Thursday, December 20, 2007

Well that was fun!

Well Jay and I made it back from Charlotte on Monday night. We were supposed to fly into Newark and then to Seattle but that was delayed so they re routed us to San Francisco and then to Seattle. We got home at the same time so that wasnt bad.
We had the best time! It was a short trip but we were busy from the time we got off the plane. Before I talk about the trip I want to say that on our flight from Atlanta to Charlotte, there were several service men on our plane and the stewardess had everyone give them a round of applause and let them get off the plane first. I had heard a man sitting behind me talking about how he was so happy to be home and he would get to meet his baby girl who was a few months old. He said he only was going to be home for 15 days and I just couldnt imagine being in his shoes! When we got to baggage claim we came down the escalators and I seen these 3 women with a baby and a video camera and when they seen him they started jumping up and down and crying. It was the sweetest thing to see these people so happy to see him and he so happy to see his family. I'll never forget that and I realize now more than before just what a service these men and women do for our country and how much they sacrifice!

That being said, Jenn picked us up from the airport and we went to her parents house and met them, very nice people. We borrowed their Pacifica for the weekend so we could go tailgating on Sunday. After that we met Jenn's friend Carrie at their favorite resturaunt, On the Border. It was such a nice day probably 70 degrees so we sat on the patio to have lunch. That was weird with it being December 14th and all, definitely wouldnt be doing that at home! We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping around an area called Birkdale and then we went back to Jenn's to shower and get ready for the night.

We had dinner with Sam, Heather, Blake and Emily at Firebirds and once again sat outside. It was so good to see all of them. Jay really enjoyed talking with Sam and we all had a few drinks and a good meal. The kids were entertaining everyone with quotes from Talladega nights, too funny! Emily brough her baby McKenna with her, she is such a good little mommy :)

After dinner, we headed to a place called "The Hooker" to meet up with Jenn's friend Brandis who had rented the Ragin Uptown Party Bus for her birthday. That was pretty cool, there was this huge school bus with benches in it and you could bring what you wanted to drink and then they played loud music, everyone danced and it drove us around and dropped us off at bars all night. It was a good time!
Saturday morning Kevin picked Jay up and they got to go to the Seahawks team hotel and get on their team bus to go with them to practice. They hung out with them all day, met most of them, got autographs and just had a great time! Jenn, Carrie and I met Kevin at Ganassi and he was giving Josh Brown and Craig Terril of the Seahawks, a tour of the shop which was filmed for Josh's tv show. The rest of us just stayed behind the camera but it was fun to be there and meet them. Josh was super nice and he made Carrie a Seahawks fan :)

After that, we headed back to Jenn's, Carrie & I finished making cookies for the Christmas party that night and Jenn & Jay went shopping. Jenn's friend Shannen had a Christmas party so we all went to that and it was a good time. They even had some real moonshine there, Jay took one sniff of that and put it right down! We had some drinks there and then headed uptown to Buckhead where we drank and danced the night away. We had a room at the Hilton uptown and stayed there Saturday night. We didnt get to bed until about 5 am and Kevin was already calling at 7:30 to tell us to get ready for tailgating. That was a long day!

We tailgated and then went to the game. It was 46 degrees outside, but with the wind it felt about 26! I was freezing and the game was boring so that made it even worse. The Seahawks lost which sucked but Jay, Kevin, and Budah all had a great time down on the field so that was good.

After the game, we headed back to Jenn's to get ready for the Daughtry concert in Greensville, SC. It was about an hour and a half away so we pretty much left right away. The concert was awesome! Jay and I seen him at the Puyallup fair a couple months ago, but this one was even better. It was in an auditorium and it was a more intimate feeling. He sang some new songs too and I cant wait for his cd to come out.
After all that, we had to drive home still and finally got there around 1:15. I went right to bed and got up Monday morning to go to the Hamlin's to meet baby Grace!

She is just precious and she has so much hair I couldnt even believe it. I held her for awhile and she just looked at me for awhile and then eventually fell asleep. Kevin and Mandi are both great parents and you can tell they both really enjoy it. It was so good to see them and they will be coming home in January!
Our trip ended with a stop at the Cracker barrell so Jay could have some grits. I did a little shopping at the store there, they have some of the cutest stuff!
Jenn took us to the airport and our journey home was on it's way.
When we arrived in San Francisco I turned on my phone to listen to a message that I had from Campbell, it was the sweetest thing, she was asking when I would be home, telling me that she missed me and loved me. I called her back and she was like when are you going to be home? I told her not until late and she asked her Dad if she could stay up late to wait for me! Although I love all of my adventures, nothing beats coming home to a little one that is so excited to see you.
Mike and Susi picked us up at the airport and when we got back to their house, Susi gave me a card and told me I had to read it. It said Merry Christmas, We hope you like your new car! So I go look at my car to find that they had 4 new tires put on it, along with they had it detailed and washed for me! I cant even believe that they did that. It is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me and I am so greatful for all of their friendships. The Sauls family is truly the best people anyone could ask to know and I am so glad I can call them my friends!

We had such a great time there, so many great laughs and memories. Thanks to Jenn for letting us stay with her and making us feel so welcome! We have had the best time both times we've been there and I cant wait until our next visit!