I just flew home from a wonderful week in Massachusetts with my family. My wife and I flew out last Wednesday, November 11, 2009 and came back yesterday (the Wednesday after).
The flight up went smooth and although we stayed at my sister’s house, we needed to be very careful to not mention the surprise anniversary party we had planned for her that Saturday.
My nieces, my mother, and others worked very hard to make the party a huge success. About 100 attended from all over the country and we surprised them pretty good. My sister and her husband expected to have a dinner with family and friends. So, they were in for quite a shock.
After a full dinner, we showed a slide show with video that my niece put together showing their 25 years of marriage. She did a great job with it and I made comments while we showed it. Then, the band that played at their wedding (25 years ago) played their wedding song again. It was very nice. My sister definitely got a little teary-eyed.
During the trip, I got to spend some time with my parents, my nieces, and my sister & her husband. They are all good people and I’m thankful to have such a close family.
I also got together with my best friend and visited the Patriots Place for an afternoon. That was fun. (Even if they did lose by one point the previous Sunday.)
The weather in New England is straight up cold. I don’t know why it feels so cold there compared to NC. The temperature is only 10–15 degrees colder, but it always seems to feel a lot colder to me. The sun goes down about an hour earlier there too.
Lastly, we got stuck on our plane for several hours while they “diagnosed a mechanical problem”. At first, I had nothing to read & my wife was using the ipod touch. But, once we finally got off the plane, I ran to buy a book and a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. I read about 150 pages by the time we landed. Much better. (I don’t do well with boredom.)
I love my family and friends, but it’s good to be home.