Through the Eyes of A Five Year Old.

Through the Eyes of A Five Year Old.

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  • Ferry Boat Ride
  • Seeing Cinderella’s Castle at the end of Main Street U.S.A
  • People everywhere
  • Princesses everywhere in Princess dresses, including our own little Princess Elena
  • Meeting Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, and best of Elena
  • Welcoming Princess Elena to the Magic Kingdom
  • Aladdin’s Magic carpet ride
  • Swiss Family Robinson Tree House
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Carousel
  • Little Mermaids
  • Lots of walking
  • Ice Cream!
  • Small World
  • More people, more princesses everywhere
  • Tired little feet relieved with a special carriage-aka stroller
  • Unbelievable fireworks and a magically lit castle
  • Tinkerbell flying!
  • Staying up very late!
  • Wide eyed wonder, excitement, sequels, giggles, laughter, fun.

It’s been a very long time since we’ve experienced Magic Kingdom with a five year old. A very, very special five year old- our granddaughter. What a special and exciting day it was.  We can’t wait to do it again.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

 

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  The kingdom of Punta Gorda is pleased to announce that the joyous royal 5th birthday celebration of HRH HG in Minneapolis was a huge success!  The royal parents spent hours decorating, gathering food stuffs, baking and cooking for this most special occasion. HRH HG celebrated with her court of princess and prince cousins, the royal seamstress, royal carpenter, royal gardener, royal footman and royal great-grandmum and other kingdom subjects were all in attendance.  Coming from afar were the royal basketweaver and royal court jester (aka grandma and grandpa Florida).  What a celebration it was and HRH HG was most beautiful in her specially made birthday dress!

Word Can’t Express!

Word Can’t Express!

It’s been an absolutely fun, busy, exciting Christmas celebration in MN! Words can’t express the joy of spending time with your family, dance parties with a 4 year old, playing, playing and playing, Christmas gifting, the sequels of “just what I wanted”, seeing your granddaughter in her SS Christmas program, listening to her excitement as she prepared for her very first ballet recital and watching her on stage as she performed and everything else that goes with being with family. Last days are always hard, but we have new memories to take home with us tomorrow. Our hearts are full and we are blessed!

Christmas isn’t just one day

Christmas isn’t just one day

Our treeParties are in the past, gifts are opened, the Christmas cookies and dinner have been devoured.  Folks are back to work and already looking towards putting 2014 in the past and turning the page to 2015.  Not us!  Yes we celebrated Christmas at home here with a morning FaceTime tea party from MN, phone calls from LIchats with our family, day out to the movies and a wonderful dinner.  But, our tree is down and the inside and outside decorations have been safely packed away for next year.  It’s only because our Christmas celebration continues!  My baking for holidays hasn’t started yet and is staged for tomorrow.  Santa’s Toyota sleigh will get packed  and Rudolph’s GPS will guide us to the North!  Not the North Pole by any means, but MN as the first of our family Christmas starts on Wednesday and will continue into the first couple months of the New Year.  In the Kosec family Christmas isn’t just one day– it lasts for several months!

Whew!

Whew!

38 years-
8 states,11 cities,18 moves
1 trip to Israel, 3 trips to Ireland, 4 trips to Haiti, way too many to count to FL, MN, OH and other places around the states.
2 of the most awesome sons and daughter-in-laws
1 of the most precious granddaughters
Memories and adventures as numerous as the stars in the sky……later…..

And we’re still smiling and going strong! I love my life!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

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The 4th of July always brings back so many memories of celebrations past.  I can remember our family gathering together at my mom and dad’s house.  We’d start work on the pool early getting it sparkling clean and ready for the day’s company.  Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, cousins galore filled our yard and the smell of hamburgers or chicken soon filled the air.  Bathing suits were donned and soon the pool was filled with laughing and screaming kids both big and small!  The day continued on as we filled our tummies with all the goodies that everyone brought and we waited impatiently to head to the Brooklyn Heights park for fireworks.  I remember so many times it being so dang cold in the evening we even grabbed our hats and gloves!  With mosquito chasers and blankets in hand we headed to the park.  Oohs and aahs filled the night for one of the best fireworks displays around!  The smell of sulfur filled the night air as the evening came to an end and we headed back home for our last little bit of family tradition- Auntie Irene’s Hungarian coffee and hot dogs on the grill.  As we grew older our own husbands and kids along with cousins husbands and their kids joined in on the fantastic Rath 4th of July.  It’s funny though some of the other happenings of that day through the years stick out in my mind….

… Brooklyn Heights always had a parade. We’d decorate our bikes with playing cards clothes pinned to the spokes and streamers in the handle bars.  I think I remember trying to wrap mine in crepe paper, which never worked!

…One side of the family gathered at Cleveland Metroparks for their family reunion.  I can remember begging mom and dad to head over to the park just to check out the Bobbin gathering.  I think I wanted to see what all they had to eat too!

…My first 4th of July with Jon was the night he asked my dad’s permission to marry me.  It was nerve wracking enough to wait in the breezeway while he talked with my dad in the basement.  But it was even funnier that 3 hours later he emerged knowing the entire history of our family-both good and bad.

…When Brett was 2 he fell off the swing set in the yard.  He came running to us crying and we only thought he had a minor injury to his arm.  That night we headed to the stadium downtown to watch the fireworks.  He cried the whole time and we thought he was afraid of the big booms.  The next morning his arm was totally swollen.  After a trip to the ER we came home with our sweet little 2 year old with his broken arm in a cast.

…One year we were headed to California and spent the 4th of July in Denver watching fireworks from our hotel balcony.  It was a sight to behold to see them over the mountains!

…Several years back Jon and I were at Walt Disney World on the 4th.  The park was filled to capacity, they actually stopped letting people in.  We had never seen fireworks in a 360 display until then.  There aren’t enough words to describe what it looks like and the emotion of the evening with the music accompanying the display.

…Ten years ago Justin, Susie, Brett and myself headed to Cleveland for a family wedding on the 3rd.  Of course, we insisted that we have a good old fashioned 4th of July celebration at mom and dad’s on the 4th.  It was exciting to have Susie join in on one of our family traditions.  What an awesome and fun time we had.

Of course there are tons of more memories that come with this day as our family has grown through the years.  Our kids and their families are creating their own 4th of July memories that will fill their memory banks as well!  May your day be filled with fun, fireworks and memory making times.

Happy July 4th!