The Life of Bon: The best weekend of my life

Monday, April 15, 2013

The best weekend of my life

I feel like I should say something incredibly profound about my college roommates and how deep our friendship runs.  About how when I said, "Hey girls, let's get together for a weekend" they were all down, no questions asked, no matter the cost or the inconvience.  Court (below) hopped on a plane at 5 am followed by a 6.5 hour drive to show us her shining face.  These girls mean everything to me.  I feel like God looked down on me and thought, "You know what?  I'm going to throw some stuff that might be a little tough for you.  At times you might feel like I'm being totally unfair to you and you might even be mad at me.  So to make it up I'm going to give you the best group of girl friends a gal could ever ask you.  They'll help you through it all and keep you grounded and safe." I love these girls like sisters and know they feel the same.  

And now, without further ado, I present to you our weekend.

We got to St. George about 1:00 on Friday and it was party time from the first second.  Can't you tell how absolutely delighted we are?!?

I realize now that I didn't get any pictures of the condo decor.  It was atrocious.  It was like space age meets grandma in the 1980s.  Somehow we loved it.

After we stuffed our faces with Cafe Rio (Hello!  Sal and Court were coming from out of state- you know that means we had to hit Cafe Rio at least once a day), our next destination was the pool.

The five of us laid out in a row to see across the pool from us, a line of boys laid out all in a row.  We yelled over, "ARE YOU ON A BOYS WEEKEND?!?"  "YES!" They yelled.  We yelled back, "WE'RE ON A GIRLS WEEKEND!"  They then invited us to the "rock pool" later that night with them and we said, "Oh, we're flattered, but we're married, thank you very much."  But you know what?  It's nice to know you still got it!  (We wanted to send Mandy, our only unmarried bestie, out with the boys (1 to 6 ratio- HOLLER!)  But she refused.  Missed the boat on that one, Mand!)

After the pool it was shower time so we could hit the tennis courts.  Naturally, we all just hopped in together.

Next up was tennis and there's not much to say about that except for that Amy beat me every time and nothing makes me more mad than being beat by Amy.  I shall have to practice more, my friends!

Dinner was at Larsen's.  While eating I noticed a man spending a lot of time trying to get a stuffed animal from the machine.  I cheered him on because I like to flirt with creepy old man.  When he actually won the stuffed little guy, he gave it to me.  My friends forced me to take a picture with him and I was kind of scared.

Dinner was followed be about six hours of the card game, Bang.  I kid you not.  We are vicious with that game and could play until the sun came up if our bodies didn't beg for sleep.  I am competitive as they come so I was absolutely furious with every single one of my best friends for at least ten minutes during the night, but isn't that what having best friends is all about?

First stop:  The pool.  Naturally.  The weirdest thing happened at the pool.  We were playing and jumping in and being wild and crazy like you should when you're with your besties at a pool on a Saturday afternoon.  The lifeguard kept rolling his eyes on us and trying to sleep.  Finally we yelled to him, "WHY DO YOU HATE US!?" To which he replied, "You're just really annoying."

I'll be!  A seventeen year old telling ME that I'm annoying?  Talk about a role reversal, my friends!

Next stop: Cafe Rio.  I wasn't joking about the eating there every day thing.  For you folks that aren't from Utah, if life ever calls you to this great state make sure you stop at Cafe Rio at least every 24 hours.  It's probably the best thing going for Utah.  The sweet pork is the sweetest, most delicious meat you will ever put in your mouth.  I could eat there every day and never get sick of it.  When you visit Utah email me and I will tell you exactly what to get for a party in your mouth.  Heck, I'll even meet you there to eat with you!  And Utah people, if you don't get to Cafe Rio at least twice a month you are not showing your gratitude to that great establishment!

Next stop:  Hiking and exploring in caves.  One thing I love about my group of girlfriends is that we are all high energy and love to move and play.  Since we were in desert land we thought it only fitting that we take some time exploring like the true little kids we are.  We took glowsticks in the pitch black caves and splattered those bad boys everywhere and then played hide and seek.  If you put the glowsticks all over the cave walls and all over your bodies you can blend right in with the scenery.  It was crazy fun.  If you are ever in St. George you have to do this in Snow Canyon.  Best. Activity. Ever.

I look like a serious midget and I have no idea why Amy is sticking her leg in between mine...

Side note... somehow Amy and I ended up dressing alike for almost everything we did.  We're basically the same person except for I have a slightly better filter than she does and I am not currently breast feeding.

The night ended with Papa John's pizza and dirty Dr. Peppers (coconut Dr. Pepper- have you had one?  They are to DIE for!) and more hours upon hours of Bang!  We only stopped at midnight for our pazuki tradition.  We stopped playing around 2 am and then laid on the bed and talked until 4 am.  Going to bed meant leaving in the morning, and gosh darn it, why can't we all just live together again?

So grateful for these girls- they are one of the biggest blessings in my life.  Can't wait for next year's trip!

And Vanessa, you were so missed!  But I know that little baby dying to come out of your tummy will be worth it!


  1. looks like an amazing time!
    you're so lucky to have a group of girls like that. i have a few close friends, but i wish i was still best friends with a lot of my old friends.


  2. About the 17 year old life guard calling you annoying...I have an 8th grader who told me I'm her least favorite teacher because I am "too freaking perky" HAHAHAHA

  3. I almost didn't even want to read this post because I knew it would be awesome but then I would have read it and then that means waiting 24 hours for another post of yours.

    Anyway, this looks LIKE SO MUCH FUN. You are so lucky to have such a great group of friends like this. I envy you for that.

    Oh and going in pitch black caves and getting glow stick stuff all over the walls? AWESOME.

  4. How fun!! Aren't girls weekends the best?! Thanks for sharing--love the blog :D

  5. So fun!!! You made me want to get together with my roommates this summer, even though I'm sure we wouldn't be able to do anything as extreme as this with where we all live and life and stuff. And by the way, is it super terrible that I don't like Cafe Rio very much? It's everyone's favorite restaurant, and I'm ok with it, but I definitely don't love it as much as most people, I feel like a criminal!


  6. Looks like you had the best time!

  7. Wow!! Looks like so much fun!

  8. Love this! Girl friends are the best. I love that y'all were invited to hang out with the boys too : ).

  9. You had really amazing time with girls. So glad that you made it! Haha poor life guard.

  10. Looks like you had such a great time! Girls weekends are the absolute best.

  11. This looks like so much fun!

  12. oh my gosh this looks like it was absolutely the perfect weekend! Your friends look so fun and goofy!

  13. Oh my goodness! Soooooo much fun!!! Pretty sure my family had a reunion at that same condo complex ... only it was in June and about 120 degrees so we could only stay out of the water for about 90 seconds at a time. Your pictures are hilarious. This sounds SO much like my sisters and I. I JUST did a blog post about our trips ... check it out, you'll be able to relate. ;)

  14. Laughed out loud on your leg intertwining getting together with my college girls, wish it was more often, but taking a trip like that looks like a ton of fun!

  15. I SO need to do something like this with a group of friends, it looks like a blast! :)

  16. How lucky to have such a great group of friends!

  17. Wow, that looks like so much fun!! My hubby and I may be moving to Utah this summer, so it's good to know about Cafe Rio and the various things you girls did there...the scenery looks gorgeous too! And Bang - oh my goodness, my college roommates also introduced that game to me. SO MUCH FUN!

  18. What a super fun weekend! You are a doll :)

    And I laughed at the "at least we know we still got it" - It's good to be reminded sometimes!

  19. Looks like you had a great time! I am a tad bit jealous..

  20. Anonymous10:13 PM

    ahhh!! looks like you ladies had a blast - and I find myself laughing right along with you as I read through this post - that picture with that old man, hahahaha - made me laugh. I'm jealous you have a core group of friends like that - I can't seem to get my high school ones to stay in touch (isn't Facebook supposed to make that stuff easier?) and I never really developed one in college - I have a lot of individual friends, but there's not a group of people that I could go rent a condo with for a weekend. I'm going to need to change this, find a lovely group of friends to rent a condo with in my mid-twenties. Although, I think at this point I'm supposed to reference your "why is it so hard to make friends as adults" (or something like that) post. We'll see how this goes.

  21. so i go to utah every year (in JUNE! six weeksish!) to see my munkle (my great uncle is a monk at the abbey in huntsville). i'd heard from another blogging friend, who lived in provo of the awesomeness of cafe rio. but since huntsville is a SUPREMELY small town, and we don't linger too long in salt lake (as in get the car, hit the road and the only stops we make are smith's and the liquor store), we don't pass a cafe rio. although, i did notice last time we were there, the airport had a cafe rio. so my parents ate there before we caught the plane home.i did not. the reason for this is because we got mexican food camped out on EVERY CORNER in this town (this town being a suburb of houston), and i am the only person in my family who does not like the stuff.

    so i know you think it's awesome... but all that stuff tastes the same to me. can we still be friends?

  22. I am from Utah, but I live in CO now, and when I found out there was a Cafe Rio here, I almost cried. My husband loves it now too, and we go every chance we get!

  23. I am originally from the Seattle, Washington area but my DH and I moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I have followed your absolute delight of a blog along with a few other Utah ladies who always rave about Cafe Rio! Now I am not a huge fan of mexican food but I decided that if the glorious opportunity ever arose in which I found myself in the vicinity of a Cafe Rio, then I must stop in and try it. The Lord was pleased and placed a franchise location precisely in my CDA town of residence and I must say, their sweet pork salad is possibly one of the most heavenly things that has ever blessed my palate. I want to than you and other Utah bloggers for raving about Cafe Rio because without it, I honestly never would have looked twice at any restaurant with such a Spanish name. Thanks Bon!