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Disney Cruise

Are you looking to go on a Disney Cruise. My oldest son and his family will be on a seven day cruise next week and it is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to relax and enjoy a vacation with no interruptions. My son favors the days at sea as they are incredibly relaxing and everything is planned for the children’s events and adult activities as well. If you are true Disney Cruise Fan, you might want to find some great collectibles in the Shop. DCL Disney Cruise Line Vinylmation 3" inch Wonder Ship Figure Unopened My favorites are the Vinylmations which are great souvenirs to bring back to remind you of the great experiences on your cruise. If you don’t get a chance to purchase some items, look in the shop to see if you can order one here, or let me know and I will try to find the Disney item for you. I love shopping Downtown Disney and the Character outlets in Orlando.

What do I like about cruises? The opportunity to relax, to swim or sit in the hot tub and enjoy wonderful food and entertainment. To spend time with my grandchildren and children where you can choose excitement or quiet. If you have never been on a cruise, consider it and think about visiting Disney World and a Disney Cruise combination package. What an awesome experience.

If you are looking for a great agency to provide you with quality assistance and care in helping plan your cruise, contact DestinationsinFlorida.com.

I have been on several cruises and always get home wishing I had purchased one more T-shirt, hat or souvenir. If you find yourself wishing you had purchased a Disney item, or if you just enjoy Disney check out the Shop for some fun selections. Don’t forget the molds as they are such fun. Disney Parks Mickey Ears Silicon Muffin Mold (Red) - Disney Parks Exclusive & Limited Availability We used these for our last adventure into making bath bombs. Such fun to have a Mickey bath bomb and the fragrance was absolutely great in that we used Jasmine and Peppermint essential oils.

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Star Wars is Coming

We always love Star Wars week-end so in preparation we are ordering many of the molds. We had some fun with the latest addition as once it was frozen, we gave the frozen ice to the dog Copper, who thought they were balls for his play time. We really enjoyed watching him try to move them around the house. This is a picture of the end product from our mold983UTYJR (35) My granddaughter loved this and had fun filling the molds and putting them in the freezer. Also thought we could use them for bath bombs and chocolate. Awfully big chunks of chocolate but that didn’t seem to be a problem for her.

If you are planning to visit during Star Wars Week-end, I don’t have the schedule yet, but here is the celebration poster for London.
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and this is something you might see:
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Be sure to check out the molds in the shop as we are adding new Disney ones every week. We use them for cakes, chocolate, ice, soap and bath bombs so far. As we open them, we will share them with you.

Please comment and let us know what you would like to see in the shop and what you would like us to shop for in Orlando. I am often at Downtown Disney, any of the parks and of course, the Disney outlet store. If you are looking for something special, I love shopping and will try to find it for you.

Hope you get to visit for Star Wars!!

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Epcot

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Almost Christmas

It is almost Christmas and the weather is beautiful in Orlando. Even though many say they don’t like the lack of seasons, I find the colored leaves reminiscent of Minnesota Fall.

Wondering what all my friends are going this Christmas and thinking of those who I have lost this year. Old friends are hard to come by and as we get older they are less and less of them around to talk with. I have several cousins and some old friends that I maintain contact with but none are very close and I don’t see any very often. I will see my grandchildren this Christmas and am looking forward to a trip North. Well only a couple hours north but a change from celebrating Christmas at my house. All families get to the point where they want their own traditions and this has finally happened with my boys and their families. I think of my mother at times like this and wonder if she was feeling the same ambivalence when we quit spending Christmas at home.

Mac was the first to refuse to come home and we spent many winter drives to Big Fork, MN. Then I was married and Christmas was at my home. We always spent some time at home in Breckenridge but I know it was never enough for mom. I have a much better perspective now that I am at the age she was at the time.

So I will look forward to change and adapt, say goodbye to old friends and family and move on through the season to what lies ahead in the New Year!!

Life is indeed change!!

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Christmas..it Ain’t what it used to be!!

I am sitting at home thinking about Christmas past and it was significantly different than what I see my children and grandchildren experiencing today. I grew up in a family that was poor, at least our Dad convinced us we were but we were less poor than many of our cousins and friends in the neighborhood. Christmas for us was being in the church performance as some member of the nativity. We had to learn songs and presentations and bible verses. Christmas eve was always church and we received a bag with a candy cane, hard candy and mixed nuts(not the kind that are shelled). Christmas morning was one present, something we had wished for all year, and a stocking filled with an apple, an orange and once again mixeed nuts. There were no ipads or computers, we played in the snow, visited cousins, aunts, uncles and grandpa and grandmas. Our play was outside in the snow with a sled or ice skates. Christmas eve was at Grandpa and Grandma Sanborn’s usually with Alaskan King Crab and Midnight Mass. Christmas day was home in the morning and then off to Foxhome to be with all my mom’s family. It was incredible and we usually had to perform a song and gifts were exchanged. We drew names and set a limit but the gifts were somehow always amazing.

Christmas for my children will be a cruise with my oldest son’s wifes family and her brother’s family. Then they will spend Christmas at home for the first time in many years. Usually they spent it with me in Orlando but the grandchildren are getting older and wanted to be home. I will drive up for Christmas morning. I’ll be working from the 14-24th in Miami so a bit of a drive. Presents for them are many and of course a very special large one from Santa. My Indiana son, youngest, his wife and daughter will spend Christmas at his home and leave the next day to drive to Orlando to spend a week with me. I am sure we will have some Park adventures while they are here.

So what does Christmas mean to me. An opportunity to spend time with family and yes, I still attend church. I still enjoy the mixed nuts even though I have to shell them, and I am incredibly grateful that my children and their children have good lives and wonderful families. Is there any better Christmas than that? Yes, friends, extended family though far away, an older sister I love dearly and just thankful for each day I look down and my feet are above ground. Life is good, Christmas is different but the love and caring will never change.

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Chicago is Cold

Walking across the street in Chicago this morning and it is cold.  The leaves have turned so it is very pretty but still cold and a bit of drizzle to make the walk uncomfortable.  I think to night might be a Korean bar-b-que night with Cathy.  This will be my last trip to Chicago for some time which is ok with me as I do not want to deal with another wicked Chicago winter.