Saturday, February 20, 2016

Winter Break - arriving home in the States

It was GREAT to go home to the States for the winter holidays! We had a full 3 weeks off from school because of the way an Italian holiday fell right after the New Year. Yeah!

My parents have been enjoying a few months at The Villages in Florida, so we all met there for Christmas. My mom and her siblings have kept my grandparents' house, which I'm really thankful for.

I love this photo of ice crystals on the plane's window:

Grandma and Grandpa's house  : )

I woke up around 4:00am my first day (...noon by Milan time!). I made coffee in my grandma's personalized mug with the lovely pumpkin chai concentrate that my mom made for me.  : )
(Note: I'm wearing my grandma's robe, as my luggage didn't make it with me upon arrival... more on this with the last photo below...)

I love cuddle time with Roxanne!! Sadly, Roxie has since passed. She lived to an amazing 16 years old!! What a sweetheart.

Ahhhh, this view. What a breath of fresh air (literally).
This is the backyard. Ummmm -- yes, please!

Haha. Nice Dad.
Coffee trip by golf cart!

THIS is NOT my suitcase. (More below...)

I was able to get on an earlier flight from Newark to Orlando, which was GREAT! BUT... my suitcase ended up not making it with me. We were told that the suitcase could be delivered the next morning. Wonderful!

6am the next morning a bag was delivered. ...Not my bag. Ha! Oh sheesh.

The driver swung back around to collect this bag and try again. My bag did make it later. Thankfully!

Funny enough, I was in a jet lagged fog and my mom had woken up from the picture text message of the bag delivered outside the front door... we were both apparently quite confused. My mom said that my bag arrived and handed me this suitcase. I didn't really know what she meant since I knew that this was not my bag (the one I was waiting for). I thought maybe she meant it was an old bag of mine... I just put it aside.

Not even sure what I thought the bag was or what I was going to do with it. My mom was surprised that I wasn't more excited that my suitcase had arrived! Ha!

Later, once we both woke up more, I realized that she thought it was the bag I was waiting for... and that this random suitcase had actually been delivered to the house instead of mine. She had been confused about my lack of response but had gone back to bed for a bit.

All-in-all, we had a good laugh over that and my suitcase full of holiday presents showed up! All was good  : )

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