so it seemed about time that i headed out to virginia to see him.
remy stayed with my parents thursday - sunday, and then with travis's parents sunday until i got in that night.
here i am, all geared up to head to the dirty souff.
meanwhile, oma took remy to his two year old well-child. (i had scheduled the appointment six months earlier and by the time we scheduled my trip to see travis, there weren't any open spots until july. i was pretty bummed to miss his appointment though; it's like one of the only concrete mom validations you get.) anyway, bragging moment, remy blew the socks off of dr. blackburn. his language and writing skills are of a 3+ year old. aaand he went from the 4% in weight to 16%, which made my worrying heart happy. also, isn't my mama beautiful?
it was THE BEST travel day ever.
at the airport, i had enough time to get lunch and devour pinkberry frozen yogurt.
then when we were boarding, the plane that came in was different than the one they planned on and didn't have enough seats. because i was in a row that didn't exist, they upgraded my seat. tons of leg room, free drinks and actual good snacks. i made friends with the guy next to me, a yoga teacher with lots of stories, and the stories got funnier as he drank those mini jack daniels with his cola. he also shared a lot of thoughts about God, which i enjoyed hearing. seems like my circle of friends are either hard core LDS or atheist, which is fine, but it was nice to talk to someone who is more on the same page as i am.
so excellent seat for the long leg of the flight, then had a layover long enough to eat dinner and got a window seat next to the cutest nine year old. spitting image of big al jefferson and had intensely good dance moves. of course i joined the dance party. we were bffs by the end of the flight from atlanta to newport news, VA.
then, got to the car rental place and they were out of the smallest cheapest cars, which is my jam, so they hooked me up with an upgrade! i should have played the lottery that day, because people kept giving me free stuffs.
the only part of flying that freaks me out now is taking off and landing, and not because i'm afraid of crashing, but because i'm terrified of getting nauseous and throwing up. since HG, i'm way more prone to motion sickness. so i always sit up straight, take deep breaths on a four count. usually works great.
take as you will.
then we headed to yorktown for beach views and dinner.
i wanted to take travis out for a fancy seafood dinner for his birthday, so we found this cute spot right on the water.
the food did not disappoint.
so we said goodnight and i spent a glorious evening reading my books and eating m&ms from the hotel vending machine.
the next morning we headed back to the waffle place, and yes, had mooooar chocolate chip waffles and whip cream and maple syrup.
then we headed back to the hotel, showered and cleaned up, and headed out to virginia beach, about an hour drive from where we/i stayed.
this poor dog looked miserable in the rain.
when we got to virginia beach, it was raining so we headed to the aquarium.
one of our favorite parts of our honeymoon was the amazing aquarium in myrtle beach, so we have kind of a thing for them.
after lots of snacks and seeing these giant sea turtles that were bigger than me, we said, who cares to the rain and headed to see the beach.
travis insisted i buy the only umbrella we could find, a kid sized little thing.
after getting drenched, mostly the un-umbrellaed travis, we took refuge in a starbucks overlooking the water and played that "31 questions to fall in love" game. it was fun, but had a lot of questions about impending death, which was weird.
it was a nice way to spend the afternoon. no pictures, but then we drove back and found THE BEST barbecue place of all time. the locals eating there told us we found the greatest place in town, which is the best stamp of approval.
the next morning we, you guessed it, went back to the waffle house for, you guessed it, choc chip waffs. we went with a few of travis's friends and their ladies. i felt really old, because we were ten years older than the others.
virginia is really pretty.
travis gave me the tour of the base and where he lives and goes to school, which looked like a summer camp and smelled like bleach. i can't imagine how homesick he gets. i got all kinds of homesick in college, and it was a party 24/7. travis is on the night owl schedule, so he gets up for school at 11pm and goes to bed at 4pm. he's a trooper for sticking it out.
the day passed too quickly and we said goodbye.
but then we decided i need to come back out in a few weeks. (bought tickets today!)
it's just no good not seeing your lover for so long.
great trip seeing my best friend.
and it was pretty great coming home to see my other main man and giving him the souvenir we picked out at the aquarium. (he immediately planted kisses all over the baby turtle.)
i'm lucky to have these two boys.