Bump #1: The first bump in our trip was waiting at the airport for the hotel shuttle to pick us up....outside on the curb....in 95 degree weather...for over an hour! There was a whole group of us waiting and each of us received a different story when we called the hotel.
Bump #2: Our first night in Denver we were given a tiny room with a double bed- yes, ONE DOUBLE BED! I didn't think there were any hotels left that still used double beds. Jim and I sleep in a queen size bed at home. When we were newlyweds I think we had a full size bed. Trying to sleep in a double bed made for an interesting first night and neither of us got much rest.
Bump #3: The hotel we stayed at had a free shuttle that would take you anywhere in a five mile radius. This was great, except for the fact that it was always going to the airport and was not available to take us. Most days, this was fine (we didn't mind walking) except for Tuesday when we ended up getting caught in a thunderstorm. First lighting (did I mention we were walking under large power lines?), then sprinkles, then a downpour...we ended up taking cover in the lobby of a little business and waiting until the worst of the storm had passed.
Bump #4: Today I decided to do our laundry. Usually I wait until we get home, but since we are going from this mini-vacation into our real vacation, we needed clean clothes. There was no problem washing the clothes, but the dryers were BOTH out of order. With all the other "bumps" this week, I just had to laugh.
Yes, vacations rarely go as planned, but despite the bumps in the road (and maybe even because of them) we had a fun and entertaining week! In the end, everything worked out. The hotel shuttle did eventually arrive at the airport. We were moved to a larger room with a king size bed for the remainder of our stay. The hotel dried our laundry in one of their commercial dryers. And the shuttle was available our last night in Denver to take us to one my favorite restaurants- Panera Bread. The "bumps" in the road were good bonding experiences and we will be telling these stories for some time to come.
Life also rarely goes as planned. Our road to parenthood has had it's share of bumps and even a few large boulders. We could choose to let those "bumps in the road" discourage us. We could give up and decide the pain isn't worth it. But we would be missing out, not only on our final destination (parenthood), but also on the many bonding moments along the way. In the end all of our experiences, even the bumps, will become part of the story of how our baby came to us! And that will be a story worth telling!!!
|Here we are at one of my favorite restaurants- still smiling!|