Thursday, December 14, 2017

10th Anniversary Vacay - Day 8 Castaway Cay

Our final day on board the Disney Fantasy was spent at Castaway Cay! We had a blast on the island and loved running the 5K! If you've missed previous recaps, check them out below:

Our morning began with room service breakfast that we enjoyed on the verandah while watching the sunrise!

We also had the chance to watch the ship dock at Castaway Cay which was super fun!

Our group was set to meet early in the Walt Disney Theater for the 5K. I am seriously amazed at the volume of people doing these races now over the past few years. I still remember our first cruise in 2009 when only like 8 of us showed up for the 5K!

We were delayed with the 5K due to a decent sized storm that was passing through. After it mostly passed, we were directed out to the pier for our long walk to the start line of the 5K. They were also randomly handing out ponchos at the gangplank - you know, those $20 ponchos from the parks? Yes, they were handing them out to us like no big deal. They might not actually be $20 but I'm pretty sure they are like $16!

By the time we made it to the start line for the 5K, the rain had completely passed and it was turning out to be a beautiful day!

Up next on our agenda was a snorkeling adventure. I'd never snorkeled at Castaway Cay and I wanted to see the hidden Mickey and Minnie underneath the water!

Mission accomplished! We spent a little over an hour snorkeling the entire area here. It was really pretty and I liked the themeing but there weren't a lot of fish which was kind of disappointing.

The boys had taken a fishing excursion that morning so we waited for this at Cookies 2.

 They joined us not long after we arrived and we dug in and enjoyed some BBQ!

This cookie was as big as my head!

After lunch, we spent the remainder of our time at Serenity Bay, just relaxing and enjoying each other's company. We also got in the ocean for a little while which was fun!

After a FULL day at Castaway Cay, we decided to head back to the ship to change for dinner! We were excited for Animator's Palate that night!

Goodbye, Castaway Cay! Until next time!

As we pulled away from the dock, these workers were waving with their giant Mickey hands! So cute!

I'd never eaten at the new and improved Animator's Palate, so this was super fun!

We also had to snag a picture with our wait staff on our final night.

Aaaaand being the big nerds that we, we all purchased these outfits on Castaway Cay and so did half of our ship because EVERYONE had these on! You see the guy behind us that photo bombed us in the above picture? Yes, he had one on, too! Hah!

After dinner, we walked around and took pictures with a few characters who were out and about!

I'm still cracking up about our matching outfits. We are so dumb.

We also watched the "Until We Meet Again" presentation in the lobby which was really cute and sad all at the same time.

It was our final night on board the ship and our final towel creation!

We had such an AMAZING time on board the Disney Fantasy and I can't wait to do it all over again! We loved spending time with our friends and being on board a new (to us) ship! Now we've officially traveled on all four Disney Cruise Line ships! How fun!

Thanks for sticking by through all of these recaps! We really had a great time and I'm looking forward to a repeat next year (hopefully with an Eastern Itinerary) on the Disney Fantasy again! See ya real soon! :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Vlogidays Weekend Edition #4

This holiday season is seriously flying by! I can't believe it's only two weeks until Christmas!

Throughout this past weekend, I shared our crazy snow day with you as well as my long run, time spent with family, and our church production of The Grinch! It was another fabulous weekend where we made amazing memories that I know will last forever (and I'm not just saying that...we really had an amazing weekend)!

Thanks for sharing in our holiday weekends this year with us! We hope you're enjoying all the special moments this season has to offer!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

20 Mile Saturday (Swamp Stomp Half Marathon)

With a 20 miler officially in the books, I can honestly say that I'm feeling slightly more confident for Dopey Challenge in January. The snow on Friday evening threw a huge kink in my original plans. I wanted to get up super early, drive downtown to the area where the race was going to take place, and run 7 miles around there. After processing the idea, I decided that probably wasn't a very good one because it would be super dark, freezing temps, and possible ice patches on the road. I did NOT need to slip and break something!

Instead, I woke up early and hopped on the dreaded treadmill at my house to run 7 miles. I was actually thinking of selling that thing but it's come in handy here over the past few weeks so maybe I won't. Hah.

My parents also watched Brayden which was a huge help to me. I was going to have them bring him out there for the finish of the race but decided against it once it snowed!

So, I laid all of my race clothing out the night before. I also wore a different set of clothing for the treadmill run so I wouldn't freeze to death from sweaty clothes once I got to the race start.

This is what I woke up to....26 degrees! Some of the snow from the day before had melted away but a lot still remained which was really neat to see! Snow that lasted two days here? Unheard of!

To date, this is the second longest treadmill run I've ever done. My first was in 2012 when I was training for Goofy Challenge and had to run a 9 miler on the treadmill.

People kept asking me..."how are you going to do this on Saturday morning" and my response was..."well, I just gotta wake up and not think about what I'm doing and just go out and do it"....and that's what I did!

I made it to the race start with six minutes to spare. Thankfully, I'd picked up my race packet the night before! After convincing myself to get out of my warm car, I walked up to the start line and thankfully didn't have much time to wait...we were off and running before I could get too cold.

As we ran through the local neighborhoods, we spotted various snowmen that were still somewhat standing. Seriously y'all....seeing snow that was still standing from the day before was hilarious! That has NEVER happened in my lifetime!

It was a BEAUTIFUL day for a long run! I never had to shed any parts of my clothing at all, including my gloves or ear muffs.

As we ran downtown, we would hit these cold patches where the temps seemed to drop more in that spot than others. It was there where we would see bigger snowmen that weren't quite so melted.

Like this guy for example!

I only experienced mild hamstring discomfort while running and my IT bands didn't bother me too much. I forgot to foam roll as much as I should have this past week so that was my fault. Oh well.

In total, this run took 80 minutes for the 7 miler and 2:34 for the 13.1 miler. Total time of 3:54. Not too bad for my overall long run time as compared to previous years!

After crossing the finish line, I started talking to an old neighbor I grew up with when I heard my was my DAD! He surprised me!!

It was so sweet of him to come out and support me! Love that guy!! :)

After taking a few finish line photos, we decided we were getting too cold and decided to head home. This race didn't do finishers medals, it did finishers jackets...and I registered too late to have one on race day. Whomp whomp. Oh well...hopefully it'll be available in a few weeks!

While my mom was at home watching Brayden, she made us breakfast!!


I loved everything about Saturday morning! The race was a great one and I loved having breakfast with my parents after the race!

Another one down for Dopey Challenge! I'm feeling better and better about the race after each training run I complete!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dopey Challenge Training Week 22

My training this week was INCREDIBLY lackluster. The weather turned yucky which then turned icy and crazy enough, turned to SNOW this morning! I even busted out a treadmill run this week, which means I'm pretty desperate and have zero motivation. I missed one of my planned training runs this week but added a bit of extra cross training instead. When my only option is the treadmill, I seriously have to drag myself onto it and convince myself it's a good idea. Bad, I know...

Fitness Friday
Currently Training For:

  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA
Saturday - 8 mile run

Sunday - Rest Day
Monday - Cross Training
Tuesday - 3 mile treadmill run
Wednesday - Rest Day
Thursday - Squats/Lunges/PT with cross training
Friday - Squats/Lunges/PT with cross training

On Saturday morning, I ran an 8 mile training run and it was a gorgeous day! The weather was perfect!!

After the run, my friends and I traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to visit a plantation home! We had a great girls day and I enjoyed hanging with them! :)

It's been a busy week along with the crazy weather, so I decided on Tuesday that if I didn't jump on the treadmill, I probably wouldn't get to run at all. So, a treadmill run it was! Honestly, it wasn't terrible, I would just much rather run outside. It has to be pretty crazy conditions to make me choose a treadmill over outside!

This morning, I received a 5 a.m. text message from one of my friends telling me to go outside because it was snowing. Y'all. Southwest Louisiana. This is unheard of. It's maybe only legit snowed here like twice in my lifetime and definitive not like this! It was coming down hard!!

I couldn't believe it!

Yes, we get excited about snow! Schools were also canceled for a super rare "Snow Day"!

I just HAD to build a creepy little snowman! Once in a lifetime, right?!


The frozen conditions here are going to make tomorrow incredibly interesting. So, I'm scheduled to run my 20 mile training run for Dopey Challenge tomorrow. My plan is to run 7 early am miles followed by a half marathon around town.  Crossing my fingers I don't finish like a popsicle!

Ok, now I'm off to wake Brayden up so he can play in it too! Who knows when we will see this again!

Have a fabulous Friday!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

10th Anniversary Vacay - Day 7 At Sea (Palo Brunch)

Up next in our 10th Anniversary Disney Fantasy Cruise recap is our final day at sea! After three back to back port days, I was ready for another day of relaxation and rejuvenation.

If you've missed any prior recaps, check them out below:
My day began with a 3 mile run around the jogging deck. I LOVE running on the jogging deck vs the treadmills. On the treadmill on a cruise, I feel as if I'm going to fall over so I just stick with the outdoor track.

After my run, I took a little time to explore the upper deck of the ship without a ton of people around!

The adult only area on the Fantasy is really nice!

At the last minute (well really, it was the night before), we snagged a brunch reservation at Palo. I REALLY wanted to make up for our "just ok" brunch experience at Remy and I knew everyone would love the brunch menu and experience at Palo! We were so excited they were able to fit us in!

We were seated at a table on the water which offered an amazing view!

Jason asked for "iced tea". Our waiter thought he was funny....

The brunch menu at Palo is incredible!

For starters, we began with some of the offerings along the tables in the alcove.

There was a seafood table, an hors d'oeuvre table, and a breakfast food item table.

Oh yes, and I can't forget the amazing desserts table!

The. Sticky. Buns. Ohhh my goodness they were amazing!

Off the menu itself, we also all split a flatbread and ordered eggs benedict, lasagna, and chicken parmesan.  When I say that this lasagna was the best I'd ever had, I mean it. Next time we book a cruise, we are definitely factoring in Palo brunch for sure!

The desserts were divine too!

Our server was even kind enough to take our picture in front of this gorgeous mural!

...and afterwards, my husband had to take his usual "HALO" picture. You see, back in 2008 when we went on our 1st cruise, Jason was all into the Halo video games on the XBox. When he saw the word "Palo", he said "Hey! Look what I can do!" and I snapped a picture. Well we've done Palo brunch three times now and every time, he has to take this picture as a joke....

He no longer plays Halo by the way...haha!

One thing I was really looking forward to on a 7 night Fantasy was the gift of time. On our last Dream cruise, we were only on the ship for four nights and I missed a lot of activities (including the mid-ship detective agency). I made this a "must-do" for this cruise, just to say I played! In the end, my villain was Dr. Facilier from Princess & The Frog!

That evening was semi-formal night and we got all snazzied up again for dinner!

The sunset was another beautiful one!

Before dinner though, we had to stop by the lobby to hear the final tale from the pumpkin tree!

This time, the pumpkins lit up and confetti fell from the ceiling! Fun times! Sadly, I don't remember this story...whoops.

Dinner that evening was in Royal Court and we dined on lobster and steak! (As if we weren't already stuffed from brunch....)

My dessert of creme brulee was delicious too!

Our entertainment in the adult club that night was John Charles and this room was PACKED. He's been on at least two other Disney cruises we've traveled on so we were familiar with his style and his show and he really is funny! We loved it!

After returning to our room, we received those sad "your cruise is almost over" documents.

Another day on the long-awaited Disney Fantasy cruise had come to a close! Up next is our final day where we spent it at Castaway Cay!

Thanks for following along! :)

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