After Chicago we went on the interstate to Dekalb (The birthplace of barbed wire) to stay with Troy, Jamieâ€™s cousin, and Angela live with their wonderful family Ella Joe and Sydney whoâ€™s hospitality was overwhelming. We arrived after travelling for hours tired sweaty and in desperate need for a shower and a bed in that order so we met them and then disappeared to shower and go to bed…well nearly!
On our arrival Reagan was still awake even though in her head it was 01:30 in the morning and absolutely full of life and not near to sleep at all, mommy and daddy on the other hand were dead on our feet and just wanted bed. I donâ€™t remember too much about the actual arrival I am ashamed to say but remember being made to feel very welcome and offered all manner of beverages but water was my choice then I went for a shower after that I helped mommy bathe Reagan and gave her a bottle while mom showered by the time Reagan finished her bottle she was just asleep but as soon as I placed her in her cot she was as awake as before we had started?
Lets just say the next hour was stressful for me as we decided Jamie should go upstairs and spend time with her family. I got right to the point of â€œto hell with this Reagan is no closer to sleep than an hour agoâ€ when she suddenly fell fast asleep. I am certain if there was any light I would have seen a sarcastic smile on her face!
When Jamie came to bed, I have no idea when, I did not answer politely when she said should move to the cot, DO NOT MOVE HER! In a gruff yet whispered voice so we left her in our bed and slept around her as best we could until around 4:30am when little miss talking in my sleep and kicking and squeazing in my sleep woke up with same perkiness she went to bed with so we all had to wake up.
Troy and his family rose around 7 and made us feel so welcome their house was amazing in one of those neighbourhoods I see on the films which have a mailbox at the end of the garden and kids playing in the street. We had coffee and a selection of freshly made butter braids and mingled with their family for a while before saying our goodbyes and heading of on our road trip.
May I just take this opportunity to thank you all for making us feel so welcome we loved our time with you though it was far too short and if you ever take a trip to England I hope we can make you as welcome in our home!
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