13 Sep 2015

Dreaming of Orlando

We've been to the USA twice, and both times have involved a trip to Orlando. And for us, Orlando means DisneyWorld.

In 1999, we embarked on an epic trip around the world with our best friends. Two teachers were involved, so we flew out the day after school broke up for the summer. Straight to Las Vegas, then New York for Christmas, bus touring up to Niagara via Amish country, then flying down to Orlando on New Year's Eve. This was critical, arriving early on NYE since the world was about to fall apart due to the millennium bug (hah!)  We stayed at a Days Inn about 40 minutes away, where we were amazed by the complimentary  breakfast of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  We had five days in the parks, and had a fabulous time.  We also spent a day at Seaworld, and a day at NASA, Cape Canaveral. (We continued on touring London, Egypt and South Africa's Kruger Park, and it was the biggest marathon of a holiday ever!)

In 2011, my husband had the chance of going to a conference in Orlando. It was very uncertain for a long time, and his attendance wasn't confirmed until a fortnight beforehand.  Obviously, we wanted to tack on a family holiday if at all possible, so we paid last minute airfares, and lucked into a free dining period staying Disney's Pop Century resort.

This was so much easier staying on site, and the kids were a perfect age to be still on board with the magic, and old enough to go on nearly every ride they wished.

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to win a family trip to Orlando. We're so, so grateful and excited! The purpose of the trip was attend a spacecamp experience at NASA, which is thrilling in itself, Of course, we'll be adding on a stay at Disney, and it looks like  we'll go on a short (Disney!) cruise down to the Bahamas as well.  Adding in Discovery Cove, and Seaworld, and it's truly a trip of a lifetime.

I'm spending so much time planning. Between the Disboards, Pinterest, the Disney site, Cruise Critic and Visit Florida, my mind is buzzing with the possibilities.  Our promotional travel agent is taking care of the flights, some accommodation and car hire, but there's still so much to consider.  I'm having a wonderful time already!

7 Sep 2015

Belated exhibition roundup

The Canberra Quilters Exhibition was another great one this year, and it was lovely to see our quilts hanging.

My son's first quilt looked great;

I was very pleased with my finished quilt too;

And my daughter's quilt won a highly commended in the primary school aged children's section, and the Bernina encouragement award.

Yes, that's a Bernina as the prize.  She is so thrilled and excited -  and has even cleaned up her desk to make room for it.  Tidying doesn't come easy, so it's a true measure of excitement.