Push Away the Screen Disney Dark Side Hollywood Studios 2017

For the 2nd consecutive year, the #TampaTrio and I have make the trek to the House of the Mouse. We started this tradition last year (you can read about those posts HERE) and I knew it would be one that would continue...hopefully forever. I can really imagine the kids coming home from college during a weekend in April to wog a 5K with their mama. I hope it comes true. 

Walt Disney World offered me two guest tickets to explore a park of my choosing. This year the kids and I, even more so than in years past, really wanted the complete Star Wars experience, so we decided to go to Hollywood Studios. I registered all our tickets online and synced the app and the magic bands (that we had from last year) and we got in pretty quickly. Mind you, the park opened at 9am, and we were rolling in close to 11am because we went to the Dark Side Expo first. Once in the park we got Ronin's special needs pass and we were off!! 

The kids decided that they needed some new ears. That they had outgrown the princess and toddler themed ears of their much younger days. And they kept the Star Wars theme going strong!

While we were still in the gift shop we suddenly heard the Star Wars theme music begin to play, and play loudly! We (oh so gently) put the ears down and ran outside to see what was going on!

                                                                             

I am glad that we had that opportunity to see the Imperial March. Right after the march we went over to see if we could sign the trio up for Padawan training. But we were too late. All the spots were taken. Oh well, there was still plenty of Star Wars left for us to see.

In fact, we got to meet KYLO REN! I just love the look on my kids faces as I stare down Kylo. They all seem so impressed. Hopefully it's with my "you don't scare me" face, but it's probably not.

Touring through Star Wars Launch Bay was really the highlight of our day. It was air conditioned and full of everything Star Wars.

We also went on the Aerosmith rollercoaster. It was the first time for all of us and it was so much fun! None of us had any idea what to expect and we were all so surprised. One time was enough for Haley and I , but Ella & Ronin went on twice more!

We had a snack and decided to do some more shopping!

Ronin and I had an early morning for the Dark Side 5K, so we all decided to leave the park, head back to our hotel, swim, change, and go have dinner, and that's exactly what we did! We had a great first day at Disney, and can't wait to return next year! Ronin and I are already signed up for 2018, and have decided to visit the Animal Kingdom theme park!

                                      

Have you been able to witness the Dark Side at Disney? It's amazing don't miss it!!

Florida SSYRA Battle of the Books 2017 2018

The 2017-2018 Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) books have been announced! The list for grades 3-5 has a few repeat authors including Laurence Yep and Sarah Weeks. I don't see  any of the authors on the 6-8 list as being repeat nominees.

Parents and teachers, get a jump on everyone else by having your kids read a few of the titles over the summer. I have yet to see a summer reading list that does not include at least ONE SSYRA book. And the book usually includes a project to be submitted the first week of school. And how many of you have kids that wait until that last week to read the book and do the project? Based on the number of families that I see in the library scrambling to get their hands on a copy of ANY SSYRA book for that year, it seems like a lot of kids wait until the last minute. And we only have a limited copy of the books. Sure we have a lot of copies, usually at least 50 print copies, plus audio and ebook through Overdrive and Hoopla, but sometimes that's not enough.

 

So yo,

Don't procrastinate,

Don't sleep late,

or let stress escalate

SSYRA reading is postulate

In the Sunshine State

Let the words captivate

Reinvigorate.