Category Archives: Countdown to WDW

Just hours and counting! – WDW 2016

Well the toddler and my parents are all in bed.
I on the other had am sat up worrying, this is what I’m like before I go, I always panic that I haven’t remembered something important.
So I think we’re packed.

All together we have…
1 car seat
1 buggy
1 toddler snack bag
2 autograph books ( mine and C’s)
2 laptops
3 tablets ( one toddler one)
4 passports
4 hand luggage bags
5 cases
and what feels like hundreds of clothes items
for just…
3 adults and a toddler .

I have no idea how to pack light, and I have no idea how we are going to get through MCO with all that…up an escalator!

They are all under weight at least 😀


 I should really go to bed now since I didn’t go to sleep until after 4 am last night. We had a call at 11.30 last night to say my nan had been taken into hospital with a suspected stroke. She had a TIA ( mini stroke) and is fine now but it was a bit of a worry, today has been stressful but I just cant sleep.

I don’t know if its excitement or nerves but I have to be up in 5 and a half hours at the latest.

My next update will be from Florida

3 days and counting! – WDW 2016

Only 3 more sleeps and we are getting very excited, but still have too much to do!

The house needs a good clean, and although I have piles of clothes ready to go into cases as Tom is in the middle of flooring the loft I haven’t been able to reach the cases to get  them out yet.

It’s Saturday night, C is in bed sleeping, Tom is in his friends ( even though he was ment to be helping me get the cases out!) and my parents are in Wales celebrating my nan’s 80th birthday, I should be doing something productive to get us ready to fly out but I cant seem to get the energy or motivation to do it, I’m blaming two training sessions in 2 days for the lack of energy.
Maybe a cup of coffee will give the the energy to do it.


I have sorted out some more of the scrapbook for our upcoming trip, I’ll take it with us as it doubles as an autograph book.
I’ve decorated the outside,

marked out sections

Washi tape is great for page tabs to mark where sections begin
and added some things to certain pages, princess stickers, world showcase land stickers, etc.


I hope that I manage to finish this scrapbook as I was rubbish at it last time and didn’t complete it. So watch this space!

Have you ever made a scrapbook for a Disney holiday?

2 weeks and counting! – WDW 2016

Well I didn’t manage much of a countdown with everything that happened in 2015 so I can’t believe that its already down to just 2 weeks!

I hoping to do a lot better at documenting our holiday on the blog than I managed last time but since Florida is such a full on holiday we don’t usually have a spare second to do anything other than sleep, shop, go to the parks, eat, have fun, smile, and enjoy our family time.
I will make a conscience effort to try and update as often as possible so that our family at home can see how much C is enjoying herself.

The check lists so far :-

Passports – had these already so just had to get them out the draw
ESTA’s – again already valid from our last trip to the US.
Park Tickets ( Universal and Disney) – Disney were included with the Hotel but got our universal tickets via Attraction tickets direct and they arrived really quickly.
Hire Car– In with the virgin package, but I’m not driving this time.
Consent letter – yes I actually need C’s dad’s permission to take her out of  the country, well US immigrations at least need to see that he has agree’d to it.
Fast passes – Being able to book fast passes for rides 60 days in advance is a god send meaning I have bagged an Anna and Else meet and greet slot for C. Fast passes also mean that we can do the bigger rides that C cant do or those that will have long queues ( not that the queues are that long in January) without too much waiting for the impatient toddler and grandparents ( I’ll see if they read these and if I get away with that lol ;P )
Advanced dining reservations – or ARD’s to those in the know. We have prebooked meals in some of the Disney  restaurants and I cant wait to go to them.

To do

Buy a buggy bag – we have a car seat bag but really we need a buggy bag as well for when it is put into the hold. I’ve been looking at this one on amazon.
Photocopy C’s birth certificate. – again for immigration in the US to prove that I am C’s mother as we have different surnames.
 Cases – We need to get them out of the loft and decide which are best to take.
Sort the house – My best friend is coming to stay here and look after Freddie while we are  on holiday so we need to make sure that the place is habitable for her.
Sort clothes – I still need to decide what to pack ( and buy some new things to take) but C’s clothes have been ready for a while.
My hand luggage – I really need to decide what to take to keep me entertained :p
C’s hand luggage – As well as the usual colouring books and never seen before trinkets to entertain C. I was hoping to take her new Vtech Innotab that I bought for Christmas as in flight entertainment for her.  There is a problem with the learning lodge system (that I discuss in this post) which means that it is still not working and there is no date as to when it will be I’m not sure what I will do to keep her entertained on our 9 hour flight.

Any suggestions for flight entertainment for a nearly 3 year old? 

21 week countdown to WDW 2016!

Only 21 weeks to go, I got reminded on my timehop that this time last year our WDW countdown was at 6 days!

Wish it was that close already but we still have nearly 150 days to go :(

This week I have been researching the letter of consent that I need to take with me, allowing me to travel to Florida with C. It’s just not something you think about is it? Having to get permission to take your own child on holiday. Continue reading

22 week countdown to WDW 2016!

I’m a few days late this week as my mum has been unwell and I haven’t had time to get on and write so this will be a very short update.

I picked up a 8×8″ scrapbook, some calendar inserts and some craft supplies from Hobbycraft on Saturday, as well as some crochet hoods and yarn ( but that will be a who other post) and I plan on starting C’s journal/ autograph book soon ready for our holiday.

 I know its early but it will soon be time to pack and go.

I’m also looking at possibly going to LEGOLAND one day while we are there, depending on which rides C will be able to go on and what height requirements they have. We also still need to buy our Universal tickets as they are the only ones that we still need to get.

Well we are another week closer 😀

24 week countdown! – WDW 2016

24 weeks and counting 😀

One of the men from our work is going in just 6 weeks time so we are both enjoying our countdowns ( although I get told not to mention mine as he will have been by then) and discussing Florida at every chance we get.
I have booked my shifts off work, so just waiting for them to be confirmed.
It still seems such a long way off but I know that it will be here before we know it.

I have also been practicing “princess” hairstyles for C when we are away.
At least one day while we are there I am going to make her look like a princess, I would love to book her in to the bibbidi bobbidi boutique to be made into a princess but they have to be above the age of 3 and she will be about 3 weeks shy when we come home :( I personally think that she would be fine and love the experience but I don’t want to risk getting her hopes up just to be turned away on the day as she is “too young”.
So I have decided that I will do it myself, do her hair, put on a little make-up ( eye shadow and lip gloss ) some fairy dust (glitter) and dress her up in a princess dress.

Here is my 1st attempt at a bun in her hair, its still a little short but we have 6 months for it to grow lol


25 weeks and counting! – WDW 2016

25 weeks and counting until we go to Florida again 😀
This time I am determined to actually document our holiday properly and share all the fun and amazing things we do.

C is so excited, she keeps talking about going on holiday to see Mickey, I don’t think she can understand how long she will have to wait still.

We have booked our flight seat this week, and have started booking our Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR’s), we managed to get a meal at Be our Guest on the day after we arrive. Continue reading

Another change of plans… but a good one

It’s not often that I get to write a post like this but what I published this morning is no longer true!
By some miracle my mum who has been quite sick for the past week and a half, unable to eat and barely able to drink has turned a corner and is feeling well enough to travel.

She isn’t 100% better but is feeling well enough that she want’s to go on holiday, for the past 10 days she was barely able to move and said that she didn’t want to go as she felt too ill.
Anyone who know’s my mum knows that to miss Disney would be a huge deal and would only happen if she was very sick.

The Doctor put her on some new medication after a visit to him, which seems to have helped an awful lot. Her pain has lessened, she was able to eat without being in excruciating pain, and she decided that she want’s to join us on the holiday as planned.

She doubts that she will eat much and it will probably be a few more days into the holiday before she will have the energy to do as much as usual but she said she would rather go and be ill there for a few days then enjoy the rest of the holiday, than miss the whole thing.

I am so happy that they are both coming with us as I know how much they have been looking forward to this holiday. My dad sounded so happy when I called to tell him that mum was feeling well enough to go as he was planning on calling to cancel it today.

Miracles do happen and I’m so glad that we were lucky enough to get one!

1 week and counting!

It’s now only one week until we head of to the happiest place on earth.

This last week hasn’t been the best one, My dad has developed a tooth abscess and my mums stomach complaint is back.
Which means that she is basically bed bound and unable to eat or drink very much, whenever it happens she is usually ill for a few weeks.
I really hope that she gets better quickly this time as I don’t want her to have a bad holiday.

It also means that I will have a lot more to do this week, preparing, ironing and packing for everyone. While looking after C, going to work and trying to keep on top of the housework.

I have managed to print off all the paperwork we need to take but still have to sort out

  1. ESTA’s- this needs to be done and paid for online at least 3 days before we go.
  2. Travel insurance – I have been looking but haven’t bought any yet. I got paid on Friday so will have to do it asap.
  3. Get the currency- We are planning on taking cash with us so we need to get it converted.
  4. Get the cases out – Well not on my to do list but I will need to get my dad and D to get them out.
  5. Packing!- I will probably end up packing for everyone now as mum isn’t well so I need to start that ASAP!
  6. Shopping- I need to buy last minute things, make sure there is dog food and things in for the sitters.
  7. Paperwork – I need a print out of all the paperwork to take, I have most but not all of it.
  8. Babysitter – I need to find someone who is able to look after C on Thursday morning as I am ment to be in work and D is in work. Mum usually has her but isn’t well enough, Please pray I find someone to babysit for a few hours.
  9. Set up the virgin box to record programs – there are a few programs that we will need to record while we are away GBBO, Downton etc.

My list of things to do only seems to get longer and longer, so I will be needing help from anyone who is well enough to do it
(Dad and Dan this means you!)