Saturday, January 31, 2009
1. I believe that Coke (as in Coca-Cola) is an absolute necessity of life, but I'm trying to give it up.
2. I took shotgun as a PE cedit in college. (Southwestern Oklahoma State University)
3. I have been to Walt Disney World (Florida) countless times during my childhood, but I've been there 11 time since 2001. Been there, Done that, Going back!!
4. I didn't think I wanted children--but that was before I met my wonderful daughter.
5. I love to sing. Just ask my friends and family. Many of my facebook friends are from my singing past.
6. I never went to a school dance or prom.
7. I love to exercise, it makes me feel stronger. Of course, it's probably an illusion.
8. I think many things and circumstances in life can be directly related to dialouge from the movies, especially from "When Harry met Sally."
9. I find being over 40 very liberating.
10. I met, dated, got engaged and married Jim all within about four months. It will be 20 years on February 25, so far, so good.
11. I don't believe that all things happen for a reason.
12. If I could have any job I wanted it would be toss up between managing the Roc Resale Shop or playing the Fairy Godmother at Walt Disney world.
13. I will always regret that I didn't learn to play the piano.
14. I live for the next vacation. I especially love the ones spent with friends
15. I know tanning is bad for you, but I just can't help myself. I prefer the beach but will settle for the tanning bed.
16. I love a good deal. My retro furniture, (couch, two chairs, two end tables, and a roll front tv stand) in my family room cost me less than $100.
17. I traveled across the country and overseas the summer of 1986 with The Continental Singers. We stayed in people's homes every night when in the States.
18. I think that if we actually put into practice the "Golden Rule" we could change the world, and the people in it.
19. I would love to have a tatoo, but I'm a chicken.
20. I am always looking for the perfect athletic shoe.
21. I love travel size goodies. You can always find me in the travel aisle at Target just before my next trip.
22. I believe that there are never enough zip lock bags (assorted sizes) or Sharpie markers.
23. I love how important the lives of grandparents were to my life.
24. I once was waiting for the elevator at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. standing next to Tony Bennett, but no one I was with knew who he was.
25. I am a person who can see the big picture of a situation, and works well under pressure.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Jim and I kind of had a whirlwind romance. We met and started dating (if you can call it dating) in October of 1988. We had a few great adventures. We had the dinner and putt-putt golf (remember Putt-Putt on 39th Expressway) date. We had Sunday lunch at Varsity Sports Grill. We saw one of the worst movies ever, Moon over Parador, and I think we attended at least one singles event at Bethany First Church. Then, we got engaged in November, yes 1988. disclaimer: Kids:Don't try this home, we were trained professionals at leaping without looking, marriage should not be entered into lightly.
Getting engaged after only a few weeks seemed fun and thrilling, in fact it never really seemed scary at all. Scary to those around us...to us, not so much. My parents, who were living in Florida at the time, came to Oklahoma to meet him and give him the once over. My dad decided they thought that I had made a good choice and the planning commenced. We planned a whole wedding in about a week. You're thinking, oh please....you'll have months to get everything just right even a year or more until the date, right? Not so much... we planned for February 25, 1989. Just under 3 months away.
Did I mention whirlwind? Jim left to go on a previously scheduled trip to his visit family in Savannah for Thanksgiving, then right after Christmas we headed to Florida for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary celebration. The whole family was going to Disney World (thus... the beginning of an obsession). We got home and got busy getting ready for the big day. It was so cold. What was I thinking, getting married in February? The day arrived and as unbelievable as it might have seemed the weather was beautiful, almost 60 degrees and the sun was shining brilliantly. People thought we were crazy, but I'll have to say so far...so good.
We've always said we'll give it fifty years and renegotiate on the next fifty years. I'd say things are looking favorable for a long happy married life.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I imagine us having our first meal on Disney property at Chef Mickey's. We get to eat in the Contemporary Resort (one of my nostaglic favorites) and have dinner with Mickey, Minnie and friends. This is always a great way to start off a trip.
I can't wait to get to share some of my favorite attractions:
Toy Story Mid-Way Mania (DHS)--http://allears.net/tp/mgm/tsm.htm
Finding Nemo--The Musical (AK)--http://allears.net/tp/ak/nemo.htm
Expediton Everest (AK)--http://allears.net/tp/ak/ak_ee.htm
I hope this trip will be all I imagine it to be. I'm hoping I find ways to make it especially memorable for the girls. Be sure to follow our trip (semi-live) right here on my blog.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
This is not my photo--but it reflects my exact sentiments!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The gifts that Santa brings to our house are always found in the same place, on the hearth of the fireplace. This is where Jenna heads first. She looked over all the things that Santa had brought, he's quite the creature of habit at our house. She started to open her stocking and pulled out the traditional toothbrush, candy, jewelry, then something different, a WDW planner folder. She started to open the folder and then began to push aside the airline itinerary because she already knew we were going to WDW. I had to encourage her to look more closely. I had highlighted Savanna's name and she seemed confused for a moment, as if it couldn't possibly be true. When she caught on I knew at that moment I had chosen the right friend.
We are so excited about this trip. There is nothing like showing WDW to a newbie. Savanna and her family went Disneyland last summer and spent just one day at Magic Kingdom and automatically found the magic of the whole experience. My only regret about this trip is that we can't take Savanna's whole family. Look for trip reports while we're WDW right here on this blog. Also, in the coming days look for Savanna's response to the news.
Merry Christmas girls!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I can't wait to have some great memories to post from this upcoming trip. I will update you as the trip planning progresses. If you have any thoughts on traveling with someone else's child or traveling with 6th grade girls I would love to here it. Coveting your advice and suggestions.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This picture has nothing to do with my post other than it is my house and behind all my wonderful friends you can notice the many "collections" my family has accumulated. There is a sampling of PEZ, Disney and Coca Cola.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I'm a week behind with this challenge.
January 20, 2009--I resolve to take more self portraits while trying new things (which by the way I hate to do).
Here's me trying to learn to blog.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I can scream at the top of lungs when I'm on Expedition Everest or laugh hysterically while on Primeval Whirl. My party wears matching shirts just to get more attention. I'll put on completely awful 3-D glasses, as to not miss anything. I find myself dancing in the streets, interacting with performers, and talking with everyone around me.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
So on "Do Nothing Day" are we supposed to really do NOTHING? Is that even possible? Maybe we're supposed to nothing of signifcance, maybe this a day in the universe where you shouldn't make any life changing decisions, you shouldn't vary your normal plans, you shouldn't change your hair color, you shouldn't give up Coca Cola when your body depends on it for substance.
Or maybe... we really should do nothing. Maybe we should be still and be more aware of our surroundings and our blessings. It reminds me of a very old song I used to sing.
Be still and know that I am God
I am right here by your side.
Be still and know that I am God
and in My love abide.
So few of you stop to hear the birds
stop to smell the fragrance in the air.
My Kingdom is within you, (this is my favorite line)
Be still and find me there
Be still and I'll meet you there.
So Happy "National Do Nothing Day" to all!!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
It was a time in my life when I was somewhat isolated. I was off work for a time and not encountering the regular contacts that I once had enjoyed daily. I was feeling a bit down. "Probably the weather," I reasoned, and joy seemed in short supply in my heart. A few doubts about my own walk with God were playing at the edge of my mind. Then a friend came over one afternoon. An uneventful visit on the deck in the spring sunshine. But as we talked about our God and how He works in our lives, and as we prayed together, my heart was refreshed. I was reminded how very much we need each other.
Isolation comes at various times in our lives. Sometimes after the birth of a baby, sometimes with a move, with being off work, or sometimes after the death of someone we love or even a relationship change. When these things happen in our lives we can often find an unexpected hardness creeping in at the edges of our heart as we struggle with the change.
Whatever the reason for the subtle heart changes we feel, we need to be aware that God has instructions for us in these times of life.
"Beware then of your own hearts, dear brothers, lest you find that they too are evil and unbelieving and are leading you away from the living God. Encourage each other about these things every day …so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness" (Hebrews 4: 12 & 13).
Find someone to encourage you in God's ways regularly. Keep your heart soft. Get comfortable with praying over the phone with a Christian friend. Seek out encouragement and find those who need the encouragement you can give.
Encouragement in the things of God helps keep the ground of your heart tilled up. It helps you guard against unbelief and that subtle deceitfulness that leads us away from the Living God.
Seek out encouragement in God's ways today….both to give and to receive! It is essential and oh so refreshing!