TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Winding Down the Summer


It’s Wednesday Main Streeters, and time for our weekly Florida living check in. This week’s blog finds me a little sad and sentimental, because my boys are in their final week of Summer Vacation. I know a lot of parents are ready by the end of August to send their kids back to school, but I’ve never been that way. I honestly do enjoying having my babies (yes, still my babies) home with me, and I’m going to miss them when next week rolls around.

In the past week, we’ve gone school shopping for clothes, trying to pick up a few things here and there. We never had to deal with “uniforms” for school before, and I’m still not used to buying white or blue polo shirts only when it comes to school outfits. You’d be surprised, it’s actually hard to find shirts like this around here, because so many schools have that dress code. We did our best though, and got them a few things to get them started…. haven’t shopped for supplies yet, I hate that part. The list seems to get longer and longer each year. We have two open houses to go to, so I’ll know for sure what they need. Sigh, two different schools this year. It’s going to be so busy, having the kids in two different places, at two different times. My Andrew is starting… gasp, high school. That was painful to even write down. Aidan is still in the k-8 school, but he has to change classes this year for the 6th grade. How can this be? In my eyes, they’re still little, and they still need their Mommy all the time. Is this what I’ve always heard about? Letting go? I’m just not ready!

So, I will live in denial a little bit longer, at least until Monday morning when reality is upon me, and try to squeeze in some last minute fun before the school year begins. We did manage to go to Epcot for magazine pictures last Friday night, and the Studios with friends on Sunday, but the rain has been a bit of a plan changer. Gosh, at Epcot, we had to hang out in the Electric Umbrella for an hour until the rain passed, and it was really bad. Guests looked like they were going to blow away, and the rain was so hard that it was coming down sideways. The rainy season has been so much worse this year, as opposed to last year, so we haven’t done as much Park time as I had hoped. We’re just lucky that we live so close to WDW that we have the option to come back another day. I know a lot of people come here, rain or shine, and have to make the best of it, but my goodness, it’s been a really wet Summer.


As the Summer wraps up, I’m trying to be thankful for the time I was able to spend with the kids, and not feel sad if at all possible. The Summer went so fast, it’s hard to believe. I think because we were so busy, time got away from us. We went home to Michigan for a couple of weeks, went to some work conventions, covered events, spent a couple days at Daytona Beach, etc. It’s all good, and I’m counting my blessings. I’m sure other parents of the sentimental nature, like me, can understand my heartache though. No matter how big our children get, they’re still our “babies” at any age. My 14 year old is taller than me, but he’s still my baby. My little guy, well, he’s still small, but I know I’m on borrowed time there too. Yes, I’m going to miss them, but I pray that they both do well and enjoy the school year. Now I just have to be more mindful on weekends and such when they are home, to make time for family activities and quality time. Time has flown, like in the pic I put in the beginning of this blog…. to me they’re still those little boys, and I think they always will be. So, to other parents who feel my pain, we can commiserate together. I get you, but we’ll get by, and so will our kiddos.

Thanks as always for keeping up with us and our Florida adventures each week, I sure to appreciate it. Until next time, sending you lots of love, blessings, hugs and pixie dust! See ya real soon! ~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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