My brother's best friend from high school bought a place down there. She and her husband have a beautiful three bedroom, 2 bath home with a screened-in, built-in swimming pool - not too shabby. They only go down there a few times a year. It's about 10 minutes from my mother. She likes to have family and friends stay there to give it some use which helps us out for my mother's place is cramped and getting a hotel can be costly.
So the low down of our southern getaway goes as such...
We flew into Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday, picked up the rental (a 2011 Nissan Altima...better than the Chevy Aveo we were going to get) and headed south. My Mom was so excited to see us. I hadn't seen her since last Thanksgiving. (Which reminded me that I need to get down more often.) My brother was still working. We talked for a bit and then headed out to a favorite haunt for a quick bite. My brother and his boyfriend later met us there. After dinner we headed back to where we were staying, caught up with each other some more and then went to bed early. (Nothing new, we always go to bed early...doesn't change even on vacation.)
Wednesday we spent a good part of the day by my mom's pool. Her pool is heated and even though it was 88 degrees out the water at the house pool was too chilly. It was nice to relax. My mom made a fabulous dinner for us all. We sat around and did family things.
|The Family at Halifax|
I should also mentioned before I got to pick up the tab my nephew, back here in Boston, phoned ahead and paid for it all. He recently won $50,000 on a scratch ticket and while I told him he should use it for his own good, he's been very generous.
After dinner we headed over to JC's, my brother's boyfriend's place. He was having his family over for dinner. We were then treated to more pie: I opted for ice water. That was all I could fit in. We got to meet all his relatives who were a hoot. Nice time.
Friday took us to the annual Turkey Run, a classic car show at the Daytona International Speedway. Here I got to see some of the old VW Beetles that I'd like to get. My brother and JC were eying Thunderbirds.
|Rick and a Bug|
|JC and Donnie with their T-Birds|
We then went back to Mom's and watched The New Daughter, a suspense thriller with Kevin Costner. My mother loves horror films and this one had enough fast-cuts and scary sequences to literally make us jump in our seats. I actually screamed out loud at one point which then scared everyone even more. It was all good fun. Though I was scared driving back, in the dark, to the place we were staying.
After all that we headed back late Saturday. With tearful goodbyes and plans to get together next year we drove off into the sunset.
|Sunset over Florida|