Via Napoli


Hope you enjoy this post about Disney World while we are at the State Science Olympiad Competition this weekend. My son is competing in Fast Facts, Crime Busters, and Rocks and Minerals. GO SCIENCE! For some reason this is the first time we have really explored the Italy area in Walt Disney World. I don’t…

Standing on the Edge of the Sandwich Generation


I don’t talk much about my family (other than my immediate family). My daughter was born when I was a bit older so I am getting to be of the age where I still have my children at home and parents who are aging and will be in need of some “assistance.” So I am…

Raglan Road


This is one of our favorite stops. We try to make it here at least once every trip because my family loves it so much. The Irish dancers, the music, beer, and food are all perfect for this restaurant. We checked in a bit early and asked to be seated in the main dining room….

Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner – 1900 Park Fare


Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian offers a chance to meet with some of the characters from Cinderella that are harder to find in the parks. Cinderella and Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine (Cinderella’s step-mother), Anastasia and Drizella (Cinderella’s step-sisters) are normally in attendance.  On this night Drizella was…

ABC Commissary


We recently returned from our Walt Disney World vacation. We add the regular dining plan to our trip. This gives us 1 counter service meal, 1 table service meal, and 2 snacks each day per person. It also gives us a refillable mug to use at the resort. Disney is continually tweaking their meal plans….

Man Plans, God Laughs


I had every intention of posting each and every day while on vacation. Obviously, that did not happen. It was a wonderful vacation with lots of fun things and a few low points (everyone else got sick at some point and had to sit out a day or two of the parks). It was all…

Disney’s All Star Music


We love Disney World and have stayed at every level of hotels from value resorts to deluxe. We like all the levels for different reasons. After wrestling with which hotel to book for our current trip either the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort or a family suite at All-Star Music Resort.  In the end…

Eating While Traveling


Even while traveling I still try to keep eating at drive thrus to a minimum. I try to keep it to about once a day if possible but some traveling days that just doesn’t work. The second day of our trip was the day of the Atlanta road/bridge collapse and we had to make a…

Spring Break 2017


I have been missing the past few days as we were traveling for Spring Break. This is the first time we have ever gone away for Spring Break. We always travel off-season or off-peak. I don’t like crowds or people but for many reasons this was the only time that we could make this trip…

Hotels and Housekeeping


We stay at hotels quite often. Usually, at least two or three times a month. But, lately I have been noticing a trend that I do not like. Housekeeping. This is one of the most important jobs in a hotel. If your rooms aren’t clean you will begin to develop a reputation and no one…

Finally Home and Back to “Real” Life


We finally got home from vacation the other day. We spent most of our vacation in North Carolina visiting my parents: Aren’t they cute? We had a relaxing time while there and got to do some fun things such as the Christmas Lights at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This 3.5 mile drive through Christmas light…

Downtown Market – Grand Rapids, Michigan


We don’t get to Grand Rapids as often as I wish we did but when we do I have to stop at the Downtown Market. I love this place. They have higher end shops for meat, fish, spices, cheese, and bread. But, they also have several smaller places to get a bite to eat. Being…