Monday, May 22, 2006
I'm happy to report that I was not incarcerated over the weekend and that my MIL is still alive. In fact I'm even happier to report that she was really good throughout the trip and I didn't have any problems with her. I felt bad for her, I think she took her brother's death a lot harder than she expected. She was quite upset and we had a good talk about how he is now in a better place. The one that got to me this weekend was John's sister Melissa. She is such a stress case all the time, it makes me stressed out just to be around her. The tiniest thing can set her off sometimes and I just want to kick her. Usually we get along really well, but she was just annoying the piss out of me. We left early Saturday morning and made really good time on the way down. Kathryn didn't sleep except for about 45 minutes, but that was okay, we enjoyed the scenery. It was a beautiful day and I got a few good pictures through the windows of the mountains and lake. At one point we started to pass a bunch of mountain bikers. There were tons of them on the highway. Must have been some sort of training, or race. Anyway Katy thought that was kind of cool and I even got a picture of one small group of them. We got there with about 15 minutes to spare and went right over to the cemetery for the gravesite service. It was short and sweet, a few people shared memories and then they did the military gun salute. After the funeral there was a luncheon with the family and we had a nice time visiting. John's cousin Lauren was there with her little boy and husband James. We haven't seen them for a while so that was really nice. Also Richard was able to make it and Trish came with him. None of the kids came and it was kind of nice, because we actually got to talk to her this time. John especially had a nice chat with her and was really impressed that she came just to support Rich. Saturday afternoon we went up to look at the homes that Ben and Tim, John's twin cousins are building. The view was spectacular from up on the hill, I just couldn't get over it. John and I rode up with Ben and we had a really nice visit with him as well. Sunday we all went to church together then came back to the house for a picnic and some more visiting with family. We left about 3pm and got home just about 6 pm. Kathryn and I slept for the first 2 hours which we both needed after not sleeping very well the night before. The trip turned out much better than I thought it would and I stressed out for no reason, as usual. I also overpacked, but I'd rather be safe than sorry, so that was okay too. It was nice to get away even if it was short notice, I'm excited for our camping trip there in July.
Posted by Great Day at 5/22/2006 06:42:00 PM