Hi everyone! Long time, no see. Although we dropped the blog and have been so excited about it, our honeymoon and the holidays hit us (me) hard. We’ve been spending so much time with family, enjoying our time together as a family, and processing all the change that has come to our lives in the last few months. So, with that being said, this is our first post (outside of the intro). Thank you SO much for taking the time to read it!
The second week of December we had the amazing opportunity to celebrate our marriage. It was time for our honeymoon! We had to take a delayed honeymoon due to me being in school and not wanting to pause school for that long in the middle of a semester. If you follow us on any sort of social media, you’ll know we headed down to Orlando to visit Universal and Disney World!
The trip started out a little rough. A few days before we were projected to leave, the forecast for the Winter Storm Diego picked up speed. We made the quick decision to get a one-way flight down to Orlando a day early, and we were blessed by our friend Shelby who let us stay with her and showed us around Disney Springs. Thankfully our original flight got cancelled so we didn’t fly down early in vain. God just blessed us with an extra day in Orlando to relax and enjoy time away before we hit the parks head on.
The first two days at the parks were spent at Universal, and it was an absolute dream come true. I woke up a couple hours early day one because I just couldn’t sleep due to excitement. You see, the Harry Potter world is within the Universal parks, and if you’ve had more than one conversation with me you probably know how much I love Harry Potter. It was my childhood and my safe place and being able to go to Universal and see the Wizarding World come alive was absolutely incredible.
We spent those first two days exploring Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. Eating at the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks and sipping on butterbeer more than I care to admit. We got our wands at Ollivander’s and practiced our spells everywhere we could. I wore my Hufflepuff colors with pride and Joshua wore his Ravenclaw colors with just as much pride. We rode The Forbidden Journey a total of 22 times to celebrate getting married on the 22nd of September. Shout out to the single rider line.
Finally, at the end of the second day, we watched the light show on the castle. We enjoyed the beauty of the show, and how well they timed those firework cannons. When it all finished, I just starred at the castle, so thankful we got to experience those two days together.
I didn’t think that Disney World would be as impressive. I mean, yes, it is the happiest place on Earth, but I had been twice when I was younger. So, I’d seen it all, ya know? Well I was so very wrong. Disney was a blast as a kid, but honestly it felt much more magical as an adult.
We got to stay at Disney Port Orleans Riverside Resort, and boy was it awesome. The first couple of days we stayed at a rink-a-dink hotel to save a couple bucks, and it just made staying at a Disney Resort that much better. The bus to the parks was also about 100 ft away from our room so that was a perk, because every day our feet felt like they would fall off.
We kicked off the Disney Parks in Magic Kingdom, and do you blame us? Taking in the castle is the moment when you’re like “Okay I’m actually at Disney.” We spent the day riding rides, people watching, and forgetting to eat for most of the day until we got a lil’ hangry at each other. The best part of that day for the both of us, was being there during the after-hours and just enjoying the emptiness of the park. Yes, we stayed out well past midnight, but seeing Disney empty is so unreal and exciting.
The next day we spent at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. I took Joshua on Everest, and surprise- he loved it! It’s second only to Space Mountain in my opinion. We loved getting to explore the themes of Animal Kingdom and going on the Kilimanjaro Safari. We hopped over to Studios towards the end of the day, but honestly didn’t spend that much time there. So there isn’t much to report other than we loved the Star Tours, the Toy Story land was way too packed for either of our liking, and we got the *slightest* peak at the future Star Wars section.
Fast track to Friday. The honeymoon end is in sight, but that (or the rain that started in the morning) didn’t dampen our fun at Epcot. This was probably my favorite day. I love getting to experience different cultures, and although it isn’t the same at all as actually traveling the world, getting to go to the World Showcase just filled my tank. We drank and ate so many different foods. I am now a fervent lover of sushi. I could probably live in Epcot and be a happy camper.
Our final day we split between Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We spent the morning walking around MK and then decided we just honestly wanted to head back to Epcot and hit a few things we missed *cough*cough* Frozen Ever After *cough*. After grabbing dinner, the line for sushi was really long and I was bummed, we hopped over to MK to finish out our final day.
We headed towards the castle to get ready for the Happily Ever After show. We spent that evening really close to people we didn’t know, standing on hard pavement, and overall just a little cramped. But when that show began it was all worth it. Joshua and I are both lovers of movies, because it’s an art to put something together that evokes strong emotion. The Happily Ever After show evoked did that for the both of us. It spoke straight to our hearts and in those spaces that had been hurting during this season of change. It helped us decide on our word for 2019- dreamer. Joshua actually wrote a post about this moment, and you can read it here so I won’t go into much more detail, but it definitely was a powerful moment for the both of us. Crazy what God can use, am I right?
Leaving on Sunday was hard. We both want to go back to Orlando so badly, and maybe we will one day. Either way, I’m thankful for the memories that we’re created. If you want to check out the video that compiles all of these moments click here!
We are so grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our marriage in this way, and we are even more excited for all the adventures to come!
- The Thomas Tribe