On Friday morning Matt and I got up at 4:00am to start our decent upon Cape Cod. We were a joyful bunch, in the car by 5am. It was nice to have some alone time, with Sunny sleeping in the back.
We stopped for coffee in Connecticut, my favorite state in the union. If Matt really loved me he would tell me that we are moving there in 5 years and I would smile every single day. Whose Starbucks looks like this?
Connecticut's that's who!
The day looked so promising. Sunny slept for the whole ride with the exception of the last 50 miles, I had been offered a short term freelance assignment, and the ride was going smoothly.
Then it suddenly and without warning, we had the day from hell.
The brakes went out on the car as we were taking our first drive around Cape Cod. We ended up putting the car in the shop, getting a rental car, and not being able to check into the hotel until 4:00pm! HELLO! It was 10am, what are we supposed to do with a 7 month old, and a rental car?
Sigh. We headed to lunch and let Sunny eat clam chowder, which she LOVED.
This is the view from the window in the restaurant.
Then I received an email letting me know my new freelance assignment fell through. Still trying to make the most of our family fun day we headed to the beach which we had to pay to use and park at, and change into our swim suits in the rental car ( did I mention it was a compact?) I'm sad to say that many beach goers got a full view of our bottoms getting dressed in the tiny car
…once we got there the water was FREEZING ICE COLD, Sunny refused to set foot in the ocean water.
The "Sandy Shore Beach" turned out to be all rocks and a small strip of sand and about 50 people crammed in like sardines sharing the sandy shore.
And then, because God loves a good laugh, not 5 minutes in to our beach day the sky opened up and it started to poor!
We walked ran to the car and I called the hotel demanding that they take us early!
ME: I have a 7 month old, whose sitting in a sandy wet diaper, a rental car, and NO patience.
HOTEL: Miss check in is at 4:00pm
ME: We will be there to check in, in 5 minutes I suggest you find a room.
HOTEL: You're welcome to sit in the hotel lobby sitting room.
We get to the hotel, they give us a room, I open the door, people are set up, unpacked, and sitting in "our" room. Seriously?
We finally get an empty room, a moment I am still so thankful for, and have about 2 hours before our car will be ready for pick up. Most people would rest, take a nap, or read a book…we took our daughter swimming….because we are supposed to be having fun!
Doesn't she look like she's having fun? Right…thats's why we only stayed for about 20 minutes. We were heading to the rehearsal dinner that started at 7 on the other side of the island.
Just when I took a deep breath, started to read my book, and get Sunny settled for a nap…
MATT: The computer says it's 4:30, is it 4:30?
ME: I have no idea. What time does the car have to be picked up?
MATT: 5:30, but we have to leave here at 5 and then go straight to the rehearsal dinner.
ME: Oh, well the hotel clock says it's 3:30, we have time…wait what time does your cell say?
MATT: Steph, it's 4:30?! Get dressed.
ME: What? I'm not even showered. No way, no way!
Then picture us running around like crazy people dressing ourselves, Sunny, and packing her dinner, and PJ's for the night.
On the way to the rehearsal dinner we are driving along re-counting our crazy day when the following happens…
ME: OMG that bird is huge.
MATT: Yeah. Is it…is it ok?
BOOM! THUD! GIANT HAWK WITH CLAWS CRASHES INTO OUR WINDSHIELD. Matt keeps driving, I gasp and sort of shallow vomit. Yes, that is how our family fun day ended, and really what else could go wrong? We hit a HAWK!
I will say that Friday night ended on a high note. Our friends are so happy and were so excited to marry each other. They had a beautiful rehearsal dinner and wedding.( I will post wedding picks later in part 3.)
I'm most proud that at the end of an unbelievably stressful day Matt and I did not fight, we did not bicker either, we did instead remained friendly, laughed a lot, and made the best of it. Seems to me we are always making the best of everything and I'm very grateful for that too.