Friday, September 19, 2014

The Wonderful World of Disney


Our family loves Disney World and we have traveled there several times. I even have another blog just on Disney, called Exploring the Mouse. For some time now I have wanted to do a series on this blog on Disney World. I hope you join me for this series on Walt Disney World.

For my first post, I decided to give you an overview of Walt Disney World. So What exactly is Walt Disney World? Walt Disney World is located near Orlando, Florida and is comprised of almost 30,000 acres. It has 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 4 golf courses, several hotels (resorts), a shopping /entertainment area, and so much more.  
Here is some basic information about Walt Disney World:

The 4 Theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort are: 
  • The Magic Kingdom - most people think this park is Disney World, but it is not. Disney World includes everything in the 30, 000 acres. This park is the original park that opened in 1971.
  • Epcot - The second park to open in 1982.
  • Hollywood Studios - This is the third park to open in 1989.
  • Animal Kingdom - The newest park to open in 1998.
There are several hotels on Walt Disney World property. Most of them are owned and operated by Disney but there are several that are not. But for now we are just going to concentrate on the ones that are owned and operated by Disney. Hotels at Walt Disney World are broken up into categories; Deluxe, Moderate and Value. Their is even a campground if you want to camp.

I hope you will join me for my series on the Wonderful World of Disney.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekly Goals for the Week of September 15, 2014


Last week was busy but productive. I was able to get some stuff done. Here is what I was able to get done.
  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids.
  3. Write 1 blog post for this month for the Home and School mosaics website. ( I actually got all of them done for this year. So I wrote 3 posts this week.)
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
This week is going to be busy since my hubby took the week off this week. I am thankful that he is able to take some vacation time and just relax and get some stuff done around the house.

So this week is going to be a little different around here since he will be off, but we are planning to still get stuff done and have some fun also as a family. So in light of that, this is what I hope to accomplish this week.
  1. Do some fun things as a family.
  2. Go out for free coffee at McDonald's this week a couple of mornings.
  3. Continue working on some planning.
  4. Catch up on some blogging stuff that I have been putting off.
  5. Get some time to plan with my husband.
I am hoping to have a good week with some work and play both. How about you, what is on your weekly goal list?

Off the Natchez Trace - Grand Village of the Natchez Indians


The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is located in Natchez, MS. This site covers 128 acres and features a museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house and 3 ceremonial mounds.This is a great place to stop to give you an overview of the Natchez Indians. If you start the Natchez Trace in Natchez, stop here and see this place since you will be seeing many mounds on your trip up the Natchez Trace.

Reconstructed Natchez Indian house

2 of the mounds

the museum
The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is open all week long and admission is free.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Traveling the Natchez Trace - Grindstone Ford / Mangum Mound


At mile marker 45.7 along the Natchez Trace Parkway you will find Grindstone Ford and Mangum Mound.

Northbound travelers traveling the Natchez Trace considered themselves out of civilization and in to wild country when they crossed this point.

Below are several things you can see at this stop.

Grindstone Ford Sign

Grindstone Ford

The Original Natchez Trace

Mangum Mound

Mangum Mound

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekly Goals for the week of September 8, 2014


It has been another busy week around here. Like usual I had lots of goals to get through, but didn't seem to make a dent in it. But I am not throwing in the towel yet. There is always hope for me.

Here is what I wanted to get done.
  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids. (Almost done. I am really shocked at how long these books are taking to get through.)
  3. Write 2 blog posts for this month for the Mickey Mom's website and the Home and School mosaics website. (I got one done and half of another done.)
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
Since I still haven' made good progress I am going to keep my list just about the same. Here's to a better week.

  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids.
  3. Write 1 blog post for this month for the Home and School mosaics website.
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
I am real hopeful that I am going to get through most of this list this week.

How about you, What is on your list for this week?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Traveling The Natchez Trace Parkway - Birdsong Hollow


At mile marker 438.0, you will travel on a bridge that goes over TN Hwy 96. It is a double arch bridge that won the 1995 Presidential Award for Design Excellence.

**Note these pictures were taken from Hwy 96.**



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 Monthly Goals - June, July and August Checkup


Boy has time flown and I realized I haven't posted my checkups for my yearly goals for the last 3 months. So this checkup is going to be for June, July and August.

Here is what I have accomplished on my goals so far this year.

Personal
  • Read through the Bible 
  • Read 24 books. ( I read 14 books so far.)
  • exercise at least 3 times per week
  • Get ready to walk/run a Disney race in 2015
  • run at least 1 5k this year
Family
  • Go on weekly dates for coffee at McDonald's or make it at home with my hubby
  • Finish 7th grade with Katie
  • Start 8th grade with Katie
  • Finish 3rd grade with John
  • Start 4th grade with John
  • do something fun as a family at least once per month
  • go on 1 long vacation We went up the Natchez Trace and then up to Indiana, Illinois and Missouri and then back home.
  • go on 1 staycation or state park
  • read 12 books to the kids ( we read 24 books already)
Home front
  • Finish Financial Peace University
  • Get Baby Step 1 finished
  • Concentrate on Baby Step 2 ( get at least half done)
  • Get the whole house cleaned, dejunked and organized (we are getting a lot of stuff out of the house and things organized)
Business
  • Buy 2 .com's for my blogs
  • attend a blog conference
  • Continue writing for the Disney Mom's
  • Continue writing for Home and School Mosaics
  • get more followers for my blogs
  • write at least 3-5 posts during the week
Way out there - Dream Big Things
  • Be completely debt free except for the mortgage in 1 year
  • Pay off mortgage on our house
  • Bring dad home from the daily 9-5 job
  • Get a home business or 2 going so that dad can come home  
I have crossed some more things off my list and feel like I am getting somewhere on my goals.

As I look at my list I feel like I am getting somewhere but at the same time, I feel like I have to put the petal to the metal and get in gear to get some of these goals done by the end of the year. Then there is some goals that I know we are not going to  accomplish by the end of the year. But that is not going to stop me from plugging along.

How are your yearly goals going?

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