Two weeks ago, Stephanie came to visit for FIVE whole days! Simply put- it was wonderful.
She flew in on a Monday night, which happened to be the same Monday that Hurricane Isaac was spinning in the gulf and throwing rain all over the state. Her flight ended up being delayed by a couple of hours, but I finally got the text around 8:30 that she had landed.
I made friends with the security guard at the pick-up lane in the airport and at least a dozen loops around it while I waited for Steph to roll her suitcase out to the curb.
I was in tears when I finally caught sight of her. It could have been the fact that there was some pretty rough weather that day and I was worried about her flying through it. It could have been all of the soldiers I watched being reunited with their families at the airport that night. I’m sure it was a little of both, but the main reason was I just love her so much and I was so glad she was finally here!
Stephanie was actually just coming off of her latest adventure with her thrill-seeking husband. The day before she flew to Florida, she was actually on the top of Mt. Rainer in Washington state. Amazing. She and Henry have had a lifetime of adventures in just a few short years. They blow all of our minds and I never know when I’ll get an email saying they’re off to Vegas for the weekend or hiking in Yellowstone or spending a few days in Paris. I LOVE that about them. They are such a neat couple.
Actually her trip to Florida (and then a week in Georgia with the family), was just the stop before their next adventure. LIVING IN ENGLAND for 9 months!
In fact, they fly out TODAY!
and then hit the beach for a couple days.
We laughed our heads off and had such a fun time!
Steph and I (& the girls) were going to just show the “Moms” how to get there, but we ended up going in and then staying.
Yes, we were THOSE people…
We were also the people who:
- had to have the man at the counter explain it all to us, and even afterward still had no clue what it all really meant.
- Yell, “Here comes Lucky” with the announcer at the start of the race
- Buy the program, but not to see the stats on the dog… we pick our dog based on the name we like. Doesn’t everyone? That’s the one that really sealed the deal on us being THOSE people – Everyone was sitting on the bench and I was reading out the dogs’ names and we were all deciding who we each wanted to go with. We were all the way through the list and had made our choices, when the nice couple beside us yelled over to us to tell us we were only on Race 12. (We were picking from the race 13 list) :)
On the way out that night, we got another laugh when AB, in all seriousness says, “Yall know what pup was my favorite? Lucky!” (I was dying that she called the dog a “pup”). She asked to go back to the dog track all day Friday! :)
My girls loved having Grammy and the Aunts all to themselves. It was like have three Grammys! Growing up, it was always fun to have them together and all of us cousins have always said how much our aunts remind us of our own moms. They are all very different in their own ways, but alike in many others. I love them all very much.
It was such a fun time with Steph and I am so thankful we got to spend some time together before they made the big move! All of our lives, we have lived states apart, but never an ocean. I know England is going to be an awesome adventure for she and Henry! A once in a lifetime opportunity for sure. Hopefully Stephanie will start blogging again so we can all follow along on this exciting chapter! :) (Hint, hint, Steph!!)