We made it! We started this journey almost a month ago now with getting our house packed and loaded into a Mayflower freighter to be shipped across the country. It’s been quite a venture. We left San Diego at the end of April and headed to Las Vegas to spend some time with family before we headed out east. Matt had the pleasure (dreaded task really but hey, I’ve tagged along on the other four cross country jaunts) of driving my car (we shipped his), and that allowed the kiddo and I to fly out a little later.
Anyone with a toddler knows that a long car ride or plane ride is no small task. I was slightly terrified to take her on a four hour flight solo. Okay, really terrified. It ended up working out perfectly though with the help of some Frozen headphones and every cartoon known to man. I felt super accomplished after we landed when the gentleman seated across the aisle from us said to me, “She is the most well behaved child I’ve ever seen on a plane.” I thought to myself – don’t be fooled my friend, it’s the electronics.
Now that we are here, we are enjoying the finest accommodations the Navy has to offer. I mean real resort living… by resort living I mean two double bed and a kitchenette. It’s super fun for the kiddo to play musical beds for an hour or so each night, and cooking all of our meals from a hot plate has been a dream. Ha! For real though, I feel so positive about our current situation because we’re all together. It’s great having my family together in one place whether it’s in our home or in this little hotel room.
We are waiting a few more days before we get the base house we’ve been assigned. I can’t wait to get in there! It’s the cutest townhouse I’ve ever seen. It’s nearly double the size of our San Diego abode (it will be interesting to see how far our furniture goes) with a beautiful screened in porch, which I am quickly learning is a must here in Florida. You guys are going to love it!
Other excitement to speak of is the fact that I am back among the land of Cracker Barrel. We used to frequent Cracker Barrel when I was pregnant with P and living in San Antonio. Sweet tea is kind of my jam, and it’s not something you find on the regular in San Diego. I guess it’s sort of a trade off for the delicious tacos.
P is feeling right at home here already. My little nature bug is completely fascinated by the amount of creatures we see on a daily basis. I’m alarmed. Somehow, I pictured this place as a tropical oasis – it’s Florida after all and I’ve visited south Florida previously. I learned within the first few days of being here that Jacksonville is known as “Southern Georgia” as it’s landscape is less like the rest of the state of Florida and more like that of Georgia. Who knew! One of the first things I said to Matt when we arrived was, “it’s so green here!”
I just wanted to check in with you and let you know that we made it safely. We’re looking forward to getting settled. I’ll leave you with this picture of my baby and me from Mother’s Day. I have no idea how she got so big!
From the sunshine state…