TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Reflection Time, and Spring Break


Happy Wednesday Main Streeters! Well, even though it’s a little early, Spring Break has already begun down here in sunny Florida. With Easter being early this year, we’re finding huge crowds everywhere this week in Central Florida, and it’s just the beginning. Even the restaurants have lines out the door, so with my kids being home this week, there isn’t much to do without a long wait. Last weekend things were no where near like this, and it was nice!

Friday night we met friends at Hollywood Studios for a little Star Wars fun and fireworks. The crowds were low and the temps were beautiful. We went back again to meet Kylo Ren and Chewbacca. I”m telling you, those meet ups are really fun, and I’m not even a HUGE Star Wars fan, gasp! Kylo scares me, but it’s still fun! We also split a Darth Vader peanut butter chocolate cupcake. Not bad for a Friday night!



On Saturday, our friend from New York was still in town, so we headed over to the Beach Club Resort to meet her and have some lunch. We ate at a restaurant on the Boardwalk that I hadn’t been to before, then stopped for a frozen drink and sat in the sun. The weather has been getting warmer and warmer here, so it’s been nice being outside. After lunch, we went back to her room and spent the afternoon talking, it was really nice. I don’t get a lot of mingle time down here, but when I get the opportunity to see a friend from out of town, I take it. Saturday caused a lot of reflection time for me. Well, actually the past few days have. Do you ever just stop and look around you, and find things that you’d really love to change? I think that’s where I am. Life is funny, and there’s no time like the present to reflect and make some positive changes. Speaking of change…..


This week I got the news that our house that we lived in back in good old Allen Park Michigan was being sold. I don’t want to go into any major details on that, but I knew it was coming. We have been down here in Florida for almost two years, and it was time to make the decision, it was time to move on. Yes, I’m happy down here for the most part, but thinking of our home made me cry. Hard. Change isn’t easy, there is so much that goes along with that. The day after I heard about the house, I woke up in tears, thinking about a tree. Yes, a tree. When my younger son was born, a lilac tree was planted for him when he came home from the hospital. Lilacs are a beautiful part of Springtime in Michigan, when you see them bloom, you know that Summer will be coming soon. I love and miss them. Anyhow, that tree in particular means so much to me. So yesterday, through tears, I asked my parents to save part of that tree for me if they could before the sale goes through. Memories always last in our hearts and minds, and I know that is something that will never fade, but it’s hard to let go completely. Sometimes I think of home and wonder what the heck I’m doing here in Florida, away from everyone. But, I look at my boys and know they are happy. I think of all the wonderful things I get to do for TMSM now that I’m here, and it’s good. We did our first live Facebook feed the other day from the Magic Kingdom, and the feedback we got was amazing. I know I can’t do that from Michigan. So yes, it’s hard, but it’s a trade off. TMSM has flourished since we moved here, and I have to believe God put me here for a reason, and that’s what I’m holding on to. Memories will always be there, no one can take that away from me, and I take comfort in knowing that my family back home is proud of my accomplishments and they love and support me. Sigh, change is hard, letting go is hard, but personal growth can’t happen unless we push ourselves out of our comfort zone. If I can do that, anyone can.

Wow, sorry to get a little down. You know I write from the heart. What you see or read is what you get! I thank you for letting me share with you each week, it’s a blessing to me. Through the ups and downs that I have, I hope it gives you a little perspective as well. We can get through anything if we have the right people in our corner. Thanks for being in my corner! Well, that’s about it for me. Even though the area is a crazy mess, filled with people, I’m going to try to get out and enjoy the time off from school with the boys. Yes, I have memories back home, but as a friend recently told me, there are SO many new memories to be made here, and I intend to do that. Thanks as always for reading and keeping up with us, it’s appreciated. Till next week, sending you lots of love, hugs, blessings 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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