Monday, 3 April 2017

Monday 3rd April 2017

As we take off at 8pm USA time U.K. time is 1am
Michael decided not to eat anything, so he set up his bed and tried to sleep.
My tray would not work so I had to change seats.
My meal was served at 2am started with cream of courgette soup, which surprisingly was very nice, about 20 minutes later my Main arrived 
 Meal was very good, followed by dessert followed by an Amarulu, 3.30 I went back to my seat and my bed was already made up, so I then tried to sleep 
6.30. We were woken up, we both declined breakfast as we want to use the Virgin revival suite, where you can have a shower and get breakfast.
Every one was helped to put their beds stowed and given their breakfast, 
And watched the sun rise
  Half hour befor landing, Heathrow tells the captain we have at least half hour stacking!!! Urgh 

  Landed 7.35
Straight through immigration, at the carousel for our bags at 7.55
Got to the arrivals hall and went to the virgin revival lounge, took advantage of their showers, brilliant didn't want to get out feel so refreshed. Wasn't going to wash my hair, but the shower was so powerful I ended up pinned up against the back wall drenched. Got out and found my red towel for my hair.
Returned to shower and thoroughly enjoyed it, lovely big soft bath sheets for after too. Dried my hair and found Michael  in the lounge, where we had a full English breakfast
9.10 we went down to wait for our cab driver from the hotel to come and pick us up to go collect the car.
By 9.50 we were checking out of the Hilton.
Arrived at Sams house at 10.20 , phoned Mum.
Sam and Carys arrived back at 11.am
 Before lunch we played ball in the garden  Carys and granddad had a nap about 1.30 Michael had a ten minute power nap, Carys had an hour.
When she woke we had lots of cuddles until she came round.
Then Michael and I took Carys to the park, she walked all the way there, stopping on the way to say hello to the daffodils 
Then we had to stop at the bus stop and sit on the seat a while, we got to the park and she ran straight to the swing   We chased Carys shadow through the park we all had a ride on the see saw, Michael one end and me and Carys the other, after the slide, we were on to the climbing frame   We walked back along the canal, to see the ducks  and got back at 5.pm
Later we had dinner and granddad was drifting off again after 
Carys had her bath and watched in the night garden 
So tired Michael and I went to bed when Carys did.
Michael was asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow, I made it to 8pm before I crashed out.
But poor Carys wasn't well and woke up at 9.30 very unsettled, spent the night in with Sam and Simon 

Sunday 2nd April 2017

Michael woke me at 7.am had a bad night worrying about getting to JFK Airport
Sam face timed about 8.am
Packed up our bags and waited for James and Kelly to tell us they were ready for breakfast
Such a lovely day we took our big cases across the road to the beach to the car
 

 The sun is out and the place looks totally different  James messaged to say they were skipping breakfast as they were running someone to the airport.
We said our goodbyes and checked out
 Got to the first toll of $1.50 at 9.30
 
Reached the Verranzo bridge at 11am and stopped for a coffee
 
 At midday stopped at a rest area on Jamaica bay  for half hour as we now have plenty of time to get to airport only 10 mins away
Have so much time to spare we stopped at Canarsie Pier state park for a snack at 1.pm
     So warm out now up to 64 degrees, don't even need coat or hat anymore 
And right near the airport
 Left park at 1.45
And dropped car off at thrifty at 2pm, got the sky train from the car rental drop off, and got to the airport about 2.20pm. Flying home business. Dropped off bags, no queue as we are 5hrs early, 
I think every one worried Michael with how long it was going to take us to get to the airport, it was really worrying him.
Got straight through security, and was in the Virgins clubhouse before 3pm
 And settled in, with a cup of tea
At 4pm we had snack to eat
 Michael had chicken curry, I had  boarded the plane at 6.45 and got into some pjs. Glass of champagne and I'm ready to go
Push back at 7.20 because a passenger had a problem with his ticket and his bags had to be unloaded
As we missed our slot, I ordered my meal as we were taxiing 
 There is a queue of about 12 planes in front of us
 Actual take off is 8pm 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Saturday 1st April 2017

Woke at 7.am no rain!
Michael woke just after 8am and we had a cup of tea
 Although dry the waves are still pretty rough.
Went down to breakfast and met Leilana, organising flower arrangements, she gave me a corsage and Micheal his pin
 We went to check out the venue but the doors were closed  with lots of busy people.
Leilani said that she had let Kelly organise every thing, until last night when kelly was upset things were not organised, but Leilani had been in the background going round checking everything was, and making sure it was all going to plan. But kelly doesn't know that and Leilani agreed that if she wanted her to take over she would!
Went back to our room and did some emptying out of cases and some repacking.
Showered and got part ready, had some of our goodies from Leilani's welcome package with our cup of tea
 All to soon it was time to get ready the family walked into the gathering, Leilani and her eldest son lead, followed by Michael and I
6 ladies maids
Followed by Kelly and Vinnie, her best friend
 
 We all proceeded to our seats as Kelly was offered to James
 A friend of Kelly's father, a judge, started with a few words about Kelly's father, a few tears were shed, then the ceremony, exchanging of rings, and they were Mr and Mrs Herbert Leilani gave a blessing, and even learned how to say it in Hebrew, as her husband was Jewish, she'd been learning for weeks after the ceremony James had to do the traditional breaking of the glass 

 Giving it a good old stomp, he wanted to make sure it broke, because its unlucky not to.
The James and Kelly led out followed by Leilani and Geoff, then we were promoted to leave, followed by everyone else,
We were led into the Verandah suite
  Where we were served drinks and snacks  a lot of socialising went on where we were introduced to Aunts all sisters of Leilani, so many I lost count, and lots and lots of cousins and their families then nearly an hour later, again we were all processing into the main room again, which had been laid out now for dining.
Led by Leilani and Geoff, us and the girls, we were announced and cheered, then led to our seats.
When James and Kelly entered they were cheered and led straight into their first dance
 By Ed Shearan
Followed by James dancing with Leilani and Kelly dancing with her brother Casey
Everyone else was served their salad course
After we were given a pasta dish, didn't go down well with either of us!
Before our main course, Kelly's best man Vinnie, gave a speech
 Read from his iPhone
We had our main course of Salmon
  More dancing before cake cutting   The cake was cut up and everyone was given a piece along with the petite fours, and coffee, whilst we ate we were entertained first by the bridal flowers thrown to all the single ladies and caught by her friend
 James then had to retrieve Kelly's garter and throw it to the single guys, caught by, Kelly's friends boyfriend 
 Then we all gathered for family photo
Michael and I were then shocked as at 5.pm DJ announces last song!
Three times during today I was congratulated on the marriage of my Son James and Kelly. One person told me I must be so proud of him.
The caterers then start clearing everything away, and everyone went home!
Michael and I said our goodbyes, went back to our room and got changed. We decided to go for a walk along the beach
   It was bitterly cold, and didn't get very far, instead we walked back to the car and had some lunch at the Wholefoods market, getting back at 7.30, we did some more packing up, then read and played games till 10.pm
Michael not looking forward to driving back to JFK tomorrow