Yesterday afternoon I drove to Orlando to meet up with three of my my college girlfriends to celebrate Laurel’s birthday.
We thought we might end up making it a pool day (hence the bathing suit underneath my clothes), but when you put four former sorority sisters in one apartment living room, it’s hard to get them to move when there’s so much chatting going on.
Plus, we had great food and drinks, so there was no need to go anywhere.
Cherayne and her boyfriend Matt picked barbeque up for everyone from 4 Rivers, the most fantastic smokehouse in Orlando, on their way over to Laurel’s.
I remember when 4 Rivers first opened when we used to live in Orlando a few years ago. Whenever Ryan and I would drive by, the line was always outrageous. When we finally decided to wait one weekend and try their food, we understood why. Amazing!
I opted for a pulled pork smokehouse salad with Italian dressing in an attempt to get some vegetables into my diet yesterday.
It was great!
I think Laurel’s cat Natasha wanted in…
She was giving me the “sharing is caring” eye.
For dessert, Cherayne made chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and we made sure to light candles and sing happy birthday to Laurel.
I ate one cupcake at Laurel’s apartment and another one in the car on the drive back to Ocala.
Cherayne made the icing with butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar and whipping cream and I’m pretty sure I could eat cups and cups of that stuff. It was incredible. This peanut butter-lovin’ girl was in heaven.
We spent the day simply hanging out and talking, which was absolutely perfect. I am so envious of people who live close to their best friends from high school or college, but at least four of us were able to drive a few hours to Orlando to meet up for the day!
Luckily, I’ll be seeing these girls in two short weeks at Leah’s bridal shower in Clearwater.
The countdown is on!