Sunday, July 29, 2007

Disney memory #3:

(Yes, I realize I skipped #2. I'll have to come back to it; I'm still working on the picture to go along with it...)

Tuesday night we were standing along Mainstreet U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom waiting for the light parade. It was the second parade of the night (post fireworks). I was watching David watch something on my iPod when I heard a little girl speaking to me. I looked down and saw a little 4 or 5 year old version of Cinderella (courtesy of the Bibbidy-Bobbidy Boutique) asking me if I’d seen a mom or a grandma. I kneeled down to her and asked her if she’d lost her mommy and she said yes. I just kept calmly asking her questions to try to keep her from freaking out with fear. She was very brave. She explained that they had been taking pictures at Cinderella’s castle and now she can’t find her. She was able to tell me mommy’s hair color and the color of her shirt. I took her hand and told her I would help her find Mommy and Grandma. David was able to track down a Disney employee who was able to take little Gabby and connect her with her mom again. I was very relieved when we spotted them together in the distance. Afterwards David was just so baffled and perplexed how she just happened to pick me out of that crowd. That even though I hadn’t even noticed her standing there, she found me and immediately trusted me to hold her hand and help her. I don’t know what she sensed in me, but I’m glad she did; I’m glad I had the opportunity to help her remain calm in a scary situation like getting lost in a huge crowd of people in the dark at Disney World.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Disney memory #1:

On Monday we spent the day at Epcot Center. We’d remembered from our last trip that GM’s Test Track was a very fun ride so that was where we started our day. Almost as soon as we joined the line, a family from behind us asked if we’d ever been on it and was wondering if it would be too scary/intense for them. They were a family of three from Liverpool, England and mom and 13-year-old daughter weren’t very ambitious when it came to the rides. David and I talked them into riding and enjoyed the next 20 minutes or so in line visiting and getting to know them. I got such a kick out of their favorite American products (Oreos, Krispy Kreme’s, endless varieties of Cheerios…). The thing that amazed me the most was that they LOVED our American accents. The mom kept saying that she thought their accent was so boring and wished she had an American accent. I never imagined that anyone from England would feel that way! Fortunately they ended up agreeing with our ride review and loved it so much we all went right back through the line together to ride it a second time. It was fun to meet such a friendly family; it made the time waiting in line go a lot faster!

Friday, July 27, 2007

A Little Vacation Appetizer

David and I just returned from a 6 day trip down to Florida to relive our honeymoon at Walt Disney World (stay tuned for many future posts about that). But prior to leaving last weekend we took a little mini trip with David's parents up to Duluth to see what everyone's always talking about. It was a great getaway and a first for all four of us to see Lake Superior. We enjoyed gorgeous weather while we were there.

We stayed at The Edge indoor waterpark and enjoyed many laps around the lazy river as well as a few trips down the two waterslides. David was a bigger fan of the "waterpark" in the bathroom as the shower had about 8 different showerheads that could spray simultaneously. His 20 minute showers turned into 30 plus in no time.

Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge

Leif Erikson Rose Garden

Duluth Light House

Two Harbors Light House

Split Rock Light House

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

When will it end???

There are 14 geese in my back yard right now. I am not amused...