Orlando – Day 4

Tired, its late and we are getting up early tomorow, so I won’t write much.

Today we started off with lunch, then headed to Hollywood Studios.  Mom, Dad and I went to see the Indiana Jones stunt show while Sis and her b/f went to ride the Rockin’ Roller Coaster.  Then we had desserts at a 50s diner.  Then Mom and Dad went to the Backlot tour, Sis and b/f went to Tower of Terror and I watched the parade.  Mom and Dad never got to see the tour because it started storming.  The parade was cut short for the same reason.  Then we took cover and shopped.  Then we headed to Downtown Disney.  Shopped for a bit, then headed to Cirque de Soleil.  It was awesome!!  Then we had dinner at Wolfgang Puk’s and shopped some more in Downtown Disney.

Time for bed!!


Orlando – Day 2

Today Dad and I slept in a little bit, got ready and went to Hollywood Studios.  Which, used to be called MGM Studios (or something like that), but they changed the name recently, because it was still called MGM when we were here this past Oct.  Anyway, we went there today, just Dad and I.

We started off at the Tower of Terror, got a fast pass.  Then to eat lunch.  Then we went to Aerosmith’ Rockin’ Roller Coaster to get a fast pass.  Then back to Tower of Terror to ride it.  Its always a good time.  Then we went to a few other things, Back Lot Tour, then back to ride Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster, which is awesome.  Then we did a few more things, one of which was awesome.  It was the car stunt show.  Exciting and intense, all at the same time.  ha  (I did some video of that one.)  Then we had dinner at a Sci-Fi Drive-In restaurant.  Then we went to the Ampitheatre there to wait for Fantasmic, which was awesome.  Then it was time for the park to close.  Now we’re home, waiting for Mom and Sis.  (They are at dinner with some cake people.  Its the last night of their convention.)

I wish my Bro could/would have joined us, and miss Ric terribly too!  😦

Not sure what tomorrow brings, but Dad and I are already prepared, because Mom is in charge now, so no more sleeping in!  😦  ha

Orlando – Day I

I’m probably not going to be able to do this every night, but the nights that I am able to, I will go ahead and write.  No pictures until I get home though.  😦

HI GUYS!  I’m in Orlando.  WOOOOhooo!
Mom and Sis are here for the ICES (International Cake Exploration Societe) Convention.  They left IL Tuesday morning.  Dad left IL to come down (Mom’s car was full with cake displays) on Wednesday morning.  I left Friday evening after work. 

I arrived last night around 11:30 EST, after a ROUGH good-bye to STL.  Well, I was leaving my husband behind, and it was a rough good-bye at the airport (which meant a horrible case of puffy eyes this morning)!  I guess I am just sad that I’m here having a good time and experiencing all kinds of new things, while he is at home, all by his lonesome.  (I’m sure he is enjoying his quiet time!)  (BUT, don’t worry, the first weekend of August, he is on his way to Vegas withOUT me, so we’re even.  ha)

Today’s Adventure:
Dad and I woke up (we slept in) and got ready.  We ran an errand for Mom to Kinkos for some papers for her demonstration tomorrow (Sunday).  Then we met Mom and Sis at the Contemporary (which is where they are staying until tomorrow, while the cake convention is going on-Dad and I are staying at a resort, which is where they will be staying with us starting tomorrow night, which is only about 5 minutes from Disney world grounds).  Went to the “cake room” to see all the COOL cakes (don’t worry, I took pictures).  Then hung out there for a little while meeting all of Mom’s cake friends and such.  I FINALLY got to meet Nick, a cake friend of my Mom’s, who is a Food Network judge.  (The same guy who did Princess Di’s wedding cake years ago – how awesome is that?!)  He’s a cool guy.  I felt like I was meeting a celebrity.  After that, Dad and I headed over to Epcot.  Got there, went on the ride in “the big ball”, tried to go on the “Test Track” ride, but they closed down because of the weather (it only sprinkled), and then headed to the Space Training ride, got a fast past ticket, went to the Nemo ride (which was INTENSE (exaggerating!)).  Then headed back to the space training ride, which made both Dad and I a little nausious.  Then we headed to dinner, which was the highlight of the evening.  We ate in Japan, at a Japanese restaurant, where they cook the food right in front of you.  It was neat.  (I have eaten at the one in STL, but this was Disney World.)  Right as we were coming out of dinner, the fireworks/laser show started, so we watched that.  Then went back to the Monorail, to take it back to the Contemporary where Dad’s car was.  First we stopped off at Mom and Sis’s room, to help Mom practice for her demonstration tomorrow.  How awesome is this, her demonstration SOLD OUT.  That means she is giving this in front of 200 people.  (She only expected 20-30).  Mom’s a “sell out.” ha  (It only proves how awesome she is.)  Mom is demonstrating these roller things that she invented.  They’re awesome, and only a cake person would understand how awesome they are (and a cake person’s daughter).  She tried to patent it, but it was a pain in the booty (she said), so she didn’t.  Instead, she is going to just show everyone her “trick”, and share her secret.  Isn’t that nice of her.

Well, Dad is already in bed, and I need to be heading that way now.  (Its 12:44 EST).  Another fun day to come tomorrow.  Dad and I aren’t sure what we’re going to do.  But this is some great bonding time for Daddy’s Girl and her Daddy! =D

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First things first. . .I just posted a Happy B-day blog to TERESA, and spelled her name wrong.  DUH me!  haha  SORRY about that Teresa!

I read this on Natalie’s blog. . .looks like fun.

1. What are the last 3 things you purchased?*
-Clothes at Kohl’s for my FL trip.  (Mom paid for most of them though.)
-Pull N Peel Licorice from the gas station for Muny night.
-Engraved picture frame for Brayden’s Baptism. (Which I never did post about yet.) 😦

2. What are the last 3 songs you downloaded?*
We Built This City – Starship
Drift Away – Uncle Kracker
You Gave Me A Mountain – Elvis Presley
(This song is amazing!)

3. Where were the last 3 places you visited?
-Springfield, MO
-Orlando, FL
-Western Caribbean

4. What are your 3 favorite movies?
-The Wedding Date
-Mrs. Doubtfire
-Lion King

5. What are your 3 favorite possessions?
-Elvis and Jesse
-My Rebel and my 5D
-wedding set – Ric picked out ALL by himself

6. What 3 things can you not live without?
-family, friends, in-laws
-computer (with my awesome photo editing program on it)

7. What would be your 3 wishes?
-no more desk job/photography full-time
-Ric to get a full-time job.  Not that I mind him just subbing, but I know that it is driving HIM CRAAAAAAAZY!
-all my family AND in-laws all lived in the same area
(not necessarily right next door, but at least an hour drive or less)

8. What are 3 things you have not done yet?
-birthed a child
-Seen Paris and/or Hawaii
(Hawaii is my dream!)
-LOVED my job

9. What are your 3 favorite dishes?
-Ric’s citrus pork stir fry
-Mom and/or Ric’s spaghetti
-Mother-in-Law’s monkey bread

10. What 3 celebrities would you want to hang out with the most?
-Joey Lawrence
-Reese Witherspoon
-Debra Messing

11. Name 3 things that freak you out.
-being startled/scared

12. If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

13. Name 3 unusual things you are good at.
-photo editing/photoshop
-I just. . .
-. . .don’t know.

14. What are 3 things you are currently coveting?
-a trip somewhere awesome with hubby and mother-in-law
(plans in the making)
-more new glass (lenses)
-more camera equipment

15. What 3 bloggers would you like tag?
-Anyone who would like


Hey Theresa. . .


Hope its a good one!

Brave Little Me!

First, let’s take a look at past hair!
While you’re looking, notice that my hair has almost always been really long!
(Especially as a youngster!)

SO, This is what my hair looked like yesterday morning right out of the shower.
(no mousse or make-up – ha)

NOT FOR LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now my hair is GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My awesome hair stylist (from Highland) did an awesome job! I LOVE it!
All I told her is that I wanted it to angle in the front and stack in the back.
You can’t tell from the curly haired pictures.
(This is not fixed, just right after the cut!)

So I decided to straighten it last night, because we had a b-day party to go to.

This is BEFORE leaving the house.

This is only about 30 MINUTES after being outside yesterday evening. UGH
(How frustrating! ha)

So, hopefully this is going to “grow” on me. I do like it, I just wish it would stay straight for more than 5 minutes! ha I guess that is the humidity for you!

BYE BYE HAIR!!!!!!!!!!

In other news. . .FIVE MORE DAYS until Orlando!!!!!!! =D

A Little More About Crested Butte

(St. Louis is only at 538 or so.)
[Ric did not know this and did NOT wear sun block the first day of golf. Irish/red-heads don’t mix well with bright sun. He came home nice and CRISPY! OUCH, it STILL looks painful. He even has lots of blisters. Guess he learned his lesson!]

Crested Butte, Colorado

Crested Butte, Colorado is 116 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is in Gunnison county. The population of the town is 1,529.

The People and Families of Crested Butte

In Crested Butte, about 30% of adults are married. There are a lot of singles in Crested Butte.
[Maybe Brother could meet a NICE girl there!! haha]

It’s notable that men are disproportionately common in the town.

Wealth and Education

In 2000, Crested Butte had a median family income of $49,118. The people of Crested Butte can point with pride to the large number of college graduates in the the town.

Political Inclinations

Among Crested Butte political contributors, John Kerry was favored among Presidential candidates in 2004, with $4,250. The Democratic party attracted the largest share of donations from the town.

Crime and Safety

Crime is quite low in Crested Butte.

Crested Butte Housing

Of the housing in Crested Butte, approximately 48% is occupied by their owners. A good bit of the housing in the town is used seasonally or for leisure or vacation purposes. Newer housing units are not uncommon in Crested Butte. The town offers a good supply of small apartments. Real estate taxes per home are higher in Crested Butte than most places in Colorado.


In Crested Butte, 41% of commuters drive to work. The layout of the town makes walking and bicycling easier than most places. Crested Butte offers good access to public transportation. The town features shorter commuting times than most similar places.

And some more interesting photos I found on-line.

Its such an ADORABLE little town.

Winter views.

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