Four score and seven years ago, make that 5.6 years ago, I took my first step inside of Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Had a fabulous time if you take away all the hours we spent standing in line.
Some of our most magical moments included:
- Riding on a float during the Animal Kingdom parade,
- Crush (from Nemo) calling out Lita by saying the girl with the purple shell and afropuffs on her head.
- The best steak I’ve tasted at Le Cellier.
- And all the moments Lita’s eyes lit up from magic.
We so enjoyed our vacation. I snapped thousands of photos. And it was our first family vacation. A trip like that deserved an amazing album, you know!
But I couldn’t piece one together. I was unable to revisit the photos and the project because shortly after our trip, my ex-husband and I separated. And that trip became associated with a time of pain and loss and a world that didn’t/couldn’t exist ever again.
I kept asking my self: why? Why should I finish it? Why should I care? Why should we celebrate?
After some soul-searching and the passage of time, I was able to answer.
Why should I finish it? Why should I care? Why should we celebrate?
Because it’s not about you.
It’s about her.
I didn’t take the trip just to cross Disney World off my bucket list.
I planned and scheduled and waited in long lines because I wanted to watch my daughter experience magical moments that only a 5 year old could.
So my album is her album. Her family. Her good times.
Not all mine.
And so over the summer, I finished that album. Here are some of my favorite pages:
The rest of the layouts are in my Disney Vacation Album. I feel so much joy having now finished and excited to send them over to Persnickety Prints. They’ll have them printed and delivered later this week, which means I can give the album FINALLY to my daughter. Five years later. But with tons of love.
And closure for me.
All of my layouts use templates from the Window System Templates, which is now offered in .PAGE and .PNG formats! And 99% of the digital papers and elements are part of Sahlin Studios Project Mouse collection.