I know I don't have to follow Heidi's lead with the Disney style theme for this week's Three Things Thursday, but I'm going through a bit of Disney withdrawal right now with all my friends posting about their visits to the parks and us not being able to do that anymore (it's a bit more of a drive from NC than it was from Central FL, lol). Heidi chose her 3 favorite souvenirs to blog about, so I figured I'd share mine...kind of.
See, we recently moved, and it was rough. If it didn't fit into a 26' u-haul, it didn't come. And that meant the vast majority of my Disney stuff didn't come. It's okay really. As much as I LOVE Disney, I guess having had a family member whose house burned causing them to loose a lot of "precious" things, and a BFF who moved from New Zealand to the states with literally 2 suitcases per person, I know that the things that matter in life aren't things at all. So those knick knacks and collectibles that I enjoyed so much, I largely had to let go of and let someone else enjoy now. But here are 3 things I kept:
I've had this Donald glass since my first trip to the parks-Disneyland in CA when I was about Sari's age. He's lost a bit of his original color, but other than that, he's still going strong.
My Pooh mugs. I LOVE the design of these. In fact, to be honest, I have the matching cookie jar. I *had* the matching print, but I parted with that in the move. I also kept a 25th anniversary mug. Not only does it have all the characters, I worked in the Special Events office for that, and I was in charge of bringing 1000 kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs to WDW for the first time in their lives (2500 B&G Club kids came, 2 other people handled the other 1500). That opportunity blessed me so much, and the mug reminds me of that time.
This sericel. I almost sold it before we moved. Almost. I sold my Ariel lithograph. I sold my 4 castle lithograph. But this sericel I just can't part with. It's the Fab Five after all. And it was a Disney Company Team exclusive. Okay, it's not really a souvenir. But as a Cast Member, you have the chance to buy a LOT of cast member exclusive stuff, and this is pretty much the one thing I held on to. (Mine is actually framed, but I can't get the picture to upload, and there is a glare on the glass anyway, but you get the idea.)
So aside from a few Christmas ornaments, that's it, except for some momentos-thank yous from the Boys and Girls Clubs, yearly reviews, positive guest or cast notes, that type of stuff. All I have to show for 10 years at the Mouse and many, many more years of being a Disney fan. But I'm okay with that, because those momentos are really the best of all. Those and the pictures. Pictures are really my favorite souvenir, and TRUST ME, I've got a
of pictures :-).