Monday, November 28, 2011

North Dakota trip part 1

11 days ago I made the short drive to Las Vegas. It took what seemed like forever to get there but we (my brother in law and I) finally arrived. We parked my car and jumped into the first taxi we saw. My first taxi ride! I was thrilled haha. We arrived at the airport and got checked in. The day was going so good! And then the lady behind the counter said, "alright that'll be $140 for your bags round trip." Say what?! Luckily I had the magic card in my wallet that got my bags checked for free saving me $140! My military ID. What a life saver that little card is! We went through security and boarded our plane. And off to North Dakota we went! We landed in Bismarck just a few short hours later. Took one step off the plane and immediately wanted to get on the plane and go back to Vegas. It was freezing there!! Pulled out my hot pink scarf and wrapped up in what I thought were warm clothes. Got our bags, said hello to the family members that picked us up from that small airport and we were on the road again for our destination. Three hours later we made it safe and sound! As human icicles! It was so nice to finally be back with Dave's family in an itty bitty little town full of oil workers and big trucks. Everywhere! Its such a cute little town but it makes me very thankful for having a wal mart just minutes from my house. It was so nice to relax and get to know my in laws so much better. Its not very often that someone marries into a family where every single person gets along so well. I just love Dave's family! The first few days kind of dragged on. I think I was a little too anxious for the arrival of my baby boy and Dave. But four days after I got there the day finally came to see my little family for the first time in months! I made that 3 hour drive again to the Bismarck airport and had the best 3 hour long heart to heart with my mother in law! It's one of the best talks I've ever had and its one that I will never forget. We got to the airport just in time for their plane to land. They were one of the first ones off that plane and you better believe that we made a scene of our reuniting! haha. Kyson ran and gave me a big hug, it was perfect! And then I gave Dave the biggest hug of all time. My legs wrapped around his waist and we just held on to each other, in the middle of the tiny airport. We got applauded! Ha! Two minutes later Dave's brother arrived on another airplane. So the five of us loaded into the car and drove home. Again. Those 5 days were some of the best days of my life! I was happy. Truly happy! Once we got home Dave and I were inseparable, everywhere I was he was close by and vise verse. Three months is a long time to be separated from your spouse, even if the terms weren't the best. But we put those feelings aside and just enjoyed each others company. I forgot what it was like sharing a bed with someone, I missed it! I missed having my own personal heater at all times. And it really helped since the nights were down to -15 degrees!! I loved having my little family back together, it was perfect. Dave and I fell in love again last week. Our relationship has been so fragile these last few months and its finally on the mend. We had the best Thanksgiving. Its the first time his entire family was together in years and years and years. My brother in law was in a head on collision with a semi truck just a few weeks ago. He is a walking miracle and it was such a blessing to be able to see him during this special time of the year. I am so very thankful for my family and the miracles that God grants us!

My first taxi ride, yeah!

 Back in my arms :)

Nate just turned 19.. This is what happens when a house full of boys are determined to give him his birthday spankings! It turns into an all out wrestling match!!

Kyson loved having cousins around to play with...

...and I loved having Kyson around to play with!

So happy!!

Thanksgiving morning. I baked my first first pies from scratch! Banana Cream and Oreo. They were soo good!! I even made yams :)

Stuffing our faces full of yummy food!!

After eating we had to work off some of those lbs so we worked up a sweat to Just Dance 3. Dave tried so hard to beat me but I always come out victorious! :)

Dave's family is vicious when it comes to playing games!! Especially Spades :)

Congratulations if you made it all the way through!! It's kind of a long post. And I'm only half way!! But the rest is for another day. :)

Notice how all the pictures are indoor?? That's because it was freaking arctic weather outside!!


  1. Sounds like it was perfect... despite the weather :) I'm really happy for you guys!

  2. What a wonderful Thanksgiving you had. Even the cold weather will be a memory for you.

  3. So fun, Denise. You look gorgeous! I am glad you guys were all back together and with family for Thanksgiving! I can see how you are jealous of me being on the beach for Thanksgiving. Ha ha. Anyway...that's great! Have a great night!

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!! Love the pictures! I can't believe it was that cold! Ah.

  5. I'm SO happy for you! Sorry for the weather, but happy for you!!

  6. Wow this is so heartwarming! Looks like you had an AMAZING time!

  7. Hooray Denise!!

    I'm so happy you had a great time and you got to see Kyson and Dave again. I can't wait to read part 2!!
    ♥ Kyna

  8. This post makes me happy! I am so glad things are working out for you two! It sounds like you had an amazing time with his family, even if it was freezing cold!

  9. So glad you got to see your man! Happy late Thanksgiving!

  10. I got a big smile reading this. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. :)

  11. Reading this made me really happy. Sorry the last few months have been rough for your relationship. So nice to be able to start over:-) Cute pictures!

  12. So happy yall are mending your marriage :) and SO happy you got to see your son again!!!

  13. Girl I am so happy for you! :) this post made me smile real big :)

  14. So with packing for vacation, packing for moving to... YOU KNOW WHERE!!, and finals at school, I've become such a bad bloggy friend and I'm just getting caught up now, but seriously, lady, this post is so so so awesome!! I am so happy for you and Dave and can't wait to double date when you're out here again, RIGHT?! Sooo much love! Oh, and that picture of Kyson in the tub with the suds on his head made me laugh for like three minutes straight hahaha- sooooo cute!!

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Thanks for making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!! :)