Summertime is my time. I like the sunshine. I like the warm weather. I like the longer days. I like shorts and flippies. I like ice-cream. Hamburgers. Twizzlers. Driving with the roof open on my car. Daydreaming about what's coming at the end of our summer.
I'm a simple guy. And yes, I'm aware that dreaming of a trip to an over-priced resort, to stay in an over-priced room and eat over-priced food is hardly the things of simple folks. But it's a sliding scale.
I make too much money for the government to give me "free" health care.
Here where I live, summertime arrives later than where some of you live (I'm looking right at you NicoleMarie!). And mid 70's is hardly the Florida hot we'll experience in a just a few weeks. But after months and months of cold rain, sweaters and long pants, it's awesome to break out the big boy shorts and flippies. We had about as perfect a Friday night as you can have last night. We sat on our porch, watched the tall trees shift and move, ate ice-cream cones and let the girls run wild.
My girls like to run. Little ZZUB likes to chase after ZZUBY doing everything she does. Saying everything she says. Even if the context don't make a lick of sense (NOMel). She'll randomly remind her, "You're not the parent." Don't know where she heard that one. Last night, her phrase du jour was, "by the way." She said it at the end of every sentence, by the way. Li'l ZZUB is a mess.
Anyway, we're now in "summer mode." Even though ZZUBY has close to another month of school and it'll probably turn cold again 15 minutes from now. Because that's how it rolls out here where people are too dumb to realize the whole country is swinging back to the Republican party (Hi Massachusetts! Hi New Jersey!). Still, we like to look forward to what's ahead. And that means we've busted out our trip video from two years ago.
At the end of every trip, I'll create a DVD of our trip. I make a slide show of our pictures and set it to music. Then I include several of our videos. The slide show from our last trip to Disney World included both still pictures and video. One of my favorite parts of the slide show (and indeed that whole trip) was shot in the lobby of the Country Bear Jamboree.
The place was empty when we went inside and the girls were just kind of running and skipping around the place. ZZUBY was trying out some of her gymnastics on the brass bar and Li'l ZZUB was trying to do so as well. Back then, Li'l ZZUB called her sister, "Diddy," which roughly translated into Sissy. They were having themselves a time and I remember enjoying myself too. Watching the slide show again I remembered how fun that 10 minutes was. I think I even wrote about it in my last TR although I can't be bothered now to re-read it to find out.
The girls had fun running around two other times during that trip. Once in the lobby of the Grand Floridian (they were mostly dancing there) and once on the 4th floor of the CR (NOCourtneyandRyan [does anyone know if they're still hot?]). We have hilarious video of country come to town at the GF. That was an especially fun night for us.
I had a point when I began rambling so many paragraphs ago. I think it was this: one of the things I'm looking forward to is those unplanned moments of carefree joy. When ZZUBY and Li'l Z make their own fun. Wherever we are. And no, we don't have to go to Disney World for that to happen. By my own account, they did that just last night in our front yard.
It's just more fun at Disney World. More expensive, too.
But if I don't spend it, President Obama will.