Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baylor Girls Reunion 09

I spent last weekend near Colorado Springs with eight of my favorite people - our 14th annual girls reunion since graduating from Baylor. Oh, how the years go by! Like every other year, we ate, talked, laughed and cried through the few precious days. With glorious 360-degree views from our mountain-top cabin (not that we ever stepped outside to see them), our conversations and laughter ricocheted around the cozy living room nearly as fast and furiously as the snowstorm outside. GREAT food (amazing, Jude & Michelle!), interesting and insightful conversations ("naming it"), and belly-aching laughter (thinking huge cokes, a hot pink bra & the Baylor library). There's something a little magical about catching up with friends who knew you back when, especially amidst flames crackling in the fireplace, a blustery snow storm swirling about our snug cabin, and bountiful platters of crackers and olives and cheeses, not to mention caramel gooeybars.

Birds continuously flitted in and out of the aspen and evergreen trees, representing the regeneration of this burn area which was devastated in the 2002 Hayman fire. Burned trees and all, it's beautiful.

Headed out for a hike

My weekend roomie - somehow Cammi and I found ourselves cackling with laughter several times in the middle of the night - let's just say the fold-out couch didn't quite sustain us...

Kristin & me

Loved our time, friends, and missed you girls who couldn't make it to Colorado this year. Until next year (rumor has it we'll be at Jill's ranch...)

Notice the chic coffee sleeves in the first picture? Kirsten has spent the past year developing Raven & Lily. This non-profit creates partnerships with indigenous artisan groups and offers impoverished women a chance to earn an income for themselves and their families. Kirst just returned from India with an armload of handmade scarves, coffee sleeves, cards, and more.