Now I have to tell you first that my family and I having been greatly anticipating this visit since I haven't been there in almost 7 years. The last time I was there was for my father's memorial service when he died and I was an 18 year old kid. Not a pleasant experience by any means. I had been putting off going back for quite some time but I'm really glad I finally got up the gumption to go. Now I just regret that it had taken me soooo long!
I left on the 18th at 5:30 in the morning so I could arrive in Kenosha early in order to be able to see my grandma-my dad's mom. I bought a rental car so I didn't have anyone meet me at the airport, which was weird because in all the times I've traveled to kenosha my dad was always there to meet me. Anyway my rental car was awesome and they actually gave me a free upgrade from an economy car because I was polite. Being nice really does pay I guess!
I stayed for nine days and each second was packed with my family! I went and saw my grandmother first. Then I made my way to the amazing Lorrie's house where I stayed with her and her husband, Chris, while I was there. They are have their own E-Cig business and Chris makes his own juices in their hosue. I don't smoke, anymore, but Chris made me some with no nicotine and they are great for helping to curb my sweet tooth. They've had great success in quitting themselves and helping other people quit. They also took me to Lake Michigan while I was in Kenosha and we looked along the beach for sea glass. I found some and got to bring it home with me.
On Sunday I went with my family and took family pictures. They came out really good but unfortunately I don't have them at the moment. It was good to be able to see my immediate family all in one day but we sure have grown since the last family picture was taken. After the pictures, there was big star at my grandmother's house which was AMAZING. I really had missed Big Star and it was so worth it. (P.S. we all wore white.)
|My Cousin Nicole|
|Uncle Pat & Aunt Dawn|
|My Brother Jacob|
|My Grandma and I|
Monday I took Lorrie and her sweet mother, Diana, out to brunch and we had a really good visit. I have missed Lorrie's family just as much as I have missed my own. When Lorrie and my dad we together, they treated me like one of their own and nothing has changed even after my dad and Lorrie were no longer together. They are some of the nicest people in the world. I was lucky what time I got with Lorrie and her family. They are all very artistic and extremely busy. Diana paints beautiful pictures and Lorrie's older sister Melanie, who I also spent some time with, sells them in the gallery she runs called the Lemon Street Gallery. In fact you can find a lot of their family's stuff there since they all paint beautifully.
|Lorrie and Diana|
Tuesday I spent some more time with my grandma, Nicole, and my Aunt Shelly. We had a girls day of lunch and then we went to the cemetery to visit Dad and the rest of our family out there. It was quite an experience. There was actually more of my family out there than I knew about.
That was the same day my Grandma decided to take me to get our nose rings, haha. I still can't get over that!
The rest of the week went by pretty quickly and I got to spend some more time with family members that I haven't been able to see in a long time. I spent Saturday with my great Aunt, Pat, and my cousins Mary, Randi, Emily and Randi's little boy Tyler John (named after my dad). He's such a cutie and he ran right up to me and gave me a big hug. Then we spent some time playing monster trucks.
|The Mason clan, excluding Aunt Dawn, but her shadow is there!|
Sunday I left Wisconsin to come home. I said goodbye to Lorrie and Chris and then I spent the last few hours I had with my grandma. We went to the cemetery one last time so I could say goodbye to Dad. I hugged my grandma and bawled my eyes out. Then we did the rational thing and went and had some Dairy Queen. (I know, I know, not exactly on the diet plan.)
I had such a good time with my family and it's nice to see how they've all changed and to catch up on what they've been doing with their lives. I'm ashamed it had taken me so long to get back there and I had forgot just how much I've missed each of them. I'm already trying to plan my next trip out there and I can promise it won't be another seven years from now.