Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sharing the Magic

Well, it is almost midnight and I am just now getting around to blogging (this may be short because I am a little on the tired side). I suppose you guys noticed that I didnt broadcast exactly when we left or when we were supposed to be back. In my mind, I was keeping would-be burglars from entering our house during the night and stealing everything we own. What is funny about that is that we TOOK everything we own with us to Disney and now, I am here in the midst of all our stuff wishing it would put itself away.

Here is a picture of some very ominous looking clouds hovering over my castle.
As I said in my earlier post, we had an awesome time. The boys were excellent the whole time for which I am truly thankful. There is just something about Disney that brings me back to my childhood and it was so much fun to see it through the eyes of Kaden and Lake.
I could go on an on about our trip, but it would take all night and it would bore you to tears, so in true Bethanne fashion, I have decided to post some random thoughts about our Disney experience. But before I do, there is something I need to address. I have heard that there was some talk (another word for gossip which is sin, for those of you who did not know) about me while I was gone. Some fun was made, some tales were told, some nasty little comments...... yeah that's right, I know all about them and I know exactly who they came from and when they were said. You know who you are! I wont go into all of them right now, but just know that I know and God knows and some of you need to repent ASAP. That's all I'm saying about that right now ;-).......moving right along.............

On to some pictures and randomness.................

One of the perks of staying on Disney property is that you get to stay longer in the parks. Magic Kingdom was open until 3 am some nights and yes, we kept our kids out until 2 am on more than one occasion. Normally, I would call that child abuse, but hey, it's Disney.............

Waiting for the bus to take us to our happy destination.

Kaden has decided he loves the "Muffets" (aka Muppets) and we had to go see the Muppet 3-D movie 4 times ----FOUR TIMES!!! When I asked him why he likes the Muffets all of the sudden, he said, "It's like I fell in love or somethin'". Good thing we love the Muffets too, huh? It really is a great movie.

This year at Disney is the "Year of a Million Dreams". In 2008, Disney will award a million 'dreams' (ie. a night in the dream suite of the castle, fast passes to every ride, shopping sprees, cruises, etc). We recieved absolutely none of them. I was praying for a night in the castle, but no one ever approached me with the key. I did, however, see one family that was chosen to stay in the dream suite while we were there - the mom was wearing a tiara and the whole family was riding in Cinderella's horse drawn pumpkin leading the parade. I am sure they were deserving, yet I was still disappointed and slightly jealous. I couldnt help but feel that somehow that tiara should have been mine.

Are you all aware that there are people who actually dress up to come to Disney? There are those (like us) who dress for comfort (as comfortable as you can be in 100 degree weather) and then there are those who dress to impress. I saw so many women who were wearing long dresses. Long as in floor length and these were not native African dresses. They were worn by American women who really believe that beauty knows no pain. I am all for looking good, but there is a limit to what I will do in the name of fashion.

While on the subject of fashion, let me just say we need to pray for Muslim women for many reasons. The main reason is that they are lost and need Jesus, but the other is that they are forced to wear heavy clothes from head to toe no matter how hot it is outside. I saw Muslim women with denim from their neck to their feet and boots on. Boots in August in Florida. That is torture, people! It is a thousand wonders those women dont fall over from heat stroke. Cant they just loose the burka for the purpose of staying cool at Disney World??? I mean cant they overlook the head covering for a couple of days? Try a little "What happens in Disney stays in Disney"? Thank you, Lord, that we are not made to wear oppressive clothing in oppressive heat!

Waiting to have the boys picture made with Lightning and Mater. If those names mean nothing to you, go rent the movie "Cars".

Have you ever noticed that people lose all sense inside Disney World? It never fails that when you are on your way to a particular place that Sven and Svetlana from Sveden stop right in front of you in the middle of the road to look at their map while you run right into the back of them.

On another note, during our 10 days at Disney, we let our kids drink Coke---alot. Lake had had Coke maybe 4 times in his 7 yrs of life and Kaden even less than that, but we decided to throw caution to the wind and go wild. We usually refrain from caffeine, but we decided "What happens at Disney stays at Disney"........incidentally we are all back on our strict water only regiment now (with the exception of a 16 oz bottle of Pepsi that I have hidden for myself in the door of the fridge behind some salad dressing --- "What happens in my fridge stays in my fridge").

Luann, I took this waterfall picture so that you could show David and maybe he will think of Disney as a possiblity for next year's vacation.......there are scenic spots everywhere you look!

We found this picture on the wall at Animal Kingdom and it bears a striking resemblance to some of the people on Steve's side of the family....who knew?

We have a posing problem. There are some candid shots in our set of 364, but sadly when someone says "Let me get a picture", we all scramble into position to get it over with.
While it is the Year of a Million Dreams at Disney, it was the year of a million pony tails for me. From the time we left until today, I never had my hair down except while in the shower......when I went to fix my hair today, I forgot what my hairstyle is supposed to look like.......really, I did!
Okay it is late and I am really tired. Hopefully, I will be catching up on you guys tomorrow. Hope I havent bored you to sleep with my pictures........unless you were having trouble sleeping in the first place and then I am glad to be of assistance.
I almost forgot!!! I got 2 awards - count'em TWO!!!! One from Stephanie and one from Heidi. I will be blogging more about my fabulous awards in a day or two, but until then --- thank you Stephanie (Apple Barn anytime!) and thank you Heidi (hope you are feeling detoxified)!!!!!


Fran said...

What happens in Disney stays in Disney...

That made me laugh!!!

Welcome home. School starts Monday for us....GROSS!


Cheryl said...

Those are some serious clouds looming over the castle.
I love Disney too!
Glad y'all had so much fun.

Greg P. said...

Glad you had fun and glad to see you back on the blog squad. You all look like you had a great time!

Celly B said...

It sounds like you had a great time at Disney! Glad to see you safe and sound at home.

We have been on vacation, too, and went to Dollywood. I was so surprised at the people who dressed for style, not comfort, there, too.

Cassie said...

Glad you had a great vacation...Nothing like Disney...Loved the random thought about the people stopping in front of you...James and I had that same discussion during our recent visit to Disney...People are unbelievable...Would never be bored with your posts...Love them...Have a great weekend...Hope you get your things put away....=)

Staceystace said...

Glad you had a great time at the 'happiest place on earth'!

Gossip...who needs it?!

Sorry you didn't get to wear the tiara. It really should have been you. =)

Carol said...

I love it! The pictures are great. We took our kids for the first time last summer. There really is something so magical about Disney.

As far as attire, I noticed the same thing. I wanted to stop all the people in flip flops and ask if there were blisters between their toes at the end of the day. I was wearing sneakers and pony tails every day, also. And the high heels? Goodness, I ran into a woman in like four or five inch heels. I don't even wear those to my church b/c the parking lot is so big. Mercy!

Mommyluann said...

Oh yes, it's official, you do have my back! I will be showing off the waterfall photo to my hubby. Who knows...miracles still happen, right?

alliekat said...

I have no idea what you are talking about! halo over my head :)
We have all missed you soooooo much and glad to have you back. Love you sissy....