The Summer of a Lifetime…… is over, sort of.


I was on the phone with my Dad yesterday, and he was asking how the boys were doing and such, and asked if they’re ready to go to school. I said it seems that they were, and he said “Wow, they had the summer of a lifetime, didn’t they?” After a little thought, I have to agree with my Dad, they really did have an amazing summer! I suppose that’s over now though, well, sort of.

It’s such a weird feeling. Normally, once school starts we just go back to the ho-hum ways of daily life. Nothing exciting or fun. It’s a little different now, being that we’re Disney locals. Yes, we have to get on a routine and get back to “normal” life, but it’s a new normal here in Florida. I still have Disney work to do, even while the kids are in school, so summer life isn’t totally over. Plus, we have evenings and weekends, so the “Summer of a lifetime” isn’t totally over, just altered.

The boys were in good spirits today, they took going back to school in stride, no complaining or dragging behind. I thought they might be a little blue, being that “fun time” is on hold and they have to start school. Not just school, but a new school, and starting 3 weeks earlier then they are used to like in Michigan. They did well, better than me actually. When I dropped them off this morning, I looked in the mirror behind me and watched them walk in the doors for their first day at their new school. I had tears behind my sunglasses, but I didn’t let them know. I’m so proud of them and how they handled the changes this summer. We took a huge leap of faith and moved across the country, away from family and friends, just to be near the Magic and for the greater good of TMSM. So many changes, but they are doing great. I’m praying that they continue to like it here.

So, yes, reality is setting in, school is back in session, and we’re finding a new normal. But my Dad is right, we all had the summer of a lifetime. We were blessed enough to be able to come down to Florida and pursue our Disney dreams, and spending time at the various Disney Parks these past 8 weeks have been awesome. Times are changing, new routines are here, but we’re still lucky and don’t take it for granted one bit. I usually don’t give you all a Florida update until Wednesday, but since school started today, I had a little inspiration to write something extra. I hope all of you who have kiddos going back to school soon have a magical, safe and happy school year! More updates to come, thank you for following along on our Disney journey with us! ~M


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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 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. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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One thought on “The Summer of a Lifetime…… is over, sort of.

  • August 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Glad things have worked out for you and your family. New places can present new problems, but it looks as though you will handle things well! Being near Disney helps a lot!!

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