Yesterday my husband and I got up early (for us) and hit the road for Oacoma, South Dakota to attend the wedding of my oldest cousin's first granddaughter, who's mother was my Godchild. This is the first trip we've taken since my husband had been so ill this spring. Typically we enjoy road trips but this one proved to be a bit challenging. We needed to travel almost 400 miles which we made in about 6 1/2 hours that included 4 - 10 minute stops. I thought that was a pretty great start to the adventure!
The wedding was outside and the day was just perfect, a bit windy maybe but the sun was shining bright and the background was lovely. I thought I'd share a couple of photos because I believe the dress Danielle was wearing was the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen - including mine!
This is Danielle with her Maid of Honor - she had 6 and their dresses were equally beautiful!
Danielle & Dillon after the service, which was performed by her Grandfather Tom who has been an ordained minister for almost 50 years.
And this is my cousin and her family: Becky, Karen, my cousin Sandy and her husband Tom, Kim (my Godchild) and David.
It was so very nice to see them all - it's been several years. But I was disappointed that neither Sandy's brothers attended, nor any of their children. Our family has drifted so much apart with connections only through Facebook and Christmas cards now.
But there was one huge disappointment for us - the hotel room. It was awful. Right when we walked in there was a horrible musty smell. We turned on the air conditioner but had to turn it down to 65 for it to kick in - and it made loud noises while it ran. The blinds were dustier than any I've ever seen, the coffeemaker hadn't been cleaned from the guests before and the curtains had lots of little pinholes in them. The desk chair was broken and the toilet seat was coming off. Once we were back in the room about 8 p.m. we knew we'd never be able to sleep there - so we put everything back in our car and drove home. This time we made it in 6 hours and 10 minutes with only 3 10 minute stops. We arrived home at 2:12 p.m.!
It seems my husband and I are not that taken with the whole travel bug. I know my problem stems from my job as a corporate event planner. Whenever I had to stay in a hotel I was treated like a queen - given the best room, sometimes wine or other delicacies, which always made my experiences pretty darn great! But I also became meticulous at noticing stains on the carpeting, niches that weren't cleaned well, and shabbiness anywhere. My people wouldn't stay in a hotel that wasn't maintained 100% and it was my responsibility to make sure they had the best. But really, when you're paying $130 to sleep - at least it should be clean!
Daisy's adventure was pretty cool - she got to stay with her favorite Auntie Lauriellen and baby Jake! You all know how spoiled my little girl is - she gets a whole lot of mom's time and attention every day. She does NOT like it when I am not at home. The last time we left her she just laid by my daughter-in-law's front door sulking! This time went much better.
Here she is in her travel kennel while Jake says good morning (Daisy is so excited to see him that she knocks him down so we have to ease the together).
Jake just had his first birthday party and he got this really cute little house - look who's decided to take up residence.
Oh, and I thought I'd share the cute FIRST cake my daughter has ever made - she's getting rather domestic and really enjoying motherhood.
So it has been a lazy day for me today. We went to gather Daisy just before noon because we both slept until mid-morning.
I've learned a couple things about myself on this adventure:
1. I'm not as young as I used to be! Right now I'm having some trouble with my "good" (right) knee which is slightly changing how I walk - consequently my heels have been hurting and my left hip is quite painful. I see a physical therapist on Tuesday. I'm usually okay once I start moving but sitting in the car for so long I found I had to just stand by the car for a few seconds before I dared take a step. I have one month to work these things out before we drive to Roanoke - 1250 miles one way.
2. Apparently we are just not the 'travel around the country' type! We like it at home. I enjoy a vacation now and then but I really slept well in my own bed last night!
I'm off to do some stretching and rolling and strengthening exercises for my knees. Wishing all my dear spark friends a quiet evening and a great week ahead!