Saturday, August 24, 2013

Stateside Having a Great Time!

It was a welcomed escape.  I was ready to go to a land where I didn’t recognize every person I passed; A land where it is not a custom to say not-so-genuine greetings throughout the day; A land with delicious Mexican food and ice cream.  I was ready!  Even though my last few hours at work before vacation were completely ridiculous, I danced out of there as happy as could be!  I was on VACA!   10 days with Jake, no work, no stress, just time to enjoy all the resources we lack. 

There was a lot to look forward to on our trip to the states.  Meeting up with friends we hadn’t see for a year, seeing Jake’s parents and their new house, spending time with Dozer, shopping, fishing, driving in a car (on the right side of the road)eating delicious food, going to the dentist, going to the eye doctor, getting new glasses, stocking up on much needed supplies, and the list could go on and on!

We arrived in Jacksonville, Florida pretty close to midnight.  We were tired but thrilled to be on the mainland.  Jake’s parents picked us up and we had about a 45 minute drive back to their house.  We caught up on the latest in our lives and started to plan activities for the next week.  We stayed up late taking a tour of their new house, and seeing all the new features that they did not have in Wyoming or Utah. 

The next day was like Christmas. We met up with a couple of our friends who we met on St. Thomas, but have not seen for a year since they moved.  We were so excited to see them and had some great times.  We got lost driving the opposite direction of where we were supposed to be, we visited St. Augustine’s Alligator Farm, Downtown Disney, Universal Walk, took Jake’s parent’s boat out and talked about everything.  It was refreshing to spend time with them off St. Thomas yet talk about the different frustrations we have all had while living there.  It was a lot of fun learning new things, picking up right where we left off, and enjoying some quality time.

The rest of our time in Florida was spent dropping a sail off for repair, cutting Jake's hair for the first time, shopping, ordering boat supplies, seeing where Jake’s mom works, getting dental work done, going to eye doctor appointments, mini-golfing, movie watching, eating all the food we don’t get on a regular basis, sorting through old boxes deciding on what to keep or give away, fishing off shore with Jake's dad, and wishing the time wouldn’t pass so quickly. 
This was a great trip.  As we were packing up to leave Florida, we were frustrated that we had to end our vacation and go back to our everyday life and all the island issues that have gotten so old.  Our flight was delayed out of Florida and Jake and I were praying that we would miss our connection.  We boarded the plane and they made it seem like we were going to make it just in time.  We started our taxi to the runway when the power in the plane shut off.  The captain came on and said that he was going to try to get it back up and then we would leave.  That was not very comforting… I don't know much about how planes work but that seemed like a glitch in the system, I wanted to switch planes.  Instead I tried to relax and Jake and I took a nap on our short flight to Atlanta.  We landed and started walking quickly to the train to get to our transfer gate.  Once we found a screen with the departure info we realized our flight out was delayed as well.  So much for hoping.  We never got that extra day of vacation, but we did make it back to the island safely.  
We had 153 lbs. of luggage that we checked, along with Dozer, two carry on backpacks and my large purse.  Taking a cab here they charge per person, and an amount per bag… it was cheaper for us to get a rental car; so that is what we ended up doing. 

We started to drive back to our boat and I started to unravel.  I was tired from waking up early and traveling, and I was wishing we were still on vacation.  Jake made a comment about trash on the side of the road and I broke down.  I started to cry.  He looked at me and said,"babe what's wrong?"  My reply was "I hate it here!"  We are ready to move.  I am getting more excited every day for a new adventure.  I am overwhelmed and exhausted. 
We are thankful for the time off we were able to have to go visit the states and relax.  I guess it was a shock to get back to everything that we experience on a daily basis.  I think a lot of it I become numb to, and then to leave island and see it a different way, that is when I notice it more.  

We are both back in the groove of things, working and doing all the adult like stuff we do.  Dozer is so happy to be home, he has been the perfect dog.  Even though where we live is frustrating, I feel very blessed to have such a great husband and puppy to come home to.  There is a lot to be thankful for.  I just need to keep that in mind until we make our move.  And be thankful for these great trips that give us a little break and a lot of fun.  
Here are all the fun pictures we took while on VACA! Enjoy!

Excited to have landed in the states!

Driving in the car! Excited to go get Matt and Jan

First Dose of Mexican Food

Just a few of the supplies we were stocking up on.

Jake and Matt talking to a monkey

Souvenir cups!

Alligator Farm fun

Tough guy sleeves (Matt trying to avoid a tan line)

Wrestling Alligators

Takin the boat out for a spin!

Jake and Matt spotting dolphins.

Dozer driving the boat

Jan and I enjoying the ride!

Matt riding a noodle shark. 

Floating on our noodle animals.

Saying "see you later" to Matt and Jan.  We were sad to see them head home!

2nd dose of Mexican food.
I just thought this car was funny.  Oh Florida… you never disappoint!

My feelings about all the dental work… not fun!

Some treasures we found while going through our boxes.

A picture Jake drew as a kid… Giant mosquito attacking.  We found this while going through old boxes. 

Jake's first haircut… by ME!

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