I love it when things exceed my expectations, when everything is just beautiful and good, when I can rejoice in the good, and quickly forget the bad.
It started on my birthday, November 17. We planned to come down to the coast for a few days with Stephen's family, for a few singing engagements they (we) had. So last Monday, we got packed up (I'm getting really good at packing for trips the night before! :P) and got ready for our start on Tuesday.
We had such a lovely trip! Stephen bought me a peppermint mocha from Starbucks as the first way to celebrate my day. :) Driving in the mountains was so beautiful! At the beginning, the weather was mild and the last traces of colorful fall leaves were still hanging. As we got higher, we began to see traces of snow on the trees, and by the time we crested the summit, huge snow flakes were falling, and everything was beginning to look like a winter wonderland! I was so glad Stephen was driving at that point, he did such a good job of staying in control, and it left me free to just enjoy the beauty of the snow. Which I did. Immensely. I've always loved it when it snowed on my birthday!
We even got to visit my Nana, and Uncle Crawf, Auntie Joyce and cousin Lindsey on the way to White Rock (our original destination!) That was so special!
I've discovered that I love navigating. I love reading maps and figuring out the best way to get from A to B. I've also discovered that I do not like navigating without a map, when I'm relying mostly on memories from ten years before, or at best, just a vague sense of where to go. (yes, there is a story there. :)
The next exciting thing to happen was picking up the CDs we had just finished recording five days before. Having never done anything like this before, it was really exciting to see the fruit of our labor! (and yes, they're now available and for sale. :P)
Finally, we made it to our hotel. Although we couldn't see it, our hotel is right across the road from the ocean!
We had such a lovely time, just the two of us, before Stephen's family arrived a few hours later. We were in a suite that we would share with some of Stephen's brothers. It had a fireplace, a huge private bedroom for us, three bathrooms, tvs, a little patio......once Ian was asleep, we curled up on the couch and ended a lovely day by watching The Fellowship of the Ring, and eating hot cinnamon rolls, drinking coffee......I think that will become my new birthday tradition. :)