This Way or That Way?

This is where I'm at right now. Every year the factory that Chris works at shuts down for a least a week in July.  Usually the week around Independence Day.  Last year they shut down for two weeks.  This is a normal thing they do because Ford shuts down it's factory around this time as well and since they supply parts for Ford vehicles... well, you get the point.  It's not that bad of a situation.  The only thing I don't agree with is the forced usage of vacation time.  They force their employees to take at least 5 days of their hard earned vacation time during this shut down instead of allowing them to draw unemployment for those 5 days.  I suppose, in the long run, this is a good idea because if something bad (like an even worse economy) were to happen, these employees will have more unemployment to draw, but right now, I'm not liking the forced use. 

They finally got confirmation about the dates of shut down this year.  It's in 2 WEEKS! Chris will get off work on the 3rd and not go back until the 13th of July.  I miss my peeps.  Mi' familia.  My family.  Except for my Mom and a brother, all of my family lives in Florida.  We made plans of going to see them this summer.  The last time we visited them was in 2003.  That was 6 years ago!!  We've been talking about it for what feels like a very long time.  We've scrimped and saved, but guess what?  It's just not going to happen.  If we were to go, we'd have to just hang around their house because we'd not be able to afford to do much else.  The price of gas has again gone up.  It's 944 mi – about 15 hours from our door to theirs.  The fuel cost alone would kill us.  I had to break down and call my Dad yesterday to tell him the bad news.  He understands and not only does he say he understands, I know that he actually does.  I didn't get to grow up with my brothers and I want to take every opportunity I can to make up for that.  This just isn't an opportunity...  Dad is great though.  He told me he was disappointed, but that he's been there so he knows.  He said that he knew we had planned on making a brief stop by Cam's house in Georgia on our way home so why not just go visit her instead.  Visiting her would be half the distance and she's just like family to me.

After much deliberation, we're going to Georgia!!  I'm excited about going, but feeling a little guilty about it too.  It is about half the distance, 588 miles and only about 9 hours.  If we left at 7AM, we'd be there by 5 or 6 o'clock that evening.  Honestly, I can't wait!  I'm excited about seeing the LaBelle's!  I'm excited about going to Jekyll Island, St. Simon's Island, and Tybee Island.  I'm excited about going to Savannah, going to Bonaventure, seeing the sites.  Mostly, I'm excited to be giving my kids a vacation. 

However... I know that my Mom is going to be moving around this time.  I'm hoping we can get her moved BEFORE we take off for southern Georgia.  I don't want to leave her here without a way to move her belongings.  With that said, uh....Mom?  Do you think you could feed the animals while we are gone???


  1. of course I'll feed the critters and my move date as of right now is the week of the will probably be at Cam' I need to start looking for help elsewhere :( :'(

  2. YAY!!! WIPPEEEE!! I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it. I'ma 'bout to see the Bewleys and I think I like it!

    Sorry that it came at the cost of not seeing your dad...

  3. U still going to come see me on the 4th?!?! *DONT_KNOW* :'(
    If not, it's ok. I would completely ditch me to go to Georgia too!!! 8-)

  4. Yes, we are still planning on coming to your house on the 4th! I just need to know what to bring and when to bring it! :)

  5. Well, crap! Can't we move you in before that?!? Ahhh...more stress!!!