We're finally getting a real family vacation soon, to Orlando. By "real," I mean it's not a trip where the primary goal is to see people back east. The goal is to take in some theme park goodness (Universal), hang out at the pool, and maybe even enjoy some girlie drinks by said pool. Also exciting, for me if not Simon, is taking the little guy to one of my favorite places ever. I have so many good memories there from the last ten years or so, and now I get to make new memories there with my newly improved family unit. I'm really stoked.
We are going to spend a day visiting my mom up in The Villages, but otherwise, it's all chill and thrill. We'll get to see my BFF Kara, who we haven't seen since the wedding. We'll check out the Harry Potter stuff at IOA. Simon will dip his toes in the pool. There could even be some rickshaw rides, if they're still doing that. And who even knows how many restaurants have changed in the two-plus years since we were last there.
I feel like I really need this. I've been so wound up for much of the last year, and at some point I think I realized that I wasn't creating enough of those superawesome memories that I've been acquiring for years. And gosh, I'm a dad now, so I should probably get my shit together! We're starting to sketch out some summer trips too, particularly driving trips, and perhaps some long weekends in California. Now that we're a bit more comfortable in our skin as parents, it's time to start exploring this side of the country (after going back to the other end, of course).
Did I mention I can't wait?