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#PrayforGatlinburg

It’s incredible how much of a difference a week can make. A week ago today I was in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, enjoying the views from my cabin in the woods at Westgate Resorts.

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Now, that cabin no longer exists. All that’s left is the memories thousands of people hold on to who travel to the Great Smoky Mountains year after year.

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So much devastation in the blink of an eye. While I conscientiously labored through my emails today, the news served as a sort of white noise in the background as updates were made through the morning on the condition of Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas. I paid close attention, not only only because it’s a place I have traveled to several times, just last week in fact; but also because my family owns a mountain top resort just outside of Gatlinburg.

I let out a “gasp” when the news outlets finally announced that my family’s resort had been completely destroyed. Immediately, all those amazing moments I had last week came rushing back: reading on the balcony as the sun rose over the mountain tops, sitting by the fire place with hot chocolate in hand and all the wonderful interactions that I had with the incredibly welcoming staff. My heart was, and is, broken for all of them and everyone in that area.

I will cherish every moment I have spent in Gatlinburg, from a little girl in elementary school all the way up to college, and now a married woman. All I know, I can’t wait to go back.

#PrayforGatlinburg

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Life’s No Fun Without a Good ‘Not So’ Scare

When you’re a Floridian, there are certain signs fall is here.  No, it’s not the crisp air or fallen leaves, but rather the Halloween festivities at the theme parks.  Yep, I knew summer was almost at it’s end when I got home from work, on what seemed to be a regular Friday, and changed into my first Halloween costume of the season.

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A ladybug, that’s what I came up with on the fly. Ha, see what I did there.

I could easy be a character from “A Bug’s Life” which made it perfectly fitting for trick-or-treating at Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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I was excited to be a child for the night and fill up on candy! However, the sugar instantly rushed to my head and it was time for real food.  So much for being a kid for the night.

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But, fast forward 12 hours later…Success!

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I am such a Disney nerd.  I grew up going to Disney, watching Disney movies and dressing up like Disney princesses.  It’s been my life since before I can remember.  And, speaking of Disney movies and the fall season, another hint that fall had arrived, Hocus Pocus.  This was one of my favorite movies growing up.  My sister and I would watch it over and over again around Halloween, along with various other horror movies.  So, when I found out about the Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular, I may have almost fallen out of my cubical chair.

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And it didn’t disappoint.  Look how much they look like the real Sanderson sisters.

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I’m glad the Disney villains had their chance in the spotlight too.

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It was a magical night, just like every Disney experience.  And in all honesty, if you are going to go trick-or-treating, where better than Disney?

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a separate ticketed event.

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So long Summer, it was fun while it lasted

Well, hello again! It’s been awhile. As I sit here, 10th cup of coffee in hand, I’m wondering–what happened to summer?  I scroll through my Instagram feed and notice many of my friends to the north are already posting about Fall, cooler weather and making s’mores.  Well, that’s definitely not the case here in Florida, as you can see from the temperature in my car just this past Friday.

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Time is just moving way too fast.  Please slow down!!! Pretty please!

Do you ever have that dream when you are running away from something or someone and you can’t run fast enough, or your legs just don’t work? I have been feeling like that a lot lately, the problem is, it’s not a dream.  I am one of those who hates missing out and always wants to try something new, so I’ll volunteer and commit myself to just about everything.  My boss keeps reminding me to take it easy or I’m going to hit a wall.  I think I’m almost there.  Between work, planning a wedding and trying to find “me” time, I just can’t keep up.  I don’t know how people do it.  I am open to suggestions…

I give my blogger friends a lot of credit.  Keeping up with a blog, family and hectic travel schedule seems like an impossible task to me right about now.

To prove how busy I have been, here is a round-up of my summer…hope you can keep up.

I went to The Orlando Eye, of course I did.

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Tried to squeeze in a little R & R on Captiva Island.

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Went to Lexington, Kentucky for work and fell in love.  I had no idea I was going to like Kentucky as much as I did.

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Maybe it was the Bourbon…nah!

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Another work trip took me to Bloomington, Indiana.  At least I can now check Indiana off the list of states I have visited.  Can I go back to Kentucky now?

After hiking through these woods, I understand why no bikes are allowed on the “trails.” I don’t think they should allow humans in general.  Way too many spiders and not enough trail.

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Timber!

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At least there was champagne at the end of the day.

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I volunteered at Give Kids the World.  Have I mentioned how much I adore children? And these had to have been some of the bravest children I’ve ever met.

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I also loved my Vera Bradley apron.

After 30 years living in Florida, I finally did something every Floridian should do, swim with manatees in Crystal River.

Incredible experience.  I’ll probably blog about that someday.

And of course, I went on The Orlando Eye a few more times throughout the summer.

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Fall will probably fly by just as fast as summer did, but I will do my best to keep up.

Until next time…

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