Midlife crisis? Maybe. Ok, probably. But I don’t care. Walt Disney World is my happy place. And what could be better than ringing in the new year in my happy place with some of my favorite people in the world?
For the second year in a row, we spent New Year’s Eve at Fort Wilderness with our dear friends the Heidels. This year was even more special because they recently moved to Costa Rica, so we hadn’t seen them in far too long!
The weather was perfect on New Year’s Eve, and we made the most of it with an outdoor movie followed by a dance party on the beach. Lola Gray and I had so much fun dancing, and even dragged Raymond and Fletcher onto the dance floor for a while. (I got really upset with Raymond for taking not-so-flattering photos of me dancing, but then I saw how happy Lola looks . . . and honestly, who cares what I look like? It was fun!)
The rest of the weekend was spent riding bikes, hanging at the pool (water slide, arcade, pool games, Mickey ice cream bars – we could stay there forever!) and exploring Fort Wilderness. We ventured out of the resort only once, to visit neighboring Wilderness Lodge for dinner. I love visiting all the different resorts, and have set it as a goal to stay at each of them one day. Oh dear. That midlife crisis thing is getting harder and harder to deny.
Christmas cookies. Gingerbread houses. Lessons and carols, silly paper hats and new pajamas on Christmas Eve. Santa and surprises under the tree and Christmas Day oysters with friends. But mostly, the smiles. I never get tired of those smiles. What a lucky girl I am to share my life with these amazing people!
How is it even possible that I haven’t posted since October?? November did happen, and not only did it happen but it was busy start to finish. A lot of that was work related for me, but we also had plenty of time to dance in the rain . . .
and take lots of selfies . . .
We made art . . .
And met our favorite author, the amazing Kate DiCamillo! She not only signed all of our books, she also read from our copy of Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken. This woman is my hero.
We took Lola to a night of opera at the Lucas . . .
And had a great weekend with NayNay and Grandaddy who came to Savannah for Fletcher’s orchestra concert.
And we wrapped up the month with Thanksgiving in Alabama . . .
2014 was not my favorite year. Not by a long shot.
2014 was the year of P.A.N.D.A.S. , a year of constant stress and worrying and watching and waiting and doubting. It started in January and ate it’s way mercilessly through 6 solid months. And even once summer arrived and the worst was behind us, I held on to the worry and the panic, held on when I should have been able to move forward, struggled to let go of the “whys” and the “what ifs”. And of course, there were other dark smudges obscuring the shiny surface of our year, sordid, greasy smears that threatened to take away Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas . . .
Yep. 2014 tested our mettle, that’s for sure.
But you know, we made it through. We, as a family, are stronger than all that mess swirling around us. We kicked 2014’s butt! And to celebrate, we packed up the car and headed to Disney World’s Fort Wilderness campground to ring in the new year with good friends.
It wasn’t as warm as we hoped for, and it drizzled on us pretty much constantly. But there was swimming and biking and golf cart rides through the campground, campfire sing-alongs with Chip & Dale, movies under the stars and a New Year’s Eve beach party with fireworks so amazing they brought me to tears.
So. Out with the old and in with the new. Welcome 2015! Bring it on. No matter what you throw at us, we can take it.