We participated in the light the world campaign this year. Service for 25 days in 25 ways. It was so much fun! My favorite part was leaving school every day and the kids asking “Who are we going to serve today?” Here are the things we did. We can’t wait to do it again next year and to make service a bigger focus in our daily lives. I am so grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his perfect example of selflessness and service. May we ever strive to be more like him!
We were very blessed with another fabulous year of health, strength, and love. We are eternally grateful for all we have. Merry Christmas!
Several years ago a friend of Stephanie’s shared with her about a less known secret at Disney World called Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! We’ve gone for 3 years straight just for this party. Here is the jist:
This event isn’t really advertises, but it is something you have to search for specially and purchase tickets. The Christmas season is a great time to visit Disney, but if you can’t make it for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party… you should also know they do a similar event for Halloween too!
If you’re going to Disney for the Christmas or Halloween party, then you’ll practically have a whole day before you can enter the park. But don’t worry, there is plenty to see at Disney while you’re there before you enter Magic Kingdom.
Disney Springs is a fun place to shop, play and dine. They have a lot of restaurants in this area with a newly constructed section offering even more. Here you’ll find the T-Rex Restaurant (with live dinosaurs), the Lego Store, the Disney Store, Rainforest Cafe. From here you can take the water taxi to Old Key West resort and Saratoga Resort. And new this year they do a flying drone show in the evening over the water.
On the monorail or with boats, before you enter Magic Kingdom you can visit the close Disney resorts. They are decorated for Christmas and are so fun to tour around in seeing the different sites.
The Boardwalk is another fun place to stroll before spending your day at the park. I recommend at night with the lights by the water and the hotels you can visit. You can also talk some water taxis here to get around.
We love Savannah, GA! From the River Walk to the Spanish moss, this city has such a unique atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. Here are some of our favorite things in Savannah.
River Street parallels the Savannah River lined with old buildings, cobblestone roads, and ships going in and out of the port. Stroll down River Street to find great dining, shops like River Street Sweets (which is a must for old-fashioned candy and southern pralines) and on weekends a farmers’ market.
It is worth paying for a Historic Carriage Ride at least once on a trip to Savannah. The kids had a blast, and we were able to see the city along with interesting stories we never would have known otherwise. Along with some of the history, if you are the kind of person who likes ghost stories, Savannah is known as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. and there are plenty of ghost tours you can check out. From historic ghost tours (which are the more interesting ones to me) to actually ghost hunting inside the haunted mansions at 1:00 am in the morning!
Savannah is scattered with public squares with green space that served as commons areas in the old days. Walking through the city lets you explore these old parks with monuments, Spanish moss, and history around every block. City Market is a great place with dining, live music, unique boutique-style shops, horse and ghost tours, and more. Even Paula Dean’s store and restaurant is located here.
The most famous candy shop in Savannah! Stop by on River Street and taste samples of their pralines. The kids always love a fun treat from River Street Sweets.
Staying inside the City of Savannah is pricy, and because we keep our travels frugal, we’ve discovered a great place to stay when visiting Savannah. There is a Super 8 just outside of the city (about 15-20 min drive to River Street). Normally a Super 8 isn’t our hotel of choice, but when we found this one on TripAdvisor.com, we had to try staying here. It is the highest rated Super 8 we’ve ever seen! So with reviews like this one has, we found they were spot on. Not only do you save money, but your stay is pleasant in this very modern, clean Super 8.
Knowing where you are going to park ahead of time saves a lot of headache. Parking can be hard to find on the narrow cobblestone streets. There are several parking garages around, but we’d recommend the Whitaker Street Garage, which is closest to the City Market, just down the street from The Lady and Sons Restaurant (by Paula Dean), and a couple blocks from River Street. You’ll also find it is between two nice green squares (Ellis Square and Johnson Square).
Savannah has an abundance of great places to eat… and that sometimes makes it hard to decide where to eat. If you can only pick a few good places on your trip, here are some we’d recommend.