Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February Fun

Yesterday we had a family snow day.  Dad worked from home, college son and girlfriend were here, Dakota and I took the day off.  The snow had actually fallen the night before and the day dawned sunny and clear.  We all hung out for most of the day and then at 4pm my daughters both arrived, as well as my two granddaughters.  My husband and younger daughter and I took Dakota and Natalie, my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter, sledding.  We went to a nearby park with big hills and spent almost 2 hours sledding and hauling each other up the hill.  The kids had a blast.  Poppy wore himself out and I took tons of pictures!  I love capturing the fun they are having, the blue of their eyes and the rosy red of their cheeks!

The cold warranted a warm drink and some donuts at the nearby Dunkin Donuts and then home to the rest of the gang for a steak dinner with microwavable sides (not my usual - but quick and easy!)  Dinner was noisy and chaotic, but that's the way it is with 8 people in the house.  How about adding a newborn granddaughter in a few weeks?

Things finally settled down around 7:45 and we put on Grease for our family movie.  My 10 year old is still too naive to catch most of the raunchy references in the film and he enjoyed the cool swagger the guys had and the songs they all sang.  We were all exhausted by bedtime and those cool sheets sure did feel good when we climbed underneath.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Travel Anyone?

Two years ago when my little son and I were going to Walt Disney World in Florida, I used the services of a fabulous travel agent from Destinations to Explore named Regina.  She answered all my questions and set us up for a fabulous time with absolutely everything taken care of.  No worries.  When we returned I chatted online with her about how becoming a travel agent would be a perfect "second career" for me now that I have raised three kids and the last is ten.  We talked about my family's love of travel and how I have been organizing trips and activities for Maryland homeschoolers for the past fifteen years.  She suggested I put an application in with her travel agency and gave me all the information.  I did put an application in and sent along my resume.  I didn't hear anything back and soon I was too busy with life to even remember I did so.

Last week I got an email from Destinations to Explore.  The name sounded familiar.  It was the same lady I had been referred to and she asked in her email if I would like to work for the company as a travel agent!  I had to read and reread the email, wondering if it was some kind of scam.  I looked up the company, although I knew they existed because I had used them myself.  What I found was a well respected company, with a unit specifically for Florida attractions.  I still couldn't wrap my head around it.  I contacted my agent from 2012 again and asked questions.  I verified the name of the woman I was speaking to.  Yes, this was legitimate!

Two days ago I signed a contract!  I was notified yesterday that as soon as my Sea World login and password issues are dealt with I will begin training and within a few weeks I will be a travel agent!  Oh my!  I cannot believe that this opportunity has been given to me and I intend to make the most of it.  I am in love with all things Disney so this is perfect for me.  The company also does cruises, beach resorts, Hawaii and more.  I am feeling extremely blessed.

So if you are feeling the itch to travel or know someone who is, I would love to work with you to make your vacation one to remember.  I should be up and running by March 1st.  I just can not wait!