Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Disney's Skipper Canteen

Hi there and welcome back to another Wordless Wednesday.

Today's theme is centered around food - Disney food!

Each trip (along with visiting old favorites) we always try to pick a new (to us) restaurant that we've never experienced before. While there in February for the Princess Half Marathon, we decided to give the Skipper Canteen at Disney's Magic Kingdom a try.

While I won't give the food gushing reviews, I loved the themeing and the atmosphere of the restaurant! Would I eat there again? Probably not as it didn't top our list of favorites, but it was fun to experience at least once! 

Today’s Wordless Wednesday theme is: Food
Host: Deb at Focused on the Magic
















In the end, we opted not to order a dessert as we really wanted to move over to EPCOT for a cronut (hello)! My mom and dad did receive a cute little Happy Anniversary dessert as they were celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary while on this trip!

As I mentioned earlier, we liked the atmosphere, wait staff, and themeing of the Skipper Canteen, but we didn't care so much for the food. I get what they were trying to create with the menu, but it didn't really cater to our individual tastes. It was fun to try at least once, though!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dragon Boat Race

For the past five years, the hospital I work for has hosted an annual Dragon Boat Race to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Since I've never participated in these races in the past and open spots were available on our hospital team boat, I decided to jump right in!

 

After missing the weekday practice due to rain and not really knowing any of my teammates except one, I'll admit that I (right at first) regretted my decision to sign up for the race. I'm not one to jump right in to uncomfortable situations, especially when I have no clue what I'm doing. However, once our team was assembled that morning and the logistics were figured out, I felt much more comfortable!

My morning began bright and early with a six mile run around the downtown area with my friend Heather!


It was a super humid morning which served as a reminder that summer time is just around the corner. We timed the run just right because we finished about 10 minutes before I needed to meet up with my dragon boat team. Thankfully, I didn't even have to move my vehicle as our run took place at the same location as the boat race!


I was honestly surprised at the size of the event as it encompassed an entire section of our downtown/lake area and was literally an all day affair.


The team I joined was called the Life Savers, composed of EMT, cardiology, and oncology personnel. Funny pun on words, huh? :)


This was my first time to actually see the dragon boats in person and I was honestly surprised at their size!


Each boat fit 22 people - two rowers per seat, one drummer, and one person to steer.


I was really nervous as the unknown always gets me.  Also, our water isn't the cleanest (aka, it looks like mud), so I was worried we would flip over in that mess...ewwww. Gross.


Off we go!


Our first race was terrible, I'm not going to lie. We totally lost this race as we weren't in sync and couldn't get a rhythm down. This is where a practice would have come in handy.... oh well.
 

I even had a few cheerleaders out to cheer me on! :)


Our hospital picnic also coincided with the event, so we had yummy food to eat!


Our second race took place right after lunch. We were only up against one team this time (our local news station) and we won this one! Yay!

Funny side note...their team name was the "Technical Difficulties"...


Boat #1 for the win!


Our third and final race was another bust as we also lost that one but oh well - we still had fun and I really enjoyed the day.

Seriously, though. Rowing is no joke! My arms and upper body hurt so much by the time the day was over. I'm really surprised I wasn't sore the next day.






Team Life Savers! 

See how our drummer was dressed? That's another fun part of this event - the drummers had the chance to dress in fun costumes and were entered into a contest. I think my favorite drummer costume was the one who was dressed like a shark!

 A local industry team ended up winning the entire competition. These guys are hard core and have won the entire event the past five years. They even have their own boat, tryouts, and practice sessions. I knew we were in trouble when I turned around to see them all stretching and warming up in synchronized motions behind us! Oy.

In all, it was a really fun day and I'm glad I can say I participated in the event! Will I do it again in the future? Maybe! We will just have to see! :)

Have you ever gone out of your comfort zone to participate in an event? Did you end up liking it in the end?

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 Princess Half Marathon Vlog

Last but not least in my recap of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend is a vlog of the Half Marathon itself!

I had so much fun running this race dressed as Provincial Belle and can't wait for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon coming up next month at Disneyland!



If you missed and previous recaps, check them out here:

Without further adieu, here's a vlog of the Princess Half Marathon! Enjoy!


Thanks so much for following along in this Princess Half Marathon journey! I really enjoyed sharing the experience with you! Stay tuned next month for blog and video recaps of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Disney Nature

It's been a while since I participated in a Wordless Wednesday post, so it's about time I do so again...especially since this one is all about one of my favorite places - Disney!

Today’s Wordless Wednesday theme is: Disney Nature
Host: Deb at Focused on the Magic

I decided to take a little spin off today's theme and go with photos of the blossoming trees and beautiful flower beds of Walt Disney World. There's just something about a Disney trip that inspires me to beautify my flower beds once I return home!


Also, I couldn't leave out EPCOT's Flower & Garden Festival! There's just a couple of pictures of the festival here since we were only able to attend on the first night of 2017's event and it was super dark by the time we made it to EPCOT that evening.


I hope you enjoy a small glimpse of spring time at Walt Disney World! :)











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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Texas Hill Country Running

Over Good Friday and Easter Weekend, my family and I spent our time in the hill country of Texas, just outside of San Antonio.

Never willing to pass up the opportunity to run in a new place, I (of course) packed my running gear with me. On Friday, my sister-in-law Kayla and I discussed the idea of going for a run, then tossed the idea once she mentioned scorpions and rattlesnakes. Um. No thank you.

After letting the idea roll around in my mind for a while, I decided to give it a go. I mean YOLO, right? Besides, when would I have the opportunity again? Probably never.


So, Kayla got her bike ready while I changed into my running clothes, and off we went.


The views of hill country were beautiful. Let's be realistic here - they were mountains to me. This flat-land Southwest Louisiana girl views any land that rises at all, a mountain.


I'll admit, I struggled with both the elevation and the mountain hill climbs and quickly gained respect for those who run in this type of terrain on a consistent basis. I'm serious - you're a beast in my book.


Oh yes, and we saw plenty of Longhorns along the way! Thankfully, we didn't have to battle any rattlesnakes or scorpions!


I'm serious when I say that I loved the views! You just can't find stuff like this where I'm from.


I had 10 miles on the books for the weekend, but could only manage 5 and was beyond done by the time I reached 5 miles. Double the elevation that I'm used to plus incline/hills/mountains....it all evened out somehow in my mind and I was 100% ok with it.


That's alright - a run is better than none, right? And besides, I got a really great workout in the end!


After our run, we cooled off by the beautiful and serene Joshua Creek. Had I known we had access to a creek, I would have brought my swimsuit along! :)


My brother was gracious enough to take this picture for us, and once he put my phone back down, he might have gotten soaked in the end. Whoops. It wasn't my idea. Scouts honor! :)

How's the elevation where you train? How did you spend your Easter weekend?

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