Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Hey, guys. Does anybody miss me when I'm not on? I haven't blogged in awhile. Sorry.....

I didn't get my Making a Happy Home Monday post up, nor did I connect to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday because my family and I were out of town one last time for the summer.

The trip was totally cool....not something that a majority of people get to do...well, not in the way we did, anyway.

My hubby is a pilot. You know that if you have read this blog for any length of time. He doesn't fly for a typical airline. He flies business jets....not for one particular person/business, but for the rich and famous who need to fly out to the Caribbean for the day or night or to North Hampton for lunch or what have you.

Whereas pilots for American get several one-way vouchers to share per year and get to fly immediate family for a nominal fee, my hubby's company allows its pilots to fly on their planes for free....wherever they may be going. AND, immediate family can join him....for free.

Some might think this isn't a very good trade off. I mean, you can't plan where you will just go. You might have to rent a car back (which we did). But, we flew on a PRIVATE JET! It had first-class accommodations. It sat 8. It sat 8 VERY, VERY comfortably. Comfortable as in 4 of the seats faced the other 4. The seats can swivel out into the aisles, turn 360 degrees, and lay back (all the way). That flight, if we just bought tickets for the entire family through a similar private charter company, would have roughly cost $28,000. Not joking....we just looked. We got it for free.



Some other benefits he gets are hotel points because he stays in hotels 10-16 nights per month. That works out nicely for us, as we haven't paid for a hotel for years. So this expensive trip really didn't cost us that much.

We had so much fun. It was a last minute flight. So last minute, in fact, that we only had 30 minutes to get ready and get to the airport. My hubby even forgot his clothes. LOL!

We didn't get to San Antonio until late. The next morning, we lazed around, then swam for awhile. We changed hotels and got on the Riverwalk. We did a boat tour, saw the Alamo, had a snack, then went for rest. After that, we went down to the Riverwalk and ate dinner. We swam for a little bit, then went to bed. The next morning (Monday morning) we went tubing down the Comal in New Braunfels. We went through Austin and saw some great friends. Had a few of their pretzels (YUM!), then ate at Hula Hut with Mommy Spice and Spicy Girl. (See Hunan Spice in my sidebar.

We got home LATE Monday night, or properly stated, early Tuesday morning....yesterday.

Yesterday was also the day we welcomed a new boy into our family. His name is Moose. He is really cute and has fit in nicely.

I have found out the teachers for my children and am thrilled that they will be working with my boys. I am going to be room mom for the kindergartner, but will help with my 3rd and 5th graders.

Other than that, we are slowly getting into a routine. School starts this Monday. I'm sad, but glad. I will be back in a few days. I have a lot to do. A lot to blog about. A lot of reminders about where we are in holiday planning. really, y'all....only a month before WalMart starts putting out their Christmas stuff!!! WOOHOO!!


Ashley said...

Seriously - flying on a private jet like that FOR FREE ... I'm jealous. Wanna adopt? ;) Just kidding.

What a cool vacation ~ even if it was last-minute.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Wow! Your own private jet. That hubby is pretty handy!! Glad it was good! We do miss you, online.

Alicia @ said...

That is so awesome LL!!! I bet that was so cool for your boys too...the jet looks great and roomy for sure!! Glad you had fun! Being spontaneous is way fun!!

LRFK said...

Sounds fun!

Cracker Barrel already has some Christmas stuff out.

Unknown said...

How cool is that!

Moose is a cutie!

Reflections in My Mirror said...

Very cool for you! I too have been absent from my blog - but have put some stuff in draft form - just searching right now for the right words and right time. You have inspired me to think about Christmas early!
Amy Q

Anonymous said...

Way to go LL, oppourtunity presents itself and you guys grab it and run with it, AWESOME! Happy for you! FUn vacation and applause on the cost :)

Theresa said...

Wow! The pictures are great! What a wonderful blessing for all of you!

I'm glad I'm not the only one not putting as much time in to posting!

BTW- I'm loving my cookbooks!I have a feeling this fall they will get even more attention. Thanks a bunch!

God Bless

Mommy Spice said...

So glad we were one of the stops on your trip!! Loved seeing you guys and spending time together. Thanks for our yummy dinner!!

About The Beardslee's said...

Sometimes doing things on a whim, leaves a more of a lasting impression! So happy to hear about your newest addion Moose! God Bless