Mondays are for Memories

One of the assignments given during the Blogging 101 Course that I (sorta) took was to create a “feature”. I thought about Wordless Wednesdays or Throwback Thursdays (already done over on Facebook) or maybe even Freaky Fridays. Nothing really jumped out at me until I started doing a couple of posts that required me to look back through my 10+ years of blogging to find a particular entry. And I found out that I really enjoyed being reminded of some of the really wonderful-special-extraordinary-everyday events that I’ve journal-ed about over the years. So my newest feature (this month and hopefully for the months to come) will be Mondays are for Memories – a re-post picked randomly (or not) from the RV There Yet archives. I’m more than happy to do all the choosing, but if you’d like to shout out a date (no, you can’t just shout it, Fitz – you have to leave a comment!) I’ll be happy to find the post closest to that date and re-post it on a Monday. (Just for the record, my first post was June 29, 2004.)
For this week, I’ve chosen one that is almost 10 years exactly old. February 15, 2005

On The Other Side of Disney!

What do you get when you take 6 adults and 2 small children, put them together in an RV and a tent on one campsite, add a five day Disney pass and almost perfect weather?
Eight very tired people who thoroughly enjoyed themselves (to the point of exhaustion it seemed at times) and each other immensely!
We truly had a special time as a family at Fort Wilderness and Disney World last week. It’s hard to believe that something we’ve talked about and been planning for over three years is now just a wonderful memory to be cherished.
Yes, we were a little cramped and
Yes, there was “stuff” everywhere and
Yes, our precious 2 yr old Ellie suffered a couple of meltdowns from excitement overload combined with late nights and missing naps and
Yes, we ALL went home with colds and the need for repeated naps,
Hayley was content in her stroller for hours on end,
Ellie got to hug Snow White, Mickey Mouse, any number of Lion King friends, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch (or was it Lilo?) and even Nemo.
Toby, Tammy, Lara and Josiah got to ride the roller coasters and see the shows they wanted to. Gary and I even took in a few ‘coasters and shared some old people moments while we enjoyed the company of the grandbabies while the big kids took their turns!
We got to share meals together (even getting together with my niece Bethany who lives in NY City, but who happened to be in FL on a mini-vacation) and even agreed (mostly) on what kind of food we should be eating! (BTW, everything was delicious and while not a bargain, was not totally out of sight price-wise!)
We played miniature golf, sat around the campfire and sang silly songs with Chip and Dale, spent recovery time just hangin’ round the campground and never left the Disney Complex (except to do airport runs) the entire time.
It was a VERY WONDERFUL WEEK and one that I believe we will all cherish for years to come.
Lara’s back in California, Toby, Tammy and the girls are back in Columbus (trying to reestablish their routine, I’m sure) and Josiah is back in Doylestown. The RV is quiet again, and I’m missing them already!
Here we are at the Disney miniature golf course – with a trailer of course!
(There are a couple of new pictures of the girls on the family picture page – I must confess that most of the pictures centered around Ellie (and I’m sure you’ll be able to tell why!) )

(This post was done on a different blog ‘platform’ and the mysterious “family picture page” no longer exists. I have no idea where those pictures are now living on the internet. I hunted around and finally found the batch on a CD, so you are welcome to see more of our family ten years ago in Disney World HERE!)

One thought on “Mondays are for Memories”

  1. Stephanie, Interesting how one persons memories can bring back your own. We camped at Fort Wilderness with our daughter and son-in-law and their three children in 2007. The grands were older so we spent our time at EPCOT. Wonderful campground. Had a wonderful time with them. Good memories!! They are all off to different colleges now so these kind of get togethers are challenging. So even though you are always traveling, it is good you have had these opportunities. They grow up so fast.
    Blessings and happy trails, Barb

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