Purple & Gold REUNION!

Charlotte, NC
3.5.10-3.7.10 Nights 14 & 15

After 2 LONG YEARS of being apart, my best college girlfriends and I reunited at my friend Courtney's house in Charlotte, NC for our friend Kelly Grier's baby shower. I flew down from DC, Whitney took a (horrendous) train ride from Richmond, and Danielle and her family drove from Wake Forest.
Courtney and Danielle picked me up from the airport at about 8:30 on Friday night and we immediately sped to save Whitney from the disaster that was the Charlotte Amtrak train station. As soon as the station came into view, I leaped out of the car and Whitney and I started running across a field towards each other like one of those slow motion scenes where the guy and girl reunite on the beach. After we got her in the car, we headed to Courtney's (brand new, beautiful) house. Immediately it was as if no time had passed- the past 2 years having been erased in an instant.
That night the 4 of us stayed up until 1:30 in the morning talking and laughing. Then, when Whitney and I went in our room to go to sleep, she proceeded to talk my ear off for another hour and a half. (HA Ok- I'll admit to telling a story or 50) So maybe when we woke up the next morning the first thing we thought was not "boy I feel rested!" but it was "I'm so glad to be here."
After a workout and a homemade french toast souffle, we drove to KG's baby shower where we had a blast. Kelly Grier was glowing and looked so happy and beautiful and it was great to see the other ECU girls that came. The food was incredible (think homemade shrimp and grits, quiche to die for, fruit salad...) and Kelly Grier got the cutest gifts ever, including the Patagonia in the picture above.
That night all of the ECU girls went out to dinner at a tapas restaurant in downtown Charlotte. We drank and ate and drank and talked and then the 4 of us came back to Courtney's and talked for hours on end once again. We literally told stories through our yawns just to squeeze in a few more minutes together.
I came home on Sunday to beautiful weather! Chris, Kenzie and I took a walk and cooked dinner on the grill. I was so happy to be outside soaking up the sun where I belong. The only thing that could have made the weekend any better would have been to sneak my friends home with me in my suitcase.

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