Dreaming Into Reality

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Clearwater Sunset 2005 April 10, 2013

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sunset on yacht 2005

 

Walt Disney World March 20, 2013

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Tasty March 14, 2013

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Day #14: tasty. What is tastier than a Mickey shaped waffle covered in strawberries?!

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Also tasty? Any dessert from Sweet Eats bakery.

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Family Traditions: Christmas March 9, 2013

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Everyone has traditions they follow. For me, my favorite tradition was Christmas. However, ever since my grandfather passed away, my family hasn’t followed tradition. Doesn’t matter for this post because even if my family doesn’t follow this tradition any more, I’ll revive it once I have my own family.

Every Christmas Eve I would go to church with my dad. We would then pick up my mom and head over to my grandparent’s house wherever rest of my family was waiting. We would then cook shrimp, clams and spaghetti, and my personal favorite, shells and cottage cheese made by my grandpop. After that we would come home and put cookies and milk out for Santa.

Christmas morning I would wake up early and wake my mom up (my dad would already be up) so I could open presents. Once presents were opened, I would watch the Disney Christmas parade before getting ready for dinner number one.

Dinner number one would find us back at my grandparents for ham and homemade lasagna. After dessert, my parents and I would go to my other grandparents house for dinner number two. Once dinner was over, I would pass out the gifts to family and we would open gifts. After a long (and filling) day we would head back home where I would go through my gifts ready to break open my newest toy before going to bed.

As I mentioned before, this tradition no longer happens, so I guess it’s not really a tradition anymore. That’s okay though, because this is my favorite tradition and we are slowly starting to get back to it. What about you? Now it’s your turn to share your favorite family vacation.

 

Favorite: Philadelphia Skyline March 8, 2013

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Day number eight: favorite. This picture is one of my favorite views. I took the photo over the summer of 2012. It shows the Philadelphia skyline and the liberty bell at Citizen’s Bank Park.

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Family Vacation March 2, 2013

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When I was younger every summer my family and I would get into the car and go on vacation. At first when I was younger we would rent a house in Florida and spend the week in Disney.

As I got older, vacations became a week long car ride with my grandparents, uncle, and his girlfriend and dogs. While we had a general idea of where we were going, we never really had definitive plans.

The one summer we headed south to North Carolina where we visited the Cherokee Indian Reservation. We ended up staying at a motel on one of the rivers and I spent the days fishing along my Poppy and my uncle.

The following summer, we headed north to New England where the adults went wine tasting. Now of the legal age, I enjoy a glass of wine every now and then. However, at a young age, wine tasting is not so much fun.

Most of my family vacations when I was younger included my whole family. Since that time, there have been a death, health problems, and everything in between that prevent these vacations from happening. All I have left are the memories.

What about you? What is one of your favorite family vacations?

 

What Makes You Feel Old? February 16, 2013

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The other day, I was on Pinterest when I came across a pin that listed the ages of the kids on Friends. My reaction was, “wow, thank makes me feel old.” Then I started thinking, “what exactly is ‘old’?” I’m a mid twenty something year old and to me, old is just how you feel, not a number. Something else that got me thinking was a comment my younger cousin made when I said something and she had no idea what I was talking about.  So, here is my list of things that make me feel old.

Can You Hear Me Now? Good.

I grew up without a cell phone and laptop. I got my first phone in high school and it was a brick. I’m pretty sure it was a Nokia 5100. There were no iPhones (which I have now and absolutely love).  Looking back, I don’t know how I survived without a phone (or even a phone with internet access). I do everything on my phone, half the time even blogging from it!

As far as the internet and computers, the first desktop I had included AOL and a dial up connection. If anyone wanted to make a phone call, you had to get off the internet. Luckily, those times have changed and you can access the internet from pretty much any where thanks to wireless networks.

BMW

I don’t mean the car with this one. I’m talking about Boy Meets World, the television show that made the Feeny call oh so popular. This is actually one show a kid could sit and watch with their parents. And to this day still can.

Why does this show make me feel old though? They are in the process of filming a spinoff called Girl Meets World.  The spinoff will focus on the main character’s (Cory and Topanga) daughter, Riley as she grows up. I don’t know if this show will last, but if it’s anything like the original, it’s already got a fan in me.

Double P

Two words: Polly Pocket. Growing up, these were miniature and compact. When I look at the size of them today I think, “wow, they gave us choking hazards growing up.” No worries though. I guess I was smart enough not to stick the pieces up my nose or swallowing them because I don’t remember any trips to the ER.

Beanie Babies

I remember getting my first one like it was yesterday. I had just left Xhilarama for a birthday party, a couple days after getting my ears pierced. My mom said I could get a Ty Beanie Baby. There was a bunch to choose from, but I finally decided on Mel the koala bear. Even now, when I see them in the stores, I go through them in hopes there is one of those elusive ones I have always wanted but never able to find.

Here is just a brief list of items that make me feel old. What about you? What makes you feel old? I would love to read about them in the comments!

 

Guest Post Opportunities February 9, 2013

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We are always looking for guest posts. If you would like to be a guest blogger for Dreaming into Reality, please email dreamingintoreality2013@gmail.com.

Requirements

  • 400+ words
  • Original and unique content; content must not appear anywhere else
  • HTML format
  • Preferred topics: travel, motivational. However, I am willing to accept posts on other topics
  • One self serving link in author byline
  • Creative Common images encouraged
  • Images most by credited
  • Content must include subheadings
  • Moderator has the right to make any grammatical changes

Once submitted and approved, posts will appear on the blog within 3-5 business days.

 

A Little Bit of this & that

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Hey Ya’ll,

Wednesday’s will be Wordless Wednesday, where I will post some of my favorite photos. If you would like to see anything specific on a particular day, let me know! I would love to hear back from you.

 

Dear Nemo, Sandy & Irene: You Can’t Ruin My Day!

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Three storms, three travel plans ruined. Although the plans Nemo ruined was by choice. But here I am sitting at home thinking, “man, I really should have braved Nemo to go to NYC.”

You may be thinking why I brought Sandy and Irene in to this post as well. Here’s the answer. When Irene hit a few years back, I was supposed to be in Wilmington, NC the day she hit there. This would have been a once in a life time opportunity for me as I was going there to see One Tree Hill film it’s final season. Sure, I can still go visit, but I won’t be able to see the stars, such as Bethany Joy Lenz (Hailey), James Lafferty (Nathan), or Sophia Bush (Brooke).

Then this past October, I was supposed to be in Atlantic City a few days after Sandy hit for the Gary Allan concert.  Sad to say, due to Sandy and the casinos being closed, I wasn’t able to go. On the bright side, Mr. Allan was kind enough to reschedule for March. At least I will be able to see him then.

Now, why this post of woe is me? I just needed to vent. But there is another purpose.  After not being able to do anything, and getting a hint of cabin fever, here are some ideas on what to do when the weather forces you to change plans and you can’t go outside.

1. Organize

Now may be the perfect time to tackle that cleaning project you’ve been putting off. If you are cleaning your room, make three piles. A keep pile, a donate pile, and a trash pile. Look at every item in the room and put it in one of the three piles. If you haven’t worn something in over six months, I would suggest not putting it in the keep pile. Once you see what you have, you can start planning your next shopping spree to purchase new items. Who knows, you may even be able to find some money throughout the room you can put towards new purchases.

If you are cleaning out another room in the house, file away papers that you need, swap out pictures for a new look in the room, or even rearrange furniture. Who knows what type of layout you will be able to come up with.

2. Be a DIY-er

Have you been planning on making something? Why not do it now? If you have the supplies, set aside the afternoon (or even a few hours) and see what you can accomplish? Since it’s February, this is the perfect time to start planning out birthday and Christmas gifts for the year. Instead of spending the money on purchasing something, make them a nice homemade gift.

I personally enjoy scrapbooking, so I use this time to do that. I can’t wait to see how the next one will turn out. I’ll have to upload photos in a future post of how it turned out.

3. Relax!

You work hard everyday at your job. If you are stuck in doors, enjoy it! Turn off the electronics and pick up a classic to read.  Not into reading? Catch up on the tv shows you have on your DVR and pop in a Blu-ray.

Although this may not be relaxing, it can be fun. Have a family day. Play board games, watch old home movies or look at old photos. Or why not have story time, where one person starts telling a story and then passes along to the next family member to continue. Who knows, you may just end up with a Princess riding through space looking for Mickey Mouse on a roller coaster. Let the imaginations run wild with this.