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What We Have Accomplished Since We Got Here

We have been here roughly 2 months now, and all I can say is, WOW- what a ride! When I was at home, planning out what our home would look like, where we would go, who we would meet- I never thought in my wildest dreams I would have experienced what I have in these past short months.  When you look at a dream you have had for so long, and it comes true, Rapunzel is right, you have to find a new dream. Well my new dream is to live life to the fullest every day I am here- to experience every breath as a gift.  I am not here to mope or worry, although it happens time to time because I am human, but to soak every ray of sunshine in.  We are truly living the dream and it is AMAZING!!

Looking back, some of my favorite blog posts were about what I was looking forward to most when I got here. Since I haven’t made a list in some time, I thought today was a great day to do so. So, in no particular order, here is what we have done since moving to Florida on June 5th of this year- enjoy!

  • Hung out with Lou Mongello and got to be on a Live Chat with him and Otis
  • Had a dreamy drink at the Poly with my hubby in the Lounge
  • Met 81 Reality Stars at a Charity Event
  • Settled into our beautiful 3 bedroom home
  • Met Steve Barrett, Mr. Hidden Mickey Guy himself- and his awesome wife Vickie!
  • Went to Blizzard Beach for the first time with good friends Shalon, Anthony, and Ken
  • Got to see the Atlantic Ocean for the first time with Shalon- also Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and the cities of Melbourne and Indiatlantic
  • Ate at Le Cellier for my Birthday
  • Went to Sea World for Father’s Day- watched Craig feed the Sting Rays
  • Met Bobbi and Taylor (FINALLY!!) who helped Emily conquer her fear of Test Track
  • Got my first hug from Dawn and Wayne
  • Met up with the Schrader Family and got to eat at the Contempo Café and got a tour of Bay Lake Towers
  • Officially is a part of the BVSC and loves my group
  • Getting to know Mike, Chris, Shane, Dan and Tom
  • Saw my first 4th of July Fireworks on the Poly Beach over the Magic Kingdom
  • Dressed up 80s with my hubby
  • Registered kids for school in Celebration
  • Had dinner with THE Tim Foster, Editor of Celebrations Magazine, at Nine Dragons in Epcot, a new place for me
  • Met Ron Cohee, a Disney Imagineer and now friend
  • Went exploring in Maitland, FL  for Thrift Shops
  • Experienced DisneyQuest for the first time with the kids
  • Was surprised by one of my best friends on the planet, Scott Otis, after he got back from Japan at the Magic Kingdom
  • Got a great tour of Tom Sawyers Island
  • Was given the opportunity and blessing of a lifetime to meet the entire cast of “Finding Nemo: The Musical” backstage with VIP seats
  • Met and fell in love with the Aiken Family- you are truly a gift to us
  • Getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the fish and dolphin tanks at Epcot
  • Meeting the Home Makeover Family in the Magic Kingdom
  • Seeing the Fighter Jets fly over the Castle and Main Street
  • Being in FL for the last Space Shuttle launch- being outside with the family when it re-entered the atmosphere so we could all hear the sonic boom
  • Enjoyed Ice Cream with my Family the first night we got here at DTD
  • Meeting Glenn Whelan finally!
  • Having generous and kind neighbors
  • Seeing Deanna more- I know we are going to be great friends
  • Having my own pool, and getting to swim anytime I want- seeing Emily go from a scared kid in the water to practically a pro has been incredible to us
  • Craig, the kids, and Grandma got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Research Lab at Conservation Station for the Elephants.
  • Having Otis as a best friend
  • Leaving my house and being in WDW in less than 5 minutes
  • Met Beatrice Feeney and loved her immediatedly!
  • Enjoyed Star Wars Weekends- had a blast chatting with Luke about his hair
  • Craig enjoyed hanging out at Animal Kingdom Lodge at Sunset
  • Having an IKEA nearby is totally awesome!!
  • Shopped the Disney Outlet Stores
  • Had Kyra’s boyfriend, Peter, stay with us for 2 weeks
  • Went dancing at the Atlantic Dance Hall
  • Saw the France Film for the first time
  • Rode Test Track with my hands in the air for the first time
  • Watched Illuminations with my family our first week here and cried
  • Becoming friends with Heather and Matthew
  • Enjoying the Gorilla trail any time I feel like it
  • Loving that Safari is always different and getting excited at what animals will be close to the vehicle
  • Enjoyed a sandwich at the Main Street Bakery
  • Seeing the “Flock of Seagulls” perform
  • Meeting countless Cast Members
  • Rode Soarin for our first family ride as Residents- can’t even tell you what that moment was like
  • Attended both of WDW Radio Meets
  • Ate Ice Cream on the Boardwalk with Hubby while a storm rolled in
  • Met Mike Rahlman at Beaches N Cream
  • Enjoyed our first Dole Whips as Residents
  • Hanging out with Korie and Bill on Date Nights
  • Watching Wrestling with Tom and everyone
  • Had Lunch at the Columbia in Celebration with friends
  • Ate at Roaring Forks at Wilderness Lodge
  • Watching the Animation Artists hand draw a Rapunzel just for Emily
  • Meeting Randy Noble, another Artist, who signed our Goofy Print
  • Enjoying Chick-Fil-A Restaurants here- Christian based and great food
  • Being recognized in the Parks- never thought that would happen!
  • Ate at “Johnny Rockets” and shopping THE LOOP
  • Walking outside every day in shorts
  • Saw our first movie at the AMC in DTD- so cool to think its our Movie Theater now
  • Love getting Earl of Sandwich to go and eat at home

I hope you all understand that this isn’t a “brag” list but more of a list for you to see what is possible if YOUR dream is to move to FL, and more specifically, to the WDW area.  I guarantee you will make friends you never thought possible, meet Celebrities that can possibly become friends, eat places that don’t exist in your world now, and experience the love of family and friend’s through the magic of Walt Disney himself.

I, and my family, are truly blessed to have gotten to know each and every one of you in these short months. You will never know what peace and warmth you have brought to our lives, and we thank you sincerely for it.  I am incredibly excited of what is to come over the next few weeks, months, and years.  I am on pins and needles for the many of you yet to come and meet up, and I cannot wait to make more memories.   To infinity, and beyond!


  1. Love this list! It’s so very exciting, what a fantasit two months you’ve had! I hope to have a similar list in the not-so-distant future.

    Yesterday I was browsing the Disney site, and was thisclose to booking a Disney trip for February. Then my mother (the voice of reason) said, “wouldn’t it be better to put the trip money towards our move to get there quicker?” Well of course it would, but I was just thinking I need a vacation immediately. But after she said that, I thought “and the sooner I can be like Amy, and enjoying Disney regularly”. You are such an inspiration!

    Keep the posts coming, and keep making that list longer and longer…you are living the dream, blazing the trail for many of us. 🙂


  2. That certainly is not bragging….but I’m still jealous. I’m glad you were able to leave the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin and move to sunny Florida…as a current resident of Wisconsin…again…I’m jealous.

    Keep doing this though and you may have some new neighbors. LOL


  3. Love the list! And it is amazing and wonderful, isn’t it? On July 29th, we celebrated 1 year in our FL home. We sat on our “caged lanai” (two words I never thought I’d ever use, aka “screened porch”) and had a lovely glass of wine. We toasted to God’s blessings that brought us to this lovely place. I think I know exactly how you feel. 🙂


  4. Congrats to you & your family! That list is quite amazing, and it’s so wonderful to see how happy you are in your decision after such a short time. I’m most intrigued by the Celebration school… I just finished reading a book about the town and I’m so interested in what it has become in the 12 years since the book has been published! I’ve only just jumped onto your journey and haven’t commented yet, but I love your blog and I can’t wait to keep reading! Have a happy weekend!


  5. You have not wasted any time jumping right in on all the fun! 🙂 Love it!

    p.s. I grew up in Maitland and when you are ready for some Non Disney Area fun in the FL sun, toss me an email and I’ll let you know all of my favorite stomps growing up. 🙂


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