The Anna and Elsa You Never Saw

As you may expect, I’m sharing more than one photo for my first Finish the Sentence Friday “Photo Share Friday.”

As you may not expect, I once got into an argument about the lovely Anna and Elsa, but specifically Elsa. In the realm of way TMI, Cassidy and I have gotten super duper better at communicating. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, but it’s that we no longer hold so dear to potentially innocuous or irrelevant statements the other made years ago. The thing is, this past month was our fifth year of going to Disney World. And I still haven’t shared my Magic Kingdom photos from two years ago. I don’t know why! I shared my Animal Kingdom ones. I think I shared my Universal Studios ones. Magic Kingdom didn’t happen.

Or rather it happened, but you never saw it.

This is either due to the fact that I let some things slip far behind, until I can barely see them. Or it’s because it led to an argument. Cassidy posted a photo of the lovely Elsa on Facebook and said something fittingly lovely about her. I do have to tell you that I’m not a jealous person. I’m more the opposite. I’m more like, “Good. You should find him attractive.” And I’m secure enough with myself that when he finds someone attractive, I don’t mind. Credit where it’s due. I was watching a movie trailer with Cassidy recently (A Wrinkle in Time) and I could barely pick my jaw off the floor during the scene’s with Meg’s dad. Yes, it’s the same actor as in Wonder Woman (Chris Pine) but he’s all beardy and shagadelic and tormented and so darn hot I can’t take it. I don’t usually get that way but there’s something about him. I realize that sounds like a line..

The shorter story is that we don’t get jealous, unless we do. And it’s usually about something else.

I didn’t care what he thought or said about Elsa. Honey, I thought them myself. I’m not made of stone. What I cared about is that during that whole week, he posted about Elsa, but not once about me. And I felt left out. Since then, we both make sure to post photos or thoughts about traveling with each other. Really, he has done a lovely job about that. I just wanted to say then and say it now – it was never about Elsa. Or jealousy about her queenly beauty. It was about wanting to be seen, loved, accepted, cherished, desired, etc. What we all want, probably. And these photos need to be SEEN. It’s just my way.

Welcome to two years ago. I hope you enjoyed my totally weird, where-did-that-one-come-from story!

P.S. You may have seen some of these photos in passing, but the bulk has just been uploaded last night:

Des clutching desperately to his BB-8 doll just kills me.

Link up with Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF for Photo Share Friday. They have a new format and each week is exciting and new!

Link up with Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF for Photo Share Friday. They have a new format and each week is exciting and new!

Link up with Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF for Photo Share Friday. They have a new format and each week is exciting and new!

See, it wasn’t a lot of photos. It was enough, though!

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is Photo Share Friday And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE. What’s your photo? What’s its story?

Scarlet Takes Manhattan, IV

You see, now I have “You Belong to the City” in my head. In fact, feel free to listen while you read!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have had a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. They started when she was in kindergarten and Des was two-years-old. They left while it was still dark and she wore her red, mini-me peacoat. The cuteness was overwhelming, and I waited up with bated breath to hear about their adventures. During the second year, I watched it all unfold with the Internet, and we all died of cuteness together.

Last year was Part III. That time they didn’t leave before dawn to arrive after dark. (well, dark is rather early, isn’t it?) Last year they stayed in a hotel in Times Square on the 16th floor or something like that. New tradition! #1 on her wish list? Jumping on the hotel bed. Big dreams, kid. Our adventures begin with Part 4 – and an evolution of cute coats Scarlet wore.

And at least the twenty-somethingth floor!

This year was an odd duck. I built a NJ trip based around photographing my friend’s newborn. Then, I could see Lindsay’s new squish again, play with Parker, see my little sister’s amazing son, Myles, go to Cliff’s ice cream (!!!), and go to my parent’s holiday party. Cassidy knew we were running out of time for his NYC trip, and the weather was supposed to be perfect on Monday, so he got an idea. He’d stay home. The three of us would go to NJ. Then we’d meet in upstate NY – and switch cars. He’d grab Scarlet and head to NYC, and I’d grab Des and head home. It all went according to plan!

And then the fun began.

In these cases, I like to let the pictures tell the stories. Des and I had a fairly quiet ride home, although he had to pee badly. We got Friendly’s drive-thru (a new one for us) and then he went to bed on time and I watched a Hallmark movie, or seven. I took him to school the next morning and went to work. (at home) I think I understood what it might be like to be a single parent with one kid. You’re sort of.. more in sync than otherwise? Or maybe less! I honestly don’t have a clue but it was fun.

Not as much fun as THIS:

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

VIDEO!

These are fun!!

Christmas is so magical in NYC!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

Museum of Natural History!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

Wait for it..

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

And yes, her Madeline/Yes, Virginia/Sgt. Pepper coat kills me. And I bought it!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity..3?

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

WINDOWS!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

**All photos taken by Cassidy, or by random, friendly strangers in NYC.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “When it comes to belonging…” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on any of the matters: HERE.

Which city has your heart? I’m partial to San Francisco, Toronto, Anchorage, and many more.

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF