Disney Cruise and Vacation: Part 6

 

Hi guys! Well, we are still here! It’s still raining here, still very windy. I posted several videos of the storm on my You Tube channel if you want to check them out.  It’s been a tedious few days, and the big news from yesterday is my flight got cancelled for tomorrow, so we are now having to fly out of Pensacola with a  stop in Atlanta. I know this is nothing compared to what other people are facing today with flooded homes, but not going to lie it frustrated me yesterday. In case you have no idea what’s going on down here I suggest you check out weather.com….lots of people have flooded or washed away homes, it’s bad down here. Again. 7 years to the day after Katrina. My family has been very lucky, and we are blessed to have a home with no water in it, and no major wind damage.

I remembered I still haven’t finished recapping my May cruise/trip to Disney, so I thought it would help me pass the time by remembering and posting about the fun time we had this spring! Well, until I got sick, but more on that later.

Where I left off, we were getting off the Disney Magic to start the “land” part of our vacation.

When we got off the boat, we got in our car and didn’t have to be sad, we were heading to WDW, and my parents were joining us there the next day. We drove straight to our resort, the Grand Floridian, to check in. It was early in the morning, and our room wasn’t ready yet. We grabbed some snacks from the lounge and headed back out to Animal Kingdom.

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We headed straight for Expedition Everest so Bobby could jump in the single rider line. He rode it twice very quickly….and then it started to rain, I mean POUR! We ran into the shop, and huddled in with hundreds of others for a good 20-30 minutes until it passed. I had not even thought to bring our ponchos. Whoops. Pretty sure we did the safari ride, walked through and saw some animals on the jungle trek, and did It’s Tough to Be a Bug. Even after eating non stop for 5 days on a cruise, my stomach had the nerve to growl and so we headed to lunch at Flame Tree BBQ. We ate down at a kind of “hidden” deck over the water that has a great view of Expedition Everest.

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While we were at lunch, we got the text message with our room number in it. I was itching to get back because I KNOW that room number and knew what room we were in, but Bobby wanted to stay longer at Animal Kingdom, so we wandered around a bit more, saw Festival of the Lion King, and then finally decided to head out.

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Bobby felt bad using a one day ticket for just a few hours (I have an annual pass) but I assured him it was ok. We had several one day base tickets leftover from packages years ago we needed to use anyway. We excitedly went straight to our room and called for our luggage. Just as I suspected, the wonderful staff at the Grand was able to get us the room we honeymooned in five years earlier.

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The best part of course, is the view. Can you see the castle to the left in the distance below?

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We had panoramic views from the monorail to the castle (including the DVC construction)

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We headed to the lounge for tea and scones, and the best banana bread ever. It’s one of my favorite things they serve in the concierge lounge!

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We relaxed and ate, my favorite thing to do at the Grand, and then went back to our room and had a surprise from the hotel.

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It was so pretty I almost didn’t want to eat it….but I did anyway, of course. We got cleaned up and dressed for dinner, then went to the lounge to enjoy some appetizers before driving to the Yacht Club for dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse.

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By this point we WERE full, so we decided to split a meal.

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Of course, we had to have a little birthday fun. Bobby was not amused.

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We headed back to the hotel to get some sleep before my parents arrived in the morning!

QOTD: Do you like having your birthday celebrated at restaurants, etc. or do you not like the fuss?

Cruise on the Magic Part 5: Castaway Cay

Happy 4th of July! I am so blessed and honored to live in America, and am thankful for those past and present who have fought to protect our freedoms!

Check out my earlier installments of the cruise before reading this one!

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We woke up very excited about this day, we were going to Castaway Cay! For those of you who don’t know about my husband and I’s obsession with Castaway Cay, here are a few posts you may want to read:

Castaway Cay 5k Take Two

Castaway Cay 5k

Disney Dream part 2

Disney Dream part 5

1st stop castaway cay

More of Castaway Cay day 1

Castaway Cay take 3

Get the idea? Anyway, because of our deep love the the island, we decided NOT to run the Castaway Cay 5k again. here’s why. I literally had just ran the race 5 weeks prior, and was totally cool not doing it again. Bobby didn’t care, he just wanted to be on the island. Also, it was very hot and I struggled 5 weeks prior due to my motion sickness patch, which I had on again and didn’t want to get dizzy like last time. We like to have as much time as possible and we love being the first ones out to the adult beach to get the best chairs and one of the coveted hammocks.

We watched us pull in from our verandah, it was really cool to see how everyone scurried around getting the boat tied off, and getting supplies on the island etc. before they let the passengers off.

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As soon as we got the all clear to disembark, we headed to the gangway and were back in our favorite place on earth.

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We hopped on the tram excited for a full day of relaxing fun in the sun. We switched trams to go to the adults only beach, serenity bay. I tell you no lie when I say we were LITERALLY the first people of the cruise to step foot on our beloved Serenity Bay, and it was fabulous. We have been the first one other time before and I just love those early morning few quiet minutes before it gets full of people.

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This is the life

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After awhile Bobby put on his goggles and headed out into the water, and I stole his hammock.

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Bobby made a friend (don’t worry he put him back in the water!)

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The sun was quite bright, so I found it necessary for my awesome hat to make a reappearance.

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After lunch and more relaxing, we decided to head to the family beach so bobby could do some looking around underwater at some of the statues and things. We have never been to the family beach, and since it was about 2:30ish, it was already starting to empty out. We found some chairs/umbrellas in a quiet area and Bobby took off towards the water.

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I may or may not have instantly fallen asleep for about 45 minutes. Bobby came back in from the water and we sat for a bit before decided to head back. Always the saddest part of the trip for me, walking back to the ship at the end of Castaway Cay day.

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Pulling away from the island

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bye bye. Sad smile

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The best part of the cruise is over, but the trip was NOT over. We still have more of our vacation to go so I have plenty more to share with you!

QOTD: What is your favorite beach activity? Reading? sitting in the sun? playing in the water?

Cruise on the Magic Part 2

We made it over the hill and are headed down to the weekend on this Thursday morning. This week is flying by, I am still in awe that it’s June and we are starting the 7th day of it already!! I am a little behind on my vacation posts, so I thought today was as good a day as any!

Be sure to check out the first installment of our cruise before continuing on.

We woke up the next morning still sailing towards Key West. We had Palo brunch, so we didn’t eat breakfast. If you have never had the opportunity to do Palo brunch, you are missing out. It is an amazing buffet and plated adults only meal. So relaxing, and so good! It’s Bobby’s favorite part of the cruise. Please note that it is required for a guy to wear long pants for this brunch. No jeans or shorts allowed.

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We arrived early and were seated immediately. We were introduced to our server who was very nice and did an excellent job.

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Our waiter then brought us to the buffet and showed us all the different tables, and explained how to order the plated food, and then we were let loose.

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I didn’t take photos of all the buffet food this time but you can check out my Palo post from the Dream to see lots of buffet table photos! We also ordered several plated items. I got the buttermilk pancakes

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Bobby ordered FOUR eggs benedict. He says they are the best he’s ever had!

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My favorite, dessert! Cheesecake in a glass, tiramisu, chocolate covered strawberry

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Bobby’s birthday was on the reservation as a celebration for the cruise and they brought him this plate out

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This is our second cruise where we ate Palo brunch on Key west day, and we love it because you get to watch the ship pull in and dock while you eat.

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We went back to our room (more like waddled!) and changed so we could head out and explore. One of the nice things about this trip was that we had no plans. No port adventures, nothing we “had” to do. We have been to Key West before and done all the touristy things, so we just planned to walk around for a bit and then hit up the hopefully deserted pool.

Key West from our room balcony:

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The nice thing about docking in Key West is you can turn your cell phone back on! I was able to call my parents and check on my dogs, text and upload some photos, and check work email.

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These guys are everywhere!

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So, funny story. We walked to the pier and saw this guy fishing. This pelican was standing about eight feet away watching. All of the sudden, the guy gets a tug on his line and the bird starts moving in closer and closer and finally jumps in the water. The guy shoos it away enough to get the fish out of the water, but then decides for whatever reason to give it to the pelican anyway, who promptly put the whole thing in it’s mouth and then had to fight off another pelican trying to steal his fish. It was really comical!

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You can see the fish in his mouth! It was huge but he was determined not to drop it. I kept thinking of Finding Nemo when he tells the fish to get in his mouth and he would save them haha

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After walking in a few shops, we had our fill and decided to go back and try to get a spot at the adult pool. We lucked up, it was deserted! (The below photo is not where we sat, but still a nice view of Key West!)

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Later we went back to the room to try to get some shots of the famous Key West sunset

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I think I managed to get a couple good shots. Smile I shall leave you with that. My next installment will have plenty more photos!

I hope everyone got out and ran yesterday! It wasn’t a run day for me, but I couldn’t help it, I jumped on the treadmill to do a mile after my yoga class!

QOTD: Did you run for National running day? Have you ever been to Key West?

May Disney World Trip and Cruise Part 1

As you probably know, Bobby and I just got back from a long vacation. Bobby had not been to Disney since September and we hadn’t cruised together in a year (I went on a 3 day work cruise in March) so we were excited about the opportunity to unplug and have a nice long trip together. We first sailed on a 5 night cruise to Key West, Nassau, and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, and then spent 4 nights in WDW.

We got on the Disney Magic at lunchtime and were able to snag Palo brunch reservations before heading to lunch. The weather was beautiful so we were able to eat outside and not sweat to death (seriously we had gorgeous weather the entire time!)

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We walked around the ship and took pictures while we waited for our cabin to be ready.

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Before long it was time to head to our rooms. I was ready to ditch my carry on bag and start getting our luggage so we could unpack. We were in a deluxe oceanview stateroom with a verandah on the 6th deck. (6130) I highly recommend this room if you are looking for a specific number. It was clean and everything was in working order, and our hall was very very quiet.

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Split bath, which I love having!

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We headed to the sail away party up on deck

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Then we walked around some more and found the ping pong and fooseball tables up on the deck, where we ended up spending MANY hours during the course of the trip. Let’s just say Bobby didn’t know I had a fooseball table for awhile growing up and that I am pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Eventually it was time for dinner.

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We were lucky enough to snag a private table at our seating, score!

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Parrot Cay Restaurant

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Our server made us hats to end the evening. Way sexy.

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turndown servive

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After dinner we went to the adult’s only area/club and played a really fun scavenger hunt game where I ended up taking off my bra through my dress in front of everyone and giving it to Bobby to wear on stage…don’t ask. We also watched match your mate (kind of like the newlywed game where all the men always end up getting into trouble). We laughed and laughed and had a great time and then went to bed for our first night, ready to tackle Key West the next day!

QOTD: Who will be watching the Grey’s Anatomy finale tonight? Who do you think will die? What about American Idol? Who’s going home?

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Weekly Recap

 

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great weekend. I am actually tying this post on Thursday, so I have no idea if I worked out the rest of the week (hopefully I did and can report back later!) So this is just from Sunday-Thursday.

Sunday: 3 miles before church

Monday: 3 mile interval run TM (intervals @9:05)

Tuesday: weights, back, bi’s, ab’s legs

Wednesday: 3 miles running TM, chest, tri’s, abs and 20 minutes yoga

Thursday: weights back, bi’s legs; 20 minutes elliptical

Friday: ???

Saturday: ???

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I also got my hair cut last week. You can’t really tell can you? Ha! I just got it trimmed and thinned.

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I am proud of my running this week, as of Thursday I have completed three runs. yes, there were all only three miles, but they were good solid runs, working on my speed. I want to gradually add back in distance as I gain speed. My plan is a bit more structured than it sounds, but that’s for a different post.

Running: 3 x’s = 9 miles

yoga: 20 minutes on my own (class was cancelled)

cross training: elliptical one time

weights: x’s 3

Hoping I did SOMETHING on the boat Saturday and/or Sunday. I want to prove I can get in good quality workouts on vacation. I will also be doing this on the boat:

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Have a great Sunday!

QOYD: How was your week in workouts? any races? events? goals reached?