Back in 2003, some of my best friends and I gathered together in Ohio’s Hocking Hills for a relaxing, fun few days away from our lives at home. We ate great food, played games, sat in the hot tub for hours and drank wine. It was awesome. What is now known as the GGW, or Girl’s Getaway Weekend, became an annual event. We’ve seen each other through birth, death, infidelity, divorce, sickness, injury (those last two are just because of me) and some knock-down, drag-out board game fights. We have cried, laughed hard, eaten a lot of candy, scared off wild animals, sang karaoke, and stayed up all night long. Basically, it’s a three-night slumber party for adults. These are the people who I can call if I ever need anything. We don’t see each other nearly enough, but we can always count on those few days to reconnect and become a GGW family again.

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Through good times and bad, they have been my solid foundation and my second family. Our conversations are unforgettable and thinking of our silly antics always makes me smile.

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I mean, I wouldn’t let just anyone see me in my pajamas and a beauty mask. Other than the Internet, of course.

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Yeah, we made potholders. Don’t judge our crafts.

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Here we are, decked out in our Ohio State garb. The weekend is never complete without us having a couple cocktails during the football game and when the Buckeyes score, we drink. The year they beat Northwestern 54-10 was rough on us. Really rough.

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Flowerpot painting. We get CRAZY!

Now, with the Gallo Family Vineyards Crest Creator, families – whether defined by the roof under which they live or the colors they wear on game day – can be commemorated with a family crest featuring the symbols that unite them. This is ours. crest_creator5afa045e242aba9163555b98a5

At CrestCreator.com, 17 different family crest templates can be customized with 300 icons and a personal motto, offering a seemingly unending way to make your family official. The designs can be shared digitally via Facebook and Twitter and downloaded for family events. Through a partnership with Zazzle.com, the custom crests can be printed for purchase on a variety of objects, making them an unforgettable personalized gift.

The GGW has taught me that family isn’t just the people who live in your house; it can be people from work, church, the gym, or it can be a group of girls who only get together once a year. Leave a comment on this post and answer the question, “How do you define family?” and get entered for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!

 

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  • Kari


    Just the word WINE and I am totally down with a weekend like this.
    In fact, my friend Jen and I were just talking about doing something like this!
    I would love to win the gift card.
    To buy wine.
    And ingredients to make crafts.
    Those potholders are BOSS.

  • jodifur


    My family is my family, you know the people I’m related to, but I also have this thing I call “fake family” my best friend and her family and her kids. They might as well be family.

  • Lisa Brown


    My definition of family is closeness and support. People you can go to when times get tough and always have someone who will care and listen to you.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • Sarah


    Family, to me, denotes the people on the other end of the phone when everything hits the fan. My blood relatives are hundreds of miles away, but that doesn’t leave me without family here. Family is E who picked up my Rottweiler, washed and folded baby clothes and stuff when my water broke at 34 weeks. Family is J who is always there in a crisis. We pick each other up.

  • Lisa Brown


    tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/385111009465094145
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • Suzy Q


    My definition of family has broadened over the years. It certainly doesn’t only include blood relatives. Currently, I am recovering from emergency surgery that was supposed to be simple but became complicated. Who calls me every day to check up on me? My girlfriends. Who offer – sincerely – to do whatever I need done? They do. These people are my family, and they know I would do the same for them.

  • Suzy Q


    https://twitter.com/SuzyQuzey/status/385117592395845632

    I tweeted!

  • Melisa


    I’m not entering the contest but wanted to say that your “family” crest is ADORBS.

  • Tracie


    I have my real family – my husband, daughter, mom, and various cousins. I also have my “heart family” made up of special friends who have seen me through the highs and lows of life and stuck by me no matter what. I’m blessed to have them.

  • Elena


    Family are the people who love and support each other

  • Elena


    https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/385181289751400448

  • Mami2jcn


    To me, family means loyalty. It also means having a feeling of belonging.

  • Mami2jcn


    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/385206204013617152

  • tara


    Hahah what a cool idea!! Your extended family looks pretty amazing! Crafts? Face masks? Hell yeah!

  • stephanie


    familys mean love and caring and support

  • stephanie


    tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/385436758881472512 .

  • Melissa


    Family, to me, implies that you can rely on one another and that support will be given without judgement. My biological family certainly doesn’t give me that, but my close friends do. My group is shrinking as I get older, which was getting me down, but I’m about to start joining and volunteering to hunt up some more potential family members!

  • D Schmidt


    My definition of family is people that love, cherish, care and think of each other. People that feel they belong together and want to proceed through life in each other’s presence.

  • D Schmidt


    Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/385480369417379840

  • Layne Ogden


    Family to me is texting two friends late on a Sunday night and asking them to come to my house a couple times a week early in the AM to walk and talk before I completely lose my sh*t and having them show up at 5:15 the next morning.

  • April G


    I define family as those who are closest to me, be they relatives or not! They’re the ones I can lean on, and who can lean on me!

  • amy b


    Family to me is anyone who is there for me when I need them. Family does not mean blood.

  • Adrienne Gordon


    Family are the people you can count on.

  • Margaret Smith


    I define family not only but the people who are related to us by blood, but also I consider some of our friends, that we’ve known for years, to be our family too. So, to me, family is the people you are closest too and you would do anything for them and they would do anything for you.

  • Margaret Smith


    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/385727663689584640

  • Kim Ripley


    My family are the people who are connected to me that love one another.

  • Emily Morelli


    Family are the people you want to be with whenever there is an occasion whether good or bad.

  • Tamar


    Family are the people you love and would do anything for.

  • Cynthia C


    I think family goes beyond the people you are related to and includes all the people who will stand with you through thick and thin.

  • Cynthia C


    Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/385834043926790145

  • Kim H


    My family includes my family as well as my friends that I am close to!!
    ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

  • Jessica To


    To me family is a group of people who love and support each other.

  • Suzanne K


    family to me is the ones that I care about and that care about me

  • Erika


    The ultimate family for me? The one in this house- my daughter, son, and husband. :)

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Stephanie V.


    Family are people I trust in addition to people I share blood with

  • Mare


    Leo Buscaglia wrote that family is the people that “when you go there, they have to take you in.”
    True that.

  • beth shepherd


    I define family simply by those who I can trust and rely on.

  • Mary Calabrese


    Family is a group of people, either related or not, who are there for each other, no matter what.

  • Tari Lawson


    For me Family is those who are blood relatives as well as those people close to you who would do anything for you and you would do anything for them.

  • sarah hirsch


    for me family is the traditional definition – blood relatives

  • Susan Smith


    My definition of a family are people who are supportive and loving to one and other, through the good times and the bad times.

  • Susan Smith


    https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/386591800225316865

  • Carolyn G


    Family is a group of people (related or not) who love and support each other.

  • Kyl Neusch


    provide support and wellbeing

  • mickeyfan


    Family is a group, whether attached by love or by blood, that are there for each other. Any time, every time.

  • Barbara M


    Family for me is working and playing together.
    Thank you.

  • Barbara M


    Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/386683890460401664

  • Jessie C.


    To me, family means people in my life who accept and love me for who I am.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • Jessie C.


    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/386720290333417472

  • One Frugal Girl


    Accepting and loving unconditionally.

  • One Frugal Girl


    Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/387206438365302784
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  • carol


    I define family as comfort. They are the people in this world that bring me peace, and with whom I feel safe.

  • carol


    tweeted https://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/387552755843203073

  • Jen


    Family are the people you run to when you need the love, support, and guidance no one else can give you in your ultimate time of need.

  • rachel


    From moving around, I’ve learned that family is who you make it.

  • janna johnson


    To me family is the people in my life who I can count on and who can count on me.

  • Susan Chester


    I define family as the people I love and that love me back.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  • Rachel Travis


    Family loves you no matter what and is there for you through the good and bad :)

  • Tina M


    People who will be there for you no matter what and love you unconditional.

  • Tina M


    https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/388459899773911040

  • Melinda


    My definition of family is that they are the people who love you and support you unconditionally, whether related by blood or otherwise.

  • Melinda


    tweeted

    https://twitter.com/MelindaJoy926/status/388719992117538816

  • Sean


    Family: People you’d do ANYTHING for!

  • Stephanie Larison


    People you would die for, you’re that close with. Related or not.

  • Denise S


    To me family are my relatives by blood or marriage. I don’t loosely call just anybody family.

  • Erica Best


    people who are loving and caring

  • Erica Best


    https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/389124729161801728

  • joni


    I define family as my blood relatives and in-laws.

  • joni


    https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/389251218502987776

  • ML Cottingham


    Family is the collection of people in life who you hold dearest in your heart. Some are related by blood… and some the cosmos brings to you along the journey of life.

  • ML Cottingham


    https://twitter.com/mlcottingham/status/389254269875941376

  • joseph gersch


    Family are those who have your back

  • Tabathia B


    People who offer unconditional love

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Tabathia B


    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/389899300378914816

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Kerry


    Family to me is my favorites in my life. The people that will be there no matter what!

  • Kerry


    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/390993378499772416

  • Debbie B


    my favorite people in the world!

  • Debbie B


    i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/391056390417965056

  • Lisa M


    Someone who is there for me always.

  • steph


    family means those who are with you no matter what! family is love. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  • steph


    https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/391765109279686656

  • Wild Orchid


    My definition is the people in your life who you can always count on and be yourself with.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Wild Orchid


    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/392306111757287424

  • Shelly Leatham


    To me, family would be the people who love you and accept you just the way you are. It’s not what runs through your veins, it is what lives in your heart!
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

  • Shelly Leatham


    tweet
    bleatham(at)gmail.com
    https://twitter.com/sleatham1/status/392341248612126720

  • Rhea


    Family are the people who have a place in my heart!

  • Amanda


    Family are those you surround yourself with who accept you for who you are unconditionally. That acceptance runs deeper than blood.

  • Amanda


    Tweet:https://twitter.com/ACupcakeBlonde/status/392358667363680256

  • Amy Orvin


    My definition of family is love and sharing! Without that they might as well be strangers.

  • Amy Orvin


    tweet – https://twitter.com/amyorvin/status/392628644490670080

  • Managed Chaos


    Family loves you unconditionally.

  • Kevin E


    I define family as anyone close to me that I can trust and cares about me

  • Kevin E


    tweeted

    https://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/392975000921059328

  • chrisgharmon


    I think there are different kinds of family. The best kind is the one that has your back regardless of the circumstances.

  • Kelly Massman


    Family is love! And that is all! Thanks for a chance to win!!!! kmassman gmail

  • Robbie


    Family are those ppl who have stood by be during the good, the bad and the ugly…whether we are related by blood or marriage of the best of friends i consider them family.

  • Amy Tong


    Family is the group of people I can feel comfortable around, we laugh, cry and share everything. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Amy Tong


    tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/393453354275180544

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • LAMusing


    Family – that bond that means unconditional love and support for each other, no matter the miles apart or the distance of time.

  • Norma


    Some family we are born into, some family we choose. But true family is a network of people that support each other through good times and bad.

  • Harmony B


    The people in my life who accept & love me for who I am are family to me.

  • Harmony B


    tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/393650604850941952

  • maria cantu


    Family to me is unconditional love.

  • Diane baum


    Family means people we are related to, learn to love and enjoy spending time with.

  • Nicole Larsen


    Family is loyalty and kindness–people you can rely on no matter what and people that you just can not live your life without!

  • Nicole Larsen


    tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/394256724443418624

  • kakaty


    Family are the people I want to celebrate and mourn with…the people I turn to in both the good times and the bad. They are blood and chosen but they all mean the world to me!

  • Lara Thoms


    Family is a group of people who love spending time together!

  • ky2here


    Family includes everyone who loves me and ‘gets me’.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  • ky2here


    https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/395098906301693952

  • Betty C


    Family are the ones who stick by you no matter what. They will tell you when you are wrong but still stand by you when you make mistakes.

  • Betty C


    Tweet – https://twitter.com/willitara/status/395211279914119168

  • Daniel M


    all of us helping each other out and sticking together

  • Heather B


    my definition of family is the people who are there for you and support you in your time of need.

  • Anna Pry


    family are the folks you share your life with, folks you can count on in a pinch
    pryfamily5@gmail.com

  • Whitney


    Family is unconditional love

  • Whitney


    https://mobile.twitter.com/electricstar/status/395720609042530304?p=v

  • Alicia


    My family is my son and hubbie.

  • AmyBond


    I define family as being those special people who you think of daily, those you can’t imagine being without, the ones that always make you smile when they aren’t making you crazy, the ones you’d be honored to share a room with in the nut house!

  • AmyBond


    Tweet! https://twitter.com/ladylost2/status/395774717392474113

  • Andrina G


    Family is loving, kind, supportive, and kind to each other,

  • angie lilly


    Those people I love to be around and who love and support me.

  • angie lilly


    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/395839078618247169

  • tina reynolds


    I define family by those I crave time with. My main family is my wonderful hubby and three kids.

  • tina reynolds


    https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/395913028598005760

  • Lisa Garner


    To me family is those who are there for you no matter what and are always will to stand behind you.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • Lisa Garner


    I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/395926470326886400

  • Amanda Sakovitz


    My definition of family is people that you love and can be yourself with.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  • Amanda Sakovitz


    https://twitter.com/aes529/status/395942336921743360

  • susan smoaks


    To me family is the people who are there for me when I need them. Also the people that I care for and help when they need it.

  • Jo Ann F


    People who care about each other and you can be yourself with.
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  • Shelley Mitchell


    Family is the people I love the most. People who are here for me the most and the people I want to talk to all the time, cry with and laugh with!!

  • Thomas Murphy


    My definition of family is people that are there for you no matter what.

  • Thomas Murphy


    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/395975262090698752

  • Ellie W


    My family is those that I love and put their happiness before my own. The ones that I would die for.

  • Ellie W


    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/395981667220725761

  • Holli Joren


    Family are the ones that love unconditionally and who I feel close to no matter how far away I am. I also consider my fiance’s family my family because of how they’ve excepted me into their family.

  • Holli Joren


    https://twitter.com/Holli357/status/395997667186057216

  • Sand


    Family is anyone who has a space in your heart.

  • john hutchens


    Family to me are the people who are with you through good times and bad

  • john hutchens


    https://twitter.com/johnhutchens1/status/396055431572774913

  • Karrie Millheim


    Family is those that drop everything when you need and that you drop everything for to help. Family is those that love you unconditionally. Does not have to blood to be family

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