Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Disney: Day 2

We spent our first full day at Disney World at Hollywood Studios. Some thoughtful and kind friends had rented a motorized scooter for me to use. At first, I was hesitant (as I always am!) to use it, thereby outwardly identifying myself as "weak" or "different." It didn't take long, though, for me to give up that silly notion and hop aboard! Without that scooter, there is no way I could have done half as much as I did while we were on vacation.

The little cowboys took turns riding with Mommy on the scooter. To them, it was as great as another amusement ride! It was also a good way to shuffle the little guys back to the bus at the end of a long day of walking.

Our first stop at Hollywood Studios was Hollywood and Vine, where we had breakfast. This is where we were introduced to Mickey Mouse waffles--yummy! (The food, by the way, was an experience all its own on this trip. I'll post about that separately.)

We met Leo and June from the Little Einsteins.

Dad and Handy Manny compared notes on fix-it issues.

Goliath and his Poppy

Just as we finished up with our breakfast, I saw familiar figures out the window. We made a mad dash to get our pictures made with Pooh and Piglet!

The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground was a hit! The boys loved exploring familiar scenes from the movie. I posed for a picture with my guys on Antie, and I may or may not have climbed a huge spider web and slid down a blade of grass.

The whole family enjoyed the "Lights, Motors, Action!" stunt show. There was plenty of tire-squealing and crazy driving for Hubby to admire, fire and falling for the boys to oooohh and aaaahh over, and to the rest of was just plain interesting to see how a movie is put together!
Speaking of movies, we also loved the Backlot Tour. We saw some interesting things, but none was better for my boys than watching this sequence of events for a "movie:"

If they would have let me hop off the moving tram, I could have spent hours in this costume shop!

One of the planes used in the movie "Pearl Harbor."
For lunch, we went to the 50's Prime Time Cafe. There are 2 things I will always remember about that lunch hour. 1) Our waiter was hilarious. Too bad I'm the only one who thought so. He made all the groups in his section introduce themselves to one another, he refused my son when he ordered an ice cream sundae, and he called my dad Max. 2) My mother said at least 100 times, "This is just how it used to be."

This is just how it used to be.

The cowboys enjoyed the first of what was to be many ice cream sundaes.

Enchanted is one of my favorite movies. How could I not get my picture made with Queen Narissa (even though I'm a little scared of her)?
On our way to more rides, we passed by a street show. We stopped to watch, and guess who got to be part of it?
Look closer...

That's my Little Middle, helping to direct!

Poppy and Nana with their grandboys.

Our family in 3D!

My first love...

and my life love.
Our favorite attractions for Day 2:
Hubby--Toy Story Mania
Me--The Beauty and the Beast Show
Goliath--Tower of Terror
Little Middle--Tower of Terror
Baby--Toy Story Mania


Anonymous said...

Enchanted is one of my favorite movies too!!!

-Chelsea :)

Shellie said...

Such fun memories!

Uncanny Colleen said...

I was culling some of the Christmas photos off of the refrigerator and told Larry to leave the one of your family a reminder to pray. (FYI: you are just a few feet from my right shoulder while I am doing the dishes...several times a day...we are praying and praying).

Anyway, it just dawned on him to tell me that you had a blog. ('s only been how many months since he saw you at Phil's wedding?).

Now that I know where to find you, I will be following...and still praying!


The Horton Family said...

Looks amazing. The pic of you and your "first" love chokes me up.

Brett Finley said...


A bit over a year ago I too was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. It was in my spine, my liver and my abdominal lymph nodes. I went through surgery, radiation and to date, 20 rounds of chemo and counting. I read your blog and I want to tell you from one survivor to another that cancer CAN be beat. It CAN be obliterated in many cases. I am a medical professional and I can tell you this: God still makes house calls and He still makes miracles happen. I encourage you to stay the course and empower your faith. I was given a ten percent chance of living six months to a year and I am still upright, just celebrated another year with my lovely wife and my incredible circle of family and friends and I am still working. YOU are a WARRIOR! I can tell from reading your blog. I am a warrior too and I hate cancer with a white hot flame. I have seen what it can do and I know what kind of wreckage it can leave behind. It is a monster. I hate it so much I cannot express it in words. I also know what it CANNOT do. It cannot steal your spirit and it cannot kill love. It can never break who you are or split your faith. It is a coward, a hellish thief. Fight and overcome. I have run across many, many survivors along the way and they all have one thing in common: They FIGHT it. They believe that they CAN beat it. They remain positive above all. I believe in YOU Allyson. You CAN beat it. You WILL beat it. I know your pain. I know what it feels like. My wife knows how your husband feels. You and I have to comboy/cowgirl up and stay in the saddle no matter how the horse bucks and stay the course. Ride girl, ride.

Brett Finley
Tomball TX