The streets are coming to life. We have a day of exploring and family time ahead of us. Yesterday morning we hopped in the car and headed east. Hubs and his niece had been plotting since we were on vacation, we can't stay as long as they are, but we are sure glad we came.
All day yesterday I had to be careful to not post on Facebook, to share no pictures. All communication we through text or covert phone messages. I'd taken a great shot of Neeks enjoying the drive, but couldn't share it because you could see the Nashville sign in the background.
I brought a couple of projects to work on, and was very happy to be almost finished with an afghan that I have been lingering on for far too long. At home I have too many things vying for my attention.
As we had further to travel they were here hours before us. By the time we checked in and walked Neeko they were at the water park. I had to laugh when we put their hotel address in the GPS, without knowing where they were staying, I managed to get ours 3 short miles away. On the same road. Perfect!
We weren't optimistic about finding many vegan options here, but figured it was worth a try. We ended up finding an awesome Thai place. I was in heaven to locate a vegan curry, that was out of this world. Having hardly eaten yesterday I was starving and it was perfect.
By the time we'd finished dinner they had returned to their room. It was time for Operation Surprise Big Sis! They are staying at a resort, that place is bigger than some small towns. As we were wandering the halls, yep 3000+ steps just to find the room, we found a few of the house staff that gave us directions. Actually after a quick chat to explain the upcoming surprise and they were totally in on the conspiracy.
knock, knock... "housekeeping... we have a package for you"... Luckily his niece decided to open the door. Because Sis was having non-of it and wasn't about to get out of bed to answer the door after 9 pm in a hotel. Nope, not happening.
Watching her fly out of that bed a nano second later, the smiles on her and Hubs faces, the quick trip east was all the sudden worth every moment.
I had a terrible time trying to get a picture of them. The hugs, laughter, more hubs and possibly a few damp eyes was definitely a moment to be experienced not photographed.
Today we will spend time together, enjoy the moments and celebrate family. Hubs doesn't have a huge family, it all fits into a single room at a hotel. So to have them all together is incredible.
This will probably be Neeko's last long trip. I think it is too much for him. He's exhausted. And he is being a brat about eating. Either that or he is simply on vacation mode and wants special food and time to stretch out and relax. He's getting so old, I worry terribly about him. He still wants to act like a puppy sometimes, other's his senior years show. I guess we will see how he does on the way home. We might stop overnight tomorrow to not put him through another 8+ hour trip.
We will see...
Well time to get ready to go and explore this beautiful area of these United States!