Bryan & Liz's Photos: Blog http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Bryan & Liz's Photos (Bryan & Liz's Photos) Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:39:00 GMT Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:39:00 GMT http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u22122777-o269703021-50.jpg Bryan & Liz's Photos: Blog http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog 120 90 Magic Kingdom October 2017 http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/magic-kingdom-october-2017 I really really really wanted to see the Halloween decorations at Magic Kingdom.  Unfortunately due to Bryan's schedule we had not been able to make it over there.  It's also Bryan's least favorite park so sometimes I have to talk him into going.  I decided to go by myself.  I felt kind of weird about it at first but once I got there I had a great time and it wasn't awkward at all.

I even took a few pictures by myself.

I rode It's a Small World.

I didn't eat dinner while I was there but I did stop by Gaston's Tavern and had my favorite drink, La Fou's Brew.  I also added a warm cinnamon roll to my order.  It was so good!!

I decided to make this a princess day so I got fastpasses to see Princess Tiana and Rapunzel. 

Merida was a bonus.  I wasn't expecting her to be out because it was kind of overcast and we did have some light rain.

I also was able to get fastpasses to Seven Dwarf's Mine Train.  I love that ride!

I stayed long enough for it to get dark so I could see all of the decorations lit up.  Nothing disappointed! 

All in all I had a great day!  I would not hesitate to go to Disney by myself again if I had to.

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Animal Kingdom-New Camera-October 2017 http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/animal-kingdom-new-camera-october-2017 Last year my point and shoot died.  It was a touch screen and the screen went bad.  I didn't know if I wanted to replace it since I have two DSLR cameras.  But they are big and bulky and not ideal for Disney.  So my sweet hubby researched cameras for me and bought me this one.  I love it!  It takes great pictures and has an incredible zoom.

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Since I wanted to try out my new camera I couldn't think of a better place than Animal Kingdom so went again this past Sunday.  I know we just went but we were able to get fastpasses for Flight of Passage again.   ButterfliesButterflies

One of the magic shots we were dying to get was Ka from The Jungle Book. So we ran over to Asia and got that first thing!

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Our first ride of the day was our favorite Flight of Passage.  I know I harp on this ride but I am officially stating that if this is the future of rides then I am excited.  This ride is amazing!  The picture below is us being "scanned" before getting on the ride.  We are 7 and 8.

The next thing we did was the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trails.  We saw gorillas, bugs, zebras, hippos, and birds.  Next we went on the Kilimanjaro Safaris. I love this ride.  Its very bumpy though so my camera did okay but some pictures came out very blurry.  I did manage to get this great picture of the lions.  We were also hoping to see Stella the baby elephant but she wasn't out.  It was really hot and I think that makes a huge difference with whether the animals are out.

The next thing we did was the Maharajah Jungle Trek.  This is another walking trail.  We saw monkeys, tigers, and dragons.  I was really hoping that we would get to see the baby tigers but they weren't out.  It was late and I am sure they had already been put up for the night. 

We had dinner reservations at Rainforest Cafe.  Even with reservations that place was packed and we had to wait about 30 minutes for our table.  I really love the ambiance of this restaurant.  The food is good but nothing special.   

Bryan initially ordered a dish that he wasn't happy with so he requested to send it back.  He ended up getting the Awesome Appetizer Adventure which had chicken strips, chips and crab dip, mozzarella sticks, southwestern egg rolls, and a side of guacamole.  I ordered the steak and shrimp.  Our food was good but so expensive.    my steak & Shrimpmy steak & Shrimp

Before we called it a night we watched Tree of Life Awakenings and had our usual night pictures.

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Animal Kingdom October 2017 http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/animal-kingdom-october-2017 Any time that I can get fast passes to Avatar Flight of Passage we go to Animal Kingdom.  That ride is without a doubt one of our favorites.  So this past Sunday we headed over to Animal Kingdom.  Since it was Halloween month I wore my Halloween Mickey ears.   

We met Flik from It's a Bug's Life.  

This was another reason that we wanted to go to Animal Kingdom.  The hyenas magic shot is set to expire next month.  We were so glad that we got it. 

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We rode a few rides.... Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl.  Then we headed over to Pandora World of Avatar.  We had not seen this during the day.  It's very beautiful during the day but breathtaking at night. 

We had a fastpass to Everest so we had to run over there before we could eat.  As always that is a great roller coaster.  We headed back over to Pandora for dinner.  We decided to eat at Satul'i Canteen.  Wow!!!  That was the best quick service meal we have ever had.  I had the beef bowl and Bryan had the chicken bowl.  Both were fabulous.  We also like that this restaurant allows free refills.  That is nice in a hot park.

After riding Flight of Passage Bryan bought two Banshees.  They are so cute!  Then we hung out in the area to enjoy the night views.

Before leaving the park we saw the Tree of Life show then did night time pictures in front of the tree.

 

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Dad's Wedding http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/dads-wedding This past weekend my Dad got married!  That is still hard to believe.  I have been supportive of my Dad remarrying since day one.  When my Mom died my Dad became very depressed.  I prayed that he would find someone and be happy.

I rented a car and drove to NC late Thursday night after Bryan left for work.  I didn't start getting unbearably sleepy until Friday morning around 0500.  I was in Bennettsville, SC and went to the drive thru at McDonalds.  I got a coffee and biscuit and that seemed to wake me up.  I got to Dad's around 0800.  Bailey and Hanna, my niece and great niece, flew in from Colorado the day before.  So they were there when I got there.  It was so good to see Bailey and meet Hanna.  She is absolutely precious.  I ended up staying up over 24 hours.  Andria and Ellie (my niece and great niece) drove in from Alabama.  Ellie is so cute but boy does that child not like me.  I thought maybe by the end of the weekend she would warm up to me.  She didn't.  Oh well.  Chuck, Erin, Trinity, and Zoe (my brother, his wife, and my two nieces) drove in from Georgia.  We had a full house.  I guess it's a good thing Dad has a large house.

I made the cupcakes for the wedding and Erin decorated them.  Rehearsal at the church was that evening and it lasted about an hour.  After the rehearsal Dad sent me to Little Cesars for pizza and Chuck to the Circle Drive In for hotdogs.  Oh my goodness, their hotdogs are so good.  It has been years since I have had Circle Drive In.    

Saturday was the wedding.  It was a short but sweet ceremony.  I actually didn't cry.  I was surprised.  Dad asked me to the be the photographer.  I usually don't like to do people or a special occasion like that but I told him I would.  I am no professional and don't have photoshop or whatever but I think they turned out good.  I do have a nice DSLR camera though.

Here is Margaret and Dad. 

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Here is me, Dad, and Chuck.

Here is Dad with all of his granddaughters.  Andria, Trinity, Dad, Zoe, Bailey

The reception was nice and the food and cake was really good.  Here is Dad & Margaret cutting the cake.

My two great nieces Hanna and Ellie.  This picture was taken right before Ellie pushed Hanna off the stool and down two steps.  I have never seen Bailey move so fast to catch her in my life.  Thankfully she wasn't hurt.

After the wedding Dad went over to Margaret's house and left us on our own.  So we all went as a group (including my cousin Allison) to El Parrel the Mexican restaurant.  That place was always a favorite of ours when we lived in Eden.  We got back to Dad's and all talked for a while before bed.

On Sunday everybody left but me, Bailey, and Hanna.  So we were on our own.  Dad had cooked a lot and had left overs but Bailey wanted Mcdonalds  so we went there after everyone left.  We talked the evening away and Allison came over and joined us.

On Monday Dad left for his honeymoon and Bailey's flight was leaving that day.  Before Dad left he gave me Mom's engagement ring.  I had been wanting it but Dad wouldn't give it me.  That was a nice surprise.

We closed up Dad's house and left for Greensboro.  We ate lunch at Applebees then I dropped them off at the airport for their flight back to Colorado.  I headed on back to Florida and got home around midnight.  

This weekend was so fun.  I love being around family.  It was so good to see every one.

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Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2017 http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/epcot-food-wine-festival-2017 This past Sunday we went to the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot.  We really enjoy trying different foods from around the world.  The decorations this year were very pretty!

Our first booth is my personal favorite Canada!  Here is the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with a pretzel roll  This soup is unbelievably good!

Canada- cheddar cheese soup with pretzel rollCanada- cheddar cheese soup with pretzel roll

Our next stop was France where we got the Beouf Bourguignon....another favorite of mine!  Then it was off to Morocco where we got the Kefta Pocket and Spicy Hummus Fries.  Last year the Kefta Pocket was Bryan's favorite.  This year it was made different and wasn't as good.  The Spicy Hummus Fries was really good.  Next we made our rounds to Hops & Barley (USA).  Bryan got the New England Lobster Roll and I got the Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on garlic toast.  Bryan got the lobster roll last year.. he loved it then and loved it this year too.  The brisket was really good.  We got a drink from Fife & Drum Tavern called The American Dream.  Holy cow that was delicious!  It's frozen strawberry, vanilla ice cream, and frozen blueberry slush.  We always try to find a favorite drink at the parks and that's our Epcot favorite.  Next we went to Epcot Legacy Showplace and got Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich.  So good.  I got L'Orange Cotton Candy.  I thought it was going to be just a sample but it ended up being a big bag so we took that home and enjoyed it later.  Next we went to Coastal Eats where Bryan enjoyed Seared Scallops.  I didn't get seafood as I thought it was too hot and did not want to get sick.  Within about 20 minutes Bryan started to feel nauseous.  Luckily it passed.  

We went to the new Light Lab.  I had read mixed review on this.  You enter into a glowing room (think black light) and the drinks are made by "scientists".  It was a really neat concept but the drinks were awful.  Bryan got the T=C2 which was vanilla tonic water and cotton candy.  I got the RGB which was citrus apple freeze.  I also got the donut which was huge and very sweet.  My drink was a little more tolerable and Bryan's was down right gross!   

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We then took a break from eating and rode Journey into Imagination with Figment.  Then we headed over to Test Track.  The line was really long and we didn't have Fastpasses so we did the single rider line.  Bryan and I did not ride it together.  He was in the car behind me.  Next up was the newly remodeled Misson Space.  The update was nice.  The ride is still very intense.  

Back to the food booths we went back over to Canada and got Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon.  Oh my this is amazing.  We need to seriously get a reservation to this restaurant.    Canada- Wild mushroom beef filet mignonCanada- Wild mushroom beef filet mignon

Last but not least dessert was at the Belgium booth.  I love the Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache.... yum!!   

We walked around World Show at night.  It's so pretty all lit up.  After that we called it a night. 

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Hollywood Studios & Disney Springs http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/hollywood-studios-disney-springs This past Saturday we continued celebrating my 42nd birthday at Disney.  It also happened to be Photo Pass Day.  Usually we don't go to Disney on Saturdays because we are just getting off of work at 0700.  But since it was the day after my birthday AND Photo Pass Day was having this cool poison apple magic shot at Hollywood Studios we had to go.

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We only rode Star Tours since we got there so late.  We also had one of the photographers take our pictures at the Chinese Theater.  That was a treat!

We headed over to Disney Springs for my birthday dinner.  We ate at Paradiso 37.  This was our first time eating there and the food was great!

Birthday dinner at Paradiso 37Birthday dinner at Paradiso 37

I got the steak burrito and Bryan got the steak sandwich.  For our appetizer we got mini corndogs.  They were so good!

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For dessert they brought out a birthday flan.  It was also very good!

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After dinner we walked around for a little bit then called it a night.  

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My 42nd Birthday http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/my-42nd-birthday August is my birthday month and I typically celebrate all month.  I also treat myself to a shopping spree at The Loft.  This year was no different.  We have two big outlet malls here and I wanted to check out one of them.  So we went over to the one off of International Drive.  I found several cute shirts from The Loft outlet and we got some things for Bryan at the Polo outlet.  

I have really missed not being able to get my birthday burger from Red Robin.  We did not have one in Jacksonville.  There is one on I Drive and since we were over that way we ate there.  I got my usual...the royal red robin.  So good!!

my birthday burger from Red Robinmy birthday burger from Red Robin

I had to work on my birthday which was the 18th.  My co workers decorated the department for me.  It was really nice to walk into that.  They also got me a card and a $25 gift card to Publix.  

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We continued our celebrating the next day which I'll save for another post!

 

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Disney Springs- Family Time http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/disney-springs--family-time Before Allison went back to NC we met up at Disney Springs for dinner.  She had made reservations at Planet Hollywood.  I love this restaurant!  I love the big screen that turns into an aquarium or shows rock videos.  It's just so fun!

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For dinner I got the pulled pork sandwich and Bryan got the LA lasagna.  Both were really good.  I took a bite of his.  For dessert we shared the banana pudding.

After dinner we walked around.  Elizabeth wanted to go to the Lego store and Allison wanted to go to the Trader Pin store.  

We had pictures taken together at the PhotoPass studio.

They were leaving the next morning so they called it an early night.  Bryan and I stayed a little longer.  It was really good seeing them.  I am so glad that they came down!

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Epcot- Family Time http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/epcot--family-time One thing I find so fun about being an annual passholder is when friends and family come down we are able to meet them and share a little of their vacations with them.  Back in June Wayne, Suzanna, Jesse, and Pat were here and Bryan was able to meet them and spend an evening with them at Disney Springs.  So when my cousin Allison and her boyfriend Drew told me they were coming to Disney for vacation, I knew that we would meet up.  So this past Wednesday I met them at Epcot.  We had so much fun.  I got to meet Elizabeth, Drew's daughter.  She is so sweet! 

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When I got there they were preparing to ride Frozen so I waited for them to ride it.  Allison had made reservations for dinner at Rose & Crown.  I had the shepard's pie.  It was good!  For dessert she and I shared an english triffle.  After dinner we had pictures taken together.

I rode a few rides with them.  Gran Fiesta Tour, Spaceship Earth, and Soarin'.

We stayed for the show IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

We left after the show.  It had been a long day for them. 

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Hollywood Studios- The Great Movie Ride http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/hollywood-studios--the-great-movie-ride This past Sunday we headed over to Hollywood Studios to ride The Great Movie Ride for the last time.  They are closing it in a week and it will be changed to a different ride.  We had fast passes to other rides so we made a fun day out of it.

Here we are in front of ToT.

We rode Aerosmith's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

We saw Frozen Sing A Long for the first time.  It was really cute.  I videoed a lot of it.

I had a slight panic attack on ToT.  I actually started crying.  The last time we rode it we ended up in one of the bad elevator cars.  It dropped too much and I didn't like it.  This time around wasn't so bad.  I really don't like this ride anymore.  I use to love it when I was younger.  But I ride it because Bryan loves it.

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Finally it was The Great Movie ride.  We didn't get Fast passes to this because they were all gone.  We waited in line about 30 minutes.  I videoed the entire ride. At the end of the ride in the theater we were informed that the ride had broke down and that we were going to have to get off there and walk out a side door.  So I took pictures of the last room we would have went through.  I am glad that we got on it when we did.  

Dinner was at Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater.  The food here isn't great.  But the ambiance is nice.  I had shrimp pasta which was good.  Bryan had the NY strip and it just wasn't that great.  Just a thin piece of meat with no seasoning.  He should have gotten the burger but he had just eaten a burger the day before.  Bryan got a milk shake and I got a glowing Coke (they put a glowing plastic ice cube in it).

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After dinner we caught the Star Wars show but by then my phone was dead so no pictures.  It was just nice to sit back and watch it.

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Magic Kingdom- New Magic Shots http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/magic-kingdom This past Saturday we went to Magic Kingdom to get some of the new magic shots.  

I got us a few fast passes and our first was Peter Pan.  I am not sure why this ride always has a really long line.  The only thing we can figure is that it's a classic ride.  It's a cute ride but nothing great.

Our next stop was to get a drink that I had read about on Facebook, LeFou's Brew at Gaston's.  It didn't disappoint!  It was delicious and very refreshing on such a hot day.  

We stopped for pictures and our first magic shot was Lumiere.  So cute!

Our next stop was Sebastian!  So fun!

We also had our pictures taken with Pooh and Tigger!  Tigger loved that Bryan was wearing orange.  

We stopped for dinner at Pecos Bill and had nachos.  I had a break down in this restaurant as it was one of my mother's favorites.  I just had a flood of emotions.  I wish that she had been there eating nachos with us.

After dinner we headed over to mine train.  This is one of out favorites and we hadn't been able to get fast passes for awhile.  It's hit or miss with this ride on getting FP.    

We rode the people mover before deciding to ride Tomorrowland Speedway.  It's not a fast ride but it was fun and made us laugh.

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We ended the night with Space Mountain.  I actually got to ride in the front for the first time.  It is a whole different experience!  You can't see anything in front of you and it appears that you are dropping off into nothing.  It makes it much more fun. 

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We still weren't able to catch the new show, Happily Ever After.  But we did catch Once Upon a Time.  I videoed the whole show.  Bryan got us a frozen lemonade from Casey's and we just relaxed while the park emptied.  It always takes such a long time to get out of this park.

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We took the monorail over to the parking lot and the lines for the trams were so long.  We decided to walk to our car which surprisingly wasn't as far away as we thought.  I can't wait until fall/winter gets here.  This park is much more tolerable when it's not so hot.  

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4th of July at Epcot http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/4th-of-july-at-magic-kingdom We decided to spend 4th of July at Epcot.  So after getting finished with all the moving stuff and car stuff in Jacksonville we headed over to Epcot.  I don't think I will ever get tired of this view.

4th of July at Epcot4th of July at Epcot

We always have to stop for pictures.  I loved the photo prop!

We rode Universe of Energy because rumor has it that this ride will be closing next month.  It's not one of my favorites but I did want to ride it one last time.

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We got a pleasant surprise to see Figment in one of our pictures.  

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They had a photographer in America.  That was a first for us.  It made for a nice back drop for the holiday.  

I finally got fast passes to Frozen.  I was so excited!  It was worth the wait!  I loved it!  I just hate that our ride picture didn't turn out.  I wasn't visible at all and the photo was foggy.  I guess we'll just have to ride it again.  

Unfortunately we did not get to see the fireworks because we had dinner reservations at Coral Reef.  We were seated at a table right along the aquarium.  So we had a really nice view.  

For dinner we got a prix fixe meal.  For the first course I got the heirloom tomato salad. 

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Bryan got the seasonal house salad.

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Both of us got the shrimp and grits.  They were delicious!  I absolutely love shrimp and grits and order it whenever its on a menu.  

we both ordered shrimp and gritswe both ordered shrimp and grits

For dessert we both got the the chocolate wave.  Yum!!

The Chocolate Wave for dessertThe Chocolate Wave for dessert

The park was closed by the time we finished dinner but they still had a photographer out front so we took a night time picture in front of spaceship earth.  It is so beautiful at night.

We had a great 4th!  I couldn't think of a better place to celebrate our America's birthday.

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Moved....Finally! http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/moved-finally We had to be out of our apartment in Jacksonville by July 3.  We started moving on Saturday June 24 and it did not go as planned.  The movers came as scheduled and moved the little bit of furniture that we had left to storage.  We were not as happy with them this go around as we were the first time.  They seemed in a hurry and not as careful.  Then expected a tip....how about NO!  When the movers left we accessed our storage units situation and felt like we were going to need another one.  We have way too much stuff but we will own a home again and I don't want to get rid of anything until we purchase our house.  Talking to the storage manager she offered us a larger unit which we took.  So instead of using our first day to actually move, we had to move storage units.  We did manage to combine both of our units into one...

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After getting all of this done which took about 14 hours, we started on getting everything else in our apartment moved.  We rented our own truck on Monday and had to make a couple of trips and keep it a couple of extra days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday).  We were so tired!  I often don't know how we survive some of these days.  We moved with absolutely no help except what the movers helped with.  

The next weekend, Saturday July 1 was getting the G back running and on the road.  That took ALL day.  We finally got her rims on, suspension adjusted, and went to crank her and she was dead.  Unfortunately Bryan had to go back to work so we just had to leave her until Tuesday.  I went back to Jacksonville on Sunday and purchased a battery for the car, got yet another small storage unit for Bryan's car parts, changed the car battery, and moved things over to the storage unit.  I FINALLY got everything done and did a little apartment cleaning.  

On July 4th we got up early and drove to Jacksonville to bring the G home.  She ran fine and made it to Orlando safely. Even with an illegal license plate!

Whew!  What a week!  I am so glad that is over.  Now it's time to get settled into our jobs and work on buying that house!

 

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Animal Kingdom June 2017 http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/animal-kingdom-june-2017 This past Wednesday Bryan got off of work early.  He came home and said he wanted to go to Animal Kingdom and see Pandora World of Avatar.  On the way there it really started raining.  We almost turned around but instead we grabbed my umbrella out of my car and decided to make the best of it.  And boy are we glad that we did.  The lines in Pandora were doable.  

Pandora is absolutely beautiful!  My pictures do not do it justice.  I want to take my camera on a nice sunny day and get some better photos.  I hardly ever take my camera to Disney at all anymore.  I only take my iPhone.

We first rode Na'vi River Journey.  It was gorgeous!

Next we got in line for Avatar Flight of Passage.  We only had to wait about 45 minutes.  We got very lucky as this ride can typically have a several hour wait line.  It did not disappoint.  It was one of the best rides that we have ridden in a long time.  We cannot wait to ride it again.

We love grabbing different kinds of drinks from the parks.  I had heard about a drink from Pongu Pongu called Night Blossom.  It has a glowing Unadelta Seed in it.  So we glowed!  Anyhow the drink is a mixture of limeade with apple and desert pear topped with passion fruit Boba Balls.  It was D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S!!!

The Photopass Photographers were out and about. 

A fun magic shot.

The Tree of Life was also lit up and had animation.  Every so often animals would run across it.  It was so neat.  Tree of LifeTree of Life

This was our first time being at Animal Kingdom after dark.  When we came to Disney in 2010 long before moving here Animal Kingdom closed around 1700.  It was never open after dark.  They now have a river light show which we still have not seen.  So much still to do.  Pandora was great and we cannot wait to spend some more time in this park!

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Disney Springs and Seeing Old Friends http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/disney-springs-and-seeing-old-friends This past Monday we went over to Disney Springs to spend the evening.  We did a little shopping and listened to some music.  I bought a princess frame for Echo, another frame for us, and Mickey & Minnie mugs.  We also went over the Photopass Studio and did some more pictures.

Last night Bryan went back over to Disney Springs to see Wayne, Suzanna, Jesse and Pat.  They were here on vacation.  Boy have we missed their friendship!  Especially me as I really regret allowing my temper to control my feelings.  It had been 3 years since Bryan had seen them and I hate that I had to work and didn't get to see them.  But fortunately we are all friends on Facebook again and I am hoping that I can repair some damage.  

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Job Interview at Viera http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/job-interview-at-viera This past Wednesday I had a job interview at Viera Hospital in Viera, FL.  This hospital is in the Health First system and is one of four hospitals.   I met with the manager Missy and the day shift tech Linda.  I was shown the department and ER.  The interview went very well.  They are a two bed lab which is just what I love.  I left with a good feeling.

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Yesterday I got the call and was offered the job.  I am so excited!  Orientation is July 3.  I am so ready to get out of Jacksonville.  This drive back on the weekends is already getting very old.  So I'll be putting in my notice at UF and my last day will be June 23.  

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Memorial Day 2017 at Magic Kingdom http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/memorial-day-2017-at-magic-kingdom We celebrated Memorial Day this year at Magic Kingdom.  I wore my Captain America shirt which I thought was fitting for the occasion.  

We started our day off by riding The Peoplemover.  We need to remember this ride when we need to get off our feet and just relax.

We got Fastpasses to Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.  This is always a good fun competitive ride.  Bryan beat me of course.

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We also rode Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid.  I am a little confused as to why there is one of these at Hollywood Studios as well.  Next time we are over that way I am going to ride it to see if it's the same or different.  I know that we had ridden it before at HS but I can't remember it.

We headed next to The Haunted Mansion.  But first we had to get Bryan a blue raspberry slush from Pinocchio Haus.  His favorite!

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I have been seeing these lantern pictures from Tangled on Facebook so we definitely had to wait around for this.  

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Because of the Tangled lantern picture only being done at night we missed getting a good view of the new Happily Ever After show.  It has replaced Wishes.  So my pictures weren't good.  We'll have to catch this show another time and get there early. 

Before we called it a night we went over and rode Pirates of the Caribbean.  Always a fun one!

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My purchase for the day was the new Dooney & Bourke magicband and the new Annual Passholders Dooney purse.  I love them both!  So thankful for our discounts and that I am able to get things at a reduced cost.  

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We had a great Memorial Day holiday and we never once forgot those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Those that never lived to see fun times such as Disney.  I think about those men and women sometimes.  How young they were when they died serving our country and the things that they missed out on.  Their sacrifice is much appreciated and not forgotten!   

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Moving Day http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/moving-day Bryan started his new job this past Monday.  He went down on Sunday and got our keys to the new apartment.  The movers aren't coming to move our furniture until Tuesday so he had to sleep on an air mattress for a couple of days.

I stayed in Jacksonville and met the movers on Tuesday.  Everything went pretty smooth.  They moved all of our furniture with the exception of our kitchen table, chairs, computer desk, and grandfather clock.  Those will unfortunately have to go into storage until we can buy a house.  They got everything set up and I love how everything fit perfect.  This apartment is smaller but the layout makes it feel bigger.  I am not even going to take pictures until everything is put away and in it's place.  

The cats cried the whole drive down.  But they settled in quickly.  They seem to like the apartment.  Snickers loves the porch but surprisingly Echo wants nothing to do with it.  I hope that changes as she gets more comfortable.

I will be staying in Jacksonville on the weekends to work until I can find a job closer or in Orlando.  So I took the air mattress back with me on Thursday.  I am also loading the car up with small things and clothes to help with the process.  We have to be out of our apartment in Jacksonville by June 30 so we will rent a truck then to get stuff moved to storage and to to get the rest of our things to Orlando.

It's weird having to drive back and forth for now but I am hoping to get a job very soon!

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HR Stuff & Hollywood Studios http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/hr-stuff-hollywood-studios This past Tuesday we went to Orlando to take care of Bryan's HR stuff.  He had to do some paperwork and get his badge.  

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Everything is official!

We also drove over to the hospital so we could find the parking deck and the room where his orientation will take place.  I was amazed at how large the hospital is.

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After all the HR stuff and finding where he needs to be we headed to Hollywood Studios.  BB8 is now making appearances and I wanted my picture taken with him and also Bryan has been wanting to see Fantasmic.  So the first thing we did was head over to Star Wars Launch Bay to meet BB8.  He was adorable and asked me if I was from Tatooine.  He said my shirt looked like his planet.  LOL!

We also had our picture taken with Chewbacca again.  

We always try to hit up Star Tours because there are so many different versions.  We got a different one this time.  We ate dinner at Fairfax Faire.  We split empanadas and a loaded baked potato.  

Fantasmic was really good.  I ended up videoing a majority of it because with it being a laser and light show it was harder to take pictures.  But I loved the end when all of the characters came out on a boat.

After Fantasmic we shopped a little then had to call it a night and get back to Jacksonville.

Its going to be amazing living in Orlando and being able to just go the parks when we want to.  I am also looking forward to not having to drive 2 hours back after such a long day.  Moving day is coming up soon!!

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Apartment Shopping & Disney Springs http://elizabethbrooks.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/apartment-shopping-disney-springs This past Tuesday we headed to Orlando to apartment hunt.  We had made a list of 5 places that we wanted to see.  We actually only saw 3.  One we didn't make it to and the other one ended up not being open.  The first place that we saw was Nine12 Gateway in Altamonte Springs.  The complex itself was really nice and the floor plans were great.  I didn't like the tub surrounds though.  They were plastic.  The second place that we saw was The Courtney at Lake Shadow.  This complex was nice and on a lake however the apartment that would have been ours looked out over the trash container and someone's house.  That caused us a little concern for noise issues.  The floor plans were also nice but the bathroom countertops were formica.  The third and last place we saw was Elan Audubon Park in downtown Orlando.  This place was AMAZING!  It's the same company that originally had our current complex.  We looked at a few floor plans but actually fell in love with the 2 bedroom/2 bathroom on the first floor.  Its so spacious and has very large closets.  This kitchen is amazing!!  I might can actually get some of my things out of storage.   

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This is the living room.  It's not huge but it's enough and will fit our big TV stand and living room suit (that we hope to replace in the near future).

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Both of the bedrooms are great size and each have a huge bathroom.  Also both bedrooms have walk in closets.  One for me and one for Bryan.  One of the biggest selling points for us was this wrap around screened in porch.  It's so pretty and the cats are going to love it.  We are going to put our rockers on one side and buy a table and chairs for the other.  It's so quiet and overlooks a preserve.  Hopefully now we can enjoy some quiet time out there and not listen to 6 lanes of traffic.  We also loved the fact that there isn't a stitch of carpet in this place.  Our allergies will hopefully love that.

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So we really didn't need to look any further and chose this as our new place.  Move in day is May 20.

After apartment hunting we went to Disney Springs for the evening.  Some new parts had opened since we had been there last.  We stopped off at the Coca Cola store and had our picture taken with the bear.  We also enjoyed a very delicious cherry coke float. 

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We walked around and saw some of the new stores.  I couldn't help myself and purchased another charm for my Pandora bracelet.  They finally came out with a Tigger charm.  Next we decided to try out the new Photopass Studio.  I loved the different backgrounds.  Unfortunately I wasn't real happy with my pictures.  Another symptom of my female problems that I am having is abdominal swelling so by the time those pictures were taken I was swollen.  In them I look pregnant.  I really need to get that procedure done but just don't want to go through it right now.

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We had dinner reservations at the new Planet Hollywood Observatory.  The atmosphere was great.  And the most fun thing ever was when the whole restaurant did a Let it Go sing a long.  Love some Frozen!  Our appetizer was 5 cheese dip.

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I ordered the Bacon Mac n Cheese burger and it was so good! 

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Bryan ordered the American Kobe burger.  He said it was amazing!  Both of these burgers are Guy Fieri inspirations so we knew they would be awesome.

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The desserts are very similar to the ones at the Toothsome Chocolate Factory at Universal.  They are just too much so we passed on it but we did enjoy seeing them come out to other tables.

For dessert we got a cupcake out of the Sprinkles ATM.  We got the marshmallow.  It was a little dry for my taste.

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After our cupcake we called it a night.  It had been a really long day.

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