Summer

Summer was a bit of a whirlwind this year. Paige stayed in Tallahassee, working as a nanny for a local family and taking a class…coming home for beach weekends whenever possible. She also babysat for her cousins and a few other local families and managed to save quite a bit of money for the next semester.

Clay was working two part time jobs, sending out resum├ęs and applying for jobs on handshake and LinkedIn daily, contacting recruiters…and hoping something would turn up. Let’s just say that the environmental field is not what it was a couple of years ago.

Tim and I traveled to North Carolina to visit my mom at the beginning of the summer and to Washington D.C. at the end of the summer.

Ahh….

So often when we go on vacation, we return feeling more frazzled and stressed than when we left – with airport delays and “non-rev” travel, it can be even worse for airline families. This vacation wasn’t like that at all. Our cabin in North Carolina was perfect. It was furnished beautifully and had everything we could possibly need. It was even decorated for Christmas. 

    
We loved getting out and driving around and exploring Highlands and Asheville and Brevard, but we also loved coming home to “our” cabin and relaxing. The view was ever changing. Some days we had long range views of the mountains and others we were enveloped in clouds. We spent a lot of time of the deck outside, enjoying the outside fireplace and watching the changing views…the peek-a-boo views of mountains, the glimpses of waterfalls, the clouds that would rise up the mountain until we were ensconced in a thick layer of fog, the deer scampering through the trees….It rained a lot while we were there, but even that was kind of fun – listening to the sound of the rain while sitting in front of a fire sipping hot chocolate with your family is actually pretty awesome. 

   

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

   
    
    
 
Christmas morning the clouds cleared out out long enough for a glorious sunrise. Clay was happy because we had ham, and we had a very relaxing family day.  We ate, and opened gifts, and read, and talked, and watched the clouds, and sipped hot chocolate. Paige colored. Clay played with his new drone. We listened to Christmas carols. 

Some people might think it was kind of boring. 

We thought it was perfect. 

   
  

  
  
    
    
    
 
And…did you notice that I’m not in any of the photos? Someone decided to do something about that…

 
 
  
There I am! 

Family time

We are in North Carolina for Christmas this year. We rented a lovely cabin a few minutes away from my mom and we’ve been thoroughly enjoying the gorgeous mountain views, the fireplaces, and the cooler temperatures. Even though it’s still quite warm for this time of year, or so everyone keeps telling us, it’s cool enough for sweaters and jackets and it feels quite nice to us Florida people! The forecast is for rain all week long – but even that forecast can’t get us down, as our cabin is enveloped by clouds every morning and feels so peaceful and tranquil. 

   
    
    
    
  
    

  
  
We’ve explored Highlands and Asheville and had a wonderful visit with Tim’s nephew and his family, whom we haven’t seen for several years. 

   
 
   
 
 
 
   
    
 
We even found time to sneak away for a few hours to see the new Star Wars movie. (4 thumbs up from the VK’s, by the way!) 

We’re completely enjoying our mountain getaway – the fresh air, the quiet serenity, the family time… It’s perfect.