Disemarkation. Quite a long word for such a simple concept. Time to get back to reality. I was off the ship by 8:45 a.m., since I needed to be at the airport by 10:15 a.m. for my early afternoon flight. I, knock on wood, had no travel issues and arrived back home to Pensacola on time, just before 5 p.m. Aside from the postcard I had mailed from Hell in Grand Cayman, I brought some goodies home to my men. Bringing fun stuff home to a 6- and 2-year-old is tough and I couldn't really find anything in my travels that they would actually be able to use and have fun with. So, in the Ft, Lauderdale airport, I found just what each would enjoy: An Optimus Prime watch for Will and a pair of SpongeBob sunglasses for Xan. They were a hit!
An added bonus at the airport: We briefly saw baseball star Manny Ramirez in the baggage area. No time to take photos though, although a couple of college girls managed to entice him into posing with them for cell phone photos before he headed out to the passenger pick up area. My husband, Rodney was surprised by how small he was in person...
... and speaking of my DH, I brought him back a couple of things. First, was a turtle farm wooden pen with his name on it. Now, this may not seem like much, but when you consider that he LOVES black ink pens and I RARELY am able to find a personalized item with his name on it (the keychain and ornament racks always go from Robin to Roger!) this was quite the find! And then I gave him one of my portraits for his desk at his new job (he's a Marine and air traffic control instructor - he's teaching 19-year-olds how to control aircraft - yikes! LOL.) I had gotten a free 8 x 10 Carnival frame, but it really wasn't tough and manly enough for a Marine's desk, so I grabbed my Crackle Paint and Grungeboard and toughened it up a bit. He says it's now on the corner of his desk. Probably the one behind his computer where no one can see it, ha!
I also forgot to mention the charm swap. It still amazes me how everyone's is so different from anyone elses. Here they are, all together:
Now I am leaving today for California. The Craft and Hobby Association show is in Anaheim this week. Fortunately, my parents live just 20 minutes south of the convention center, so I will be stay with them, visit with family, attend CHA, teach some classes at local stores (check out my calendar to see when and where) and exhibit and teach at the Costa Mesa Scrapbook Expo Feb. 13-15. If you are attending any of these events, I look forward to seeing you!