Saturday, January 6, 2018

Disney World Vacation Review Part Three

We just experienced the BEST VACATION EVER and I am sharing it in a series of blog posts. Our Intro Post, Part One and Part Two are available to read, if you missed them. 

I've already shared about the wonderful resort we stayed at. I would like to share some things about the things we did that worked for us and having small children with us. 

I recommend getting the park hopper passes, no matter how many days you stay. The park hopper pass is great because then you can go to a different park for a table meal, like we did a few times or just do some at one park and then some at another on the same day. We actually enjoyed going to Magic Kingdom two different times and went to Epcot twice, we had a meal at Epcot on our Hollywood Studios day so we finished up and jumped on a bus to Epcot a couple of hours before our dinner reservation. We got to enjoy a few things we didn't do the first day while we waited.

We got Magic Bands with our resort package. Those are amazing, water proof and you get one for each guest in your party. They are your room key, they are connected to your fast passes, your meal plan and you can have it set up with your credit card. For things that cost money you have a pass code for it. For rides and your room, you just scan it. I didn't have to worry about carrying money everywhere I went. You can set up different codes for each band or the same for all.

We got the PhotoPass. Anywhere they are taking photos they will scan your band after they take the pictures and it will show up on your phone in the app. On rides that take pictures, at the character meetings and more. The Disney World app is wonderful because you can keep track of your fast passes and your dinner reservations, change things, check wait times on rides, even follow directions on how to get to a certain attraction plus more. We still took pictures on our phones but it was great to get the ones they took, too.

We purchased a Bubble Wand, which to some may seem silly or a waste of money. BUT it was a LIFE SAVER many times. It is hard for a one and a three year old to stay happy sitting in a stroller or waiting in line or waiting for food, etc, day after day. It made a huge difference. She didn't get to have it all the time, but when we needed her to find a bit of joy in her day, out it came. Other kids in the park loved it, too. They would get excited as her bubbles went everywhere. We let her pick with of the two she wanted. She picked Mickey Mouse over Little Mermaid. Go figure.

Another thing we did was carry around a couple of snack cups that we put cereal in for them to snack on. He needed it more than she did. He had it in his hand most of the day, even when he wasn't actively eating anything out of it. We took dry erase books and color wonder markers and books for her. That helped so much when we were in a long line or when we were waiting for the big kids to get on and off of a ride and we had nothing to do. Each night after a bath, the two little ones got to open a gift. The one year old got a book each night. The three year old got sticker books, dry erase books, color wonder markers and coloring pages, etc. Some of those things she was able to take with her to the parks. It was something different and new for a new day. She still had the option of going back to one of the other things she brought. Options are important, just not all at once. Spread them out, they work much better that way.

Bring small snacks but not big things. Enjoy some of the snacks AT Disney. If you have the meal plan then you get two snacks a day. Make sure you use those on REAL items and not just a bottle of Coke. I'll talk more about the food in a different blog post. Make sure to bring the kids a change of clothes, just in case. If not, you may find yourself trying to purchase an outfit within a budget for clothing, which you didn't actually create a budget for. Yes, that happened to us. Our sweet girl had an accident when she was taking a VERY long nap. We quickly found an outfit that we could just use the pants only and then save the whole outfit for another time. I need to have her picture made in it, or something. I got it a little big so she can wear it at least a few times.

If you can, on the day of check in, just relax and enjoy the pool. Walk around and take pictures of the resort. Check out Disney Springs. Take a nap. Don't worry about going to one of the parks unless you get there super early in the morning and check your bags at the hotel for a later in the day check in. On the day of check out, pack up all your bags, put them in your car and make sure you haven't left anything IN your room you want/need. Then jump on a bus to Disney Springs and enjoy some time there. Use up some of your snack and/or quick service meals. Finish up your shopping. Then take the bus back to your resort and cash in any left over food credits for items you can take back with you on your return trip home.

That's it for this post. I hope it helps you plan for little ones!


Friday, January 5, 2018

Disney World Vacation Review Part Two

We just experienced the BEST VACATION EVER and I am sharing it in a series of posts. You can check out my INTRO POST and my PART ONE post if you missed them. There is just so much information that I can't share it all at one time and do it justice. 

I LOVE to plan vacations. Each year I plan really fun vacations for my family and I go all out. I look up everything I can in the area we are going. I plan out the days and what we will do and how much we will spend on food...everything. I even put money in envelopes for each thing. 

This time around was a little different. This was too big to not take advantage of a Disney planner's expertise. I wanted this trip to be THE BEST it could be. That doesn't mean I didn't do my "homework" and plan some things out. This trip took so long to make it happen, I wanted it to be as perfect as it could be. So my NUMBER ONE on my list of advice for ANYONE taking a Disney trip, call my planner and let her help you get it all figured out. I personally plan on having her help me with every Disney trip I take. And I am planning many more.

She will listen to what you want and do it for you. If you change your mind, she changes it. If you really want to do something, she works as hard as she can to get it for you, even right up to the last minute and beyond. She actually kept working on things for me while we were there! That is dedication and loving what you do. Make sure your planner really loves what she does. It makes a difference. They will go above and beyond to make sure you enjoy your trip.

We took Heather's recommendations and looked them up and decided what we thought would be good and what wouldn't work. We looked up the restaurants and the rides that we had to chose from for fast passes and told her what we wanted. The thing about having a planner is that she KNOWS about how much time something will take at a certain time of day. She is better at booking the fast passes than I would have been. She KNOWS good times to book meals and what places offer the best food and amount of food. It is a GREAT thing to be able to delegate something for a change instead of thinking I have to do it all myself. In all honesty, I don't have a lot of EXTRA time. And it takes time to do all that she did for me. I personally don't know where SHE finds the extra time. I think it is easier for her because she does it all the time so it is like second nature to her. 

The first thing Heather needed to know is how many people were going, their ages and the time of year, or exact dates (if we knew them) we wanted to go. From that she was able to tell us the best resort for our budget. Since we were taking small children, she suggested the Art of Animation Resort. We almost went with the Lion King family suite but when our granddaughter started loving Finding Nemo we changed our mind and went with that one. What a fun room that was. All seven of us fit easily. There is plenty of space. We loved the fact that it has TWO BATHROOMS! There is a mini kitchen with fridge, microwave, sink and coffee maker. The couch pulls out into a bed. Most nights it had two teenage girls and a 3 year old. Some nights the 3 year old slept on her little pull out Minnie Mouse couch that I bought for the trip so that the girls didn't have her taking up all the room in the bed. Also, plenty of drawer space and places to sit while in the room. 

The bathroom had a sink area and a separate tub/toilet area with a door that closed. It was great that the sink was usable even if someone was taking a shower or going to the bathroom. The table was another bed. Move the chairs then pull the handle and the mattress comes down. Super easy to fold back up. We brought a portacrib and put it right outside the bedroom door for my grandson to sleep in. Even with that up and all the beds pulled out there was plenty of room and it didn't feel crowded at all. 

The bedroom had a big bed and a TV. The other bathroom was in that room. It was just a shower/no tub. But it was a nice room. The only part of the suite that didn't have the Nemo theme. It was great to have the room cleaned each day since with little ones (and teenagers) can make a mess. At the end of each day we came back to the room with everything clean and fresh, plus towels when we ran out. We never had to contact the hotel about needing anything since it was always there. The beds were comfortable and there were plenty of pillows and a few light weight blankets.  

I did prepare a bathroom bag for each bathroom to make sure we had the things we needed. There was never a need to go buy toiletries or basic meds because I brought them. I wanted to make sure no time was wasted trying to find a store or paying too much for something at the hotel. I used the shampoo they supplied and it was great. Hairdryer in both bathroom, too. I packed bottles of things like mouthwash or anything larger size in gallon size ziplock bags to travel. Anything that could spill was in a bag of some sort to keep other things safe. I also brought two bathroom air fresheners so a stinky room was never a problem. 

I did bring snack items and things we could put in our bags to eat during the day, if needed. We ended up taking a bunch of it back home. We had an abundance of food with our meal plan. I will go into that more in a different post. With the meal plan you will never be hungry! Even sharing food with two littles we had more than enough. 

The atmosphere at the resort was great. There are several different themes, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, Cars and Lion King. Outside each one is giant characters and inside are these great panels along with halls. Our granddaughter loved this one that is right outside the elevator doors. This picture was on our first night after we got there. She got dressed in her Nemo and Dory pjs and her Minnie Mouse house shoes and we went down to find dinner and check out the rest of the hotel. There are fun little surprises all around the hotel. One of them was at the end of the building was a bunch of seagulls on the roof. At different times during the day and evening they start saying "mine, mine, mine" like in the movie. It is so funny! 

Since we missed using our table reservation we rescheduled it for later in the week and used what is called a quick service meal at the hotel. The food at the hotel was great! We had so much food that night with tons left over. One thing that was great was we were given these cups when we checked in. We were able to refill them at the resort any time. So when it came to meals there we got to use the drink credit towards a dessert or snack in it's place. More about what those are later. You could put soda, coffee, hot chocolate or something along those lines in it. We took water bottles to the parks and filled them up with water during the day. It's important to stay hydrated. And we got water along with another drink during our dinner meals to make sure we drank more water. The kids got milk with those meals. 

If you have kids, this is a great resort to pick. The other family suites are in the Lion King section. The other two are normal size rooms with two big beds and one bathroom. You should bring your swim suits. You never know when the weather will be perfect for it. The temps were actually quite high when we were there. Many people enjoyed the pool. They have family movie nights in the pool and other activities around the resort for kids to do. 

While we rented a van to drive there, we never once got in it until we drove home. The shuttles were great. We never had to wait too long for one to show up and the lines usually weren't long enough to have to wait for a second bus. Only happened twice in the seven days were were at the resort and that was because the bus filled up quickly with more than one wheelchair. The wait for the next bus was minimal. From what I understand, it was because it was a slower time before the busy Christmas guests arrived just a day or two after we left.

I give Art of Animation Resort two thumbs up and five stars, :)   Highly recommend it. In fact, we will probably stay here again when we have the grands while they are small. I do want to try other resorts and I know my planner will help me decide which ones to try each time. While we didn't spend an over amount of time IN the room we did have time to enjoy it. After a long day of fun it still took time to shower and wind down. I also liked to figure out the plans for the next day before we went to sleep. I would get Heather's page of suggestions and instructions out along with my map for that day's park. Having that took all of the stress out of it for me. 

Check back for more on the four parks, the food and more!


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Disney World Vacation Review Part One

We just experienced the BEST VACATION EVER and I wanted to make sure to share my experiences with others so their trip could be as great or even better than ours. I also wanted to preserve my memories of the trip so I could make my next trip there better, as well. I will be doing a series of reviews, about the resort, the different parks, the food and beyond. I hope you will enjoy and benefit from them. 

In the intro post, I told you about my Disney Planner. I would recommend having a planner no matter how many times you travel on a Disney vacation, simply because they have the inside track, so to speak, and a wealth of knowledge to share with you. It doesn't cost you anything extra to have them help you with your trip but it does help make your experience better than if you were doing it alone. And they get paid by Disney for doing it. It is a win-win for both parties involved. I like knowing that my planner was taken care of for doing such a great job of helping me with my trip. 

Maybe you aren't sure what a Disney planner does. She finds you the resort and ticket prices that will fit your budget. She keeps an eye out from any specials that come out. She takes your likes and dislikes into account and helps you find the best places to eat. She helps you set up your fast passes and gives you suggested times to get on other rides throughout the day. She gives you tips on how to make things run smoother. The day before your trip she brings you a bag filled with all your printed info and her tips. In my bag of goodies she also gave my two grandkids a little Minnie and Mickey. My granddaughter carried that Minnie to every park and slept with it at night. My grandson plays with his all the time, we just didn't trust him to take it with him out of the hotel since he tosses things all the time. It also had a beautiful Disney Christmas card with a gift card from her. We exchanged gift bags because I gave her a bag of goodies, too! Hers was filled with books for her students (she is a teacher) and a special book for her and her daughter. 

The packet she gave me was so helpful. It had a schedule that had the suggestions, our fast pass times and our dinner plans. It also had sheets of suggestions for the different parks for snacks and other quick service meals. It was a wealth of knowledge, to be sure! I added or changed anything on each day's sheet as I needed to as the days went by. 

I booked my vacation at the beginning of the year and we went the week before Christmas. Another thing your planner can do is tell you the best times to go and the times to expect bigger crowds. We left right before the really crazy time of Christmas started. The crowds weren't bad at all and our wait times were reasonable, sometimes much shorter than we expected. 

I put a down payment on our vacation and then made monthly payments all year long. That helped make it easier since it wasn't all at one time. There was a special on the quick service meals so I got that but upgraded it to include the table service meals. I am going to do reviews on each of the ones we got to enjoy. While it may seem like a lot of money to do the meal plans, you have some amazing options for food that you might not otherwise get to enjoy. More on that later. 

One IMPORTANT bit of advice I would like to give you. IF you are traveling with young children and you don't want to take your own stroller since you have to leave it outside at every ride and restaurant, call the local rental place either the day before or the day you will arrive but BEFORE you are supposed to go to a park. Don't rent the ones at the park because they are only one day rentals and it will add up to be much more than if you use one of the rental companies that deliver it to your hotel. I forgot to call them the night we got there because it was late when we finally arrived. So I called from one of the parks the next day. They did not have anything for me that day but I picked it up at my hotel the next morning. We spent an entire day carrying around a 16 month old and a 3 year old. While we managed, it was wonderful getting that double stroller the next day. We had the double stroller for an entire four days and it averaged out to be about $20/day. It was at least $30/day at the parks and you had to return them each day. We had this one in the evenings and where ever we went and all the way back to our room at the end of the day. They put a sign with your last name on it that is easy to see in the ocean of strollers. It is well worth the investment to rent one.  

We drove since our group was so large and we didn't have the extra money to fly. We rented a van because ours wouldn't make it that far. We had plenty of room and it was a nice ride. But it was a LONG trip. If you have the extra time, I suggest making a stop overnight, at least on the way home. We drove from Texas to Florida, with two children. Each potty break added at least 20 minutes on to our time. Our next trip we will leave a LOT sooner. We left at 11:30 at night and didn't get to the hotel until around 9 p.m. They are an hour earlier than we are so we lost an hour. We also stopped to have breakfast with some family and visit just a bit. If we had left around 10 p.m. or even sooner, it would have worked out much better, even with stopping for breakfast. We missed a dinner reservation because we intended to get there mid afternoon but that didn't work out. If you drive, make sure you give yourself a couple of hours to work with, just in case you have traffic or you have to stop too many times.

I think that is enough info for one post! My next post will be about our resort and packing for the trip. I hope you will come back and read it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing our adventures!


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Best Vacation Ever

It took me awhile to make this trip happen. I should have made it happen long ago. But I let a lot of things stop me. And truth be told, I wish we had gone many times over the years as the kids were growing up. That didn't happen. I let the ages of my kids at the time stop me, along with the fact that the trip would cost a lot of money. My kids are very spread out, except for the last two. It always seemed when my older child or children were at a good age to go I would have a little one that wasn't. Then as they got older my husband became more against going than he was at the beginning because of the money. He couldn't see why we should spend that amount of money to go to a fancy theme park when we had one right here. There is really no comparison. At. All...

I heard so many families talk about how wonderful their trips were. Many families had gone multiple times and talked about going back again. I finally decided that I would plan it and make it happen. I would PROVE to my husband, who loves all of the vacations that I plan, that it was worth it. I'm pretty confident that I succeeded in doing it. He enjoyed himself very much. 

I didn't plan this trip on my own. I had the help of the BEST Disney planner around. The great thing about this is that Disney pays her, I didn't have to. I got all of her expertise for free. She even helped me while we were at the parks. If you are even curious about prices or anything, check out her fb page and tell her I sent you. I don't get anything for it, but I like for her to know that I appreciate her enough to share the info with others.

My husband and I took our two grandchildren, ages 1 and 3, we took our 16 year old daughter, our college freshman son and his girl friend. We could not afford plane fair for 5 adult tickets and two littles. We rented a van and drove! More on that later. 

I learned a lot from this trip and experienced so much. I want to share it with others so they can use what I learned to make their trip even better. It may take me a few blog posts to get it all on here. I'm going to review the entire trip, rate the hotel we stayed at, tell you what I feel are MUST do's at each park, give you tips that I learned to make things go more smoothly, suggestions on what you shouldn't do in certain situations, and things you shouldn't miss out on, plus a few more things. 

I hope you will come back and read each post about our grand trip. Feel free to tell us about your trip and what you loved most at each park as I write about them. 



Friday, December 15, 2017

Hit The Reset Button

Ever feel like you need a reset button? That is about how I feel RIGHT now! I am so out of sync that I just want to push reset and start over. 

The deal is...I was ON TRACK and rockin' my fitness and feeling really GREAT about myself. Then all of a sudden...I wasn't. My weight started creeping back up. My food habits started to get "not so healthy". Then the BIG one happened...I STOPPED working out! 

And THAT is where I am RIGHT NOW! I honestly don't know what happened. I don't know what got me so far off track that now I am right back at the beginning with every pound to lose all over again, all the bad habits to break AGAIN, and the mind set to change AGAIN. 

But it is what it is. I have a choice to make. I can believe the lies. The lie that it's not worth it. The lie that I can't do it. The lie that I'll never be good enough, for myself or anyone else. The lie that life can never be different, never be the way I want it to be. 

It is NOT true! I CAN and I WILL make the changes that I need to and I will reach my goals. I will take it one day at a time and I will celebrate my successes and learn from my mistakes. 

It has been several months since I have allowed myself the time to sit down and write. I'm not sure why because writing is something that keeps my mind healthy. I've been struggling with some things and I'm doing my best to get back on track in each area. 

It is so easy to lose your way and get off track. There are so many distractions; the internet, our phones which have internet, TV, movies, and just the every day things that get in your way.

I am going to be making some major changes in my eating and my exercise in January. I can't wait to share those with you. So stay tuned! If you are interested in joining a challenge group to stay motivated, let me know! I am here to help you while I help myself get back on track. It is never too late.

~Terri @Transforming Lives One Day At A Time

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

An Open Door

I often pray that if I am not supposed to walk through a door, that God will slam it shut, not just close it. I want it to be crystal clear that I'm not to do it. God knows my future and where each and every choice I make will take me. If we had a blue print that told us EXACTLY what we were supposed to do and not supposed to do then we would never have to worry about choosing the wrong path. Doesn't that sound amazing?! 

Oh, if life worked that way! But God guides us while giving US a choice of paths to choose all through life. It is up to us to make those decisions, right or wrong. 

I've made PLENTY of wrong choices in my 51 years. Haven't we all? When I am not spending time with Him, it isn't as easy to hear that still small voice of guidance. BUT, I can honestly say, I have learned some of my most valuable life lessons from those wrong choices. My goal is to use what I have learned to make better ones in the future and to allow them to shape me into a stronger, better person. That isn't to say I shouldn't be listening closer. It just means that God can use my mistakes to grow me as a person and shape me into who HE wants me to be, in spite of myself. 

It's more than OK to walk through those doors that you aren't 100% sure about. No, really, it is. You might find out it wasn't the path you were supposed to be on and you need to turn around and walk back OUT that door. If that happens, go ahead! But don't wait around refusing to LIVE each day because you aren't sure if it is the perfect choice. And don't give up just because everything isn't perfect. The RIGHT choices aren't going to be the EASY road. That isn't what makes them RIGHT. The RIGHT choices usually take MORE work.

My Open Door...

Earlier this year, I walked through a "door" that was one of MANY similar doors that I have chosen. All of those OTHER doors did not work out for me the way I had hoped. I gave some of them YEARS before I decided it wasn't for me. One of them I even tried more than once because I loved the company so much and the values behind it. My love for it didn't make it right for me. THIS door is different in many ways. It FEELS different. And more doors have been opening up as I have jumped in and gotten busy. 

Within a week of starting this new adventure, an opportunity to host a booth at a small childcare conference presented itself. Actually, I inquired about it not knowing if it was an option or not. I had never done a booth of any kind. I decided to run through that door when I found out it was available. It was a success because I met some great people and new friends. I've met MORE people from those people and it continues to grow.

I have enjoyed every aspect of my new business and I'm watching it grow daily. I attended the yearly conference in June. I went back and forth about making that happen. I just didn't see how I could do it. Let me share a secret with you...if it is IMPORTANT to you, you will find a way! After thinking it through many times, I decided to RUN through another open door! I had earned my entire start up cost back so I put that towards my conference fees. It was a smart business decision. I gained so much from attending. 

My advice...if something is important to you and you are serious about making it work, attend the events that come along with that, whatever they may be. It makes a shift in your thinking and believing that you will succeed. That doesn't mean that if you do that, it will make something that isn't right for you work. Trust me, I've been there, done that, too. I went because I wanted it to work. I gave it my best efforts. I encourage you to do that if you walk through a door, give it your best. 

Back to my new "open door"...

Yesterday, I was contacted by a friend of mine that I met early on in my kidcare days, I have been in the childcare business for 18 years. She wanted me to know that the childcare association that I used to be a member of, which is how we met, didn't have a vendor for my products. I hadn't even given it any thought because I just ASSUMED they had one. NEVER ASSUME! I looked into it and talked to the person in charge of it. After thinking about it for a couple of hours, listing the pros and cons, I decided to run through that door, too. 

I will be hosting a booth at a huge childcare conference next month. Along with this conference, I will be able to set up a booth at their small training events all over Texas, that they have at different times of the year (usually in the spring, if I am remembering correctly) at no extra charge. There are around 15 of them. Some of the providers do not attend conference but they do attend some of the free training in their area. I will be able to meet even more new people. People I have a LOT in common with. I know what they need in the business they are in. My business can help make theirs even better! 

That is my BIG opportunity. I can see it for what it could be because of what the small one I did brought me. I am so thankful for these open doors. I am thankful that I decided to take this leap of faith. I thought about it for a whole year. Yep! I waited almost 12 months to the day before I decided this was what I needed to do. I let FEAR stop me from running through this door. I was afraid of what people would say. I was afraid my past business ventures would make this one seem less real for other people. I decided to feel that fear and DO IT ANYWAY! 

I am so glad I did. THIS is THE ONE for me! I love everything about it. I love the parties. I love getting to talk to other people about my product and learning about their families. I love making REAL friends through the parties and my VIP page. I love bringing joy to others through my business. I am so thankful that this came into my life and I was brave enough to walk through the door regardless of the past. 

One more thing I want you to know...I actually use a LOT of what I learned from those OTHER opportunities that didn't work for me. The business skills I learned carry over. The people skills I learned carry over. The contacts I made carry over. DON'T snub your nose at your past experiences thinking there was nothing there for you. You didn't come through it with nothing to show for it. You gained more than you think. Take a moment and pick out some jewels from that time in your life. And be thankful for them. I know I am.

Open Doors are everywhere. Don't spend your life sitting on the couch scrolling while life passes you by. Get out there and find your passion and live it! Use it to bring joy into other people's lives. Bringing others joy causes you to feel joy, too. 

Have you been afraid to walk through some open doors that have come your way? 

Are you waiting for the "right" time to make a change? 

Are you just so set in your ways, stuck in a rut, that you just can't see yourself changing anything? 

Are you enjoying the life you lead right now? 

If you could change something what would it be? 

Dare to dream with me. Share something you wish you could make a reality within the next few years. I would love to hear about it.


Transforming Lives One BOOK At A Time

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hello Weekend

Hello Weekend! You are here again! Can you stay a little longer this time? It seems like you are here and gone so quickly each time. We don't get much of a chance to relax and just hang out. I am always trying to catch up on everything I didn't get done during the week. I blink a couple of times and you are gone...again. 

Hello Weekend! One of our two days is already gone! The guilt of sleeping in and not getting right to work on the house pains me as I sit here and type these words. I could have gotten so much more done had I gotten up. I beat myself up for the things I didn't do yet fail to see the things I was able to get done. I only see what is still on my to-do list and think how much bigger that list will be the next time you are here. 

...NO! Not this time! I will not beat myself up for spending some of my time resting and just sitting in the peace and quiet. Quiet is a rare commodity in my life. I need to learn to cherish it. I will jump for joy that I was able to get four cabinets and one drawer cleaned out and organized. I will be glad that I did the dishes and put them away. I only have two cabinets plus under the sink left to clean out. That is major! My teen cleaned the bathroom, playroom, kids library and craft area. So we are ready for Monday morning and YOU are still here. That is something rare these days, too. Granted, our sweet grands are not here this weekend so those rooms will stay cleaned up for once. Which reminds me, we miss them.

Hello Weekend! They say you should find a job you don't need a vacation from. But in reality, we all need a vacation from whatever kind of life we choose. My husband and I LOVE to go to the mountains. That is something we haven't been able to do in a long time. We went 3 times a year for a couple of years so I have tried to plan trips to other places so we can see more of the USA and not just one state. This year we are headed to Disney World for the very first time. I am super excited. It will be Christmas for everyone that goes but not all of my kids get to go this time. It is my hope that they can join us another time. Next year we will celebrate 38 years together and 35 years of marriage. We are planning a trip to Punta Cana with the company I started my new business with. It is their incentive trip for this year. Even though it's tropical instead of mountains, I know it will be beautiful and relaxing. As long as we are together, it will be amazing.

Hello Weekend! I'm getting rid of clutter and downsizing to make our house feel more like a home. To be able to keep it cleaner, easier. I'm vowing to STOP being the pack-rat that I used to be because it just makes things feel junkie instead of comfortable. I'll have to spend just a bit more of our time together working on that. I have more closets and a few more rooms to clean out. But when it is done we will be FREE to enjoy our time together. Oh, won't that be grand? 

Hello Weekend! We have a bright future to look forward to. We will do fun, family and couple things when you are here each week. I can't wait to put some on the calendar. THAT is the key to getting things done, even fun things. We will spend our time with you doing things that FEEL like a vacation instead of work. We will get the rooms cleaned and keep the dishes done daily. We will do major cleaning one room at a time during the week. Laundry will be done Monday through Friday and not be left for the weekend. Meal planning and grocery shopping will be done late Friday afternoon followed by meal prep BEFORE it becomes our family game night. We will not use all of our time with you to play catch up and run errands. We will spend it doing some type of family activity and each have some time to ourselves. My first and foremost favorite alone activity is to read and my list of to-be-read grows daily. I look forward to being able to do that again.

Hello Weekend! Let's make our last day together this week something special. No negative thoughts to drown out the good. No judgement for that afternoon nap I know I will want to take after church and lunch. We can do a bit more planning for the weeks ahead, making sure our summer is one we will look back on and smile. Fill our FB with pictures of fun things each time we are together. Then each year on that date they will pop up and we can smile about them. 


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