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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


It's Tuesday night. In three short days it will be Friday.
In three days, we will be packing our cars and the moving trucks. Cars and moving trucks bound for Naples, Florida. We will depart Indiana on Friday evening - driving half way, stopping to sleep for the night at a hotel mid-way, then picking up where we left off on Saturday morning. If all goes as planned, we shall be official "Floridians" as of Saturday night - around 9pm. We will leave the title of "Hoosier" behind but it will forever be embedded in my heart - just like the initials 'CG' are.

And for those who've asked...yes, my Mom is moving and becoming a "Floridian" right along with us. She is not moving in with us but she will be staying in our Bonita Springs house until she finds a place of her own. We on the other hand will be about 20 minutes south of there - in the heart of Naples. 4 minutes from the beach and 5 minutes from 5th avenue. Although moving from Indy will be tough, the geographic location where we will now reside sure will make it easier to stomach leaving the "Hoosier" state. Those flights back and forth to Naples over the past couple of months paid off. Our mission was accomplished. We found a place where our family of four will be comfortable and where the schools are rumored to be great. The schools were a big part of our research. Florida isn't really known for great public schools. Therefore, we spent many hours on the phone, speaking to other locals, and just investigating the schools in general. We based our new residence on the school(s) we wanted our kids in and were NOT about to move until all of the stars aligned and we found something within that few mile radius.

But back to my Mom...beings that I'm an only child and my Mom isn't married, she hasn't got a whole lot tying her to Indy right now. She has sisters here whom she will miss a lot and whom are already missing her at the mere thought of her departure. However, she has always said - for years - that if we should ever decide to pack up and move to Florida, she would be going too. And she is. I didn't even have to ask her. It was just an unspoken and automatic notion. I am thankful to have my Mom coming with us. She immediately said..."When do I need to start packing?" It will be great to have someone there that I know. It will be lovely that she is just down the street in Bonita in case we should need help with the kids. But the best part will be on those mornings when I put the kids on the bus and can call her up and say...get your beach bag ready...I'm picking you up and we are going to go lay by the seashore all day - catching the suns BEST rays. You love for the sun came from my Mom. It was genetically instilled in me from the time of conception. My Mom is the type that back in the day...when I was little...used to climb a ladder to her roof and then lay on that 'said roof' all day long until she was fried beyond belief from the sun. She truly believed that the black shingled roof helped her tan easier and quicker. Not only did she tan on the roof, but she would use one of those aluminum foil looking reflector blankets to lay on. You guys remember those back in the day, right? Yeap, those are a few of the fondest memories of my Mom. Ha ha! love for a good tan, the warm sunshine on my face, and the mere feel of the melanin rising to the top surface of my skin from the heat outside is a direct result of watching my Mom do what she did best during our Indiana summers when I was a kid. I remember taking a trip to the Bahamas with just my Mom and my aunt when I was in high school. We laid on the beach all day long - soaking in the sun - like it was the last day we'd ever see it. Yes, we are addicts. Yes, we will look 80 by the time I'm 40. But know this...Florida senior citizens are WAAYYYYY healthier than Indiana senior citizens. Why? It's because of all that vitamin D they get from the sun. I'm sure of it. We see 80 and 90 year old men and women out boating, walking the beach, perusing the shops, and dining at the ritzy restaurants in Naples just as though they were 30 again. They ROCK it out - living like they are dying - everyday in Florida. We always talk about how healthy they all look and what a gorgeous glow they all have. They keep a kick to their step unlike our older/elderly community here in Indiana. The Hoosiers of that age are old, frail, brittle, and fragile. Indiana winters cause falls which causes bad injuries in the elderly. It's no wonder why they age quicker and harder here.

There is a reason why we - as human beings - have a natural radar that goes or gravitates toward beaches when vacationing. God totally knew what he was doing when he made the shorelines and invented beach chairs.

It's Tuesday. In three days, it will be Friday.

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Anonymous Nina ~ Seminole, FL said...

Gurl ~ I am so excited for you!!! I hope that we can plan a day to get together once you are all settled...So glad to hear your mom is joining you!! That is awesome!! You know you are in my prayers everyday!! Love ya girl!

11/17/2009 7:27 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

You will continue to be in my prayers!! Have a safe drive down there and I am happy for you. Oh just think this weekend you can sink your toes in the sand.. = ) I am happy you confirmed your mom IS going with you. That is sooo exciting. Take care!!!

11/17/2009 7:32 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Does this mean your missing the New Moon premier? I joke. So happy for you! :)

11/17/2009 7:41 PM  
Blogger Raquel said...

I had a dream about you the other night *gasp* I don't even "know" you but we were down in Naples and you took our family picture:) We know a family that has a condo in BayPoint down by the Ritz that we use so who might just be taking our family picture in the future-yea!
Have a safe move. And it is so cool your mom is moving also.

11/17/2009 7:51 PM  
Blogger Angie Seaman said...


Yes. That is exactly what that means. (unfortunately) I can't wait to get settled into our new house and then go see it in a week or two. I'll be dying until then - I'm sure of it. :( Hopefully I don't go into convulsions in the meantime. hee hee!

xoxo, Angie

11/17/2009 7:55 PM  
Blogger Angie Seaman said...

Too funny. It's a sign. Love it! And guess what...we are literally like 5 minutes from the Ritz. So MUST give me a call should you ever have a need for pictures. I'd be honored to shoot them for your family. What fun!

Keep in touch! Of course you will know how to find me. :)

xoxo, Angie

11/17/2009 8:09 PM  
Blogger Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Angie, I wish you the very best with your move. And congrats on the success of AGD, that is fantastic coverage in the magazine. I just took the time to really look at all of your products and girl, how impressive you are! Gorgeous things, with the jewelry, clothes, and decor items. You are amazing.

You must be sad to be leaving that beautiful house of yours just a little, huh?!

11/17/2009 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just as I suspected! HA! Angie,
I am so completely happy for you and your family but so completely bummed that you won't be able to do the girls photo shoot :-(
You are so blessed that you are able to take your mom with that!! What would we do without our mothers??!! Happy that you will be in your element gurfren and you must show pics of your new home! I'm sure it will be georgous! God Bless and safe travels!

11/17/2009 8:34 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I am spending a vacation week in Sanibel Island this week and I can see why you are so excited about moving down here permanently. Congratulations and I'll pray that everyone adjusts to the new schools and surroundings.
Thanks for the information on the Tervis Tumbler as well. It's been my little beach buddy all week!


11/17/2009 8:46 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Angie...I am sooo completely happy for you and your family! I think the move was inevitable!!! And what a blessing that your mom is going too. Makes complete sense!

11/17/2009 9:00 PM  
Anonymous maria said...


I have a request - when you get settled will you take photos of your new home and post them? I'm in need of some design inspiration and I always get it from your homes:)

Have a wonderful last few days with your friends/family in IN. And enjoy FL. Having your Mom with you will be key. It sounds wonderful.

And of course all of us loyal blog readers will pray you through everything. Keep posting.

11/17/2009 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Nicole Ryan said...

Safe travels to you and your family...I am so happy for you. Change is good...
You will make amazing new friends with your electric smile and warm heart!!!
Good luck!!!

11/17/2009 9:36 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Praying for safe travels and a smooth transition.

11/17/2009 9:46 PM  
Blogger Deidra Brown said...

Angie I had no idea that you were moving. I know that you talked about it from time to time, but really never thought you would. Congrats! Hopefully oneday I will be able to visit the area since you always talk about how nice it is. I will be praying for you and the family to be able to get in there and roll with the punches.

11/17/2009 10:01 PM  
Blogger CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

UMM I 'LL GO SEE THE MOVIE WITH YOU :) LOL .... GIRL i'm thrilled you are going to be close by ,,, 2 hours is nothing we love going there friday afternoona nad leaving sunday morning ..... we have aq blast !!!!

11/17/2009 10:16 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Best of luck to you and your family Angie. I think that is awesome that your Mom is able to go too. I hope that the kids will love their new school. How exciting! I hope you have a safe trip.

11/18/2009 12:24 AM  
Blogger Pineapple Princess said...

Love your beach pics!
I am so excited for your move!

11/18/2009 1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Like everyone else, I'm dying to know.... What happened to your old house - did you sell it? Why the decision to get up and move?? Were you not happy with the school? How do the kids feel about this move? Are they sad to be leaving their friends? Is Brent going to open a business in Florida or is he going to travel back to Indy?? Not to be nosey or anything, but we have been in your life for several years.. Would love to be filled in..

I wish you happiness on your new adventure.. Good Luck sweet girl!
And Mom Too!


11/18/2009 1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! I know it is so bittersweet!! You are going to rock FL with your amazing talents!!
I agree that elderly people (no disrespect Hoosiers or Midwest) here are more fragile and vitamin D is soooo gooood for the body, especially in a day and age where we don't get outside much anymore.
Guess that's why so many families retire to a sunny spot!
Good luck and Best Wishes!

11/18/2009 7:28 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

I will keep you all in my prayers for safe travels and for trying to get settled during the holidays. And please don't speed down there, ha ha! Your going to have so much fun basking the sun and taking pictures all day!! I truly wish the best for you all and hope the new school is going to help little Kenidi. I hope Brennan settles in Ok too. Best of luck and prayers are headed your way!
~Molly P

11/18/2009 9:25 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Congrats! I cant even imagine your excitement! Florida & You just seem to go together! Have a safe trip & just thinking of those beaches when you are leaving Indy Friday....may help you through the day!
Oh! & what a AWESOME Mom to go with you!!

11/18/2009 9:35 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Ang, I can't believe you're really leaving for good. Well, actually, I can believe it. I'm so excited for you, though. I'm looking out the window and it's so cloudy it's almost dark out. Someday, when we retire, I'll probably join you down there. :-) It's every Hoosier's dream. Best wishes with everything. Can't wait to see more pics. Take care, Jill

11/18/2009 10:16 AM  
Blogger Missi said...

So very happy for all 4 of you :) Please, please keep in touch!

Safe travels - God bless you!


11/18/2009 12:55 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Can't wait to hear about your journey there...believe me it's like Christmas morning...the anticipation, the excitement...I wish you all the best on your new journey!

11/18/2009 6:59 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I've said it before - but I'm so happy for you! It seems like you moved into the new house only yesterday!

11/18/2009 9:10 PM  
Anonymous MOMMY said...

we should be there already! I was looking for one of those silver blankets ha ha. Can't wait-----------Florida or BUST!

11/20/2009 1:44 AM  

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