember as clearly as if they happened yesterday.

We have seen eachother naked far too many times, and have no shame around one another. Going to the bathroom with the door open and continuing conversations while we're peeing is second nature to us.

Although we no longer all live in the same city (half of us are in Ottawa, the other half, Toronto) we see each other as often as we can.

Every year, we always plan a girls getaway weekend. We do it up Sex and the City style. Except we don't go anywhere as exotic as Abu Dhabi. (There is definitely a Samantha in our group, though!)

This year I was lucky to be invited to the Brookstreet Hotel for the weekend, and of course, I had to bring my best friends with me to experience it all.

I even bought new shoes to celebrate! (They were on sale, and I didn't go over budget! I even returned a dress to justify the Burberry shoe purchase. See how good I am?)
This past weekend, we kissed our kids goodbye, suffered minor anxiety attacks, hit the LCBO for alcohol, stocked up on junk food, and made our way to the hotel for a weekend of fun and relaxation.

Saturday started with breakfast on Elgin Street, our old stomping grounds during our university days, and then we hung out around the pool of the Brookstreet Hotel and girl talked for about three hours. We took pictures...

and had some yummy drinks...

We talked some more. And laughed. A lot. Then we got ready for a night out. A night that would keep us all awake well past midnight. A night that included a fun car ride with a designated driver (thanks, Z!) and lots of wine.

It was a perfect weekend, at a perfect hotel. I think it's really important to try to get away at least once a year with your closest girlfriends to re-connect, to unwind, and to relax. And, of course, to party like it's 1999. With better hair. And, fine, with not as perfect abs, but whatever.

The Brookstreet is a great hotel complete with an amazing spa, gorgeous outdoor saltwater pool overlooking a PGA approved golf course, and five-star dining. I would most certainly go back.

The weekend went by far too quickly, and it was back to reality in suburbia. It was a memorable weekend with fabulous girlfriends, and for a little while, it felt like we were 12 again.

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JackiYo said...

Love that you have a close circle like that. Cherish them.

Scary Mommy said...

WAH!!! I have lots of great friends and a couple of total BFFs, but I've never had a group like that. I'm totally jealous.

A Mommy in the City said...

Looks like you girls had a blast! Girls weekends are always the best.

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful weekend. You are very blessed to have friends like that!

Issas Crazy World said...

Best friend weekends are so important. I have one coming up after BH this summer. I can't wait.

Looks like you had a blast.

Not Just Another Jennifer said...

Stand By Me - Best...Movie...Ever. We must be around the same age. I'm lucky enough to also have a group of BFFs (though we met around age 14). Wish we were able to get away every year. But we try to get together as often as possible. Great post!

Michelle said...

Looks like an amazing weekend! And for the record Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is one of the best 80s movies evah.

CaraBee said...

I need a best friend weekend. Big time. I don't see my BFF nearly often enough and it's been years since we did a trip, something we used to do at least once a year. Sigh. I need to make that happen. Glad you had fun!

ModernMom said...

Oh I love this post. There is nothing like a good girlfriend:)

Suzanne said...

So good! Great post, Lou! And love the pics! xoxo

Jessica Heights said...

I so miss my friends from when I was young...what a blessing that you are still going through life with yours! :)

Devan @ Accustomed Chaos said...

that is so great that you have such an amazing group of girly friends!! They are hard to come by & hard to stick through the changes in life. So lucky :) glad you all had a great time!

Christy said...

Wow sounds like so much fun! Great pix too!

Lesley said...

You are so awesome is that? To have all that history.....and to still be able to create more cool.....:-)

The Beast said...

I am envious of your group of best friends. Something I have lost over the past couple of years.

I am glad you had fun! :)

Mommyfriend Lori said...

I've had a similar group of girls. Isn't it the best? I mean the very best! I'm so gla dyou have these friends in your life. It makes it all so much sweeter!

Amanda DeGrace said...

so fun!!! okay but now that you've brought it up I am curious as to who the "samantha" of the group is lol. I totally agree that Brookstreet is an amazing place to kick back and enjoy! You are so blessed to have such a close group of friends who have been in your life for years and years!