We decided to get out of the house last weekend and take a trip to the Pumpkin Patch. We used to go every year when the boys were small, but we didn't go last year. It felt very different with big 10 and 7 year old boys! I guess they've matured a lot in two years.
Their favorite part this year was the choosing of the pumpkins. They were a bit ambivalent about the games and activities. It's possible that they are outgrowing those. This was especially noticeable with Tommy. I guess the pumpkin patch activities do skew more towards the pre-school set. I think they'll be really into it again when they are teenagers and can go at night to do the haunted corn maze.
I brought my big camera along, and also decided to try out the camera on my new iPhone. My Epic Epcot trip is in less than 2 weeks, and I've been going around and around trying to decide if I should schlep my giant camera along with me. Here is the same shot taken with my big camera (top) and my phone camera (bottom.) What do you think? They're very different.
I think the first one - the one I took with my big camera - is a better picture, but I do tend to prefer slightly over-exposed shots. I did notice that I was really tired of carrying my big camera around by the time we left, and we only stayed for about 3 hours. It was a good reminder of how much extra effort carrying my big camera requires. Maybe my phone will be a reasonable choice as an alternative. I did get these great snapshots with my phone...
They're really quite good, especially for a phone camera!
Anyway, we enjoyed the pumpkin patch last weekend. I felt a bit nostalgic about the whole outing.
Now that the family photo update is done, let's talk about my trip! I haven't mentioned it very much lately, so it seems time for some anticipatory squeeing.
I'm going back to Disney World in 9 days! I'm so excited!
I don't know how much you remember, so I'll go back to the beginning for a recap.
2013 was a Year of Doom for me. I was a bit of a disaster by Fall of 2013, so David and I decided that we needed a big, decadent family vacation. I'm sure you remember that we took the boys to Disney World in February of 2014. It was a trip of a lifetime, and we had a great time.
I was so sad when we came home though. I had a huge list of more adult/girlie things that I didn't get to do while we were there. I jokingly mentioned on FaceBook that it would be fun to go back without the family sometime. The next thing I knew a bunch of my college friends and I were talking about planning a trip for ourselves.
Fast forward about 7 months, and our girlfriends trip is just around the corner! Six of us are meeting for a relaxed 2-day visit to the Epcot Food & Wine festival. We plan to eat yummy food and drink yummy drinks and laugh and talk and shop and wander around without our kids or husbands. It's going to be wonderful.
But wait. There's more!
I somehow managed to expand my version of this trip bit by bit. First I decided to add an extra night at the beginning so I could fit in a solid day in the Magic Kingdom before meeting my friends for our kick-off dinner and 2 days at Epcot. Then I moved that arrival flight to the earliest possible time so that I could squeeze in an additional evening in the Magic Kingdom. Then I realized that a group of my "Internet friends" were planning to arrive at Disney World the day I planned to leave. Wouldn't it be fun if I could meet them? Yes! Yes, it would be fun! I added another night onto the end of my trip to make that possible, so now I have a full day and a half at the end to spend with this other group of friends.
Each change to my itinerary was quite reasonable and small, but now my trip is going to be for 5 nights and 6 days. The original trip was 3 nights and 2 days.
You know what? I don't even feel a bit guilty about it. I'm worth it, and I plan to really enjoy myself. I have lots of fun times with good friends planned every day, and the boys are going to have a great time with David for a week. It's all good.
As for the camera issue, I still haven't decided. On the one hand, it will be very nice to slip unencumbered through the crowds with just my phone. On the other hand, I do very much enjoy taking good photos with my big camera. I'll probably bring both, but I have no idea what I will do when I get there. Luckily, I don't have to plan everything. That's the best part about going by myself. I can go where the wind takes me. (Of course I have made very detailed plans. I am ME after all. I just feel very comfortable with the idea of throwing the plans out the window. Yay me!)
I'm sure I'll tell you all about it. I was thinking that I should post little live updates here so that the boys can follow along. Or maybe I'll save all the writing for after I get home. We'll see. Depending on how I do things, I might not have very many pictures to go with my stories. I'm kind of OK with that though. This might be one of those trips where the experience is more important than the pictures.
(I'm so excited!)