2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Couple Time · Disney · Empty Nest · kids · Uncategorized

Disney Without Kids

Okay…as most of you know…our kids are older–26 and 22–and both live out of our home.

Carmen (the 26 year old) has been to Disney with me the most often (lastly at the February Disney Princess 5k). She was not happy when David and I decided to go by ourselves.

We had a ball….really.When we got our magic bands verified (have had issues in the past), the attendant asked if we were celebrating anything. We looked at each other and said “Disney WITHOUT the kids!!” So we ended up getting buttons to say just that.  Cast members throughout the Parks (Walt Disney World) not only got excited for us but most of them gave us high fives! Ha!

But part of the experience, for me anyway, was the Star Wars part of Hollywood Studios. David met his favorite, Chewbacca, and we rode the newer Star Tours. We took our time and did what we wanted…no agenda…no kids getting upset that they didn’t get to do everything they wanted to do.I love this picture…me and my sass.

The photographers don’t tell you what they are placing in the photo…they just ask you to make a certain expression and look a direction. France EPCOT with Chip! Love it.

And met Edna Mode!! 💗💗💗 She was precious! I also have no memory of what was so funny.  

 Selfies, we took lots of them. We just loved being able to spend time together…playing at Disney.

Blessings.

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Princess

It was such an honor to be a part of this event on Friday evening.  David was the announcer for the strong, amazing princesses (and Queen). I love these women.

These were his introductions:

Good evening! To Your Most Royal Highnesses, and your steadfast and devoted Escorts, I offer a warm and heartfelt welcome! It is my great privilege this evening to introduce your honored visitors. A gathering of Princesses from across the worlds of magic and imagination.

Kind, elegant, shy and sophisticated, as well as a hopeless romantic, this princess was named by her parents after the goddess of the dawn, because she filled their life with sunshine. Put into a cursed sleep by the evil Maleficient, she was awakened by “true love’s kiss”. I am delighted to introduce the Sleeping Beauty herself, Princess Aurora.

Recently freed from the tower of evil Mother Gothel, this Princess is spirited, clever, kind, and very adventurous, with an amazing hairdo and a mean iron skillet. The true princess of the Kingdom of Corona, I am honored to present Princess Rapunzel.

Our next princess hails from the far kingdom of Agrabah. This daughter of a sultan is caring, strong, independent, and unafraid to speak her mind no matter what. Your Highnesses, I speak, of course, of Princess Jasmine.

img_2017Afraid that her power to create ice and snow could hurt the people she loved, she hid herself away, until she was rescued by her loving sister. Born a princess, but now the true Queen of Arendelle, please join me in welcoming Queen Elsa.

Born on the island village of Motunui, this daughter of Chief Tui inherited a love for the seas and voyaging. Loyal, strong-willed, and practically fearless, she is a true friend to her allies and the ocean. It is my privilege to present Princess Moana.

Raised as a scullery maid in service to her evil step-mother and step-sisters, our next Princess found her true love with the help of her Fairy Godmother… and an abandoned glass slipper. Your Highnesses, please join me in welcoming Princess Cinderella.

This next princess is near and dear to me. The loving, if headstrong and mischievous, daughter of mighty King Triton, she left her underwater kingdom to explore her love of humankind. Brave, curious, and blessed with a beautiful voice, I am particularly proud to present to you Princess Ariel.

I love this man.

I love where I work and what I am able to participate in.

The people that work this hard for so many–who make it seem effortless. I am truly in awe of their spirit.

Blessings.

2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Disney · Remembering · Star Wars · Travel · Uncategorized · Walt Disney · WLS

May 4th

May the 4th be with you…

This wasn’t going to be my post today, but after the actor that portrayed Chewey, Peter Mayhew. passed away on May 1st, I had to change it.

Yes I know that this is at Disney, and that this isn’t the actual character, but…I was in awe and blown away by the experience.It was like I was chatting with Chewey (of course), but really though!  I was overwhelmed.This was an amazing experience, and I am so happy that I was able to experience it.It was wonderful. Truly awesome, and a memorable experience.  I have loved the Star Wars movies, and most of the characters since I was twelve.

By the way, I hate the way I look in the pictures.  I have had about thirty pounds of regain, and it shows.  Ugh.

Blessings.

2019 · 5k · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Bucket List · Disney · Princess · Uncategorized · Walt Disney · WLS

Disney Princess 5k

Well, the worst part was getting up at 3 am! Yes, 3:00 am!!  We had to be in our sections by 5:00 a.m.  So bus transports to the EPCOT staging area, walked around a bit, chatted with others, and got nervous.2019-Princess-5K-Course-Map-1Y’all!  I did this…well, Carmen and I did this!  And survived…eh, sort of! It was 74 degrees and about 80 percent humidity.  Ugh…not the best for this type of race…but again we survived.  Disney knows how to put on an event.  Bucket list. So I have on my bucket list as a Disney 1/2 Marathon (walking), but participating in a Disney Run is satisfying!!

374313063Not the most flattering picture…but I will take it!  I cried when I crossed the finish line…Y’all – four years ago I had to have a scooter to be able to survive our family trip to Disney.  I could never had walk over 20,000 steps.  So very grateful for my gastric sleeve, even with my 30 pound regain, for the opportunities to enjoy my life again.  To be able to experience these types of events with my friends and family is truly the BEST thing…truly grateful.

Love and blessings.

 

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Mode

I wish that I could say I believe this to be true…But I don’t.  I believe that you need to know your past to be able to correct your future.

I love Edna, and her life suggestions. I just don’t think they are realistic.

What quote speaks to you, but isn’t realistic?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Blessings.

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Accomplish

“Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort.” – Walt Disney

Mondays are difficult.  Combining the efforts of team is so important, and one I hope never to take for granted.

Blessings!