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October 28, 2007

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Misty Dawn

I wish I had some fabulous ideas for ya, but I'm wondering myself how I'm going to handle all the hectic times. If I think of any great ideas, I'll come back and post.

Just Beachy

I can't really help with the holidays, except..less is more...same with birthdays. But, Disney. I LOVE Disney...we went there this summer and had a fabulous time. Tips. Stay in a Walt Disney World Resort if at all possible! (even a value priced one!) on property! that has some type of shuttle service; it will save you bundles in time and energy and frustration. Also, all of the parks have a day they open early and a day they stay open late, for resort guests. If possible, schedule your day for they day they open early and be there early. You can get in a lot of kids rids in the two hours before the park opens. The longest wait is Peter Pan Flight (we waited 1 1/2 hours) - we didn't realize about the fast pass tickets where you get a ticket (for any ride) and come back at your appointed time and go right on....the walk in line has to wait for the fast pass riders... One more. If you stay at a resort, you can do the park early, then go back and rest, then go back in the evening for the parade and the fireworks. If you want more tips or have questions...email me...

Beth

We also love Disney, belong to the Disney Vacation Club (Disney's timeshare) and go every year. I would recommend you plan ahead, stay at a Disney resort, and make your must do sit down meal reservations far in advance. The most helpful websites for Disney planning are:
allearsnet.com (amazing amount of info! menus! reviews! photos)
mousesavers.com (disney on a budget)
passporter.com (an excellent guidebook and keepsake of your trip, and the website and community is great!)

Disney is a lot of walking for adults, so while we don't bring a stroller any longer, we did when they boys were younger and if we'll be out late we still rent one for our 7 year old. And my 10 year old hops in whenever he can!

Have a GREAT time! We just got back 2 weeks ago.

HomeKeeper

No fancy words of wisdom here... just decades of experience, I guess. I'm old now but what I wish I would have done, back in the earlier years, was simply realize that there's just so many hours in a day and so many days in a week. There's just so much energy I have and just so much ability I have to work my butt off. So, I do what I can do and let the rest blow in the wind. Whatever doesn't get done, won't be realized or even remembered next year at this time. There won't be any epitaph written on my headstone that says "She almost accomplished everything she wanted to... but not quite."

In other words, take a no-care attitude and I think you'll be a lot less stressed out.

But what do I know?! :-)

HomeKeeper

HomeKeeper

No fancy words of wisdom here... just decades of experience, I guess. I'm old now but what I wish I would have done, back in the earlier years, was simply realize that there's just so many hours in a day and so many days in a week. There's just so much energy I have and just so much ability I have to work my butt off. So, I do what I can do and let the rest blow in the wind. Whatever doesn't get done, won't be realized or even remembered next year at this time. There won't be any epitaph written on my headstone that says "She almost accomplished everything she wanted to... but not quite."

In other words, take a no-care attitude and I think you'll be a lot less stressed out.

But what do I know?! :-)

HomeKeeper

madmad

Ugh! I totally hear you! I am so overwhelmed with all this nonsense - I thought it would get easier when they went back to school; instead, it's MORE stuff (because there's "more" time). Can't wait to hear if you come up with anything better than my solution thus far: ONE.DAY.AT.A.TIME. (Not too helpful - just gets us through is all!)

Beth F.

Just drink a lot. Solves everything.

At least I think it does. I can't remember.

Christie

I'm waiting to see the wisdom that you get. Then I'll give you the same advice others do. Because I'm smart that way.

P.S. Gave you a little blog award today. Pop over and see!

Julianne

I'm with Beth F. Drink a lot. It really does help.

As far as organizational tools for the holidays, we make a budget spreadsheet that includes each person, how much money we have allotted for them and how much we actually spend. We update it every time we go shopping and give the extra (I'm a budget shopper) to charity.

Another holiday tip: Got parties to go to? Line up your babysitters NOW. They go quick this time of year.

Ellen

I am doing a Princess party in 2 weeks for my 4 year old - We are going to make princess hats (craft foam folded into a cone, glue on jewels, and staple some tulle and curling ribbon from the top) I also saw a site where they hung tulle from the ceiling and curling ribbon from the ceiling - it looked really cute. I also want to have a "dress up" area where the girls can put on princess stuff we have. Those are my thoughts so far - but I plan to look at www.birthdaypartyideas.com

Enjoy!

Your FAVORITE cousin ;-)

Disney is a blast we have been twice - going again in June 2008 with Jo Ann and the two kids. Already have reservations in a disney resort - Fort Wilderness Cabin. We made them through AAA and got a discount for being members. You can make dinner reservations 180 days in advance. We will be making ours Dec. 11th. We bought several books on Disney and each gave us great advice - like which parks open early and stay open late for resort guests. Plan ahead which parks to attend which day and plan what is a must see for you in those parks. And remember - nap time in the afternoon is not just for kids :-)

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