Monday, November 3, 2014

Disney Trip: First Stop, Jacksonville

Anna June did great on our trip. She is so good at air travel. She uses terms like "carry-on," "final destination," and "airplane mode" with aplomb.

We flew through Atlanta and got to Jacksonville on time. Besides our rental car ordeal, things were looking up.

Aunt Heidi called and asked, "Do you have my address?" I said yes, because I have it in my phone. We used our Google maps app and stopped to eat lunch at a little Italian place in her neighborhood. Then, we drove straight to the wrong house! The address I had was of the house she had rented while house hunting. We realized it before we knocked on the door - the person was home, no less! There was a Georgia Tech pumpkin on the porch, and a dog was barking. Knowing Heidi's dog died a while back, we hopped back in the car and called her on the phone.

Fortunately, we were only blocks away. I was just a little embarrassed.

She met us at the end of her street, guiding us in, and jogging to her house.

We had fun visiting. Ben went to take a nap and AJ watched The Neverending Story. The weather was gorgeous, so we sat outside talking and watching the Blue Angels rehearse for their upcoming air show. Eventually, AJ came outside and declared, "It ended!" She then worked on learning how to turn a cartwheel - Aunt Heidi gave good advice. She practiced over and over and over. It was nice to have a flat yard in which to try out this new feat - she just about has it.

Eventually, we woke up Ben and went to a local park to let AJ play and climb for a while. That girl is part monkey.

Then, we went back to the house and Heidi grilled fresh Atlantic salmon for us, along with oven-roasted asparagus (AJ's favorite) and carrots. She also made an arugula-watermelon salad, similar to this recipe, except on this occasion she used bleu cheese instead of feta. We all devoured it!

We then visited Sweet Frog frozen yogurt for dessert. We all had sundaes piled high and had fun sitting outside, although it was starting to get a little chilly.

After a quick bath, AJ went to sleep almost immediately on the sofa. We were exhausted, too, and went straight to bed, hoping to get up early for our drive to St. Augustine the next day.

The next morning we were treated to scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast, which is just about AJ's favorite breakfast. We got to spend some more time with my cousin Morgan and her boyfriend Travis, who was visiting from Georgia. Morgan is moving to Birmingham, so we're very excited - she'll be helping my grandmother and starting a new job, and we may even talk her into taking AJ out to the movies sometimes.

We definitely want to go back when the weather is warmer to try out the pool.

Our only regret is that we didn't get a single picture! We promise to do better at Thanksgiving!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great visit Is Heidia gourmet cook? That meal sounds to die for! Lucky you, having the Blue Angels inn view! I bet you wish you could have stayed much. longer! How great that Morgan is coming to stay with Hazel. More family in the area = morefu!!!!

Laura Gallitz said...

Yes, Heidi is a great cook!