01.26.14 Honey Pot, Lakeridge Winery, Abracadabra and RV Park Worship!

Our stay at Bee’s RV Resort has been an enjoyable one thus far.  This is really a place where the snowbirds land when leaving the cold north for the sunny south.  Most of the park are plots of 800+ square feet that you can buy and it’s yours to bring your RV whenever you want, whether it’s weekends, all winter or all year.  The ones you own have pavers that that make your little area very nice. Across from where we are parked is a big open field.  Yesterday a man was flying a remote control plane doing all sorts of stunts and I enjoyed watching him for a quite a while!bees airplane bees lake bees pavers

Our first night here we enjoyed dinner at the Honey Pot Eatery here at the park where they served all you can eat fried or baked fish, corn fritters, french fries, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, coleslaw, cornbread and baked apple dessert.   They have all you can eat dinners on Tuesday (chicken), Thursday (meat loaf and pot roast) and Friday is the fish night.   This was our first time eating in an RV park restaurant and WE LIKED IT!

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Saturday we did some sightseeing in Clermont and surrounding towns.  Beautiful highways and everything is stretched out, not all bunched up.  Lots of rolling hills, palm trees and pine trees.  Everything looks new and well kept.

We saw a sign pointing the way to Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard and we pulled in to check it out.  It’s a beautiful place with a sprawling lawn on the side for picnics and gatherings.  We enjoyed the tour and wine tastings (which was all free) and browsed the shop downstairs before heading outside.

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On the side a bandstand is set up with live music played from 1-4 pm.  Lots of people were sitting in lawn chairs enjoying the music and eating.  We could smell the food cooking off to the side and made our way over there.

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Roy got a gyro and I got a vegetable plate.

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We didn’t have our lawn chairs with us so I sat on the grass and enjoyed my meal while listening to the music.   I hope to bring our chairs back with us one afternoon this week and sit for a spell enjoying the beauty of the surroundings there!

We next went for some more sightseeing and spotted an ice cream parlor (I’ve been looking for one for days) called Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory.

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We’ve never been to one like this.  They use a mixture of cream and sugar, add the ingredients you request to the mixture and then hit it with some nitrogen.

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It looks like a wizard’s pot over flowing with smoke. They mixed it right in front of us and we could feel the coolness seeping out of the bowl as it rolled over towards us.

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Roy got a Turtle which was ice cream, caramel, walnuts and chocolate.  I had a banana split.  It was absolutely the best tasting ice cream concoction I’ve ever had and quite a treat to get to watch our serving being made.

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Today was a first for us, our first church service at an RV Park.  When we saw it on the list of activities we decided to attend and how blessed we were for having done so.  The Rogers family, 6 children (in their 20s) and their dad, sang several songs of Praise to God.  They were accompanied by different types of instruments for each song.  Each one of the children had a very special gift for singing and we enjoyed them immensely.  The preached message was from 1 John and I have to say it was a special blessing to be able to worship God with fellow RVers.  I will be keeping a eye out for other RV Park church services in the future.

The park has a Jam Session on the activities schedule from 2-4 so we may be strolling over there in a bit to check that out!  We’re planning on going to Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure this week along with making a stop at the Disney casting center to apply for whatever looks interesting when we get there.  I’ll write more about all that soon!

Ya’ll come back, now ya’ hear!

01.23.14 Day Three (Final Day) – RV Window Repair

Day three is our final day in the process of having our windows defogged.  We were originally told it might take five days so we’re pretty happy with how fast they did their work.

Our cardboard window coverings are a thing of the past.  In their place are beautifully clear and shiny defogged windows.  After installing them they caulked them with silicone, cleaned them, water tested them and cleaned them again to get the water spots off.

Roy can’t believe what it looks like out the drivers side window after hardly being able to see through the old foggy windows for so long!  We just discovered that the two windows over our sofas were put in the wrong (opposite) window.  The company is closed for the day now so in the morning we’ll have to get them to move them to the right window!

These people are really nice to work with.  I would highly recommend that anyone needing their foggy RV windows fixed, come here.  The price was $275 for the drivers side window and $225 for each of the other windows.  Six windows was $1542.  Lots cheaper than changing all those windows.  They are  beautifully clear now and we will enjoy our travels even more, seeing America clearly through the side windows now!

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When we paid our bill they gave us each nice t-shirts with “We Got Defogged” on them!

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I cooked merlitons today and stuffed them with pork sausage and bacon! It’s been nice to stay here and have time for some good cooking.  Homemade vegetable beef soup is up next on the cooking list for this week!

They  have a nice gazebo outside our RV with benches and I’ve been enjoying reading out there during the day.  I’m reading Beth Moore’s “Beloved Disciple” right now and am enjoying learning about John.  This was a free book from Amazon offered during a short time and I grabbed up 8 of her books!

We’re leaving here tomorrow for Clermont, Florida which is about 30 miles from Disneyworld.  We’re staying there for six days and seeing all we can in that area while we’re at Bee’s RV Park!

Ya’ll have a wonderful evening, and ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

12.29.13 I am a Southern girl no matter where we travel!

a southern by grace of godI am a Southern girl, born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. No matter where our travels take us I will always be a Southern girl. I feel truly blessed to be Southern by the Grace of God!   Traveling has emphasized our  southern uniqueness to me and the graphic quotes below share some of our uniqueness so I’d like to share them with you.

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a louisiana pride

Everything about this short piece encompasses most of what is near and dear to our Southern hearts.

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a cajun food

This is soooooo very true. Cajun food is not hot spicy food, it’s cooked with a lot of love, cooked slow, most always a ROUX and perfect full bodied seasonings. Cajun food cooked elsewhere is usually just so spicy hot you can’t breathe, but not true southern cajun food!

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Crawfish in Louisiana is the best comfort food you can imagine. A wonderful afternoon spent eating (and yes I mean all afternoon) around a big table with either a hole in the middle or a big can nearby for your crawfish shells. Tables piled high with crawfish, ears of corn, potatoes, mushrooms and whatever else your family likes to boil with the crawfish. Nothing tops this!

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a cajun ten

No this is now how we learn our ten commandments. Those are learned from the Bible but this is certainly a perfect cajun way to describe them.

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Us Southerners are big people because of this. If someone is sick, you feed them. if someone dies, you feed the family. If a friends relationship breaks up, you bring them food or take them out to eat. If someone does something great, you have a party with food. If nothing is happening you create something by cooking and inviting family or friends over. Every aspect of our lives involves delicious home cooked food. I’m a firm believer that Southern Baptists are the best at pot luck dinners that there is. If you really love someone you bring them banana pudding!

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a fairy tale

What can I say about this one, except it’s true!

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a fix

I believe I could write all day about this one but I’ll try to be brief. Southerners don’t realize that fixin is not a term that other folks use and certainly can’t imagine why they don’t understand it. I’ve been fixin food, fixin to leave, fixin to go to bed, fixin to go to work, fixin to go to church and fixin to dozens and dozens of other things all my life and never ever thought it was odd. Fixin means either “getting ready to” or “I am cooking”. And why we say it, I don’t know. Southern language can be a lazy language and somewhere back when someone must have started to say that one word instead of the three words and it stuck.

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a redneck tips

My hometown is New Orleans Louisiana but I’ve spent most of my adult life in Hammond, Louisiana. I’m very proud of both places and they are each definitely part of what makes me the woman I am!

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a southern belle

Mama always taught me to say “Yes, Mam” and “No Mam” and the same for men except for saying Sir. She explained to me that regardless of someone’s age I must always say those things to show respect. Sometimes others tell me I don’t need to tell them that, especially younger folks, but I still do cause my southern Mama told me to!

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a saints

The New Orleans Saints are the heart of the City of New Orleans and all of the State of Louisiana. I’ve unfortunately wanted to beat folks as we’ve traveled if they had something negative to say about the Saints. Being the southern lady I am I held back!

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a southern ladies

No I’ve never ever worn one of these beautiful Southern dresses but when I see this I’d sure like to pour myself a cold glass of iced tea and sit on a porch somewhere rocking for a spell!

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a southernersI see nothing odd about any of this.  Doesn’t everyone do this!

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I will take this thought with me as we get back on the road. We’ll still be in the Deep South for a while in Florida, the gulf coast and out into the southern west. I look forward to seeing how truly Southern those other places are compared to my hometowns!
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12.27.13 Waiting and waiting and getting back on the road soon!

Waiting seems to be our theme lately.

Roy’s been waiting and waiting and waiting to have his knee surgery.

I’ve been waiting and waiting to have the MRI to determine the proper treatment for my neck and shoulder pain.

Last Sunday Roy started running fever and got a lot of congestion in his chest.  The fever stopped after Sunday but came back Christmas evening.  The day after Christmas we had his pre-op visit with his orthopedic doctor.  Roy had several questions about the surgery and the doctor explained everything to him.  I could tell Roy wasn’t real pleased or sold on the answers he got.  The doctor prescribed Roy a strong antibiotic for Roy’s chest congestion and fever and said they could do the surgery if he was well by Saturday with no fever.  After leaving his office Roy expressed his reluctance to have his doctor do the surgery because of the older methods he uses.  When we got back home Roy shared some of his research with me on newer more minimally invasive techniques available.  We agreed he wouldn’t have the surgery done here and would check out doctors in our travel who did the surgery like he wants.

Again this means a whole revamping of our immediate plans.  No surgery means no reason to stay in town and move to Punkin Park on Saturday for the month.  Our new plan (and there are always new and revised plans in RV living – which is something we are slowly getting use to, me being a plan driven person) is to stay at Berryland Campers until at least next Thursday when they open up again after the holidays.  Roy has several computers to set up software on which he was going to do week after next, but now he’ll be doing it next Monday and Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.  Once that work is complete we can move out for Florida where we will have some windows on our RV replaced.  We’re also going to Disneyworld to apply for future jobs.  It’s highly recommended that you go there to apply instead of doing it on line so we’ll go there and of course play a day or two at Disney while we’re there!!

We’ve been getting hitch itch more and more lately so it’s great for us to have the opportunity to get back on the road.  We have thoroughly enjoyed visiting with family and friends over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and are thankful for this time to reconnect with our roots and enjoy being truly Southern again for a while. The extended stay has been difficult because everyone is at work, school or whatever all the time and there aren’t many places for us to visit like there is on the road.

Christmas  morning was spent with my sister Harriett’s family (Roy was home sick though) and that was quite a special treat.  She and my brother in law George have her children and grandchildren over for Christmas breakfast after the kids open their presents at their own homes.  She served quite a spread and I enjoyed the food tremendously but nothing compared to the joy of watching her children and grandchildren open all their presents as they exchanged gifts.  I even got some nice gifts including a hand painted bird house my sister Harriett painted for me.  It will have a prominent place on our passenger side side mirror when we are parked. These precious memories, along with spending time with our son Chip and his family will hold us for a while once we get on the road.

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Once I get the MRI results next Monday or Tuesday I’ll know what the next step for me is.  My orthopedic doctor said that probably it will involve a shot in my neck to calm down the spasms and inflammation caused by the bone on bone in my vertebrae.  This shouldn’t delay us getting back on the road by more than a few days so by the second week in January we should be heading out on our adventures.   We both miss the traveling and seeing new things.  I’ve applied for several state park and federal park jobs in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Nevada so hopefully by the time we’re finished in Florida one of those jobs will become a reality so we’ll know where we’re headed then!

I don’t think I said in previous posts that I only made it through one week of working at Textbook Rentals.  The work involved a lot of lifting heavy books over my head or down below and after only three days my neck and shoulders were so inflamed I went to the physical therapist on Thursday for some relief.  Realizing that I couldn’t continue doing this type of work with my neck in the condition it was in, I told the manager I wouldn’t be back after Christmas.  I’m finding out that my mind thinks my body is much younger and in better shape than it really is.  I enjoyed being with the people there and making some new friends and I really loved just being back on Southeastern’s campus even if just for a wee bit!

In a previous post I said we went to Acquistapace’s Grocery and how I loved their cheese section.  The next time we went they were having a cheese tasting with a long table filled with different cheeses to try out.  Below are pictures of that event and an up close of the blueberry cheese that was delicious!

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I’ll leave you with some pictures of my family Christmas with my sister’s kids and grandchildren. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family who loves me even though they know me well!   Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!

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01.01.13 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2012, Looking Forward to 2013

What a year 2012 has been. Those closest to us, who lived it with us, know that 2012 was a challenging one for Roy and I. Some challenges were too deep and private to list here. Only with God’s support and guidance did we not cave under the pressures that presented themselves in 2012. I want no one’s sympathy. It’s just what happened this year. We’ve addressed all the challenges as best we could.   100_2687

Our cherished family dog Nacho died this year, the wrong man was elected President, the Saints bombed and our country seems to be growing increasingly dark and turning away from God by leaps and bounds. Our staying here in Hammond isn’t going to change any of our personal challenges so we’ve made the decision to make 2013 and beyond years to look forward to.

This past year also brought about some exciting new developments. I’d much rather focus on these cool things than the ugly parts of 2012! We’ve received much love and support from family and friends this year. We learned many life lessons this year. Roy and I took a Computer Science course together at Southeastern Louisiana University and both made an A. We enjoyed the hours of studying together and walking to class holding hands! We took a fantastic Christmas trip to Disneyworld with our precious granddaughter Madisyn in our new home and we all made it back in one piece, even Dora. rcrcmcmickey

As a result of all the brain tests I found out that my IQ is extremely high which if you knew me you might be surprised to learn that. Also my eye surgeries resulted in my not needing contacts or reading glasses AT ALL!!! We’ve sold all of our household furniture. We thought that would be hard to do but it’s been fairly easy. We met some criminals in Texas and some wonderful policemen who got our money back! We found our home for the future, Dora the Explorer. rvmain

The month of November was dedicated to naming things we are thankful for and I had way more than 30 days of big things to be thankful for. We were handed lemons this year and made lots of sweet tasting lemonade from it! We are a truly blessed couple and with God’s guidance are planning for a wonderful 2013 doing our best in all we do for His Glory and making ourselves open for wherever He leads us.

The scripture below makes it clear that Gods ways and plans for us are far higher than our plans so we MUST leave 2013 in his hands. Isaiah 55:8-9, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”

We plan to head west once we take to the road, seeing Texas one region at a time. We can’t really make too many plans now because the timing of our travels starting will determine what area of the country we head to. If it’s still cold we will stay in the south until the heat reaches our tolerance point! We have contacted the North Americans Mission Board to find about doing campground ministry. They’ve provided us some general information and as we get further into our traveling will be able to add more details to that plan. If this is what God wants us to do he will make a way for it to happen!

Our invitation hymn Sunday morning was especially meaningful to me. It’s what I strive for but fall short of many times. I’ve included the lyrics below in case you’ve never heard the song. It’s a perfect depiction of the life a Christian should live.

Living for Jesus, written in 1917 by Thomas Chisholm

Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.
Refrain:
O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.

Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.
Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.

Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

Happy New Years everyone!

December 2012 – the whole Disney trip – our first RV on the road experience!

Roy and I decided in November to make our first RV trip a trip to Disneyworld around Christmas. The last time we went to Disney was three years ago at Christmas and it was so beautiful at Christmas that we thought it would be great to make our first official RV trip to see Mickey!! We checked with Madisyn’s mommy Liz and she said she could go with us so we made the reservations at Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds at Disneyworld. Several very helpful friends gave us good tips and information about staying there since we’ve never been to Ft. Wilderness before. There was a lot to do before leaving our sticks house and hitting the road. What was really nice was that we didn’t have to pack – what a difference that made. We didn’t forget one thing, because everything was with us! We loaded up lots of special snacks and food for Madisyn, and us!! We left Sunday after church and headed to Milton, Florida to pick up Madisyn. We meet her mommy in the Walmart parking lot near their home. Madisyn jumped out of her car and ran to see us and Dora. She got use to the RV on her last visit wiht us so she was very comfortable being in it.

After playing for a while we all went to sleep. As weird as I thought it would be sleeping in a Walmart parking lot, it was no different than sleeping at home since we were in our own bed! Knowing that the lights we saw through the curtain were Walmart lights was a big odd though but we slept well! In the morning Madisyn woke us up with her puppy singing Christmas music. We all showered in the Walmart parking lot, ate breakfast and headed off to Disney.

We strapped Madisyn in her car seat in the passenger seat (we called it her throne). Her eyes were big and amazed at the big windows and sitting up so high! A 7 hour trip from Milton to Ft. Wilderness turned into a 9 hour trip with multiple stops for various things including stretching our legs.

Lesson one learned is that trying to walk through the RV on a road that is not extremely smooth is like trying to walk on a cruise ship during a storm. A seriously queasy stomach is sure to follow.  Also, learned that I don’t travel in the RV too well when trying to walk around, getting up and down, fixing lunches, getting drinks for the Princess and her Paw Paw. During the two hours that Madisyn napped in our bed I sat in my passenger seat in the front and felt fine. Since that’s where I’ll be sitting when we’re really traveling I should be fine. Princess Madisyn needed her throne to be safe, so Grannie just stayed queasy until we got there. I’ve decided that’s one of the best purposes of the windows behind the sofas is so they can be cracked open for a queasy passenger, it sure helped!

We thoroughly enjoyed looking out all the windows and seeing everything from a bigger, higher perspective. The weather was beautiful except for about an hour of rain.

When we got to Disney we checked in through Dora’s driver’s window – very cool and convenient! The campground is huge and it took us quite a while to find our spot. We saw lots of Christmas decorations throughout the park, at least half the RVers brought Christmas blow up and light up decorations that they set up outside and on their RVs and the campground did a lot of decorations also. We found our spot which required a lot of driving through narrow curing pathways in the dark. Roy only tried to take out one car that wasn’t parked properly but otherwise handled it all masterfaully.

We stayed at 1444 in Big Bear Run in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. There were fruit and other trees and bushes all around us giving us total privacy. 50 amp hook-up, water, barbeque pit, and bright orange picnic table on our cement parking pad. We were maybe 200 feet from the bus stop where we caught the Disney bus we took throughout the campground to the ferry which took us to the Magic Kingdom. At the bus stop there was a picture of a missing dog named Quincy. Madisyn felt so bad for Quincy and every time we stopped there she’d touch his picture and say Quincy I hope they find you. She has such a sweet loving heart.

To get to the ferry we took a short bus ride that dropped us off at the Wilderness restaurants. Outside of Trails End Restaurant they hung several hula hoops and one six occasions Madisyn stopped and practiced her hula hooping skills. The first night we ate at Trails End and Roy enjoyed it so much he said I could just leave him there and come back Thursday to get him. It was a buffet dinner of all great home cooked food, salad bar, dessert bar, potato bar and sweet tea in a mason jar. It always seems like when a restaurant serves you sweet tea in a mason jar that the dinner is always delicious. The price of the meal was way too high but we enjoyed it all the same! We headed back to the bus and on the way there stopped at the playground and at the hula hoop station for Madisyn to have fun.

After a good night sleep we woke up at 7:30, ate breakfast at the picnic table while visiting with Squirley who came to visit. He later followed us to Disney and that thrilled Madisyn! We took the ferry which was a fun experience in itself. Madisyn had never ridden on a boat that big and we sat outside on the bow. It’s a beautiful ride to the Magic Kingdom on the ferry. We took it slow once we got off the boat and entered the Magic Kingdom to let Madisyn take it all in. She knew the names of all the characters she saw pictures of as we entered, and couldn’t wait to meet some of them. First stop was to meet Princess Aurora, Rapunzel, Princess Jasmine and Daisy Duck. A stop was necessary at one of the vendors to get her some sparkly Minnie Mouse ears – hot pink of course! Then on to the Mad Tea Cup for a ride and other rides in the morning.

We headed back on the ferry to Dora after lunch and took a long nap then headed back to the Magic Kingdom in the afternoon. Madisyn wore her Cinderella dress back to Disney after the nap and was just delightful. Seeing her skipping or running (which she did quite often) in front of us was so precious. Her childish joy and exuberance was contagious making Roy and I almost skip along with her. She’d twirl around in her dress causing those around her to just ooh and aah and of course we the proud grandparents smile, just loving it! Since she had her Cinderella dress on we went back to meet the Princesses and get their autographs. Cinderella was there this time and we got a video of Madisyn meeting her looking just like Cinderella. They sat on the floor visiting and then hugged. It was truly a magical moment for this little girl who thinks that was really Cinderella. We rode Dumbo the Flying Elephant a few times, took some pictures and then headed off on the bus for Hollywood Studios so we could see the Osborne Family Lights and see the snow fall on that street. When we walked around the corner and there it was, Madisyn’s eyes lit up. She could hardly stand it when it started snowing and she kept trying to lick it up with her tongue as it fell. The lights covering every square inch of every building that flashed with the music kept her dancing in the street for quite a while. We took a video of her doing her ballerina dancing in front of one building while an audience watched her. Disney is truly a place where a little girl’s dreams do come true!

On we went to Epcot around 8 pm to watch the 9:30 Illuminations firework exhibit. It was cold so we bundled up and found a place to catch the show and just huddled for a while. The show was beautiful as always and Madisyn enjoyed every minute of it except that her fingers were plugged into her ears to keep the loud fireworks noises out. If someone has never seen this firework show, it’s much more than that. It’s a very moving experience about the world coming together in peace. The end of the show features the song “Let there be Peace on Earth”. Everyone joins in and for that moment you do feel that peace on earth could be possible. It’s a beautiful way to feel at Christmas time. After all Jesus is our Peace and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all feel that way. We didn’t get home until 11 that night and Madisyn was still awake. Within minutes of hitting the bed she was sound asleep and slept until 9 the next morning.

It was a little harder getting going on Wednesday our second day there but once we hit the beautiful clear wind on the ferry we woke up and were all looking forward to our day. Madisyn again wore her Cinderella dress and was the center of attention a good bit of the time. There were lots of other little girls with their princess outfits on and they tended to gravitate together and make friends. Anyone who has been to Disney knows the wait is long for the rides. Even though at Christmas the wait is considerably less (maybe 15 for most rides, 40-60 minutes for a couple of rides), the princesses would gather and visit, complimenting each other on their gowns and fixed up hair. Madisyn and Roy were selected to participate in two events together. One was when Madisyn met Belle (who is her favorite) from Beauty and the Beast and Roy was the Knight in the skit. It was one of the new attractions at Fantasyland and was a perfect child oriented event. They also participated in a street skit where a Lady in Waiting and the Gentlemen’s Gentlemen (not sure if that’s what he’s actually called) were teaching the children how to curtsey, and various other important technicalities to palace life! A group of street clowns had a child’s interactive skit she was in, and very much like her daddy was more interested in the bright posters behind her than in the clowns!

The star event of the visit was of course “It’s a Small World”. She loved it so much she immediately wanted to ride it again so of course we did that. Actually we did most things twice and some even three times. This was Madisyn’s time at Disney so, within limits, we tried to do what she wanted. We ate a delicious lunch at Pinocchio’s house where we enjoyed a nice rest to the constant go go go. After lunch we made our visit to Belle’s Mansion for the skit there and met Ariel in her Grotto. The carousel was a big hit and it is so beautiful I felt like a princess on it, though I was just the photographer! We flew in the sky with Peter Pan and by that time it was getting dark so we bid farewell to the Magic Kingdom, much to Madisyn’s deep despair. She was very cooperative throughout the trip except for when we were leaving and we fully understood the tears that fell as she walked away, waving bye bye to Mickey. At least we knew we had introduced her t the magical, marvelous world of Disneyworld, the happiest place on earth. After our last ride on the ferry, by 7:30 we were all ready for bed and our last night at Disney with Dora!

The morning we were to leave we all slept until 9 am, which means all of us slept at least 12 hours last night. Madisyn and I went out back of Dora and picked some grapefruits from the tree behind us. It was a great place to stay. By 11 we were waving goodbye to our little cement parking spot and heading back to reality.

On the way back we ran into about two hours of rain. Roy drove very well through the storm. I feel so much more comfortable with him driving in Dora than in one of our regular vehicles. I learned from our trip going to Disney not to roam around when the RV was moving so I didn’t get queasy!!!!!!! Yeah, big relief – Dora would have been for sale when we got home if that hadn’t stopped! Paw Paw taped several episodes of Dora the Explorer while we were at Disney and we made good use of them keeping the little chatter box occupied on the long ride home. We also enjoyed the movie Cars on this trip. Madisyn is napping on our bed right now so I’m enjoying some blog writing time.

We’ll be at Madisyn’s in a couple of hours and will spend the night at Walmart again before heading back to Hammond in the morning. It’s been a wonderful trip and we are both so thankful to have been able to have this experience with our granddaughter Madisyn. We’ve been to Disney several times over the years and this one was like going the first time. Everything was new for her and we got to experience that. She’s only 3, almost 4, so she may not remember all the details of our trip but we believe we’ve created some lasting memories for her of how very much her grandparents love her and how special she is to us!

My next blog will be a bunch of pictures from our trip – please check them out!

December 2012 – Disney trip with Madisyn

After hearing our Trinity Baptist Church Adult Choir present their Christmas Cantata “All is Well”, we came back home and prepared to set out for Disneyworld. It never feels like Christmas until we hear the choir sing their Christmas cantata. It’s always such a wonderful reminder that Christmas is not about all the commercial things it’s made into by society. It’s first and foremost about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He left his heavenly home and came down to earth as a tiny infant with the sole intention of sacrificially giving his own life to save us from our sins. That is so much bigger and more wonderful than any green and red decoration or present we find under the tree. Our choir is made up of regular every day people who sing because they love the Lord and the message they always bring to us blesses my heart so much.

Madisyn and her Christmas buddies.
Madisyn and her Christmas buddies.

This has been an absolutely magical trip. Seeing Disney through the eyes of a 3 year old made this the best trip ever. We picked Madisyn up Sunday evening and got to Ft. Wilderness at Disneyworld Monday evening. Dora made the trip just fine and Roy was a master RV driver navigating our way through Ft. Wilderness Campground in the dark. Madisyn lined up all of her stuffed Christmas buddies in the RV window and posed for a photo with them our first morning there. She’s been a joy to have with us and I’m so thankful we got to share this experience with her. She’s been dressed in her Cinderella dress most of the time we’ve been here. Everyone has been so taken with her little cinderella self and she’s made friends with all the little children she met. We’re headed home in the morning but wanted to post a brief blog about our trip and our wonderful granddaughter. It’s only 7:30 and I think we’re all headed for bed! Goodnight!

Madisyn on Paw Paws shoulders watching the show at the Enchanted Castle!
Madisyn on Paw Paw’s shoulders watching the show at the Enchanted Castle!