Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Little Bit of Summer

It's been a busy summer!  It's hard to believe in less than a month that school will be starting.  I'll have 2 new teammates and we'll be starting OTES as well as Common Core.

After 21 years, school is just busier than ever. I once had a doctor tell me that after 20 years I should be able to go on autopilot and leave the stress at work. That was at the end of once of the most challenging  years in 20.

Perhaps this was all that I needed.  Her advice did not help.

Here is a little bit of summer!

Blue Ridge Mountains - Such a pretty resort. Our destination was Florida, so this was just a little stop to break up the long drive.

Leaving the Mountains

Our Destination- Our last trip was 5 years ago when our son was 2. 

This is just a random picture of the main building. There are 8 buildings around the lake with a nice path along the lake. On the 4th, if you walked the path you could catch various park firework displays if you were in the right spots.  This is one of my favorite resorts. 

Disney Quest- Fun place!  The tickets were tossed into our package.  He would have loved another day here.

My Favorite Ride- I loved it when I was little and I still love it.  There are just some sights and sounds that remind you so strongly of childhood and this is one of them.

I've never saved a seat to watch the parade until this visit. My son loved all the shopping while waiting for the parade to start. Luckily, Grandma likes to shop, too.  This transports me back to being in 4th grade and being with my best friend and her family.

We had a pretty nice view.  The next evening we saw the 4th of July display and it was amazing.

Dance Party at Hollywood Studios- We just happened to walk by as this was happening.  My son loved the loud music and the bouncing beach ball.  I captured some great character shots during this.

Polynesian Character Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch- Breakfast was amazing!  They had a Conga Line for the kids. They have an organized way of making sure you get to see and photograph all of the characters.  If you missed a character, they made sure you were able to see it.

Our Last Stop

 This place was my son's favorite. He loves Legos and shopping for them!  Their fireworks at night are pretty neat, too! 

We can officially ride big boy roller coasters now!  No more "baby" rides. He loved the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but not the incredibly long wait of almost 2 hours. It was a great first roller coaster as it was the smoothest.  

We convinced him to ride this. Rock and Roller Coaster  He survived, but I felt pretty guilty for most of the ride. We forgot what it was like as it had been at least 10 years, but the bars gave us a tiny clue that we didn't tell him about. He enjoyed it, but probably wouldn't have done it again. He'll never forget it!

Legoland had very short lines for all of their rides.  Their roller coasters are short, yet fun. They were just his size and speed.  His only concern was: Can we ride this one more time before the storm rolls in? 

Enjoy the rest of your summer! 


  1. Beautiful! What a great get-away to get recharged for the school year! And enjoy time with your son!