Paul-and-Me-at-weddingHi, I am Judy and I live in Chicago (yes really in Chicago) with my husband Paul and our three rescue dogs Caleb, who kind of reminds us of Pluto (he is a bloodhound), Claudine who is a Bluetick Coonhound and our newest rescue Merida (there was just something about the name that the rescue gave her) another hound dog.

I am not sure if my husband knew what he was getting into when we got married, but my love of Disney started when I was seven, my family took a cross-country trip in a VW Bus from Chicago to LA and Disneyland! I got to go again when I graduated from 8th grade, because my Uncle lived in southern California.  As I did not have a lot of money back then the only thing I could really afford where a couple of small plates with Mickey Mouse on them.  Then my Grandmother moved to Florida, not too far from Walt Disney World, and we were able to spend summers with her and we would go to Disney and I added to my plate collection.  When we got married our first real vacation together and my husband’s first ever plane ride and vacation not near his home, was to Walt Disney World, and so I now have him “hooked” on Disney too.  We have more than those small plates, but it is also a mutual enjoyment of all things Disney.  We have attended quite a few special events at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and enjoy taking the tours that are offered at all the parks.  I have helped quite a few people plan their Disney vacations and I am a member of a local moms group and have help quite a few of them too.

My husband is a paramedic for the City of Chicago and the people he works with know we go to Disney a few times a year, so he always tells them call my wife she will be happy to help you.  I really enjoy helping people make their trips enjoyable and recently planned a family vacation including my youngest sister, her three youngest children, and my parents (my father has Parkinson’s, which had to be added into the planning) and our youngest son and his wife.  It was quite interesting to move a group that large around, oh yes I forgot our friends met us there with their 5 year old and mom.

One other thing I love to do is read about Walt Disney and the Company, there are many books about him and Disney and the background information just adds to the interest in all things Disney.

We have two sons, our oldest Paul is 34 and in the Coast Guard and has been married to Renee for eleven years.  Our youngest Brian is 31 and in the Air Force and has been married to Maggie for two years.  Both our sons and daughter in laws visit Disney with us from time to time, when they can, we would love for all of us to be together one time soon! We have stayed at Shades of Green with each of them more than once, it is a wonderful hotel donated to the military by Disney (which I will share how it works with everyone as the military gets special pricing and tickets).  Also with our oldest son being transferred to LA soon I see a lot of Disneyland visits in our future.

My husband and I have been able to visit Disneyland Paris due to my past job as Office Administrator/Marketing for a New York law firm who was trying to open an office here in Chicago.  We recently book our first overseas Disney Cruise, so another Disney first to look forward to.  Our Disney Bucket List is to visit all the parks across the world.  I cannot wait to share on this blog my passion for Disney!

You can reach Judy via email at: judy@themainstreetmoms.com or join her on Twitter: @pjbriansmom

 

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  1. Good Morning Judy, My name is Karen Gibbons, I have had the pleasure of knowing Paul first while working at OLR, and second upon being hired with CFD 10 yrs ago. He is a wonderful person. Now thru Him I have the pleasure to meet You ( he said ” Oh call my Wife She loves to help with the trips ) Well, this will be my First visit to Disney World ! I am able to take my Daughter, Son-In-Law and 2 grandchildren with me ! I surprised them on Easter with the trip. We are all very excited !! I am overwhelmed by so many choices and would so appreciate your guidance and expertise on the trip. So many questions. Look forward to hearing from You. Thank you Karen

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