Typhoid Lagoid

J and I took the boys to Typhoon Lagoon on Saturday.  I jokingly referred to the water park as “Typhoid Lagoon” and then it became “Typhoid Lagoid”…  Oh!  Someone stop the insanity.  It’s a laugh a minute around here.


We spent a lot of time in the kids area or Ketchekaddee Creek as it’s known at Disney.  The boys loved going on the tube flume ride.  I think they particularly enjoyed it because they could do it by themselves.  The tubes weren’t so big that they could not carry them.  They could take the tubes to the water and get in them solo.  Then they could get out of the tubes at the end of the ride.  It was like an exercise in independence that we watched over and over and over again.

To fill our time, because we couldn’t ride anything in the kiddie area, J and I took funny pictures of ourselves with my camera.  This is J doing his best Captain Morgan…

Castaway Creek was a hit with our fam as well.  We lazed around on tubes in the gentle water.

The boys even managed to share a tube for a while.  Aw!  The togetherness!

No trip to a Disney theme park is complete without a Mickey Mouse ice cream bar snack break.  Ugh!  What a mess!  But the boys devoured every last bit.

I have this attraction to thank for road rash on my left knee and elbow.  The Surf Pool is no joke.  It generates tsunamis every so often that take people out.  I ducked under a wave with Cutie Pie to avoid getting pummeled by the tourists on the surface only be drug along the rough, concrete bottom for 100 yards…  J wasn’t as lucky as me.  He got kicked in the head by some guy and had a massive headache for several hours.  Awesome!

Later in the day Cutie Pie ended up with road rash on his toe that would not stop bleeding….

Wildman is the only one to escape the Surf Pool unscathed.  Woo hoo!

Taking into account all of our injuries, we still managed to have a really fun day.  Although I think we all agreed that Blizzard Beach was a slightly better water park.


Fort Wilderness

Last week I received a text from my best buddy from back in the day, Dr. Cindita.  It said that she would be making a brief layover in Central Florida on her way to St. Kitts.  Would we be willing to meet up with her and her extended family for a cookout at their cabin at Ft. Wilderness?  If so, could we bring some paper plates, chips, salsa, lawn chairs, bug spray and an iPod docking station?

It’s been almost exactly a year since I’ve seen Dr. Cindita.  Too long!  I have missed her.  So, I immediately texted back with an emphatic YES!  We would be there with all of the supplies.

We were also excited to meet Dr. Cindita’s newest addition, Biscuit.  Biscuit is sweet little puppy that she and her husband found at a farmer’s market.  He’s what they are calling a CHUGAPOO…  Which would be part chihuahua, part pug and part poodle.  Whatever he his, he is precious!

Here’s their awkward family photo:

The cabin, as it turns out, was a glorified single-wide.  A darn nice, Disney-fied single-wide.  It accommodated our little party perfectly.  The boys especially loved climbing up on the bunk beds.  It would have been all over if I showed them how the Murphy bed worked in the living room though.  They would not have left it alone.  🙂

It was so great catching up with old friends if only for a few hours over grilled meats, s’mores and red wine in mason jars.  Life gets busy and money gets so tight lately that a year or more can go by before you see your out-of-state friends.  You have to grab these brief moments to see one another when you can.  I’m so glad we were able to do just that!

Happy early birthday, Dr. C!  Love you!

One in a Million

As part of Disney’s Give a Day.  Get a Day. volunteer program, I participated in a local beach clean up on Saturday morning while J and the boys were at the t-ball game.  I consider our beaches pretty darn clean at least when compared to the beaches that we frequented when we lived on the TX Gulf coast.  You don’t see abandoned cars, diapers, liquor bottles, etc. polluting environment here.  But that does not mean that we don’t have litter bugs here in FL too.  Now that I’ve done the 2010 Trash Bash and seen how much junk was collected from our shoreline,  I’m looking forward to coming back year after year.

This lady and I were one of the first ones to head north on the beach armed with our black trash bags and latex gloves.  As a result, we found most of the bigger garbage.

The irony of finding a trashcan washed up on the beach was not lost on me.  However, I was not exactly strong enough to unearth the thing and drag it back to the pavilion…  Another strapping volunteer came to the rescue instead.

An army of volunteers headed south.  After I dropped off my northbound trash bag full of junk.  I grabbed another black bag and decided to see what the south had to offer.  I figured that since so many volunteers had already canvased the area that I would not find too much debris.

I was wrong…

This photo does not do justice to the size of the rope that I found lying near the dunes half a mile away from the pavilion.  It was HUGE.

And HEAVY!!!

It weighed at least 50 lbs.  I drug that thing through the sand and seaweed for half a mile taking breaks every couple of hundred feet.  Needless to say, I got a great workout!

The nice lady in the photo with me and my rope coordinated the event.  She’s super sweet and attends my Zumba classes too!

Like I said, I was surprised by the amount of litter that we picked up on Saturday morning.  It makes me want to carry a bag with me every time I go to the beach so I can pick up trash.  I’m definitely going to mark my calendar for this event next year!!!  I think J and the kids would love to do it too.

Now I’m looking forward to joining the other 999,999 registered volunteers in a free day at Disney!

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