Monday, July 30, 2012

30 Days to 30 Years ~ Epcot's 30th Anniversary Countdown at DIStherapy

We are rounding the corner to Epcot's 30th Anniversary and that means that DIStherapy is hosting another amazing countdown.  This time it is the "30 Days to 30 Years" series in which Disney bloggers from around the web will come together to share their thoughts, memories and photos of the last 30 years of Epcot history.  Starting September 1st, be sure to head over to DIStherapy as the series kicks off with 1982!  Want to participate?  Leave a comment and I will let you know which years are left to be filled!  Let the Epcot Memories begin!

In the mood to reminisce about Disney and can't wait for September 1st?  DIStherapy has also hosted two other countdowns!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ways I (a mom of three) Prepare My Family for a Trip to Disney

There are so many ways I prepare for a Disney vacation.  Since I have already written about how I prepare my children for a trip, I decided today to focus on how I, a mom of three, prepares for a trip to Disney.

1. As soon as we pick a date for our trip, I start talking to my kids about it.  We look through photo albums of previous trips and watch our trip montages.  This gives me a good idea of just what the kids loved about previous trips, as well as give me some insight into things we didn't try that they want to.  Even better, we start talking about attractions my children are finally tall enough to experience and get them thinking about whether or not they plan to try them out.

This is by far is tops on Joey's to do list
2. Order the Disney Vacation Planning DVD:  This is free and a great way to get into the Disney spirit.  We always watch it as a family and start making our "Must Do List."  Each of us has our own list of things we just have to do each trip.  Eventually, we create one family list to be sure everyone gets to experience at least a few of their favorites.  Luckily for us, there are a lot of overlaps in our favorites lists!

3. Packing List:  I am the one who packs for the kids.  I make a packing list for each child, as well as myself and a "family" list.  I use the same lists every year, though while in Disney I always seem to find things to add to my list!  (I'll share those in a future post!)

Friday, July 13, 2012

My Favorite Nighttime Spectacular . . . Wishes

When I think of Disney, I think of dreams coming true and pure magic.  I believe that Wishes in the Magic Kingdom epitomizes just that - Dreams Coming True.  For me, I have a very special connection with this fireworks shows that dates way back before I had children and thought that my Disney dream was never to come true.  But after a viewing of Wishes (and of course, making a wish), my Disney dream came true!

The magic of Wishes is brought to life in so many ways.  From the very special narrator, none other than Jiminy Cricket himself, to Tinkerbell's flight over Main Street to the feeling of camaraderie you feel standing on Main Street with thousands of other people all taking in the same beautiful sight - the castle being illuminated with some of the most amazing fireworks displays you can imagine - it all comes together in a way that I get teary-eyed every time I see it.  Add to it the soundtrack, which yes we own and listen to all the time, it really brings together what Disney is all about for us.

Do you make a wish while watching Wishes?  We do every time!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Team Dustin ~ Prayers and Pixie Dust

You may have noticed that we have been on a hiatus for a bit.  Our family is facing one of our greatest challenges yet.  My two year old nephew has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.  Just a few weeks ago, my sister in law took him to the pediatrician because he was pale and lethargic.  He was tested from everything from a virus to leukemia.  After several tests, CT scans and ultrasounds, the doctors discovered a grapefruit size tumor on his kidney.  Because of its size and because it is surrounding arteries and pressing against other major organs, they cannot operate yet.  He will need four rounds of chemo before they determine if the tumor is reduced in size enough to remove.  When the tumor is reduced in size, he will then be transferred from Texas to a hospital in New York.  After they remove the tumor, he will still be in need of chemo for several months.

We live in NH, and my brother and his family are in Texas.  It is very hard being so far away, but luckily, I will be headed down next week to take care of my nephews who are 5 years old and 7 months while Dustin is in the hospital getting his next chemo treatment.  Please send prayers and pixie dust his way!  He is one tough kid and we all know he is going to beat this!

If you would like to keep up with Dustin's progress, there is a Caring Bridge site set up, as well as a "Team Dustin" Facebook page.  He can use all the support he can get!