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Well Gramdma-Tagalong was really feeling the Disney magic and created yet another outfit to behold…Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 2 pc Set For Patti Playpal or Shirley Temple. She’s been busy working on holiday dresses too. Her beautiful creations have traveled to Italy and Australia and the UK!!!! She’s on a Disney roll visitors,  so keep checking back to see what’s next!

Jerry’s mother, a.k.a. Grandma Tagalong, has a gift and a passion for sewing. I really could use a better word than sewing to describe it. She is a master seamstress that is absolutely loved by the eBay community. In her “spare” time when she isn’t thinking about Disney World, she sews, she creates, she designs and executes some amazing works of art with the canvas being her fabric. Look at the pictures of our golf cart if you havn’t already…she is the one who made the Disney character themed valance for the cart from start to finish. She and I have made plans for her to work at the costume division that you see while you are on the back lot tour at Hollywood Studios. True story. You gotta have goals in life, right!

I found it appropriate to show off her latest designer dress which has a Disney theme. You will see for yourself why I am so proud of her craft. She’s the best mom-in-law too. One could say she’s pretty darn great at all she does. She has taught her grand kids and I many a recipe in the kitchen too. Well, you get the point. We sure do love our Grandma Tagalong!!!

Disney Mickey Mouse Set 4 Patti Playpal Shirley Temple

grandma's backpack

Each time have been invited to tag along to Disney World,  I have learned something new – and this last trip being prepared really paid off.

My son likes to plan ahead when we arrive at a theme park and have a good idea of the plan of the day so we are not wondering where we should be for scheduled shows. So I know he will want to find a good place to watch the awesome parades and finding a good viewing place is important. The only problem with that is you need to find a spot and secure it early which means standing in your spot for quite a while. For me and my older well used legs, that was the only part I dreaded as watching the parade is an absolute must.

So, this last trip I knew what was ahead and I needed to find a way to enjoy all parts of the adventure. I started searching the web for a backpack with an attached folding stool that would hold my weight so I could sit comfortably waiting for the parade. I finally found just the right one at my local Army & Navy store. They did not have any in stock, but were happy to order one for me. It was very reasonable…around $25 and so very worth it.

This last trip to Florida was quite cold in the early AM and later PM, so being able to have a place for the extra sweater or jacket, scarf and gloves to keep these old bones warm took a lot of pressure and worry out of planning for a long day. I could also take my water bottle, snack, band aids, and tissues and anything else a grandma thinks she may need for the grand kids.

I did pack a few items in it and tried it out at home a few days making sure I could do a lot of walking, getting comfortable with how it felt, and getting it on and off without any problems since it was the first time for me to wear one. I was amazed to find it quite comfortable and easy to use for a novice like me.

Now it is a must for any trip that includes a long day and lots of walking. It was great to know I would have a place to rest while the rest of the family enjoyed the rides and events that I was chicken to try and they knew I was going to be quite content waiting for them, so no pressure all around. Plus I could enjoy a little snack and sip of water without trying to find a vendor close by.

Sometimes it is the little things that make the day, and I must say that being prepared with my portable stool to rest my weary bones helped make my days. The best of all was being there with my family!

 This is a fun game we will be having from time to time at the expense of Grandma. She isn’t fully convinced that it is a great idea like Jerry is, but we all could not stop laughing at Jerry’s Rahgneld (fictitious old country Polish-Norwegian immigrant who carries all her worldly possessions in her backpack/stool conjured up by Jerry’s twisted imagination) jokes whenever she donned her multiple scarf’s and several layers of clothing at the hint of a chill being in the air. Last weekend Jerry further tried to convince her while revealing his elaborate schemes of the Rahgneld character posing on the beach or at the pool wearing her scarves and handmade blanket of animal skins and recycled soda bottles. Jerry says she’ll give in, all Moms do.