A few weeks ago I took a quick trip to Florida. If I could stay there forever, I would. But I don't think Blake would appreciate that too much. A girl can dream though, right?
I had planned to be in Florida right now, but as I was buying tickets, I felt like I needed to go at the beginning of the month. I felt that way for a reason.
For starters, I'm flying back to Utah early for my brother's wedding. It's been a quick engagement (no, no one's pregnant), and I'd originally planned on returning to Utah in September. If I'd been in Florida for the period I originally planned, I might have had a bit of difficulty changing my flight, and getting back to Utah with all my stuff, for the wedding.
And then, while I was in Florida, it was just clear I was there when I needed to be. Sometimes unexpected, and unplanned things happen, and, if you listen to that little voice telling you to do, or not do something, you can be in the right place at the right time to make life a little easier for someone else.
I spent a week with my favorite family in the whole wide world. School starts early for the kiddos in Florida, and anyone who has kids knows the week before school is a hectic one. Add full time jobs, 5 kids, and a birthday to that and you've got a recipe for a hectic, crazy, and stressful week. Since I was there, I got to lighten the load a little bit.
We went school supplies shopping, hung out at the beach, ran silly errands that needed running, and pulled together a Deadpool themed birthday party for the cutest little (now) 6 year old out there. And no, I have no idea why he loves Deadpool so much. He definitely hasn't seen the movie haha.
I also learned that you can't leave cakes in their pans over night. I'd never done it before, and I will NEVER do it again. I seriously felt like a contestant straight out of Nailed It. SO EMBARRASSING!
At the end of the week I took a Greyhound bus down to Orlando. I've had super positive experiences with public transportation. But this was DISGUSTING. The whole bus reeked of pot, cigarette smoke or BO. Depending on where you were changed what you smelled most. Lucky me got to smell the sweet scents of someone else's body odor for a little over an hour. I was kind of ready to puke, and very ready to get off the bus by the time we got to Orlando.
After washing the stink off of me, me and two of my bestest friends dressed up and went for high tea at the Grand Floridian. We did a tasteful Disney Bound as princesses, can you guess who we each were?
I'm gonna give the Grand a shout out for making the tastiest gluten free waffles. They were seriously SO good. When I 'd made the reservation I noted a head of time that I had a gluten allergy. Once we'd been seated, and were settled in, our hostess brought out a whole plate of gluten free goodies for me! There was a donut, a chocolate muffin and 3 Mickey waffles. Between that and the fruit, and breakfast potatoes I was set. They also gave me a cute little menu that told me everything that was safe for me to eat. In my opinion, that was Disney magic at it's finest.
We got to see some dear old pals, and Alice was a joy to talk to! We're all going to have tea together some time.
And then, we had a mini photo shoot. Unfortunately the sun was melting our faces off, so it didn't last that long.
The rest of my trip was filled with pool time, yummy eateries, and miles worth of walking around Disney Springs. I also saw Coco for the first time! It was surprisingly good. The end is a real tear jerker though. Oh my goodness! I had to try so hard not to cry. This is going to sound ridiculous, but one of my contacts had already fallen out once, and I knew if I started crying it would come out, and wasn't going to go back in. So I sat, while everyone else is tearing up/ full out sobbing, blinking back my tears as hard as I could. The good news- My contact stayed in. The not so good news- my friends are probably worried I'm emotionally constipated now.
The next time I'm in Florida I should have moving boxes instead of suitcases, and that, is pretty exciting. At Disney they say, "it's not good bye, it's see you real soon." I can finally say that's exactly how it feels.