Sunday, October 31, 2010

A sad, sad Halloween...

Well, Justin and I were very excited this year to have a real address. As in not an apartment. We figured we would have tons of trick-or-treaters! I love seeing all the cute little kids dressed up.

We bought the good candy, decorated our house, cleaned the house (this was Justin's idea, he said the trick-or-treaters would be able to see inside our house, and it didn't need to be a scary house... thanks Justin!). And sadly, so very sadly, not one trick-or-treater was even on our street.

At least our house was cute!
What am I suppose to do with all this candy now? Oh well, at least now I get to look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas without guilt now!

Christmas music... here I come!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A story from the past....

I was going through a few of my Facebook notes and thought I should post this one here. It's from February of 2008, but it's a funny story, and I don't want to forget it.

"Turkish vs Turkey
Okay, so I pull my car into work today and all of a sudden turkey’s start coming out of the woodwork! They climb into the trees, and I am too afraid to pass them to get into work. So I wait in my car until someone else comes so I can walk in with them.

Finally, this guy pulls in, and I’m like, “I’m sorry, I don’t know you, but I’m really afraid of the turkeys, could I please walk in with you?” He’s like “Sure, no problem.” So we’re walking in and he starts talking to me so I’m not paying attention to the turkeys that are like, two feet away from me. He asked me if I was from around here, I told him that I’ve grown up in Midland. So I asked him where he was from. He replied, “Oh, I’m from Turkey!” I just busted out laughing. So when we got inside the building, I thanked the guy from Turkey for saving me from the turkeys!

Yeah, so I found out what his name really is!
Tuncay (It's pronounced Tune-Chi)."

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fall Creek Falls in the Fall...

Today Justin and I hiked Fall Creek Falls. It was wonderful compared to our last hike there... The temperature today was in the high 60s, and low 70s. We are used to doing this two point something mile hike in the high 90s. To make things even better, I made my mum's chili the night before and we got to eat warm chili on a picnic table before the hike.

The autumn colors were beautiful.
A tree along the trail.
Fall Creek Falls is suppose to be the tallest waterfall in the eastern United States. It's 256 feet high...
Fall Creek Falls through some lovely foliage.

The best view to give you an idea of these falls height.
It took us 1.5 hours to complete this trail. At the beginning (and end) of this trail is a cable bridge. It has a six person limit, and is really creepy. We ended up waiting ten minutes for a couple dogs to be dragged across it the first time, and the second time, we just walked under it (the water was mostly dried up.)
The evil cable bridge...
Overall, it was a lovely day, and it felt good to be out hiking.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Great Pumpkin - Carving

Yesterday evening Justin and I carved our pumpkins. Now this is a big deal because we usually get into some disagreement, but this year we each had our own pumpkins, and plenty of seeds to munch on. So no tense moments. Just fun!

Justin's pumpkin. It's suppose to be Mike Wazowski from "Monster's Inc."
My pumpkin. It's only stars all over the pumpkin. But I have named it "Starry Night."

Our pumpkins on the front porch next to my lovely mum.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dolphins in Depth

My birthday present from my wonderful husband this year was swimming with the dolphins at EPCOT. This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl; like little, little girl. So this was an AMAZING gift.

The adventure started with me waiting outside EPCOT with six other people. (Great side note here, four of the other six people were there as birthday presents too...) After talking for a little while, the dolphin trainers came out and introduced themselves and went over a few basics: signing paperwork, can you swim, questions, etc.

For about an hour and a half after that we got to walk around backstage and see how things work, learn about the anatomy of a dolphin (most important, don't touch the white belly of the dolphins who were males. The explaination we got was that you don't want to mate with a 500 pound dolphin...), and see some training and research going on.

After that (which was really quite fun), we had about fifteen minutes to change into our bathing suits and wetsuits. (For the women out there, it felt a lot like putting spanx over a swimsuit.) We had to take off all jewelry, hair ties, etc. and put them in a locker. I had an awful time getting my wedding rings off. Once we were all ready, we were lead into the top of the aquarium. If you have ever been to EPCOT's the Seas you probably have been to see the dolphin tank. Well, I was on a ledge directly above the windows you viewed the dolphins from. The trainers told us that if we slipped off the ledge into the deep water, to wave, because everyone viewing the dolphins would then see us. Not the most comforting, but at least they were truthful.

There were four dolphins; Rainer, Calvin, Khyber, and Malabar. They split us into two groups, and each group got to work with two dolphins. My group worked with Rainer who is 30 years old, and Calvin, who is 16 years old. Out first was Rainer. He was incredible! First we got to pet him; the best way I can describe the texture is as a very tightly woven, wet nylon bag. Not slimly, or even overly smooth. Next we all got our pictures taken with Rainer. He was sweet and would just float there while I wrapped my arms around him... yes, I hugged a dolphin! Here is my picture.

I don't think my smile could get any bigger... ;)
After we all had our pictures taken, the tricks began. First we were taught what to do, and then we each had a special trick that we told Rainer to do. Mine suited me perfectly, I twirled like a ballerina, and then Rainer swam out, jumped in the air, and twirled! So, technically, I danced with a dolphin.

Next, Calvin came out. It is so cool to see the personality and physical differences between dolphins! The best part is you are able to see that Calvin is younger than Rainer. Just the way that he swam, did the tricks, and interacted with everyone. I think the funniest part about Calvin is that is talked ALL of the time! He was constantly chirping and making noises. It was cute. He loved the attention.

Sadly, my adventure had to end, and after about 35 minutes we had to leave Rainer and Calvin and get out of our wetsuits. Over all, it was an amazing, wonderful, incredible experience that I will treasure for all time.

If anyone has any questions about my adventure, or about dolphins (I learned quite a bit.) I would love to answer them! Just post a comment!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Walt Disney World

Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom
Justin and I just got back from Walt Disney World (WDW) last night. We had a fantastic six days and seven nights at the Port Orleans - French Quarter.
Our room at the French Quarter.

It was a wonderful trip of crazy rides, great food, beautiful shows, and meeting friends from the movies. Here are a few photos from meeting those special friends:
We met Remy from Ratatouille at the restaurant Chefs de France in EPCOT. He was so cute, and would squeak out various things to your questions about the meal.

We got our picture taken with Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc. at Hollywood Studios. This was special for me because I have quite a few pictures growing up where I look just like Boo.

Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog. We met them at Magic Kingdom. I first found out that this movie was coming out in Janurary of 2007, so I was so excited when I finally got to meet them! To make things better, I ate my first beignet at our resort. This dessert happens to be Tiana's special recipe from the movie.
Another neat memory was seeing the lion during the Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom. It is so rare to see him standing and looking at you that even the guide was impressed. Justin got a great photo.
"Calling Simba One"

Justin was being silly and took a photo of me while we were ride the carousel outside the Castle. I was so tired that night, but we had extra magic hours, and were trying to make the best of them.

This trip was full of so many wonderful memories... I can't write them all down.

The last night we were blessed to eat inside Cinderella's Castle. I got my picture taken with Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Snow White, and Belle. Later that night we watched Disney's Electrical Parade, and "Wishes." It was a wonderful way to end our vacation.
P.S. If you would enjoy seeing all of the photos from this WDW trip, click here. Tomorrow I will write all about my adventure with the dolphins. That amazing experience deserves it's own post.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Twenty Two Years

Well, I turned 22 yesterday. My family and friends made it a wonderful day. My living room wall is full of birthday card love:

My mother mailed me a package and she covered it in all things Disney. 
Funny story though. So I had left the house to go the the bank and had missed the mail lady by like minutes. I knew my Mum had planned on sending me a package, so what did I do? I jumped in my car and drove around the area until I saw the mail truck. Yes, I stalked the mail lady... She was so sweet though and claimed she thought it was a birthday present and felt bad about not being able to leave it at my door. 
So I got my package and was only mildly embarrassed.  It was worth it though.

The closest family that Justin and I have live in Gatlinburg, TN; so for the weekend we went up to the cabin and visited with his grandparents. They were so sweet and made sure I got my favorite cake for my birthday! Grandma woke up early and made me carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! YUM!

I had a wonderful birthday, and I am a very blessed woman. Thank you to everyone who made it so special. 

I can't wait for the rest of my birthday present from my hubby: Walt Disney World! We leave in FOUR DAYS!