I’ve seriously wondered how to proceed with this story, because what the devil is going on with personal blogging in 2017? I saw it fading at the end of 2016 and I shrugged it off to the holidays. Yet, my Bloglovin “Unread Posts” feed is still lonely!
I think.. I suspect.. I simply have to do it. I have to write and carry on, and hope that the words and the photos are enough. I can assure you – I’ll be blogging until the end of time. I have always said that and nothing has changed. It grows stronger.
We landed at around 11:30am and Des and I stayed back on a bench outside baggage claim while Cassidy and Scarlet went to get the rental car. That was a bit of a debacle, but they were en route with a hot red minivan after a full hour. During that hour? Des and I watched it rain for ten minutes, and then it stopped! We managed to spill half a bag of rainbow Goldfish on the sidewalks of Orlando International. (Sorry!) I managed to almost fall asleep on top of a suitcase. I hydrated myself and counted birds and palm trees. Birds! Their song and sound! Think about it, northerners. When was the last time you woke up to a bird song? Or drifted off dreamily to an afternoon bird call? It’s those little sensory differences. It’s the contrast.
I totally shouldn’t mention this, but this is my here blog and I really want to blog forever and tell you the stories of my heart, or of my humor. A whistle-happy attendant at the airport shrieked her horrible whistle one too many times in our general direction. It was painful enough that Des yelled at her. She couldn’t hear him over her whistle, but two elderly people next to us looked over in part-humor/part-horror. He said, “STOP THAT! That whistle-blowing is douchey!” Please.. don’t judge me too harshly. He had a wonderful preschool conference last week! He does get bonus points for relevant use of a word, right?
On that first day, we mostly rested. We ate a big lunch, walked to the park, went to get pizza for everyone, and ran outside to steal some sun on our skin EVERY chance we got. And there were plenty of chances. And the weather only got better.
After our pizza/meatballs/DELICIOUS salad dinner, Scarlet and I went outside to read on the porch, because in Florida, you can read on a porch in January! This is BIG news. I couldn’t stop putting my book down and trying to sneak photos.
We slept the sleep of four people who had actually gotten their vitamin D quota for the day, and who had woken up at 5:00am that morning to leave New England behind on a Jet(Blue) plane. We woke up with the warm/sunny day spread out. First we hit Keke’s for breakfast. We got there early before the Sunday brunch crowd and the food was delicious.
Meanwhile, my aunt took the rest of us to Disney Springs. It builds up more and more every year. We’ve gone at least once every year for four years, and it’s almost unrecognizable each time. My favorites? Going into Ghirardelli and getting a chocolate sample and a latte. Scarlet and Des enjoyed the pin trading store and thankfully I had a gift card, because I spent FIFTY BUCKS on Disney trading pins. Who am I?? We also had a ton of fun at the LEGO store. Well.. the kids did.
Then we went back home, exhausted, and heated up leftovers for dinner. I took the kids to the park before sunset, and Scarlet Face-Timed her best friend there. It was like we were on two different planets – winter and summer. Cassidy joined us later and we once again slept the sleep of having had too much fun in the sun. We went to bed early because the next morning was a BIG morning. We were going to check into the Lightning McQueen hotel (Art of Animation Resort), see Des’ face while he took it in, quickly grab our MagicBands, and then go to Hollywood Studios for the first time!
Next up – talking Stormtroopers giving Des lip, while he gives them lip. Fireworks! Princesses! Rides! Buzz Lightyear! So much!