Our summer bucket-list 2017

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!).

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is where the magic is at: Disney on Ice 100 years of Magic

Running late as usual I found myself holding my breath as I asked for our Tickets to Disney on Ice at the Amway Center. I could hear the music in the distance while we searched the staircase numbers. Bella pulling on my arm and Elleanna Smiling I knew we were in for a treat.

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Nemo’s voice echoed as we made our way down the stairs and to our seats. The girls faces lit with excitement as their wishes came true; for days now Isabella has been begging to go to Disney on Ice.

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As we watched each Princess make their way onto the rink with their Prince’s I found my jaw dropped at their performances. The lifts, the twirls, the how do they make it look so easy when many of us cannot stand in the ice rink in skates let alone do a spin while lifting someone above our shoulders.

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The laughs of Goofy and of course Uncle Michaels favorite Donald Duck as Isabella repeated numerous times to me came to the rink. I thought about it as we watched on four of the five fab were in front of us; watching a performance that I could not imagine seeing when I was their age. My mind on one thing, my eyes glancing back and forth from the rink to the children. Their happiness melted my heart.

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 The magic didn’t stop there as the crowed roared with excitement as Anna and Elsa entered I found myself singing along to the gang. Watching some of my favorite childhood characters along with the new generations of characters I was pleasantly surprised. This show was perfect for all ages. Keeping your excitement and expectations to the max.

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What Disney characters would you  like to see on the ice?

Bring on the Excitment: Circus Hermanos Vazquez

In exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion  within blog, The Circus Hermanos Vazquez has provided myself and family with complementary tickets. My opinion within my blog is a 100 percent my own. Enjoy.

The excitement of the crowd fills the tent as music begins to play, the show is about to begin! The girls eyes are widened with expectations of surprises, unaware of what is to come. Our bodies begin to move with the beat of the music and our hands clapping on point with every bang.

We are ready!

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Little did I realize that the show was all in Spanish, should have guessed that… Silly me. But what an experience, Geraldo was laughing hysterically and translating what was being said.

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The girls were entranced into the show, as well as myself. Amazed as we watched the many acts. The young men dancing and lifting one another into the air; bringing Elleanna to her feet to dance to the music. As we laughed at their act, awed at the lifts I couldn’t help but keep smiling at my daughters laughs and smiles.

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Though I had a hard time understanding what was being said other then having my translator near; I found myself drawn to the Alien Clown. As he “shot” arrows at a gentlemen from the audience I thought I would never catch my breath from laughing so hard. Though the many performances that you all may see, there will always be a different reaction to the shooting arrows. As the gentleman jumped blindfolded, worried the arrow would get his lower half Isabella cracked up laughing. I’m sure she didn’t understand the whole performance totally but to hear my children giggle, to watch a breathtaking performance was a lifetime memory.

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Not only were we taken by the amusing clowns, dance moves and routines of these wonderful circus performers but also their animals. From the trained horses that had Elleanna in aw  with she snacked on caramel popcorn to the trained dogs act. I was shocked to see a circus performer dressed just as I imagined… As if he was a vintage circus performer, a ringleader I would say. I was in love with the costume.

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Watching the thrilling acts above the stage, daggling from ropes, and spaceships that were in my eyes SPEEDING; I was shocked at their calmness… The way they were so in control on something that could easily go out of control. We certainly were having a lifetime experience!

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I was thrilled to have a photo with one of the clowns that was walking around pre-performance. Towards the intermission they came around to see if we would like to purchase the photo; how could I say no. Though I believe that Elleanna was staring down a clown that was across the ring and could have smiled… But this is one for the scrapbook, better yet one for the large number of photos of family activities we have done from Maryland and now back home in Central Florida.

I am very pleased to have shared this experience with my children; to have them involved in not only English speaking performances but also Spanish. I hope you too will attend and love the performance just as myself and my family.

La emoción de la multitud llena la carpa, cuando la música comienza a sonar, el espectáculo está a punto de comenzar! Los ojos de las niñas se abrieron con expectativas de sorpresas, sin darse cuenta de lo que está por venir. Nuestros cuerpos comienzan a moverse al ritmo de la música y nuestras manos aplaudiendo en el punto con cada explosión.

¡Estamos listos!

Las chicas estaban en trance en el espectáculo, así como yo. Sorprendido mientras veíamos los muchos actos. Los hombres jóvenes bailando y los maravaristas haciendo su show. Yo sujetando a Elleanna al querer levantarse a bailar a el ritmo de la música. A medida que nos reímos de su acto, asombrado en los ascensores que no podía dejar de mantener la sonrisa en mis hijas se ríe y sonríe.

No sólo estuvimos asombrado por los payasos, movimientos y rutinas de estos maravillosos artistas de circo si no también a sus animales. los caballos entrenados que tenían, Elleanna comiendo palomitas de caramelo, el acto de perros entrenados. Me sorprendió ver a un artista de circo vestida igual que yo me imaginaba … Como si fuera un artista de circo vintage, cabecilla diría yo. Yo estaba enamorada de el traje.

Viendo los actos emocionantes sobre el escenario, maravaristas y las naves espaciales que estaban en mi ojo A ALTA VELOCIDAD: Me sorprendió la tranquilidad que tenia ellos … La forma en que estaban tan en control de algo que fácilmente podría salirse de control. Ciertamente estábamos teniendo una experiencia unica.

Estoy muy contenta de haber compartido esta experiencia con mis hijos; tenerlos involucrados en actuaciones ,ahora. No solo en Inglés, pero también español. Espero que usted también pueda asistir y tenga el rendimiento al igual que mi familia que se la paso riendo. Estoy seguro de que ella no entendía todo el rendimiento , pero escuchar mis hijos que se ríen me hacia entender que se lo disfrutaban ,para ver una actuación impresionante era un recuerdo de por vida.