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09/10/2011

On The Road to the Happiest Place on Earth!

I am on a "Birthday Adventure Weekend" celebrating my daughter's 16th birthday.  I've taken her and her 2 BFFs to Disney World!

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Let me preface this by saying I love being a mom - I wouldn't give it up for anything (all you parents out there know what I'm talkin' about!)  I call this an adventure, because that's what it is - all the planning in the world couldn't have prepared me for this experience.

I knew it was going to be a good weekend when I realized all the lines at the popular rides averaged 10 minutes!  Only 10 minutes for Space Mountain?  Unheard of!  We hit all the hot spots at the Magic Kingdom, and just as we were leaving the Enchanted Tiki Room to head back to our hotel to get ready for dinner, we got caught in a torrential downpour!  It's Florida, it rains, did I bring ponchos, and umbrella, a plastic bag?! Of course not!  We get to the hotel looking like drowned rats, but lo and behold, Mickey has left a "birthday surprise" in our room.  The look on my daughter's face - priceless.

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Parenthood is and adventure, from the moment you receive the news you're expecting, to each milestone beyond.  it isn't always easy, and each phase has its own unique struggles.  The "terrible twos" are nothing compared to the "terrible teens!"  But something magical happened on this trip;  my daughter, in typical teen fashion, rolled her eyes and raised her voice to me during a minor disagreement - but shortly afterward, she pulled me aside and whispered, "I'm sorry for yelling mom. Thank you so much for doing this trip!"  Later that night, while we were watching the magnificent fireworks at EPCOT, she slipped her hand in mine, leaned her head on my shoulder and thanked me again.  "I love you mom; I'll remember this trip forever!"  So will I Sara.  And I love you too, more than you could possibley know.  

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How cool of a mom are you?? Has she asked to start driving the car yet??

See what you're teaching her to do with her future kids? We teach our kids all sorts of wonderful memories!!

Keep up the good work and glad you had fun!

What a wonderful article! So true! Cherish those times... They pass so quickly. With children the days are long but the years are short. (Mom of three who have now all flown the nest!)

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