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Daisy and I have an adventure - just not together!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

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!
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  • LEANJEAN6
    I dd not know if I should share this or not--thought people might find me crazy--LOL---- but--it was such a vivid dream--- Thanks for replying-Lynda
    8 days ago
  • BARBARAJ73
    Love your photos from beginning to end - a beautiful bride and Daisy in her new doghouse!! ooohh and I know what you mean about sitting too long...
    28 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I love your pictures!
    33 days ago
  • KATE-P37
    Beautiful pictures! Your pup is too cute! I'm sorry the hotel was terrible, we lucked out the last one we stayed was cheap and one of the nicer ones we've been to go figure!!! At least you were able to get out and enjoy your time!
    39 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    The bride is beautiful and your family is too.
    Baby and puppy pics are darling.
    41 days ago
  • SPARKER-LADY
    Daisy in the play house, too cute . She is a squatter. That birthday cake looks professional, great job!
    44 days ago
  • LOSEDAPOUNDS
    So sorry to hear about that hotel room. Yuk! Lovely photos from the wedding. I loved the photos of Jake and Daisy. So sweet!
    48 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    To stay at home is a choice I understand. In younger days, when DH was active duty Navy, traveling was a way of life and I loved it. But now, packing for a trip is very similar to moving (maybe not that bad, but at times it feels like it). We both have meds to take and track. DH has diabetes and takes so many different meds plus all the testing equipment. The stops are more frequent. Our youngest daughter and family live in South Dakota, about 400 miles north of us. We have miles of country roads to travel, so 6 hour is just a dream. We're lucky that Vermillion has two very nice hotels and we always choose Holiday Inn Express. We've never been disappointed. So sorry to read about yours. Did you ask for a refund?

    Jake is getting so big. Daisy taking over his play house is a lesson she could teach our mutt. We bought a doghouse last fall...$70.00...and he won't get inside. We put his rugs and toy inside hoping to make it more familiar. Nope!

    Nice photos of your family. Love the Cookie Monster cake. Your DD has taken to motherhood.
    Have a nice fall. I hope we have the nice weather to go along with the season.
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    48 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    What a lovey blog and pictures! I hope that nasty cold doesn't settle into yer chest-Hugs, Lynda
    49 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    Kathy, It seems that your luck isn't really the best when lodging at hotels or airbnbs. You deserve to stay at renown hotels that have decent reputations. You poor dear having to drive home all night long. I would of requested a cleaner room and call it a day.
    49 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    I am sure Daisy thought the house was just for her. Cute, Daisy, you made my day. And I have to agree with her, I would rather be in the play house over the carrier any day.

    Lovely wedding, and I would have left also, but I am sure I would have told them about the condition of the room. It sounds like it was a real dive.
    49 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    Beautiful bride and the dress was lovely. Glad you were able to have a safe trip and Daisy was well cared for.
    49 days ago
  • DIVAGLOW
    That was quite an adventure the two of you had. What a beautiful dress she had.

    I love the picture of Daisy in the house, how cute!
    49 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Very beautiful wedding gown, and that the outdoor wedding had a nice day for the event. So sorry that the hotel was so bad, I would not have stayed there either. If fact when we were traveling with friends back a few years ago, the guys went in and accepted staying in this one place. Once we gals got in there we both said no way, you go back up front and tell them to refund your credit cards. They did, and we found a wonderful motel about a mile from the disaster.
    Daisy found a lovely little house that fir her fine, bet she wonders where that cute little house is. You may need to buy her one of them.
    Glad you made it home safe, but that certainly was a long day of being in the car for both of you. Get rested up as the next trip will be here fast enough for you.
    49 days ago
  • TERRACOTTAGE
    Glad that the wedding was a success; the gowns were beautiful. That Hotel room sounded horrible. And it looks like Daisy had a nice time too. emoticon
    49 days ago
  • GETULLY
    So glad you were able to attend the wedding but yuck! to the hotel room. Do report it. Otherwise others will get the same treatment.
    49 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    I find travel very hard, too, and would much rather stay home. It was so good of you to go, though, and show your support for your family. I'm sure they all appreciated it. But that hotel! It sounds awful! I agree that driving home was the better option, and I'm glad you made it back safely despite being tired.

    It's so cute how Daisy took up residence in Jake's play house! That picture really made me smile!

    I hope your right knee and left hip issues are resolved before the marathon Roanoke trip! 1250 miles?! Whew! You're going to have to take turns driving that one, for sure.
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    49 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Lovely bride foe sure. It is nice to go away but it sure is not like being at home. I hope the next trip,goes smoother.

    We always check our room before we decide to stay. They can always give you another room
    49 days ago
  • TSHAWGER
    Thanks for sharing you adventure. It is hard on our bodies when we get older
    50 days ago
  • USMAWIFE
    Seems like Daisy was having a great time

    Hope you call the hotel's corporate office and let them know about the conditions. I would even go on yelp and share my experience so that others do not have the same issue. I can just see the guy from Hotel Rescue checking out that room lol

    the bride really is beautiful. So glad you were able to get away together
    50 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    My husband and I are no longer the "type" to gallivant all over the country either, {We put in our time though} … I like it at home the best too and sleeping in my own bed. By the way, these ladies are beautiful!! And that cake is adorable!!
    50 days ago
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