Change of Plans

In my previous post, I talked about the excitement around our upcoming trip to Disney. We had planned, organized and had begun packing. Our whole family was overjoyed with the anticipation of this adventure to the ‘happiest place on earth’. Like the Super bowl winners (GO PATS!), we were GOING TO DISNEY!

Then Hurricane Irma began to gain strength and has since destroyed everything in it’s path – ruining homes and leaving those affected with an unimaginable loss. We watched the devastation of beautiful St. Marten, where we spent Christmas a few years ago making wonderful family memories – now an island that is 95% destroyed.

With much discussion, constant refreshing of weather.gov and really weighing out our options, we decided to postpone and rebook our trip. Disney customer service was fantastic and beyond accommodating in helping us to refund the entire trip, making this process seamless.

While we were disappointed, the safety and concern for those affected was our biggest worry. Today, I sit thankful that tonight I will be able to tuck my kids into their beds,  for the fact that my family is safe and one day soon able to make more memories.

pray for florida

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been and will be affected by this monster storm.

Stay safe Floridians!

T-minus 1 week till Disney

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Well after almost a year of planning, organizing, and lots of reading – our trip is finally here! I will admit I was a little overwhelmed by all things Disney when we first started planning this vacation. However, we decided to utilize the help of a planner and we ended up with Jen from Five Star Travel who made it way easier! She secured some of the most coveted reservations in Disney and we couldn’t have done it without her!

So after a year of planning, how are we going to spend five magical days in the happiest place on earth?

Day 1
Land very early in the morning, so we have a full day in Magic Kingdom that evening we are going to stay in our hotel for dinner at the Grand Floridan Cafe. My parents are meeting us here, not big park people but they had the chance to come and didn’t want to miss this memory – so thankful they are coming with us!

Day 2
We are planning to arrive at Magic Kingdom for the opening of the park, we have a few fast passes booked already including; Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Small World and Peter Pan’s Flight. That evening we are headed to Epcot to San Angel for dinner.

Day 3
My parents and Hudson will head back to Rhode Island that day, so this will be the beginning of a very special time for Ellie with both Chris and I. This is a big day, we have Breakfast at Akerhus in Epcot for all things princess, then will spend the day in Epcot. In the late afternoon Ellie will get all dolled up at Bippity Boopity Boutique and then head to Cinderella’s Royal Table for dinner!

Day 4
We will spend the day at HollyWood Studios, which will begin at Hollywood and Vine for Breakfast  with the Disney Junior Gang, followed by rides and as Ellie has told us ‘avoiding the Storm Troopers!’ That evening’s dinner is planned to be low key by the pool and we will head back into Magic Kingdom that night for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Day 5
Our last day will be at Animal Kingdom, I actually think Ellie will be over the moon seeing the animals here and the Festival of the Lion King! Our last night’s dinner is planned at Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast is one of Ellie’s favorite movies and I couldn’t think of a better place to end the trip… can’t wait to try the Grey Stuff!

It’s going to be a whirlwind 5 days of magic and being a kid again.  From the beginning this trip was about memories with the kids and I can’t wait to see this experience through their eyes and watch the sense of wonder on their faces!

In typical Meg fashion, I may have gone a little overboard with the Disney Gear, we have lots of t-Shirts, hats and lanyards ready to go so the whole family can really show their Disney Side!

Stay tuned for post trip pics!

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One last summer weekend!

I can hardly believe how fast this summer has gone. We have traveled, swam, gone to the beach, ate outside, caught fire flies and basked in the warm sun. As I look back on the last three months, to be entirely honest, it has been up and down. I’m a little type A and I find it hard to adapt when things don’t go according to my plan. What I realized (finally) is that it’s not always about sticking to my plan but rather giving up control of what I can’t… It has allowed me to grow in ways I could not imagine.

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Our summer has been about memories, Huck turned 1 year old, started walking and CLIMBING. Ellie swam under water, rode a roller coaster, ate lots of seafood and played every single day. Chris and I traveled to Portugal, experienced another beautiful country and got lost there – an unbelievable long European weekend I will never forget.

meg and chris portugal

We had great times with friends and family, enjoyed the Rhode Island coast for the 4th of July, watched our kids play and laugh, building strong relationships that we hope will last a lifetime. I was able to celebrate my brother’s engagement (to the most amazing person), at my parents house with one heck of a party and lots of love. In the midst of our last low-key summer weekend, I realized how thankful I am for all of the experiences we have, for good corn-on-the-cob and fresh seafood, for long nights and warm mornings, for friends and family who love us unconditionally.ellie summer 2017

So how have we spent this LDW so far? Kicked it off with our favorite family amusement park, Knoebels! My kids love it, it’s inexpensive and they have rides for everyone – if you live in PA, it’s a must for small kids! We spent so much time there this summer, it was only fitting we were there this last weekend of summer.

We have now just been recovering from this long fun summer, the greatest gift of today was that my kids slept in until 7:30 am, which for as long as I can remember has not happened!

I leave you all with heart full of great memories and the excitement of the new season.

Makin’ it Happen!

Makin’ it Happen!

Well it’s official! I have been wanting to do this for some time and I have finally pushed the button. I found some time, well let’s be honest there is no additional time – that’s the challenge of motherhood, creating some!

I am a wife, mother to two awesome kids, and a sales leader by day however my journey has made me realize that there’s so much more to life than the simply the day-to-day! For me, life has always been about the experience but now that I’m on the second half of my 30’s (gulp), that idea has come into focus more than ever. Major goals have been refined – traveling with my kids (how many passport stamps can they get by age 5?), Loving MORE, take time for myself and above all truly living the best life I can!

Here, I’ll share a little bit of everything from travel, food, health, experiences with my growing family and everything in between. Welcome to Makin’ it happen Mama… it’s all done one story, play date, bowl of mac & cheese at a time! It may be a bit crazy at times… but hey, it’s a journey!

 

http://www.makinithappenmama.com

xoxo

Meg