Old Friends and Magic

We have had the good fortune to have visited Disney World several times. Our first time was in 1989 when our girls were 12 and 6.

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We returned, just the 2 of us, in 2003.

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In 2004 we took our older daughter and son-in-law as a reward when they received their MBA’s.

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The entire family (at the time only 2 grandkids) enjoyed a trip in 2012.

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This trip we only went to Epcot. Our best friends Jeanne and Ray are visiting from the Cincinnati area and had never been to Disney.

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We chose Epcot as we feel it is the most adult oriented park. We got there shortly after the park opened at 9 and started in Future World at Spaceship Earth. Then we rode Soarin’ which was a highlight of the day. While we were at the Land pavilion we rode Living with the Land. Then we headed to Mission Space with the most frustrating wait of the day. We decided we could withstand the g forces and opted for the Orange Mission to Mars.

We ate tacos and drank beer outside at the cantina by Mexico. We rode the three Caballeros boat ride before moving on to Norway were we met Elsa and Anna.

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At the China Pavilion we watched Reflections of China. We had a beer at Germany and did the Wine Walk in Italy. At the USA pavilion we watched an A Capella group and the animated American Adventure. Jeanne enjoyed a Grand Marnier drink in France and we watched the dated film – Impressions de France film in the French pavilion.

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We ate Fish and Chips at UK area. The Canada pavilion was closed for a private event so we headed back to Future World. We tried to go the Immaginarium, but, it too was closed. So we went to the Seas where we rode the Nemo ride and looked at the Aquarium for a while. We headed back to the World Showcase to watch Illuminations from our viewpoint near the boat dock. The weather was perfect all day and with the crowds low – we had a great time. Of course, the company was the best part of the day.

Yay Christmas

So we left sunny Florida and drove the car up to NE Indianapolis area for a big family Christmas.

It’s 4 degrees here as I write this, with a forecast for below zero.

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But this warms our hearts!

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As does big family meals and presents for the grandkids.

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Baby Violet turned 1 year old.

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Older daughter Toni and her husband hosted at their new home

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Younger daughter Chrissy and her family visited from Durham, NC.

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Later today we head to Lebanon, Ohio NE of Cincinnati for New Years Eve with our best friends Jeanne and Ray. The four of us have spent every NYE together since 1971! Then – back to Florida.

Florida at Christmastime

We spent most of the winter in Florida last year, but we were not here around the holidays. The birth of our granddaughter in Indianapolis pleasantly delayed our snowbird adventure.

This year, we got down here on December 1st and are getting a sense of what Christmas is like in warm weather. With temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s, we have to keep reminding ourselves that it is December. We have our little Christmas tree up and tiny little nativity and have lights in the window. We decked out our motorhome mirrors with Santa hats.

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Our friends Jill and Eddie seem to have run into Santa on their way down from Cincinnati. But don’t worry kids, we hear he’ll be just find by Christmas Eve.

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Some of our neighbors display Christmas spirit in an unique Florida way.

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Love the flamingoes with Santa hats and sunglasses.

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And some of our neighbors go all out.

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So as we bask in the shadow of palm trees and enjoy the pool and hot tub, we know it is short-lived as we head to the frozen environs of Indianapolis on Friday.

Can’t wait to see the kids and grandkids, family and friends for Christmas. Hoping the white stuff doesn’t fall until we reach our destination and is gone again by New Years Day for our trip back south.

 

Winter Home

We have arrived at Mt Olive Shores North in Polk City, Florida – our home for the next 4 months.

All settled in at 427 Travelers Drive and enjoying the sunshine and warmth (for now, there’s a cold front coming).

They have a lot of activities here and we are looking forward to joining in.

Just checking in for now – will post more soon.