As I pulled up to the curb at JetBlue arrivals, I panicked for a moment. I knew that I had a challenge on my hands. It was about 1am and my kids were exhausted between a beach day with school and hauling luggage on and off planes, as was I. My youngest, Gaege, was fast asleep on a lounge in the terminal with my Mom. My teens gazed weary eyed, wondering how the heck I was going to pull this off. They had confidence in me, and I was not about to disappoint. When we departed Boston I had dropped the bags and suitcases to Logan with my pick-up truck. Hadn’t much considered transporting them on the other end. I quickly began packing the rear cargo area with the largest luggage, right up to the headliner. Then I opened the Goodwill disposable suitcases and pulled out trash bags filled with clothing and unbreakables. I packed those bags on the floor of the mini-van and between the seats. Those raggedy suitcases went straight to the trash. I packed the smaller duffle bags in the access space at the center of the van. I had the kids jump in and the rest went on laps. Not sure how I got all of that stuff packed into that little van, but I did it. Broke a sweat, but did it.
We had an uneventful flight to New Orleans. My 14 year old, Ronan, was mortified with embarrassment when some of our carry-ons wouldn’t fit in the overhead space, and I had to perform surgery on one of the disposable suitcases during our layover, but all in all, not a bad trip. We arrived to the hotel, I rigged a temporary litter box for Sassy and off to bed we went.
The next day, we woke and drove the 2 hour jaunt to Mobile. When we arrived I was delighted to see how amazing our new name looked.
Gaege, my soon-to-be five year old was tickled that his name is on the boat. Our neighbors asked where we got the name. They chuckled when my Mom jokingly told them to “board uninvited and you’ll find out”.
The kids and I set up a train and we quickly unloaded the luggage and moved it aboard. It’s great having this many helpers, even the little guy chipped in.
We spent the rest of that day and the next cleaning and purging the yacht of unwanted items. I was surprised that I hadn’t noticed how many plastic plants and flower bouquets were aboard. I think that we counted 16. Luckily, there is dumpster very conveniently located right next to our dock. So we were easily able to dispose of the glass coffee table, pillows, lamps and all the other items that we didn’t need.
In between cleaning and shopping the kids have gotten a kick out of watching the fish jump out of the water, and chasing tiny crabs. I have enjoyed rolling out of bed in the morning to a hazy placid river were the early birds are out grabbing their morning catch.
We are all very pleased with our new home. Even Sassy has had fun exploring. We discovered that the refrigerator is not working properly, which is a real bummer. I will have to do something about that before we head to Miami, but other than that, we are delighted.