So this year, the stress of figuring out Thanksgiving made a turn for the best (Is that a thing? It should be!) and we ended up booking a family vacation to Florida. It started when I found this rental in Kissimmee, Florida for what I can only describe as “a really fair price.” You can see it here. It had a pool, a loft for the children, a large bathroom, and rudimentary food preparation tools. But it looks so perfect that we rolled with it and committed to a turkey-free Thanksgiving trip.

The drive was long, longer than I admit. In fact, in that last slow hour on Thursday, the Black Friday sales were creeping into my mailbox and I ordered a ton of quilting fabric “because it was on sale”. Like this one. And this one. And this one for a baby quilt. Mind you, I probably needed only some of what I ordered BUT THE SALES! On a really boring car ride!

Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip. We spent a day at Legoland to avoid the crazy of Disney (also, much cheaper). Then we met my sister at Cape Canaveral and had a pizza and beer party for dinner. We finished the trip with a mini golf outing, long nap, and a campfire with smores and hot dogs (remember that reference to rudimentary food prep tools).

Mary Jo also has a place to rent in Miami if you are ever headed that way. I promise, I’m getting no bonuses for sharing this. She’s just that awesome.

Film images developed by Richard Photo Lab and shot using a Pentax 645N & Canon EOS-1N on Delta 3200, HP5+, Portra 400, Portra 800, Ektar, and Kodak Max.

P.S. I made turkey on Sunday in December and it was as good, if not better, than it would have been Thanksgiving Day!