165 Days to Disney

My handy little Countdown to Disney iPhone app tells me that we only have 165 days to Disney! Woohoo!

Yesterday I ordered some decals for our Magic Bands from Customingland and Sassy Monogram and More. Very cute! Today I purchased a Picnic Time Zuma Insulated Cooler Backpack {RED of course} for our in-park picnic lunches as well as our trip to Daytona International Speedway in July.911pypXq8tL

Amazon.com describes The Picnic Time Zuma Insulated Cooler Backpack as:

  • Stylish, lightweight and durable with divided sections and zippered pockets for all your stuff
  • Holds up to 20 cans at full capacity, 16 cans with room for ice packs
  • Shoulder straps with air mesh underside and handy cell phone pocket
  • Heat-sealed, water-resistant lining to guard against leaks

The upper mesh compartment is the perfect place to carry personal items like ponchos, souvenirs, bug spray, sunblock, deflated Mickey balloons after you’re tired of leaving them at the entrance to every ride, etc.

I see this thing being quite a handy contraption. The hubby can use it when he’s working in the yard. Fill it with water bottles {or cram his CamelBak reservoir in it} and hang it on a tree. We can fill it for small road trips to my grandmother’s house or my girlfriend’s in Georgia.

Mini-Vacay

Looks like we’ll be able to squeeze in a family mini-vacation this summer! Our destination? Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida. We’re excited!

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of family things to do in Jacksonville. The Zoo. Fort Caroline. The beach {we can stay home for that.} But just a short car ride away is St. Augustine. The oldest city in America. The first Catholic settlement. Living museums. Ghost train tours. Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Pirate ships. The list goes on and on.

And then, of course, Daytona for the Fourth of July. We’ve never been to a race, but since we will be driving home on Sunday before the Coca-Cola 400, we decided to see the Subway Firecracker 250 which is NASCAR XFINITY regulars facing off against Sprint Cup Series stars. {Hope someone understands all that racing jargon. It’s Greek to me!} Nonetheless, a good time for the Hills of Sims Mill Pond.
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Creating Magic

While still in the beginning stages of planning our family vacation, I discovered there are quite a few useful resources that will be of great assistance. So far my favorites are:

With all of this wonderful advice, I decided to start a Vacation Planner binder. I designed my binder on Zazzle.com using our monogram. Zazzle offers a wide variety of Disney designs, but since Walt Disney World will not be our only vacation destination, I customized a binder to match my home binder.

I created dividers using Avery Index Maker White Dividers with the following categories:

  1. General Information
  2. Budget
  3. Packing List
  4. Resort/Hotel
  5. Dining
  6. Magic Kingdom
  7. Epcot
  8. Hollywood Studios
  9. Animal Kingdom
  10. Downtown Disney

I know it’s a lot, but with 40-square miles of property I don’t want to miss any of the magic!

214 Days to Disney

On Day 6,429 in the Life, we received a little package in the mail.

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Oooh, a surprise.

We thought it was the informational DVD of Walt Disney World, but no. It was something quite unexpected. Instead of just sending a confirmation email, Walt Disney World sent this nice, little box as our reservation confirmation. Continue reading

It’s the Magic Countdown!

{Now I have Europe stuck in my head.}

It’s official. We booked our Walt Disney World vacation for later this year. The magic begins in 221 days. Let the planning commence! {And my goodness are there a lot of resources for planning and preparation.}

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See you on Day 6,644, Walt and Mickey!

Fun in the Sun in Destin, Florida

After a very short training class at Eglin yesterday, Troy, Al and I spent the day in Destin.  At Harbor Walk Village to be exact.

We walked along the Harbor Walk, enjoying a Kona Ice, feeling the nice breeze, and getting some sun.  I got more than Troy and Al, but the burn is worth it.

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We rode down to the beach and walked along the shoreline to collect a bottle of sand.

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