Thursday, July 04, 2013
Celebrating a New Mom
As I mentioned in my last blog-Samantha
(my wonderful inherited daughter) and I took a road trip back to our old
stomping grounds in Orange County, California to enjoy her baby shower!
It’s so hard to believe that Jackson Dale
is almost here!
Sam and I left after breakfast last
Thursday and started our road trip. We
were using our daughter Sarah’s car-as we were picking her up on Friday
afternoon from John Wayne Airport. Sarah
had been working in Colorado Springs for a month and we knew we were going to
have a lot of luggage and baby shower gifts to bring back home and her car was
Back to our road trip. First off, remember that Sam is 8 months
pregnant and I have a very “glass-like” skeleton. We stopped in Quartzsite-the last town before
the border to get gas. We know that once
we go those added 8 miles-the price of fuel rises by $.60 a gallon!
While there, we decided to go to the ever
famous “Daniel’s Fresh Jerky” store. We
have seen their signs for years and yet-never once stopped! Very nice people and the store was so cute.
Sam and I bought 3 kinds of jerky: carne asada, garlic and rosemary and then a
peppered turkey. We nibbled on the
turkey on during the rest of our 7 hour trip.
We stopped in Blythe for another “potty” break and some lunch.
Blythe is NOT exactly the type of place
you want to spend a lot of time in-but it’s a fairly large town. A nice clean Subway opened up there a while
back and it’s much better to take our break there than in the rather “icky”
Mobil Mart or Denny’s up the street.
From there we made it to the Morongo
Indian Reservation (near Palm Springs) for a break and gas fill-up. We know that the gas station there isn’t much
more expensive than at home. This made
it possible to beat the afternoon “Orange Crush” and the “El Toro Y”-we did opt
to spend $6.50 on the toll road which dropped us off at Sam’s mom’s home.
It was 5:30. Spent a bit of time saying hello before
taking off for my sister’s house in Laguna Hills. My sister and family and parents were waiting
to have dinner with me.
The rest of the weekend including a fun 3
hour gabfest with my dear friend and colleague Ilene Schneider before picking
up Sarah. I was thrilled to see my
daughter after a month apart!
It was family dinner night on Friday. Saturday my sister and family did an American
Cancer Society walk while Sarah and I got our hair taken care of-I’ve been too
anxious about trying yet another stylist and Sarah needed her roots touched up.
Later it was Sarah’s turn to see friends
and Sam was enjoying the time with her mom and siblings. I went with my sister and we put together
some dinner at the house.
Sunday came FAST! Sarah and I went to the bakery/café and had
some breakfast together and picked up the cake.
We joined Sam and family and began the trek over to where we were doing
the shower and plowed through the set up.
Sam’s mom, Linda, did a phenomenal and
creative job on the decorations and food!
Everyone agreed-this was something that she should find a way to market
and go into business with because it was just that great!
We were absolutely thrilled, happy and
exhausted by the end of the shower and all of us went to our perspective beds
and went to sleep. We three knew we were in for quite the packing job (which my
brother-in-law Dave did) and a long drive home.
Before we left-my dad did slip and break
two fingers. Sigh.
Sam slept most of the way home, Sarah
refused to let me help her do the drive and we basically did the same stops in
reverse on the way back-including another stop at “Daniel’s”!
Steve loves jerky-so I bought him the 3
best sellers, a jar of BBQ rib rub with Jack Daniel’s in it and some dried
cantaloupe for me. The girls also bought some jerky. Sarah bought some of the odd
flavored/interesting micro-brew soda pops.
We got home totally exhausted and happy to
see our families.
Steve had the boys-whom he told a huge fib
too-told them that “mommy had to go back to Colorado and she would see them
Dyl knew better-but Aidan was pretty
sad. What a wonderful sight it was to
see their faces when they realized that Sarah was there with open arms, huge
hugs and kisses.
Yes, going away is always a fun time-but
getting home, well, it’s always better.