On Friday my sister, cousins and I hit the road for an impromptu road trip. By impromptu, I mean solidified within a week, booked a hotel, decided what vehicle we were taking, and got on the road. That also included three pep talks with LittleCuteLips who didn’t want me to go anywhere.
My cousin Keisha asked if we could come to visit Thais because she hadn’t been doing well. I shared Thais’ story back in November during Pancreatic Cancer Month. Last summer we surprised her while she was in the hospital and it did wonders for her spirit and appetite. Our goal was to do the same thing this time.
We live in the DC area so Columbia, South Carolina is a legit 8-hour ride for us. For the most part, we have the same cast of characters, you should be used to seeing them. You know when you have to do something but you don’t want to do it. But then when you start the motions you began to get excited about it. That was this trip. The great thing about four people on an 8-hour road trip means we are only obligated to drive for 2 hours. If you get the urge to keep it going, great but the expectation is only 2 hours. That is the biggest fight Babe and I have, I always want him to do all the driving.
Before we left we came up with a theme for our trip because we like to do the most. In 2016 we did a cousin trip to Key West, this was our second cousin adventure. The first was in 2004 in Williamsburg, VA. In the interest of that same theme, we decided to go for a Cousin Slumber Party. We decided on some games we could play, who would bring what, and I decided what we would wear. Say it with me… ONESIES!!! Yup, don’t act like you didn’t see my Unicorn Happy Hour, you aren’t surprised. I packed my new favorite onesie and grabbed one for Thais.
One of our greatest joys in life is food, duh. Now when we head south this means we get to enjoy some food we don’t have at home. Zaxby’s is one of our favorites, they only have like five things on the menu but it is so freaking good. So much so we ate their two out of the three days we were in town. #FatSnacks
Look at this buttery deliciousness that is Texas Toast, it comes with your meal. The fried chicken is juicy and tasty, the fries come with seasoning and they are crinkly. Those are my favorite type of friends, then the Zax sauce is the icing on the cake.
Although this was a cousin trip on Saturday my Mommy (far right) and Aunt drove the 8 hours to see Thais as well. When it comes to family, we show up period. Make no mistake they weren’t a part of our cousin slumber party, they aren’t in our generation. They had their own room at our hotel. We laughed and joked with the two of them and my other Aunt for a couple of hours. We love to tell stories and life happens and for some reason, it makes our time even funnier. Like when Faye (far left) plugged in her cell phone and we saw a fire, heard a loud pop, and watched smoke coming out of the outlet. Nobody even moved although it was scary and hilarious. When she took the plug out the prongs were still smoking and the metal was a bit ate up. Ummm! WTF! Did I mention it left the outlet black?
After kicking it with the family we headed to Target. Come on, you had to know that. Back Story: Thais had been in the hospital and got out the morning we arrived. She was really looking forward to our arrival and wasn’t going to let anything stop her from doing so. We got to Target and put her in the electric wheelchair (We forgot the foot pedals to her wheelchair so we couldn’t use it.) because Thais is blind her big sister shared the single seat with her and did the driving. They looked crazy, but we weren’t going to leave anyone out.
We headed to our hotel suite to get ready for our Cousin Slumber Party. Thais did not come with us on the Key West Cousin Trip, so this was us bringing a Cousin “trip” to her via this slumber-party. A few of them ran out and got grub while we put our onesies on and chatted it up a bit. After eating it was time for Magical Rainbow Juice, music, and games. By the by, this is the absolute best onesie I’ve ever owned. It is made out of sweatshirt material and I got them for the family for Christmas.
The gang is all here, we’ve got our onesies on and we are ready to gamble. The night was great, we played the game Left Right Center, my sister was the only one that has previously played it. It is super easy and you don’t have to play with money. Because we like a thrill we played with quarters and dimes. We had so much fun, Faye won twice and Ty won once. We were up until 2 AM, laughing joking, and playing Pictionary on a dry erase board. Oh, these broads are perimenopausal (not medically diagnosed) and kept turning the AC on and off all weekend long. I have a lot more pictures but they are half-dressed in most of them because they kept getting hot. Perhaps if we had access to hand blown glass pipes or some bongs, we could also have had puff some CBD. But sadly, none of us had thought about it back then. But yeah, right, maybe we weren’t ready for it yet. Next time folks!
Because Thais didn’t come on our last cousin’s trip she didn’t have a shirt. We discussed our shirts during our visit in July and talked about what she would say if she had one. I made a note on my phone of all of our ideas because I’m forgetful. Faye and I also need a new shirt, we have touched and agreed on sayings that are more fitting to us. We will get those when we plan our next trip and have shirts made again for everyone.
I had the idea of having a shirt made for Thais as a surprise but we had a really tight window to get it done. In a rush, I sent my brother-in-law what I thought were the correct words for her shirt. As it turned out THEY WERE NOT. That is what I get for rushing, however, the back of the shirt was fine. EPIC FAIL! I didn’t know I had made this major flub until we were about to get on the road. Even in failure, I don’t half-ass it; I used my whole ass. *eye roll* My sister was able to phone a friend and she worked a miracle for us. This delayed our departure for an hour but it was more than worth it when we handed Thais her shirt.
You know we had to get a back shot. We are missing #6 and #8. One of these days the gang will all be here.
This was a short trip, but it was much needed. There is something about laughter that recharges the soul. We aren’t perfect, we fuss, we disagree, but we are family and we have way more fun together than we do apart. We grew up like sisters, that is a foundation our parents built. I love that we have maintained and strengthen that foundation by choice as adults. We are all we got!