Well, hello! It's good to be back...

Have you noticed that I've been a little absent as of late? Gee, I hope you have...

Well, we just got back from an awesome vacation! We decided right before Christmas that we needed a vacation...like really needed a vacation...so, the day after The Big C, we jumped in the car and headed south...this is where we wound up...

yep...that's the Gulf of Mexico...

...the beach...somewhere in Florida...

And oh yeah, here, too...

Universal Studios, Orlando

...again at Universal Studios...

And let's not forget here...


Oh my heck...what a wonderful time we had!!! No plans, no reservations, no schedule, no NOTHING. And it was perfect...absolutely perfect. I had never been to Disney before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But I felt like a little tike when I first saw that amazing castle...I was giddy...it was like I was 6 years old again...truly. It was really so neat. We had the absolute best time...and I can't wait to go back. The kids LOVED playing on the beach and riding all of the rides at Disney & seeing all of the "shows" at Universal...but we are all glad to be home. 17 hours each way in the car with 3 kids can be hard...but, if I'm being honest, I gotta say the kids were amazing. Really, truly amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better trip.

Here are just a few things I learned during our week away...

1. You can never pack enough Cheetos...you just can't...it's not possible.
2. 8 year old girls are not exactly the tidiest creatures around...
3. Brothers will manage to wrestle anywhere and anytime...even across car seats...at 6:00 in the morning.
4. I am a much better traveler when my Kindle is charged...
5. Always buy the Giant Souvenir Popcorn Container with $.89 refills from Universal...this is crucial...
6. Don't leave a hermit crab (yes, we were down to just one) with what you think is enough water and food alone for a week (we are now down to none).
7. Eating countless calories while on vacation is not necessarily the best idea...
8. Using GPS on your phone sucks up batteries...FAST.
9. People in Tennessee move waaaay more slowly than people in Chicago...this is a good thing...
10. And finally, under no circumstances whatsoever, NEVER, EVER, EVER, speed in Georgia. I have a $125.00 money order just waiting to be mailed to the GA Court Clerk for my indiscretion...suck.

So, we are home now & I can't wait to get right back into the swing of things. I have a few fun things that will be happening soon...as soon as I can get the posts together...including an explanation of my little link over there "One Word: Accomplish."

I hope you all had a wonderful, wonderful holiday...


  1. Welcome back! It sounds like you had a fantastic vacation. I would LOVE to take one!

  2. So great to have you back in the net- we missed you.
    It looks like you had an amazing time in FL! I look fwd to the day when I take my 5 to FL. I (living in GA) would agree dont speed in GA! Sorry they got you:(

    Happy 2012

  3. yahoo for you! sounds and look slike a lot of fun!

  4. It sounds like an AMAZING vacation and I am SO jealous!Glad you had fun and are home safely!

    Bummer about the ticket :(

    Lou Cinda

  5. Welcome back, Maggie and Happy New Year! I, myself, was on a blog-reading hiatus of sorts over the holidays, so playing catch up now!

    Sounds (and looks) like you had an a-mazing family vacation. We're heading to AZ for Spring Break...can.not.wait!!

  6. Love that you had a great time! I laughed about the speeding ticket! How fast were you going, girl? Isn't the limit 70 there;) I think I need to un-plan a vacation like yours!

  7. We rode down through Tennessee to tour the Jack Daniel's plant. Aren't the roads in Tennessee the best? I just wanted to ride the motorcycle up and down the road. =)

  8. Wow! I can't believe you just went without a plan or a reservation .. that's awesome! Sounds like you had a great time. Sorry about the hermit crab. :(

  9. So fun! I love your spontaneity! Happy New Year to you!


  10. What a fun trip! I really enjoyed your list of things you learned...so funny!

  11. Looks like a friggin BLAST!! Yay!


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