Beach Trip Part 1

 

Hola! First of all, a HUGE thank you to everyone for the sweet sweet birthday wishes! I feel very loved thanks to you guys, you are so awesome! I had a good day.  Being 26 hasn’t been too bad so far, it’s so weird my sweet 16 was TEN years ago! YIKES.

I thought I would share some pictures, etc. from our trip, we had such a good time! So, here we go! Saturday morning my parents came to my house, and then followed us to Florida. We stopped at the state line for Orange juice and a potty break.

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We made really good time. We stopped at the Destin Commons for lunch and to walk around since the condo wouldn’t be ready till 3:00. We ate lunch at Panera bread, and we don’t have one by us so it was nice to get to go to.

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we walked around some of the stores, my parents had never been to the Commons.

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Bobby and my dad found the massage chairs at Brookstone

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Bobby and I left to go check in while my mom and dad picked up my birthday ice cream cake from Coldstone.

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Our condo was ready, so we unpacked the car while we waited for my parents.

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guest/second bedroom

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kitchen/living

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master

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two bathrooms

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our view from the top/16th floor

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balcony

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after we unpacked, we headed down for a walk on the beach.

dad and I in our Disney cruise line shirts and “Maverick” sunglasses as Bobby calls them

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it was H-O-T

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our condo, top floor 2nd to last on the right

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It was time for dinner (all we do is eat, seriously!) We had decided to cook a couple of nights to save money, plus we had a full kitchen so why not? We made Fajitas and after we ate it was time for presents and birthday cake (a few days early, but that’s ok!)

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my family knows me well. Disney cards!

When it was time for cake, my mom said she had a surprise. She had princess crowns for everyone to wear, and she had put Disney princess candles on my cake, and we had Disney princess cake plates, how fun!

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as you can see, my dad was thrilled.

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making a wish

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yummy! cake batter ice cream with heath bar and caramel.

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Bobby wouldn’t wear his crown for the picture

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but I made him. I win. Smile

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princess plates!

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master cake cutter.

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Happy 26th Birthday to me!

up next….first day out on the beach!

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knee update…..so walking in the sand for 4 days did NOT help my knee. I did NO running on the trip, but walked probably 8-9 miles up and down the beach over the course of the trip, so my knee stayed sore. I a going to not run the rest of the week and hopefully it will feel better by Monday!

QOTD: What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?

Friday Favorites: Running Warehouse

 

WOW. Didn’t I just do a Friday Favorites post? Not that I am complaining or anything, I like Fridays. Holidays that fall on Mondays are the bomb.com because the work week seems so short after that. Today I will be super busy working, grocery shopping, doing laundry, packing, and the like. Where am I going some of you inquiring minds have asked….to the BEACH! I haven’t been on a beach vacation in almost two years (I think….I just had a brain fart) and my parents are coming too so we are super excited.

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Sept. 2009 flashback beach pic. Maybe I should recreate this pose for the next trip, no?

As most of you know, Bobby has his license to practice law (makes him sound important, eh?) and to keep up his license he has to take classes/credit hours every year and well…he has ZERO. Way to go, Bobby, Way. to. go. SSOOOO he is going to summer school for lawyers. No lie. it’s what they call it.

He will be able to get all his hours in 3 mornings, and then can hang on the beach with us the rest of the time. We are staying at the condos my family used to stay at every summer growing up, so I am super excited to go back. I haven’t been there in TEN YEARS. Wow I feel old. Speaking of old, my birthday is on WEDNESDAY. Am I rambling? I feel like I’m rambling…I had 2 glasses of sweet tea so that’s probably why. ANY—WAY, moving on to my Friday favorite of the week…..RUNNING WAREHOUSE!

I have talked about this store before, back when I bought my current running shoes (please oh please don’t look at the date, YIKES!) and I of course used them again to buy my new shoes. Why do you ask? Well, fist of all, they are cheap. You can usually find a good deal on shoes. I highly recommend getting fitted for shoes and buying them at your local running store, of course, but if you know what shoe you wear, you may be able to find it for a good deal on the website.

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Secondly, they have FREE shipping and returns. No lie. If you get your stuff and don’t like it or if it doesn’t fit, you can return it with the enclosed label.

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Thirdly, they have fun freebies. This time I got a free reusable bag and a car decal. heck yes!

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usually when I buy shoes I get a couple boxes of GU’s as well. usually get them a little cheaper plus the free shipping. Also, there are usually 10-15% off discount codes floating around you can add to your already cheap order. Shoes and GU are pretty much all I buy here. I like to buy my apparel from an actual store to try it on, and support my local stores, I just go through shoes multiple times a year and they aren’t cheap, let’s face it.

I have always had great customer service, and I love how FAST my stuff gets to me! I can’t wait to try these shoes out today. Fingers crossed that this will solve my knee problem!

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yesterday I cross trained and lifted weights at the gym to give my knee one more day “off”.” I wore shorts and a gold Running Skirt performance tank (no pic sorry) BUT, I did go on a sales call and this is what I wore:

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skirted up in: Midnight RS, sparkle hearts strappy tank, and white run love long sleeve. I also have on white RS compression (swift) sox.

I spy with my little eye….a puppy laying on some dirty towels (told you I needed to do laundry…)

QOTD: What kind of running shoes do you wear? Do you like them?

PS: someone was asking me about foam rolling techniques…check out this post I did awhile back on foam rolling.

Disney Dream Part 5 and Final Thoughts

A new week is before us! What fun things do you have planned? Me? Not a lot so far, but I am working on it!

In case you have been MIA this weekend…

Disney Dream part 4

Ice Cream Party and TNT

Ok ok, so those of you loathing the Disney posts can now rejoice, this is my last recap day of the trip. We woke up on the morning of our last full day back in Castaway Cay (well, pulling in, close enough.) We ate breakfast at the buffet (I think) and made our way out to the island.

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my dad pretending to steal the golf cart. We didn’t want to wait for the tram!

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Hello Serenity Bay, so we meet again!

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lots of relaxing ensued

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we read books, Bobby swam out to the sandbar, we walked on the beach, and once again, Bobby and I met at Pelican Point for some beach volleyball. We had a great time playing two on two with two other guys who were pretty good. Before we knew it, it was getting deserted, and we realized we needed to be on the boat in the next 15 minutes. whoops! I am always sad on Castaway Cay afternoon. When everything is shutting down and you are walking the empty paths. Means vacation is almost over. BOO!

So we get back on the ship and my mom is freaking out because we weren’t back yet and she thought the ship was going to leave us. I told her to think about how ridiculous it sounds for Disney to leave a guest on their own private island. ha!

We took some shots of the island with my stalker- I mean mega zoom lens.

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we went to the show, then came back and had a friend waiting for us.

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We decided to get dressed and go out on the deck and take some pictures.

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the wind was blowing like crazy!

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We were back in Animator’s Palate for our last dinner.

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Dessert was so yummy, baked Alaska and the celebration cake.

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We went to bed after we put our luggage in the hall. We had to get up at 5:30 for breakfast. When we woke up we were back in port. So sad! We ate breakfast in Animator’s, said goodbye to our servers and our room host, and got in line to get off the ship. There were so many people trying to get off, it took forever! We made it out and to the car, and back home safe and sound, and exhausted! Just like that, the trip we planned a year ago….was over. SO DEPRESSING!

FINAL THOUGHTS.

Ok, so having been on the magic for a 7 nighter, the wonder for a 5 night double dip and now the Dream for a 5 night double dip, I have a few thoughts on the new ship, the Dream.

Pros:

The ship is gorgeous! The lobby is amazing, the technology SO COOL. I love how now the in room movie system is a lot better (on demand instead of looped) and everything smelled so clean! This was on first time in a verandah room and we loved it. The restaurants were beautiful enchanted garden was so nice, the food was good, and plentiful, it was very ascetically pleasing. We loved how they revamped Cabanas, the buffet. It was much roomier and easier to get food. Instead waiting in a line you pop in and out to get what you want. All the crew members were very kind and pleasant enough. We got to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in 3D, so that was fun. The aquaduck was also way cool. I like how they separated the fireworks from the pirate show so we could go up just to see the fireworks. I loved looking at all of the intricate details of the ship So many things to see!

Cons:

Too many people for this gal. If you have never been on another Disney ship you may not notice, but the pool deck and restaurants felt VERY cramped. The adult pool was TINY, and because of where it was positioned on the ship, families with kids were always walking though, which kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me. The tables in the restaurants were SO close together, the servers couldn’t even get by to get us our food. Our serving team was SO SWEET, we loved them, but our head girl, it was her first cruise ever to be head server. She forgot a lot of our food, dropped food, service was slow, drink glasses stayed empty, all things we have never experienced before on a Disney cruise. me thinks maybe she wasn’t quite ready for the promotion. We had to wait in a line to get off the ship, never have we had to do that before. Serenity Bay was of course a lot more crowded because of all the extra people, and I could feel it. It wasn’t quite as “serene” with so many people. The fitness room was right over my parents room and they heard weights being dropped and treadmills being run on all hours of the day. Granted, none of these things are deal breakers, and we still had a great time, so if you are booked on the Dream please don’t freak out! You will still have an amazing time! These are just a few HONEST observations I had on my 3rd Disney cruise. I wish they would make a smaller boat with all the new technological advances. I think for adults with no kids, they will start going back on the magic and wonder. The kids clubs are awesome, but apparently super awesome on the Dream so I don’t see any of this being a deal breaker to people with kids. I was definitely amazed at the technology and beauty of the Dream, but just got a little anxious with all the people, but I know that doesn’t even bother some people, so take it with a grain of salt, mmk?

Would I go on the Dream again? of COURSE!! Thanks for reading all about my vacation!

 

QOTD: Do big crowds bother you? Have you sailed with Disney?

 

Disney Dream part 4

 

FFFFRRRIIIDDDAAYY! I am excited for today. The girls in my Sunday school class are coming over tonight for an ice cream party! Then tomorrow I am running 5 miles with my TNT group along the beach. Excited to train with them!

I know I said this before, but for those of you crazy kids loathing the Disney posts, they are almost over, and I will be back to regular running and healthy living posts!

In case you missed the first three…

Disney Dream part 1

Disney Dream part 2

Disney Dream part 3

Ok so the day after Nassau was our sea day. We knew the pools would be ridiculously crowded, so we avoided them. We had Palo brunch at 10:00, so we sat on the couches by the adult pool eating bananas to hold us over until then. Bobby and I did brunch on the Magic and were excited for my parents to experience it, and we of course has never done Palo brunch on the Dream.

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It was so nice and fancy! We were seated by the window, and introduced to our server.

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We were brought to the food, and the server showed us around to the different tables, then told us about the items we could order off the menu.

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We made our first go around and dug in!

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we ate….and ate…..and ate!

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then we had dessert!

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In case you didn’t know, Dessert is always my favorite.

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the bathroom was really, really pretty. I know I am a dork.

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elevators/lobby going into Palo and Remy

After we ate ourselves into a food coma, we all went into our room and watched Little Fockers. It was ok, not near as funny as the first one. They never really are, sadly.

We wandered around the ship to walk our food off that afternoon.

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and then sat on our verandahs and read books. So peaceful!

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I really can’t remember what we did the rest of the day. I am betting I took a nap HA! I think we may have gone to the show that night in the theatre. it was semi formal night, so we got semi-dressed-up (haha) for dinner.

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I borrowed this dress and it was a bit too big on me. whoops.

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Dinner was in the Royal Palace. Look how cute the bread basket is!

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ffffooooooddddd

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we had a friend hanging out in the room after dinner.

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yesterday I did a 3 mile speed workout on the treadmill while Bobby was getting a massage. poor thing can’t even sit in a car straight up without being in excruciating pain. He has been knocked out on and off all day!

Today I am doing cross training and maybe some weights or abs before my TNT run tomorrow. Now I am off to clean for the party tonight!

QOTD: what is your favorite ice cream topping?

Disney Dream Part 3

 

Gggoooodddddd morning! The next day of our cruise was less eventful (Nassau day in which we stayed on the boat)  We woke up the next morning after Castaway Cay  pulling into Nassau. Having already been here, we decided to take advantage of a less crowded boat.

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We ate breakfast at the Royal Palace

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watched the ship dock

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and rode the aquaduck! Funny story, my mom HATES roller coasters, anything of the sort. She hates the small drop on Pirates of the Caribbean. She was SO nervous about the aquaduck since it shoots you up and down. Two people ride together, they went after Bobby and I, and she screamed the whole way down. It was so cool to be above the ship looking out at the water! We then went to relax by the adult pool. of course all the chairs were taken so we went to the upper deck for an hour or so, then decided to head to the buffet to get lunch. After that, we did our shopping for souvenirs, and walked around the art galley where we both decided to get a cute print framed.

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There are a bunch of hidden mickey’s in it that are fun to find, and the frame has Mickey’s all on it. We hung it by our staircase so I always see it coming down the stairs!

As the ship left we used my super duper zoom lens and got some good shots.

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That night was pirate night, aaarrrggghhh! We are goofy and like to dress up and have fun with it.

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I know I don’t match and I really don’t care. Just so you know. Smile

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dad bought a sword in WDW so he would have one for pirate night. No lie.

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Nice one Bobby…

we had time to kill before fireworks, so we went back to the room for awhile, and look what we found! a towel birthday cake for Bobby and a card from our room host. Just don’t eat the towel.

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Fireworks at sea!

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There was a buffet after, but I was too tired and full so I went back to the room to watch a movie and fall asleep. bobby, of course, went to the buffet and came back with a Turkey leg, fajitas, and some dessert…ha!

next up is Day at sea and Palo brunch!

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So last night I was supposed to go on a run with TNT. It rained on and off all day and night, so I don’t even know if they ended up running. Bobby has been complaining of his back hurting all week, and that it was getting worse. It was so bad yesterday the only comfortable position was laying down. It hurt so bad to drive he could barely talk on the phone and had to pull over to get out and stand up on his way to work. I forced him to call a Dr. today and he finally found one who could see him today. Apparently it’s just a bad muscle strain but he is in bas shape and can barely walk, so I decided to stay home with him. Poor guy. They gave him some muscle relaxers and pain pills so hopefully it will start to heal!

So due to this I went out and ran an easy 2 by myself. in the rain. and the humidity. It was gggrrrooosss! I also did level one of 6 weeks to 6 pack. my abs are already getting flabby again. I worked to hard for that to happen!

QOTD: Would you rather have awful back pain or awful knee pain?

Disney Dream part 2

 

Back to the Dream! Ok I left off the afternoon we got on the ship. That night we had dinner at Animator’s Palate.

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and the next morning we woke up pulling into Castaway Cay!

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I know, I look very very sleepy. I literally jumped out of bed, threw on my swimsuit and was ready to hit the beach!

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Serenity Bay. aaahhhhh

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adults only…bliss!

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a great day!

we lounged around that evening

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and had dinner at Enchanted Garden

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and for fun, of course, an “eat your salad” picture.

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Our next cruise day is Nassau!

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Last night, Bobby and I went to the gym and did chest, tri’s, and legs, and 20 minutes on the bike. It STORMED thunder and lightning while we were there, and the power even went out. On Twitter this morning I said I was going to do a rain dance…I guess it worked! We have needed rain! Tonight I meet up with my TNT group for a run, it will be my first time getting to run with them!

QOTD: What is your favorite food to eat at the beach?

The Disney Dream Part I

Hola! Happy Saturday friends! I hope you are staying cool wherever you are. it is hellaciously (is that a word?) hot down here….heat indexes of 108ish. So yucky! So, let’s think about something fun, like my Disney cruise! So, Memorial day weekend Sunday, we woke up ready to get on the Mickey boat! we ate breakfast, packed up, and headed out. But not before feeding my ducky friends a farewell snack.

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is it safe? should we trust her? She has macaroons!!! YES!

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yes I was totally feeding the ducks macaroons from Narcoossees. Don’t judge. They enjoyed it. My mom kept freaking out waiting for one to spontaneously combust or something. Oh, mother….

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we even tried to get them to come into the room…but apparently guests have tried this number before. We thought it would be a fun surprise for the maid. I’m kidding. sort of.

Anyway, so we drove the hour or so to the port, and got our first glimpse of the Dream! Now funny story time. When you get to the port and check in, you are given a card with your boarding number on it. numbers go from 1 to maybe late teens early twenties? I don’t even know. Anyway, 1-3 are coveted and hard to get. I think 1 may even be concierge only? Anyway, we have gotten 6-9 in the past, and we get there about 30 minutes after the dang port opens, some people are just nuts and get there before it even opens! Anyway, since this ship is SO BIG, Disney decided to try something new and make people sign up for arrival times in 30 minute blocks to help not have so many people arrive at once. BUT, they were totally NOT enforcing it, which drives me bananas. So, we got the second earliest boarding time and even got there a few minutes early. When we checked in, I told the lady that we had been given a 9 and how upset I was because I got up early on the morning we could pick arrival times so I could get the earliest time, hoping to be able to get an early boarding pass. I was really nice to her, and told her we even wore our matching name shirts hoping to get lucky and be given a good number. She then says “don’t worry I will take care of it” and opens a drawer and PULLS OUT A NUMBER ONE PASS! I tried to say calm but I was FREAKING OUT on the inside!!! I thanked her profusely, I was SO EXCITED to be among the first people out of 4,000 on the boat!
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holding up my boarding pass which I held onto the whole morning with a death grip.

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It was so comical, people started gathering around the ropes in herds, like it mattered where you stood. You can’t get on until your group is called, and NO ONE from that huge herd of people had a number one pass! When they called our number we had to wade through a sea of people to get to the ropes. We were the SEVENTH family to get onboard. eeekkk!

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oh, dad. So silly.

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we immediately went to find food at the buffet.

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then my mom and I snagged us Palo brunch reservations, and then we were off exploring!

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interesting.

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I looked at my watch and realized it was time to go find our rooms! we were on deck ten, in verandah rooms.

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funnily enough, our rooms were also connecting rooms, which I didn’t know but was nice.

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we explored some more…this ship is gorgeous.

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ok that’s all for now because…well…I’m sleepy. Smile Legit excuse, huh? More next time! Oh and for those of you loathing the Disney posts…we will get back to regular fitness topics soon, I promise, hang in there! (but seriously, how can you loathe Disney? Does not compute.) Oh, and 3 months from today I am going back. heh.

QOTD: Have you ever been on a cruise? Which line? did you like it?

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Hi friends! So great seeing so many of you planning on running Disney races next year!

I have some SERIOUSLY exciting stuff to share with yall…just not yet, but soon, very very soon! Let’s just say the next few weeks are going to be crazy, and I won’t be with Bobby on his birthday. bummer. Sad smile

So, I will be in Orlando Memorial Day weekend. Any Orlando area bloggers up for a meet up? If so, leave me a comment or e mail me so we can coordinate!

I am really excited about the line up of guest bloggers I have for you while I am gone. In the past, I have just not blogged when gone on vaca for a week, but not this time. You will be thoroughly entertained all week, so keep checking the blog once I am gone in a few days!

So, something random today but fun. Our neighborhood has a beautiful vegetable garden with tons of flowers too, and I went out and took a bunch of pictures, and wanted to share some with you!

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Beautiful flowers right? I have more that I will save for a rainy day.

Yesterday I went on a 2 mile run. it was supposed to be three, but I was really sore from my 6 weeks to 6 pack DVD I did Monday. I used to do this video 4-5 times and week and got to the point I was never sore, so I am sad I am already back to getting sore again. Bummer. Anyway, I also didn’t eat enough yesterday before the run or anything really healthy, (nutrition FAIL) so I got weak and shaky and it was just an all around bad run, so I decided to come on back in after 2 miles. better than nothing right?

QOTD: What is your favorite flower?

Kick it into High Gear

 

Good morning!

In just a couple of weeks, I will be on vacation! I am so ready for it. The past couple months have been such an adjustment with moving, Bobby working at a new place, learning a new town, new, new, new. New is good but also scary and exhausting, so I am excited to get to unwind with my family in my favorite place on earth, DISNEYWORLD!

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And staying at the Polynesian!

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and then getting on the Mickey boat!!! (The Disney Dream)

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This is actually a picture of the Magic. I don’t have any pics of the Dream since well…I haven’t been on her yet!

The fact that vacation has snuck up on me has put me in PANIC MODE. Why do you ask? I have not been in public in a swimsuit since last summer. AAAHHH! First things first…I do not think I am fat, and I am not going on a “diet” and I am not trying to get sympathy or fish for compliments. I am honestly just NOT READY to be in a swimsuit yet for the summer.

It’s so easy in the winter to hide the less toned or squishy parts with bulky sweaters and the like. It will be way hot in Florida and the Bahamas so I will be forced to show skin or die. I would also like to mention I am a generally pretty modest person so I feel awkward in a swimsuit in public no matter how I look. This is why I was PETRIFIED to post my before and after 6 weeks to 6 pack pictures! I don’t feel I am where I would like to be as far as the “firming up” goes, so I have put a plan into action for the next couple of weeks that will hopefully help me feel a little more confident. This is my “kick it into high gear” plan:

-Workout 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day (cardio once weights once preferably)

-food overhaul! I know I will eat AWFUL on vaca which is fine, but cutting back on stuff I love will be easier knowing I can eat whatever I want in a couple of weeks on the trip! So what am I cutting back on? Mainly sugar and white flour/pasta/etc. I have a massive sweet tooth and have been eating Easter candy and the like since April. I will be trying to not eat “dessert” after dinner or late at night. Making simple substitutions should really make a difference.

-work on the mental aspect of things (I will never see these people again, it doesn’t matter what I look like or what they think, I am beautiful inside and out, etc.)

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Bobby brought me flowers he picked yesterday when he came home from work!

I want to be HEALTHY and TONED not “skinny” Smile

So, do you think I will be able to stick with this for two weeks? Any words or wisdom or tricks of the trade?

*I updated my workout log tab

*I still need ONE guest blogger, any volunteers? It doesn’t have to be fancy! Could be a race recap, recipe, etc. e-mail me!

QOTD: Any tips for me and my “plan?”

Two Months From Today…

I Will be on vacation!!!! Woo hoo! I finally get to head out on the Disney Dream. So. excited. See, last summer we cruised our first ever Disney cruise with my parents and had a BLAST. We rebooked onboard for this summer, and at the time it seemed so far away, I can’t believe it is getting so close! This trip is going to be so much better because, well, hello, we will be on the new ship, the DREAM, and, last year my mom was suffering from a shoulder tear AND a frozen shoulder, and my dad who never gets sick had an awful cold. They were pretty pathetic!

We are actually going to Disney world for three nights before the cruise so we can get one more use out of everyone’s annual passes. We are going to share a room in the concierge building of the Polynesian!

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The last time we stayed here was for the Disney half marathon over a year ago, and it was SO COLD we didn’t get to enjoy the resort, pool, etc. So we are looking forward to walking the grounds and relaxing this time around!

So, three nights at the Polynesian, then we are driving to the port to get on the MICKEY BOAT! The Disney Dream set sail on it’s Maiden Voyage in January, and we are excited to be on the first double dip (two stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay) that the Dream goes on. We LOVE Castaway Cay, and so going twice is right up our alley!

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Ah, bliss! Upcoming vacation is what keeps me going, so I am literally counting down the days on my dry erase board on my refrigerator until the trip! we are excited!

Ok, Bobby and I 5 hours unpacking/cleaning out the garage, so I am going to go take a shower and relax! Have a great weekend everyone! Stay tuned, a giveaway is coming up hopefully next week!!!

QOTD: What is your favorite vacation destination?