Three words can accurately describe this past Saturday and Sunday for me:
Best. Weekend. Ever.
This weekend was MONTHS in the making, and it finally happened!!
There are six of us, three couples – Al and I, Drew and Katie, and Justin and Heaven.
Richmond is our usual meeting place, since there are three of us (Al and I, and then Katie) coming from the southeast and then the other two (Justin and Heaven) come from the north and west of the state.
Personally, I feel fortunate that all six of us currently live in the same state!
On Saturday, Al and I left early and made the drive up. I love driving to Richmond. It’s such a straightforward drive, and the traffic is super light on the weekends!
Justin greeted us in the driveway with some Nightwish blasting from his truck – What a great way to start!
After we’d all arrived, we spent a bit of time at the house getting settled.
One of the trickiest parts of the weekend was figuring out car arrangements. I had my Camry, but it only holds five people – And there were six of us.
So, we were trying to figure out the best way to divide the group into two vehicles.
Finally, Justin pulled out his Munchkin cards. Drew and I were off to the side, since we were the drivers. The other four drew a card, and it was divided based on the level on each card. The way it fell, Justin and Katie were with me, while Al and Heaven were with Drew. It worked out – One half of each couple in each vehicle!
We got in the cars and headed to CiCi’s Pizza!
Mmmm, their food is delicious! I got adventurous and tried the Apple Fanta. It was … interesting. It tasted like carbonated apple juice. Not bad!
At lunch, Drew told us that he had a certificate for a FREE dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts – YUM!
We went to the nearest one, and it was awesome! The store showed you the whole process, from the beginning dough, to fryer, to the waterfall of glaze, to box!
When we first decided to get together for this weekend, it was getting close to Christmas. I was going to a Christmas party that holds a gift exchange every year, so I was explaining that to the group. Everyone buys a $10 gift, and then numbers are drawn. Everyone gets a gift, but gifts can be stolen.
Round 1: Heaven opened Katie’s gift – It was a framed shadowbox that held wooden letters that spelled “LONGWOOD” along with a heart, that Katie painted in the school colors of blue and white. Katie also found a vintage picture of the Ruffner building. It was awesome!
Round 2: I opened Heaven’s gift – It was this awesome sign that said “Things to Do” with a chalkboard section, complete with colored chalk. I can’t wait to hang it up on a wall when Al and I get a house!
Round 3: Justin opened Drew’s gift – It was a puzzle that shows a panoramic view of the Las Vegas strip. Even cooler, it glows in the dark!!
Round 4: Katie opened Justin’s gift – It was a Wilton cupcake/muffin display stand. Katie loves to bake, so it was perfect 🙂 It looks a lot like the image below:
Round 5: Al opened Katie’s gift – A copy of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on Blu-ray!
Round 6: Drew opened the gifts from Al and I. I found this wicked NERF gun, and Al gave a $10 Google Play card. Drew loved both. He immediately tore open the packaging for the gun and started shooting. Then he redeemed the gift card for a graphic novel that was on sale.
One of the prevalent themes this weekend was playing Cards Against Humanity (CAH). This was the official debut of handwritten cards from Justin and Drew, and it was wickedly ridiculous.
And that was just the first round!!
Drew showed us something awesome for Saturday night:
The one we had basically looked liked this one, except the marshmallow roaster was square. This was so cool!
Before we did that, we went to dinner at Cheeburger Cheeburger, one of our favorites places! This place makes me feel like I’m in a diner in the 1950s. Their food is awesome! We all had burgers. Their onion rings are to die for!
Saturday night, after s’mores, we settled in to watch Guardians of the Galaxy. One of the best movies!!!
Originally, we were all going to sleep on the floor, but we ended up in two rooms, which was fine.
On Sunday morning, we all woke up at different times.
Al and I went downstairs to see if anyone else was up, and we managed to scare Katie half to death!
The three of us were talking in the kitchen, and then Justin joined us, then Heaven. Al, Justin, and Heaven went into the living room after a while, and Katie and I stayed in the kitchen to start breakfast – I made blueberry muffins and then Katie put cinnamon rolls in the oven.
Drew was the last to rise, and then we had breakfast. Drew had made pigs in a blanket the night before – Yum!
After we ate, we went upstairs and put in The Fellowship of the Ring while we played more CAH. We played another round, and then we all went through the gigantic deck to find out the rest of the handwritten cards. Let’s just say that we all blushed at some point!
This video is further proof. Enjoy!
Drew also gave each of us a coloring book to take home. I brought an epic 400-page Avengers activity book that he loved!!
Before we all parted ways on Sunday, we took a bunch of pictures in front of the house. Enjoy!
To Al, Drew, Katie, Justin, and Heaven — THANK YOU for an epic weekend!
Cannot wait to be reunited again, hopefully SOON!
You guys are the best. I feel so lucky to have such a great group of friends!
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂