TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Family Time

Happy Wednesday!!! I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. We did, but I have to say, it really went by too fast. As I mentioned before, my parents were in town to celebrate the holiday with us, so that made this year extra special for sure. Lets catch up on how things went!

When my parents said they were coming to town for Thanksgiving, they said they wanted to keep things low key, so I didn’t plan any park time. However, you know me, I had to squeeze in at least a pinch of Disney time somehow. The day they got to town, we waited till later in the evening then headed to Disney Springs. The next morning, I planned yet more Disney time, but at a slow pace so we could enjoy each others company. We took mom and dad to breakfast at Trails End, over at the Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds. They enjoy dining there, but we never had taken them to breakfast before, and it didn’t disappoint them. Great food, especially their french toast bread pudding!


Once breakfast was over with, we hopped on the boat that went over to the Contemporary Resort. The weather was absolutely beautiful, so I wanted to get them outside a little, since it’s cold back home in Michigan. They were enjoying the sunshine. We got off the boat, took some photos, then went inside the resort to see their Frozen Gingerbread display. My parents had never been inside the resorts on the Monorail loop, so I thought that would be a fun time, to resort hop and see their Christmas decorations. We took the monorail over to the Grand Floridian so that the parents could see the beautiful tree and gingerbread house, which they also enjoyed. Eventually we made it back to the boat dock and hitched a boat ride over to the Wilderness Lodge, also to do some Christmas sight seeing. It was a lot of fun to have that family time together and enjoy the weather a bit too.



Thursday was Thanksgiving, and the plan was basically to do nothing but eat and watch football, and that’s pretty much what we did! Scott rigged up the television so we could watch Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning, then we got to watch the Detroit Lions in the afternoon. So we did have some extra comforts of home for the day as well. For dinner, we did the traditional spread….. turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie. Good stuff! It was nice to just relax and visit! I was so thankful that we could all be together.



Friday was our last full day with my mom and dad in town, so I wanted to let them choose where they wanted to go. They asked if we could take a ride to the shore, and of course I threw a plan in place. The closest beach to us is Cocoa Beach, so we ended up at the pier there. We ate at a restaurant on the water, took a walk on the beach, then closed out by going to Ron Jon’s Surf Shop. It was such a nice day. Truthfully, it’s still really odd to me, to hear Christmas music on the radio, see decorations around, yet we can still go to the beach. My parents said the same, it sure didn’t feel like the kick off of the Holiday Season. After the beach, we went back to the house for round two of turkey leftovers.




Before we knew it, Saturday was upon us, and it was time to take the parents to the airport. I’m telling you, their visit went by far too fast, but we truly had a great time. Saying bye for now wasn’t so bad this time, as Christmas is around the corner and we’ll see them in a few weeks. We were all thankful for such a good visit, and now I get to look forward to seeing the entire family at Christmas time.

This week has been all about work. I’ve had to work twice as hard, since I took some down time when my family was in town. Between the magazine, and another project that I’m working on, there’s been no time to breathe. But busy is good I suppose, it gives me focus and drive to keep doing as well as I can. So that’s about it for our weekly chat. Again, I truly hope you all enjoyed your holiday as much as I did. We have more busy times in the coming weeks, but we’ll all be together, getting through the holiday season! Until next week, wishing you lots of love, blessings, and of course extra pixie dust! Thanks for reading, 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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