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This is the reason I haven’t posted or read and commented on blogs since last week. Among other things, of course.

Here in the states we had Valentines Day on Sunday followed by Presidents Day on Monday. My heathens didn’t have school, and I got my tax return so I figured: why the fuck not go down to Florida and give them their first REAL vacation in their lives? NSLM will be 14 next month and Monkey is 9, and they’ve NEVER EVER EVER had a real vacation that doesn’t involve just visiting family. So I reserved a hotel for the weekend, packed my heathens up, and drove down to Florida. Yep, y’all read that right. I DROVE to Florida. I started out Thursday. Drove about 8 hours and I had to pull over for some sleep. Mind you, on the way down DB called me chewing me or about taking “his kids” of of state without his permission, but he’s playing Dr bills on a kid that isn’t his. He even called the police. All I could do was laugh and told him to ahead because they can’t and won’t do anything. I even called the police and talked to the dispatch and let them know: I have the kids 90% of the time. It is my weekend with them, my parents, neighbors, sister and best friend know where we are going and they have the hotel information. We are not legally separated or legally divorced, and there is no legal documentation regarding custody. I gave dispatch my name and number and said the officers at his house are more than welcome to call and talk to me about it. All said with a sunny disposition, and manners were used. The worst part: NSLM had to hear it all. And all he could do was laugh at the audacity of DB. Idiot of epic proportions.

Anywhooo…

Yeah, so we made it to Florida Friday afternoon. My Florida came to the hotel after school and visiting with his meme and having a hair cut (which was DESPERATELY needed) and he looked so handsome! Monkey and NSLM were so excited to FINALLY meet him, and god love him he was nervous to meet them. I can’t even begin to describe the way my heart felt this weekend seeing my three loves together finally.

Saturday we went fishing at Bradenton Beach and I can’t even begin to describe watching my kids play in the ocean and sand, and watching Monkey pick up shells. We had fun. Florida even got a REAL CUBAN CIGAR from the bait guy has been going to since he was 3. It was a tasty one too!

Sunday was a rough day as we weren’t feeling very well and we all reached Def Con Delta Hangry at the same time. We went to the Tampa Aquarium, and while it was nice, it wasn’t worth the $100 I had to shell out for only 2 hours because of the War On Hangry that erupted…
But we made it through, thanks to the pizza buffet at Hungry Howie’s. Man that place was yummy!

We got to meet his meme, which is his gramma, and she is the one that pretty much raised him. She’s a tiny little thing but boy is she feisty! I love her! And I see where Florida gets his beautiful eyes from. He had she’s like meme. She has old, wise eyes. Not like old age wise, but old spiritually. And sooooo wise. They are very wary and i know she was studying me, making sure my heart is in the right place for her grandson. We them went to his house so Monkey and his sister could play, and NSLM for to play on Florida’s computer. Cheesus that thing is HUGE! his tower is like two and a half regular towers in size and he has 2 monitors-one is actually a TV! We had dinner there and it was nice. I talked to his step mom and she is ok. His dad made like 3 appearances from his man cave, I mean bedroom. Both girls had melt downs at the same time from exhaustion and i had to run to Walmart because I had a headlight out. I didn’t know because I don’t drive in the dark up here. A REALLY bad storm moved through so it delayed or return home by a day. Yay.

Florida got us a hotel for the night, and we got up and on the road by noon. I drove for 9 hours Tuesday and stopped in Alabama, just south of Birmingham. I could not go any further. Wednesday we left and we stopped in Lafayette to visit with my aunt and uncle, and to NOT drive in rush hour traffic. We got back at midnight. Longest. Roadtrip. EVER!

Since we’ve gotten back, Florida ended up with the flu AND tonsillitis, had missed a week of school and is staying at Meme’s so she can take care of him. He also states his new job tomorrow-I’m so happy and relieved for him. My dad has also gotten a job lined up for me-SQUEEEEEEE, and my kids are ok. NSLM had a skate party last night and Monkey is with DB. NSLM asked not to go, and I don’t have to make him as DB had no legal parental right for him. Asshole. The weather here is nice-in the 60s this weekend. And all I wanna do it sleep.

It’s nap time. I made tea, fed May and took my damn meds. I’m gonna fucking enjoy a non-monkey day, so I can miss her like crazy tomorrow.

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We are ABOVE severe last Sunday. We are all close to nuclear

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Terrible weather indeed (don’t ask about NSLM’s glasses and sunglasses combo. I still don’t understand)

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A BIG ASS SHIP as we crossed over the Skyway Bridge and the Gulf of Mexico

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An Anaconda at the Tampa Aquarium. They are invasive to the wildlife in Florida

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The ray would ride the glass down like a slide. I think it was having more fun than Monkey watching!

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Our Cuban

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My Heathens at Meme’s with her kittehs

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Two of my favorite guys, and the two that have stolen my heart (yes I’m gushy cheesy, no idgaf)

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Kahlessi, Florida’s Bearded Dragon. Yes I held her and it was so cool

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Lily the Ferret. Monkey was in future veterinarian heaven with all the animals (and i. The corner there’s one of their dogs, Nala, who is a Belgian Teruvian{sp} and is so furry and fluffy. I want able to get a picture of Coco their boxer. She snores.

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Valentines Day

AND THE BEST FOR LAST…
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He put a ring on it

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