TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Very Merry and Not So Merry

Happy Wednesday. I’m not sure how many of you noticed, but last Wednesday evening was the very first Florida Living / Update blog I’ve missed in almost four years. I never miss, but we have been dealing with a lot here, so I apologize. This week I’ll try to give you an update, as best I can, but it still may be a little short. Thanks for being patient with me! Here we go!

The weekend before Thanksgiving, my parents were in town for a visit. I had already put in my rsvp for the media night at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so we decided to get tickets for them to come with us. Their flight landed in Orlando around 4:30, and we had to check in by 7:00 at the TTC, so we were pressed for time. Once they arrived at our house, we had some quick hellos and then piled in the car to head to the Magic Kingdom. We made it to the check in window in time, and happily headed for the party. When you’re bringing people to Disney events for the first time, there is so much that you want to show them. I don’t know about you, but I go into “tour guide” mode and try to give them the best experience possible. There is so much to see and do at these special parties, but we squeezed in what we could. The parade and Holiday Wishes were a must of course. I’m glad I was able to show my parents a little bit of what Disney has to offer for Christmas time, I think they enjoyed it too. It was indeed a very merry time.

In addition to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, we took them to Disney Springs that weekend to see the Christmas Tree Trail and do a little browsing. That Monday evening, we had another press event, but this time it was for ICE at Gaylord Palms. We look forward to this event every year. Gaylord Palms really does a nice job at Christmas time with their ice sculptures, Christmas show, and indoor sledding. It’s a whopping 9 degrees when you walk the through the ICE exhibit, but we’re from Michigan originally so we could handle it. Always a fun time.

The rest of the week is a blur. We had an unexpected emergency, and our fun ended pretty fast. Usually I’m a pretty open book when it comes to my life, if you’ve read my actual book then you know that, but some things need time to process and heal. One thing I can say, is that you NEVER know what can happen from day to day. Our lives can change in the blink of an eye, and ours basically did. When hard times come, we have choices to make. We can let said situations break us, or we can try to grow stronger and learn. Sometimes it’s not that easy though, and things take time. People have asked me before how I’ve overcome obstacles after they read the book, and the only answer I ever have is “you just do.” For the last week I found myself asking that same question, how will we overcome this, how will I do it? And again, I told myself, “you just will.” Never doubt your inner strength, you are stronger than you know, and sometimes we learn that from experience. If I can be strong, anyone can, and there is always hope. Always remember that. Again I apologize for my absence last week, but I thank you for the messages and such. I truly have the best readers. So that’s it for this week. I hope you all are doing well, and will be back next week for hopefully more Disney fun. Until then, sending you love, blessings and pixie dust. Take care, and I’ll 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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