Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It's ok; we can laugh about it now.

Dear Hayley,

I'm going to take this opportunity to tell you, once again, how awesome your father is. You see, a few weeks ago your mama turned 25. Now, before we go too far in this story I should tell you I'm pretty awesome, too. Your father turned 25 a few years ago and I surprised him by waking him very early in the morning, telling him to pack a bag for the weekend, and walking him outside to a van full of our friends. We then drove to Disneyland and had a great time. If you ever ask your dad someday in the future about his 25th birthday, do mama a favor and be sure not to ask him about his feet, ok?

Anyway, back to MY 25th. I knew your father had something planned, but I had no clue as to what it was. In fact, your dad wanted to keep this a surprise so bad he didn't tell a single person for fear I'd figure it out. I slowly started learning some details as the date neared: we were going somewhere cold and we had to wake up REALLY early to catch our flight. Once we arrived at the airport I was told we weren't flying direct, so I wouldn't know where we were truly going for another few hours. We boarded our flight to Phoenix and started our trip.Once in Phoenix we rushed to our next flight and that's when I found out: we were headed to Detroit! As soon as I found this out, I knew what the plan was. Your dad was apparently paying excellent attention all of these years when I talked about wanting to see the Sharks play in other arenas as well as wishing he would plan a trip since I love to travel so much. When we landed in Detroit I looked out the window and was delighted to see a bunch of beautiful snow all over the place. In fact, this might just be the first time I'd been in snow since I visited your dad in Boston many years ago.

We made our way to our hotel and this is when I learned that Detroit is REALLY stinkin' close to Canada. Your mama's never been too great with geography. We could see Canada from out our window, just across the river, and based on how much you were moving around I think you were waving to our friends up north right along with me!
After a quick lunch and rest, we bundled up and took Detroit's monorail, called the People Mover, to the Joe Louis Arena. "The Joe" is the home of the Detroit Red Wings.It was amazing to walk around the arena and look at all of the memorabilia.
I can't help but hope that one day you'll be grown up and walk into the Shark Tank and see a few of these banners in the rafters.
However, with the way the game ended up I'm not so sure. The Sharks lost 6-0 and I could do nothing but laugh. You see, a few years ago we went and watched the Sharks play the Phoenix Coyotes and it was an absolute massacre. They lost 8-0 that time. I'm starting to think maybe we shouldn't go see the Sharks play out of town anymore.

That night we went back to our hotel room and started to watch the Weather Channel. You see, a rather large snow storm was headed our way and we had plans to head home the next morning, on my actual birthday. When we woke up on December 19 we looked out the window and all we could see was a blanket of white. Our flight wasn't cancelled, or even delayed, so we packed up and went to meet a taxi for the drive to the airport. I'm not going to lie, it was by far the worst car ride I've ever been on. I mean, we had to take an on ramp and were delayed because a big rig was stuck in the snow. If they were stuck, how were WE going to make it?? There may have been a few scared tears, I really can't say for sure.

By 9 a.m. there had been 6 inches of snowfall. Our flight was at 11something so we crossed our fingers.
We got to the airport and they were doing their best to keep flights moving. We boarded on time and were only delayed because they had to de-ice the plane. Between the delay and the terrible nose wind, we missed our connecting flight in Phoenix but were able to get seats on a flight to San Francisco.You father felt really bad, thinking he'd ruined my birthday considering the horrible loss at the hockey game and the terrible travel day we had, but you know what? It was still pretty much the coolest birthday gift I've ever received. Your dad put a lot of effort into this trip and it still amazes me that he took the time to do so. He's a great man, that father of yours. I can't wait for you to meet him.


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