Saturday, March 28, 2015

Frozen on Ice

Yesterday I took Kate, Yiayia, and Nana over to the American Airlines Center to see Frozen on Ice. I bought 4 tickets way back last year some time when they went on sale, and it was finally time to use them! Kate was so excited to be going. She loved the Disney on Ice that we went to last year a lot, and I was anxious to get a little bit of a Disney fix again. I want to go back to Disney World so badly...
The show was basically a shortened, re-enacted version of the movie. It was really cute, although Elsa fell on both of her jumps. I felt bad for her. But I don't even think the kids cared. Everyone loves Elsa, right? There was also a song at the beginning and end with Mickey and Minnie, Timon and Pumba, Buzz and Woody, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Ariel and Prince Eric, Snow White and Prince whatever-his-name-is, Rapunzel and Eugene, and Goofy and Donald, so we got to see all of them as well.
Kate came home with two new princess dolls, courtesy of Yiayia and Nana of course. We had a blast.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cruise Shoes

While doing some cruise shopping a week or so ago, I came across some basic white canvas slip on shoes on clearance at Kohls for $3.99. Score! I immediately got the idea to create a pair of shoes to wear on our cruise. I got to work as soon as I got home, searching for clip art and images online that I wanted to recreate.

When it comes to drawing, I can't just sit down at a blank canvas and come up with something and it turn out okay. Most of the time, my brain just doesn't work like that, unless it is something I have drawn or painted before. But I can pretty accurately, in most cases, look at something and recreate it with pretty decent results. So that's what I went for with my shoes. I didn't want to mess with acrylic paints. More mess, drying time, blah blah, etc. So I grabbed my two cups of Sharpies that I love so much and went to town. It took me a few days of doodling to finish them up, but I LOVE them!
They wouldn't be complete without our initials in the sand!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Zoo day!

It's been a really long time since Kate and I went to the zoo. So long, in fact, that our membership had expired and I needed to renew it. We didn't even plan to go the other day. On the way to Kohl's to spend our Kohl's cash, I was admiring what a beautiful day it was and asked Kate if she would rather do the zoo than go get her some new undies. Of course she said yes.
We did our usual route and had hoped to be able to see the new baby giraffe that was born a few months ago, but I guess they keep her inside for part of the day because we couldn't find her anywhere. We checked in on the baby elephants, who are now big enough that they get to stay outside all day and are still so stinking cute!
It actually started to get pretty warm and we were getting tired, so we left and headed home mid-afternoon. Now that our membership is renewed for a year, we will have to make a point to go back often.

Friday, March 13, 2015

10 years!

Happy anniversary to Nick and me! We celebrated 10 years yesterday, and boy did I surprise him! Ten years though! Double digits! That's so awesome.

Back in August I booked a 5 day cruise to Mexico in secret. I blame Carnival and the PVP assigned to me when I started poking around their website, because wouldn't you know he called to inform me they were having a deposit sale and I could book now and pay it off as I wanted! So that's what I did, and every single paycheck I put $50 towards the cruise. I paid it off in early February, and then booked our hotel room for Galveston the night before we sail for free because we had enough Wyndham points saved up, and then I went ahead and booked and paid for our cruise parking.

Do you know how hard it is not to tell people you're going on a cruise??! I was dying. Thankfully I had my Disney trips to keep me pre-occupied so it didn't seem obvious that I was constantly looking at cruise stuff, since I was instead constantly looking at Disney stuff. I feel pretty confident that I could be a Disney travel agent tomorrow, by the way. I even went ahead and got my passport in February and got everything ready to take Nick to get his when the time came. It only took 14 days for me to get mine, which was nice. Not that a passport is necessary for a Mexico cruise, but it's easier, from what I gather.

My plan was to reveal the cruise surprise to Nick yesterday on our anniversary. I made a photo album online that had photos and what we did plus any gifts we exchanged for each anniversary, starting with wedding pictures. The on the last page, I put this:
So my plan was to go get him from work, take him to lunch at Logan's in Lake Worth (Logan's Roadhouse is where we went on our very first date), give him the book, and then after lunch head over to the sub-courthouse and go to the passport office. I already had all of his paperwork filled out and all the necessary documentation he needed, along with the money order and cash. We were set...except that since Kate is out of school this week and Nana had a doctor's appointment yesterday, we ended up doing all of that a day early on Wednesday so that we didn't have to take Kate with us.
I actually filmed his reaction with my phone when he turned the final page, and he had a big smile on his face and said "We are? When?!" and then I handed him a print out of our itinerary. Score 1 for me on the surprise/awesome scale!
Yesterday I woke up to find a card on my computer which led me to a note in my car and a bag containing 6 of these beautiful glasses that I spotted the other day and had a fit over. (He pays attention.) Then later in the day, he delivered 10 red gerbera daisies (my favorite flower) to the house. They're beautiful! I also got another letter from him...apparently, there will be 10 letters in total, one for each year of marriage. But they will be random. He's a keeper.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Posados with Lucas

Krystal, Mike, and Lucas are in town for the week so we met up with them for dinner at Posados and some Lucas time. We haven't seen him since Amanda's wedding back in September, except for pictures and videos on Facebook. He's growing so quickly and is such a chunk! I love his chubby cheeks.
Once he gets mobile I know all of that baby fat will melt away, so we have to enjoy it while we can, right? 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

MapMyWalk: February 2015 Update

This is coming a little late since I was gone all last week, but here it is nonetheless:

February Stats:
Fitbit Steps: 383,234
Year-to-date Fitbit Steps: 759,101
Miles Ran: 22.74
Miles Walked: 36.89
Total Miles: 59.63

I completed my first 10k ever in February in 1:26:07 using 30:30 intervals the entire 6.2 miles. It worked out pretty well for me and for now, I will continue to use those intervals until I build up some strength to go longer during the run time. On the same day I ran my 10k, I went to Epcot for the day after and hit my highest ever one day step count: 41,628. That's crazy! I was so tired it's not even funny. 

On the 2015 in 2015 challenge, my team had a slower month in February and combined we only did 141.03 miles. We have 351.17 miles for the year with 1663.83 left to our goal.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hooks/Korte Disney Vacation: One last breakfast

The time had come to leave our hotel and pack up the car. I'll admit, I really didn't want to leave. We met some folks on the monorail last night that were locals and they had just "come to play after work". I was jealous. I looked at Nick and said, "I wanna be able to do that!!" I need to win the lottery...and figure out a way to get people to come with us.
We had 10:20 reservations for another family style breakfast at O'hana in the Polynesian resort. Joining us for breakfast were Lilo and Stitch, as well as Pluto and Mickey Mouse...again. Kate met him on 5 separate occasions this week. She never got tired of it though, I promise you that.
Breakfast was delicious as usual, and as usual we tanked up so that we wouldn't have to stop for lunch on the road. After we finished our meal, we said our goodbyes and hit the road. I was quite sad to be driving off property. But all good things must end, or something stupid like that.
So here we are, in a hotel room in Mobile, Alabama. Tomorrow we finish the drive home and life goes back to being mundane and ordinary. No Mickey waffles for breakfast anymore. I wonder if Disney depression is a real thing?