Mom is headed to Florida next week for a nice visit with my Dean and Carol, and Aunt Jan and Dale -- all of whom live fairly close together on the Tampa side of Florida. Aunt Ethel is going with her and they'll be staying in a timeshare all week and, while she's there, Mom is going to be looking for a place to rent for a couple of months this winter. [Sidebar: Good for you, Mom! Get away from the cold and snow!]
The plan would be for her to go back after the holidays for 2-3 months. We were chatting about it this week and thought it would be great fun to make the journey down there a trip in itself. I'm going to go along for the drive and fly home. Logistics will be interesting because Jeff and I are leaving on a cruise the third weekend in January and I don't want to miss Stacy's book launch in early January, so I'm thinking about leaving around the 10th and having a really fun drive with some stops in Springfield, IL to visit the Abraham Lincoln home and burial site, and in Memphis to visit Graceland, and a dip down to New Orleans for some fabulous cajun food and visits to some fun places. Then, we'll cut across the panhandle and that beautiful Gulf Coast area all the way down the Gulf Coast of Florida to where ever the ultimate destination will be. Not sure how long it will take for the journey, but we'll see really fun things all along the way.
Then, I'll come home and go on a Caribbean cruise.
2012 is already shaping up to be a pretty fun year.