Confession…I’m in love with these two people that we spent this weekend with. You already knew that? Oh, ok, my bad. You’re right, I probably talk a little too much about my sister and brother-in-law. If you’re tired of hearing about them, then you may want to skip this post all together. But seriously, don’t. That would hurt my feelings.
Cecilia and Matt are what I like to call “neat” people. If you’ve had the opportunity to meet “neat” people in your life then you know what I’m talking about. Being neat is better than being cool or being fun. Because being “neat” means your cool and fun along with so many other things.
Whenever we planned a visit to see Cecilia and Matt, it was immediately considered a vacation because they made it a vacation. Every visit was a magical getaway where you were showered with the best food, great drinks, and fun activities that made you feel like you were at a 5 star resort mixing it up with the most elite. By far some of my greatest memories are trips we made to Athens to see them when Brittain was little, and then to their condo on the beach in Jacksonville, then to their house in Jacksonville. Pictures and memories are forever imbedded in my mind.
I’ve been keeping this under wraps for a while, and it’s been just about to kill me because when I get news like this I want to be able to share it. So, here is the big announcement, making it “Brittain’s blog official” (which means it’s really official now), Cecilia and Matt are moving to New York. I know, I know, you’ve already seen it on Facebook, but still, I had to also make it “Brittain’s blog official” or it just wasn’t going to happen.
Admittedly, I’m sad about this. I hate that I’m sad because this is a GREAT thing and a HAPPY thing and a reward for 2 people that are hard workers and deserve to be compensated for their hard work. But New York? That’s really far. As Brittain said when I was finally forced to break the news to her, “That’s even further than Jacksonville.” I really wanted to say that wasn’t true, but it IS true!
I’ve known about this for a while now, so I’ve had some time to try to come to terms with it. I’m looking at the bright, fun side thinking about the visits we can make to New York. Brittain’s never flown, so when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to console her after I broke the news to her, she perked right up when I told her that we’d get to ride in an AIRPLANE. (I gave her my excited face and then hid in my closet later to have a brief panic attack thinking about flying…which I don’t like to do…yet having to be brave FOR MY CHILD.)
I’m working on actually being excited about this new adventure for Matt and Cecilia. Because that’s what this is, it’s a new adventure for them and “neat” people deserve new adventures. That’s just what neat people do.
At the point where we pretty much knew the move was happening, we quickly put our heads together to plan one last trip to Jacksonville. Because of Dan’s work schedule, it had been a while since he had actually made a trip down there with us. And, because of Matt’s schedule, it had been a while since we had even seen him. So, this trip was a long time coming. As usual, we couldn’t have asked for something that was more fun or relaxing. Among their many “neat” qualities, they’re fabulous hosts. We never had to lift a finger because they had it all covered.
Not even Tropical Storm Beryl could keep us from making the most of our trip (although I secretly hoped it would keep us there a few extra nights).