Across the Country

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of traveling about 1,000 miles to attend my cousin’s GORGEOUS vineyard wedding in Dallas, Texas. This post title is no joke. I’ve literally gone from one end of the country to the other. I made the trek from Fargo down to Truman on Wednesday just in time to watch my little sisters at their last track meet of their seventh grade year. After the track meet, though, is when the fun really began. The meet was Thursday night (in Minnesota), and my cousin Ashlee’s wedding was Friday evening (in Texas). See the problem here?

The track meet ended about 7:30PM, so Mom and I took turns driving through the night, all the way to Dallas. Google maps estimates the trip to be 15 hours, but due to the lack of 4am traffic, we made it in 13. Not too bad, if I do say so myself. And luckily, we were both able to get a decent amount of sleep, allowing us to actually enjoy the wedding we traveled so far to attend.

The day after the wedding, we went to Waco, Texas, to check out Magnolia Market. If you’ve seen the show Fixer Upper, you know what I’m referring to. If not, here’s a little background. Chip and Joanna Gaines run a home remodeling business in Waco. They “flip” old houses and turn them into gorgeous homes. The market is a store showcasing beautiful decor that fits the theme of Joanna’s decorating (think country-chic style). Along with the store and the iconic silos, there’s an adorable little bakery. And let me tell you, the long line is well worth it. The cupcakes were absolutely to die for, and the cookies were a close second. The only baked goods I’ve had that were better were my little sister’s made-from-scratch cupcakes.

Finally, after most of the cousins left, my sisters and Mama and I got to spend some quality time with my uncles. We visited the sixth-floor museum in downtown Dallas and ignited a burning interest in JFK assassination conspiracy theories, and then spent the rest of the afternoon lounging by the pool and playing cards. We ditched the uncles and took my cousin-in-law (is that a term? I’m making it one) to get sushi, which was absolutely amazing. It was the perfect way to end a fabulous weekend.

Monday morning we ducked out around 6am and made it home by about 8pm. Not quite as good as our time on the way down, but still not too shabby. Yesterday, after some obnoxious car troubles, I drove myself back up to Fargo, completing the loop across the Midwest. And now here I am, waiting to start our volleyball league tonight and ready to start my new job at Hobby Lobby tomorrow! Wish me luck!

Stay tuned for more updates,

xoxo, second sister suzie

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