Sunday, August 14, 2011

30 Years and Counting

 This weekend I hosted the 14th Annual Sexy Six Sleepover Night. Each year on the second Saturday of August my 5 life-long girlfriends and I get together for a sleepover to catch up and spend quality time with each other.

 Before I get ahead of myself, you may want to know a bit more about us. We are grade school classmates who were friends but didn't become "The Six" until we all did the 1 mile walk together every day to get to our high school. By February of that freshman year we had formed such a tight bond that we named ourselves the Sexy Six.....not sure why or how we came up with that name....my brother claims we call ourselves that because no one else will. Anyway, one February night we made a pact to always stay friends. This could have gone by the wayside, but it didn't. We became family to each other. Since then, we've lived through a ton of emotions together.  Back then it was about fashion and boyfriends. At one point is was about jobs and vacations. Further down the road it was getting married and having babies. More recently it's been about certain struggles we face and losses we live through. Each year it develops into something different. There's heavier emotions as we get older. That's just the way life is. But we still laugh. In fact, when this picture was taken we were joking it would be a great detergent commercial about fading colors.



Our shirts say, "What happens with the girlfriends stays with the girlfriends."
    Getting back to the sleepover: we take turns at one of our homes ( leaving the host husband and kids to vacate and find other accomodations for the night ) and we have a great time catching up on things happening in our lives. The main event is the food. It is a 24 hour food fest!  I say this proudly. We each bring a few things to share and basically eat the entire time, only to stop to sleep about 4 hours. We wake early and start all over again.

  This year only 4 of us could make it. It's never the same when all 6 of us aren't there. But as years past have shown, life happens and one may have to cancel last minute. But we definitely didn't scale down on the food. Here's a list of the foods we had to eat last night and this morning:
 Spinach dip/bread, bruchetta, buffalo chicken dip, hummus, chips, veggies and more dip, 2 kinds of brownies, 2 types of cookies, chocolate cream pie, (feeling hungry?) stromboli, cannoli, bagels, muffins, cinnamon raisen toast, coffee, Bay breeze cocktails, wine, and Smirnoff Ice. Yes, we did have left overs but we stuffed ourselves silly and enjoyed every bite!

 Here are the 3 that were able to come this year.

Peggy, Rose, and Marianne

 I appreciate these girls so much for the mere fact that our history together makes us so comfortable....no need to impress, calling it like we see it, pulling no punches, being strong for each other, teasing each other for drinking hot water or not reading my blog ( ahem ) and being a sounding board when we need a shoulder to cry on. You gals are the best!!

 We missed you Mary Alice and Tricia. Here's to August 11, 2012 starting at 8am!!
Love you all so much! Thanks for the gift of your friendship!

5 comments:

  1. OMGoodness :) Wow. Thought I'd check in before bed and SO glad I did! How wonderful and special and how very blessed I am to be a part of this amazing friendship! Love you Kathi/Kathleen!!!!

    Keep up all your great work here. (I am trying to figure out how to become a follower but it is not letting me! Aargh!) I will keep trying...

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  2. Love it! That head shot is an oldie but goodie! love that flag sweater I'm rockin there!!

    Friends are the Family you choose ! I love my five sisters unconditionally. I have been blessed and honored to know them most of my life, the longest being 35 years .
    We are different in many ways, but always accepting of each other. I am a better person for having these five women in my life. They are a part of who I am .
    God Blessed me the day He sent me these women .
    Much Love to all
    and thank you to Kathi for sharing this !

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  3. I finally got to read the blog today (October 1st) and I will make a better effort to follow it as it makes me feel closer to you. I was so sad that I missed the night with all of you but I know you all understand. It just feels wrong not to be there.
    Last night, I saw everyone and I feel so much more relaxed. I may need to do this more often than every 6 months but it is so hard.
    I can't wait for next year. I love you Babe'!

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  4. You are all so cute! Sounds like fun and something my sisters and I would do if we could. Love all that food!

    :) Hope

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