October weekends are typically busy here at Our Little House.
I have the get together with my good friends from school and Dale and I usually like to take off for a weekend as we know winter will be setting in shortly.
We also like to get to one of the larger cities to get in anything we need that we cannot purchase online or get in our small town.
This past weekend, we drove up to Branson for a 2-hour trip on the scenic railway. I had long wanted to take the scenic train ride and we thought fall to be the perfect time of year.
Although my dad worked for the Santa Fe, I hadn’t been on a train since I was 18 months old and my family headed west to California for a trip.
My mom used to say, “The only alternative to getting older is dying young and no one wants to do that.”
Dale marked a milestone birthday this weekend, turning 50. Once upon a time we were naïve young 15 & 18 year olds with our whole lives ahead of us and in a flash, it seems, we’ve grown to ages we thought then to be ancient.
Dale thought the weekend would pass quietly, relaxing at Our Little House, enjoying some of this wonderful late winter thaw we’re getting now.
He couldn’t have been more wrong.
This past weekend was the weekend for our now annual slumber party with Lora and Shelly, two friends I went so school with.
Last year, I wrote about the Slumber Party at Campbell Town, which we held here overnight. I hadn’t seen either of my friends since graduation 27 years before.
Last year was all about getting to know one another again and getting caught up on a lifetime of living since graduation night in 1982. I’m sure all of us were a little apprehensive about what to expect after so many years. When we settled into our friendships as if we had never been apart, we realized how much we still enjoyed each other and decided to expand it to two nights and make our reunion an annual event.
This year, it was less about catching up on old times and more about making new memories. But it was also about getting away from the stresses of adult life and there's no better way to do it than with friends I knew before responsibility and stress.
We decided to take our slumber party to Branson, Mo., where we could enjoy the holiday lights and festivities. The city is a great one for a girl friend’s getaway anytime of the year, but the holidays just makes it quite magical.