Posted by Leslie at Jul 3, 2012 6:00 am
…from my vacation!
We’re home–got home late Sunday night after a very long drive home from Jacksonville. Five of us in a small sedan made for some interesting hours in the car–fortunately my girls are extremely entertaining so when they weren’t singing or cracking jokes, they still kept us laughing with the sisterly bickering going on in the back seat. It was very poignant, I must say, considering this is our last “family road trip” since oldest is getting married in October.
We managed to have a good time despite: A. Staying in hotel hell (complete with cockroaches). B. Bad weather for the first couple of days. C. Did I mention the cockroaches? D. My debit card number being stolen (by, I firmly believe, someone who worked at the crappy hotel) and our accounts being wiped out and/or frozen while the bank investigated, leaving us with no money and no recourse on moving to a non-crappy hotel. E. ROACHES!
Seriously though, we managed to laugh a lot. Had a nice time hanging out on the beach and the pool, which were the nicest parts of the (very crowded) area where we were staying. We enjoyed Broadway at the Beach and had a blast at Medieval Times. And we capped off the trip by driving (another 6 hours…ugh!) down to Jacksonville to visit my brother and his beautiful wife and their two adorable children. This was the first time we’d had a chance to meet my new niece, Addison, who is the sweetest, happiest baby I have ever seen! She is 7 months old and I swear we didn’t hear her cry for the entire 3 days we were there!
The trip ended on a sad note on the way home when I got a call from my Dad that his sister, my Aunt Rennie, had passed away. She was 93–an amazing woman who lived in Egypt for the past 60 years and was fabulously exotic and exciting and truly left us all wide-eyed whenever she came to visit. Very sad to think my father, the youngest of six siblings, is the last one now…it definitely makes me want to hug my own five siblings a little more tightly next time. And was a reminder of how worthwhile that extra trip down to Jacksonville really was.
Anyway, all in all, a worthwhile break from home, but I can’t say it was the best vacation ever…lol! Ahh, well, maybe we’ll be laughing at it in a few years.
How’s everyone been while I was gone?
PS: Here’s baby Addison. Isn’t she precious?!?