After days of preparation we stood there in our driveway in front of the camper and stared at each other. “Is that It?”, I asked grammi. “Are we ready to go?” “I think so”, she replied. We pulled away wondering what we may have forgotten. We weren’t too far down the road before we started thinking of things we should of done. Isn’t that the way it always is though? At least that’s the way it is for us. No matter how much preparation and planning we do there is always something. Years ago when our children were very young I remember forgetting to load the suitcases for a trip. We were half way across the state of Florida before we realized it and had to turn around. No turning around this time. We’ll just have to work it out.
Our first destination is a moochdocking spot at our daughter Amber’s house. We’ve made this drive many times. The sights along the way are familiar. There was an eerie quiet as grammi and I didn’t have much to say. I suppose we were both thinking about what lies ahead for the next few months. We’re going to be nomads roaming around the country with our home in tow. The uncertainty filling us with both trepidation and giddy anticipation.
We carefully backed into the carport behind our daughter and son-in-laws’s house for a three night stay. We had about three inches of clearance from the A/C to the ceiling. Perfect…it was almost like it was meant just for us. The carport provided shade to help keep the heat from the Florida sun off the trailer. We filled the fresh water tank and hooked up to a 20 amp outlet. I joked with the kids that the site was so nice we might stay a while. Of course we‘d have to dig a fire pit in the yard.
Eliza’s first birthday celebration was a huge success this weekend. Friends and family gathered for an afternoon of good food, birthday cake and boisterous laughter. Joy and an abundance of love filled the air. Eliza was the star. She danced and wiggled, gave hugs and kisses and entertained everyone. Grammi and I gave her the toy box we made in the workshop. I think it was a big hit with her as she climbed inside of it and dance around. It was an exciting but exhausting day for her. After all the guest went home she crashed early and was asleep by six o’clock.
The next day we drove to the Villages in central Florida to meet with our daughter Kacie and her fiancee. We were meeting with the caterer for their up coming wedding. They are trying to decided on the menu and a few other options. If you have ever planned a wedding you know it can be a daunting undertaking. So far, I must say I am impressed with my daughter and feel confident she knows what she wants and has a good handle on things. After the meeting, Kacie, Derrick, granny (aka my mother), Shanna (yes, another daughter), grammi and I all meet for lunch. It would be the last time that we’ll get together until we get back in September. As we stood in the parking lot of the restaurant saying good-bye, I have to say there wasn’t too many tears.
We spent the rest of the afternoon at Shanna’s where we tried out her new swimming pool. That evening we went back to Amber’s where we indulged in more hugs and kisses from the grandkids before turning in for the night. Tomorrow we pack up and head off to a campsite for four nights.