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“oh that clock! Old killjoy I hear you “come on, get up” you say time to start another day. Even he orders me around. Well there’s one thing. They can’t order me to stop dreaming.” – Cinderella
Another year with an amazing performance awaiting us with Dare to Dream Disney on ice. We have the privilege to attend the upcoming September performance at the Amaya Center here in Orlando. Anxiously awaiting to see performances from from some of Disneys dreaming Princesses.
From Cinderella and her dreams of love…
“The skies awake, so I’m awake, so we have to play!) – Anna (Frozen)
“Let it go! Let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore!” – Elsa (Frozen)
To Belle from Beauty and the Beast and her dreams beyond her small village.
“what do you know about dreaming Gaston?” -Belle
But our family’s newest addition to repeating songs and movie Moana.
“Sometimes our strengths lie beneath the surface. Far beneath.” -Moana
Not only do I have the privledge of attending but also a lucky winner of four tickets. Check out the rafflecopter below for details for your entry into the raffle.
Our newest adventure brought out the Tomb Raider in me. I was jumping, rolling and hiding under tables; this time I wasn’t hiding from the children but ready to pounce and attack the rival team. I felt like I was special forces on a mission or maybe even a cop. None the less I was into the laser tag and could see myself mission after mission all day!
We entered Hard Knocks laser tag with smiling faces greeting us with a welcoming atmosphere. As you take a look around the building there were two separate areas to sit with a beverage-snack stand to reenergize us.
Little did I know the televisions I believed were for decoration would come to haunt me with the taunting of my fallen comrade and rival team. When introduced to our mission we were given a locker for our valuables (VERY PLEASED! I even had my own code and yes I almost locked the code in the locker haha.) As well as we signed wavers on the computer before watching televisions located near the lockers. We were given a break down of what to expect and what kind of weapons we would be able to use.
It was time to gear up!
Though we arrived at opening this gave an advantage. The three of us (myself, Geraldo and our friend Manny) were alone, no rivals currently giving us the time to learn the surroundings. And also chase one another throughout the map… I admit I was out of breath giving me the mindset that I need some more laser tag to get me in shape. A few rough patches throughout our first mission from my failed sliding across the floor to Manny almost getting hit in the head with a “gun”. The many times I hid or turned a corner and scared myself with the monitoring worker right there which triggered my giggling then giving away my position. Fail.
After a short break for food downstairs of Pointe Orlando we were back at Hard Knocks, this time opening the doors to a full house! Excitement ran through me, I was ready to go. Packing the locker full of our items we set out to listen to the rules and be split into teams. This time we were together as a group… Well that would help to a certain extent. Because I knew the three out of seven members on the team which will later get me “killed”. After a few rounds with a large family, that had us cracking up and finally had me feeling as if I wasn’t the only confused solider!
Our last round I may have had a focus.. As I hid behind filing cabinets and under desks, popping up and crouching in the darkness the rival team had no idea what was coming. I was going crazy, firing away at the rival team reloading and attacking! I watched as my team member “Manny” was taken out as well as Geraldo (Rival team). I didn’t know who was left on his side but I had to win! As 7 Vs 7 came down to 4 vs 2…. And then there was one which we may have chased down and cornered. As I exited the barracks leaving behind my vest and weapon Geraldo and Manny began to laugh and act as if they were playing still. I didn’t understand why.. Until after all their laughter was finished I got the story. I was on the televisions as they watched the Laura Croft in me come out! I so wish they had a tape of that (yes I am very proud of my solider like skills haha).
As we watched Hard Knocks fill up all I could imagine was coming with a group of friends. I couldn’t explain a better indoor activity great for rainy or sunny days for pre-teen to adults to enjoy whether as a family, friend or date. Yes I said date there’s more than movies, dinners and coffee! So lets set out to find these new date nights, new activities to laugh and keep moving to.
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The pitter patter of your feet upon the sidewalk as you race me to the house brings flash backs and realization that your time as a child is speeding by. I’ve always wanted to be that mother, the kind of mother that my children were proud of. That the first day of school they’d be asked what did you do this summer? Their response full of excitement and happiness as they spoke of the many magical places they saw. Next year Isabella will be in first grade… Boy did the time fly by. I can remember our first trips… Just you and I, as we adventured to D.C and New York and our many trips to West Palm. It seems like yesterday we were listening to music heading down the 417, snacks in hand and smiles on our faces.
Not only is Isabella growing up too quickly in my eyes, so is my sweet baby girl Elleanna. To tell you girls the truth, you will always be mommy’s baby girls (whether you like it or not ha-ha). Elleanna began daycare/school this spring and will be attending throughout the summer while I am working. Another reason why I would like to make the best of our summer. My chunky monkey is now walking, talking and climbing trees!
So let’s begin our summer bucket list on a budget! We have about 9-10 weekends together during this time, as well as my Thursday’s off which is about 10 as well. Where can we go? What will we see? What adventures await to be added to the wall of family fun?
I’ve been doing research into the Turtle Hospital in Key west as well as the aquarium. That would be a perfect weekend get away.. Due to the fact the distance is around six to seven hours driving time (ouch!).
I’ve also been looking into the springs around Florida and beaches.
Silver Springs: Glass bottom boat tours, canoe and kayak rentals. (Those might not be great for the children, but more research to come.)
Rainbow springs: Swimming, tubing, snorkeling, hiking with gardens and waterfalls. (This could be a more family friendly activity.)
Saniable Island Beach ( which is about a four to five hour trip to both Saniable and Captiva.)
Captiva Island which is north of Saniable (both locations would be wonderful for the shell seeking children I have.)
St Augustine: Ghost tours and the Fort as well as the oldest wooden school house. Many historical sights as well as memories of my childhood trips with my Auntie and Mother.
As you can see I’m just beginning my research on some outdoor activities and places to take the children this summer. If you have any other ideas or perfect places to show the children please comment below. Here’s to keeping the children outside and away from technology to make memories because we all know that we don’t have many summers left until they are grown and no longer wanting to be around mommy. I dread the day they tell me they don’t want to cuddle or not to kiss them at school.