Last week I decided to take our “Moving to Main Street” blog in a whole new direction and focus on the current situation, since we’re here now! We have been Florida residents for two weeks! Sure, it’s been fun, a bit tiring but still a good thing thus far. We’ve gotten to meet some people that we only knew online, and that’s been pretty awesome. It’s great to put a face with a name, and connect on a friendlier level. I plan to continue to do that! Last week, I met up with my friend Andy (WDW Shutterbug) to catch the Festival of Fantasy Parade and to hang out for a bit. The parade was just as amazing in person, if not more so. I had only seen Andy’s videos and pictures up until that point. The details that went into creating that parade are really something to see, it’s most impressive! I want to go back and take more photos soon! Even though it was a really hot day, it was fun to hang out with Andy and take the kids on some rides.
That same day, I found out that some Main Streeters were at the Magic Kingdom as well. The Jensen Family from the East Coast were celebrating their final day of vacation and wanted to meet up and say hello! Christina said they were by the Partners Statue, so I started walking and spotted her husband’s TMSM Button!! I really can’t put into words the feeling I get when I see people sporting their TMSM pride. It’s overwhelming, and I’m so grateful for our Main Streeters. Andy was nice enough to take a group photo of us too. It was so nice to meet them, they’re a really awesome family!
So, you might think that Florida life has been all fun and theme parks…. but that’s not the case! There has been a lot to get in order and handle. Even just basic adjustments have been a little rough. I think I mentioned last week that we’ve been on “vacation time” and have been eating late dinners, staying up a little too late, etc. I’m waiting for that “vacation” feeling to pass. One thing I’ve noticed, is that we can’t spend money like we’re on vacation! We have always had the Disney Dining Plan when visiting the parks, so the kids were used to getting ice cream and snacks whenever they wanted. Well, not anymore! It’s a big difference when it comes out of pocket, you really have to watch what you buy or you can go broke quickly inside a park! We’ve been making the boys split food and drinks to help save a little, plus we haven’t been browsing the gift shops too much. It’s hard to grasp and separate what’s now real life, with what used to be vacation. Some things stick out. Like, we never had to cut grass on vacation, or work, or pay bills, or cook dinner. It’s all about adjusting. I’m working on finding a balance.
I was feeling a little homesick earlier this week. Granted, I don’t really miss Michigan, not the area itself. I miss my family and friends. This week will be a little hard, because every year since I can remember, I have spent the 4th of July with my parents. Every year they have a pool party and we get to swim and have fun with our extended family….. parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Gosh, I can’t imagine missing out, but it is what it is. There’s a family reunion this weekend too that I won’t be at either. I knew that it would be hard to adjust, and there will be times that I miss home, but I also know that everyone back there loves us and supports our dreams to the fullest. I can’t ask for anything more than that, I love them for it. It takes time to get used to new things, so I’m trying to keep that in mind. We’re still working on finding a new normal, and in time, I know we will!
So, that’s about it for this week. I appreciate you following along, and I hope that you all have a safe, happy, healthy and blessed 4th of July holiday! Until next week….. See you real soon! ~M