Time to catch up!
Early January was filled with the usual school, work, laundry and food shopping routine. David didn't have any work travel in January, and it was SO nice to have him home. He and the boys had lots of time for hobbies and relaxing, and the snow, rain and cold temperatures kept us inside a lot. Some days were bitterly cold, and lots of days were wet and gray.
David played around with brewing kombucha.
The boys and I spent lots of time reading on the couches.
There were highs and lows, like every month. The worst thing that happened was an upsetting hair cut. I know I'm very lucky that such a trivial thing was the worst thing that happened! I was pretty sad about it though, and the damage from the thinning shears and rough styling still hasn't mended completely. Fortunately, my wave/curl did return after a few days, although I'm still plagued with frizzies.
I didn't let a bad haircut keep me from leaving the house though! I often get trapped in my head in winter. This keeps me indoors too much, and it becomes difficult to break the cycle and get out of the house. This year, I had political incentive to push myself out of my comfort zone. Thanks to the encouragement of my friend Susan, I participated in the Women's March on Washington. I might write about it at some point, or I might not. For now, I'll just say that it was a very positive and meaningful experience for me. I was very moved by the people I saw and spoke to throughout the day, and encouraged to stand up for the things I believe in. For me, it was a march of support more than a protest, and I'm proud to have participated. I never thought I'd be able to handle the crowds and chaos, but I never felt unsafe, and I can honestly say that the occasional discomfort was completely worth it!
The best event in January was my trip to Disney World with my best friends Carrie and Cindy. There's a part of me that feels very guilty about going twice without my family in the same winter. There were logical reasons for this double treat, but I do realize how selfish it must seem. The November trip was my only chance to spend time with my friend Jem, who was visiting from the UK. And this trip with Cindy and Carrie was a much-needed time of renewal, with friends I've missed desperately since the move. I don't regret going twice, but I do very much want to focus on the boys and David now that my frivolous splurges are over.
Look at how happy we were though! That's got to count for something. :-) I love my friends so very much.
Our first day was spent at Epcot, enjoying the Festival of the Arts. This is a new Epcot festival, and I must say that I enjoyed it more than the Food & Wine festival. I thought the art displays, vendors and activities were lots of fun. I liked that this festival offered more than just food and drink.
The three of us pooled our money so we could splurge on a shared room at the Polynesian Resort instead of staying in three moderately priced rooms elsewhere. It felt very extravagant! We had a lovely room, and we very much enjoyed the resort.
We only had two full days and two half/travel days, but we packed a lot into our time. We spent a few hours at Hollywood Studios doing Cindy's favorite attractions.
We did a swanky evening event call the Highway in the Sky Dine-Around, which was a sort of progressive dinner at the different resorts along the monorail. We had appetizers and cocktails at both the Contemporary and the Polynesian. Then we had dinner and an after-dinner cheese course at the Grand Floridian. It ended with desserts and coffee while watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks from a balcony back at the Contemporary. We made some friends during the event, and we all raced over to the Magic Kingdom after the fireworks to sneak in about an hour of fun just as the park was closing. It was such a fun evening! (I didn't take a lot of photos because we were too busy enjoying ourselves.)
Our last day and a half was mostly spent in the Magic Kingdom area. Spending time there without our families is different, but I certainly enjoy being a kid-at-heart with my friends for a while. I love being a mother, but it's nice to just be me for a bit, if you know what I mean. I'm so lucky to have friends who understand this, and who are willing to come play with me.
We also spent lots of time talking and relaxing and just hanging out together. Staying in the same room made this feel like one long slumber party. It was wonderful! We had high tea at the Grand Floridian, and enjoyed the shenanigans at Trader Sam's Tikki Bar, two things that we'd never do with our kids. I must say that having a chance to just spend time with my friends and to talk for hours about this, that and everything was the best part of the trip. I love Cindy and Carrie, and I'm so lucky to have them in my life.
I think this is one of the most all-about-me blog posts I've ever written, but I think I'm ok with that. The boys are getting older and hold their lives a bit more private than they used to. I suspect I don't write here as often as I used to because of this. I think I'll stop here for now, and finish catching up in a few days. Tommy's birthday was right after my trip, and Charlie's birthday is a couple of days from now, so I will have lots to share in the annual Birthday Season post. See you soon!