Sometimes it’s hard!!!

Wow, I’ve been gone way too long!  I’m so sorry, but this past month has really rocked and rolled.  We headed off to Disney for a nice stay and little did my kiddo know I turned Epcot into school.  I mean what better way than to visit 20 countries in 2 days?!  Here’s what she doesn’t know…  First, it was the Food & Wine Festival.  For me it’s a magical time of year when samplings from all over the world are rolled out and paired with delicious adult beverages all in bite size, small sip forms.  I’m already in a good mood the minute I hit the park.  BUT for her, this trip become about an adventure.  We got there, grabbed the “food passport” book (this little book that looks like a menu, lists the countries by food, and allows you to collect stamps from each one you’ve tried) and I set some guidelines.  We are going on an trip, we are looking to brave new cultures, new cuisines, and pretend we don’t have access to tacos and hamburgers!  She needed to pick 2 items that really challenged her and then together as a family we narrowed down the countries!  We sang in Mexico, danced in Africa, tried chocolates from Germany, tried clothing from Tokyo, watched lumberjacks carve wood in Canada, and even got henna tattoos in Morrocco!  And the food….drum roll please….her 2 picks were the Escargot Croissant rolls with garlic and parsley from France, and the Beijing roasted duck in a steamed bun with hoisin sauce.   I was sooo proud, she took a bite of both and stated loudly that she could check snails off her “bucket list” Ha!

Our family truly loves Epcot when you have the time to really partake in the people there.  Disney hosts college students in each country as part of it’s college program, so you end up with a truly unique experience. BUT with all that fun, we had to come home…

2 days after we got home all of us came down with respiratory infections, followed by bronchitis, and now the stomach bug.  Hmm, we’ve had 2 weeks off on top of Disney so this month has just dwindled down the drain..

So we’re gonna get back at it, hit the books a little harder, and hold on to some good memories!