A week from today I am getting on a plane for the first time since 2012 and flying to Atlanta, and then onto Detroit with Jake. I try to always make everything in life an adventure, and I assure you this will be an adventure for the both of us.
I get to meet his family, and while I am excited – I am nervous as hell. I have a hundred reasons running through my head as to why they won’t like me. They run from stupid – “I have a funny accent” – to a little more serious “I’m not catholic”. Jake has assured me that they will love me, and already do because they see how happy he is. Knowing this still does not make me any less nervous (sorry babe!). He shipped his golf clubs up there yesterday, and that just makes it more real for me. I told him that this morning that “the trip just became real”, instead of something we have talked about for 3 months.
I will miss my kids while I’m gone, but this is the 1st time since 2012 I have gone on a trip without them. The last time I flew to Richmond to go to my best friends wedding. Sure they go on little trips with their dad, and spend a week or so at “camp grandma” every summer – but that is not mom leaving them and flying to another state. This is different. I think it will be good for Jake and I to get out of Columbia for a few days, reconnect with each other, and see everyone at the same time.
Also, I am completely freaked out over what clothing to pack. I joke enough that Michigan is the frozen tundra, or “the artic”, because lets be real – I am from the south, where anything below 60 is cold to me. Nighttime temps up there in Michigan are in the mid to upper 50’s. I hate socks – but tennis shoes are a must (especially since I messed up my ankle). – so I have to pack socks. I have 1 pair shorts, 3 skirts, 5 tops, jeans & a hoodie (because it’s Michigan), flip flops, bathing suit, lounge pants & tshirt (my jammies) and at least 1 dress (which may/may not make the cut). I have paired down the shoes to 3 pairs (2 pairs flats, 1 pair tennies). In a carry on y’all, in a carry on. Jake says we can check a bag, but I am going to try to roll it all to fit it into a carry on.
So, as you read this – we will be high up over one of the “fly over states” hopefully. Please pray for beautiful weather, a safe journey and patience.