Crazy, so much has happened since I last blogged! I've been extremely busy, but I do apologize for my lack of updating this blog that a few of you have come to know and hopefully love!
I went to London almost 2 weeks ago with two of my favorites, Nicole and Tom and if you want to hear all about if I'm referring you to Tom's blog because he explains it much better than I ever could. http://atmosphericsyfc.blogspot.com/2008/11/busy-times.html
So, on Sunday morning Jonathan (the guy we stayed with in London) took me to the airport where I set off for my beautiful America! To say I was a little excited would be the understatement of the century! I got there in plenty of time so once I got through security and such I bought some candy for Peyton and Claire and I also bought some normal and decent food that I could eat on the plane since I detest airplane food. I then proceeded to go to my gate and what to catch my flight to Raleigh, North Carolina. The flight actually went by really quickly which made me so happy! When we got near Raleigh I started to take pictures from the plane because I loved seeing beautiful American soil again! I got cleared through customs and went and waited at my gate for my flight to Dallas. During my wait I put my American cell phone to get use calling all different people, just because I could! It was a glorious day. On my flight from Raleigh to Dallas I was a little bit restless, very anxious to get home and see my family. The plane FINALLY landed in my beautiful Dallas, Texas and I was ecstatic! It was one of the best feelings to walk through those moving glass doors and see my wonderful family. I ran to hug my mommy and I immediately broke down with tears of happiness, I hadn't realized how much I missed her or the rest of the Raymer clan. The ride home was good I was really just taking everything in and it was a good feeling to be home. I was reunited with one of my favorites aka my dog Finn, haha I about cried. My family then whisked me upstairs to show me my new beautiful room and it is absolutely perfect, no lie. I'll have to post pictures very soon. Daddy stayed up with me for awhile and we just talked and talked and it was fun, I missed that.
Monday morning I woke up pretty early due to jet lag and chatted with some people online. I unpacked and just kind of chilled out that morning went to Starbucks with Daddy and then later with him to the Blue Goose for lunch :) I missed eating quality Mexican food. I think one of the things I have missed most is The Heights Student Ministry so I went up to the church later that day and talked with Cobb and Steve for quite awhile, it was really good to catch up.
Then came Tuesday...ELECTION DAY! I woke up super early again due to jet lag and it worked to my advantage, because I needed to pay a visit to the DPS office and get my license renewed and that went smooth for the most part. I had a few errands to run after that, I went up to the church to get something notarized for my visa and then Daddy and I went to the British consulate so I could get my biometrics done. My mom wanted me to have lunch with her so I brought her Cafe Max and it was good to spend some time with her. Then the most exciting part of my day...Daddy and I went to VOTE! Yeah probably usually not so exciting, but being my first time ever made me so happy and made me feel important! It was an adrenaline rush, no joke. That night I hung out with Allison (my aunt) for awhile and we just talked and walked her dogs around the block.
WEDNESDAY! What a happy day! I woke up and went to the post office to mail something for Nicole and then I had to rush up to the church to have a meeting with Dave. It was nice to catch up with him and tell him what has been going on in England and what God's up to. I had to then book it to McDonald's to pick up lunch for Claire and I and then I went to Big Springs to eat lunch with her! It worked out really well, because I also got to see my adorable second graders from last year, it was really fun to visit with them for a few minutes. The countdown had finally ended.... I was on my way to Tyler, Texas to visit my two best friends in this world!!!!!! It was one of the things I was looking forward to the most. Haha, I think I made it to Tyler in record time, but it was the best feeling ever to be reunited with them and just spend the night hanging out and catching up.
On Thursday morning I woke up around 8 or so and got ready to have lunch with my Grandma and Granddaddy at IHOP before I had to drive back to Dallas! Even though I didn't get to spend much time with them it was really great to visit with them for at least an hour. The rest of Thursday once I got home was pretty relaxed; I just had to back for my weekend in Arkansas.
Friday rolled around faster than I thought it would and this was what I was most excited about and what I really came for; the wedding weekend for my uncle Jordan and his then fiancée now wife Leah! My family met up with my Daddy Glynn at the airport in McKinney and we set off for Fayetteville, Arkansas! We got there and went to the hotel to get settled in before the rehearsal festivities that evening. The rehearsal was good I guess, a typical wedding rehearsal. The rehearsal dinner was held at the fancy pants Ruth Chris Steakhouse, hats off to my Nana and Daddy Glynn. It was at the dinner when I got to finally see Steven for the first time in about two and a half months :) it was really exciting! It was nice to catch up with him and see what he's been up to in Arkansas. I was pretty wiped out from the days festivities so I decided to be wise and call it a night after dinner since I had a long day ahead on Saturday with all of my duties as a bridesmaid.
Saturday, November 8 finally came and it was a beautiful day in Bella Vista, Arkansas a perfect day for a Raymer wedding! I had to be downstairs and ready in the lobby with my cousin Jayde at about 9:40 am so Leah's mom could pick us and take us to her house to the limo could pick up the bridal party and take us to the chapel. It was really cute to see how nervous Leah was, but at the same time it kind of made me not want to get married for awhile. The wedding went beautifully and smoothly, the chapel where it was held was so pretty and it was just a fantastic wedding all across the board. My date didn't exactly make it to the wedding due to the fact that he's directionally challenged, but he did show up right after the ceremony ended which I found pretty funny. Typical Steven. Then of course I had to wait around to do pictures, which always take about 50 years I appreciate them later, but at the time all you want to do is sit down and drink some punch. Steven and I then followed my Dad to the reception, which turned out to be really fun. It was so cute for Leah and her dad's father-daughter dance they danced to "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman :) one of the most adorable songs ever. I have to admit I am really excited to get married so I can pick all of the music stuff out, I know I'll change my mind a hundred times before then, but I will pick every song that is played at my reception. I am a dork, but who cares.... it’ll be my day haha although I'm not hoping for it to come too soon. After the reception was over and Leah and Jordan left I got to spend some time hanging out with Steven. We drove back over to his dorm and the university so we could both change and get out of our wedding clothes. We ran into a couple of my friends from back home Tori and Aaron and we talked to them for a few minutes, which was nice. After changing Steven and I walked around campus around for about an hour and it was so nice, freezing cold but it was really good to talk to him and see where I'll be spending the next four years! :) At around 10:30 Steven took me back to the hotel, and even though I was a little sad to be leaving I'll see him in about a month so it was nice.
The family and I woke up Sunday morning ate breakfast with everyone and then headed back to Dallas! I was absolutely exhausted and I wanted to do nothing but sleep for days, but that wish didn't come true, ohhhh well I got a pretty good nap on. The siblings and I went to see High School Musical 3 that afternoon :) I swear you're never too old to enjoy HSM. Seriously. But the most exciting thing about my Sunday is I am now officially enrolled to attend the University of Arkansas starting in Fall 2009! I am totally jazzed! I know that's where I'm supposed to be and it's a really good feeling!
Monday was a pretty tough day, the day I was returning to England. I spent the day packing and saying bye to my family, which I made very difficult, what can I say? I love home. I was excited to come back and see my beautiful Nicole Weldon! Dang, I've gotten pretty attached to that child the past 2 months so I was excited to see her again! Plus next time I go we'll go together as it should be.
Things have been pretty slow this week since I got back on Tuesday; I went back to work today but nothing particularly exciting to report there.
I did get Nicole and Tom into the Twilight books and it's so fun to see people love them as much as I do! :)
I'm off to finish Steel Magnolias!
Until next time,