Immediately after my bridal shower (which I will recap as soon as I get photos), my sisters Brittany and Brandi, friends Stephanie and Julie, and I went to the bachelorette party. My third bridesmaid Tory was supposed to be there as well, but she skipped because she was at her boyfriend's sister's birthday party. (That's all I'll say about that.)
We went to Evansville to Evansville Escape, an escape room. I had done an escape room before with Andy in Louisville and had a blast, so I couldn't wait to do it with my girls! Unlike the Louisville escape room, Evansville Escape really got into character. We opted to do the "Taken" room, and they literally handcuffed and blindfolded us. Brandi cracked a joke about it being 50 Shades of Gray and we all laughed.
We opted to play for fun, which meant we were able to get clues on how to escape. It's a good thing we did, because we definitely needed them! The Criminal Justice major in the crowd (me) was no help, instead watching the clock and letting everyone else solve the puzzles. We made it out with 6 minutes to spare!
After the escape room, they asked where I wanted to go for supper. "You're the bride!" So off to Chipotle we went. At dinner, we made our plans for the rest of the night, when suddenly exhaustion hit me. I mean, "ready to go to bed at 7:30 pm" exhausted. So I decided we were just going to go back to the hotel and play a few board games.
When we got back to the hotel in Owensboro, Brandi decided to leave for the night, leaving me, Britt, Stephanie and Julie all together to hang. I think Brandi might have felt left out because the four of us have known each other for 4 years, while Brandi had just met Stephanie and Julie that day.
The minute we sat down on the beds, Julie was fast asleep! So Stephanie, Britt, and I stayed up late to talk. The three of us stayed up until 1 am!
Unfortunately, I had forgotten my medicine, so I had trouble falling and staying asleep. I was up again at 3 am, 6 am, and then at 8:30 am for the day.
After we ate breakfast and checked out of the hotel, we decided to walk the riverfront. We ran across a local church (Settle Memorial UMC) hosting a service at Smothers Park so we decided to join them! Singing worship songs with Stephanie and Julie was like the Wesley Foundation all over again. I'll admit, I teared up thinking about it and about how lucky I am to have these ladies in my life and how happy I am that I get to be Andy's wife in a matter of weeks.
After the service we ran into a woman that Julie knows. It's a long story, and it's not mine to share, but it was definitely a God thing to see her again. The church was having a picnic, so we joined her for lunch and to chat a while.
Then, we walked the park-- I showed Stephanie around our award winning playground for when her little girl gets old enough to play there (Side note: Stephanie is pregnant!!! She's my first close friend to be pregnant and I'm so stinking excited for Baby Owen's arrival in October!!!) We then walked down to Cold Stone Creamery so Julie and Stephanie could get ice cream (I hate ice cream and didn't feel like eating anything else) and talk some more.
Before we knew it, it was 2 pm and time to go home! We parted ways, with plans to hang out again after I am moved into my new house.
I haven't seen Stephanie and Julie in over a year, but we picked up right where we left off. It was so great seeing them again. I forgot how amazing it was having my closest friends to share my heart with, and worship God with. I can't even begin to describe it. This weekend was exactly what my soul needed and I am so, so blessed.
And with that, the countdown to the wedding is on!