Disney World again!

You may have noticed I’ve added 2 small tickers to my sidebar (I couldn’t decide which I liked, so I put them both up, lol). Chris and I finally decided on our “last vacation before kids”! That’s not necessarily to say that I’ll come back from that vacation pregnant (though, part of me kinda wants that…). We’ll have kids when we’re ready, whether that’s sooner or later. It’s mostly just that we realize we can’t afford to save for kids and take big vacations every year, but we decided to take one last big one to celebrate our relationship. In the meantime, and afterwards, we’re tightening our budget and really going into savings mode for our future family. We’re already doing pretty well – we don’t have any debt (just normal monthly bills like the mortgage) and we’re saving a good amount of money each month, while spending very little (Chris totally de-princessed me).

So, our last vacation is another Disney World vacation, since we both love it there so much. We debated a bit on where to stay. At first we thought we might try to go really low-budget and stay in a hotel off-site, but then we’d need to rent a car and that really affects the ease of getting places around Disney. You just can’t beat the monorail and bus system. Then we looked into the hotels near Downtown Disney, which we thought would be cheaper than the main resort hotels, but they weren’t. There’s no reason to spend lots of money on a Hilton or something when you can spend a similar amount and get cute theming and better transportation. So, upon deciding to stay in a real Disney hotel, we narrowed it down to the Contemporary (cheapest, while being on the monorail line), the Beach Club/Yacht Club (walking distance to EPCOT, perhaps more geared to adults), and the Polynesian (a tad more expensive than Contemporary, but really cute AND on the monorail line). In the end, Chris didn’t really care where we stayed and I decided that the Contemporary might have a bit of a cold, sterile feeling and while I would still like to possibly stay at the BC/YC at some point, I’ve never stayed off the monorail line and really enjoy being able to see Cinderella Castle from the hotel and I’ve always wanted to try the Polynesian, so the Polynesian was our final choice (boy, total run-on sentence there..oh well). I’m really looking forward to staying there. 🙂

It’ll also be interesting to visit in February. I’ve always gone in the middle of the summer, which is really hot and pretty crowded. It’s always a blast and the heat means a trip to a water park while we’re there, but I think it’ll be nice to go when it’s cooler and hopefully not as crowded, too. The hours, I believe are slightly shorter (maybe an hour or 2), but I think that’ll be fine. I think Downtown Disney is still open fairly late if we need something to do. We’re usually pretty happy to just go back to the hotel at the end of the day, though.

Anyway, it’s nice to have Disney World to look forward to. In the meantime, we probably won’t be doing much travelling. Chris’s parents are coming here for Easter (egads, that means I have to cook… 😐 I get very nervous cooking for others. I’m always sure they’ll think it’s terrible) and we’re probably staying home for Christmas this year (I’m not sure about Thanksgiving yet). We do have a few small trips coming up though. Next weekend we have our annual ski trip – we’re meeting some friends and family at Elk Mountain in PA where there will hopefully be some snow – and the week after that, we’re going to visit my parents in Florida for a few days. We might do a short trip to Atlanta with some local friends at the end of March and we may go to Savannah for our 2-year anniversary in June, but all in all, these upcomping trips are short and fairly inexpensive. We also just learned of 2 upcoming weddings in the family, and we’re pretty sure we can make it to one of them, since it’ll be in the Atlanta area, which we can drive to, but we’ll have to see about the other one. We’d like to go, but we would need to fly and Chris would have to take a day or 2 off work since the wedding is on a Friday.

Well, that’s all for now. 🙂

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Crocheted Things!

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been working on knitting and crocheting. I haven’t really tried purling again since that post and have mainly been working on crocheting. It seems to be going much better now than it was when I made my last post. In that post, I showed 2 amigurumi toys I wanted to make – a lion and an elephant. The first I decided to try was the lion, since it was mostly made up of a simple single crochet stitch. I unfortunately only had the 2 balls of yarn I had been experimenting with to learn the stitches (black and a yellow/pink blending combo), so I didn’t really have exactly the colors the pattern called for, but I think it just gives him character! Here he is:

Simon the sunburned lion

Simon the sunburned lion

Ahem, so you can see the yellow/pink combo yarn started to turn from yellow to pink once I hit the appendages…but, it’s ok! He’s just sunburned! See:

Simon laid out in the sun too long!

Simon laid out in the sun too long!

Anyway, for my first project, I don’t think he turned out so bad! He mostly looks like the pattern’s picture other than the colors and they eyes, which I couldn’t find anywhere. I checked Hobby Lobby and AC Moore for 9 mm safety eyes, but the smallest both stores had was 12 mm, which looked way too big. I also couldn’t find them anywhere online other than Etsy and Ebay, which I’ve never used and don’t know how to use (do I need to sign up for some sort of paypal thing? Is my credit card info safe?), so I ended up buying some beads from the jewelry section at AC Moore, which are also a tad big and bulgy since they don’t actually install through the holes in the crochet stitches. But whatever.

The second thing I decided to try (after getting some new yarn) was the tiny elephant and here he is:

Caesar the deformed elephant

Caesar the deformed elephant

I suppose he’s kinda cute in his own way, but this one looked quite a bit more different from the pattern’s picture…his head/body is tiny! I don’t know what happened! I followed the directions and it has the appropriate amount of stitches. And since the appendages look so big on him, I’m assuming they came out as they should have and would look fine on an appropriately sized head/body. So, another project with character I guess.

And finally, I decided to try a crochet hook holder, which was really simple (and yet still didn’t come out quite right). Here’s the original picture from the pattern:

Crochet hook book pattern from Lion Brand

And here’s mine (I chose different colors):

Rolled up

Rolled up

A couple problems here – 1) it didn’t felt at all in my washing maching/dryer. I don’t know if it is the yarn or my laundry machines, and 2) it’s too short. The hooks are supposed to fit completely within the borders of the holder and mine stick out. I believe my hooks are standard size, so again, I don’t know if it’s the yarn or if I made my stitches too tight. It has the appropriate amount of stitches per row. My guess for #2 is that it’s the yarn. I originally had planned to include 2 more colors into this project, but my yarn of the additional 2 colors was a different thickness and once I had made a few rows, I could tell the new rows were longer despite containing the same amount of stitches. Maybe I was a size off on the yarn. I don’t like the thicker yarn though! It’s harder to use. It seems to fray more easily and the stitches get too blendy and I can’t tell where the next loop is.

Anyway, though I had some problems with each of these projects, I’m kinda proud of myself! And I’m looking forward to doing some more stuff. I think I may try the purse from my last post, but I think I’ll make sure I have the correct yarn weights before I start this time. Maybe I’ll make a scarf, too.