This year, one of the areas we all wanted to focus on was growing and deepening our friendships in this group. Even though we were all friends whom supported, encouraged, and prayed for each other, it was pretty surface level.
Since January, we have been doing a study that is encouraging us to share and be more open and real with each other. It has definitely been enlightening, hard, and even a little bit scary to be so vulnerable with each other - but it has been so worth it!
During one of our discussions (the guys and girls split each week), we were really feeling like we were all in need of some "girl time." It might have been due to the fact that our discussion had been interrupted that night repeatedly by the kids, but I am just guessing. Anyway, we decided that we would get together in the even months and the guys could get together in the odd months to get out and have some social time together.
In planning our activity, Kara thought it would be fun if each of us picked a month, planned the activity and surprised the rest of us. Last Saturday was our first outing. Since it was Kara's idea for the surprise, she planned this months activity. We met early on Saturday afternoon with no idea of what our day would hold.
Our first stop was at Kara's cousins house. She is a Stampin' Up consultant and had a craft activity planned for us. We each made three different circular designs that would go in the center of a plate. It was simple (great for non crafty people like me), they were cute, and it was fun.
Our second stop was at Savers. We each had to draw a person's name a slip of paper that gave us our task. We went in individually and had 15 minutes to complete our task. There was one clue that we would receive at dinner that evening.
After we finished at Savers, we went to downtown Boise for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. During dinner we revealed our finds from Savers. We were each to find a jewelry or accessory item in a specific color for our person. The surprise was we had to wear them to church the next day. We were all far too kind to one another. If only we would have known....
Once dinner was over, we weren't quite ready to head home so we walked down to Starbucks to sit and visit for a while longer. While at Starbucks we were entertained by a group of college aged boys who were in a contest to collect as many signatures as they could on their bodies. It was quite a sight but it did make for a good laugh.
It was a very full and fun day. It was nice to have dinner and eat it while it was still hot, to start a conversation and finish it, and to linger at Starbucks without feeling like there was something waiting to get done at home.
Thanks ladies for a great night out. I feel so blessed to have you in my life.