This last weekend the kids and I got to spend time in Arkansas for my Grandma's 80th birthday celebration! It was so great to spend time with my Grandma, Aunts and Uncles, and cousins on my mom's side.
Let's start at the beginning...
On Friday the kids and I flew out from San Jose to Dallas. Great flight, no issues. When we get to Dallas it starts to rain. Then it pours. Then there is thunder and lightening! We were delayed from boarding our flight to Fort Smith Arkansas to wait for the weather. Things cleared up and we boarded. Then the t-storms started again. We sat on the runway for TWO HOURS waiting to be able to take off! There was a huge line of planes waiting with us. Evidently, there is some rule that if you sit for two hours everyone has to get off the plane, so that's what we did. Shortly after we were back in the airport, our flight was cancelled! I waited to talk to the agent to see what I could do, but the next available flight we could take would get us into Fort Smith at 10pm the following night! Not happening, since Grandma's party was at 2pm. By now it's about 9:30pm. We take the shuttle over the the rental car building. I figure we can rent a car, sleep at my friend Emily's in Commerce, and drive the rest of the way in the morning. After going to EVERY rental car counter - they are all out of cars. I am calling my parents (who are already in Arkansas) and Zac back and forth to figure out what to do. After talking it through, the only option was to call a Lyft (like Uber) to drive us the entire way to Paris Arkansas. So that's what we did! The second Lyft driver I contacted agreed to take us the whole way (about 6 hours). The kids slept most of the way - thank goodness, and I was in and out. The weather was horrible, t-storms the whole way there. We FINALLY arrived at Mt. Magazine Lodge around 4:30am. I felt so bad for our nice driver that I bought him a room in the Lodge for the night before he had to turn around and head back to Dallas.
|A Screen shot of our Lyft ride! Zac was tracking us the whole time.|
|Blowing out the candles! She is awesome for 80!|
|Grandma with the attending Grandkids and Great Grandkids! We all live outside of Arkansas. Grandma has 15 grandkids, and 15 great grandkids! Keanan and Kyla were representing all the greats.|
|Grandma and her kids! (minus Auntie Cyndi, plus cousin Reggie - her extra :) )|
|Me, cousin Abby, Great Uncle Snooks, and cousin Allison. Snooks is my Papa's only living brother - they look a little bit alike.|
|Keanan collected name tags at the end of the party|
|Arkansas sunset. Taking from Grandma's backyard.|
|Kyla with Super Judi! Kyla even got to have a girls night and sleep with cousins Abby and Anna one night!|
|Swimming in cousin Wayne's pool|
End of crazy trip story. Love you Grandma!