Happy Wednesday Main Streeters! It’s time for our weekly check in, so let’s get right to it!

This past week has been a blur.  My days started running together, it’s been THAT blurry.  Sometimes when something bad happens, you try to be strong for others, but end up running yourself down. I think that’s what happened truthfully.  After losing our Fran a week and a half ago, I knew that people would be asking me questions, people would be hurting, and I wanted to do my best and be respectful to her family and do what I could to help.  Dealing with grief on a grander scale shared with so many really was different.  But I have to say, our TMSM family has been wonderful, I’m so proud of how everyone came together in such sad times, and I believe Fran would be proud too.

We’ve been laying low since last week.  The weather took a turn and has been pretty chilly (I know, not as chilly as other states), so it’s not great park weather so to speak.  That’s ok though, I haven’t been to any of the parks at all in over a week, and I really needed the down time.  Mental exhaustion is the best way to describe it. Last Thursday my friend and staffer Autumn and her crew were in town, so we met them at Noodles and Co. for dinner.  We had never eaten there before, even though it’s close to home.  It was nice to get out of the house, as I had been home all week. Autumn and I hadn’t really gotten to talk much about losing Frannie, she was so important to us all, so it was good to have that little bit of time.  Also, the boys enjoyed being out, having pasta, plus she brought them Star Wars shirts, so it was a much needed outing.

Friday night our evening was cut short because Aidan was having asthma issues. The cold weather usually doesn’t bother him so much, not like it did when we lived in Michigan, but it’s been chilly at night. On Saturday, we thought about going out and about, but with the cooler air and the worry we had the night before with my kiddo, we stayed home. That evening though, we had friends over, which was nice. We had dinner, had wine, and just talked. I can’t even begin to say how greatly needed that was after a stressful week. You want to know what was my favorite part of the evening? We went outside on the back patio and made s’mores! Yes, s’mores in January, which was a first for us. That’s something we’d only do in the summertime when we lived up north, so that’s a treat for us, as silly as that may sound. The kids loved it too. Even though we moved here 2 1/2 years ago, we still experience things for the first time, and it still feels new. It was a fun night indeed.

Since Sunday, we’ve pretty much been home getting the magazine ready, as it needed to be done by this morning. After Fran passed on January 21, we new that we wanted to do more for her, for her family, just whatever we could. So, it was decided that the February issue of The Main Street Monthly would be dedicated to her. The cover idea was my husbands, he wanted her to be the main focal point. It just happened to work that we had a picture of her in one of the group photos from the meet up in November, and she was front and center. We also asked for our readers to share comments and stories about Fran so we could do a tribute section inside too. I’m so thankful for the input. I really cherish our last meet up even more now, because we got to spend so much time with her. I know that nothing we do, nothing we can write or share can bring our friend back, but what we hope is that people know how special she was to our TMSM Ohana, and that we will always be here for her family. Always…

Well, that’s it for this week. I know I had nothing exciting to report on the Disney side of things, but sometimes you just need to hunker down and take care, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Maybe I’ll have more to talk about next week, but regardless, I thank you for sticking by us and reading our updates every week. A special thank you to everyone who shared Fran stories, sent messages, and offered comfort in the past week and a half. It means so much. Until next week, sending you all hugs, blessings and pixie dust… See ya real soon! ~M

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