Where did the Summer Go?


So, here we are. It’s the night before school begins in Central Florida. It’s a hot day, hotter than usual, so we’ve been in the house. No Disney today, and I’m fine with that. Truth is, my heart is heavy, because I know all the chaos is about to begin, and the kids will be away during the day from now until Christmas pretty much. Where in the world did the Summer go? It sure does feel like it just started, and now it’s time for homework, school uniforms, going to bed early, and crazy schedules. I’m so not ready. I wish all we had to worry about was when we were going to find time to go to Disney and have family time, but that changes tomorrow.

We got a little Disney time in over the past couple of days, but we also had work to do. My friend Holly was in town, who is a contributor for our magazine, so we had things to get done. We did see Illuminations and have dinner in Epcot, met up with Bill and Eric our magazine photo guys, it was nice. We went to the Magic Kingdom last night, had some treats before leaving, etc. I can’t complain at all, we had a nice Summer. We did Disney a bit, went home to Michigan to see family, went to the beach, so all in all it was good, just fast. But now reality has set in, and the kiddos will be starting the busy school year in the morning. So tonight, I’m making them their favorite spaghetti dinner, and getting their clothes and supplies ready for morning….. and feeling a little blue.


I’m not sure what it is. My husband says I do this every year before school starts, but this year it feels worse. My older son is starting 9th grade, I’m going to have a high schooler. Little guy is starting 6th grade, so I’ll have a middle schooler too. I worry about them, for different reasons. I know I have to realize that all I can do is help them along, and pray that they’re safe and happy this school year. Too bad life can’t be like Disney, right? Just full of Castles, Mickey Mouse and Dole Whips? If only. Real life creeps in, and we just make time for fun when we can. To all you other parents who are going through that back to school struggle, I truly feel for you! We can commiserate together I suppose! Sending all our Main Streeter kiddos out there lots of pixie dust for a safe and magical school year! ~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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2 thoughts on “Where did the Summer Go?

  • August 24, 2015 at 8:32 am

    This is one of the many reasons I homeschool my twins. They will start 10th grade next month and have been homeschooled since fourth grade. We love it because learning should never end throughout the year. We take many trips to Disney (even though we live in Georgia) and they keep on learning in their Happy Place:) Homeschooling isn’t hard but does take commitment and time but it has been one of the most rewarding and fun parts of being their mom. I can only imagine the fun that could be had at Disney while homeschooling on a regular basis. Learning about different cultures, food and traditions along with the “normal” school lessons of math and English and History, etc…. And pay no mind to the “they will never be socialized in homeschool”. That is the biggest bunch of hooey! My kids are around people from infants to the elderly pretty regularly whereas in school they would only be around kids their own age. Sorry this is so long. Love TMSM and all you do:)

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