TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Real Life Roller Coasters

Happy Wednesday Main Streeters! It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? I’d certainly say so. Let’s get right to it!

As everyone knows, last week there was a horrible tragedy at a high school down here in Florida. As a parent, it’s got to be one of your worst nightmares, to have something happen to your child while at school. When things like this happen, you have to have some HARD conversations with your children, and I did. I don’t want to scare them, but certain things needed to be said, as sad as that is. The mood was a little blue, so on Friday night we took the boys out to dinner at CityWalk at Universal Orlando. Gasp, Universal you say? Yes! It’s been a long time since we’ve been there, and we needed to get out. The kids really love Universal too, so it was a nice distraction. We walked around, looked at the shops, and had dinner at Margaritaville. All in all, a good evening at the “dark side” as Disney fans call it!

Saturday morning, we had Disney LuLaRoe work to do, of course. I thought a little bit of Disney was in order, and it had been a long time since we were at Hollywood Studios. Yet another one of the boys favorite places. The park was pretty busy, and it was hot outside for February. It’s still weird to me, being a Michigan girl… walking around in sun dresses in FEBRUARY. Sure doesn’t seem right, but I’m not complaining. I know it’s cold back home, so I’m thankful for the sunshine. We walked around a bit, went on Toy Story Mania, met up with friends and stayed for the Star Wars show. We also checked out the areas where Toy Story Land is going and Galaxy’s Edge, it’s really coming along! It was a good day. Oh, and for some reason, every time we go to the Studios I seem to run into Main Streeters, and it’s pretty awesome. Back by the Muppets area, a nice couple (Heather and Neil) came up to us to say hello, they follow the site and such. We chatted for quite a while! During the fireworks, another Main Streeter stopped to chat, but I didn’t catch her name. She and her family were there from Miami. Being able to talk to and THANK people in person, for following what we do, it’s truly the best. I’m always thankful when people stop me to say hello. So thanks for that guys, it made my night!

Sunday was of course our day to catch up on work and get ready for the coming week. I was a bit on edge. A new school week was starting, and I dreaded sending the boys back to their schools. I’ll admit, I actually cried, no shame in that. It’s hard not to worry about the kids, in today’s climate with the state of the world and all, but I had to have faith and pray that they’ll be fine. Yesterday, however, I got a huge dose of reality that I wasn’t ready for. Just before 9 in the morning, I got a text from my older son. He said that there was a threat at his school and he wanted me to come get him. My heart sank. I got myself together and we headed out immediately to go get him. I was texting with him, asking him where he was, where I needed to go, etc. At least I knew he was safe. When we pulled into the parking lot of the school, there were about 6 police cars up front, and parents pulling in to get their kids. I knew nothing of what was going on, all I knew is that I wanted to get my son out of there. When I saw him walking down the hall toward me, it was a feeling of relief, but also sadness. What is going on here? Why should we have to worry like this? It’s not right. Come to find out, someone made threats towards the school on social media. The police cleared the building, and actually arrested the kid who made the threat, according to the local news. All worked out fine, but it was a bit too scary for me. This is the reality we live in I suppose, sad but true. It makes you appreciate things a little more I believe. Those rough conversations I mentioned earlier? Yes, those were repeated again last night. Keep your eyes open, be mindful of your surroundings, etc. I’m just thankful that no one was hurt. Thank God for that. So on that note, I’ll wrap things up for tonight. To all of you, sending you big hugs tonight, I think a lot of us could use one. Thank you for keeping up with us and supporting all we do at TMSM, it’s a blessing. Until next week, sending you lots of love and pixie dust! See ya real soon! ~M

Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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