Monday, October 15, 2018

September Fun and Fall is Here!

The Birthday Boy!
Fun New Ride at Hollywood Studios
The warm temps were still felt in September here in Central Florida! We started the month celebrating Brady's 11th birthday at Hollywood Studios. That was one day were the temps were slightly cooler - we actually wore long sleeve shirts! :) Brady loved planning out the day, ending with a fun meal at Sci-Fi Drive-In theater. The new Slinky Dog Dash roller Coaster is always a big hit. The line for this moves relatively fast - we've never waited more than 90 minutes. September also was also Magical Dining Month in Orlando. We absolutely LOVED it. Several restaurants participate in the $35 per person three course meal, including our two sit down restaurants at Reunion Resort! A portion of each meal benefits the Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. My parents came to visit during this time and we were able to eat at Shark's Underwater Grill, located at Sea World. Our meal was delicious and after, we were able to spend some time at the park. We loved the penguin exhibit, but is was mighty chilly in there!
BooBoo loves the penguins!
It's also been a great time to explore more of our neighborhood. We love our home and are very proud of it. Tatum is currently taking a photography course, so living on a golf course/resort has provided her with a lot of beautiful backgrounds! 
Gorgeous Fountains at the Terraces Pool
Fall seems to be the time of food abundance: not only was it Magical Dining Month, but the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT is underway as well. Not only does EPCOT have an international array of foods and wines, but each evening they have an "Eat to the Beat" concert. So far, we have attended Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts and Air Supply. Later this month, we plan on seeing Kenny G and Billy Ocean. Overall, the kids are good sports about it since they have no idea who these people are. Brian and I are officially old! The good news is that we are getting a variety of pictures from places were we really haven't spent a lot of time. 
Beautiful evening in "Italy"

We found Remy!
We have lots of fun to look forward to during October. Reunion Resort has some great events planned, home school is in full swing and we have friends and family coming to visit! We also have some travels coming up as well before the holidays! If you're looking to travel to Central Florida and beyond, please feel free to contact us so we can help you plan! Wishing you all a fun and happy fall! 
The Andersons
Fall Decor in full force at Magic Kingdom

Family Time at Alien Swirling Saucers

Monday, August 20, 2018

Back to School and So Much More!

Fun times at member dinner!
Ready to begin online sessions
WOW! It's been an amazing week. Last weekend, we s-l-o-w-l-y said goodbye to summer with a fun Reunion Resort Member Dinner, complete with a s'mores bar! This was way better than camping in my opinion! :) On Monday, the kids started school and it was definitely a new experience for all, myself included! We had a few questions, some tears and confusion, but by the end of the week, it was smooth sailing, earning great grades and learning so much! Homeschooling (we are using FLVS FLEX curriculum) is not for the faint of heart; it's serious, demanding and students have responsibilities and expectations to meet. I feel just like I did in the classroom for so many years: lots of prep work, implementation and assessments. Luckily, I have two awesome students and fellow teachers to help support them.

One great thing about homeschooling is our flexible schedule. Wednesday evening was spent at EPCOT for the Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic Event.
Staying at the park after hours, eating dinner super-late and Mickey Ice Cream Bars at almost midnight was a huge hit! We try and visit WDW at least twice a week. Brian's Aunt Kate asked the kids, "are you tired of going to Disney yet?" Their response was a definitive, "NO!" All smiles from me! :) Speaking of Aunt Kate...we made a trip to Vero Beach yesterday to visit with Aunt Kate and Uncle Matt. They (along with Matt's dad, Bob) recently relocated from Springfield, Missouri to Vero Beach. It's so wonderful to have family near us! I see a lot more visits, especially to the beach, in the future.
Fun times at Vero Beach with Matt and Kate
I couldn't have asked for a better week: abundant sunshine, healthy, happy children, a new adventure and time with family. On the horizon is our international travels; less than 90 days now! Be on the lookout for posts about Labadee, Jamaica and Cozumel. Also, our YouTube Channel will be launching soon! Thanks for reading about our adventures! We are truly blessed!

Lots of Love,
Jess, Brian, Tatum and Brady

Monday, July 30, 2018

My Head is Spinning!

Cousins spending time together

Literally, it is! These past three weeks have been a HUGE blur! However, we only have a few more boxes to unpack, summer is winding down and we are starting the transition from tourist to resident. Our family came to Walt Disney World to visit for a few days. It was great being with them at the parks, dining at resorts and visiting some local venues. Lately, Brian and my's favorite place has been Island Grove Winery at Formosa Gardens. It is very close to our home and just a quiet place to relax and enjoy wine. We had a great time meeting the owner, George, and hearing his story.
Island Grove Winery at Formosa Gardens
L to R: Jess, George(owner), Terry (my father-in-law)

As we become residents, we have been doing more things outside of Walt Disney World. Tatum had the opportunity to meet YouTube stars Brooklyn and Bailey last week at JCPenney. Tatum also began orthodontic treatment and got braces on this afternoon. She looks forward to starting gymnastics and 7th grade.

Brady loves swimming in our pool and drawing. He is hoping to start Tae Kwon Do in August and is excited to use his laptop each day with home school. He wants to add a virtual sketchpad and software to his laptop, so stay tuned for some cool sketches uploaded to this blog!
Tatum with Brooklyn and Bailey

As for our adventures, they will begin after our home school session begins! Be on the lookout for our YouTube Channel launch, as well as detailed visits to the Walt Disney World theme parks (water parks included). We are thrilled to be here and to have this opportunity to share our adventures with you!

Looking to travel and have an adventure of your own? Please feel free to comment or send an email. I am a licensed travel agent and would love to help you plan an amazing getaway anywhere in the world (not just Florida) :).

The Andersons

Thursday, July 5, 2018

We're getting there...

Welcome to the first post of our new family blog! It's been an emotional roller coaster to start this journey: job loss, selling a business, moving our kids away from the only home they've ever known...I could go on and on. However, when Brian and I decided that Central Florida would be our new (possibly temporary) home, we decided that we will only focus on the positives and share this incredible journey with the world!

We sold our home in Ohio and drove down to Florida in a moving truck. It was an interesting adventure to say the least. Lots of traffic, a few squabbles, and some thunderstorms, but overall, we made it there safely and are now officially Florida residents. Our children (Tatum and Brady) stayed back in Ohio with family while we drove and unloaded the truck and moved everything into the house.
Finishing up packing and saying goodbye to Ohio!
The 4th of July was celebrated with family as we finish up our time in Ohio. Bright and early on Monday morning begins our "real" Anderson Adventure. Up next...a quick visit to Disney's Vero Beach Resort and then back to unpacking!