Back and Better Than Ever?

Guys.. that trip I just took. It’s a WHOA. It’s like wizards and unicorns and magic.

Didn’t you know that I gave birth to Hermione? It all somehow makes sense.

So, our vacation. Our vacation was really, really, really good. Sometimes I just say a vacation was really, really, really good – or even just good – because the shell of it is perfect. It’s like an Instagram life with Instagram filters. The shell of it can be really perfect – with beaches and sun, happiness and souvenirs. Whatever tickles your fancy. Sometimes the squishy stuff inside the shell is different. It’s anxiety and fighting battles, odd homesickness and grief. I’m someone who gets wanderlust, but also gets homesick the second I arrive somewhere new sometimes. Maybe it’s not somewhere new. Somewhere not home.

Disney World

(Do you like Des’ underwear on the floor? And that Scarlet put herself in the photo? Yes.)


Somewhere with creatures and comforts, and creature comforts. Everything in its right place just so. Places to burrow and hide, or shine and preen. Did you ever notice that your hair looks better at home, than on vacation? Am I the only one that thinks of that weird thing? Unless, of course, you live in New Orleans and you’re visiting a drier climate. Then you might love your vacation hair. It’s not about HAIR, though. It’s like when you’re a kid and maybe you’re even relatively cool (or just think you are) in all the important ways, and maybe the shallow ones too, but then you’re somewhere new – with different rules and customs and living out of a suitcase. You don’t know how to tell people – “Hey, I swear. I’m cool in real life.”

I used to see it in the mirror. I thought that my hair and eyes changed color when I wasn’t home. Like a chameleon, of sorts.

Disney World


Did I say good? Our trip was really, really, really great. I can’t REALLY say a bad thing about it. I’m sure there was whining and the kind of exhaustion that makes you feel like you will never take another step, much less make it seven more hours in a theme park, across many different “lands”, through parades, lines, and shows under the pulsing and beating sun. Then there’s getting back to your rental car after the fireworks show, but that’s all a story for another day! In fact, I’ll tell it soon.

Disney World

There were certainly times I had shaking hands and legs, and nearly bile rising in my throat. From nerves. From beyond nerves. But oh, the relief beyond that! There were times I looked in the mirror and my hair and eyes HAD changed color.


Special note: I think it’s a matter of perspective and different lighting, but hazel eyes are prone to change.


First, we went to my Aunt’s house and spent 48 hours with her – touring Disney Springs, and feeling the amazing feeling of warm sun on our faces. In January. Then we spent about three days at the Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World. We went to Hollywood Studios for the first time and I’ll have tons of Star Wars pictures for you to see! I also went on the 20 minute “The Great Movie Ride” which would have scared the life out of Des. We had our best day at Magic Kingdom, EVER, or at least my favorite, because now I actually know what the REAL roller coaster feeling is. I had only ever imagined it. I loved it and hated it and loved it and I want MORE MORE MORE. It was 82° and everybody called me Princess. Why would I leave??

We got back at 12:30am today, and we’re all like this:



I’ll start writing out the stories – with photos and videos – early next week!

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  1. What a cutie! She looks just like you. I’ve never been to Disney world, and it looks like you had a delightful trip! Can’t wait to hear more about it. I know you too 1000s of pics lol

    1. Thank you! She looks a lot like I did at her age. I’ll have to share those photos!
      And surprisingly, I took 100’s of pictures, but not 1,000s!

    1. Re-entry has been a bit tough, but only because we have winter weather advisory after winter weather advisory. Not to mention the viruses! Can I go back??

  2. I can’t wait to hear more about it. I’ve seen photos on Facebook and it looks like a blast! You make me excited to go in March 🙂

  3. So glad you guys had such an amazing time! I’d expect no less!! I am very excited for my solo quick trip in a few weeks. Looking forward to the recaps!

  4. I loved seeing the pictures, my kids were so jelly of the Hermione bit. They are chomping at the bit to go to Universal Studios. I am so glad y’all had a wonderful time. Welcome back!

    1. I can’t believe how long the line was, but it was cool! I was going to talk Des on it, thinking it would be better than him going on Star Tours, but luckily he went on Star Tours and loved it. He would have hated my ride with its aliens, realistic gun shots, and witches!

  5. I’m so glad Florida was good to y’all!! We ordered some summer weather for you that week, lol This has been the warmest winter I can remember, and I love it.

    1. I was so envious of it, thinking it was over 80 degrees always for y’all! It was fantastic! I’m already contemplating getting to St. Augustine before spring.

  6. I’m so glad you had a great time. I actually LOVE Hollywood Studios and love the shows. We did Frozen, Disney Jr and Beauty and the Beast when we were there last. We’ll be back in about 2 weeks and can’t wait to go back again.

  7. Followed along on IG and it looked like you were having the best time. Winter vacations to some where warm are the bomb. Can’t wait to read more!

    1. Thanks! It was an end of summer sale so I paid five bucks for that dress, not thinking I’d get to wear it until summer again. Yay for Florida!

  8. Wow, I can totally feel that you had an amazing vacation. Sometimes there are no words but saying we had a really good or great vacation would suffice somehow.

    Looking forward to your photos and stories as always. 🙂

  9. AW!! YAY YAY YAY!!! I’m homesick the minute I get anywhere else too… you’re right about that beautiful outer shell- it sometimes has some serious squishy mush in it but most of the time, the shells are always wrapped with such great stories, the squishy mush of the details and decisions on the doing, the going, the surviving, or the braving makes it all SO worth it. Right?

    I can’t wait to read more about your trip- and CONGRATULATIONS ON RIDING A ROLLER COASTER!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! YOU DID IT!!!! WOOHOO!!!

    Every time I read all about your experience at Disney, I think “Huh, my poor kids have really missed out on all that. They’ll have to take their own kids.” LOL Ah well, ya win some ya lose some. 😉

    1. TWO roller coasters! OMG.
      I went to Disney when I was four, and then 11, but those are somewhat odd ages. I wish I had gone when I was eight or nine but I don’t think I missed out on anything! Your awesome kids get to live BIG!!!

  10. Welcome back, Tamara! Looks and sounds like it was so much fun. You road a roller coaster? And you want more? You go, girl! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip.

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