Soooo...let us revisit the trip to IKEA. The trip that lasted five hours or so and was filled with meatball burps. The thought alone makes me nauseous. The truth is my unusually daring idea to try something new at the IKEA Cafe turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Let me tell you why.
When we finally finished up our shopping at IKEA, I was starving- because I only ate a couple of bites of lunch. It was only about 4:00. We debated driving a little ways before we stopped for dinner, but ultimately I decided I need to eat. Right then. So we stopped in at Pei Wei right down the street. It took us about 30-45 minutes or so for us to eat and head out. The rain had just started. We both (remember we were in separate cars) needed to stop and get gas and the kids wanted to go to Buc-ees so I made the decision to drive to Terrell and stop there for gas. Matt didn't know if he could make it to Terrell so he was going to stop before then and then we would just meet each other back at the house. He knows he can't keep up with me anyway. Ha!
So we gave each other a quick kiss and headed out. I got to Buc-ees about 5:15 and when I opened the door to pump gas I immediately knew that we would not be going anywhere anytime soon. The wind almost took the door off the car and I was struggling to stand in one place. I quickly told Callan to call Matt and tell him to stop with us at Buc-ees. Somewhere along the way he had decided he could make it to Terrell and was right behind us on the road. By the time he arrived, it was pouring. All the people were leaving the interstate and stopping in to escape the wind, rain, and eventually hail. Good thing Buc-ees has a parking lot the size of Six Flags!
To see how long it would be before we could resume our trip, we started checking the weather on our phones. When we did this we realized that tornado producing storms were all along our path and they weren't going anywhere anytime soon. I hate driving at night and I hate driving in rain. I was done. We started looking for hotels in Terrell so we could take refuge for the night. While in the midst of making a decision about what to do, a lady standing beside us asked which way we were headed. We told her east and she said, "Do not go that way. We just came from that direction and it is BAD!"
She helped us solidify the decision to go ahead and book a hotel while there were still some rooms available. We safely made it to the hotel and enjoyed a sunny drive home the next morning. As we drove home, we saw the damage from the tornado that had touched down in Canton along the interstate. It was awful!
Back to the meatballs. If I hadn't chosen to try something new- which is completely out my normal behavior- then I wouldn't have been hungry when we left IKEA. Then we wouldn't have stopped at Pei Wei. Then we would've gotten to Buc-ees before the storm, and we would've been in Canton right as that tornado touched down on the interstate. The meatballs were a blessing...nasty burps and all.
As far as the house is concerned...here is the latest. I have considered having flooring shipped to them myself.
BUT we do have a mailbox now!
I am Chamie, wife to Matt; mom to Callan (14), Cooper (11), and