Faith, Family, and Flip Flops

Faith, Family, and Flip Flops

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Well hey ya'll

It has been forever since I have posted anything! I'll admit I am finding it a bit overwhelming, the Preston family has had many adventures since my last blog! So all start back to march and work my way forward.

Urban Dwellers: Dallas TX

After Houston we moved to Dallas, we had a blast we lived right downtown the girls got to truly live in a big city. We lived on the 17th floor of a great apartment building, on the main floor their was a jazz cafe  (I loved it!) It was very fact we were told that the Mosaic (that's the name of our apartment building) was the hippest place to live in Dallas (like jay and I really cared, but we did have alot of fun).
Jason got to visit all the places he served on his mission, he even got to go on splits with the missionaries. It was so fun to meet some of the people Jason had the opportunity to baptise, in fact we had some over for dinner...loved it!


Sweet Home Alabama: 
I'll have to say living in Alabama was just like coming home!!! I love the South, I have missed Kentucky for years, it was so nice to be back, and so needed for my piece of mind! We lived in a beach cottage right on Gulf Shores, What an amazing place, Gulf Shores is a peninsula that reaches out to Dolphin island, behind our cottage was a wildlife preserve and in front was beautiful white sand beaches, most of the time we were the only ones on the beach besides the locals that lived there! We could see dolphins jumping out of the ocean everyday! The girls and I made it a daily practice to collect shells in the morning, in the evening we would catch crabs and do a crab and shrimp boil for dinner ( we ate alot of crabs and shrimp!!! Its so good and cheap!). The first night we came in we were standing on our screen porch (they are all screened because the bugs are crazy!!) and Savannah yelled in great excitement "oh my gosh theres an alligator" sure enough there he was, an 6ft gator just hanging out!! So Jay got it in his head that he was going to wrestle the alligator, at first I thought he was kidding...but nope he wasn't, I have learned that when Jay get a certain look in his eyes there is no talking him out of it! So for the next couple of weeks he tried to get close to the gator and a few time got too close for me, I started to relax thinking that he wasn't going to be successful, well close to the time we were about to leave Jay brought home raw chicken, I am not going to tell the rest of the story I'll let Jay blog about it but he did wrestle that dang gator...I almost had a heart attack, after it was all said and done Jay said "Well if I wasn't a man before I sure am now"... yeah that's my husband.
We have two new family members, one turtles name is crush because he is about a foot long and a foot wide and the other is called squirt because he is only about the size of my big toe, but I'll let Savannah blog about that one :)
To put icing on the cake we made the greatest friends, Brigit and Tim Holmes from New Orleans. They had three daughters one set of ten year old twins and a thirteen year old, all girls, Savannah and Shiloh felt like they had died and gone to heaven, and they home schooled to boot!! In short I think there is a piece of my heart that belongs to Gulf Shores...oh yeah I did some great rides too, on one of my rides Jay and I stumble on to a huge civil war site called Fort Morgan!!! Heaven, Heaven, Heaven!!!

The Big Easy
Now we are in New Orleans...I love it!! The culture is so rich. The French Quarter is really cool (very old) there are buildings that are over 200 years old. The food is absolutely amazing...we have met some great people...heard some great Jazz...and seen some really weird Voo doo things, with that said the crime is pretty high. The house we are living in right now has bars on the windows, I would still live here though, the coolness far out weighs the crime:) PICTURES OF NEW ORLEANS COMING :)

Where to Now
Now we are off to Miami!!! Leaving Saturday, we will be meeting up with our long lost brother! So excited to see mike, I can't wait to hear some of his stories, he has been wandering around South America for the past year.
Miami is one of my favorite places to visit!!! We will be there for about two months! All try to post more ya all, and miss you guys!


Bri!!! said...

That story about Jason and the gator cracked me up! So sounds like you aren't coming home any time soon. Miss you guys!

Aubrey said...

Jess!! Hello?! Since when did you guys leave Draper and try to move around and travel the States? Derek and I were reading your blog and are so confused. What in the world are you guys up to? We miss you in the ward. You probably didn't know, but we just had our first baby! A baby girl. You can look at our blog: and will you please email me? we would love to catch up with you guys.

Leake's said...

So Kevin and I were discussing adventures the other day and who can beat the Preston families and their love of change????????? Thanks for posting and catching us up. We think about you all the time and are excited that there is a landing zone soon. Keep smiling. Love you guys!

Andrea said...

I just have to ask how you still look so amazing with all the traveling and good food you've been eating?! =) You have the funnest, most amazing family. What incredible adventures. We miss you guys.