Saturday, November 28, 2009

National Lampoon's Disney Vacation

I've finally put together all our pics from last week at DisneyWorld. It was a fun vacation, but there were quite a few instances of bad luck...I kept thinking that it could have been a National Lampoon's flick. On the bright side, it was the perfect time to visit was not crowded at all, and we rarely had to wait to ride anything. A few times, we were able to ride multiple times without getting off because there was no one else waiting to get on. The weather was great too...not hot and not cold, and no rain.
We did break our camera on one of the rides on our first full day there. Jon bought another camera that turned out to be awful, so a lot of our pics came out blurry. It has since been returned, and as of yesterday I have a new camera that I will be learning how to use (playing with) later today.

Jon flew out on Friday morning, and the girls, Mimi, Pappi, and I drove. We spent Friday night in Atlanta at Ron's house, then drove the rest of the way Saturday. Ron has a "party basement", and Savy absolutely loved the games.

Everything was going great on the drive, until Savy suddenly came down with a stomach bug. Our 6 hour drive turned into about 9 hours as we visited every rest-stop between Atanta and Orlando...there were even a couple of emergency "bushes" stops when no exit was in sight.
We finally made it to Disney and quickly learned to scope out all bathrooms immediately on entering any new area. Our first afternoon, we visited Downtown Disney and ate dinner at Raglan Road, where I had some of the best bread pudding I've ever tasted.

Second day: Our first full day there, we went to Hollywood Studios (previously MGM). We saw the stunt show which turned out to be pretty good. Here's a clip from the end of the show.

Jon took a picture of me taking a picture.

We were taking a quick rest break in a quiet corner by the Great Movie Ride when a whole bunch of characters walked by on their way into the building.

Savy really enjoyed the parades. The kids were invited to dancy along in most of them, and we all know Savy LOVES to dance. She was just all over the place during this one. When you see her running to the left, I think she was actually trying to get on that float. Our little Savy always does her own thing...she has fun no matter what.

Savy actually rode Tower of Terror...not once, but twice!

The christmas lights were already up at all the even snowed every night.

I think that was the night that our disney bus driver got lost on the way back to the, really lost. Everyone was a pretty good sport about it. When we were finally pulling up to the resort, she said "Please don't tell anybody"...I don't think she was kidding, either.

The next day was Savy's special birthday treat...breakfast with all the princesses at Cinderella's castle.

Photos of the castle dining room

When we left the castle, we ran into the Fairy Godmother. This was another great thing about our trip...virtually no waiting to see most of the characters, so there was plenty of time for Savy to talk to them.

Savy and F.G.

Scarlett even got to meet her...Scarlett got a lot of attention from everyone.

Another special treat just a few steps from the castle...the new princess, Princess Tiana was hiding out in this secluded spot.

Both girls were tuckered out by they are napping while we had lunch at Pecos Bill's.

Dinner at the Crystal Palace with all the Winnie the Pooh characters. This is where I came down with the stomach bug. It is also where a young man actually PEED ON MY LEG in the women's restroom.

A couple of pics from the Christmas Party in Magic Kingdom. The Christmas parade was ok, but the Halloween Party parade from last year's visit was by far my favorite.

Fairy Godmother was on top of this float...the same one that we met earlier that day. She actually recognized us and waved her magic wand right at us.

Wishes fireworks show at the Christmas Party. Watch for Tinkerbell flying down from the top of the castle at the beginning. This is actually a real person...wouldn't want to have that job. I was curled up on the sidewalk next to one of those "mobility scooters" during this show. Jon was really missing our old camera and it's wide angle lense.

We went back to Magic Kingdom another we all are when I was feeling much better.

On the Mad Tea Party...don't ever ride the teacups with Jon. You WILL get dizzy!

Meeting Mickey and Minnie in Toon Town.

Savy the Viking in World Showcase.

Savy saying the Pledge of Allegiance in World Showcase...we were so proud!

That night in World Showcase, we ate at Le Cellier in Canada. If ever in Epcot, you absolutely MUST get a reservation there. It was excellent! Their mushroom risotto that is served with the beef filet is incredible, and if you ask nicely, the chef will give you the recipe. I can't wait to try making this for myself!

This was probably our last Disney trip for a while, at least until Scarlett is old enough to really appreciate it. Savy had a blast in spite of being sick, and thank goodness our trip home was more pleasant than the trip there.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I don't have any pics to post because we are still shopping for a new camera since the old one got broken. I guess I could pull out our big one...

Anyway, Theresa, I can't leave any comments on your blog, but I wanted to say congratulations to your husband for his accomplishment...that's awesome! I know you're proud of him.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still here. It's just been a very busy couple of weeks, and I haven't had a chance to do any posting.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

One Towel, Two Babies

One of these is a pic of Savy as a baby, and the other is Scarlett in the same towel. Can you tell which is which?

Most everyone thinks Scarlett looks just like Savy did when she was a baby, but I really don't think so. They both have those beautiful blue eyes (just like their daddy's), but other than that I think they look very different.

I caught Savannah doing a puppet show for Scarlett this afternoon...she is such a good big sister!

But even the best big sis can get a little jealous now and then....I took these pics of Savy while I was shooting Scarlett in the towel. She was terribly upset that Scarlett was getting attention right at that moment.

Happy Birthday, Savy!

I can't believe my baby girl is 4 years old already. Where did the time go? Her teachers had a little party for her at school today...I took chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream for the class. They sang Happy Birthday, and she got to wear a birthday crown.

I dressed Scarlett in this little blue outfit today. She is almost always wearing pink, but I like this one because of the frogs. Savy saw her in the blue and asked "is she a brother now?"

Please Pass It On

Everyone please click on this link and pass it on to anyone who might have one of these strollers.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Our niece, Rosanne, was married this weekend, and Savy was a flower girl in the wedding. We left Friday around lunch for Glenn Allan. Savy was very excited about visiting with Granny Ruth and Aunt Lesa, and Scarlett was content and slept the whole way there. Lesa rented cabins at Leroy Percy State Park for out of town family. This was our cabin.

I loved the big screened porch looking out onto the water.

Savy took a real liking to her cousin Madlin...she stuck to her like glue.

Savy Friday afternoon before leaving for the rehearsal and dinner

They took most of the photos Saturday morning. This property was beautiful...Savy had lots of fun playing between shots.

Savannah and Rosanne

Rosanne was a beautiful bride. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to see the ceremony. However, I was the only person with her during her last moments before she walked down the aisle, and I'm glad I was able to share that time with her. I wish her and Chase all the happiness in the world.

Savannah had a great time at the reception. There was a live band, and Jon said she "tore up the dance floor" with the other little flower girl. I wish I'd had him shoot a video.

We left the cabin early Sunday morning and headed to Mimi's house where we had a pre-birthday party for Savy. Mimi let her pick her own cake this year.

She blew out all her candles, so her wish should come true...

She got lots of presents.

It was a busy weekend. We enjoyed visiting with family, but we are so glad to be home.