Today was unpredictable – a lesson in flexibility. But now that we’re here, it makes a good story! Many times we didn’t think we were going to make it.
It started with the storm predictions this morning. I’m not sure any snow has actually accumulated anywhere in North Carolina, but I’m glad we get to wake up here tomorrow and won’t be driving in the rain/snow/ice.
Mom’s formal Christmas dinner got put into coolers and packed in the trunk.
Matt and I headed over to his dad’s family’s house to celebrate with them for a while.
Natalie and Dylan – the smartest and cutest!
Uncle David did magic – a flaming wallet!
We had crockpot black bean soup (which was amazing spiked with apple cider vinegar and liquid smoke) along with some finger foods – carrots and crackers.
A bite of pecan pie and a Hershey’s kiss for dessert!
Back at my parents, intense packing was taking place and we hit the road for Bald Head at 3:45 with an apple in hand.
Two hours down the road, Dad called with the following announcement:
“I have very bad news. We just missed the last ferry to Bald Head.”
Contingency plans went into effect. Smart phones were consulted. Larbs had two going at once – like a work desk with two monitors!
We researched water taxis and expensive private boats with no luck. We researched renting a condo for the night and sharing two hotel rooms between 8 people.
To fuel our predicament, we snacked on ruffles and a tin of popcorn!
Finally we got a call from the inn – the owner, Rod, was going to be able to bring us over on his boat at 9PM! Wheeeee!
A glimpse of Christmas hope!
To kill time and feed hunger, we then hunted for an open restaurant. Much harder than you would think on Christmas Day!!
We finally found the ONLY open restaurant in downtown Wilmington – Firebelly’s. A menu full of burritos, quesadillas, and typical bar food.
A fun Christmas dinner to remember
Larbs and I split the grilled shrimp fajitas. I had 1 plus another of just toppings. Plus a few of Matt’s fries and beer.
After dinner, we drove down to Southport and met Rod and his boat – it’s really a miracle we all fit!
Especially considering we brought a month’s worth of stuff!
We are here!
A Christmas wish granted
And celebrated with bourbon balls!