I am back from vacation and not so raring to go. In fact I slept until 9 this morning, which is very unusual for me!
My husband and I got home yesterday after a week at Walt Disney World. We went with another couple, my BFF Sara and her husband, and had an action packed Mom & Dad vacay. It was wonderful! We planned to just go slow and enjoy the days instead of the rushing around like we do when the kids are with us. We didn’t spend the whole week together as couples, but more just on and off got together. James and I slept in almost every morning, went to bed around 10:00 all but one night, ate way too much food and strolled around holding hands. That makes it sound like I should be well rested, but even with all of that sleep I got in over 20,000 steps each day and lots of sun, which always wears me out. Plus we had to rise before 4:00 am yesterday to make our flight. So I am preeeetty tired.
I am going to share some tips for Disney travel later this week, so today I will just tell you some of the more personal stuff. James and I do enjoy ourselves and we like to get silly. I like to dance with the street music and I don’t care what it looks like. And he has no problem acting like a junior high boy trying to beat my score in Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (it’s a target shooting competition ride). In fact, he was so intensely shooting that he couldn’t open up his hand for 10 minutes after the ride was over. I may have had the lower score, but at least I could use my fingers afterward! Who’s the smartie now, huh?
We did get some rain while we were there. One night after dinner with our friends, we left the restaurant to discover that it was absolutely pouring. There was so much rain that the streets of Hollywood Studios were flooded. I made a run for the next overhang and when I got there I discovered that none of my group was with me. I didn’t know where they were, but I was concerned about my phone getting wet, so I dashed into a shop to buy myself a poncho (I had left the one I brought with me back at the resort) and when I finally caught up with my husband he had gotten himself one too. Now we each had TWO ponchos. But, of course when we went out the next day to Disney Springs (it’s a great shopping area) and it started to rain and we didn’t have the ponchos AGAIN. So, we are now also the owners of new Disney umbrellas.
You can bet after that we carried the ponchos and umbrellas everywhere with us and, of course, it never rained again.
This is a great time of year to go because it’s the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. The grounds are INCREDIBLE! I loved walking around and looking at the beauty of it all.
One challenge for me while I was there was my sunglasses. It was very sunny, but you’re in and out in and out of the sun. Even on a single ride you’re in the sun and then in a tunnel, then in the full sun again. My eyes are very sensitive and if I don’t have sunglasses on I will get a headache within minutes. I tried keeping them in my pockets or on a chain, but I still continually lost them. By lost I mean they were on my person somewhere, I just wasn’t sure where. One morning at a bus stop we dumped everything out of my backpack trying to find them. We discussed missing the bus and running back to our room OR me just buying a cheap pair at the park. That’s when James saw them buried under my hair on the top of my head. Another day I actually went into a shop to buy some because I had been searching my pack, hair, etc for 15 minutes with no luck. Then I brushed against a counter and felt them in the left pocket of my dress. I didn’t even know that dress had a left pocket. When I strike it rich I am going to hire someone to walk behind me with a pillow to carry my sunglasses on.
One thing we did that was really fun and I would recommend it to anyone is the Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour. It was affordable and we got to learn all kinds of fascinating facts about Walt and how the park was made. It was definitely a highlight for us. You have to call to sign up for it. We also did something called Early Morning Magic that was great! If you’re going to Disney, you will want to look into the tours and extra options to make your trip so much better!
We got home on Sunday and after spending a few hours with the kids, I slept. And slept. And slept.
That brings me to today, which is so full that I am thinking of going back to sleep. But I can’t because I am only home for three days and then I am off to the Republican Convention in Texas. I’ll be pulling out my super-mom cape in an effort to get everything done that I need to do.
I hope you have a fantastic week!