Out With The Old…

In With The New…


Hope y’all had an enjoyable holiday! Craig and I enjoyed celebrating Christmas with our four families although we can honestly say we do not want to attempt it again next year. Have you ever seen Four Christmases? Basically the couple that normally vacations on Christmas is stuck spending time with all four parents (seeing as both parents are divorced). They have to tackle this in four parts of one day but with us we had to tackle it in four parts over a seven day span. Not quite as bad except for the fact that my father’s family lives five hours south west of here and Craig’s father’s family lives two and a half hours north of here. I’d almost rather have traveled to all in one day if they were within an hour of here. Almost.

We left Friday after work and headed down to stay with my grandparents on my father’s side. We made it down there around 9 pm seeing as we were both able to get off work a bit early that day. The traffic was horrendous because I’m an idiot and decided to travel along I-4. We spent all day on Saturday hanging at the house looking at wedding photos and talking about our plans for the new year. It was the highlight of the extend travel and I do wish we had more time with them. I don’t know exactly how much longer they will be here on earth and we both desire spending as much time as we can while we can. My father and his wife joined us that evening for Christmas dinner and then the following day, Sunday, we all joined once again for breakfast before Craig and I hit the road.

Our next stop was about an hour south of here at my mother’s. We spent the afternoon chatting before Craig and I headed to SW Grill in Daytona for Christmas dinner shared with my mother and step-father and my sister, Lauren, and her husband. We had a lovely Christmas dinner with them and spent time driving around Ormond Beach looking at Christmas lights before heading to their house for the night. We woke up Christmas Eve morning and headed back to our home just in time for a load of laundry, Christmas Eve service at Beach, and a quick dinner at a local sushi house. It was one of the best decisions we made this holiday. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to wake up Christmas morning with my love in our very own home as a newly married couple.

Christmas morning after a quick breakfast and sharing of our gifts we headed out once again for the journey northward. Craig’s father and brother and his family live in Savannah so we spent the day there with them and enjoyed watching his niece and nephew open the gifts we purchased. Craig’s brother and his wife fixed a nice spread and we brought along Craig’s mom to enjoy the family time together. Late that afternoon we, along with his mom, traveled south a bit to her house to spend the night and enjoy some quality time before heading back south.

I tell ya… on the way home, driving in the pouring rain for two hours, Craig said, “next year we’re going on vacation,” and I could not have agreed more. Don’t get me wrong. It was wonderful to spend time with family and we’re blessed to have them all in our lives. However, it is draining to be driving all over God’s green earth to fit it all into a matter of days. Craig and I spent a lovely New Years Eve at home together where he made delicious porterhouse steaks, scalloped potatoes au gratin, and roasted asparagus. We stayed up to watch the ball drop (barely) and hit the hay shortly thereafter. It was wonderful to spend some quality time just the two of us and not have to worry about driving anywhere. Best New Years Ever!

Craig mentioned to me that he believes it’s important to learn something new every year. I hadn’t really thought about the importance of dedicating time to this pursuit with intention as I always try and learn something new as often as possible but I must say I love the idea of focusing attention on one important goal for the year that is not just breaking bad habits but building new ones. This year we’ve decided to really become fluent in a new language. We both studied Spanish in high school but other than ordering a beer, “Quiero comprar una cerveza fria, por favor,” we really can’t get along well in the language. After much research we’ve decided to pursue the Fluenz study for 2013 with the goal of taking a trip that allows us to fully engage our new found skills.

For those of you that are not familiar with the language learning system, do not worry, for I intend to cover our progress extensively on this site. Along with our financial progress as we attempt to purchase a home together, I will take you along on our journey through the development of a potential mastery of travel Spanish. Craig and I both understand that we won’t ever become entirely fluent unless we are able to truly utilize the language in our daily lives but we both hope that it will help us in our careers and to expand our brain power. We would ultimately like to pursue language learning every other year or so and add to our abilities. We both enjoy travel and hope to get the most out of our experiences. Please follow along.

I hope that y’all had a wonderful celebration this holiday and that you have great plans for the new year! I’d love to hear your stories if you care to share. In addition, I’d love to hear all about your plans for the new year. Do you make resolutions? Is your number one goal to lose weight? Evidently that tops the list for a majority of folks and admittedly Craig is planning on trimming down a bit and I plan on toning a bit so we’re jumping on the bandwagon, so to speak. Today we enjoyed some Hoppin John and tomorrow we’re back to work. Another year ends and a new one begins and I’m looking forward to all the adventure to come.

Here’s to a fabulous 2013!