WOW! what a great weekend.. and a busy week since I have been back!
First I have to tell you I had the best time this weekend. I had several angels that were put in my path this past weekend. Without them it would have probably been not so good. I was doing okay until I got to the airport on Friday. The ride over made me really queezy and I realized that wasn't quite over my stomach sickness. When I finally got checked in, I figured I better get something to eat before we took off, since I hadn't eaten in days and I needed something in my stomach before I got more sick. Well who knew that the Idaho Falls Airport is so small that the only food it offers is two vending machines, one with drinks the other with candy and cookies. I was craving an apple or fresh fruit, but a snickers would have to do. I got even more frustrated when I realized I didn't have any cash on me and there wasn't any ATM machines. I dug through my purse and found 75 cents, but was short 25 cents. The cheapest thing I could buy was a buck. So I called Ben to tell him my problems and that I was seriously going to go check the pay phones to see if there was a quarter in it, when I heard someone call my name. I turned around and there was my sister, Tia with her husband and friends, waving at me! She was also heading to Las Vegas for the Nascar Truck Races and happened to be on my same flight (the only flight going to Vegas that day! LOL). She saved me, and gave me two dollars. I got a couple of things from the vending machine and thanked her over and over for being my 'angel" of the day. I took her picture too. Funny how something so little meant so much to me at the time. I really wasn't feeling well. I needed a drink of pop to calm my stomach but couldn't buy anything because you can't take drinks on the plane anymore. I figured I would get something once I was on the plane, so I didn't worry to much about it. It was only when we were 25 minutes into the flight that I realized the airline I was on didn't serve pop or even water, unless you paid for them and again.. with no cash I was out of luck. I think the stewardess could tell I didn't feel well and when I asked her if they took credit cards, she just smiled, got me a ginger-ale and went onto another paying customer. She was angel number two. So 2 hours later we were in Las Vegas and the ride was so bumpy as soon as I got off the plane I found a bathroom and everything I had eaten on the plane had come back up. Ugh.. hate that feeling. Well remember I told you that my good friend Jamie Soucy was meeting me in Las Vegas. Well there she was, waiting for me at baggage claim, and immediately took my bags and helped me find the rest. She is a travel guide and owns a travel company and so when she said she was going to book a car, I told her I would find one too and see if I could get one for cheaper. Well I did.. about 20 bucks cheaper, so I booked mine instead. Well when we got to that point, I was feeling so blah from just having thrown up, and so she told me to sit with the bags and she would take care of the reservations. I gave her the printed sheet I had and she went to go get our car. Almost 2 HOURS later, she finally ended up having to go with another company because the "cheap" company I had gotten the rental car with, was cheap for a reason. The poor lady at the rental counter couldn't find our reservations and every time she started a new one, it kicked her out of the system. I was getting sicker and Jamie was loosing her patience. I mean.. we were just renting a car and it had been over an hour and a half. It just doesn't take that long. Finally Jamie said to the lady, look..my friend is sick, I don't know why this is taking so long but could you please hurry. Do you know how much longer it will be? " The lady at the counter said quite rudely, just basically just be patient because it might be another 45 minutes.. maybe even 2 hours.. and complaining wasn't going to get a car faster. So Jamie took her credit card, walked 5 feet to the counter next door and rented a car from someone else.. it took less than 7 minutes. Yeah.. so much for my money saving "good" deal. Jamie.. you were my angel this weekend. Angel number three. (and four and five and six! LOL) After we got the car we went to find the other "Jamie's" house. who were were staying with. Jamie Valimor. Gorgeous house.. gorgeous family.. and one of the nicest people I have ever met. I had a crop that night and threw up again. I felt so bad for the woman at the class/crop. We did our mini book and then I just laid my head on the table and talked with everyone. I had a great time.. I laughed and made some great new friends! Those ladies were the best!! Jamie S helped me all night long, and got me drinks and I don't know WHAT i would have done without her. She was my angel number 3.. many times over. Did I say that already? We got lost on the way to the store and without her, I would have just given up and cried! LOL.. After the crop, we went home to Jamie V's. house and the ride home made me sick again and I threw up again (sorry that sounds so gross!).. and I went to straight to bed. Jamie V. had driven all over town that night to find me some Cold Soar Ointment (Corona Ointment). I had forgotten mine and got a cold soar that night.. (go figure). She was so great. Jamie V., my angel number 4. The picture on the right is Jamie S. Jamie V and me at the store.
Saturday I felt much better and for the most part had a great day. A little queezy in the morning and I was nervous as all get out.. I have taught alot.. but for some reason was really nervous about this trip! But the students.. my new friends were amazing. So funny and made me laugh. Here is a picture of some of my students. I posted more in the photo album on the right. The classes went by so fast. I taught three of them and we had so much fuN!! I met tons of new friends and the store owner Theresa and her employees were FABULOUS! I had a great time getting to know a few of them and just felt so welcomed by all of them! Thanks to all of you who made my weekend so wonderful. you were all my angels!! Saturday night, Me, Jamie V and Jamie S went to Sushi. Very interesting. I only had one kind.. the one without fish in it! LOL.. and it was alright. The Cucumber salad was amazing though and our host, Sunny was making funny faces at me all night. I got a couple of them on camera. Too funny. I took pictures of him, but on Jamie's camera. I need to get those.
Sunday I spent the day with Jamie and Jamie at Jamie's house (say that fast three times). Jamie V's husband was so nice, and her kids are so polite and adorable. We also met up with Jessica who goes to all the Cku's with Jamie V.. The picture to the left is off, Jessica, JamieS., Me, Jamie V and Jamie V's. two daughters. It was nice just to hang, watch TV. read books and have a BBQ that her husband made for us. I flew home Monday and on the way home, already missed my new friends. Jamie and Jamie were wonderful. Jamie S.. would have not made it through the weekend without her help and Jamie V. That is the first time I had really gotten to know her and I admit at first i was nervous because she is a model and just so gorgeous. But she is so funny and full of kindness. Her house felt so warm and inviting and I felt like I had known her forever. Like we were just sisters. She is an amazing artist both through her layouts and her modeling. She is a wonderful mother too. She made bread, cookies,breakfast and so much more while we were there. I don't even bake bread! LOL.. amazing! Well that was my weekend. I came home to kids who are on vacation because of spud Harvest (we get out of school for 2 weeks while the kids that are old enough and the teachers help out in harvesting the potatoes). My kids aren't old enough to help, so they are just home being bored! Ben has done so much on the house!! I am going to take pictures tomorrow. He bricked the fireplace, painted and started putting backer board up for the tile in the bathrooms and kitchen. Our wood floor came in! It's a vintage handscraped 5" plank walnut. SO pretty. Can't wait for it all to come together. Carpet is in a week and half. I have been playing catch up with work. Crazy busy but spending time in Vegas meeting those wonderful women was all worth the late nights now :) I made alot of new friends and I am excited about keeping in touch.
Well going to take Noah for a walk down to our house and see what else Ben has done today. Night.