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This time of year brings up so many memories, that it is hard to decide what picture(s) to post! I’ve been having fun all week sharing photos from the holidays during the years we lived in Orlando. I’ve been waiting for December so I could share them!
Our holidays really revolved around Disney those years. Visiting the resorts to see the beautiful decorations and special “edible” displays, visiting the parks; each one decorated in it’s own special way, Magic Kingdom’s Very Merry Christmas parties, the Obsourne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney Hollywood Studios, and Holidays around the World in EPCOT.
From Thanksgiving until Christmas there was always something to do! This was also the time of the year that we were pretty much guaranteed visits from family, my sister always arrived the day after Thanksgiving, and my mom for Christmas.
For the most part we stayed away from the parks Christmas Day and the week after, those are the busiest days of the year. We did however enjoy Christmas morning breakfast at the Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom)one year, with my mom. She had recently had surgery, so was in a wheel chair, and immediately after breakfast I was not feeling well, so we were out of the park before the crowds arrived. It was a “goal” of mine to be in Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day! (Yes, during those years I was a Disney Geek!)
With the mostly warm weather in Orlando, it was rarely cold on Christmas, I only remember one year that required coats, it was great to have a place like Disney to help the holiday spirit! They make “snow” on Main Street in Magic King during the Christmas parties, and also in Disney Hollywood Studios during the Spectacle of Lights. Tara loved catching the “snow”! Hey you gotta work with what you’ve got!
So, for this week, I will choose these
Here is Mom, Tara and Piglet at Crystal Palace (2006)
Tyler, Mom and Tara (2007) – Grand Floridian Gingerbread (made out of real gingerbread)
Tara and my sister Linda – Downtown Disney (2008)
Thirteen Places I have visited – I have not traveled as extensively as many, but growing up we took many family camping trips, mostly on the east coast and Canada. My dad always said there was plenty of this country to visit before he was ready to go elsewhere.
1) Germany – high school trip
2) Austria – high school trip
3) Canadian Maritimes – this was a three week vacation with my parents, and to this day I think my favorite!
4) US Virgin Islands – we had a condo in St Croix, also took a cruise that stopped in St Thomas
5) St Marteen
6)Canada – Quebec and Ontario
7) Minneapolis, MN (I saw my hotel room and the Mall of America— I was there working on a project for my job, which totally changed while the team was in flight, so I spent most of my days in my room re-writing training, while the trainers trained!)
8) Bahamas – both a regular vacation and a stop on a cruise
9) Houston, TX
10) Florida (Orlando, once before we moved there)
11) Hilton Head
12) New Hampshire – my father loved New England and we had friends who lived in Laconia, so we camped a great deal in NH
13) Las Vegas
1. Sometimes when you are sitting around doing nothin2 g, a thought randomly pops into your head. How many measuring cups do you own?
10 total – 2 cup and 1 cup pyrex and two sets of 4 each plastic dry measuring cups. I know this because earlier this year, we combined households with my mother, and downsized our stuff, so there are not too many redundant kitchen utensils! I can’t wait to break out the measuring cups this weekend and start BAKING!
2. What is your favorite ice cream topping?
I rather like my ice cream plain, but if it is soft vanilla ice cream (think DQ) I do like hot fudge.
3. Egg nog – is it digestible?
Yes, I suppose it is, if you are not lactose intolerant. I love egg nog, so does my 12 year old. She is lactose “sensitive” so we bought Silk Soy “Nog”, it is surprisingly tasty, and WAY less fat than the real stuff.
4. Were you one of the insane humans who went to a store last Friday?
Nope, nope, nope, but we did go to the movies, which I think is the 2nd most crowded place on Black Friday. Did you know that Thanksgiving Eve is the busiest night in the bar business? I did not know that!
5. There are 12 months in a year, anywhere from 28 – 31 days in a month, depending on the year, of course. Each day holds a special meaning for someone, some days hold a special meaning for everybody. Do you have a 2010 calendar yet?
Well, since I rarely use a paper calendar, no, I do not, but I have my Google calendar and the calendar on my Iphone. I was never good with calendars… but I have always liked to look at the pretty pictures. I would get a calendar every year for Christmas growing up. My daughter wants one with pug pictures. I am going to make desk calendars for a little extra gift this year using my photos. Just thought you’d like to know that. The directions are here.
6. Kids are funny sometimes and say the darnedest things, but it’s ok because they are kids and they are so adorable. A two year old is cute when they say a swear word. Admit it, they are. What was your favorite nursery rhyme growing up? Hey – if you don’t have a favorite, just work with me here and pick the first one that fell off the wall and broke like an egg or came out of the sky like a cow who just jumped over the moon.
Wow, that was a LONG time ago. I’m going to go with Jack & Jill, for some crazy reason I just had a flashback to me and my friends running around outside singing that song.
You know Nursery Rhymes were pretty violent.
- Jack broke his crown,
- Humpty Dumpty, well he bit the dust,
- Ring around the Rosie has to do with the PLAGUE for goodness sake.
- Old Mother Hubbard’s dog was starving (but that nursery rhyme has a whole other meaning)
- Little Miss Muffett’s dad was an entomologist and it was one of his spiders that scared her while eating her breakfast of curds, which in itself is pretty scary.
7. Most of us have some type of machine that people like to call ‘vehicles’. Some are blue, some are yellow, some are red. Some have trunks, some have beds and some even can’t decide if they are a car or a truck. We put gas in them, check the oil and drive them all over the place and stop them in places called parking spots. Picture in your mind the machine you currently own and if you own more than one, picture the one you last drove – when was the last time you had a new tire on it?
My car is white, a mom-mobile… I swore I would never drive, but I LOVE it! I bought my car in May (used, and it had new tires on it), my previous car, I had just replaced the tires, which were in very very bad shape… they had been on it since 2002 (in my defense, it was only about 50K miles in those 7 years)
8. For those of us on Facebook, do you wish to share your Facebook identity with us?
Yes, I FB, and I tweet too. Go to my sidebar, scroll down a bit, and you will find them both there!
9. Santa’s coming! Where’s the best place to hide presents? Any clever little tricks for keeping those nosy people from ruining the surprise?
I always hid presents for my daughter in my office closet. She never had a reason to go in there. I don’t think she was a snoop. One day I had been shopping and had to go pick her up from school before I had time to go home, little did she know the back of the SUV was filled with her gifts… I hoped she wouldn’t notice the blanket covering “stuff”… I was a BAD snooper when I was growing up. (Bad, meaning I would always find the hiding place, and my mother wrapped the boxes lids and tops separately (they could be used again that way…. ) so it was pretty easy to peek even after they were wrapped!
10. Have you heard that the world is going to end in 2012? Some people think that the world isn’t actually going to go BOOM! and be no more, they think that the “end of the world” is actually going to be a worldwide takeover by a certain country and/or religion, which all has to do with the current president of the USA. Do you agree?
I honestly haven’t thought about it much. My 12 yo is convinced that they world is going to end, and she would make me change the channel when the commercials for 2012 came on. What was the other moving similar to that, Knowing, the world was ending there too, and after she watched that she was very disturbed. She can watch just about anything, but she has a real problem with the end of the world stuff!
11. Butterfly, butterfly fluttering through the air, please don’t land on my freshly washed hair. What brand of shampoo did you use this morning? (and for those of you who still stink.. think of yesterday morning… and if that still doesn’t apply to you – go get your stinky butt in the shower!)
I have not showered yet this morning. I get up VERY early so I have some quiet and alone time, my shower comes after everyone else is up. I did wash my hair yesterday and I used Dove shampoo and conditioner, in a green bottle – cucumber and melon or something – it was on sale. In my attempt to be more frugal, I’m not buying the expensive stuff. My hair really needs a cut and color…
Have a Fa La La La Day!