TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Summer Crunch Time

It’s Wednesday already, and we’ve been busy once again. I hope you all are doing well and are ready to chat, because I am! Lets jump right in!

As I said last week, school is starting down here much sooner than I originally thought, and I’m in a bit of panic mode. I have one week….. just ONE week left of Summer vacation with my boys. It’s not enough time. Not only do I have to get them their school supplies, take them to their open house nights at both schools, but I also am trying to squeeze in more family time before next week. If I’m honest with myself, and I try to be, truly it’s me who is dreading next Wednesday more so than they are. Yes, we’ve had a busy Summer, but it was so short and went too fast. I miss Michigan Summers…. they go back to school after Labor Day! I’ll stop complaining, sorry about that. So yes, we’ve been trying to fit in some family time and make the most of the last bits of vacation time, but I still had to work too. Balance….. always a balance.


Lets see…. we went to the Magic Kingdom last Wednesday evening for a little bit, went on some rides and did some live streaming. It’s been hot and crowded, my goodness! It was so crowded at the MK that night that we didn’t even attempt to watch Wishes on Main Street, we stood off to the side and waited for the crowd to clear so we could see the second showing of Celebrate the Magic. Sometimes you’ve got to pick and choose what’s worth fighting the crowd for. Friday we were invited to Sea World for a media day and it was really nice. Sea World gets a bad rap, it’s truly a fun park to visit. We got to finally check out their new coaster, Mako, and it was great. We appreciated them having us out. Saturday and Sunday were magazine work days so we stayed home. It takes so long and so much work to get The Main Street Monthly together, and the kids know that we’re pretty much housebound when it’s month end time.


The magazine was done and out on Monday so we waited till evening and went to Animal Kingdom. We hit our usual attractions…. Everest, Festival of the Lion King, and of course the Safari. The nighttime fun at Animal Kingdom is worth checking out for sure. Taking the safari at dusk is great too if you can, because most of the animals are pretty active. For the first time in I don’t know how long, we were able to see both the male and female lions, they weren’t sleeping! That never happens! If you go when it’s too dark, you truly can’t see much, I’ll be honest. It’s still fun though. Seeing the tree light up at night is great too! I can’t wait to see all the new things that are coming in the future to Animal Kingdom, I bet it’s going to be awesome! I’m really loving the Photo Pass option for AP holders too. We had a really fun Cast Member take our pics that night, she did a great job!



The heat has been pretty harsh down here and I haven’t been feeling so great. I’ve been doing my best though, I don’t want to disappoint the kids, especially since school is starting. As I stated before, I had some health issues this past Spring, and I think I’m still not 100% truly. It’s something that I wanted to talk about, maybe to encourage and help others, and at the suggestion of a few, I wrote about it. Well, when it was time to put said article in the magazine, I chickened out. This doesn’t mean I won’t use it at some point, I just couldn’t do it yet, and I’m a little disappointed in myself. Part of my job with what I do, is to relate to others who have the same interests as me, as well as to hopefully help and inspire. I’m trying, I promise you. I’ve been told that I’m my own worst critic, and I’d say that’s very true. Staying in my own lane in this business is something I’ve chosen to do, and at times it’s hard to be transparent for fear of ridicule. Silly, I know. I think we’re all a work in progress, aren’t we? Being honest and having these talks help not only me, but from what I’m told, our readers, and I thank you for sticking by me week after week. I’m glad I have this weekly outlet, and I’m lucky that you choose to care enough to read it, so thank you.

Well my friends, that’s all I’ve got for this week. I know, I rambled a lot, but you know I have my moments! I’ll be trying to get those last minute back to school errands done and enjoy my boys while I can, so I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about next Wednesday. As always, thanks for keeping up with me and my family, it’s appreciated! Until next time, sending you oodles of 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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