September 29, 2019

Disney World Excitement Is Building

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We go to Disney World in November. It's only 38 days away as I write this post. The wife is excited, the kids are excited and, don't tell anyone, but I may be a little excited too.

This is the first time we will get to see Disney World decorated for Christmas.

We had a bit of a scare last week when Thomas Cook collapsed. We booked to stay at Disney World through Disney but we went into a Thomas Cook travel agents to book our flights. We are actually flying with Virgin even though we booked in a Thomas Cook. Needless to say though, we were a bit concerned that we could lose the flights.

We checked the paperwork and Thomas Cook had booked our flights through and we are flying on a Virgin plane which is operated by Delta airlines. Our ATOL certificate stated Netflights and there was no mention of Thomas Cook on any other documents we had, so I thought we would be ok. The Mrs was in panic mode.

She spent a few days trying to contact various people. Finally, after a few days, we were told our flights are secure! Phew!

This will be Alice's first time at Disney World. Hopefully, she will be happier than Joseph was on his first visit.



The wife has been watching Disney vlogs daily for about 3 months now. Even Joseph is into them now.  Joseph is excited to go to the new Star Wars Land: Galaxy's Edge. Within the land, there is a place you can go to build your own remote control droid. We have watched a few videos on this and he is very excited about making one. Every day he keeps asking me which droid he should get, either BB8 or R2D2. I'm all up for the classic R2D2 and some days he agrees and some days he doesn't. Check back after our holiday to find out which one we went for.

He's also very excited to go to the Lego shop in Disney Springs. I feel like we might be spending a considerable amount of time and money in this shop.

Kerry has been showing the kids a lot of the rides on YouTube to give them an idea of what is there. She's currently trying to convince Joseph to go on the Tower of Terror. Alice will more than likely be too small for it, which will probably piss her off no end, even though when she sees it she'll probably be too scared anyway.

This ride is a simple drop ride but the experience leading up to the actual ride is brilliant. Fingers crossed we can get joseph on it and maybe even video the ride.

If you've never been to Disney World then I strongly advise it. Even if you don't think you are a big "Disney fan". The whole thing is spectacular and there is so much detail put into every park! I have an old post on tips for booking a Disney World holiday which should help anyone who has never been before.

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September 29, 2019

Would You Ask Your Child's Friends To Sign A Contract?

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Your children come home from school one day, the sun is shining and everyone is happy. One of your children asks you if they can have a friend over at the weekend for a sleepover.

What's your first reaction?

Would it be the sheer joy of finally being able to break out the sleepover contract you've been wanting to implement for years?

"Yes, you can have someone to stay over but, they need to sign a contract beforehand. Otherwise, there's no chance of any fun being had in this house".

Or would you have, what I think most people would have, a normal reaction and say

"Yeah, OK, as long as it's OK with (insert randomly selected school friends name here) parents"

I think most parents would allow their children to have friends over and not feel the need to whip out a contract. Of course, if kids are being twats then they need to be told to calm down. This will nearly always happen when you have young children and they play with their friends but it is also expected as they are burning off energy.

A mum, location unknown, probably called Karen, who works in finance, has actually created a contract for her children's friends to sign when they stay over. This was shared on Reddit recently. 


After reading this I got the feeling that if the child's friends did break any of the rules, and they were banned from any future sleepovers or play dates they would actually be relieved.

I think we all have rules that we want our children and others to stick by in our own homes. Maybe such things as, not going into the parent's bedrooms, not shitting on the carpets etc. but I feel a contract is a bit much.

I can't imagine what Karen would be like at parties. 

Would you present your children's friends with a contract?

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