Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our Little House Moment

DSC_7376, originally uploaded by Chez VH.

Our last big push before arriving in Oklahoma was on Wednesday of Easter Week. We hit the Petrified Forest in the early afternoon and still managed to cross all of New Mexico (and two time zones!) before we arrived at our hotel in Amarillo, Texas, at about 2:30 am (we pushed a little farther than intended due to some miscalculations on my part). Thursday we arrived at the Guest House at Clear Creek Monastery where we stayed for the weekend.

We reserved the large bedroom upstairs (in the enormous and incredibly gorgeous log cabin guest house), not remembering how many beds there were, but vaguely remembering one large bed and some bunk beds (we stayed at the Guest House a few years ago, but in several smaller rooms downstairs). It turns out it was one large bed and ONE bunkbed, plus a few loose mattresses we were able to dig out of various closets. But lo-and-behold, there was an exterior door to a balcony, which was enormous and well protected from the rain. Most of the kids decided to sleep outside (we had to block some large openings with some of our luggage just so I wouldn't worry about someone rolling off the balcony during the night). And so the space was really quite nice for us, even though it was quite chilly the first night and we scared up all the extra blankets we could find in the whole place.

This rather fuzzy picture is from the night before the wedding. The kids had played at my brother's house while John and I went to the rehearsal dinner (since he was the official photographer) and we were instructed to make sure they washed up to avoid ticks. The girls also wanted to dry their hair and put in curlers. So this picture was taken late at night with everyone hanging around in one spot while Daddy read from Kate's journal of the trip. It was perfectly lovely!

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