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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Jill's Visit To The Hauck Homestead


DAY 1 Wings, Zoo, Welcome to the Hauck Homestead

My BF Jill flew in from NY on Wednesday, September 1st. After many hugs and such we packed if for the suburban and headed out to buffalo wild wings for some lunch. As we giggled liked idiots and started retelling a million old stories and a few new ones too, I felt like we hadn't been apart even a single day....when in reality it had been over two years. Funny how that goes. Just pick up right where things left off. My heart felt full to the point of bursting I was so happy. She was still Jill, only different. I was still Becca, only different. And everything felt perfect.

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I was excited to show off the very things that define who I am.....my children and my life as a Mama. Though smacking Anthony in the head with the suburban back door when flinging it open to get the diaper bag wasn't exactly the "Good Mama" impression I was going for. He was fine, don't worry. :) The wings were delicious and my drink even more delicious. I told Jill we were taking her to the zoo and I'm sure if she hadn't been excited herself, my excitement would have rubbed off on her. Here are photos of us at the zoo. We had a grand time!

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We left the zoo at 6:30 and started the roundabouts 2-2 1/2 hour drive home. It was beautiful out and it was fun to show Jill the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge scenic area and then get all excited about crossing the Biggs Bridge from OR into WA. We reached our house just as the last bit of light went away. I was so excited to show her the house! After setting up the blowup mattress in our living room and getting all set for bed, it was time to hit the hay!

DAY 2 Jill sees the town and has lunch at local pizzeria, Hanging around the house, Becca's first time having wine

Sammy had to work on Thursday so the plan was to hang around the house and make a trip into town to show Jill what Goldendale was all about. I think we chit chatted for close to 2 hours while eating my homemade blueberry muffins for breakfast before either of us even started getting ready for the day. A nice, mellow morning. Jill watched the kiddos for me while I showered. I think that went well, I don't know. You'll have to ask her. LOL We drove around the town and I pointed out all the notable place. It took all of 15 minutes MAX to circle 'round town a time or two. We stopped off at the pizzeria for their $6.99 all you can eat lunch buffet. I had to drag Anthony out of there kicking and screaming, like I always do because he can't bare to leave the arcade games. *sigh* That was fun. Someone probably thought he wasn't mine and I was stealing him with all the hollering he was doing. Welcome to my life, Jill!! Right? hehehe

The rest of the day was spent playing outside and having a grand 'ol time. Sammy came home and lovenly made us chicken alfredo while Jill and I enjoyed a bottle of wine....my first time ever drinking with her and my first time having wine for that matter. I've had a few sips here or there, but always hated it. So I was pleasantly surprised I like what Jill brought with her from NY. Dinner was delicious, by the way. :)


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Day 3 Marhill Winery wine tasting, Sightseeing around Klickitat County, Dinner out @ bar

Friday Sammy made us a delicious breakfast of biscuits and gravy. It was Jill's first time having it. :) We decided we wanted to drive Jill around that day so she could take in and enjoy the scenery in our area. We  started about by grabbing two delicious drinks from one of the local coffee stands. We both got a drink called 20 below. It's a frozen hot chocolate and taste exactly like a fudge-sickle.  YUM! We wound up at a winery called Mary Hill Winery that overlooks The Gorge and Jill and I were able to do a little wine tasting, my first time ever! We had a blast! Sammy was so sweet and stayed in the car with the kiddos and entertained them. We then headed out towards the Kilickitat River and then out towards a small town named Glenwood (this was the same drive Sammy and I did that I blogged about a little while back, remember?) so Jill could get a better look at Mt. Adams. It was a gorgeous sightseeing trip!

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After getting home, it was time to get all dolled up because Jill and I were going to the bar! Whoop whoop! But don't get too excited for us yet. There was no wild night out filled with tons of drinks and getting hit on by multiple guys. Nope. The first bar was pretty much dead and other than a few people asking us if we were from the emmys (a lame excuse of a joke, maybe, because we were dressed fairly nice for any place in my town) there wasn't too much excitement. Still we had a great time eating our meals and having a drink. We then headed on over to the Mexican joint because I thought they had a bar, but turns out they didn't. So we sat at a regular table, nibbled on chips, and got another drink. Halfway through my melon ball I started to get a headache and feel nauseous. That's right folks.....a drink and a half and I feel ill. Sad, but true. Jill says I need to work up my tolerance, I say I don't have the time to go out and have such fun adventures involving drinks and friends. We headed home without a single pick up line or guy's number to shred and giggle over. Sam reassured me I was the hottest looking gal in town and he'd take me home any day. :) We did, however have an eventful "country" drive home. We had to slam on the breaks to avoid hitting two bucks and came fairly close to side swiping a porcupine. At any given second I expected Jill to turn to me with a bewildered look on her face asking, "Just where in the heck am I!?" Now that I think about it, we almost got run off the road on our way to town by a crazy driver taking a turn to fast. I wondered if Jill was scared for her life. hehe

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Day 4 Photo shoot for Jill, Turbine sightseeing, Shopping

Saturday, after another delicious breakfast courtesy of my hubby, Jill and I took off down a windy, dusty road to this old house I love to take photos at so I could do a photo shoot for her. I think most of the photos turned out fantastic! I hope you think so too. :) We then continued on to White Creek Wind Farm, the place Sammy works at, so I could show Jill just how big the turbines actually are. The drive was long, dusty, and meandering. Sam does that drive everyday! It's pretty out that way and being amongst all those turbines stuck out in a field is a photographers dream. If only you could get right up on them!!  We eventually found our way to pavement after a long, long drive and headed to The Dalles to do some shopping! The Dalles is an hour from my house and the place we go to to do our shopping, so it was important to me to show Jill a little of that area too. I took her to some stores, stopped to pick up a take and bake pizza, then headed on home for pizza, wine, and a movie!

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Day 5 Friend's outback get together, Jill's last day :(

Sunday was a day I didn't want to come, but knew would come far too soon. We definitely dragged our feet in the morning and Jill did her best to pack her stuff up while I made her a disk of all the pictures we took. We wanted to make sure to get a few last group shots, so that was the task for the morning. Sammy's co-worker was having a party for his daughter's first birthday at 1, so we decided that would be a fun ending to Jill's visit. It turned out being waaaaay out in the country on a private land reserve. It was pretty cold and a little windy, but it the area was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the people were super nice. I had never met any of them, but they made me feel very welcome and part of the group. I love that! I had a blast watching Anthony and Molly play with all the other little kids while Jill and I stuffed our faces with homemade salsa (made by my dear friend Justin) and other goodies like chicken, BBQ beef sandwiches, and chips. I definitely got a kick out of Jill wearing Justin's extra camo coat. I'm fairly certain it was her first time wearing camo and it pretty much was the most country she looked the whole time there. It was awesome. :) All too soon 5 o'clock came and we had to head to the airport to get Jill there by 7. It was a bitter sweet drive. I did ok up until the very last second and in an effort to keep from bursting into tears like a baby, I had to give a quick hug and high tail it back to the car. It was horrible. I can't help but feel an emptiness in my heart that only my best friend can fill. I wish she could have stayed longer. But I feel no matter how long her stay, it wouldn't have been long enough. 

Love you Jill. 


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With love,
Mama Hauck

4 comments:

  1. You guys look like you had a great time!! I think it's too funny that you had never had wine before and then went all out hitting a bottle and a winery both! Awesome! I love wine so much but it's just one of the many things I can no longer have due to my frigging allergies. (sulfates:( )

    Loved all of the pictures too!

    So, I'm getting together for you some of my very favorite "semi-homemade" recipes. They are from Connie and my mom and some are out of cookbooks I have and others are ones I've just tried and loved and make all of the time! I say they are semi-homemade because a lot of them take ingredients you get like already prepared "cans of soup" or stuff like that, however I do have some that are totally from scratch and whenever you are ready, I'll send you those too!! I was so jealous that Sammy made you guys so much good food, a lot of the menu was in my list to send you, like the biscuits and gravy (do you do it with sausage?) and Alfredo, (do you do it with chicken?) so I wont include those since you already have a master chef you can borrow from!!

    Your pictures are awesome! I'm so glad you guys had such a good time!

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  2. I felt the exact same way - our lives had become so different, yet we were still the same people deep down that have known each other for like 12 years! I felt so blessed on the plane ride over (and back) that I finally got to visit you.
    "Can we shoot the gun mama?!" oh Anth.
    I look so tired in the first zoo pic lol, I was! But it was fun. :D
    Yay wine! I have made you realize all the tasty options out there :) I love that pic of Molly and I outside. I was a good babysitter when u showered, right? I just played with them and made sure they didn't kill each other lol.
    Ahh I had so much fun! It's hard to say what my fave part of the trip was. It really was just being a part of your daily life, meeting Molly and getting to know Sam and Anthony better. And being reunited with my BFF!
    Thanks for the photo shoot, they came out great. If I ever audition for the rockettes again, i have my headshot :).
    I felt the emptiness too. It broke my heart to have to leave you. :/
    But I have to remember that God has kept us friends this long for a reason - true friends never are truly apart.
    I love you more than words.
    ~Aunt Jill ;)

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  3. Now you KNOW I've had a lot going on when it takes me two days to get through a post I've been eagerly waiting for this long! This is total awesomeness! Random thoughts...

    Major jealous over here about those homemade blueberry muffins.

    First time having wine??? Wow!

    Too bad there weren't more guys at the bar, you both definitely would have turned some heads. Trust me on this one.

    These photos came out amazing! My favourites? The ones of you and Jill together because I waited so long to see it happen. Also I agree the pics of Jill at the house turned out great.

    I can only imagine how much of a struggle it would have been to put this together. It's a huge undertaking even without kids to look after, so I thank you for showing us this Becca. It completely warms my heart.

    xo

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  4. WE HAD A GREAT TIME! But it ended far too soon. *sigh*

    LOL, blueberry muffins are long gone now. Sorry!

    Yes, first time having wine. Haha! I just wasn't a big fan. Though yesterday I did buy my first bottle of wine called "The Mad Housewife." Fitting huh? :) I've yet to have any. Maybe tonight. Ima have to blog about it

    I'm glad everyone likes all the photos. I had a grand time doing the photo shoot for Jill.

    It literally took a whole day to make this post!!

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