TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Friends and a Festival!
Happy Wednesday Main Streeters! It’s time for our weekly Florida Living update, lets get started!
If you recall our chat last week, I was complaining a bit about not being able to get to Disney in quite some time, and I was looking to change that. Well, I guess you could say in the past week, I for sure changed that. Last Thursday, we went over to Hollywood Studios for a few hours to get pics and such while the boys were in school. I have to say, it felt great to be back. After living in Florida for 2 1/2 years, I can honestly say I don’t get tired of Disney, and I miss it when we can’t go. Life happens though, and sometimes fun has to wait. Living here is much different that vacation that’s for sure. We got to see some of the security changes that were taking place, that every person was having to go through the metal detectors, instead of just “random selection.” Personally, I’m not bothered by this at all. That’s the world we live in now, there are crazy people out there, and I’d rather be safe than sorry. Speaking of our crazy world, Friday night we finally (yes, finally) went to see Rogue One at the theater. When we got there, there were Orange County Sheriff’s on patrol outside, and even an officer inside where the employee takes the tickets. Insane, but necessary I suppose. My younger kiddo got up to use the restroom during the movie, and came barreling back in a few minutes later, upset, saying there was a big crowd in the hallway and he was scared. Scared of what? He just said, he felt something was wrong. How sad is that that he’d even worry about such things. As we left the theater, I pointed out the police to him again, and assured him it’s a safe place to be. Both kids get nervous when they see police at Disney too, but I’d rather them be there than not. Gosh, when I was a kid, we NEVER had armed police officers at places of entertainment, like the movies and such. Sigh, it is what it is. Looks like Disney has a handle on things though, and for that I’m thankful.
On Saturday, I was excited. We were finally going to the Magic Kingdom, it had been a long time since we were there. Magic Kingdom is my favorite park, I missed it. Also, our friend (and TMSM staffer) Corey and his family were in town, and they invited us to come and hang out with them, so that made the day even more fun. People say that January is usually Disney’s “slow season” so to speak, but the park was slammed. We made the best of it though, we went on the People Mover, had dinner at the Harbor House, saw Philharmagic, went on the carousel, and just visited and had a good time. It’s nice when we have friends in town. I’ve only been home from Michigan just over two weeks, and I’m already hoping family and/or friends make plans to come down and see us sometime soon. Granted, I miss them, but I’m not interested in going back to Michigan until the weather breaks. They can come down to the Florida sunshine for a visit, that’s much better! The weather has been sunny and mild, I truly can’t complain.
On Sunday, we headed over to Epcot to check out the new festival that just began, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Plus Corey’s crew was there as well, so we knew it would be a good day. If I’m being honest…. and I am, I wasn’t totally looking forward to the newest festival. Not sure why. It’s a much smaller scale than Flower and Garden or Food and Wine, but it wasn’t bad. I was talking to a Cast Member, and he was saying the festival was put together in about three weeks, so merchandise was less, for example no pins. However, they do have some food booths, the prices were a pinch higher than the other festivals, they have music at night, and fun places for photo opportunities. There is only a week between the end of the Festival of the Arts and the Flower and Garden Festival, so we’ll see the changeover pretty fast next month. We did enjoy the day though, we closed the park with Corey and family, and all in all had a great Disney filled weekend. It was much needed.
This week we’ve been just busy working and getting things done. I still feel like we’re playing catch up from Christmas break. We finally took the Christmas tree down, so that’s progress. The living room always looks so bare after the decorations are down, I sort of miss the tree. I’m not sure what this coming weekend will have on tap, but you know we’ll be talking about it soon. As always, thank you all for keeping up with us each and every Wednesday, it’s truly appreciated. So until next week, sending you lots of hugs, blessings and pixie dust! See ya real soon! ~M
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