Saturday, October 30, 2010


i've got a poochy tummy AND love handles. (they are new and i am not wearing them well)
ACNE! who has acne at 36? (most 36 year olds)
wrinkles starting to show. right around the eyes and "smile zones"
who needs to smile anyway? ( 36 year olds)
in math 36 "rounded" is 40. ug
who acts like they are 40 before they are 40? (other 36 year olds.) NOT ME
i used to LIKE photographs of me. now i have a "good side"
built-in bras are a JOKE. i'm not laughing
36 year olds are beautiful
my 36 year old pregnant friends have life in their faces... and tummies
they know much more than i did at 26.
36 isn't so bad. i think, rounded might be the beginning of freedom
...from not caring about love handles, poochy tummies, wrinkles, acne...
and built-in-non-bras
maybe i'll feel free tomorrow. after my sit-ups.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

disney tips from this traveler!

ok so there was no Internet access in the room unless we paid for it. SO, i waited until the end of the trip to blog. disney is everything that people say about it. what they say is MAGIC, a blast, fun! but, what they leave out is how TIRING it is. i just can't "hang" with my world traveling in-laws. they are so used to traveling and walking everywhere. i was more tired than they were.... i am convinced.
zig zag walking: another thing i was not prepared for. you have to be like "frogger" and just cross in front of other people. in the south...we just are not comfortable with this. excuse me, pardon me, i'm sorry, sorrryy!
strollers: they are EVERYWHERE and so are scooters. so one must walk at their own risk! one punch in the Achilles tendon with a buggy and you are trying not to cuss in the land of happy children. banks rode in a buggy that we rented each day. this is NOT CHEAP! note to others.....bring yours or borrow a buggy!
bandana: our red bandana tied onto the handle of our buggy distinguished ours from the 15,000 other light tan buggy's.
buy water bottles as needed. they are cumbersome and hard to carry unless you have cup holders on your buggy. they are only $2.50 each. a drop in the bucket.
bring your own snacks for long lines
get a fast pass for the big ride that you want to ride, early in the morning. so you can ride it twice...waiting in line once and then coming back at the designated time.
note: just cause your kid is the height for a ride does not mean that he needs to ride it. it might scare the crap out of him! Butter was terrified after the tower of terror!
we have not decided if the meal plan was worth it. easier, but might be more expensive and pb&j's could have sufficed! no time for eating anyway!
bright matching color tee's for your kids are a great idea.
we lost crunch for 20 minutes (i know you are SHOCKED) in the animal kingdom. if this happens, find a staff member immediately, they found him by radioing all around. PS he was helping himself to candy in a store when he was found. note: noone helps you if you are yelling your kids name. not one parent offered to help me!
we sharpied my cell # on the kids arms.
wear your most comfortable running shoes.
don't forget sunglasses and sunblock.
backpacks are a pain because they are not easily accessible. wear a fanny pack or a swing around bag. mine was a kavu.
don't waste your time on rides that are not rated with stars in your guide book. have it mapped out so you don't waste time.
let the kids pick a gift on the last day.
just cause the ride does not have a line does not mean the ride is not great.
just cause there is a line does not mean the ride is great. people just jump in line when they see people jumping in line! monkey see monkey do!

Crunch One liners:
at a show he poked a man in front of him and said "I CAN'T SEE!"
every time we saw a dressed up character he would look at us and say "that is just a BOY in a costume!" really loud!
when someone asked him if he had seen mickey mouse yet he said, matter of factly "why yes, i have been to his restaurant!" (chef mickey)
he told his grandfather that he was "not of this world".

favorite rides:

animal kingdom
dinosaur roller coaster, and inside dinosaur ride
cali falls river rapids
the safari!

hollywood studios
rockin rollercoaster
tower of terror
toy story
haunted mansion
honey i shrunk the kids (playground)

magic kingdom
thunder mountain
splash mountain
small world
pirates of the carribean
peter pan
micky's philharmagic

test track
spaceship earth
mission space
turtle talk with crush
buzz lightyear
countries (great for nighttime)

day five of disney and departure!

one more swing through the magic kingdom! one more time on thunder mountain, a racetrack ride, and the hunt for souveneers.

they DO NOT want to leave. i am a bit relieved because i am TIRED!

playing in the airport

taking MICKEY home!

day four of disney

DADDY!!!! what a surprise! his co-workers made him fly to be with his family!
i am forever a member of the Brasfield and Gorrie fan club!

into EPCOT we go!

1st Bama fan spotted!

waiting in line for "Soarin'" the premier ride right now at disney!

a buzz lightyear shirt cheers up a sad crunch that did not make height restrictions for test track.

a street show back at hollywood studios for dinner.

peanut participated!

i'm hungry!

a glorified johnny rockets called "hollywood and vine" very yummy!

THOUSANDS pile in the amphitheater for FANTASMIC!
well worth it!


day three of disney!

THE MAGIC KINGDOM! i still have chills from this moment!


we saw peanut's favorite character FIRST THING! she was thrilled!

it's a small world after all.............repeat 150're singing it now aren't you.

splashwater falls....nuff said.

PRECIOUS mimi with a chocolate covered banana!

getting tired???

fun day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

day two of disney!

home of the rockinrollercoaster and tower of terror!

the great movie ride (a classic!)

entrance to the "hotel" that holds the tower of terror!

our tour guide (bert's dad)! he is the best planner. he had those guidebooks memorized!

indiana jones show. guess who was an "x-tra"? well, me of course. third from right.

the kids in their 3-D glasses for toy story ride!

a parade with all of the favorite characters!

mimi, peanut, butter, and crunch heading into epcot for dinner!

chop chop house in "japan"! YUMMMMMY!


spectacular fireworks over the lake!

day one of disney!

here is a photo gallery of day one. and then a wordsy post will follow later.

on our way to animal kingdom

so excited!

finally there!

1st roller coaster!

expedition everest! super scary roller coaster!

wet kali rapids ride! so fun! thank goodness for the ponchos!

incredible safari! for real. it was amazing.


why did the rhino cross the road?

a beautiful park!

our "Contemporary" room. fabulous!!

dinner at "chef mickey's" the kids loved every minute!

a long day! but after fireworks at 10:00 they finally went to sleep!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


we are going to the big D and i don't mean dallas! DISNEY WORLD! the happiest place on earth. my sweet and very generous in-laws are taking the kids and me to DW for 5 days. i have been stressed out, packing, planning, and stressing. bert can't come because of a big work conflict that he could not work out. this made me VERY sad but i know he is doing the right thing. he is VERY RESPONSIBLE and LOYAL. i have all of the "must haves" for the trip.....ponchos......snacks......waters.....EVERYTHING! so excited and i plan on blogging it everyday. if i am not passed out with sheer exhaustion. so, see you there!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

weekend with my neice

ok, so my neice is a 50 lb goldendoodle that looks like a polar bear. my sister, aka, the dog whisperer and popular blogger of "the walker house" TRUSTED me with her first baby, "bei bei" (named after a town in china) they love, bei went with us to the pepper place farmers market. probably the most charming farmers market in the south. it was not really fun because she is a showstopper and both she and moss the dog pulled peanut and her friend around the place. so, needless to say, we did not stay long...i bought some awesome goards... we had a drink from the general store, and cookies from the culinary school... we listened to a one man band play one of my all time faves, "angel from montgomery"... and then we left. here are some cute pics from the market and just bei bei in general.

who is that blonde woman driving my car?

trying to look like they are having fun!

a little hot, a lot tired. FYI bei is pure fluff she is 1/2 the weight of moss the dog!

can't beat the colors at the farmers market!

drinks at the most adorable general store i have ever seen.

this is rediculous. buckle up please!

bei with a pony tail

i think i am in love

me and my weenie, asleep on the couch. a tiring day.