As you might know, my (Alan’s) dad has not been in the best health the past few months. He suffered a near fatal heart attack on Christmas Day and another heart event in March. He is home, uses a wheel chair and hospital bed and I guess you could say he’s just hanging in there. He’s been relatively stable the past few weeks. It’s required a lot of changes at home and Mom has to deal with a lot of new responsibilities and has to have extra help. They can’t afford nursing care and so they pay friends and relatives a little to come and help with lifting and such as needed.
While I saw them last October, Bethie and the boys haven’t seen them since our last time through Florida in late August 2009. After much thought and prayer, I decided we should all visit them as a family again. We plan to do this at Thanksgiving this year, but given how the past few months have gone, there is a feeling of urgency to see my folks sooner than late November.
So, we’ve planned out a short trip from May 12 to 20 and we’ll fly from Mexico City to Orlando, rent a car, and stay mostly in area hotels since we really don’t have many options for accommodations. We’ll manage to get some beach time around our family visits. Dad can’t handle a lot of guests for too many hours on any given day. We’ll space out shorter visits throughout our week.
It will be a special time for us and we trust an opportunity to make a few lasting memories, especially for the boys. They haven’t seen their FL grandparents very many times. We’ll also see my two sisters and their families and so we’ll have added family value to the trip. Given the boys are growing like weeds and Cameron is finding that men’s size 10 shoes are starting to get tight (he’s only 12!), we desperately need to get some clothing shopping done. Stay away from the Kohl’s clearance racks if you’re in central FL…you might get run over by some frantic shoppers who speak Spanglish in public places. Ha-ha…I suppose that could be just about anyone, anywhere these days, but we’ll join them for sure!
We’ll appreciate your prayers for our travels. The boys have never flown before. They’re a little nervous about it. I’m not a huge fan of flying either but I’ll try to tell them how fun it is…if I can come up with anything. 🙂