• Disney,  Family,  Travel

    Disney Family Farm – Marceline, MO

    After spending most of the day at the Disney Family Museum it was now time for us to have a look at Walt’s Family Farm. Inez gave us directions on how to get to the farm and we were on our way. The Disney Family Farm Just a hop, skip and a jump (and a small drive) from Main Street USA and we reached the Disney Family Farm. You can see the Disney house (which has been modified quite a lot throughout the years) on the corner. This is a private residence, so we just took a look from afar and drove to the small parking area behind the house which…

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    Walt Disney Hometown Museum – Marceline, MO

    Disney Obsessed Here’s the thing, I love Walt Disney. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I have read biographies, watched numerous documentaries and follow just about every blog and many You Tube channels about the Disney Parks. I LOVE Disneyland as it is the “original” park and Walt had his hand in everything to do with the designing and running of it up until his death. Why do I admire Walt so much? He failed, more than once, yet he never gave up on his dream. He was a forward thinker, always looked to the future and wasn’t afraid of progressing with the times and changing things that just didn’t…

  • Family,  Travel

    Byodo-In Temple – Kahaluu, HI

    Our Unexpected Trip to Hawaii – Day 5 The final day of our Hawaii vacation had come. I honestly wanted to do nothing but sit on the back of the boat, drink coffee and watch the boats go by. BUT, we couldn’t waste our very last day on Oahu, and we DID  pay for a car rental after all (gotta get our money’s worth and put as many miles on that puppy as possible). Taking the suggestion of a friend we packed and and drove to the eastern side of the island once again. This time it was to visit the Byodo-In Temple which was established on June 7, 1968.…

  • Family,  Travel

    Staying on a Sailboat in Kewalo Basin Harbor, Honolulu, Hi

    Our Unexpected Vacation to Hawaii – Day 4 Even with very little time to plan I’m always on the look out for fun and interesting places to stay when we travel. I specifically look for Resorts, Airbnb’s, or Hotels that have amenities or are situated near places that would be enjoyable for the kids. The sailboat, well, this was a diamond in the rough. It was one of those “rare finds”on Airbnb that are usually booked, but just happen to be available for the 2 days we needed it. And to be honest, although the kids loved our stay in the harbor, I booked this more for Dan and I.…

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    Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa

    Our Unexpected Vacation to Hawaii – Day 3 After spending the morning kayaking at Paradise Bay Resort, and the afternoon hiking and swimming at Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens and Falls our sun kissed little eyelids were pretty heavy. I actually couldn’t wait to get to the car because I knew I could take a small nap for the 1 hour drive to our next destination, Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa. Dan did not have the same luxury as he was designated the driver (by me) while we were in Hawaii. There was a ukulele playing on the radio and it was just enough to lull the kids and I to sleep for…

  • Family,  Travel

    Waimea Falls And Botanical Gardens

    Our Unexpected Vacation to Hawaii – Day 2 After our gorgeous stay at Paradise Bay Resort on Kaneohe Bay, we reluctantly packed into our rental car and headed around the North Shore of the island. This is a beautiful drive, even if you don’t plan on staying in the area. We already had a plan in mind so we didn’t stop at any of the beaches this time around. Plus, once around to the leeward side of the island the traffic can create an extreme bottleneck and we had places to be! Our first stop was Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens. It cost our family right around $50 total to enter…

  • Family,  Travel

    Paradise Bay Resort, Kaneohe HI

    Our Unexpected Trip to Hawaii – Day 1 This trip started with our family heading to Texas to run in the Silo District Marathon in May. Flying standby can be a little bit tricky, especially when you are trying to make it to a specific destination on a specific date for an event. Flights tend to fill up more quickly if there is something “big” going on, but we decided to take the chance. We had already paid the entrance fees for the marathon, so when we realized we wouldn’t make it there in time, we were a little bummed. This is where the “seat of our pants” stuff really…

  • Disney,  Travel

    How We Planned Our Kids’ First Trip to Disneyland

    My first trip to Disneyland was without kids, and I knew immediately that we would be bringing all of the kids back with us within the next year. Because of this I instantly started planning and taking notes, utilizing some of the knowledge we gained from our solo trip and putting it to good use while organizing our trip with the kids. We don’t live close to Disneyland. Not even a little bit close. Because of this, planning a trip for 6 is a major event and a major expense. These first trips that we took were before I worked for an airline, so we didn’t have the benefit of…

  • Disney,  Nailed It,  Travel

    Transforming into Mary Poppins, Prepping for our Jolly Holiday

    After booking the kids’ first trip to Disneyland, it was time to have some fun! And by fun, I mean planning their wardrobe! Some kids really love princesses, and my little girl is no exception. However, in our house, our FAVORITE Disney characters are Mary Poppins and Bert. I knew that this would have to be the theme for one of our days, as we planned on meeting Mary Poppins in the park at any cost (or wait time). Now, I had made Ollie and Phoebe a Mary Poppins and Bert costume for Halloween, and ideally I could just use these same outfits for Disneyland. However, their Halloween costumes were…

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    The Kids’ First Trip to Disneyland

    We finally did it. The little kids seemed to be at the right age, and the older kids still in junior high and high school (so, not TOO old).  This was the perfect time to take our whole family to Disneyland. We had been been planning this trip since the return of our belated “honeymoon” trip (my first ever!) to Disneyland. I had been shopping, sewing, saving, and reserving for the past year and it was finally time to reap the rewards. This journey is one of my favorites ever with my family. Everyone went in with an open mind, knowing that it was spring break, that the parks would…