Hard to believe that I’ve been home from Orlando for a little over a week now. I sadly came home with a nasty cold that has slowed me down, but finally I am sitting down to posting something of my time at the 30th Celebrations at OnStage Live.
I had always promised myself a trip out to America to experience a Stampin’ Up! Convention the American way. Well, I’ve done it and it was totally amazing and surpassed all of my expectations. I had four Stampin’ Up! friends from another team, invite me to stay with them in a beautiful condo in Kissimmee. Kate Bolt, Lynne Fahey, Nicky Whittal, Liz Yuille and I travelled out a good few days before the event started. We had plenty of time to settle in and enjoy a day at Magic Kingdom.
Oh the fun we had even before the event started. A day out at the shops, just stocking up on groceries and grabbing the few things we wanted, before hitting a magical day in the sunshine with Mickey Mouse himself.
This really is a magical place where dreams come true and walking around here as a mother, some 20 years on from my last visit, had me see things through different eyes.
The magic there for children that had them excited and feeling alive, left me wondering how so many things in life can drain the good from us and spare us of the child within. We girls threw ourselves into the day. We rode rides that had us screaming (me in particular), giggling and belly laughing and things that reminded us of childhood memories of past. Magic is all around us, if only we open our hearts and minds to it.
A trip to the Magic Kingdom wouldn’t be complete without meeting a few friends.
We saw a good few familiar faces and bumped into a few others who we hadn’t expected to see too.
Excitement for OnStage starting the next day, was beginning to brew.
We dined and rested our aching feet that evening in the Crystal Palace, where we enjoyed a great Buffet meal and met up with a few familiar characters from Hundred Acre Wood.
It was a shame I didn’t have my eyes open when meeting Mickey Mouse. I think I was concentrating more on ducking down a little. He was so short. Now I couldn’t leave without trying to get a selfie with Piglet … I mean, I can’t call myself The Crafty oINK Pen and not have a photo with the infamous piglet himself. Eeyore made me laugh when signing the various autograph books and Tiger seemed to have Liz in a head lock. Oh how we laughed that evening.
Tomorrow is when it all really started … More fun and games to follow.