Sometime towards the end of February we booked our trip down to Sarasota for my Spring Break. Bobby's Aunt Kathy has a condo down there and he had accumulated enough points through Continental so we barely paid anything to fly down. The game plan was for AK to pick us up from the airport late Friday night and we'd stay down there until Wednesday night. We'd drive AK to the airport on Tuesday and take the rental car back with us when our flight left on Wednesday. Seemed like a solid plan and I was more than excited to spend 5 days relaxing on the beach and coming back to school with a lovely tan.
Friday night my parents dropped us off at the airport and we were ready to spend a week relaxing....but of course our plane had to sit on the tarmac for an extra hour first, just for reality to get one more swift kick in. We got down to Sarasota a little after 10pm and began our drive back to AK's condo. At this point all I really wanted to do was crawl into bed and pass out.
And that's when we were greeted in the hallway by our friends with champagne glasses. AK had arranged for 3 of my friends from college, Bobby's soon to be best man and his gf, and the Liz's (Bobby's sister and sister's bff who is practically a part of the Olson family) to fly down for the weekend to surprise us and surprise us they did!
After the initial shock and excitement wore off, we headed into downtown to hit up a bar and get in a little dancing. Seeing everyone down there with us was like a shot of Red Bull and our initial groggyness had dissipated. The next day we all headed out to spend the day on the beach. It was a gorgeous day and we had a great time chatting it up while getting some sun. The water was warm, the beach wasn't too crowded, and the beverages were flowing.
Once everyone reached their optimal tomato-y color, we headed back to wash up and get ready for dinner. AK had booked a reservation at a great little Italian place right around the corner. It was a beautiful night and we sat outside to share in conversation and delicious food. The initial plan was to head to Siesta Key to go to some bars down there but we were enjoying the more mellow atmosphere and decided to head back to AK's for some more wine and good conversation.
Overall, it was a wonderful weekend having everyone down there to celebrate with us and a great surprise. AK did a fabulous job orchestrating an engagement weekend for us and I can't thank her enough for inviting our friends to share in the celebration. When the excitement died down, I realized we still had three more days on the beach :)