Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

Our weekend started out on Thursday night because the hubby had Friday off. Which was really nice since he had to work today... Memorial Day. We still got our three day weekend in Gatlinburg with his parents and grandparents.

Friday started out really low key with "sleeping in" (being pregnant I  really don't 'sleep in' anymore). Once everyone was up and going we went out to lunch in Pigeon Forge. We met the grandparents at the Pottery Mill. Oh my gosh, the food was amazing! I think their french fries are magical because you can heat them up and they still taste amazing as left-overs!
After lunch we were all planning of going on a drive though the Smoky Mountains, but I was tired! Justin and I stayed home for a nap and the parents and grandparents went for a drive.
That night we had burgers on the grill trying to call in bears to watch.... It didn't work. After a game of horse and pepper (a card game) the grandparents went home and we all hung out until bed. It was so relaxing.

Saturday we got up "early" and went out to breakfast. After breakfast we went on a hike called Grotto Falls. The hike is pretty, the falls are pretty, and it's not too hard. So it was a nice hike. The only thing is I spotted a mama bear with her three cubs while we were on the trail! Talk about awesome, and really scary at the same time!
In this picture you can see mama and two of the cubs by the tree.
The bears really weren't very far from us, like 40 feet or less at one point. Lucky for us, mama didn't care we were there taking pictures.... well, everyone else was taking pictures, I was freaking out trying to get people to move away from the bears! Looking back, I'm glad we saw them, they were super cute, but while it was happening, I was just plain scared. I think I was the only one in our family with any sense! I was the only one afraid!

After the hike Justin and I went to Tanger and did a little shopping. I got new shoes, which I desperately needed, and Justin got a new polo, which he also needed. When we got back home from shopping Dad made steaks, baked potatoes, and broccoli! YUM! After dinner Dad and I made beignets! They were WAY better than the ones I made last Mardi Gras. We ended up playing more horse and pepper. Mom and I were on a team together and we CREAMED the boys three games in a row! It was hilarious.

The next morning Justin and I got up, packed up, and went to church with everyone. After church (which was really good), we all went back to grandma and grandpa's for lunch. Grandma made ribs for everyone else, and chicken for me! Yes, I'm loved and spoiled. We hung out for a while talking, and enjoying being with family, but then we realized we needed to head back home because real life was going to start back up again for us.... as in Justin had to work today.

It was a wonderful, and very relaxing weekend; with memories I will cherish.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Early Mother's Day Card

On Mother's Day this year I got my first Mother's Day Card; it was from my mother. I couldn't share it with you all yet because we still hadn't told anyone about Baby Biddle except for family.

Well, I can share it now!

Front of card.

Inside of card.

I thought it was really cute and sweet of my Mum do to this for me... I just had to share.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Announcing: Baby Biddle!

Yes, it's true! I'm pregnant! My due date is December 6th.
As of yesterday, I am eleven weeks along!

This wonderful baby is very planned: we actually have been trying for almost a year; after a few doctors visits, and a lot prayer we got pregnant!

We found out on April 1st; early that morning I took a pregnancy test and it was positive! I started to cry because of what a struggle it was to get pregnant, and Justin kept asking me what was wrong. Well, last October I bought him a book that was all about babies but it was written in technical speech ("place pacifier in mouth port"). Anyway I had wrapped it up in "congratulations" paper and gave it to him. When he opened it, he knew I was pregnant! That evening when we told our families, no one believed us right away because it was April Fools day! It was too funny! I had to send them a picture of the positive test result before they realized we weren't fooling them!

We plan on finding out the gender of the baby on July 20th, and yes, we will tell people; but we're going to keep the name of the baby a secret until it's born.

It has been so hard to keep this quiet when all I have wanted to blog about is my sweet baby! Now I can! You've been warned.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Walt Disney World Weekend

We just got back from Walt Disney World last night. What a weekend! Justin and I couldn't believe it was only 3 days, because, seriously, it felt like a week!

The weekend started off on Saturday. The night before we had driven to Tifton, GA, and spent the night. Saturday we got up and went to Ormond beach, and spent some time enjoying the water, sand and sun (we miss proper beaches after growing up in Michigan...).
Ormond Beach, FL
After the beach we finished our drive to WDW. We went straight to our resort to check in. We stayed at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort. It was clean, on Disney property, and very Disney, but we decided from now on, we will be staying at a Moderate or better resort; not a Value resort. We weren't complaining, but a little of the Disney magic was missing.

Once we were all checked in and our stuff was in our room, we used the Disney bus to go to Downtown Disney and spent the evening there. The Lego store was recently refurbished and they had a bunch of new life-sized Lego creations there. This was my favorite:
A Disney Prince on a white horse, fighting Malnificent... all in Legos, of course.
Now since we were so close to Disney's Port Orleans, (where we stayed last October,) we just had to take a little boat trip over to get me some yummy beignets!
Sooooo yummy! Sooooo bad for you!
Once we had stuffed ourselves with fried dough and powered sugar, we went back to Downtown Disney and finished up a little shopping and then headed back to our Resort to get some sleep!

So Sunday (Mother's Day) started our with the Magic Kingdom. As Disney fanatics, we know most of the secrets to having a good day at a Disney Park. I'll share two of them: Go during the "off season" (like May) and always start on the left side of the parks. As a result, once we got into MK we started in Adventure Land and WALKED ON to The Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, and Mickey's Philharmagic (my favorite). We even got to see some of the construction going on at Magic Kingdom. Justin got a few good pictures of Beast's Castle over the wall:

After lunch we rode a few more rides and then went to EPCOT. I love May at EPCOT because it's the Flower and Garden Festival. We spent the rest of the day walking around the "World" and enjoying the topiary flower arrangements. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Prince Charming and Cinderella topiary in France.

Me in front of Rapunzel's tower topiary.
We were planning on staying that evening at EPCOT to see IllumiNations, but we were tired! So tired! So we just went back to our resort and went to bed early.

The next day, Monday, was our two year anniversary and we started out our day at EPCOT. Now, when we start our day out at EPCOT we break our rule and follow the mass mob to Soarin' to get a fast pass, if you don't you will have to wait 90 minutes to ride it! After that we walked on to a couple other rides such as Captain EO and those rides over there. Our fastpasses were ready so we went and rode Soarin' and then I had to say hi to my dolphin friend, Rainer, at the Seas. I met him last October.

We had reservations at Le Cellier at 1:30 for our anniversary, so after the Seas, we slowly headed over to Canada.

The food was soooo good! After lunch we went back to our resort for a nap, but got side-tracked when Justin challenged me in skee-ball.... he won by a lot!
Justin creaming me at skee-ball.
We finally got our nap, and decided to finish our day at Magic Kingdom. We got there just in time for dinner and watching the evening shows. There was the Electrical Parade at 9, but we never get good pictures of that... and then a new show called "Memories," before the fireworks show "Wishes." It was incredible! Some serious Disney magic going on there. Justin took a video that gives you a quick look at the incredible show:
We still can't figure out how that did that! The really cool part is that most of the pictures that "magically" appear on the castle were taken that day at Magic Kingdom.

As always, "Wishes" made me cry.... after "Wishes" there were Extra Magic Hours for resort guests so we rode a few more rides and at midnight started to head back to our resort. However, on our way out of the park we noticed that the wait time to meet Mickey was 5 minutes! Talk about a miracle! We couldn't pass up the chance to see Mickey Mouse!
It was a wonderful trip. A great way to celebrate our two years of marriage!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Our Two Year Anniversary...

Well, today is Justin and my Two Year Wedding Anniversary.

It's crazy that it's been two years since I said "I do!"
The strangest part for me is that, yes, it feels like two years, because of how much I have changed and grown; but at the same time where did that time go? Seriously! I just blinked!

Currently my wonderful, loving husband is blessing me with a trip to Walt Disney World (yes, again... ). Today we even get to eat at Le Cellier Steakhouse in EPCOT's Canada.
Our first kiss... ever!

God has blessed Justin and I in so many ways in these past two years, and I can't wait to see what He has for us in the future!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to my Wonderful Mum!

Mother's Day has never really been a huge deal in my family... sorry Mum. But this year, I'm really missing my Mum. So I'm blogging about it.

Right now Justin and I are at my favorite place in the world... Walt Disney World; but it also happens to be my Mum's favorite place. The two of us went to WDW in 2008, and I created so many special memories with my Mum there.

We were being silly at EPCOT's Mexico...

Magic Kingdom!
I love my Mum, and just wanted to give her a public shout-out on this Mother's Day. Love you Mum!