January 2014 Disney Trip: Part 2

I left off part one of the recap with us roasting marsh mellows before going to sleep for the half marathon the next day!

We got up at 2:45 to run the half marathon, then ate breakfast and took a nap. This day was pretty boring, but we really enjoyed all the relaxing! I found a newspaper and saw that my picture was on the front page of the sports section of the Orlando Sentinel!

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Very, very weird to me, but also really cool. We ate lunch at the resort, and spent some time sitting outside in the rocking chairs enjoying our beautiful surroundings.

That afternoon, the Saints Playoff game was on, so we lounged in the room and watched that while we ate dinner. We called it an early night, we only had one more day of waking up at 2:45 wahoo!

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The next day we completed the Dopey Challenge, and earned our 4th, 5th, and 6th medals.

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While we were on the course, I heard a girl talking about wanting a cheeseburger, and I could not get it out of my head. After we showered, I told Bobby I must have one, so we headed down to Roaring Forks at our hotel and I enjoyed a huge cheeseburger, a coke, and a mickey straw given to me by the cast member at the register as a congrats on Dopey!

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All we wanted was a nap, so that’s what we did! I woke up from my nap not feeling so hot. I just felt…icky and blah and had a headache. We rested in the room until our dinner reservations at Trail’s End. I really wasn’t feeling up to going, but didn’t want to lose money for canceling and knew I needed to eat, so we hopped on the boat and made our way to the campgrounds. I am so glad we went, because we ran into these two!

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Jenn, Danielle, and me

The next day was our last full day in Disney, so we spent the whole day at the magic Kingdom. I couldn’t wait to get this photo opp, I had been thinking about it for months!

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Don’t worry, I just wore the Dopey medal around the parks and the others only came out of my bookbag for the photo. That would have been insanely heavy!

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We stayed in the park all day, which isn’t very typical for us, but we were having a great time. We had lunch at Be our Guest.

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hung out with some friends

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had Dole Whip floats

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and told Dopey his challenge was a piece of cake (haha)

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Dopey’s on the Peoplemover! Our legs thanked us.

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We went back about 4:45, we needed to get changed for dinner at Chef Mickey’s! Can you believe I had never eaten there? There were some people at the table next to us that had the BEST idea and I am so bummed I didn’t think of it! They brought all their medals and took photos with each character and it’s corresponding medal (ex. Minnie with the 10k medal) then had each character sign their medal with a sharpie!

Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto were there. Would have been perfect!

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The food was actually really, really good! We were impressed. Oh! I had this cute ornament made for us Monday while we were at the Magic Kingdom.

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We drove home the next morning, and it all seemed like a blur. I can’t believe the race we planned on for so many months had come and gone in the blink of an eye. We feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to go and run, and can’t wait for our next adventure!

QOTD: Do you buy ornaments to commemorate special occasions?

January 2014 Disney Trip: Part 1

Now that I am caught up with my race recaps (whew!) I wanted to share a little about or January trips when we WEREN’T running! Our first day in Disney in January for Dopey, we went to the expo Wednesday then had dinner that night at California grill. I was a good girl and wore flats, but totally forgot I had only brought a dress…and I got taped at the KT Tape booth that afternoon. Whoops! I got some strange looks.

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We love the newly remolded California Grill, and got to eat there for the second time since the re-opening.

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Bobby was a happy boy with his sushi

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We went to bed early, and got up to run the Family Fun Run 5k the next morning. After the race and breakfast, we headed to EPCOT for the morning.

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Where I somehow got roped into being part of a “play” in the UK.

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We rode Soarin’ and Space Ship Earth, and grabbed some lunch.

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We were pretty tired and headed back to the room for a nap. As soon as we got there, I got a call about shooting some video and still shots for an article in the Orlando Sentinel about Dopey, so we grabbed my costumes, hopped back in the car and headed to the Sports Complex…where we filmed in the pouring rain!

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We made it back to the hotel just in time to grab drinks from the concierge lounge and change before heading to dinner at Ohana. I had to leave to go meet some friends for drinks, so I left Bobby at dinner (no kidding, and he was fine with it!) I met my friends, and came back and picked Bobby up at the Poly. Don’t feel too bad for him, he had a book and my iPad! It was off to bed after that, we had the 10k to run the next day.

We were up at 2:45 for the 10k, and we came back to the hotel to shower and eat before driving to Hollywood Studios.

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Not going to lie, we didn’t last long. With no nap the day before and two early wake up calls, we were spent. We rode a couple rides, grabbed some lunch at Toy Story Pizza Planet, and then went back to the hotel for a glorious nap. That night, we just hung out around the hotel relaxing and enjoying the weather. No dinner plans, just sitting. Aaaahhh

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We also roasted some marsh mellows with the kiddos!

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I really love the Wilderness Lodge, it’s such a beautiful and peaceful resort. We found some chairs to sit in and listen to the waterfalls before heading upstairs for some dinner.

Again it was early to bed. We had a half marathon in the morning!

QOTD: When you go to Disney do you ever take time to relax or are you just go go go the whole trip?

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Disney Vacation Recap November 2013

You may have already read my race recap from my time in Disney, but I have yet to post what we did when we weren’t running.  We checked into the gorgeous Wilderness Lodge on Thursday. I haven’t stayed here in a few years and forgot how much I love it. We had a standard club level room but lucked out and had a beautiful Courtyard vied.

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We hung out in the lounge and some with Jen and her family, then Bobby and I had dinner at the Captain’s Grille before going to EPCOT for the runDisney meet up.

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We slept in a bit then headed to Magic Kingdom for a couple hours. I love taking the boat over!

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The park was all dressed up for Christmas. I love it!

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Bobby discovered Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, and we spent a lot of time on the trip playing.

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We took Jen over to the expo with us and picked up our race bibs.

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That night we ate with Jen and family at Trails End at Fort Wilderness. It was an early dinner, so we had some time that night and decided to just wander around the resort, which is one of my favorite Disney past times. We went over to the villas and sat by the fire. There was NO ONE in there, and it was so nice to just sit and hang out.

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The next day we met Jen, Jeff, and Wyatt at Downtown Disney after Wyatt’s kids race. We had lunch at Earl of Sandwich then Bobby and I saw a Disney Infinity tent set up. If you tested the game you got a free t-shirt, so we figured…why not? We waited in line about 15 minutes, played the game and got our shirts.

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On our way out of Downtown Disney, we ran into my Healthy Living Summit roomie Amanda, and local pal Larissa and chatted for a few minutes before Bobby and I headed back to the resort for a nap. We had a long night ahead of us!

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We had a blast running Wine and Dine, and didn’t go to sleep until almost 4:00 in the morning. We got up around ten for breakfast and to say goodbye to our friends before heading to EPCOT.

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In the parking lot I ran into more bloggers!

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It was our last day to enjoy food and wine at the festival and it was HOT outside. Don’t worry, I cooled off with some frozen adult beverages.

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That night, we met some friends at the Polynesian for a few minutes then headed over to ESPN to watch the Saints play on Monday Night Football. We someone got lucky and snagged the two amazing lounge chairs front and center. We were so excited we couldn’t stop smiling. The game was great, and we had a blast.

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It was another late night, about 1:00 by time we got to bed, and the next day was our last day. We went to Hollywood Studios and did some of our favorite things.

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That evening we had dinner at Citricos at the Grand Floridian, then changed clothes and headed over to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very merry Christmas Party! (Recap to come!) I wanted to eat the huge gingerbread house. It’s amazing.

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The party was a blast, and it even “snowed” on Main Street.

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We walked around the new Grand Floridian Villas after the party and took some pictures of the gorgeous lobby.

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After another late night, we slept in then drove home. We had a great trip and made lots of new memories!

QOTD: Do you stay up late on vacation? Do you nap on vacation? We did every day!

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