2009 AZ Trip aka 17: The Birthday of My Dreams
Anne-Marie’s Notes: I am so very excited to have my daughter, Lindsey, graciously writing some guest posts for my blog about our 2009 AZ Trip. Of course, no arm twisting was needed for the talented author to compile the tale.
If you have not already, you might want to read the Adoption Story to get a better understanding of our relationship.
Preface – Before there was a Birthfamily Sedona Trip [w/ Allie]
It had been three long years since I’d seen Anne-Marie (my birthmom) or my four little half-siblings (who I will lovingly refer to as “the Munchies” – a self-created slang version of “munchkins”). We’d talked about getting together again, but it had never worked out for either of us. In fall of 2008, I decided I’d had enough. It was time for a family reunion. My Mom agreed. Three years was too long.
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The Trip – Day #1; The Meeting
I could hardly believe it when I found myself standing on Allie’s doorstep, helping her carry her luggage down the driveway to the car (okay, okay, so maybe I wasn’t carrying her luggage – Dad was carrying her suitcase, I was just walking with her).
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The Long Expected Party (Lord of the Rings, anyone?)
At long last we were settled into our hotel! We were in creekhouse 1, right on Oak Creek, and the Shaffer’s were nestled in creekhouse 21, literally right above us. Allie and I had spent the last several hours “babysitting” the kids while Anne-Marie had unpacked the rental car. By the time we made it to our creekhouse, Dad had unloaded all of our stuff and taken it upstairs to our loft. For our own sanity and privacy, Allie and I shared the loft upstairs, while my parents had “full reign” over the entire main level of the creekhouse. And besides, we wouldn’t keep them up late if we decided to stay up until 2 a.m.!
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Allie and I, along with some of my close friends back in Tucson, had filmed an amateur film back in March of 2009. I had sent it to Anne-Marie for mother’s day. My 9 year old brother Gabe also saw the movie which Allie and my other friends and I had created, and – being wonderful human sponges – he absorbed and was inspired. He had to make a movie!
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The Trip – Day #2
The Crestview Community Church Adventure
I do not sleep well on sleepovers – especially on the first night. So, this mass “sleep-over”, if you will, was a little hard on my beauty sleep. By the time we arrived at Crestview Community Church for our 11:00 a.m. Church service, I’d had a total amount of 2.5 hours of sleep. READ FULL POST:Part Two