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The countdown to summer vacation has started at our house.  Yesterday Olivia had the double milestones of “graduating” from Preschool and celebrating her fifth birthday.  Now she is eagerly awaiting the Alice in Wonderland tea party we are holding for Olivia and Lily…one week from tomorrow.  I will miss my interactions with the other moms and grandmothers, and I will especially miss my visits with the preschool director.  (I will not miss driving all the way across town and back twice every Tuesday and Thursday!)

Lily is counting the school days left until summer, too.  Because she is off on Memorial Day, she only has nine school days to go.  She is beyond excited about summer vacation, although I have a feeling she will be complaining she has nothing to do by the second day off!  She, too, is counting the days to their Alice in Wonderland tea party, and figuring out which of her invited friends will be able to come.  It is recital time, too, and for the next two weeks her dance lessons will be strictly rehearsing for her recital numbers.  And then for the fourth wonderful thing:  Two days after the recital will be her ninth birthday.

My countdown is to Close To My Heart’s North American convention at the Disneyland Hotel in early July (47 days, 8 hours, and 27 minutes from now, according to the countdown clock on our website).  This was such an amazing adventure last summer that there is no way I would miss it again.  And CTMH Corporate is sweetening the pot with several amazing drawings:  Two tickets for our incentive cruise (to the Eastern Caribbean next spring); Two tickets for the Australasian Convention, to be held beginning on my birthday in October.  A lucky augury, you think?  And the final giveaway will be a ticket to Album Retreat in November in Utah.  I still think having the convention in Brisbane, Australia, beginning on my birthday in October, will be a very happy incentive.

Do you have someone special graduating or taking a special trip this summer?  Feel free to share in the comments below. – 🙂