WARNING - THIS IS A LONG POST! Sorry!
We had tons of fun in Florida and I think I'm ready for the work week. Not wanting to go, but I think I have everything in order at least to go back to work.
Things we did:
Wednesday - we had no problems with our flight and neither did Justin. Everything went off without a hitch. No delays, no crazy inspections, and no hurricane. Believe it or not we were actually in the air at the time our flight was to depart...never had that happen before. And for anyone that cares, I would definitely recommend USA3000 airline for future flights. It was great. The flight was cheap and in all honesty I was expecting a crappy plane, etc. But it was real nice. The crew was polite, the plane well kept. And hey, we even got a large bag of trail mix, beverage, in flight movie (sitcoms), and headphones to listen to on board music for FREE! Can't complain about that. Justin said if he wanted a snack on his flight with Northwest it would be $3. Ha! The crew member even offered the entire bottle of water (one of the huge bottles) instead of just the small cup. He asked, "if I give this to you, will you drink it?" Of course I said yes, especially since we had already threw out 2 bottles at the airport due to restrictions. Another cool thing on the way down is that we flew over tropical storm Ernesto. All the sudden the captain came over the loudspeaker and said, "if you look out your window to the left you will see Ernesto's bands" And there they were. Pretty neat. So obviously that part of the day went great. We got the the airport and Justin and Uncle Jerry were there waiting for us. We stopped by Boston Market for a quick bite to eat and then head to my cousin Chris' house to see him, his wife, and their 2 kids. It's been so long since we've seen them and I had never met Sam and Ben before. It was great fun and their new house is super nice and their kids are just dolls. They sure are keepers! I love their dog's Gator and Gracie too...you know I couldn't go through all of this and not mention the dogs. After that we went to Jerry and Diana's house and hung out for the rest of the night. We got to meet their dogs...Sammie and Angel....they're very sweet too!
Thursday - We woke up and headed to Grandma and Grandpa's new place with Jerry and Diana. After arriving at their new BEAUTIFUL villa we had lunch together at their place and soon began hanging their artwork. Actually I wasn't much help since three people hanging one picture is already too many. So Diana and I helped supervise and told them if it was crooked or not. We even got to tour the other models available in their new complex. You talk about nice....shoot, I'd take any of them. Their community is going to be really nice once it's developed (they're in the first phase that was built). We had a nice dinner, Jerry and Diana left, and then we went to the mall to look for shoes for me. I found a pair I liked but they didn't have my size.....keep looking.....
Friday - Grandma started my morning out just right with a dippy egg (once over easy). It was great and perfect just as they always were. We (justin, grandma, mom, me) then headed to Grandma and Grandpa's old place to clean, organize, and transfer things from there to the new place. Surprisingly it was pretty much empty. Grandma and Grandpa did WAY too much before we got down there. We expected to do more than we did but at least we got to help get a few more things out of the way and organized. And we had perfect timing...as we were finishing up we set the accumulated trash out and the trashman drove up. Sweet! Then it was time for the pool. Isn't it the best feeling in the world to be able to walk directly into a pool without freezing? It was almost like bath water but not too hot...just perfect. We spent some time there and then headed back with our loot we had collected. We dropped everything off and then decided to head back to their place again to pick up 2 pieces of artwork that had been left and that obviously still needed to be hung at their new place. Along the way we stopped to look at a few more shoes stores....still no luck. After arriving back at the new place I took a nap while mom had her special dinner of liver. Mom woke me up a little while later and then we went to our special dinner at Sonic! You got to understand, we had a Sonic in New Orleans and I loved it...and we have commercials around here for them but the closest one is in Indiana...say what? For those who are unfamiliar with Sonic, it's styled like an old car hop. You pull in, push a button, order, then they roller skate out to you with food. And they got awesome ice cream too! So Justin and I treated grandma to her first meal at Sonic....she loved it even though she ate her entire burger and was STUFFED! We love you grandma and we're glad you enjoyed it. By the way, anyone that hears of a Sonic going in around here, let me know. The rest of the night was uneventful and we just chilled at their place talking and just spending time with them. It was nice and I will definitely cherish that time.
Saturday - We spent half the day at grandma and grandpa's then headed back to Jerry and Diana's. Before we left I got to have some of grandma's homemade vegetable soup...yummy! And then we got back on the road and stopped at a few more places for shoes. Still no luck....at this point I had given up hope. We got to their house just in time for the OSU game. While the game was on mom and I swam while J watched the game...hey, I could still see and hear it with the sliding door open....yes, that is the life. OSU won, sweet. Then we headed to Chris's again for the Gator game. We had dinner from an awesome restaurant called Iguana Mia If you're ever in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area of Florida, you gotta try this place. It was some of the best mexican food ever....and they have these great dinner "buffets" that you can order and take home. Needless to say we had tons of food left over (thanks uncle jerry). The girls (diana, mom, and I) decided to leave the guys while they watched the game. We stopped at a place called Outlooks which is part of the department store Bealls....and I found my shoes! I walked in, headed to the shoes, found a pair (I had tried them on while up and grandma's but they didn't have my size)...and I even found 2 shirts for me and pair of shorts for David. I had 15 minutes to look for and you know I still had 5 minutes left to spare. Can you tell I'm a power shoppper? After that we went back to their house, helped Uncle Jerry on the computer and spent most of the night in the pool, enjoying the weather.
Sunday - It was pretty uneventful. We woke up hung around the pool, ate some more chips and salsa (who needs breakfast when you have chips and salsa?) Then we headed to the airport. Justin dropped us off (our flight took off earlier than his), then he turned the car in....and both of our flights left on time with no problems.
So it was a great trip that you definitely didn't want to see end. Isn't it nice to get away and not have worries (at least too many of them anyway)? Thank you Jerry, Diana, Chris, and Courtney. And of course Grandma and Grandpa. It was the best feeling to see you and spend time with you. Thanks to mom and J for the fun times we had. I can't wait to do it again....maybe on a cruise someday...maybe with a few more people. Now I just got to brace myself for going back to work. At least I got my shoes and my Waterbed Willys shirt. That should help.....