||[Apr. 30th, 2006|12:30 am]
For those who don't know I am in AZ visiting my Aunt Lori and her family for my youngest cousin's First Communion. I figured I would actually make some entries about my trip. Oh the shock!|
They day started normally enough, I got up, took a shower, and took care of some last minute packing. Brian was going to take me to my mom's house on his way to Louisville for some Bemani event. We eventually left the house around 9:15. We had made it to downtown Noblesville before I realized that I had forgotten to pack my bathing suit. So we turned around and picked it up. After a quick stop at the bank we were on our way to my mom's. Once at my mom's Brian hung around for a few minutes, then headed home. He had a few things he needed to finish up before he could head down to Louisville.
I called a place called Beauty First to see about getting pedicures for my mom and I. I wanted to have pretty feet for my trip since I would be wearing sandals most of the time. The were able to fit us in at 11:00 and 12:00. After a quick bit to eat we left for our appointments. We put all my stuff in the car just in case we needed to leave for the airport right from out appointments. Everything went smoothly there, and we even got done early. We headed back to mom's house so I could borrow her camera (I figured Brian would want to take ours with him to Louisville). Then it was off to the airport. At the airport mom dropped me off at the curb. I checked my suitcase there since I had already checked-in online and had a boarding pass.
I quickly made my way through security and to the gate. Once at the gate I read my book until it was time to board. The plane was delayed by about 15 minutes for an aircraft change. I am not sure what the reason the change was, but I wasn't worried. Turns out I should have been. Due to the 15 minute delay in Indy, I missed my connecting flight out of Denver. So I booked on another flight that was supposed to leave Denver at around 6:00. Unfortunately that plane was also delayed. Apparently this plane went from Chicago to Cabo and was unable to land due to bad weather, so it was rerouted to somewhere in TX to refuel and wait for the weather in Cabo to clear. Since it was a couple hours late arriving in Cabo, consequently it was late leaving Cabo and arriving in Denver. Fortunately I got ahold of Lori before she left the house to pick me up and was able to give her the new flight info. I also called people in Indy to let them know what was going on since it would be after midnight (Indy time) when I finally arrive in AZ. The flight from Denver finally took off around 8:20 and I arrived in AZ around 9:30.
Lori had waited for me to arrive before eating dinner. While we waited for dinner Anna, my oldest cousin, beat me soundly at a game of chess. We finally ate around 10:30. After dinner Tom (Lori's husband) got the fire pit going and we all sat under the desert night sky and had s'mores. We eventually went to bed around midnight, which felt like 3:00 am to me.
Amy, my middle cousin, woke me around 8:30. I had told her the night before that I wanted her to paint my finger nails so that they looked as nice as my toe nails. Once that was taken care of and they had dried a bit I took a much needed shower. Anna and Amy helped me decide what to wear. My grandparents arrive a little before 10:00 and we left at 10:15. Alex, my youngest cousin, needed to be at the church by 10:30 to get ready. Mass began at 11:30 and went very well. I got a great picture of Alex in the processional. After mass and many pictures we headed home, where we took more pictures. After changing we ate a wonderful breakfast casserole. After brunch grandma and grandpa headed home for the afternoon. They were planning on coming back later in the evening for a cookout.
Lori, Tom, Anna, Amy, and Alex took me on a trip to Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flats. I realize I had been to Tortilla Flats before on a trip with Brian to visit friends who live in the area. After sightseeing we headed home for dinner. Turkey burgers (don't knock it 'til you've tried it!), corn on the cob, fruit salad, and broccoli slaw. Grandma and Grandpa came back around 6:00 and we sat down to eat around 7:00. Wonderful. I was introduced to the beginning of Napoleon Dynamite and played a game of chess with Alex. This time it was my turn to win.
Now everyone is in bed, and I am headed off myself. Tomorrow I will get up with the family as they all get ready for school and work. Tom will drop me at Grandma and Grandpa's on his way to work. After spending the morning with them, they will take me to meet a friend for lunch. She will see me off to the airport, on my way to CA to visit my dad.