Destination Disney!

We finally made it to Walt Disney World by way of St. Augustine! Days 6642 through 6649 in the Life were MAGICAL!

After a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving Day, we hit the road on Day 6642 in the Life, headed to St. Augustine, Florida.  We visited some our favorite spots, the Mission of Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of le Leche and the historic fort Castillo de San Marcos, and added a couple more favorites to our list.  This time we visited Potter’s Wax Museum, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and Gonzalez-Alverez House Museum.  We took a carriage ride around the city at sunset, and toured Whetstone Chocolates Factory!

We’re patiently waiting for the chocolate factory tour to begin.

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Where Has the Time Gone!?!

Hi.  Remember us? It’s been two years, but we’re still here.  A lot has happened in those two years.  Our little one is a teenager.  {Boy is she ever a teenager.  Pray for us.}  Ruby and Angel have both left us.  Our little cottage is coming along but still isn’t complete.  One thing has remained the same.  Life at the Hill House is always an adventure.

When we last met {June of 2015} we were planning a mini-vacation to Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach, Florida for Fourth of July weekend.

Days 6493 through 6497 in the Life

We started this mini-vacation in Jacksonville, Florida.  There’s not a whole lot for a small family to do in Jacksonville except visit the beach, but who wants to do that!?! {Just kidding, we live near a beach, so it gets a little boring.} The Jacksonville Zoo was amazing! It may be the best zoo we’ve seen.

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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.

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!