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outside of the parks is just as good. We were able to get a reservation for the dinner on the evening of her birthday, and she is beside herself with excitement as the day approaches.

“ Haylee changes her mind

about what gift she would like an average of twice a week My youngest daughter, Haylee, is turning nine this month, and she decided months ago that she wanted to go to the Cinderella character dinner at one of the Disney resorts for her birthday. This is in spite of the fact that since her birthday falls during the summer blackout dates for Florida residents, going to any of the theme parks is not an option—meeting characters is one of her favorite things about the parks anyway, so getting to meet some

She also intends to watch Finding Dory at the theater in Disney Springs that day. This is another activity that has been planned ever since she learned that the release date is the weekend before her birthday, and there has been no wavering from the plan! But unlike her settled decisions about the activities of the day, Haylee changes her mind about what gift she would like an average of twice a week. So far, she’s asked for a Cinderella castle playset, Rabbit and Owl (from Winnie-the-Pooh) stuffed animals, a tablet (two different types), a phone, cable TV in her room, a dog, a laptop, and a “$1 million pair of shoes.”

Now obviously, some of these are not going to happen—even though she claims she’s one of only three kids in her class who doesn’t have her own phone, I’m not buying one for a 9-yearold. She also doesn’t need her own laptop or to watch the Disney channel in her room. And I don’t have a million dollars (and if I did, I wouldn’t spend it on shoes). My husband was actually considering the dog for a while (did I mention that we already have two dogs and a cat?), but I think we’re past that now. So that leaves a few toys or a tablet. But who knows—her birthday isn’t until the 20th, so at our current pace, we could very well have 6 or 7 new options by then! Until next time,


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