A month ago, while looking down the calendar and seeing nothing but work related events staring back at me, I called up my mom and insisted she fly me down there to visit at some point in October. Unfortunately, we had to wait three weekends until we both had the time to see each other!
Ostensibly, the weekend was to clean out Dad’s closet. Some may say it’s too soon, some may say not enough time has passed, but honestly, there are no right answers in this situation. I thought we could get the process started and Mom was amenable to it. So a mini-vacation it was!
So an early Friday flight it was… I had to stop by and get a classic hot cinnamon dolce latte with whip. YUM.
I’ve tried to take more pictures, but I don’t think the camera came out of it’s bag once. So my iPhone photos will have to suffice.
Husband hates having his photo taken, so that’s why I have to do it secretly! It’s beside the point that he reads this blog. :)
Apparently Sappho took a liking to him. Sappho didn’t do this one to me the entire weekend.
Remember the story of that cat that was hanging around Mom’s house? Well, she adopted him. Meet Sappho!
The other function of the trip was to organize the family photos. I had promised Dad that I would help him with this project over the summer and it never really happened.
I pulled out piles and piles of photos from the entirety of the family’s decades together…
It was kind of overwhelming. Mostly we spent Saturday going through piles and every few minutes passing one photo to the other with a giggle or a roll of the eye as to the location, chopping off of heads or possibly outfits.
We did finally find the stash from the infamous Florida trip in 1995 (I think that was the year). I was 12 (but looking at that photo, I’m wondering if I was younger than that…). And I can’t believe I’m showing you this photo, but it’s in the interest of Disney. :)
I also found photos of us in the Prime Time Cafe at the Studios. I had no idea I had ever eaten there! I’ll have to go back sometime and see if it brings back any memories. Mom said we had a lot of fun that day!
And the photo with Minnie? There are so many more baaaad paid for photos, as Ellen would say, but I’m not ready to show those yet. :)
In addition to the prints we found, I located the 50 odd hours of family movies. We were prolific back in the day! I’m hoping I can find a good company that will digitize both the video and the prints for a reasonable price. Because it will take forever to do any of it ourselves.
At the end of the weekend, photos were in boxes and organized according to categories and put back in the cabinets. We’ll pull them out in batches to label and then add to photo albums. It was SUCH a huge project it will require more trips in the future to finish. But at least we’re moving down the right path!