May this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers find you enjoying a blessed and happy Easter!
“Two Days at Disney” (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)
During Spring Break 2013, in the first week of April after Easter, my son and I spent two days at Disney World. I have visited Disney world numerous times throughout my life, and have taken my son there on some occasions, as well. He and I enjoyed two wonderful days at this wonderful, get-away paradise, wishing that we could have stayed longer. For a single parent on a limited budget, even two days was financially difficult to do, though it was important to get away and enjoy some refreshment even for a couple of days.
On our first day at Disney World, we visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom. My son had not visited the Animal Kingdom for the past seven years, and I promised him that we would go there on this trip. I am so happy that we went because it turned out to be the absolute perfect day! The weather was great, and while it was toasty, it was not too unbearably hot outside yet. The shade of the many trees in Animal Kingdom also helped to keep us cooler.
The highlights of our visit to Animal Kingdom were going on the safari ride, eating lunch at the Tusker House Restaurant with some Disney characters, and viewing the Lion King Show. Each of these activities were wonderful, and we really enjoyed them! On the safari, we saw many animals, including elephants, lions, giraffes, monkeys, crocodiles, and more. During lunch, Mickey Mouse visited with us, as well as other Disney characters. And, the acrobatics, songs, and costumes of the Lion King Show were amazing! Additionally, in the African section, we did some shopping and enjoyed African culture, including music and singing.
On our second day at Disney World, we went to EPCOT. It was another beautiful, yet humid day, and we often got refreshed in the air conditioned buildings or drank water or juice to cool down. At EPCOT, we visited different sections, including Canada, England, France, Morocco, and Japan. We were privileged to see and hear three marching bands troop past us. We also had our pictures taken with many characters, including Alladin and Princess Jasmin.
Also at EPCOT, we rode on the newly upgraded and more modernized Test Track, at which my son designed his own red sports car on the computers there. We extremely enjoyed the 20th Annual EPCOT Flower Show, particuarly with flowers arranged on the ground in the form of flowers and butterflies. While we did not stay late into the evening to see the fireworks, we still had a fabulous time!
My philosophy about children is that they grow up very fast, and it is important to provide as many fun, interesting, and memorable experiences for them as possible. Disney World is a place where I have vacationed very often, having first visited when I was about three or four years old. Now, I have the pleasure and satisfaction of taking my own son to Disney World for his enjoyment. I am happy to have the opportunities and ability to provide for such family enjoyment, and look forward to more visits there in the future.
This blog post is a tribute to all those who lost their lives or who were injured – especially children – in the bomb blasts at yesterday’s Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts. May God bless you all and keep you close.
“In Celebration of Spring and Easter” (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)
Spring has sprung, and Easter is again upon us! There is much to be thankful for in celebrating another Easter – Christ’s ultimate sacrifice in giving his life for us, dying a horrible death beyond words and resurrecting his spirit for us. Jesus is the God who continually forgives our sins and is our ultimate savior, unable to be replaced by anyone or anything. And, though there are many things in our world by which we may attempt to replace our Creator, what it all comes down to in the end is that God is the ‘be all and the end all,’ the first and the last, the alpha and the omega.
So, while many of us are spending additional time at church during this Easter season, reflecting, praying, and meditating on Jesus and his life, death, and resurrection, we must always remember that we are all His children. With that in mind, those of us who have children of our own must be mindful of not only teaching them about our religious values, but also participating in fun Easter events, such as getting pictures with the Easter Bunny, going to Easter Egg Hunts, or enjoying other fun Easter or Spring activities, including something as simple as walking in the park and viewing the flower blossoms on the trees.
I hope that everyone enjoys a beautiful, wonderful, rejuvenating, and refreshing spring. And, regardless of the religion that you may or may not practice, hopefully, you will take time to reflect upon and be thankful for all that has been bestowed upon you in your life. For me, as a Roman Catholic Christian, celebrating Lent with the culmination of Easter in spring is a wonderful time of reflection and renewal. I hope there are events and celebrations in your lives in which you experience the same! Happy Easter!