Aaaand We’re Off!! 

I typed this in on my phone while riding in a van/mini bus kinda thing with 10 other people, so please forgive me if this isn’t the most thought out or well written blog post ever. But seeing as we’re going to be in this van for awhile I figured I might as well do some blogging. 😉 Also, this is probably going to be a super long post, but I’ve got time to kill and a lot to talk about, so just hang in there with me, if you can. 🙂

So today has basically been a whirlwind of pre-vacation excitement, anxiety, and general rushing around trying to get everything in order so that this crazy long (14-16 hour to be exact) road trip goes as smoothly as possible. But we’ll get to all of that in a minute. Because all of the pre-vacation excitement actually started yesterday. At least for Luke and I, that is.

So my day yesterday began with thunderstorms. More specifically, it began with me waking up at 6 am and then sitting around for 2 hours waiting out a thunderstorm so I could get one last pre-road trip run done. That didn’t end up going as planned though (does it ever though 😉 ).

The weather was a little bit better whenever I hit the road, although it was still raining pretty hard and there was the occasional flash of lighting. But as I ran the wind started to pick up, it started raining even harder, and the lighting was getting much more frequent and a little more dangerous. I had planned to go for 6 miles, but by 4.22 miles I was back in front of my house, and I figured I had pressed my luck enough, so I decided to stop there. I mean, that was probably a good decision. Cutting my run short was definitely better than getting struck by lighting or hit by a falling tree limb or something. 🙂

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I literally could have not been any more wet after this run. I basically looked like I had jumped into a pool, fully clothed, shoes and all. Haha it was fun though. 🙂

After my swim…er, I mean run, I showered, ate, and got to work on all of the last minute things that I had needed to get done. I had basically checked out this week and got very little of the things that I had needed to get done until the very last minute. But in all fairness, it’s really hard to do anything when you know in just a few days you’re going to be on a beach hanging out with family haha.

First and foremost, I finished packing our suitcase. I swear that has been the most stressful part of this vacation so far! It’s just so hard because you can’t pack certain things like deodorant, or your tooth brush, because obviously you’re going to need those things before you leave. And then I spent a lot of time second guessing myself. Like, am I really going to need all of these shorts? Probably not, but then again, what if something happens and one pair gets super dirty and I don’t have an extra pair. Or am I really going to need these pants? I mean, we’re going to be in Florida, but you never know…After much debate, I finally got it done and I think we have everything that we’re going to need.

After that was taken care of I packed up my “carry on” bag for the drive down to Florida. Yeah, like 90% of what I packed is food, but I mean, what else was I supposed to bring on the car ride? And now I won’t have to worry about shady gas station food, so there’s that! 🙂

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Once I was 100% sure that Luke and I both had everything that we needed I started getting things in the house in order for my brother. He’s going to be staying here and taking care of our zoo while we’re gone. I’m so great full that I have people that I can rely on to take care of all of my critters while I’m away, but oh man I miss them already and I’m worried that they’re going to give my brother a hard time…I wrote him a list of everything that he needs to take care of and told him to text me if he has questions, but I’m still gonna worry. Haha jeez, you’d swear I was talking about leaving kids behind or something!

Anyway, when Luke got home from work he surprised me with a fancy new toy! I had been talking about how I wanted a Garmin Virb because they look so super neat, so he got me one just in time for our trip! So I spent a good majority of the evening messing around with that. 

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Alrighty then continuing on with last night’s shenanigans, my brother got to my house at around 11 pm (apparently he fell asleep in the middle of the day and didn’t end up leaving at noon like he wanted to. Haha but what else can you expect from an 18 year old, I guess. 😉 ). So once he got to my house I explained what he needed to do, showed him all of the food we bough him and the list I made him, and then Luke and I were off to bed. Waaay later than we should have been, but whatever.

Except it wasn’t exactly whatever, because hearing Luke’s alarm go off at 5:45 am was literally the worst thing ever…but we had things to do and places to be, so it couldn’t be helped, I suppose. 

Luckily we had everything pretty much taken care of and ready to go, so we were on the road to Illinois at about 6:30 am. When we were about 2 hours away we had to stop for food and coffee, because we were both dying haha. We were good after we had done food/caffeine in us though. 😄


Anyway, we made it to my grandma’s house a little after 11 am. Luke went to his dad’s house to hang out with him and his brothers who are not going to Florida with us (this is an event for his mom’s side of the family) and I stayed with my grandma. She, my Uncle Ken, and I all hung out for a while, we played with my uncles new 7 month old puppy, and then we got pizza for lunch. 😄


Then at around 3 pm, my Auntie (my grandma’s sister, so my great aunt) and my Uncle Pa (my great uncle) showed up at my grandma’s house. That was a really nice surprise! I haven’t seen them in a while so it was really nice to be able to talk with them for a little bit. 

 

So they left a little before 4, and Luke got back to my grandma’s at 4:30, and from there we headed to his grandma’s house to load up the van. So we did that (and oh man that was an ordeal), ate dinner, hung out for a while, and then were finally on the road by 8 pm. 


 

Anyway, it’s about 8:40 pm now and we’re all already bored, so this is definitely going to be a long trip….

I’ll try to keep you updated on all of our Florida adventures, but I promise nothing! 😉

~Ashley

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