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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