|About to get on her first Disney Cruise, December of 2019|
|First Mickey Bar ever - on the first night of the cruise in 2019|
Back in December of 2019, it seemed like an incredibly extravagant way to get away for Christmas. It was the gift that year. My Sailor got a bonus and leave which just happened to match up to a military discount on a Disney Cruise. We booked the whole thing a whopping 3 weeks out, and it turned out to be an amazing investment in our future.
We had no idea how much we would rely on those memories to get us through the subsequent deployment and COVID lock downs that came unbidden in March of 2020. (Check out this blog when the World Paused and we were called on to Seperate to Survive)
Talking about memories from The Mickey Boat kept us 'afloat' while we were struggling through school, park, store, and life shut downs. Every single day, the memory of our time on the cruise came back to shine a light in a terrifying time.
When the stars aligned AGAIN (no bonus this time, but a significantly less expensive cruise that we could drive to in 20 hours) after all the stresses of reintegration we jumped at the chance. This road trip took The Impossible Girl's entire winter break - but that also happens to be a time of year when My Sailor can get holiday Stand Down. While it's an expensive time to travel, making memories together means more than saving the money.
After all, if Covid and military life have taught us anything it's "Seize the moment. Who knows what tomorrow may bring."
Here's a fun little horn battle: Disney Wonder VS Royal Carribean, so you get the gist.) While anxious souls may find comfort in all of the safety schpeel, it can also, obviously, increase anxiety as well.
|In the future, I'd be happy missing this shin dig, but it was a nice way to get the party started...|
Only... we didn't sail away right after the sail away party.
Due to fog, we were stuck in port for several more hours.
Hard to believe it was sunny minutes before this massive fog engulfed us!