Just over a year after we moved to SF, June and I went back to Florida to visit family and friends. I was so excited and it was even better than I thought it would be! It was the perfect mix of time at home with alllll the fam, hitting up my old favorite spots, catching up with my closest friends and time alone. I’m actually jealous of myself.
OAK > MCO
June was a trooper with the early wake up, and the long-is flight. Thankfully everything went smoothly from waking up on time, getting to the airport early, getting through all the lines with no problems, having enough time to get coffee and go to the bathroom before boarding, and getting a non-stop flight. Praise hands.
things i didn’t need to worry about, but did –
Forgetting June’s car seat
Both of us in the same tiny airplane bathroom
Not having enough snacks
June having a loud tearful breakdown on the plane
Things i didn’t think about, but should have –
Southwest does not serve meals
Sippy cups will explode when opened mid-flight
The “markers” from the target dollar section may be runny and messy and get on everything
things i did think of, and i’m so glad i did –
Other, non-messy items from the target dollar section –
like window clings!
Suckers and fruit pouches to help with ear pain for landing
Fully charged iPad for kid (with downloaded movies and shows… lots of shows) and phone for mom (with downloaded audiobook).
My (entire) family might show up with balloons – recreating my first memory of being greeted in the airport with balloons as a toddler who also recently moved to California from the East Coast and that might make me want to cry. Feel these emotions on the plane instead of in front of everyone in the Orlando airport. Check.
On the first day in Florida I woke up at my parents house in St Augustine at 7am. That’s 4am in California… what!? I guess I was excited to see my friends.
We ate and strolled and sat and talked and I snuggled the babies that weren’t even conceived when I left and we picked up right where we left off and it was perfect.
Thanksgiving happened and we spent time with all the family and ate all the things and I forgot to capture any of it.
There were food comas and cuddles and June said “Mommy, I want you to hold my hand” as we fell asleep. Tears.
solo wedding weekend
On Saturday I took my time getting packed and ready to head to Sarasota for the weekend for my girl Sarah’s wedding by myself. Cue the angelic chorus.
I made a couple stops looking for a gift bag large enough. I grabbed lunch. I got a venti match latte, with coconut milk. I took my tiiiiiime.
Until I realized that traffic kept getting worse and my ETA kept getting closer to the start of the ceremony. AH. Then I held my pee for the remaining hours, ran inside my hotel room, frantically got dressed and wrapped the gift and lost the card and drove to the wedding… with plenty of time to spare.
Then I saw the two people I knew other than the bride and groom (my friends Stefanie and Ashlyn who were both vendors) and started crying instantly. I was just so happy… and still frazzled, but mostly happy.
The wedding was every bit as perfect as I knew it would be. Look at the venue! Looks at those tables! Look at that bride! (And groom… sorry, Stephen. You’re pretty too.)
Ps. I snagged my dress at Marshalls or TJ Maxx a couple years ago and now wear it to almost every wedding I go to. I’ve decided it’s okay. Everyone is looking at the bride anyway, right!?
After the wedding I spent the night in a hotel room all to myself. (Have I mentioned that I was alone?) After taking my sweet time journaling, I went to bed early and then “slept in” until 7am. I guess the inability to sleep in is adulthood. Cool.
I took the entire rest of the day to slowing make my way back to St. Augustine, with multiple beach stops along the way. It was glorious.
The beaches were beautiful and I found myself appreciating them in a way that I hadn’t when I lived in Florida. It probably helped that it was November, so I wasn’t dripping sweat and about to pass out. Still… beautiful.
A #pubsub from Publix made the list of things I had to experience again while in FL. But now I’m one of those people and got a wrap. *eye roll*
In the car I listened to The Sacred Enneagram audiobook half of the time, and just my thoughts the other half.
The long periods of silence gave me space to think through important things… and some really random things that have been floating around my brain came together. I decided what my next tattoo will be and came up with a name to summarize my style. (Hahah)
June and I had a day in Jacksonville together and we started with her first haircut at our girl London’s new (stunning) salon, Clover & Woolly. This is one thing on the list of things that I thought I wouldn’t be emotional over… and I was wrong. I mean look at her. She’s 18 and moving out.
We had a date at the Chickfila we used to get lunch from every Saturday. June got stuck at the very top of the playground so I had to climb up and get her… but the slide down was worth it and I’m sure everyone enjoyed watching me struggle. Ha!
That night we had the best reunion of some of our best friends in the world that we used to have a supper club with. We’ve been friends since before kids happened and down we’re doing then and now pictures. More tears.
The out-too-late hangover, toddler version. (Much cuter than the adult version)
On my last “Jax day” I got to wander around and hit up my favorite spots.
I drove by our old house and tried not to creep out the new peeps and neighbors; walked down to our favorite quiet spot on the river; stopped by some of my favorite coffee shops, stores, and restaurants; and fit in a few last friend dates.
Jacksonville, you’re a good place to come home to.
We officially got season passes to Disney World for Christmas. Only for this girl. (Okay, my best friend was going so that’s the actual reason. Maybe I’m the spoiled one.)
June’s “I’m about to meet my best friend Minnie” excitement level was very impressive.
We are now the people who happily wait in line for someone with a strangely large head to forge a signature in a tiny book.
The omg-my-child-is-totally-spoiled dairies –
June: “I really like these. I think I’ll get them!” *walks to register*
Annnnnnnnd then my best friend who lives in Texas and I only see like once a year got there ahhhhhhhhhh! I love Disney!! (Who am I.)
All of the sugar,
all of the magic,
none of the naps.
After three straight days of Disney-ing we traveled back to SF like zombies. Who’s crazy idea was that? (Mine.)
Until next time!
And we don’t plan on waiting a year again. (Sorry, mom)