An Update on Our Nomadic Life

I realize I’ve been a little quiet about our nomadic travels lately. I think I’m mentally and emotionally hibernating.

We have just about a week left in Orlando. This jaunt of our trip has really been more of a vacation than anything else. We spent seven awesome days at Disney World (post coming soon), and we’re spending three days at Universal Studios next week before we leave for Chicago. So Florida has been quite different from our more educationally-focused stays in other states.

We’ve been working and doing some schoolwork during this time between theme parks, but to be honest, my heart’s just not into the traveling life anymore. I didn’t even fully unpack when we got here, despite the fact we were staying for a month. During our 3-week stay in Oregon this summer, I’d fully unpacked and organized everything by the end of the second day. I’m tired of packing and unpacking. I’ve also finally made the mental transition to go back into normal life, and you know how once you’ve mentally switched gears…yeah. That’s where my head is.

Also, we’re planning a major cross-country move for April, so I’ve been looking online for rental homes. Both of those things are fairly mentally exhausting. You know what really sucks? How many Craigslist rental scams we’ve come across. I like to pretend we live in a world where people don’t deliberately do blatantly dishonest things. But some people do. It makes me sad.

No complaints about the weather here, though. Florida in February was a GENIUS idea, I must say. And Disney really does create a perfect little world here, some of which they even let you enjoy for free. Last night we went to the Disney Boardwalk, which is just SO picturesque—and free as long as you don’t buy anything—and found out we could watch a Disney movie on the beach at the adjacent resort for free, too. You don’t even have to be staying there. You can also see the Epcot fireworks from the Boardwalk, and they have AMAZING magicians doing magic shows every night, also for free.

Free parking, too. As my dad always says, “The only thing better than free is two for free.” And free is good after seven days in the Disney parks. More on that soon.

As our trip is winding down, I feel like I should start reflecting on our travels and share some of my favorite highlights. There will be time for that. Right now I’m just tired. And maybe a little unsure about how to feel about ending our trip. It’s unlike me to be unable to connect to how I feel, but that’s probably just a product of overwhelm. I hadn’t given much thought to what this stage would be like. It’s weird.

If you have any specific questions about our travels this past year, please feel free to ask, either here or on my Facebook page or by e-mail. Literally, ask me anything. I’m very open. And another Q and A post might help me with the reflection process that seems so hard to grab hold of right now.

And since I wouldn’t be me without sharing some photos, here are a few from Disney. More to come. 🙂

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Annie writes about life, motherhood, world issues, beautiful places, and anything else that tickles her brain. On good days, she enjoys juggling life with her husband and homeschooling her children. On bad days, she binges on chocolate chips and dreams of traveling the world alone.

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