Monday, September 1, 2014

It's My Birthday!

Today is my 34th birthday!  I was actually born on Labor Day and my mom loves to joke about how she was in labor on Labor Day!

The weekend festivities started off on Saturday with being able to take Bella into the Magic Kingdom for the Disney Parks Blog Disney Side Dog's Day at Magic Kingdom Park!  It was an incredible and fun experience!


Saturday night was supposed to be spent enjoying a Gator win but the game got delayed twice due to storms and then finally cancelled.  So sad!  I'm ready for the Gator football season to start!

On Sunday, I got up and got a run in.  Then on Sunday night I headed out for a girl's night of fun.  I met up with Meghan (Meghan on the Move), Cecille, Carla, and Cindy at Big River Grille & Brewing Works for dinner.


I had a yummy steak.



I also tried the pineapple mojito. It was good!!


Meghan and I had to get one of our traditional pics.

Speaking of those pics...Meghan made me a scrapbook of all of our pictures!  I loved it!


For dessert, Cecille brought cupcakes from Blue Bird Bake Shop.


I stole the chocolate one.



We took a group shot outside.

Then said goodbye to Carla and Cindy.


Meanwhile, Cecille, Meghan, and I headed to one of my most favoritest places!  JELLYROLLS!


I was so excited to be introducing them to this great place.  As I was there last night, I realized so much of my life has happened there.  That's where Kory and I met for the first time.  We've spent numerous nights there with friends and family, Kory's brother worked there, we spent New Year's Eve there one time, and my parents even threw me my 30th surprise birthday party there.

So I was glad that the girls were up for going.



And yup--we needed one of our pics.

We stayed until just after midnight--just long enough so that I could say I was there on my birthday!  Then we headed home.  It was a great way to kick off my birthday day!

This morning I slept in then Kory and I headed to Firehouse Subs for my birthday lunch.  I got my classic Hook & Ladder.  My fav!


Then we went over to Downtown Disney to see the movie If I Stay.  I'd been wanting to see it and it's not up Kory's alley but he decided to take me since it was my birthday and all.  It was so good but soooo sad!

We went back home for a little while and I opened some birthday presents.  I'd been needing a new Chi and my mom got me this pretty breast cancer awareness one.


 Kory got me these Gator Jello molds (yes, I asked for them!!)


A foam roller because my old one was starting to have a dent in the middle


And then a Gator tailgating chair


I cuddled with my furbaby for a little bit


And then we changed to head back out to dinner.  He surprised me with dinner at Deep Blu.  I've been wanting to eat there for a while so I was excited!


It was delicious!  I'll be posting a full review on it coming up this week!

Then we headed over to Hollywood Studios.  I'd been wanting to see the Frozen Fireworks so indulged me.

It was so hot!

Unfortunately, I did not pick a good spot to watch the fireworks.  Sigh.

But I still loved the show!










I had such a wonderful birthday!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekly Recap- August 25-31, 2014

I ran with the girls in the morning before school.  I almost cancelled because  I was so exhausted when I woke up that I felt nauseous.  That quickly went away once I woke myself up by washing my face in cold water.  And I surprisingly wasn't THAT tired at school later.

 On Thursday, Meghan (Meghan on the Move) and I participated in the Fit2Run Fun Run.  I ran three miles with them, then did 1 more on my own before meeting them back at World of Beer for a post run drink.

Today I really almost bailed. I set the alarm for PM so I woke up late (luckily it was only a half hour late & it was a short run). I didn't like what I was wearing so I changed last minute. For the first time in my running career I had a blister on my heel from flats I was wearing yesterday & I didn't know how bad it would bug me (I'm used to having them on my toes). And it was my bday weekend and I just wanted to go back to bed. But I was good and got up and did my 3 and I'm glad that I did

But yesterday was my favorite part of the week.  Kory and I got to take Bella to the Disney Parks Blog Disney Side Dog's Day at Magic Kingdom Park!!  It was completely incredible to bring my furbaby there!  You can read my recap here.


Tuesday-- 3 miles in 34:16 (Mile 1: 10:47, Mile 2: 11:48, Mile 3: 11:41, Average Pace: 11:25)

Thursday--4 miles in 49:34 (Mile 1: 11:27, Mile 2: 13:16, Mile 3: 13:48, Mile 4: 11:07, Average Pace: 12:24)

Sunday--3 miles in 31:20 (Mile 1: 10:09, Mile 2: 10:15, Mile 3: 10:59, Average Pace: 10:27)

Total miles this week: 10
Total miles in 2014: 153.19
Total miles: 1221.18

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Disney Parks Blog #DisneySide Dog's Day at Magic Kingdom Park

Last weekend, I sent in a picture of Bella to enter to win chance at a Disney Parks Blog #DisneySide Dog's Day at Magic Kingdom Park.  And I got chosen!

101 dogs (and their owners and guest) were invited into the Magic Kingdom for a special morning.

We got up super early.  I dressed Bella in her Snow White costume and put on my own Snow White shirt (and Kory was a good sport and wore a Prince shirt).  We parked at the Contemporary and walked over to the main gates around 5:30am.  We registered and then hung around taking pictures and talking to a few people we knew until 6




At 6, we entered the park and met in front of the train station.  We listened to some special announcements



We heard from a producer from Animal Planet that on October 18th, there will be footage of today's event in an Animal Planet Disney Side Edition of "America's Cutest Pet."

Some special Disney dogs were brought out to greet us!





Then we were invited to walk down Main Street on the green carpet rolled out for us.



(all the flashes on made it look light here but it was still dark)



Bella walked some but mostly wanted to be held.  Such a little scaredy cat!  We walked around the hub area some.  They had Human Doggie Bags for breakfast.


And treat bags for the dogs.


And they had rows of doggie bowls filled with water for the pooches.  We walked around a little bit then sat down to relax.




Just, ya know, hanging out at the Magic Kingdom




They had a costume contest for the 3 best costumes.  Third place was dressed with a headless horseman on its, second place was dressed in a chef's costume with Ratatouille on its back, and first place was a Dalmatian dressed as Cruella de Vil!  So cute!



I got to meet fellow DisBride Michelle and her adorable puppy and husband.  I loved finally meeting her!

Then the characters came out for a dance party!


 Bolt!
 Stitch




She literally flinched away from Pluto






And you can see her progression away from Dug!  (Her poor eyes in this last one) Poor doggies!




She wasn't afraid of Cruella.  Maybe because Cruella talked to her and petted her.

They had one more surprise for us-- we got to walk through Magic Kingdom with our furbabies!  (It ended up just being from Adventureland through to Fantasyland by the Carousel to the Castle.  I was hoping we'd go by Mine Train so we could get a picture of Bella in front of it in her Snow White Costume but it was a no go.)  But there were still so many good shots!



(not the best picture of Goofy)


in front of the Haunted Manion

Rapunzel Land (I refuse to call in the bathrooms for my pics :)  )


Bella tried to pull out the Sword in the Stone!


And took a picture in the castle.

On our way out, we had to get one last shot in front of the castle.



We were given some parting gifts



a tennis ball from Best Friends Pet Care and Sunglasses from Animal Planet


And a Disney Parks Blog poster.

This truly was such a special event.  Disney is such a huge part of our lives, including getting married and having pictures in front of the castle in our wedding dress and tux.  And I know that someday we will take our babies there.  But I never imagined I'd get to take my furbaby there.  I know it sounds dorky and all, but it's something I'm so grateful to have had the chance to do and something I won't ever forget!

And this gorgeous picture was taken by the Disney Parks Blog.  I love it!