The Same Yet Always Changing


After eight trips to Disney World, I feel at home when we visit. The familiar sights and sounds of Main Street welcome me and I am excited to visit my favorite places. The sameness of the Magic Kingdom over the years is comforting.

Cinderella’s Castle may be flooded with orange lights at Halloween and . . . → Read More: The Same Yet Always Changing

$100 Spending Money at Disney World


Aunt Nancy gave each of the children $100 to spend while we were at Disney World. My prediction going into the week was that Wyatt would quickly spend all of his money, Juliana would be very careful about her purchases but spend the money if she found something she really wanted, and Ruslan would . . . → Read More: $100 Spending Money at Disney World

I Thought This Was the Happiest Place on Earth

I have mostly given up on the lofty goal of taking pictures of Juliana, Ruslan and Wyatt together – all looking at the camera. But Disney World and rides and sunshine and Cinderella’s Castle, those should be enough to tempt smiles from this crew on demand. We stopped in front of the castle on the . . . → Read More: I Thought This Was the Happiest Place on Earth

I Decided That We Need A Little Extra Magic


Two weeks from today Ruslan and Wyatt will go on their first airplane flight and they will visit Disney World for the first time. It will be Juliana’s 3rd trip, Scott’s 3rd, my 7th and I believe my mom’s 7th as well. My mom loves Disney and an even number of people means that Juliana . . . → Read More: I Decided That We Need A Little Extra Magic

Disney, Dancing, Dragons and Drama


I will start out with the drama for those of you looking for an update on Scott. Scott was in a car accident last weekend and has a concussion. He hasn’t been able to drive or work since then and has spent most of the past week resting is a dark room. He is improving . . . → Read More: Disney, Dancing, Dragons and Drama

Disney Day #6

Wednesday was our last full day at Disney World.  This was our 3rd time staying at the Pop Century Resort and although the buses to most of the Parks are very efficient, we forgot how long the buses to the Animal Kingdom take.  We waited a very long time.  Combine that with the fact . . . → Read More: Disney Day #6

Disney Day #5

Tuesday was also my friend Sarah’s birthday and we spent the day at Epcot.  Our first stop was getting a FastPass for Soarin’ so we could come back later and not have to wait in line.  Juliana was started to get nervous about new rides so we didn’t want to wait in line and . . . → Read More: Disney Day #5

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Getting back to the final Disney posts (because if I don’t post them here, I won’t remember the details).

On Monday afternoon Juliana had her appointment at The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella’s Castle.  The package was a gift from Nonni and included a Belle dress with shoes, crown and wand, the hairstyle of . . . → Read More: The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Disney Day #4

Monday was another Magic Kingdom day.  We arrived at the gate prior to the Park open time so we could make it to our breakfast reservation .  We were dining at the castle and Juliana wasn’t the only one looking forward this meal (I might have been a little excited to go to . . . → Read More: Disney Day #4

Disney Day #3

We spent Sunday at the Magic Kingdom.  As soon as we arrived on Main Street, I knew it was not a normal day.  The Park had just opened and there were people lined up along the parade route, odd since the parade is always in the afternoon and occasionaly in the evening as well.  . . . → Read More: Disney Day #3