Back to School

17 Aug

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For the past few years, I have taken this time of year to share a few “words of wisdom” to the students, teachers, and parents preparing for back-to-school. While this is only my personal view, I do hope it offers some comfort to what can be a hectic and emotional time of year.

To all the students, be appreciative of the freedom you have to learn. Some children are not as fortunate. Be proud of who you are and believe in yourself. Be kind to those you meet. Some of your peers may have a hard time making new friends or they may be struggling with their own insecurities. If you see someone being bullied or harassed because he/she may seem a little different, step in and do what you know is right. Say, “Hi,” or smile at that person in the hallway. You never know what they might be facing outside of school or battling with inside. Your small act of kindness may make a BIG difference in someone’s life this school year!

To all the teachers, both new and “seasoned,” know that you have been called to the teaching profession for a reason. The minds and hearts of the students you teach will forever be changed. You have been given the chance to be an influence and an inspiration to your students. As hard as it is to deal with the politics and new policies of school systems, just remember why you are there—to educate and provide a safe environment for the young people you have been given. What you offer them today may have a lifelong impact on the person they become.

To all the parents sending your little ones off to school for the first time, stay strong. I know this can be hard. If you need to cry after you take your child to class, let it out. Your kids will be fine. You know this. The excellent women and men who will be teaching them this year will pour into their little minds and hearts. And your children will grow immensely this year.

For those of you with children starting middle school or high school, stay positive and encourage your child. Build them up and be available when they need you. This is a big step for both of you. This year could be a roller coaster of emotions and new experiences. However, your children will succeed with the support of you, their friends, and their teachers.

To the parents of seniors, this year is critical for your child. The journey to college is exciting and challenging. Enjoy the time you have with your senior and get involved in their lives if you are not already. As much as they may seem like they do not need or want you around, they do. Check in on them and ask about school and their lives. Be present. Be encouraging.

Good luck this year and know that each of you have my thoughts, prayers, and support. Have a great school year, everyone!

Spread a little love and magic

23 Jul

I log in and post on social media channels each day, mostly out of habit. These platforms have provided great ways to keep in touch with family and friends. However, they’ve also created cyberbullying and the widespread sharing of utter rubbish. I try to share things that will make people smile or bring a little bit of happiness into the lives of others. There’s so much in life worth living and fighting for. I’d rather celebrate the joy and believe in the magic of everyday life.

My days aren’t always great (today is one of those) and my life is far from perfect or ideal. I do have a loving family and many friends who are near and dear to my heart though. I feel blessed with my life, and I thank God for all He provides. Thank you all for allowing me to share joy with you—today and in the future. Do something nice for someone today. Tell your family you love them. Enjoy the hugs from your children. Call an old friend. Spread a little love and magic. 

"Mickey was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of laughter."

“Mickey was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of laughter.”

Walt Disney World Resort News

6 Jul

Here is the latest Walt Disney World Resort news from Destinations to Travel with Donna!

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Latest News from Around the World for the Week Ending July 5, 2015!

Frosty Treats to Beat the Summer Heat at Walt Disney World Resort

6 Jul
Walt Disney World Resort guests can chill out all summer long with cool thrills in the four Disney theme parks, spills at the two Disney water parks, Disney Character encounters, shopping, dining and many other unforgettable experiences like Frozen Summer Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios, new entertainment acts at Epcot, and the new Harambe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

Walt Disney World Resort guests can chill out all summer long with cool thrills in the four Disney theme parks, spills at the two Disney water parks, Disney Character encounters, shopping, dining and many other unforgettable experiences like Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, new entertainment acts at Epcot, and the new Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month throughout July at the Walt Disney World Resort! Nothing tastes better than a delectable frozen treat while exploring the parks during the “Coolest Summer Ever.” With an abundance of food and beverage locations serving ice cream snacks across property, these are a few of the must-try chilled treats at Walt Disney World this summer.

Magic Kingdom

While strolling down Main Street U.S.A., the smell of freshly baked waffle cones wafts through the air. Follow the delicious scent and you will find the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. This is the home of many delectable ice cream delicacies, but one in particular takes the top scoop – the ice cream cookie sandwich. Two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies served with your choice of hand-scooped ice cream in the middle, creating the sweetest sandwich you will ever taste!

The other must-stop shop at Magic Kingdom is Aloha Isle, home of the legendary Dole Whip. This scrumptious soft-serve delight is a refreshing frozen treat blended in pineapple, vanilla or swirled flavors. For the more exotic palettes, try the Pineapple Dole Whip Float with Dole Pineapple Juice, as it will surely make you dole out a smile! Dole Whip also can be found at Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Epcot

Ciao, gelato! Experience the sweet indulgence of Italian gelato at Gelati, the delectable dessert kiosk at the Epcot World Showcase Italy Pavilion. With a variety of tempting gelato flavors and ice cream specialties, the possibilities are endless. One of the fanciful “Gelato Creations” is the Coppa Amicizia, a blend of cookies and cream, strawberry, Fior di Latte (milk-flavored gelato), strawberry sauce, whole strawberries and whipped cream.

Fresh brioche bread and chilled ice cream – two of the world’s most delightful delicacies. L’Artisan des Glaces at Epcot’s France Pavilion combines these two treats into a heavenly combination with its Croque Glacé. Choose any one of this authentic French ice cream shop’s unique flavors, perhaps the coco-white chocolate ice cream, before it is sealed in a warm brioche with rich chocolate or raspberry sauce. This ice cream pastry is inspired by the tastes of Paris and will have guests saying “Bonjour!”

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Still have a passion for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Have no shame because this special Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake at 50’s Prime Time Café will help rekindle that passion for peanut butter and relive those tasty childhood memories. The ingredients are simple – peanut butter and jelly with milk and ice cream – but the flavor is indescribably bold and indulgently satisfying.

What is the last shop seen before and the first thing thought of after falling down an elevator shaft? That would be the delicious treats at Hollywood Scoops, the ice cream kiosk near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. But not just any ice cream treat will do – Apple Crisp à la Mode is the must-try delight. This cinnamon apple dessert topped with old-fashioned vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and streusel is a perfect way to conclude a haunted stay at The Hollywood Hotel.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In the heart of Harambe Village is the home of Tamu Tamu Refreshments, where hungry travelers can find unique frozen treats and refreshments for even the wildest of safaris. The most popular treat is the Pineapple Whip Soft-serve with Coconut or Dark Rum, a truly tantalizing tropical treat.

An old-fashioned root beer float is a classic ice cream novelty and a fantastic way to beat the heat. Try one of the soft-serve soda floats from the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck while trekking through Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

See more at: http://wdwnews.com/releases/2015/07/06/frosty-treats-to-beat-the-summer-heat-at-walt-disney-world-resort/#sthash.WHdN7gJz.dpuf

In Summer

21 Jun

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“A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand, probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer!”

Happy Summer, everyone!

Bees’ll buzz
Kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz
And I’ll be doing whatever snow does
In summer

A drink in my hand
My snow up against the burning sand
Prob’ly getting gorgeously tanned
In summer

I’ll finally see a summer breeze
Blow away a winter storm
And find out what happens to solid water
When it gets warm

And I can’t wait to see
What my buddies all think of me!
Just imagine how much cooler I’ll be
In summer!

Da da… Da doo
A bah bah ba baba boo

The hot and the cold are both so intense
Put ’em together, it just makes sense!

Rat dadat dadat dadat dadadadadoo

Winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle
But put me in summer and I’ll be a —
Happy snowman!

When life gets rough I like to hold on to my dream
Of relaxing in the summer sun just lettin’ off steam!

Oh the sky will be blue
And you guys’ll be there too
When I finally do what frozen things do
In summer!

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