Tuesday, February 1, 2011
As I write this we are in the beginnings of a blizzard. So it’s really not hard for you to guess what our #1 reason is:
#1. It’s Warm.
Some folks enjoy the snow, and winter sports. Sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, … the list goes on. However, to enjoy the weather, you need to dress for it. Hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, winter coats, boots, and don’t forget the layers of clothing. Then of course, there are the negative degree temperatures, and the snow falling every day (or so it seems). You can spend an hour shoveling the snow only to have it snow two hours later and have to do it all over again.
We don’t want to play the winter game anymore. 🙂 We realize Florida does have it cold spells, but as northerners we’ll be able to handle it just fine. We are looking forward to not moving the winter gear, and we are looking forward to being able to wear a hoodie in December while Wisconsites are in the middle of a blizzard. 🙂
We love everything Disney. We absolutely love the idea of being able to go to the parks whenever we choose. We have not been able to participate in either Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and we are so looking forward to being able to do that. One of the reasons we chose the Clermont area is because of it’s close vicinity to Walt Disney World. We plan to go on a Disney Cruise as soon as it is feasible for us to do so.
#3 Non-Disney Fun
We are looking forward to exploring Florida. While we admittedly have not done everything there is to do in Wisconsin, we feel like we are at a stalemate, doing the same things year after year. We are looking forward to the beaches. For those of you not familiar with Wisconsin, we have lakes, and we have what we call beaches, but in terms of coastal beaches, they’re really kind of sad. 🙂 My children have never been to the ocean, and we are really looking forward to the expressions on their faces when they experience it for the first time. We are planning to do Universal, Sea World, GatorLand, etc and just look forward to the abundance of choices that are there.
#4 Meeting New Friends
We are so excited to be able to meet our Disney and non-Disney friends who already live in Florida. We have found the Disney community to be a wonderfully supportive and accepting group of people. We will also be able to meet our Disney friends who come on vacation to Florida more easily, as we won’t have to coordinate trips- we will always be there!
#5 A Variety of Choices
This is a minor reason, but we are looking forward to experiencing the variety of retail stores that are completely new to us, such as Costco, Winn Dixie, Publix, CVS, etc. The stores that exist in Wisconsin tend to be midwest-specific for the most part, so we will need to discover our new favorites through trial and error. On our Disney trip in 2009, we were able to tour parts of Kissimmee, walk through Winn Dixie, and experience a very slow ATM machine (it took 15 min to withdraw money from an ATM!)
We are looking at our move as an adventure, and part of the joys of an adventure is discovering new things and keeping an open mind about all the new things we can experience. It’s very hard to leave everything familiar behind, we are very sensitive to our children’s feelings with this, but we also feel the end rewards are well worth the temporary inconveniences.
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