The time we pulled an all-nighter in Los Fresnos, TX…
The summer of 2006, my parents were planning on taking one last family trip together before I got married. I wasn’t even engaged yet, but we all knew it was coming within the year. I had just finished my junior year at Auburn and we knew that I would most likely be getting married the next summer (which I did). We talked about going on a cruise or taking an RV out west. Philly planned on taking a mission trip to Las Higeurillas, Mexico with TETM that same summer. Instead of going on some luxurious and/or relaxing vacation, we decided to go to Mexico together. A cruise would have been wonderful and an RV excursion out west would have been adventurous, but a mission trip with my family and many other friends from Philly was incomparable to any family vacation. Imagine no running water, bucket baths (filling up a 5 gallon bucket with dirty water and going to a shed to “shower”), 125 + weather, no electricity, authentic Mexican food, week old spaghetti, sleeping in a tent with my brother on the sand and having to wear ear plugs to drown the sound of my parents snoring in the tent next to me, waking up to goats and chickens, using the bathroom in a hole with creatures crawling around the hole, and those sweet little parasites that do a number on your stomach. It’s life people, don’t be grossed out. There were only 2 people on the trip that did not get sick. And, unfortunately, the sickness didn’t stop in Mexico, it followed us home and we were sick for at least a week afterwards. On our way back, we slept in Los Fresnos, TX where TETM was hosting the different churches that had been out on trips the past week. Thankfully, the parsonage was vacant and they let our group stay there for the night. After we all got REAL showers, and used a REAL toilet, we went to our debriefing meeting. When that was over, we headed back to the parsonage to sleep. Some of us didn’t see the need for sleep. We had to leave at like 4:3oam to get to the airport, so we decided to stay up the whole night. Though I would love to share with you pictures from the actual trip, I will save that for a more serious blog. These are pictures from the night in Los Fresnos. We took what I call “Situation Pictures” where the photographer says “1, 2, 3, ” and says some random situation that you have to pretend you are in. Remember, very sick, very sleep deprived, very delirious (in these pictures are Michelle…the other one with the curly hair, Ginna…the one with the short black hair, my mom…the one with the even shorter black hair, Ben…my brother and the only boy in the pictures, and myself)
1,2,3…pick your nose, but don’t let anyone see
1,2,3…mean teacher look
1,2,3…Sound of Music
“I love it!” Ever seen the SNL skit with Molly Shannon? This is mine and Ginna’s version, except it’s on the toilet.