Amazing how fast a trip can sneak up on you isn't it? It occurred to me this morning as I was enjoying my coffee and chitter-chattering with Baleigh that in less than 60 hours we will be in Disney World. I'm not joking when I tell you I haven't even finished unpacking from our long weekend in August. Seriously. I could show you the cases. But like a childhood game of Hide & Seek - ready or not, here it comes. As most of you know, we're taking my mom and dad for their first trip-ever. We are celebrating two milestones for my dad - his cancer is still in remission, and he has officially finished cardio rehab following bypass surgery. It's a bit surreal looking back, really. The journey from hearing "I'm in Stage 4." to hearing "I'm going to Disney World!" still brings me to my knees when I allow myself to dwell too long in the memories. To say I am grateful for every moment we have been given doesn't even begin to describe it. Originally our trip was planned for 5 days in September, just Jon and I for the F&W Festival - compliments of a bounce-back offer from our trip last year. Our friends, who also share a love of Disney, then joined in for an "Adults Only" trip. So, when my dad expressed an interest in going, we added a few days on the front end and included the kids. Our trip now looks something like this: 9/24-2/29 - Cars Suite at Art of Animation w/ Dining Plan (Mom, Dad, Me, Baleigh and Andrew - Jon joining us on 9/26) 9/29-10/2 - Parents and kids leave for home and Jon and I are solo (a first!) at the Boardwalk Villas (also a first!) 10/3-10/5 - Jon & I (along w/ our friends Tracy and Eric) at Pop Century Much has changed while planning this trip - what started out as a simple trip to the F&W Festival has now become a chance to say "goodbye" to a number of World Showcase acts (namely, Off Kilter and the Players) as well as a final visit to a couple of rides that will likely be gone upon our return - (Maelstrom and Backlot Tour). And, while I'm sad to see them go, I look forward to what the future holds (just keep the hell AWAY from my Osborne Lights ). Of course in the midst of the changes, a few "favorites" remain. We will be attending MNSSHP with our friends, we have reservations for Cali Grill and Flying Fish; and, of course, there's the F&W Festival fun to be had. We'll also be trying some new experiences. We'll have a chance to ride the Mine Train, and we'll be attending a Epcot Wind Down event at La Cava de Tequila. We're also attending a mixology class w/ Joffreys Coffee where we will mix a few coffee cocktails (YUM!). We may even make it to Jellyrolls! I just have to pack. And somehow, like always, pull everything together. What I've learned over the years though is this - things have a way of getting done. And those that don't - really didn't need doing anyway.