GRIN # 362
Found this guy on Cocoa Beach in Florida.
GRIN # 359
Let me just preface this entry by saying we really, really enjoyed our family vacation to Disney World. We did all four parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios). Disney knows how to do it up right. We had some fantastic meals, but the best part was being able to spend time as a family–just the three of us.
That said, it was not perfect.
The first day, it rained on us at the Magic Kingdom, and I very nearly threw my own little tantrum.
“It cannot rain on us at Magic Kingdom,” I spewed as it, in fact, poured on us.
We sloshed around for a while, ducking into lame shows like the Country Bear Jamboree, which, as God as my witness, has not changed one tiny bit in 30 years.
“We should just go back to the room for a while and come back,” Jerry suggested.
“No!” I shouted. “We are not doing that. That will take forever.”
“But we’re all wet,” he continued. “We could go back to the room…”
“If you say that one more time, I swear to God…”
Uh oh. Do I hear fighting in the Magic Kingdom?
We had dinner at The Crystal Palace and Tigger, Pooh and Eyeore were all there.
It had been a 13-hour day. I was grateful I’d made a reservation.
“What can I get ya’ll to drink?” the waitress asked.
“What have you got on tap?” Jerry replied.
“I’m sorry, sir. Alcohol is not served in the Magic Kingdom.”
“Huh. It’s not really so magical then is it?”
“Not for the adults,” she agreed.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my
4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends,
your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.
Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be
getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please.
Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me
face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.
~Take a moment today to thank GOD for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would
be a much duller, less joyful experience without
We’re headed to Disney this morning–EARLY. We’re planning on
leaving around 4 a.m. so I that I can strategically roll from the
bed to the car and hopefully sleep a little bit, seeing as how I’m
a horrible traveler. There may be pharmaceuticals involved.
Fortunately, we have someone staying in our house while we’re gone
so Sister won’t get lonely. Anyway, this is only the second time in
my life I ever felt like I needed a Ph.D. The first was when I was
breastfeeding. I needed a Ph.D in mammary science to
do that, which wasn’t available and so I lasted about three
weeks. I still thank God that’s over. (Sorry La
Leche League; it’s not for everybody). Planning this trip I needed
a degree in Disney Science. So many questions: Will
you stay on the resort or off? Value or Moderate? Meal plan or no?
Quick! What are Fast Passes and extended hours? Make
dinner reservations 90 days ahead. See this parade, but not that
one. Go here first and here second. BUT. I have to
admit, I am really excited!! Tyler’s never been,
Jerry hasn’t been since he was five, and I went about 20 years ago.
And this will probably be IT. Our one Disney trip. Let’s do this!
So I will be off the grid for a few days, but the GRINS will keep
coming. And I’ll be looking for new ones in