Sunday, January 10, 2010

25 Days and Counting

Okay, since I was so miserably whiny in the last post, I thought I'd post a happy, happy, joy, joy post about vacation, because that is how I feel 98% of the time! We have twenty five days until we leave. The only thing is, I've been keeping track of the weather in the three places we're staying, and it's been COLD!!! Yesterday at my parent's house, it didn't get to 40 degrees! That's CRAZY!! Thank goodness for global warming {she said in a voice dripping with disdain}.

I have to check to see if Mammoth Cave is open all year around, because we want to hit that on the way down. I'm not sure how much of it I'll be able to explore if you have to walk the whole way, but we shall see!

My family used to go to Florida every year when we were little, because my dad owned a greenhouse (nursery for plants) and he had business in Apopka; he ordered most of his plants from there. (Shout out to the Im brothers!) I'll never forget when my dad told us about the first time he had saki....but that, my friends, is a toooootally different post.

I think the thing I love best about Florida is when you step out of the car for the first time, and you feel that Florida breeze. There is nothing like it. Warm (hopefully!!) breezes, the slight hint of orange blossoms, sea air....ahhhhh. I haven't seen, felt, or smelled that in 23 years. Wow. That makes me feel really old. Nice. We always used to stop at the Florida Welcome Station, and they'd have fresh squeezed Florida orange juice.

We're going to St. Pete...the Pier there...its' SO cool. The last time I was there I was with my grandparents, whom have both passed away since then. It is a beautiful memory. We're going to fish our arms off...I'm not sure I'll want to come back!

The thing I'm MOST looking forward to is just over 3 weeks of family time. Doug has been SO busy at work and working outside it seems like we hardly see him sometimes...Jacob loves his Daddy so much, and always has SO much fun playing with him.

I think tied for family time will be watching everything through Jacob's eyes. The untainted joy of childhood, the sheer exuberance of seeing something you've never seen before...pelicans, manatee, alligators, AND we're going to the zoo in Tampa where you can ride a camel and see elephants. I think he will think that that's where heaven is.

And right now, I'm not sure he'd be wrong!


Katrina said...

I hope you have a fabulous vacation!! Warm Florida breezes sound so much better than the bitter cold winds we're having right now. ;)

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Paige said...

Have a great vacation! I wish I could feel the warm Florida breeze on my face. Just stopping by from SITS to say Hello.

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PJ said...

Hey Gal! I'm definitely with you on getting out of the cold weather, although from what I gather, there aren't too many places right now. My husband had saved up to go on a cruise, but then our electric bill came in and put a kabash on that! It was 361.00 dollars! That definitely took a chunk out of our vacation money! We're gonna have to wait until our cold weather is over or until we can turn off our heater, to go. (That defeats the purpose, cause hubby wanted to go somewhere warm to get out of the cold here)! What a cionumdrum!

Please excuse the spelling. I don't have time to look up that word in the dictionary.

Love & Prayers,


Young Wife said...

After reading this, I want to go to Florida, too! Hope you have a great trip.

Corrie Howe said...

Three weeks of family time sounds heavenly in and of itself. And watching your child experience new things is a very close second.

Ms Bibi said...

Sounds like you are ready to go. Hope you have a wonderful vacation and lots of quality time with your family.

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