Friday, November 17, 2017

Dopey Challenge Training Week 20!

Week 20!! How and when did that happen? We are SO close to January, it's kind of scary. This week went well as far as training goes and I'm excited for this weekend - I have two really long runs left and Saturday's will be one of those!

Fitness Friday
 
Currently Training For:

  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA
Saturday - Relay Weekend/Travel Day
Sunday -
10 mile run
Monday - Rest Day
Tuesday - 4 miles
Wednesday - Squats/Lunges/PT with cross training
Thursday - 3 miles
Friday - Squats/Lunges/PT with cross training


This week, I've been incredibly diligent with my squats/lunges as I want Saturday's run to go as smooth as possible. The weather forecast is calling for temps in the 80's on Saturday and the 40's on Sunday. There's no possible way for me to switch my long run day to Sunday, so I'm just going to roll with it.


On Sunday morning, I woke up early for my 10 mile long run. It was warmer than I thought and I honestly should have gone back inside to change my outfit but oh well. I've been doing this a while, but it's almost as if my brain forgets how to dress when the weather starts to change. So crazy.


I made it through the first 8 miles alone, then stopped by the house on the way back to pick up Brayden for the final 2 miles. Jason is in our church orchestra and has to be there by 9 a.m. for rehearsal, so I usually hang back around home until we leave for church around 10 a.m.


After I began my run with Brayden, my watch started beeping at me because it was about to shut off due to low battery. I snapped a quick picture of it before that happened...


In total, the run ended at 10 miles. I've adapted a run/walk on my longer runs where I walk for 2 minutes after my watch beeps that I've reached each mile. It's worked out really well so far!

Somehow, this week has been so crazy that I missed out on taking pictures from my other week day runs....oh well.

I'll leave you with something fun my class did on Wednesday night at church!


I asked our entire department of kids (4 years old - high school) to donate items for Operation Christmas Child and they showed up big time! This is the second year our church has participated in this project and our department put together five boxes! Operation Christmas Child collects "shoe boxes" full of goodies and distributes them to kids less fortunate throughout the world. It's such a neat organization!


Those boxes were STUFFED! After our boxes were made, we prayed that they would be a blessing to the lives they touch this holiday season. I can't think of a better way to start off our Thanksgiving week.

We have so many fun holiday things planned this weekend, I'm looking forward to sharing them with you!! Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

VLOG: Day 2 - Boarding the Disney Fantasy!

After months and months of waiting, a cancelled cruise, and a rescheduled one, our cruise day finally arrived! Join us as we journey to Port Canaveral, board the Disney Fantasy, tour the ship a little, and try our hand at Disney Tunes Trivia (we might have even won)!


Missed other recaps? Check them out here!


Have a great day! Thanks for following along with our journey! :)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

10th Anniversary Vacay - Day 4, Cozumel

When I left off with our 10th Anniversary Disney Cruise recap, we were ending our first day at sea and heading into our first port day of Cozumel, Mexico. 
The sunrise that morning was a beautiful one. I just love to watch the sun rise and set at sea! :)



After getting ready for our day, we had an early breakfast, then met up with our excursion group inside of the D-Lounge. Our destination for the day was Chitchen Iza, a place neither Jason nor I had visited in the past!


First, we had to take this giant boat on a good 40ish minute ride to Playa del Carmen. 


Unfortunately, this boat ride wasn't the smoothest one ever, but my friend Melissa came through with these amazing ginger candies which helped tremendously!


After reaching our destination in Playa del Carmen, we walked a short ways to a tour bus which we then boarded for a 2 hour bus ride to the ruins.


We were given a lunch bag to snack on during the ride. Although we did have a 2 hour bus ride ahead of us, our tour guide kept us entertained part of the way with stories about the Mayans and their history.


Chitchen Iza was an interesting place and our guide gave a great tour. If you've never visited here, I highly recommend it. I wasn't a huge fan of the 2 hour bus ride there and back, but I definitely say it was worth it!


Sadly, we were only given about an hour and a half to view the site and buy a few souvenirs because we had to get back to our ship by 4:30 p.m.




When I say that we literally walked up to the gangplank at exactly 4:30 p.m., I mean it! We weren't nervous because we were on a Disney authorized excursion, but we were still cutting it close!

That evening was the Halloween party and as we returned to our room, we noticed that people were already getting into the festivities!


We skipped the evening show and spent time getting ready for the Halloween party and dinner!


The Pumpkin tree sprouted pumpkins overnight!


We also might have done a little trick-or-treating like we did when we attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! No shame on our part when it comes to chocolate! :)


Disney hands out the good candy, too!


Dinner that evening was in Animator's Palate which happens to be my favorite on board!


Also, one of my favorite DCL menu items is the butternut squash soup! Delicious!



For dinner, we had steak.....and for dessert, I had a Mickey bar! :)


After dinner, we noticed that the line for Pluto was incredibly short, so we stopped for a quick picture! His candy cane costume is just too cute!


In the adult club that night, they had another Halloween party going on - this one called "Halloween Is Not Just For Kids!"


Adults dressed in all kinds of different awesome costumes. Sadly, I don't have a picture but a man dressed as Tron with a fully lit up costume. He called himself "Fat Tron" and it was hysterical! We loved this party and had a great time there!


After the party, we decided to call it a night! Another fun day on the Disney Fantasy was done! :)

Thanks for following along on our special trip! Stay tuned for more!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Relay for Life Weekend

Happy Monday!

As y'all know, I'm a big Relay for Life fan and am a part of our local Relay for Life Event Leadership Team. Well, we had an event leadership conference this past weekend, so that's where I spent my Friday evening and most of Saturday!


It all began at a dinner on Friday night, honoring the top fundraisers, events, and teams in the state. I was invited because our Lake Charles relay was the top #7 in the state as far as dollars raised!

We had a great dinner and enjoyed networking with others!

On Saturday morning, we needed breakfast and coffee...so I might have convinced my travel buddy to ride along to the nearest Target with me.
#1 - I needed to check out their Chip & Joanna section...ours is kinda small.
#2 - I NEEDED to check out their dollar spot because it's WAY bigger and less picked over than ours!
#3 - There's a Starbucks inside of their Target - ours doesn't have this luxury.
Hello - we accomplished 3 goals at once...enough for me!


Although I didn't purchase any Chip and Joanna items, I did rack up at the dollar spot - Brayden's stocking is done!


Oh yes, and Starbucks...there's that!


We even arrived in plenty of time before the event began!


One of the highlights of the conference was a "branding" class. They made these boards to show the difference in "service" you receive from various companies (Disney World was up there too). On the airlines section, someone decided to make their own "Southwest" section and started placing sticky notes on the blank wall! I might have followed along as Southwest is my airline of choice....although I do fly United and Delta when Southwest isn't available.


On Sunday morning before church, I hit the roads for my long run. I tried to time it so I would finish before Jason had to leave for church, but that didn't quite work out. It was time for him to leave around the time I hit 8 miles. Since Brayden was awake at that point, I got out the jogging stroller and together, we finished the final 2 miles.


It was nice and cool although I was slightly overdressed.  In all, it was a good run and seemed to go by pretty fast!


Sunday morning smiles!


This outfit cracked me up! I'm just loving the tie!


After lunch, we realized it was close to 2 p.m. which meant buy one get one free holiday drinks at Starbucks! Our restaurant connected to the Starbucks parking lot, so it was a no brainer! We had about 10 minutes to spare, so we waited around, then drove through the drive thru!

I might have also ordered a snowman cookie! It was yummy, too!
 

We sat in the car with our drinks because Brayden was asleep at this point for his nap. In all, it was a fun little surprise mini-date! Sometimes, you gotta take them when you can!


Last but not least....LOOK at these PJ's! Aren't they precious!? I saw them and was instantly in love!

Well, that's it for my weekend!

I hope you all had a great one, too! :) Have a great week!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dopey Challenge Training Week 19

This week and past weekend were less than stellar for Dopey Training. To this point, I'd done SO well at keeping with three consistent runs per week plus my physical therapy routine. Sadly, I developed some kind of crazy respiratory sickness over the past month and it reared its ugly head last week. I decided that in order to fully kick it in the tail, I needed to rest over the weekend and not go for a long run. Instead, I tweaked my Dopey Training plan for the next few weeks in order to fit a 17 mile long run and a 20 mile long run into the mix. Unfortunately, time is not on our hands at the moment when it comes to training.

Thankfully on Monday of this week, I was ready to go again and while a few effects of the respiratory stuff is still lingering, it's not near what it was!

Fitness Friday
 
Currently Training For:

  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA
Saturday - Sick Day :(
Sunday -
Sick Day :(
Monday - 4 mile run
Tuesday - Squats/Lunges/PT with cross training
Wednesday - Rest Day
Thursday - 2 quick miles before dinner
Friday - Travel Day - Squats/Lunges/PT with cross training


After a weekend of zero running, I was definitely ready to get back at it on Monday afternoon! It was warm out and slightly humid, but we still had a good run!

It felt great to be back at it!


Something that struck me as funny really shouldn't have....when the tires on the Bob are properly inflated, they ride SO much smoother. This was totally my "duh" moment of the week!


On  Thursday, Jason joined us for a quick 2 miles before dinner - my how quickly the weather changes! We were in the 80's and enjoying the pool on Tuesday night and in the 50's and wearing hoodies and sweaters on Wednesday night! CRAZY!


A few other fun things happened this week -
 

Brayden learned the "big boy" slide! We debated on getting him one of those little tykes plastic playhouses with a slide for Christmas but now I don't think we will since he loves this one so much (and it's already in our backyard)! Back to the drawing board on that one...


At work, we have a points system where associates accrue points for various things - like a 5/10/15 year milestone, associate of the month, birthdays, congrats, etc. Well, I have been hoarding my points for years and finally put them to use yesterday! I ordered a Michael Kors purse and wallet I'd been eyeing for a while! Can't wait for it to arrive!

Today and tomorrow, I have an American Cancer Society conference out of town that I'm really looking forward to attending. Also, my long run will be pushed to Sunday morning of this weekend instead of tomorrow.

Here's to a great one! Happy Friday!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

VLOG: Day 1, Animal Kingdom & EPCOT

So, yeah...it's been a long time, no vlog! I was asked by several people if I was planning on vlogging our October trip on the Disney Fantasy, so I decided to do so!



Today, I'm sharing day 1 with you guys where we traveled to Orlando, visited Animal Kingdom to explore Pandora, stopped by Food & Wine for a minute, toured our room at Caribbean Beach, and ended the night back at Animal Kingdom!

We did A LOT in one day, but we had a great time and loved every minute!

Check out the video below to see highlights from our day! :)


Have a magical day! :)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

10th Anniversary Vacay - Day 3 Remy Brunch


I last left off with our 10th Anniversary cruise on our first day on the beautiful Disney Fantasy! Our next day on board was an at sea day where we'd planned on our first ever Remy experience! We were able to make these reservations with our friends and this was their first Remy experience, too!

If you missed previous days,  check out the recaps here:
We began our morning with the Art of the Theme Ship tour. I've taken this tour on all four ships and I highly recommend it! You learn so much about the ship, design, and the decor! I seriously highly recommend this one!

Disney Fantasy Remy

When we arrived at Remy for check-in, the hostess had us wait in Meridian prior to being seated inside. We took this opportunity to take a few pictures and chat with our friends.

Disney Fantasy Remy

Disney Fantasy Remy

A crystallized Remy was there to greet us as we entered the restaurant!

Disney Fantasy Remy

We were taken as a group of about 8 into the restaurant alcove where the chef shared the menu with us. We also had our appetizer here which was delicious!

Disney Fantasy Remy

Let me preface all of this by saying that we did not fully do our research on this experience prior to booking it as I should have. We've done Palo brunch twice in the past and LOVED it, so I just assumed we would feel the same about Remy brunch. This was also our anniversary trip and we wanted to splurge on a nice experience because...well...why not?

Also, I'm one who is willing to try anything, I'm not a picky eater. So, the opportunity to try something new to us with foods I don't eat on a daily basis...I was sold!

Disney Fantasy Remy

We had a wonderful server who explained everything about the menu to us again. She also started us off with the bread service first.

Disney Fantasy Remy

I loved the little touches of Remy throughout the restaurant!

Disney Fantasy Remy

Ok, now I'm no food connoisseur so I don't know the official terms for each of these dishes, but I'll do my best to describe them.

The first dish placed before us was the pea soup. Basically this was described as pea soup with an "ice cream" center and puffed rice sprinkled on top.

My honest thought? This was just ok. The pea soup portion wasn't my favorite. When mixed with the "ice cream", it took on an entirely different taste.

Disney Fantasy Remy

Our next dish was sea bass which was delicious! My husband isn't a fan of fish, so he was served a mushroom risotto instead.


The third dish was hands down my favorite.

Disney Fantasy Remy

This dish was a tortellini with an amazing sauce poured on top. We were encouraged by our server to dip our extra bread into the sauce to truly savor the flavor. All of it was delicious!

Disney Fantasy Remy

Funny story - when asked about the type of water we wanted to drink, our friend misunderstood the server say "house water". Well, we didn't want Evian water but that's what we ended up with and were charged for 2 1/2 bottles of water. Whoops. Interesting fact: these bottles were specially designed for DCL and Remy!

Disney Fantasy Remy

Another tasty dish was chicken with crab and asparagus.

Disney Fantasy Remy

The views inside of Remy were amazing! The restaurant itself is also really pretty!

Disney Fantasy Remy

Why hello there, Remy!

Disney Fantasy Remy

Last but not least, it was time for my favorite course - dessert and coffee!

Disney Fantasy Remy

The chocolate dessert was really tasty!

Disney Fantasy Remy

However, I especially loved the canale rum cakes. Delicious!

Disney Fantasy Remy

Our group!

Disney Fantasy Remy

After leaving Remy, we noticed this painting along the stairwell. I was told a secret that morning during the Art of the Theme Ship Tour about this painting - do you see Remy & Emile sitting at the far left of the painting? Well, the ideas behind Remy the restaurant came from Walt Disney's ideas for Club 33 and the imagineers wanted to honor that thought, so the shadow that Remy & Emile cast on the rooftop to the far right is one of Walt and Mickey. Everyone together now....awwwwww.... :)

Disney Fantasy Remy

After brunch, I'm pretty sure we took a nap! Later that afternoon, we played another round of trivia. This one was called "Ultimate Disney Trivia" for Adults only.

Disney Fantasy Remy

Guess what?? WE WON AGAIN! Omg. I couldn't believe it! I've been playing trivia on every single cruise and have never won...now here we won the first two rounds we played!

Disney Fantasy Remy

That evening was formal night!


 We couldn't believe how short the line for Mickey was, so we stopped for a picture!

Disney Fantasy Remy

Dinner was in Royal Court and was delicious! (as if we needed more food!)

Disney Fantasy Remy

Brie....

Disney Fantasy Remy

Duck....

Disney Fantasy Remy

Souffle...


We also took an official picture together that I ended up purchasing.

Disney Fantasy Remy

We also watched the show that evening which happened to be Aladdin again! We liked it so much, we watched it both nights it was offered!

Disney Fantasy Remy

I also spent a little time reading on our balcony before calling it a night.

Overall thoughts on the day? Well, while I liked some parts of Remy brunch, I didn't enjoy them all. I didn't leave with the overall feeling of "OMG that was so amazing" like I do with Palo. Will I do it again? Probably not. Was I glad I did it at least once? YES! It was a neat experience overall but as I mentioned, I didn't enjoy it as I thought I would. If you're a die hard Remy fan, I'm sorry...I guess it's just not for everyone!

And that's the end of our first at sea day! Stay tuned for Day 4 - Cozumel and our trip to the Mayan ruins!

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