We still technically have a couple more weeks of summer, but it does feel like it’s rapidly coming to a close. Honestly, I’m perfectly okay with that! While it’s been nice to slow down some this summer, try and process life post-graduate school, and adjust to full-time work, I absolutely love fall.
FALL IS MY FAVORITE.
Burnt orange colors, the crisp feeling in the air, the changing of the leaves. Fall in Colorado is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to experience it for the second year. This summer has felt more full than times past – from our trip to California, celebrating my graduation, getting settled into our new home, A’s trip to Africa, and hosting several people in our home. Goodness, I’m looking forward to the fresh routine the fall typically brings.
BUT BEFORE FALL, WE HAD ONE LAST TRIP – A FAMILY REUNION + VACATION!
This trip has been on the books for about a year, a time for my dad’s side of the family to gather in Florida. My last remaining grandparent, my paternal grandmother, passed away somewhat suddenly last November. My dad and his two siblings chose to use some of their inheritance to pay for the family to come together for a long weekend at the beach for quality time, rest, and celebrating my grandmother’s life.
IT WAS PERFECT.
The weekend was full of sunshine, a little too much humidity (especially compared to life in Colorado!), tons of laughter and good stories, late nights and early morning sunrises, and delicious food.
A little family competition game of croquet (with matching t-shirts – I know, don’t be jealous!)
Everyone else in the family started to return home on Monday (Labor Day), but A and I extended our stay an extra day. We woke up early Tuesday morning and spent all day exploring and hanging out at Epcot at Walt Disney World. It was a dream. We absolutely love travel, learning about different cultures, and eating good food – and all of that done in Disney style? Perfection. It also happened to be the Food & Wine Festival, which meant there were dozens of booths set up around the World Showcase with food and beverages from all over the world. Apple strudel from Germany, specialized pita “nachos” from Greece, cool udon noodles and tempura from Japan, and creme brûlée from France. If you’re a foodie, I would highly recommend planning a visit during the Food & Wine Festival.
No rest for the weary though! Shortly after we landed at the airport, A had to jump into work, the to do list grew rapidly, and we’re quickly trying to recover and get back into the swing of things. Which leads me to this question…
HOW DO YOU HANDLE RE-ENTRY INTO “NORMAL” LIFE AFTER VACATION? DO YOU EASE BACK INTO YOUR ROUTINE OR TAKE A COUPLE OF DAYS OFF?