Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Wow, we had an awesome night tonight! It wasn't exactly how we thought we would be celebrating 4th of July, but it was wonderful all the same!
We decided that we might be able to go see the fireworks that Disney was going to have at Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately, we figured that being in the Park would be too crazy and crowded, so we tried to come up with another way to see them. We went back and forth on a couple of ideas, and then I looked up reservations to get dinner at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. We knew that we could see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach there, but since it was a holiday weekend, we knew that we wouldn't be able to get in there unless we had an actual reason, like a dinner reservation.
By some stroke of luck, I was able to find reservations for a restaurant there! We were so excited! I booked the reservations, we told all of the kids, and we started getting ourselves ready to go. But right before we left the house, I looked up what time the fireworks were going to start. We had reservations for 8:20pm, and the fireworks were going to start at 9pm! So our only hope was to try to get in to dinner early, or we would never make it out in time to see the fireworks.
We were able to get in to dinner almost 15 minutes early, but we weren't sure if that would be enough. Even though we were eating at a buffet, so we didn't need to wait to be served our food, my little sisters needed their food specially cooked for them because of their allergies. This meant that it took quite a while for them to be able to eat.
As it turned out, we ended up missing the fireworks. We just couldn't get out of dinner in time. But guess what? We had an absolutely amazing time anyway! Dinner was fantastic, but what really made the night great was the Cast Members who helped us. Our server, who basically just had to get us drinks, napkins, and ketchup, was so friendly! He made sure to stop by our table to check in with us, tell us where to find things at the buffet line, and just talk to us. But the absolute star of the evening was the chef who made the food for my little sisters. This chef came out and talked to my mom to get all of the information he needed on their allergies. Then he made my sisters a beautiful meal. Not only was everything dairy-free for them, but it was presented in a stunning way! We were all in awe, especially my sisters. And the he even made them a beautiful dessert as well, which absolutely thrilled them! We ended up taking pictures of him with the girls, and a picture of our server with the girls, and it was just an awesome evening all around!
After dinner, we let the girls play at the playground for a little bit, and then we went on a boat ride to Magic Kingdom. It was absolutely way too crowded to get off there, but we ended up taking the boat over to the Wilderness Lodge and then back to Fort Wilderness. We totally tired the kids out and I'm so glad that we enjoyed a night out, even if it didn't go exactly as we planned!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.