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This all began when I started to write my eulogy...
That's a really odd sentence to type. Earlier this summer, a friend was telling me how he used to have his college students in his class write their own eulogy as a way to reflect upon their life. After talking about that for a while, I thought that it would be such an interesting thing to do for myself for the blog.
I began writing it a week ago & it brought me back to how different the life I thought I wanted when I was 15 was compared to the life I have & want now that I'm 29. So I figured- let me start here and work my way up.
When I was 15...
...I was living so much in my own world. I was going to school, had just quit softball- a sport I played for so many years, danced in our high schools dance company instead, was working 2 jobs busing tables & babysitting whenever I could. I managed to have a great group of friends & we got into our fair share of very innocent shenanigans. I was the kid being raised by a village after my parents got divorced & my father left, with a very active imagination.
Had you asked me at 15 where I'd be when I was 29, my current age, I'd tell you that I would have a house, a husband and probably 2 kids with more on the way. I used to say I wanted a whole mess of kids. I dreamed of being an architect who was able to balance it all. I would have met my husband when I was in college & would have moved in together after graduation where we would have purchased that adorable starter home before we were 25. Everything would have fallen right into place -I had wanted it all to be very conventional.
This was probably because the conventional & very normal life I had as a very young kid had only lasted so long. I was in elementary school when my parents began fighting and in middle school when they finally got divorced. I had been surrounded by wonderful families- and watched as all of my friends (except for one) enjoyed their seemingly "normal", non divorced kid life.
I had so badly wanted their "normal". So much so that the life I thought I wanted for myself was filled with everything people expect you to want & have. You graduate high school, go to a good college, get a job, get a husband, get a house, have those kids, live happily ever after in your own version of the chaos. The picture of future Kristina was filled with what I thought everybody else's family had.
But eventually that changed...
STAY TUNED FOR PART 2...
It is now tradition to take a sweet adventure every year.
It all began in 2016 when the Ice Cream Museum came into town. The next year we went to a chocolate museum and when Candytopia came about- we bought tickets immediately! So here's what we thought!
For our review on the Ice Cream & Chocolate museums, click here!
If you like sweet treats, bright colors & confetti- then Candytopia is a place you need to visit. It all begins a little weird- in a dark room with an actor running around yelling things. Although, you can't fully understand what he's saying so I honestly had no idea what was going on. But after a few minutes you enter a new room with bright colors, loud music and people running around everywhere!
Now, when I re-read my pros & cons for the ice cream museum, the one con I had revolved around it being a guided tour. Interestingly enough, having Candytopia not be a guided tour was probably one thing I didn't like. Here's why.
At the Ice Cream Museum, your groups that you were with were small- maybe 10 people or so. So even though you only spent a certain chunk of time in every room, it was a small enough group that you got to see & explore every bit of that area. At Candytopia- the group you were with was a MUCH larger group and you can explore at your own leisure. With so many people & kids running around, you couldn't always necessarily do what you wanted to do or look at something as long as you'd like. We ended up staying in Candytopia for the same amount of the Ice Cream Museum so that all evened out.
When they finally open the doors to Candytopia, you're just thrown into all the rainbows, confetti & candy you can imagine! There's artwork made of candy, statues made of candy, trees made of candy- pretty much everything was made of candy!
You were free to roam about each room & each room had a different theme which made it super fun! One room was filled with candy portraits, another took you under the sea & another let you play with unicorns and confetti. They had great photo opportunities & their staff were all super nice while taking pictures!
And yes- there was even candy to eat! Each room had a chest of candy for you to snack on! Between taffy, tootsie pops, pixie sticks, air heads, candy bracelets & more- your sweet tooth was happy!
To wrap up the day, we entered the marshmallow pool! No- they are not real! I made the mistake of jumping into it at one side while my friends were on the opposite side because it required a lot of leg work to get through those marshmallows! You only had 5 minutes in the pool (this was the only time restricted piece of the exhibit) so you had to make it count! We got a lot of fun pictures & boomerangs so we were very happy!
I would recommend this if you can snag a ticket! It's very kid friendly & there were a ton of kids there. We had a great time exploring and playing with confetti! It was a fun thing to be a part of! So if it makes it's way to your town- go have fun!
How does it rank?
Now that we've done a few sweet adventures, it's time to rank them from our favorite to not so favorite! We're already talking about what our next adventure is going to be!
1. Ice Cream Museum (it can't be beat!)
3. Chocolate Museum
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!