Vacations on Instagram

Somehow I went to New Orleans and barely took any photos. And then went to the mountains and took a good amount of photos, but mostly of water and videos of us laughing. But this summer has really been fabulous. Just really lovely and liberating. I feel good. I feel good about me. I feel good about the rest of this summer.

I've been really slacking in the blog department and I just talking about how I've been slacking and not really doing too much about it. The thing with this blog is, when I have a lot going on and am as busy as I've been at work, that doesn't leave a lot of time (or effort) left for blogging. But I love this blog and the things I get to create for it, so now that I'm getting settled into this new home and have a weekend home before my next vacation (!!!), hopefully I'll have some new content up soon.

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Disney Vacation

Almost two months ago, Tim and I were in Disney World for vacation with his family. I can't believe it is taking me this long to share these photos. I think it was culling them to find the best ones that turned me off from putting this together. But I'm so thrilled that I am looking back on this! Our trip to Disney was the first actual vacation that Tim and I have taken (with a hotel room and not with a group of high school children we were teaching). Though I was worried about traveling with his two young nephews, it ended up being a great trip and left me wondering when Tim and I would be able to return to Disney again (but maybe just the two of us.)

Disney World is really a fabulous place. Since Tim and I don't have children and don't really care to be in places that have tons of children, I was a little worried that everything would be so "kid friendly" that I would lose my mind. That wasn't the case at all. There is so much to do, so many different places to eat, and so much...space...that you can be around as manyโ€”or in our case, as fewโ€”children as you want. We had some lovely family time, but also a whole lot of us time, which was great.

Along with all the normal Disney World things, we also rented a car to journey to Winter Park, FL, where Tim went to college and lived during that time. We got to see his campus, old apartment, walk around Winter Park, had dinner with one of his college friends, and stop into Rifle Paper Co.'s flagship store. I geeked out quite a bit, but I think I handled myself pretty well. (Disclaimer: that's a complete lie. I don't think I was very composed. I was giddy...)

All in all, a great trip. And I think I've got the travel bug for 2014. 

We're Back!

We're back from our week in Disney World and happy to be home. A few more photos to come, though I didn't take many photos at all last week. I am hoping to get a few recipes and projects up towards the end of this week and next, but please excuse any lack of posting. Not being home for a week means that I wasn't making anything to share with you lovely people. Oh how I wish I had more time to create beautiful things to share with you all!

PS: This might be the BEST photo I've ever taken of Tim and I. Taken in Epcot; that bridge is the bridge between the U.K. and France. :)

Camping Vacation Snapshots

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So we went tent camping in Lancaster, PA, last weekend and it was awesome. It was kind of a last minute decision and I'm so glad we decided to pull the trigger and go after talking about it all summer. Friday night we set up, made a fire, and cooked dinner and s'mores over the fire. Saturday we ate at the smorgasbord, drove around to a couple shopping areas and outlet stores, and had a lovely dinner and drinks at the Lancaster Brewing Company (their pumpkin beer is fantastic!) 

Growing up, my family owned a pop-up camper and we went camping almost every summer, so camping really means a lot to me. Tim and I have talked on several occasions about hoping to purchase some kind of camper/trailer in the future, and that just seems like such a dream. I know camping isn't for everyone, and there are surely parts that aren't for me (bugs), but I think it's a really fun way to spend a weekend. This was the first time I had ever been tent camping and thanks to a giant queen-sized air mattress and our leak-free tent (it rained all Saturday night), it was just a charming experience. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I decided to make a hashtag (#TimDianaVacation) to document some of the vacations we have planned. I wanted to be able to look back on them easily, and I don't care if creating a hashtag for yourself is lame. Because I'm pretty lame anyway.

Proud tent parents. / My cute car was a camping champ! / Our weekend home. / Leopard print even camping. / Walking to the office for firewood. / A fun building on the grounds. / Leaves are falling. / My mom's make-up box that I always remember from camping as a kid! / Blowing up our giant air mattress. / Fall mums. / Pumpkins!