Much like our little Groundhog friend I am poking up to see what’s going on. January was a busy and very fun month. My sister Firefly came to town on New Year’s Day and we crammed as much fun as we could into the two weeks that she was here. The following two weeks were spent (happily) recovering from the weeks before.
This was the first time she had been out here during Winter. In previous trips she always came at the beginning of summer, but she wanted to see our version of Winter. So instead of watching out for thunderstorms while in the pool or hiking through the green in Pisgah, we found the perfect combination of layers to keep her warm outside and not overheated indoors and visited as many places as we could that did not require wonderful weather. Thankfully almost every trip we went on had gorgeous weather.
Honey, being the wonderful man that he is, pretty much drove us across the entire state of North Carolina. The first weekend we went to Asheville for a day trip. The sky was blue and the air was freaking cold, but we had fun. The stores and restaurants were very crowded while the streets looked almost bare (everyone was inside) with of course the exception of French Broad Chocolate that had a line thirty deep outside.
We promised Firefly as much chocolate as she wanted at another location if we didn’t have to stand in that line. Perhaps next time French Broad.
During the week we went to coffee shops and book stores and of course a trip here is not complete without a trip to the Goat Farm, where Firefly got to hold a baby goat.
The next weekend we headed to the coast. Kudra and Porter were sweet enough to let the three of us stay with them for the weekend. We just lucked out an Honey got to attend the local Beer Club meeting with Porter, while Kudra, Firefly, and I had a Girl’s Night with the female members of Kudra’s family down at the beach.
Kudra, Firefly, and I somehow pulled out a win on Heads Up, after trailing behind for most of the game against Kudra’s Mom, Aunt, and Cousin. There were a lot laughs and a lot of dancing, and even a few worm dances. Some truths came out when Kudra’s cousin insisted that her Mom would not be familiar with the movie 9 1/2 Weeks and made her Mom skip the question, when it turned out the adults had all seen it together when it came out. Haha.
And while they all seem to want to rock into the early hours of the morning, I was all ready to crawl into a ball by two am. Firefly and I made the plan to watch the sunrise over the ocean, since we were a few blocks away from the Atlantic. Thankfully this time of year the sunrise was past 7, but it took us a lot of willpower to get our butts out of bed. As luck would have it, it was a very cloudy morning and we didn’t really see the sunrise, but it was really cool just to be there with my sis and share that moment. There is a picture of us there, but it will not be seen by anyone besides us because it is completely obvious on both of our faces how much sleep we got. She as able to get a few extra winks when we got back to the house, while I stood outside on the balcony and breathed in some sea air. Firefly really liked it there, it had two things she loves in location it’s in North Carolina and it’s coastal.
We spent another two days there and were fabulously hosted around the city. As it usually goes on the visits out there, the time went by too fast and we justified pushing our departure time as far back as we could.
And of course when we got back I realized how quickly her trip time was disappearing. As she gets older the conversations get more simple, but more complex. The days of her thinking I am on the “gown-ups” team, is less of the hindrance when we talk to each other now.
Firefly’s only disappoint in the trip was that she didn’t get to see it snow. Which is a rarity here anyway, but of course the weekend after she left we got a few flurries in the morning and then full on snow a week later. Maybe she’ll see it next year if she choses to spend her Winter Vacation with us. If she does I am promising now that I will wait in line at French Broad Chocolate, even if it means I have to wear a parka to do it.