I have been very happy to have Andrew visit me. I can’t say that this was the most exciting adventure that we’ve had but it was really nice to have company and I’m pretty sure Andrew had a good time too.
The first morning we made pancakes and Andrew got to try out a cast iron pan for the first time. I don’t think he will be running to the store when he gets home to buy one. Afterwards we headed to the beach for the afternoon and attempted to find a starfish shell. We found many pieces and then found an entire shell; however, it had been run over by a vehicle and was crushed. It was very frustrating. That night we sat outside and had a small fire.
On Saturday we went to the North Carolina state fair and saw Jake Owen in concert. It was one of the best concerts I’ve been too, the fair…meh not so much. There was a ton of food and fair games but the exhibits were super lame. The livestock barns were pretty much closed off so that the only thing you could see where the animals that were competing. Literally every other fair I have been too you could walk through the barns – I was really disappointed.
Andrew is allergic to hay and dust so we didn’t spend much time at the barn, but Tia and Andrew did have a little bit of bonding time.
I can’t even remember what we did Sunday, other than a quick stop to see Tia, then grocery shopping and eventually going to get Michael’s hair cut. We did go to a friend’s house for a fire but Michael was tired so we didn’t stay long.
By Monday Andrew and I had pretty much run out of things to do so we headed into Jacksonville to do a little bit of shopping. We went out for lunch at Carolina Ale House which was delicious. The weather was perfect for sitting outside so we got sat at a high top at the outside bar. We had a discussion about why this area is so strange. Apparently even a short stay in Jacksonville makes people realize how nice New England is. Andrew had talked about moving somewhere new a few months ago but I think this visit may have changed his mind. Truthfully Jacksonville is just a town built around a Marine base, it isn’t a very good representation of North Carolina or the south.
We attempted to FaceTime with our family that is sailing and had just arrived in Mauritius, but the connection was horrible. I think all that we got out of the conversation was that they were eating a late dinner and that it was 10pm there.
Michael had left Monday morning for a field exercise and wasn’t going to be back until Wednesday so Andrew and I made a smaller meal for dinner and watched some Monday night sitcoms. I know - riveting stuff right?!!?!
I was really happy that he came down to visit. We don’t get to spend as much time together as we did when we were kids, so it was nice to have some quality face time. We won’t get that again until Christmas – and let me tell you – the holidays don’t really allow for anything other than mass family craziness. So that’s basically what a vacation is like when you visit me in NC!