The Real World: Wilmington

This is the true story … of four family members … who chose to move to the south … live together and have their lives blogged … to find out what happens … when people stop being polite … and start having babies … The Real World: Wilmington.

St. Patrick’s Day Bags of Gold March 17, 2013

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As a former teacher I especially love to let my kids’ teachers know how appreciated they are so Dimple Prints designed these adorable bag toppers for us to use. I bought several types of candy with gold wrappers to include in the treat bag but other treats would be adorable too like lucky charms, a shamrock sugar cookie, or several marshmallows dipped in green candy coating.

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When I was teaching, a rascally leprechaun always seemed to visit our classroom on St. Patrick’s Day and I’m thinking it would be just as fun if he visited our house this year.

Here are some things that little guy left behind:

  • green footprints (make a fist, dip the side of your hand in green WASHABLE paint, use your fingerprint to make toes)
  • shamrock cutouts thrown about
  • a note that says “me favorite color” stuck on green things
  • a note that says “me homeland” stuck on a map or globe on Ireland
  • a note for each child with a shamrock cookie attached
  • furniture/toys/books/etc. turned upside down or put in strange places

I wonder if a leprechaun will visit you too!

 

We Went to Disney World! March 8, 2013

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When I told Jamie I thought it would be fun to take Elly and Miles to Disney World he let out one of those breaths he saves for times of extreme frustration. It was like he was already transported to the line for It’s a Small World where he’d have to be holding a crying Miles from running a muck. So naturally I bought a book all about Disney and started planning.

Thanks to my in-laws we had a time share at the Sheraton Vistana resort for a whole week! It was great because we had 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, and back porch, which Jamie turned into his office since he was working part of the week. There were also awesome pools for the kids, which Miles had to enjoy in shorts and a t-shirt since I forgot to pack his rash guard and suit. I did a really good job with all the planning!

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We decided that we were just going to Magic Kingdom on this trip since we only had 3 days to visit parks and Magic Kingdom seemed to be the best fit for our kids interests; princesses and Mickey. I’m really glad we did it like that because we had time to explore the park and not feel like we had to cram things in, despite having to leave mid day for naps on 2 of the days. To prepare for the trip we watched You Tube videos of rides, borrowed an awesome double stroller from a friend, and all got Mickey/Minnie shirts to wear. Yes, even Jamie.

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After comparing prices and figuring out the time difference between flying and driving we decided to drive to Orlando. I let Jamie make that decision because I didn’t want to be influenced by my issues with flying, which one of these days I will face, with the help of klonopin. We left at 5am and drove straight down which took around 10 hours and it actually wasn’t all that bad, but boy was I glad to break up the drive with a night in Savannah on the way home.

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Disney World was truly magical for Elly and Miles, it was adorable. They met characters, went on rides, saw shows and watched parades.  The characters are like celebrities to the kids and Elly will tell you meeting the princesses was her favorite thing about Disney World. We even ate lunch in Cinderella’s castle where we got to meet 4 of the princesses. Talk about heaven for our little girl! Miles loved the characters just as much as Elly and even scored some kisses from princesses. I know Elly’s favorite ride was the tea cups and they both loved It’s a Small World. I never saw the fireworks at Disney as a kid (I know, I was super deprived) so I thought that was a special moment on our trip. Everyone who worked there was friendly and helpful and the park was amazingly clean.

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It was hard to believe that I was the parent taking my kids to Disney World. Jamie and I both went as  kids so it was surreal reliving it all through our own kids’ eyes. I know I’m almost 35 but I don’t feel like I thought I would as a 35 year old. I never realized when I was younger that I would basically feel like my 20 something (or even younger!) self only with more responsibilities as I aged, so now I imagine that people older than I am feel that too. I love the quote, “Grandmother’s are just antique little girls”. We all gather experiences and change physically and emotionally as we age but we’re all still young inside. We are basically all the same no matter what stage of life we’re in. Whew, that was all WAY off topic, sorry about that! Anyways, I feel really lucky to have been able to give my kids such an awesome trip and hopefully we will get back there before all the magic wears off!

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