So, I'm going to Kansas today... I'm soooo excited to be going. I usually only go about once a year and that is for Christmas but because of this little girl, her Mama, and her Dad I'm going twice this year...
I wasn't planning on going up twice so I planned another trip this year and used most of my PTO from work. So with the ONE day I have off and just missing some hours I am going because of this little girl and I love her so much. Clare is a great friend has made me part of Fiona's life even when I live so far away, I couldn't ask for a better "sister" (she is the reason I made it up twice last year, due to that baby girl being born).
So, this afternoon, I'm getting on an airplane and will go to KC where my dad will pick me up. I'm so happy that I'm going to get to see him, I wasn't sure that it was going to happen since this is such a fast trip (today - Sunday) and since I'm going for Fiona's birthday. He understands though, Clare and I have been friends since 1st grade, we have been through so much together and he knows how much I love her family. I'm trying to convince him to come and see me over labor day, I will keep you updated on that one ;). Anyway, after my dad picks me we will drive about an hour and a half to this place (Topeka, the capital, in case you didn't know). It's my home town, I used to hate it with a passion, along with the whole state of Kansas. Since then I've changed my mind. It's amazing how much your mind changes as you grow up. I love the green grass and trees, the hills, the flat plains, everything about it is so much more now that I don't have it everyday.
Friday, I'm going to get a phone call from Clare when she is on her way back to Topeka (Clare, JR, and Fiona have all moved to KC) to finish cleaning up the house here and to move some last minute things with the help of my dad's truck. So, I will meet her at the house, do what I can to help (or sit there and entertain her, sometimes that is all you need... but I'm willing to do my part), move the boxes, and *cross your fingers* we can go and grab a quick lunch at Old Chicago
(it is by far the best place to eat when I am home, at least in my opinion that is... and there isn't one here so, you get the point). After that she will follow me back to my dad's house so we can drop off his truck and then I will go to KC with her to hang out with Fiona, Mom, Dad, Clare and JR...
Saturday I will hang out with the Snyder's and Lonergan's and on Sunday they will take me back to the airport, where I will get back on a plane, say goodbye to my loves and come back to San Antonio. As I sit here and write this I'm already upset. I hate leaving them, I hate that I won't see anyone again until Christmas (maybe my dad if he comes in September). It breaks my heart they are so far away, it breaks my heart that I won't be able to see my dad for more then one short night but at the same time I'm so happy that I'm even able to go up for the weekend, that I was invited to celebrate Fiona's birthday with her. It's such a mix of emotions but what do you do? Well, I'm off for now, I need to finish my work up at the office so I can leave early and make sure I'm on the plane! Have a great weekend and Fingerprint Friday's will be up tomorrow!