The journey begins...

These next few posts are ones that I wrote before I received the internet. I left Seattle to go to my sisters house on July 4th.

This is a shot of the Grand Canyon as I flew over it.

SO finally the day has arrived and I travel to my sister's house in Illinois for a 10 day visit before going to France. OMG has it been a crazy day. We prepared all the boxes for shiping and my daughter and her boyfriend carted them to the P.O. one by one to send them off. They returned shortly with bad news. For some reason, the USPS has decided to do away with parcel post to France...how nice >.> so instead of approximately $150 to ship my boxes it turned out to be closer to $400. This was a big disappointment, but since the items in the boxes were ones I seriously needed I went ahead and paid the cost. I had planned ahead of time to take a hotel next to the airport for the last night so Carly and I would be well rested. They had a free shuttle to the airport so it made life even easier. My good friend Shelly stopped by at 7 and took us to the hotel..what a sweetie! I booked a jacuzzi suite so we could both relax away our sore muscles with some much needed soak and bubbles. When first arriving I ordered pizza for the hungry masses and we devoured it in no time at all...after that a nice long soak and sleep, sleep and more sleep! The next morning the shuttle whisked us off to the airport. We had a short layover in Arizona and MAN! was it hot when we stepped off the plane. I was glad I wasn't going there. We arrived quite late to St. Louis and my niece picked us up and took us for the long drive out to my Sis's house in the middle of nowhere. It was so good to finally be there...I haven't been home in 5 years.
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