Even though I was an Air Force brat, and moved quite a lot during my childhood, I was lucky to have lived in Marquette, Michigan more than once during this time and therefore, held on to some pretty special women in my life.
About six years ago, as most of us had raised our kids and were getting older and had more time to ourselves, we decided that we should try an annual reunion.
Along the shores of beautiful Lake Superior every year, there is an outside art fair held in Marquette. Everyone seemed to like to attend, so we incorporated that into our annual weekend reunion. This always occurs during the last weekend in July.
Since I live close by on a different lake and have plenty of room, I volunteered to always host our reunion at our house.
Therefore, beginning tonight, eight giggling, happy, sweet, boisterous, wonderful friends will be descending on our house. We all wait for this weekend all year long. We get sentimental about our childhood memories. We catch up on each other's kids and grandkids. We have been together through the years through marriages, romances, divorces, miscarriages, career changes, retirement (for some of us!) the birth of kids, the birth of grandkids, the divorces of our kids, remodeling houses, moving, building houses...you name it.
I love each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart. I can't imagine my life without any of them in it.
My poor husband. Or shall I say: our Cabana Boy? He hauls mattresses down, blows up air mattresses, takes us for pontoon rides, runs and gets more mix or chips and helps me cook during this weekend. One of the other friends also brings her husband so that they can skip out and do some fishing while we get wild on Saturday night. (Some of us have some pretty wonderful guys in our lives too!)
A few years ago I decided to throw some more fun in the mix and decided that we should have a theme for the weekend, complete with costumes and a costume contest.
The first one was Leopard weekend. I told them they had to go out to Goodwill or rummage sales and borrow the tackiest leopard outfits and accessories they could get their hands on,....the more the better. They came up with leopard underwear, leopard hairbands, leopard gloves, leopard shoes, leopard skirts, leopard earrings, etc. It was so funny! I would show you some pictures, but we got pretty wild with the leopard underwear, so I promised not to share them with anyone.
Last year, we had a 70's theme......
Here is the crazy bunch of us, all in costume~!
This year's theme?
Wonder if anyone found pirate underwear this year?
Wonder who will look the most like Johnny Depp????
I will try my best to get some blackmail pictures this year and post them on the blog.
After all, I'm not making ANY promises about not sharing the photos THIS year. :-P