Adam and I packed up my car and left for our roadtrip to Tx. on January 13th, we were gonna go see The Glama Girls for our Anniversary! This was not gonna be a hurried roadtrip, we were gonna take our time and visit family along the way. Once we got to Tx the plan was for Adam to stay there with me for a couple of weeks and celebrate our 6th Anniversary on January 17th. and I was gonna stay longer to visit a little more with the girls, I can't believe it I haven't seen my girls in 6 months...I miss them SO SO Much!
We took a 40 min. detour and headed to Gig Harbor where my sister Pauline lives, Finesse had some clothes that she was getting rid of that I wanted to give to Pauline, and also my nieces son had been wanting a Battleship Game...we had two of them so we also wanted to drop the extra one off and say goodbye to my Sis. They weren't home so we left them by the door on the porch...and we were on the road again, I left her a message to let her know I had left some stuff at her front door, couple minutes later she called and told us where she was and asked if we wanted to stop in and say goodbye, but Adam and I decided we didn't want to make another stop so we said our goodbyes on the phone.
Next stop was Oregon, we stopped in Portland and had a quick lunch with my Father-in-Law, Larry. He is an Awesome Man, we hadn't seen him since our wedding day ( I am so bummed I never got a recent pic of him and Adam ). So after a nice lunch and visit with Larry, we were on our way again.
We continued on the trip til late that night where we stopped in California somewhere half way thru the state, dont remember where...stayed at a motel for a much needed stretch, rest and sleep.
Then in the morning we fueled up and grabbed coffee and were on the road again by 7 or 7:30am. Later when we'd been driving a couple of hours we got hungry, so we got some McDonalds breakfast. And for lunch we were gonna stop at a Carls Jr. Adam Loves Carls Jr. So we drove on and checked out all the scenery ( California is almost as flat and dry looking as TX. ) and Finally We stopped for lunch and had some Yummy Burgers at Carls Jr. ( I just had to get a pic. of Adam and his Burger, he was as happy as ever like a little kid ) So after lunch we got more gas (Ha Ha that sounded funny) and headed out again. The plan was to make it to Az. where my sister Jolee (Yolanda) lives that night and stay at her place, and visit her and my neices (Hope and Zipporah) and their handsome lil boys the next day and then head out back on the road the following morning so we could be settled in Castroville on our anniversary the 17th. I Couldn't wait to see them...hadn't seen my sister in like 5 years and hadn't seen Hope in like 12 years, and had never met Zipporah (she is like 22 years old I think), couldn't wait!
So we got into their town late at night about 11pm or so, we tried to call them... no answer, then GPSd their home and knocked on her door, no answer...she was fast asleep, she hadn't been feeling good that day and had taken some medicine, so it knocked her out and she couldn't hear our phone call or knock, poor thing. So we went to a motel and slept. In the morning we got ready to go to my sisters house, I was dying for coffee, but wanted to wait to have my morning coffee with her : ) Before we headed over there we stopped and got flowers for both households My sisters place, where she and Zipporah and Pora's son, Raymond, lives ( They got Pink Calililies potted flowers )...and flowers for Hope at her home ( Hopes were yellow potted calililies ). So we got to Jolee's home and Pora came out to greet us, She is a beautiful young lady...I got tears in my eyes as we hugged for the first time. She is such a sweet and loving girl and a very good Mom, once in their home I met Pora's son Raymond, what a cutie. Then on to see Jolee, of course more tears were shed as I hugged and kissed my sister, it was a wonderful reunion!
Pora made us coffee and bagels as we visited and got acquanted and reacquanted with one another. After visiting for a bit, they got ready so we could go to another little town where Hope lives...so that I could visit with her and meet her husband Dwight and their boys Titus (12 or 13), Tyson (8 I think), and Q (5) Q is a nickname for Quentin. I couldn't wait to meet Hope again...we have gotten to know each other really well thru email, IMing and Texting. She had become more like a close girlfriend rather than a neice. It was great to meet her and her boys, they are such handsome little guys, and they all gave me hugs and stuff, how sweet is that. Dwight was very nice and friendly and loving too, throughout the day he and Adam got to know each other and got along great. Tyson the middle boy is so cuddly...he sat near me for a big part of the day and evening. We had such a great time getting to know one another...about an hour into the visit, I cant believe it... I did my Swoozie impression, LOL that really broke the ice, and then everyone just kinda relaxed and probably thought 'okay if Tia can act that crazy I can be myself'...the boys were looking at me weird for awhile, found out later they thought I was pretty cool, I think they were surprised at how much they liked me...ha ha me too. (Hope says I was a big hit in McDaniel Household...Yay! and that the next day they were all in the back seat of their car doing a Tia Litsi "Swoozie" impression Ha ha). We all got hungry so Adam and Dwight went and got Pizza and stuff ( stuff to make margaritas: ) to bring back. We ate and watched Megamind, and then all the boys were playing...as us grownups visited. Then Adam made us all Margaritas and we had even more fun...WooHoo! Dwight went to play basketball with bros. from his hall so he missed most of the fun. Titus danced for us...we cheered him on, it was such a blast! Somehow we all ended up upstairs on Hope and Dwights California Kingsized Bed...Literally all of us. Adam, my sister, Pora, Hope, me and the boys, talking laughing being Retarted. When Dwight got home, his eyes got big like... 'okay thats weird, everyones on my bed', but then he joined us. After a it of more visiting and fun...we left and went back to Jolee's home. They had all convinced us to not leave in the morning for our trip to TX. I didn't want to leave either, I was having a blast. So in the morning Adam and I went and found an awesome Mexican Restaurant, I think it was called Felibertos. Awesome Awesome Burritos...they were so tasty and Huge. I had Carne Asada, and we took some back for Pora and Jolee. Jolee was still sleeping when we had left. On our way back to their place we found this restaurant called "Garcia's" Cool...my maiden name! So we stopped and Adam took pictures of me near the sign and stuff. So we stayed and hung out with my sister all day, Weird once again...we all ended up on the bed in Jolee's room. I went in there to lay with her and take a little nap, cuz she still wasn't feeling good, then Adam came in and joined us...She and I never took a nap we just visited, but Ha Ha, Adam fell asleep. He woke up and Jolee and I were still talking and bonding. Then later in the evening Hope and her family came over to hangout and say goodbye to us cuz we were leaving the following morning the 17th ( which would be our anniversary, didn't want to be on the road on our anniversary cuz we wanted to be relaxed and exchange gifts but...) we would have been in Castroville, TX on the 16th if we hadn't stayed to visit a day longer in Az. But I would not trade that decision for anything...we had such a blast in AZ. It was like One Long Anniversary celebration. So anyway, that evening we visited and took pictures and stuff and then said our goodbyes to Hope and her family. The next morning we woke up about 5am and said our goodbyes to Pora and Jolee and I went and layed and hugged and kissed Raymond goodbye while he slept on his bed.
So on the road again...in Benson, AZ we got hungry and needed to fill the car up again, so we stopped at this really cool McDonalds with a cool Dinosaur in front, so after we got our food we went and took pics in front of it...that was so cool, I love the pics. then we were on the road again. We decided not to celebrate our anniversary that day, we were gonna wait til the next day. We got into Castroville, Tx. (our final destination, my hometown) about 9:30 or 10pm. I will blog about our anniversary and our visit together in Castroville before Adam left in my next blog. 'Til next time : ) Enjoy our little slideshow, it takes awhile for all the images to upload, there are someithing like 52 pics. Be patient, cuz there are some awesome dinosaur pics at the end : )