Disney Planning

Okay, let me share a little secret about my family. We LOVE Disney. And we are slightly obsessed with all things Disney. So, naturally we have been planning our trip to Walt Disney World for the last 2 years…I kinda wish I was exaggerating. I’m not. But to justify this crazy behavior, we have been planning with a lot of extended family. At one point we had around 30 people that were on board to go. Sadly, life happens and we are down to 11. We will not let that harm our fun though!

 

We all have our room reservations now. Unlike normal, we are all staying at different resorts. Jake and I are staying at Art  of Animation. Alysha and Zach are staying at the Yacht Club. Mom and Dad, Patty, Eddy, and Alicia are all staying at the Grand Floridian. Pat and Leigha are staying at Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary.

 

We are planning our meals out now because we can make reservations 180 days out.  Actually, we have even made our dining reservations already. That is insane to me that we are already so close to the trip. My mom and I went online to make our breakfast and dinner reservations for our whole group. Unfortunately, since we have such a large group, we had to split into two groups for dinner. But they are all within 5 or 10 minutes of each other, so hopefully we will be able to sit near each other. Here is a list of where we are going for dinner:

 

Sunday: ‘Ohana

Monday: Tiffins

Tuesday: Artist Point

Wednesday: The Hollywood Brown Derby

Thursday: Yachtsman

Friday: California Grill

 

For now, that is all we can plan. We are able to make our fast pass reservations at 60 days out. I will share ALL the photos and reviews in a few posts after the trip! Bye for now 🙂

Christmas Traditions

 

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday of the year. My family has always made a very big deal out of Christmas. And not just about getting gifts, but about being together during the holiday season. Our whole house would be decorated inside and out and I absolutely loved it.

 

Growing up, from the ages of 4 to 12 ish, it wasn’t Christmas unless we were in Michigan. We had a house in Michigan that we would spend almost every weekend at in the winter. We would go snowmobiling and sledding and just be with family and have the best of times. Some of my best memories are from Christmas time in Michigan.

 

We we stopped going to Michigan as much, my grandparents would come down to us every other year or so. When I was in high school, we had the chance to go to Walt Disney World for Christmas. That was amazing and that became a new kind of tradition for us. We have spent three Christmases there since. Even though that doesn’t seem like much, it seems like we should always be at Disney for Christmas. It is such a magical place to be at anytime of the year, and Christmas is simply perfect there.

When we are home for Christmas, as we have been for the past couple of years, we get together at my parents house and open presents together. As my brother and I both have two separate families to visit, we typically meet at my mom’s in mid morning and hang out until early afternoon.

 

This year, Jake and I are spending Christmas Eve night with his mom’s side of the family after we go to church. We will spend Christmas morning together at home and then go on to my parents. We will have Christmas dinner with his family at his parents house.

 

Hope you all have a lovely holiday filled with family and good times!

Christmas Decorations

I absolutely love the holiday season. I always have and I always will. My favorite part has always been decorating our house and baking cookies!

 

This year I put my tree up wellll before Thanksgiving, but I just didn’t care about waiting any longer. Jake and I borrowed one of my mom’s trees to use in our house so that we didn’t have to go out and buy one and I put it up once we got home. We didn’t actually decorate it until a few days ago though…

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I wish we had more decorations to put throughout the house, but we are on a tight budget for the next few months, so no money to buy loads of Christmas lights. Sad face.

 

So since I couldn’t go over the top at my own house, I decorated mom’s. And believe me, we went over the top. And the sad part is, we didn’t even use all of her decorations. And we didn’t even get some of them out of the garage…

So we started by putting the tree up and fluffing it out. We waiting a bit to put the ornaments, but the tree was up and ready to go.

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From the tree, we started decorating the mantle and the curio cabinet next to the fireplace. We used a bunch of mom’s little things and cookie jars to decorate the mantle. And in the cabinet, we put some of the more fragile elements. Next, I took a strand of lights and wound it around the things on the mantle to give it some color.

Next we started on the stockings. And yes, I say started. My lovely mother has 39 stockings. THIRTY – NINE. THIRTY – NINE! Why she has that many, I will never know. But we started working with the Disney ones first. The classic Mickey and Minnie stockings went up on one wall and we put the other character stockings along the banister by the stairs. The villains stockings went up by the door where no one can see them. Rude. They are my favorite. We then found our old stockings from when I was growing up. The ones that are so old and have been used for so many years that they are actually falling apart slightly. We hung those on the tv stand. Then we hung our two stockings for my first family dog by the fireplace with the Pluto holders and the other dogs went on the closet door.

After this, we took some Mickey lights and hung over the window by the television. And another strand along the bottom of the tree. We then moved on to decorating the tree. The tree is decorated with entirely Disney ornaments. The only other thing on the tree are some red bulbs to fill in the tree a bit. The Disney tree is absolutely lovely. I think it looks better this year than it ever has, but that is my own opinion!

After the tree, we hung lights around the big window in the kitchen and put up mom’s Thomas Kinkade Disney Christmas tree up on the counter. After this, I looked down the hallways and it just needed something since we had done every inch of the main living area. So, I got out the ladder and hung lights along the ceiling. They looked so much better than I expected. We also decorated every door in the hallway and the bathroom.

I’m telling you, by the time we were finished, it looked like Christmas threw up in my mom’s. But it looked AMAZING!!!