Saturday, March 28, 2009

Get Well Card

A card that I made for a friend using my new PaperTreyink stamp set Mega Mixed Messages and their paper Friends 'Til the End . Absolutely love both the stamp set and the paper!

Get Well card

Monday, March 16, 2009

Florida - Part 2

Continuing our Florida saga.....

Because it was Kindra's birthday, she got into Disney for free. When we picked up her ticket, they gave her this button to wear.

Kin's button from Disney
Little did we know that this button was the catalyst to receiving birthday greetings from SO many people all day long. She probably didn't go 5 minutes without someone (both Disney cast members and other visitors) saying "Happy Birthday". Talk about making a person feel special! We teased Kin that never in her life will she get that many Happy Birthdays in one day again (unless she goes to Disney for her birthday!). We really should have kept track of how many times it was said to her that day.

After we left Animal Kingdom, we headed to Downtown Disney, which is one of my favorite places in the world (ok, Disney World at least!). First up was supper at Earl of Sandwich. Don't quite know how they can make a simple sandwich taste so good but we love it.

Earl of Sandwich

Then, it was onward to Ghirardelli's for the most incredibly amazingly delicious hot fudge sundae, which Kin & I split in honor of her birthday (it was HUGE!).


Earl of Sandwich

After a few minutes of browsing in a couple of shops, we walked through Pleasure Island. We usually never make it past the Lego store near the edge of Downtown Disney, so it was interesting to see a whole new area.
Downtown Disney

Finally, to top off Kindra's birthday, Mimi & Papa had gotten us tickets to see Cirque Du Soleil. We couldn't take pictures during the show and frankly, wouldn't have wanted to miss even a moment to take a picture. I'd like to try to describe it, but it's an experience that can't be described. The show held us spellbound, in awe of the performers and busy trying to see everything that was going on. If you ever have a chance to see the show, go see it. Incredible, amazing, superb don't even come close to describing it. Go see for yourself.


Since Cirque got over so late, we stayed at a nearby Best Western, where we got some excitement when we got back to our room. Shortly after arriving, a fire truck showed up (complete with lights and men on walkie talkies). Next up were not one but 2 ambulances. The hubbub was concerning a group of high school/college aged kids, some of which were in the room 2 doors down from us. They ended up taking away 2 of the girls in ambulances. We gave up trying to be discreet & peek out the window to see what was happening and went up on the balcony to watch (great seats!). No one at the hotel would tell us what happened but we had fun guessing. It was our late night free entertainment!

The next morning, we hit the Nike outlet to feed Kindra's Nike Shox addiction - she does so love her Shox!

Kin at Nike store

Have to admit, the pair that she got are adorable. I got some too; mine are normal ones though.

Kin's new Shox

Back to Mimi & Papa's where it had finally warmed up enough to sit by the pool all afternoon - ahhh... (still a little chilly to get in though)

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Kin made friends with the neighbors' dog, Kringle, next door:
Kin & Kringle
Kin & Kringle
Kin & Kringle

A few of the beautiful flowers and trees in & around Mimi & Papa's house:


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Palm tree at Mimi & Papa's

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Their grapefruit tree:
Grapefruit tree
Amazingly enough, upon returning home, Kin's backpack held a total of 15 grapefruit, 4 oranges and 3 limes. Yum!

Mimi & Papa's backyard

Kindra helped Papa plant some flowers:

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This is where breakfasts should always be eaten:

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Yes, Kin is having her favorite breakfast of all times - cake!

One last moment of sunshine by the pool before heading to the airport:

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Back home again to cold gray rainy skies (and obviously none too thrilled about it!).
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Note bulging backpack full of fruit! Is it time to go back yet?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Florida Highlights (subtitle: I'm ready to go back!)

Kin & I recently got back from a trip to Florida during her spring break to see Mimi & Papa (my parents) and to take a little break from the Midwest cold and dreary skies. Think we brought the cold with us though - the first couple of days were in the 50's & 60's. A little too nippy to even think of sitting by the pool! However, the skies were a brilliant blue every day, so that helps tremendously. As the week progressed, the temps kept edging up until it was just about perfect by the day we left (my definition of perfect is about 80 degrees and sunny).

Since it was Kindra's birthday while we were there, she ended up having a little bit of birthday every day. Here's the incredible cake that Mimi made her - a 14 layer creation with the most delicious chocolate frosting you've ever tasted.
Kin's bday cake

Kin + cake = pure bliss. She ate it every day that we were there for each meal (good thing she's tiny and can eat like that!

Kin's bday cake
Kin's bday cake
Kin's bday cake

More birthday celebration at a local Mexican restaurant that has the most incredible salsa.

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We had fun being silly and attempting to take our own picture using the very scientific method of holding arm in front, laughing, and seeing what we actually end up with. Kin is actually quite accomplished at this method. Guess she's learning something at college!

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Kin & Mindy

We were able to do some shopping. They have the BEST shopping there. All kinds of selection and prices that are so much cheaper than at home. We also were fortunate enough to be able to go to an outstanding concert - Mandy Patinkin. I didn't know much about him other than that he had been on Chicago Hope and Criminal Minds, but he actually started out on Broadway and won a Tony for his role in Evita. He had an incredible range and was very entertaining.

Kindra's actual birthday was spent at Disney World. She chose to go to Animal Kingdom. We were unbelievable lucky and did not wait at anything, even though it seemed like there were plenty of people there. The roller coaster riders of the group loved the Expedition Everest roller coaster (wow, didn't know it was going to go backwards!).

Animal Kingdom

We saw more animals on the Kilamanjaro Safari than we ever have. This elephant even was "dancing" to our music!
Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

A rhino came so close to our car that we had to wait for him and could have reached out & touched him (wisely, no one attempted that!).
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A picture of Papa (just kidding!):
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The Lion King show was fantastic as always.
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A couple final shots before leaving Animal Kingdom... it's always so hard to leave such a magical place.

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Animal Kingdom

To be continued.............(couldn't tell you all the fun stuff at once, could I?).