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We are enjoying one last day at the pool before we fly home from Orlando tonight. September is looming and I don’t think I can ignore the back to school emails, sales and information for much longer. We have had a fabulous time in Orlando- exploring the Disney Parks, cooling off at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon as well as being thrilled and whirled around on many fast-paced rides and adventures. Each night we have gone to bed sun kissed and exhausted. A successful family vacation 🙂
Here are a few pics from the past few days. Hope you are all enjoying the last fleeting days of summer. Happy Wednesday!!

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I fully believe in the importance of taking a breather and finding some time to spend with just our family, the four of us. The chaos of our daily lives means that sometimes we are so caught up in our day to day activities that we barely have time to connect with one another. Whether it is just a day trip to a new destination or family movie night with take-out, the time spent as a family is essential for our overall sanity especially in a city like New York where sometimes the pace seems a wee bit speedy =)

This past weekend we were very fortunate to take an extended weekend and enjoy a sunny family retreat to Orlando, Florida. A positive side of Ron’s frequent travel is that every once in a while we are offered rewards from hotels that he has stayed at in the past. The Hilton SeaWorld Resort gave us a ridiculously low price on our one bedroom suite and well, it seemed like an offer that we couldn’t refuse. We hopped on a plane at JFK and 2 1/2 hrs later we arrived in hot and steamy Orlando.

We checked into our hotel and then made our way to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The girls were super excited to be back at Disney and couldn’t wait to go on all of the rides and see the characters.

Mickey showing his Hallowe'en spirit!

The girls with Mary Poppins

We had a fabulous day at the park, topping it off by staying late to see the Magical Parade of Lights and the Fireworks. You know you have lived in NYC for awhile when you happily plunk down on the curb side of Downtown Disney to watch the fireworks thinking that it is the cleanest sidewalk you have ever seen!!

The sun beginning to set behind the castle

The next day we ventured over to SeaWorld, which was just a short five minute walk from our resort. We had a lot of fun taking in the whale and dolphin shows and feeding sharks. We even braved Atlantis and got super soaked careening down the roller coaster’s fast curves into the water at the end. That night we ate poolside at the resort and shared a hot tub under the stars. Perfection.

Waiting for Shamu and being our normal crazy selves 😉

After two action packed days the girls decided and we happily agreed that they would just like to spend the next couple of days hanging out at our resort, swimming in the pool, playing some ping pong, trying their hand at pool and shuffling through shuffle board. It was wonderfully relaxing and best of all we were able to re-connect and have fun goofing around just the four of us.

The view from our balcony

A quiet moment (I didn't even want to take the picture for fear of ruining it!!)

My two little dolphins

I could get very used to this!

And now we are back to reality- Ron is out of town, there will be homework tonight and sisters will fight, dinner has to be made and laundry needs to get done. But, I think we all have a bit of renewed energy to tackle these tasks. Getting out of the city, recharging the battery, talking to the kids without hurrying them out the door and sharing a convo and drink poolside with my man was wonderful. Much needed family time, so incredibly important. Now, just remind me of this by Wednesday when I am trying to escape them all 😉 Have a great day and take some time to hug the ones you love.

And here we are being just as crazy in NYC- for you Chantal 😉

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It has been almost a year since I tearfully said goodbye to friends, colleagues and students at GHS and embarked on my family move/adventure to NYC. So… when my crazy friends (see below) and former teaching buds suggested that I meet them to help chaperone this year’s band trip to Disney World, I began to look online for cheap flights to sunny Orlando.

Brad and Jason, being Brad and Jason!

After a bit of convincing from Ron (yes, the kids would be fine) I booked my flights and started to get excited about a trip to the magical world of Disney. I was super psyched to meet up with my friends and also I really wanted to see some of my former students. It had been awhile since I had the time to just hang out with teens. I missed hearing about the latest trends and about the state of the world from their point of view. It is always refreshing talking to the next generation of adults. Personally I think if we took more time to listen to the voices of high school students our world would be a much better place. But hey, that is just my two cents 😉

Anyhoo, I digress. So, I hopped on a plane and met up with the gang from GHS who had just survived a 27 hour bus ride from Canada’s capital. The students were super pumped to get going and head off to the rides at Hollywood Studios. The chaperones were equally excited and we started off our four day trip with the fast and furious, loud, Aerosmith blaring “Rockin’ Roller Coaster”. This ride set the pace for the rest of the trip as we jam packed tons of awesomeness into four days at Disney.

The whole gang in front of the Magic Kingdom

We visited all of the theme parks except Blizzard Beach and the band even squeezed in a fabulous tutorial session with the Disney Gang and an incredible performance at Epcot. My favorite moments included watching the students relive their inner childhood wonder at the Fantasmic fireworks, listening to the GHS performance under a cloudless blue sky and endless hilarious moments with old (and new) friends. I am not sure my entertainment center will ever be the same 😉

GHS performance at Epcot

Magic Kingdom

Mickey!

Not so funny to a New Yorker 😉

Lightning McQueen

It was a great trip. Most importantly it reminded of how much fun it is when you just let yourself act like a child for a bit. That really is the magic of Disney, being able to explore being a kid all over again. It is also a pretty magical place when the children having meltdowns are not yours 😉

I do miss working with students, a lot. And truth be told, I miss GHS. There are a fabulous group of people there- staff and students. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to hang with them again. Thanks to Stinky and Brad for the opportunity, Typhoon Sads for being a good sport, and to Joan and Heather, for embracing the wild and crazy hair. Most especially, thank you to the spectacular band gang for welcoming me with open arms and being such fun! Miss you guys already =)

The Tower Gang- LOVE

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