Our Trip to Chicago


We love Chicago. This past weekend the Mid-America Irish Dance Oireachtas (regionals) was held in Shaumsburg, just outside of Chicago. My daughter was dancing a traditional set on Saturday but many of her friends were dancing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so we made the decision to spend the whole weekend. Every time we are…

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…

Tomorrowland Terrace


My daughter wearing one of the 12 pair of Mickey ears she made for our trip. Even on vacation I tell our story through food. Each day we had at least one “special” meal. Whether it was something simple in a counter service restaurant like Tomorrowland Terrace, which is generally not open during the time…

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…

Photopass at Walt Disney World


For years I resisted the Photopass add-on option for our Disney trips. When we would get home from vacation I would have 100s well, maybe 1000s of pictures and only 5-10 pictures with me in them. I don’t like getting my picture taken and I am the picture taker. I was always looking for the…

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…

“Wishes” to End and “Happily Ever After” to Begin


Disney World means a lot to our family. It is our “home” away from home. My children grew up watching the “Wishes” fireworks show in Magic Kingdom. I remember holding each one of them on our shoulders to see the fireworks and the castle.  Now they are as tall as I am (or taller!) and…

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…

Hamilton in Chicago


Seven months ago we bought tickets for “Hamilton” in Chicago. It was the kids main Christmas present. They love the music and got us hooked too. So, for the last seven months we have been listening to the sound track and reading all we could about the musical. The day was finally here to see…

Another Disney Trip??!!


So, I have been planning another Walt Disney World trip in secret. We wanted to surprise the kids on Christmas Day with a trip for this year. They didn’t get to go last year and we had them convinced that we were going to wait until 2018 to go again. We actually booked the trip…