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Talk about being MIA…

Jeebus. I went MIA for way too long. No excuses, honestly, except maybe that I was just too busy enjoying the holidays? I don’t really know, but I can’t really guarantee that I won’t go MIA again, but at least I have a pretty good reason for why I won’t be around… We’re leaving for Disney World in 2 weeks. Seems like yesterday I was talking about how we’d just booked our trip… Weird, huh? Last night I made an awesome countdown for our final days; here’s a few photos of it/us taking down day 15 this morning:

So yeah, 14 days. I’m thinking what I might end up doing is this epic trip report once we’re back, of all our days in Disney World, so people can see what our trip was like. It might be fun to do anyway, and would be a great excuse to update my blog on a daily basis. 🙂

Outside of getting ready for our trip, Christmas was excellent. We’ve been doing a lot of playing with our gifts! I got one of those ice cream maker attachments for my KitchenAid stand mixer and so Matt and I worked together on making our first ice cream together! We decided to do a white chocolate Oreo ice cream. It was AMAZING.

We followed a custard recipe from a booked called The Perfect Scoop (and also after seeing Kim’s custard recipes turn out AMAZING over on her blog Domestocrat) and I can’t see us making it any other way! It’s a little bit of a process (you have to temper the egg yolks and basically not scramble them), but it’s REALLY cool to make your own ice cream and then enjoy the crap out of it. We’re thinking about making another one for this weekend… Maple walnut is sounding kind of tasty!

Outside of that, we’ve also been watching Cheers (season 1), which has actually been wonderful. I grew up watching re-runs here and there, but never really got into it since I was all of like.. 2 when the show started. But I love it. It brings me back to Boston and makes me smile in every episode.

While Matt’s been enjoying Skyrim and Zelda for the Wii, I’ve been playing a TON of Super Mario 3Dland. It’s seriously so addicting and has become one of my more favorite Mario games in recent years. I don’t think it beats out Super Mario World from the SNES, but it’s most certainly a really fun game to play through and I can see myself playing it again. I’ve also enjoyed playing Mario Kart 7… Honestly, both of those games have reminded me why I’m really happy to have a 3DS.

On the weight loss front, well, I’ve gotta be honest. I haven’t weighed myself in a month or more. Why? Because we took a little break from counting calories around the holidays… aaaand I’m not regretting it. However, what IS awesome is come yesterday, we were both ready to get back to eating healthy and it was actually really refreshing to have a salad for lunch and turkey tacos for dinner. Also, I worked up a sweat playing Kinect Sports Season 2, and today is a day at the gym, so I’m pretty happy with how we are adjusting to getting back to eating healthy again. Of course, this is only going to last for 2 more weeks because then we’re on vacation (and we get to enjoy lots of restaurants and delicious food, while managing to walk a TON of miles around the parks), but it’s been nice to be back to healthy eating again.

Do I think I gained weight over the holidays? Without a doubt. But I’m not upset by it because I know I’ve still got this, I’m living my life in a different way now. My normal eating habits are 10 times healthier than they’ve ever been, and outside of holidays and vacation, I’m going to continue to lose this weight. I’m in a really great place right now with this, and even with the knowledge that I probably gained weight, I’m okay with that. It’s a great feeling, honestly.

Uhh, aside from all of THAT, I finished my 365 day photo project! I’m so proud of myself for that, too. I have a really awesome plan for all of the photos I took, so be on the lookout for when I make a blog post about the whole thing. I’ll save my discussions of the photos for that post, because I think it’ll be REALLY awesome to look back. Also, it became such a part of my life that I decided to start a new project, 366 (it’s a leap year!) days, 366 photos. I just couldn’t say no. 🙂

That’s about it on my front for now. It’s definitely in my NY resolutions to make more of an effort to blog, I swear. It’s just sometimes hard to find the time, honestly, but it’s not much of an excuse. I’ll definitely update you guys the closer I get to our trip, which is what I’ve spent a LOT of my time writing about as of late, but I figure unless you love Disney as much as I do, this blog would probably become boring to most of you quite quickly. Buuuut if you enjoy hearing about Disney trips, well, my blog posts after our trip should be pretty entertaining.

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V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, we’re gonna have a ball!

Man so, we’ve been thinking about how we really want to take another big vacation in the next few months. Since our honeymoon, we’ve done a quick trip to Boston, a camping trip, and we’re about to go stay at the Paradise Inn up on Mount Rainier this weekend for our one-year wedding anniversary (which in itself will have its own blog post, both the trip and a reflection on our first year of marriage)… But since January, we haven’t really done a BIG trip together.

Let’s back up for a minute and talk about the vacations that we have gone on during our relationship. Matt and I have been together for over 8 years now, and our honeymoon was our first actual full-on vacation together, just the two of us. For so many years we didn’t have a ton of money, and in the beginning barely made ends meet when we had our little apartment. Matt was working for a TV/radio station making a terrible salary and I was making near-minimum wage as a barista. We were happy, but all of my vacation time and extra money (which really came from my tips as a barista) was spent on going back to Boston for Christmas, plus I was still in school, so we really didn’t have the money or the vacation time to go anywhere big.

Fast forward to now, and we’re at a point in our lives where we are able to afford vacations. Not on a “every 2 months let’s go somewhere exotic!” type of budget, but enough that we can take a really nice trip around once a year, with fun low-budget trips scattered around the other months. We’re also at a point where we’ve realized that we probably want kids in around 2 years, so we should probably try to get in any big trips or any “selfish” time now while we can, because when we have kids that’s not going to happen very often. Of course we’ll take our kids on vacations with us, but more people on the trip means higher cost. Plus, going on vacation minus kids is a much different – not saying it’s necessarily better – experience than with children.

So that being said, we’ve talked and discussed and researched different places but both kept coming back to the same conclusion:

We wanted to go back to Disney World.

Disney World is where we went on our honeymoon last January and it was the best trip ever. It’s funny because the looks I got from people when answering their, “Where are you going on your honeymoon?!” question with, “DISNEY WORLD!”, were pretty ridiculous. I think a lot of people assume Disney World = KIDS, and thus going there is childish and dumb. At least that’s the vibe I got anyway from the eye roll or stifled laughter.

Um, what? No. Disney World is not just for little kids who want to dress up as a princess or a pirate (though I do love seeing little kids as pirates while walking around Magic Kingdom). You have so many options on how you want to spend your trip! You can go to the different parks, go on tons of rides, eat at amazing restaurants, sit by the pool and relax, shop… I’d rather have all of these options than to just lay out in the sun and tan… But that’s just me!

Anyway, we looked into pricing out another trip for the same time of year, late January (literally the slowest week of the year at Disney) and realized we could probably afford it, though it might end up being a little on the pricey side, and that was staying at a moderate resort… Fortunately, Matt’s parents had leftover points through their Disney Vacation Club membership that would cover a 10-day stay at one of the DVC resorts. We are so lucky to have these points because they literally save more than half the cost of what the trip would normally cost…

As soon as we found out we’d have the points, we discussed it further and made the final decision… WE’RE GOING BACK TO DISNEY WORLD IN 4 MONTHS!

It’s funny because Matt and I were both talking about how our excitement level is different than it was before our honeymoon. Even though we were pumped to be going on our honeymoon to Disney, this time I think the excitement is ten times bigger. Part of it I think is because we’re both in serious need of a vacation, but the other (bigger) part is remembering how much fun we had last time; the thought of going back and getting to ride the Haunted Mansion again or Expedition Everest 10 times (maybe we’ll shoot for 11 to break last year’s record?) is so exciting I can hardly contain myself.

It’s going to be a time where we don’t have to worry about the stresses of work or anything else, but just be able to run around like we’re totally free and go on rides together, eat at our favorite restaurants, takes tons of goofy photos in silly hats, and just have fun. I love Disney World for that very reason; you are there to have fun and not worry. There really is “magic” when you see Cinderella’s castle for the first time, or see Spaceship Earth lit up at night, towering over all of Epcot..

Sure, maybe I’m drinking the Disney World Kool-Aid, but I really don’t mind. It’s one of my favorite places in the world to visit, and to be able to go again is so beyond exciting I can’t really put it into words.

So yes, we’re going on vacation and we’re heading back to Disney World… and I can’t wait.

This is a video I took of Matt and me on Expedition Everest, sitting in the very front of the rollercoaster, which scared Matt to death.

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