Long weekend...

Monday, February 17, 2003
Okay, here is an attempt to recap my weekend for you!!!

FRIDAY: Valentine's Day was so great! I think I mentioned in my last post some of the things my valentine gave me. So, that night when he came over I had his present waiting on him. Earlier in the day we had decided to go to Kinder to the casino. So we headed out around 8:30, stopping in Beaumont to have dinner. I had only been once before to one in Shreveport. This was much more fun! Before going to the casino we searched unsuccessfully for a place to stay...not one single vacancy in all of Kinder. (Do that many people really go to the casino on Valentine's Day!?!?) Needless to say we didn't worry about it! We gambled until five o'clock in the morning!!!! About that time my eyelids started to become very heavy so we decided to give it a break for a while and camp out and get some sleep. Yeah, you read that right...we camped! I drive a Jeep Cherokee so we folded the seats down and made a bed...we had brought a comforter, blanket, and pillows just in case we didn't find a hotel room. Yeah, I looked online ahead of time, but this was more adventurous!! I don't have enough adventures! So, we slept for about four and a half hours, got up and headed back into the casino/hotel to clean up and gamble some more. We ended up staying until 12:30 and decided it was time to head back to H-Town! It really was a blast!

SATURDAY: We got back into Houston around 4:30 and met up with Michael's brother (yeah, his name is Michael) to go buy speakers for his truck and later that night (after taking a much needed nap) we met up with friends at SRO, but Michael and I didn't last too long. The nap helped, but we were still very tired.

SUNDAY: Meeting the folks! Yeah, on Sunday Michael took me to his parents' house. He was going over to help his little brother install new speakers in his truck and both his parents were going to be home, so it turned out to be a good day to meet them. To be honest I was rather nervous to begin with, but that subsided shortly and we had a nice afternoon.

MONDAY: Long weekends are so nice! Friday on the way to Kinder I received a phone call from my mother telling me that my former sister-in-law (my brother's ex-wife) has passed away that evening. The funeral was Monday in my hometown so we got up early that morning and drove to east Texas. The kids were doing a lot better than I thought they would be. She had four children, but they all stay with my brother. Emotions were up and down all day. It was hard to see the kids like that. I really have to say that I am proud of the oldest girl of the four children and her step-mother. These two did all the planning and funeral arrangements. It takes a strong woman to take charge of the funeral of her husband's ex-wife...and a strong 17 year old to step up to these responsibilities as well. It all went smoothly, though, and the kids made it through the ordeal. They were 19, 17, 15, and 12 years old...and all really great kids. It was rather late when we got home Monday so today I am pretty exhausted. The entire weekend was go-go-go the whole time and it isn't stopping yet, b/c tonight we have softball games to keep us up till all hours!!!!