cousin's night

i got the text from my cousin... "Hot Tub Party!"

i'm like, "yeah, i don't know. i've got a lot of work to get done."

cousin says, "i'm making mac & cheese and muddled pear cider."

"bruh, i'm there!"

sometime's you don't realize how much you need some good "girl time".  whether it's a belly laugh with your bestie, happy hour with high school friends, or game night with the girls, quality time with your core team is essential.  

i dug out my favorite swim suit. (which wasn't fitting quit like it was this summer... thanks a lot Happy Holiday pounds!)  i threw on my coat and hit the door!  when i arrived to my cousin's, i was greeted by the smell of muddled pears and spiked ginger, the soothing sounds of erykah badu, and a warm white fluffy bath robe.  this is exactly what i needed!

we ate good food, drank til we couldn't drink anymore, and rotated through those hot tub jets like a rotisserie chicken in the oven at the deli.  once everyone's hair had been officially destroyed by the steam, we made our way back inside for one more drink, and a game of cards against humanity.  yo... that shit was hilarious!  i don't think i laughed that hard playing cards since mr & i played KINGS with shaun derik and the gang.

at the close of the evening, i felt so many things.  first things first, i was drunk!  that muddled pear cider was no joke!  more over, i felt connected; to my family, to my womanhood, and to myself.  there's truly something special about women being able to get together and just have a good time.  no drama.  no competition.  just love, support and encouragement.  it's so important that we carve out time for ourselves.  not to be a mom, or a wife, but to be you.  hanging out with your girlfriend's is such a great way to center yourself.  

so here's your call to action... pull out your calendar.  choose a date within the next 2 weeks.  text your girls this message:

i miss you guys.  it's been to long.  game night at my place.

DATE & TIME.

i'll have the food, you bring the booze!  see you soon!

grab your favorite board games or some cards.  (KINGS is a favorite for game night in my crew.)  make a one pot meal, and watch the magic happen!   

celebrating our black girl magic with the family.  good times!