home. sigh. home.

I love to travel. And I love coming home. And I’m not sure which I love more. We got home around 7pm tonight, Chipotle in hand. Two copies of Expecting were waiting for me under the mat, so that was cool. (Expecting the rest to arrive asap.) Nothing is put away, just got the girls to bed, feeling pretty good.

Me: (tucking Nina in bed, kissing her all over, clinging to her for dear life) This is your last night of being two. Tomorrow you’ll be three. I don’t want you to be three!
Nina: When I’m three, you can still wipe my bottom.

Whew. That’s a relief. She wore big-girl panties to bed tonight. She’s been dry at night ever since she got potty-trained a few weeks ago, and pull-ups are expensive, so we’ll give it a shot. Wasn’t it just yesterday I was saying she’d never be potty-trained? Sigh.

We drove from Homestead (south of Miami) to Columbia, SC yesterday and spent the night with my sis and her hubby. There was some crazy-nasty traffic, so we were on the road for about 14 hours. Plus, we stopped at New Smyrna Beach to wade in the surf and gather some shells. 🙂

We drove home from Columbia today. It’s a very nice, do-able drive. Nine-hour trips are really nothing to us these days. And we were thrilled to discover that it was in the 40’s in Ohio, not the 20’s. Gearing up mentally for the snow they say is coming.

We had the most amazing trip ever. EVER. God is so, so, so good. Praise Him for:
–a van that drove perfectly
–cheap gas
–$850+ in free zoo/theme park tickets (we paid $12 to park at Animal Kingdom. that’s it.)
–generous and wonderful family and friends
–perfect health
–safe travels
–gorgeous weather
–fabulous photos
–unforgettable memories
–mucho fodder for the Zoo Book
–so, so much more

It wasn’t all peaches and cream, but pretty stinkin’ close. Wow. I’ll probably post the pics from our trip a zoo at a time. We took thousands. 🙂

Jacksonville Zoo
Sea World
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Busch Gardens Africa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Miami Metrozoo

For now, here are some pics from Little Talbot Beach where we stopped last Saturday after our day at the Jacksonville Zoo.

Oh, and before I forget, I’m memorizing a verse/passage a week with the Scripture Sisters. Thankfully, I already knew the first verse they memorized while I was gone. Here it is from memory:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

Happy New Year, everyone!!

Girls at Little Talbot Beach

Little Talbot Beach

Chasing Gulls

There’s a really cute one of Gabe and Nina on his blog. He’s over there right now typing up something about the birthday girl. Have a great week, all!

16 thoughts on “home. sigh. home.

  1. gsowell

    My mom used to call me her “get-me-home” kid. As soon as a trip was over, I was so impatient to be back home. I’m still that way. Coming home is as great as going, for sure.

    I love the sea gull picture. I love Nina. Squeeze her for me. Josie is four this week. I can’t believe it. Shocking, really.

  2. M3mine

    Just think what you were doing three years ago today! (ahhhh…part of my birthday celebrations of my kids now all in their mid-20s is to think back to the day they were born. It stays fresh in your mind, let me tell you.) Happy Birthday to Nina! The pictures are outstanding! Welcome back to Ohio!

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