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Happy Blog-aversary to meeeeeee

on July 23, 2019

My blog is old enough for kindergarten!  I’m celebrating 5 years of blogging under my belt today. I may not post as often as I should, but I do enjoy sharing our planning and travel with you readers 🙂

Anyway, here’s a look back at last year’s capsule post:

I will have greatly enjoyed our European trip, having packed just the right amount of clothes, purchased the perfect magnets/souvenirs, and taken precious photos of my family having both spontaneous and planned fun.  I will be spoiled by having seen my parents in December (for Xmas in North Carolina), January (on the way back from Europe), March (for the band trip), and May (when they visit Hawaii for DD’s graduation).  I will be getting ready to send DD off to college and wondering if I can pay for tuition with a credit card…think of all the miles!

THAT IS SPOT ON!  The carry-on only packing strategy worked beautifully, I love all the magnets/souvenirs, and have the trip photos in a slideshow as my screensaver.  I am indeed spoiled re: family time, having seen my parents and sister/niece quite often in 2019.  The NYC trip was incredible, and we had such fun times at DD’s graduation.  DD is off to college- and I CAN PAY TUITION WITH A CREDIT CARD!  I chose my Bank of America Premium Rewards for the charges- the 1.5 points per dollar I earn can be redeemed for all kinds of general travel costs, and since I don’t have any travel planned until next summer, the charges won’t co-mingle with everyday expenses.

Next up for me is more planning.

  • I’m about 10 months out from my next trip…shhhhhh, it’s a surprise mother-son trip to Disneyland.  I did a similar surprise Disneyland trip with DD when she was around the same age.  DS has heard all about it but has no idea it’s coming for him, too 🙂  I gotta figure out this MaxPass thing…
  • 2021 will likely see us in Ecuador again!!!  By then, the timing will be right to visit the Galápagos Islands.  DS will be old/strong enough, and DH will be young/strong enough, haha.  Not sure of the season yet.

Ok, now to the capsule statement for next year…

DS and I will have had a magical blast at Disneyland, with a new pair of Disneyland socks for me (a story for another day).  I’ll be much closer to deciding when to go to Ecuador, and getting ready to use some of my tuition-related points on the travel activities.  I may have a new-to-me car, as my primary vehicle is starting to become less reliable.  DD will have finished her first year of college, and I HOPE contemplating taking a stab at the Disney College Program.

Thanks for reading!

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