A week of “vacation” in Florida where we haven’t been rushing from place to place to spend not-quite-enough time with friends and family gone unseen over the past year. Oh sure, maybe you’d call that a bad thing, on the face of it… but I do hate to spend a “respite” from the sawmill all hurried and harried.
Not that I don’t enjoy seeing family, not that we haven’t, actually we’ve managed to spend time with most of the usual suspects just somehow in a less rushed, frantic way. I guess what I mean is, the majority of my time off has been spent in this comfortable living room with my brothers and sisters-in-law, our children and their grandparents. As compared to my ideal Thanksgiving, this doesn’t miss the mark by much, if any at that.
I’ve read hundreds of pages, played Yahtzee and Mexican Train (both family favorites and somewhat of a tradition on our trips home), danced around the living room to Motown with Keaton and her nephew Hobson, watched football and had beer with the men, and spent very little time online. Keaton occupies her time primping in front of Ami’s (her nickname for Sharaun’s mom) dressing mirror, where drawers filled with jewelry and hair-baubles offer her hours of dress-up fun. Each time she comes out to the living room to “reveal” her new look, and names herself modeled after a different Disney princess. Her black eyes seem to be getting a little better, too, but she’s taken to calling the marks her “eyeshadow” and, I think, she’s actually starting to like them.
Even with the lazy slow-paced week, time seems to have passed much too fast and we’re faced with leaving after just another two nights in town. Upon learning this, Keaton said, “But I don’t want to leave yet, dad. Let’s leave in four days instead. I love Ami too much; she makes me good food. And I like playing with Hobson. And my new bed; and getting to sleep in the same room as you and mommy.”
Owell, four days would be nice… but I don’t think the airline would honor our tickets, babe.
Until later then. Have a good weekend and we’ll see you back in chilly California before too long.