Nikki’s story… My typical day starts out by waking up before the sun has even had a chance to peak over the horizon just so that I can send a few extra e-mails before it’s time to wake up my
children. Those few minutes in the morning are the calm before the storm as once my kids are up my day really starts rolling. Just as I’m about to close my computer I get an e-mail from Susan, my best friend from the second grade. I could tell this was important because she didn’t even bother with the usual courteous ‘Hello, long time no talk…’. Instead she jumped right into it, “June 8th-10th, You! Me! Julie! and Lee-Anne! We’re going to the Girl’s Getaway Weekend at Veranda Beach!
” Instantly I thought to myself, not a chance, between my family, my career and housework it’s hard to even find a moment in the day for myself never mind an entire weekend! Susan, who obviously knows me too well, knew it would take more convincing then that so she continued to tell me about the weekend. “I know what you’re thinking a whole weekend away… Not going to happen! Let me put it to you this way there are 365 days in a year and all I am asking is for you to take 2 1/2 of those 365 days for yourself. She did make a good point; I mean it is only 2 1/2 days I’m sure my family could manage without me.
I was just starting to think about it but my bags were by no means packed. She then went on to say, “I know I spoke to your voice of logic, now let me tell you about all the fun were going to get into! We’s start the trip off right with ice tea, beef jerky and Shania Twain en route to Veranda Beach, and then we’ll get into some wine. As soon as we get to Veranda Beach we get a welcome bottle of wine in our lakeside cottage and an invitation to a wine reception (when I talked to Julie on the phone this is where she instantly said YES!).
What a way to unwind on a Friday night, then on Saturday, the crew at Veranda Beach Resort has set up a healthy breakfast, followed by a energizing hike, or we can play a round of golf. (Susan knows I love to golf and rarely get time for it), or maybe try our hand at scrap-booking. She had me at golf. Saturday afternoon we can watch the poolside fashion show and shop at the boardwalk boutique as we sip on our complementary cocktails! As for the evening we have our choice of a wine pairing dinner at the Globe, the regular menu or could barbeque at our cottage and then take in a “chick-flick” by the pool. Sunday morning we will be partaking in the lakeside yoga as Lee-Anne has always wanted to try it. If I haven’t convinced you yet well I’m…I’m not sure but this is exactly what us girls need!”
She honestly had me convinced long ago, I can just imagine myself laying by the pool with no kids, no baseball, soccer or dance, no e-mails to check, no dinners to cook, no clothes to fold. My only worries would be friends, food, fashion and FUN! Plus I think I deserve a weekend with my girlfriends to refresh and replenish! Now I can hardly wait to catch up with the girls over a few glasses of wine!