There’s sure to be something for everyone
It’s official. The respite is over and we are back to full on madness here in the McKay household. We got home yesterday afternoon just in time to get ready to go to our high school’s last season game. I have no idea where Thursday night games came from. It feels like a Friday Night Lights sacrilege to me but whatev. I’m just SO pumped that our guys are region champs! I’m going to write about their Cinderella story on a different post.
I know you can’t wait to hear me expound upon my vast football knowledge.
So back to our rush to get home for the game. Luke started reminding Tuesday that we HAD to be back home by 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. I don’t know where he ever got the idea that I might make him miss a deadline. I basically ignored all his smack until he began suggesting Wednesday night that I wouldn’t have time to shower the next morning. That may have been when I told him what he could do with that lit firecracker in his pocket. Geesh. Am I the only woman whose husband acts like they are in a road race as soon as they slip behind the wheel? Just so you know, I showered, packed, cleaned our room AND we still pulled out of the parking lot at 7:28 a.m.
And speaking of road trips, y’all, there are some freaks on our nation’s highways. We stopped at a Florida rest area at 9 p.m. at night. It wasn’t my choice but there was some urgency involved if you get my drift. We felt pretty safe since the sign advertised 24 hour security.
The security turned out to be a rent-a-guard who was fast asleep in his vehicle. Safe indeed.
It’s with hesitation that I ever say that Luke and I are the most normal people in a crowd but I’m confident that the pastor and his wife who just needed to potty and get back on the road status won out on this occasion. How do I know? There were two other cars there besides Sleepy Man. One belonged to a couple who were speed-walking laps around the parking lot. Without a dog. At 9 p.m. In the dark. The entire idea of it was such an oxymoron. Rest, people. You are supposed to rest.
I pause to even tell you about the other guy but let’s just say he was loitering, texting, and perhaps waiting on a victim date. That’s all I can bear to think about that. Had I been alone and saw this dude, even having the protection of the fine security guard wouldn’t have convinced me to stop for fear of ending up on 20/20.
Am I delivering on my random or what?
There is a point to all of this. Florida with Chuck and Deb was fabulous as always. We always laugh like a bunch of school girls over nothing that you would appreciate at all. Those are the best kinds of friends, yes? These two are definitely our safe place. As a ministry family, there’s nothing more important than having bff’s with whom you can totally decompress. Mission accomplished. Until next year that is..
Here are a few of our week’s highlights in list format:
1. Liza’s Cafe Portobello Sandwich. Y’all. If you ever find yourself in Panama City Beach, you MUST get to Liza’s on Thomas Drive. Of all the fresh seafood we ate, my Portobello Sandwich was the most memorable meal I had. We had lunch here twice in 4 days if that is a hint at all to the yumminess.
2. Kilwin’s Lemon Sorbetto.
Kilwin’s is one of those delightful shops that serves everything from fudge to caramel apples to chocolate dipped rice krispy treats. I don’t know what they do to their ice cream, but this lemon sorbetto was heavenly. The perfect blend of tart with the sweetness of a sugar cone. I also had 2 of these in 4 days. What can I say? When I find something I like I tend to overdose.
3. Silver Jeans I’ve been looking for a great pair of jeans but unfortunately my children need electricity and groceries. Spoiled brats. I’d never heard of Silver Jeans before I saw them in a boutique store last week at the mall. I found the exact pair I’d turned down because they were $90 on sale for $35 in a Pier Park shop! What? This was one of those deals where they were too cheap not to buy. Luke has yet to understand or embrace this rationale.
4. Pier Park– I absolutely adore this development. Great shops, restaurants, theaters, and even a Target for Pete’s sake. When we vacationed in PCB before we always felt we had to drive to Destin for decent shopping. No more! Well done, whoever. Well done.
The Lord showed off on our last night there and set the sky on fire. Isn’t He amazing?
And that concludes the Big People Vacation Recap of 2009.
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Sounds like you’re lucky there weren’t any guys with permanent marker on their faces at the Florida rest stop!
BTW, I put up a new post when I got home from the doctor. Much happier than I anticipated.
Glad you got some r and r….I always enjoy your randomness : )
Rest areas? Scare the mess out of me too.
To me, each one has it’s own serial killer and/or pedofile just around the corner of the ladies cinderblock bathroom entrance. Or possibly in the stall waiting on you.
Because I HAVE seen too many 20/20’s and 48 hours, and maybe even read one too many Readers Digest’s ‘Drama In Real Life’.
And it is what it is inside my brain because of it.
Remember when they caught that DC sniper and his protoge’ in that rest area parking lot a few years back?
I rest my case.
(Glad you all survived!!!)
Your blog looks beautiful!
And wow, that is a great deal on jeans, some delicious looking sorbetto and a gorgeous sunset. Glad you had such a fun trip! I think you covered everything– friend time, hubs time, food and shopping. Mission accomplished!
Lisa, on my way to work this morning I thanked our Lord for you and Luke. You two are our safe place too, I hope and pray you know that. We always enjoy our Octobers with you all and are so sad when it is time to get back home! My heart is so full right now just thinking about how thankful I am to have you and Luke as our best friends and siblings in Christ. We love you and your precious family more than I can even describe.
This is the first time I have commented on a chick’s website – ha ha. Just wanted to say we miss y’all and I am sitting here with a big grin on my face remembering our time at Hollister. Luke is just too cute! Till next October…
God bless y’all. Love y’all!
Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife Reply:
November 2nd, 2009 at 9:23 pm
Chuck, you freak!! I’m laughing my butt off…and that’s a whole lot of laughing!!!!
Keep your hands off my man!!! lolol