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How Much Does a Disney World Vacation Cost?

How much does a Disney World trip cost

Since we've been taking Disney World vacations the last few years, I've been asked the same question several times.  It usually comes prefaced by a very kind, "If you don't mind saying..." or something like that, but then is finally followed by "How much does a Disney World vacation cost?" Often this is asked because people tell me that they are considering a trip and want to know what to … [Read more...]

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The One Where We Get Away from the Snow and Go to Disney World

minnie

This post was supposed to be last week's List it Tuesday.  But, do you know what?  I was just way too exhausted from getting home from our trip to Disney World to even think about trying to process some pictures and get them ready to post. This week, however, I'm all set for the List it Tuesday where we enjoyed nine days in Disney World.  Let me just say though - if you have ever wondered … [Read more...]

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Trips We’ve Taken Since We’ve Been Married

A kiss at Disney World

Family vacations weren't part of my experience as a kid.  I remember taking camping trips, a trip to the World's Fair in Knoxville in 1982, a one week long trip to Florida when I was in fifth grade and a trip here or there to see family in Minnesota.  Otherwise, I don't really remember doing much of that kind of thing.  Eric had a similar experience, except he has even less trips to add to his … [Read more...]

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Meeting Disney Characters: An Autograph Tip

disney character autograph tip

During our kids' first trip to Disney World (in 2011), we were excited to whip out our autograph books to have a special keepsake from our trip.  Because we had a free dining plan, our trip included many character meals and we easily filled half of the pages in their autograph books. It was while we were waiting for Mulan on that trip that I saw the autograph books of the kids in front of us in … [Read more...]

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Six Reasons Why We Love the Disney Dining Plan

why we love the disney dining plan

In 2011 and 2012, we were lucky enough to not only go on trips to Walt Disney World, but also to do it with a free dining plan each time.  We're now gearing up for (hopefully) booking one last Disney World vacation before taking a few years off from Disney trips.  Not that I want to, of course, but they're pretty expensive, and we wanted just one more chance to go back before we were the parents … [Read more...]

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New Experience #4: 10 Notes on Taking the Kids to a Large Art Museum

art museum okeefe

This is part of a two week series on Many Little Blessings where either I or my family try something that is a new experience and then reflect on it.  Check out all of the new experiences. —– I'm changing up the format that I've been following for this series to make this one fit into a Top Ten Tuesday as well.  While I have been to some larger art museums, such as the Smithsonian in … [Read more...]

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10 Things I Loved about Petticoat Junction Retreat Center in Normandy, TN

Petticoat Junction Retreat Center

This past weekend, I was blessed to be able to travel to an hour south of Nashville to the Petticoat Junction Retreat Center to meet up with blogging friends to visit, brainstorm, help each other, work, and to hear a speaker we brought in.  Fun, right?  It was! Hopefully soon I'll share some of my takeaways from the weekend, but first, I want to share about the beautiful house that we stayed in … [Read more...]

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A Reminder of the Goodness of People (aka Giving Up a Bus Seat)

reminder of the good in people

While we were in Disney World in December, we made heavy use of the Disney transportation system since we were staying at an onsite resort.  We spent just over a week at the parks, so this meant we had plenty of chances to ride buses, monorails, and even boats.  There were times when the seats were plentiful, but more often than not, we found ourselves riding at peak times when we were asked to … [Read more...]

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10 Ways to Prepare for a Cabin Camping Trip

10 tips for preparing for cabin camping

A couple of years ago, we decided to try out staying at a rustic cabin in a state park just as a fun family weekend.  Before the weekend was even over, the kids were already asking if we could go again the following year.  And now, we've already made reservations for our third year!  This spur of the moment decision three years ago has really turned into a wonderful family tradition for us. In … [Read more...]

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10 Tips for Packing for a Trip with Children

kids packing list

When we pack, we normally just kind of go overboard.  I don't worry too much about how much people pack or about conserving space, as we always just travel by car (or, minivan, as it were).  Sure, I try sometimes to be mildly efficient about it, but I usually don't stress too much about being overly efficient. All of that changed in December when we were getting ready for our eight day trip to … [Read more...]