Posted in walt disney world, Writing Workshop

The Chocolate Croissant

We took the boys to Walt Disney World for the first time in 2009. One morning, I was able to go to the Magic Kingdom before they got there. I wanted to ride Big Thunder Railroad and none of them wanted to ride it.

Yesterday I was in a writing class. I was given the prompt to write about a breakfast. When I got to the Magic Kingdom, I stopped at the Main Street Bakery, this was before it became a Starbucks, and grabbed a chocolate croissant. I ate this croissant while waiting for the rope to drop at Liberty Square. I was given the gift of time by myself which was much needed. The boys were 3 and 5 which a juggling act that vacation. I also began my love of chocolate croissants on that morning.

The sun was barely up when I got up that morning. As I quietly got dressed so I wouldn’t wake my 3 and 5-year-old. They were already excited because it was their first visit to Walt Disney World.

“Go, have fun,” my husband told me as I opened the doors carefully. I’ll meet up with you later.

Walking past the football goal posts at the All-Sports Resort, the sun began to peek. “Why do we have to be so far away from the bus stop?” I asked myself.

Excitement was bubbling through my veins as I continued walking to the bus stop. 

Finally I was at Stadium Hall where the buses would take me to the Magic Kingdom. Looking at the signs, I finally walked through the long cue to wait in line. Very few families were up and ready to take on the day. 

I enjoyed the quiet on the bus without the kids; I was thankful my husband offered to take care of the boys. 

After going through the turnstiles, I walked through the hall underneath the Main Street train station. “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasyland,” read the sign before my first glimpse of the castle. 

As I walked down Main Street, USA, I smelled the chocolate chip cookie smell. Breathing in deeply, I felt at home.

Tears welled up in my eyes as I looked at Cinderella castle. I knew I was home at that moment. 

Reaching the end of Main Street, USA, I entered the Main Street Bakery for my breakfast. Pursuing each delectable pastry, I made my final decision. I decided I would like a chocolate croissant for my breakfast that morning. After paying for my breakfast, I continued on my way.

Taking a left right before Cinderella Castle, I walked up to the rope across the bridge leading to Liberty Square. I stood there eating my chocolate croissant while patiently waiting to ride the Big Thunder Railroad. 

As I watched the people beginning to gather on the bridge, I noticed families with their kids trying to keep them wrangled in because of their excitement of being in Walt Disney World. At that moment, I missed the boys, but I knew that I was being given a gift. Mom’s deserve a break from their children every once in a while. How fortunate I was to have this break in the most magical place in the world.

Breathing in deeply, I continued to devour that delicious croissant with the flaky dough and melt in your mouth chocolate. When I took my last bite, the rope dropped and I was on my way to my own adventure before reuniting with my family. At that moment, I was Traci, a child at heart.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Posted in Charleston, Family, photograph, photographs, Photography

Meet My Family

When I started this blog, my youngest was five years old and my oldest was almost seven. I always called the youngest the Wee One because he was a tiny little human until recently. He is now taller than me and almost as tall as his dad. My oldest who used to be known as the Imaginative One is now 17 and is the tallest grandkid, something he is proud about.

These photos were taken on Christmas Eve between the rainstorms of that day. Very rarely (ok never) do we dress alike, so these are rare photos.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Posted in Charleston, photograph, photographs, Photography

Angel Oak

Near Charleston, there is the largest live oak east of the Mississippi River. The Angel Oak is located on John’s Island. It’s reported to be between 400 and 500 years old.

It’s free to visit but you need to make sure you are following the guidelines especially the one about not touching any of the limbs. They want to make sure the tree continues to survive for future generations to enjoy.

We stopped there the day after Christmas. When we got there, there were people there but it wasn’t too crowded. However by the time we left, the crowd had picked up. I loved the fact I was able to photograph the tree without too many people in the way unlike how it is in the summertime. There are always tons of people milling around because this tree is a must see. During pre-Covid time, you could bring a picnic lunch and eat while enjoying the tree. Now, you have to be masked up, follow the directed signs to the tree, and are not allowed to eat at the picnic tables.

Enjoy my photos of the Angel Oak!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Posted in Random, Randomness

Song Lyric – Sunday – Aroma and Flavor

Ever since March when the the stay home orders began, my faith has been renewed. One of the churches I follow had worship afternoons several times during the week to help people with their faith and to keep them feeling connected. This is one of the songs they sang during that worship time.

The song is “Holy Water” by We The Kingdom. My favorite lyric from the song is “Your forgiveness Is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips.”

May you be blessed,
Traci

For more song lyrics about Aroma and Flavor, visit Jim.

Posted in Family

Food Memories (December 2020)

Chocolate Covered Cherries

My grandpa loved his chocolate and coffee. One of his favorite chocolate treats was chocolate covered cherries. This year I was going to buy a few single pieces. However, the day after Christmas I ended up at Walmart. Since the candy was 50% off, I decided to buy myself a box of chocolate covered cherries. Yum! As I eat the chocolates, I will remember where he sat in his family room and all the chocolate he kept by his seat.

TastyKake

When I was born, we lived in eastern Pennsylvania where TastyKakes were popular. My mom would love to get the treats. Her favorite variation of the cakes was the Butterscotch Krimpets. She would have me stop at Speedway – where we would find them where we live – to see if they had the butterscotch krimpets. Today we were visiting various grocery stores to find different generic Dr. Peppers to have a taste testing. One of the places we stopped was Publix – a place I hadn’t been to since 1995. As I was walking around, we saw the TastyKake Butterscotch Krumpets, so we had to buy it. Even though I don’t have my mom around for Christmas, I have a memory of her during this season.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Posted in book, books, Charleston, Fav Books, photograph, photographs, Photography, travel

55 Tradd Street

3.5 years ago, I wrote a review about Karen White’s House on Tradd Street series. Romance, Ghosts, and Mystery, Family Secrets, a Mysterious Reporter, and More Ghosts, and A Teenager, More Family Secrets, and a Dollhouse.

We went to Charleston for Christmas week. While there, we visited downtown Charleston and walked around a little bit. One of the places we ended up was at the corner of Meeting and Tradd Street. I had to investigate and find out where the house was located.

I don’t know if this actually 55 Tradd Street because I couldn’t find the house address. It’s either 57 or 55 because on one side is 59 and on the other is 53. I’m going to say it is 55 Tradd Street.

Whether it is 55 Tradd Street or not, it was pretty cool to find a place you’ve read about in a book. It puts a picture in your mind while reading the book.

Have a magical day,
Traci