Thursday, March 23, 2017

the wonderful world of disney

 Ok, so if you're not a fan of Disney, you may want to avoid this post altogether, because I'm about to get ultra geeky about it...... So don't say I didn't warn you....
 Sadly, our first day (at Animal Kingdom) I realized only once we got to the park that my camera was dead. DEAD. So I only got to take photos on day 2, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. 
 I also learned a crap ton of things about Disney on this trip..... so get ready to geek out with me (or just skip the words for the pictures...).
 Walt actually passed away before the first park was ever opened.
 The neck of the above guitar (in Hollywood Studios) is 32 feet long.
 Rockin'  Roller coaster is a 90 second ride. 
 The Rockin' Roller Coaster goes from 0 to 60 in about 2.8 seconds. 
 Gum isn't sold on the premises. 
 Alcoholic beverages are not sold anywhere in Magic Kingdom (but all other parks do sell them). 
 When asking you to sign your name for a check, cast members always ask for you "autograph". 
 You are never more than a few steps away from a trash can.
 Epcot was originally designed to be lived in.... no freaking way. I'd be all over that!
 While in one part of Magic Kingdom, you cannot see another part of the park, to keep up the magical illusion. So when in Tomorrowland, you cannot see another "world". 
 The Epcot ball weighs about 16 million pounds.
 Around 200 pairs of sunglasses are turned into lost and found every day.
 Disney property in Orlando is as big as San Francisco (or two Manhattans)! Say what?!?
 There are tunnels under property so that cast members and deliveries (food and drinks) can be delivered without being seen and ruining the magic.
 While the Flower and Garden Festival is not as big as the Food and Wine Festival, you can get a passport for the food and drinks all over the countries. The passport also tells you the gardens and different topiaries you can see around the park. 
 United Kingdom has a British Invasion band that plays in the back courtyard. And America also hosts bands in a pavilion. (This past weekend, Simple Plan was one of the bands there).
 Epcot gardens grow over 30 tons of fruit and vegetables.
 About 75 million cokes are sold yearly.
 Disney photographers take hundreds of thousands of photos every day.
 There are 11 countries in Epcot's World Showcase.
 Apparently there is still room for more countries..... oh the possibilities!
 From opening until now, the Disney monorail has logged enough miles to have made 30 round trips to the moon.
 Speaking of Space...... Mission Space (ride) has motion sickness bags- which I wish I known about when I rode it.. because I about died. And poor Alice in Wonderland almost got puked on (consider yourself lucky Alice....). 
 All outfits worn by cast members (which includes anyone working on property) are called costumes. So even our bartender's outfit is a costume....
 The above photo is a legitimate pineapple (and sooo tiny and cute)!
 Main Street (in Magic Kingdom) has streets that pump smells (vanilla, Christmas...etc). 
 I'm pretty sure their hotels also have a specific Disney smell (this is a personal note though, so don't blame me if I'm wrong). 
 Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community for Tomorrow
 Doritos were originally created in Disneyland. 
 There's one "hotel" room in Cinderella's castle, but you can't rent it. It's used for giveaways, or apparently a Jonas wedding gift.....
 The above picture is of gingerbread (and is found in Germany- in Epcot).
 There's a hut in Animal Kingdom's safari that you can rent out for dinner. It even comes with a personal chef.
 Animal Kingdom's Expedition Everest and Hollywood Studio's Tower of Terror are the same height (and the tallest parts of Disney World).
 Even though Florida is flat (and therefore has no mountains), Expedition Everest is still not the highest mountain in Florida. 
 In Disney Springs, there is a Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. (I'm sorry, I just find that fascinating, plus cupcakes are my favorite food)!!!
Disney World is the country's largest single site employer (they have about 60,000 employees). 

Thanks for sticking around (that is if you made it this far). HA!
xoxoxoxo, kel

Monday, January 30, 2017

thankful // vol.7

I am thankful for God' healing (because my strep is gone!)

I am thankful for cuddles on chilly nights.

I am thankful for pizza nights with good friends.

I am thankful for conversations that have me ending in laughing until I cry.

I am thankful for that light bulb moment I see in the classroom.

I am thankful for good television the helps me tune out the rest of the world for an hour or so.

I am thankful for the library and their never ending supply of entertainment (I'm such a book dork).

I am thankful for teammates that help me keep my sanity (and sometimes drive me home).

I'm thankful for my Wednesday night bible studies, because I've gotten to know some amazing and inspirational women of God.

I'm thankful for food, because's awesome. 

I'm thankful for cold days, because they remind me of how good I have it living in Florida.

I am thankful for puppy cuddles.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 soundtrack// Leon Bridges - Coming Home

Two years ago I decided that I wanted to do a new blog series. I honestly loved doing it (and surprisingly I stuck with it all year long). Although I didn't end up doing it again last year, I felt like this was the year to bring it back....

I absolutely music. Sometimes its the best way to share how you feel when simple words just don't suffice. I also love how it brings back memories. So the whole soundtrack series is just a place to house the songs from the year that either are my favorites, are new, or just speak to me in that time period. 

The first one of 2017......

You should join along too!!! If you do, please leave me a comment letting me know, so I can follow along with yours!!!
xoxo, kel

Saturday, January 14, 2017

thankful thursday// vol 6

I promise I had every intention of not only posting last week but also in blogging this post a few days ago....... but again time got away from me (and my computer also died.....).

I've mentally been making this post in my mind though, which I really like because the whole point was to get me in that thankful spirit 24/7 and I feel like I'm closer to that goal.....

And while there are a ton of things that I am grateful and thankful for..... one of the main things that's on my heart this week is my friends. Specifically, a certain group of friends. 
I firmly believe that there are different groups of people that bring out different parts of you and your life. 

This group of besties bring out the humor and love in my life. 

They are honestly some of the best friends a girl could ask for--- they would do anything for you, because they love you. And even sweeter is that when we get together we are always finding ourselves laughing until we are crying. Literally, every time! It's so refreshing to have friends you can be totally yourself with, can make you laugh until it hurts, and have your back through anything.

 Kelly, Alexis, and Daniel..... I love y'all!!!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 reflections

The New Year always seems to be the time when we reflect the most. To be honest, I like the whole idea of a clean slate- a new year- a chance to try out those goals that didn't exactly happen the year before. 
A couple of days ago I also started reflecting on more than just 2016. I went to get a new license (and change my name to my married name!!!) and seeing my IDs right next to each other was kind of nostalgic. The one on the left is the only other picture for the DMV I've taken and was when I first got my license. Flash forward from 15 or 16 to 15 years later when I'm about to hit 30. It's crazy to think of time in that way. (This year also is the 20th anniversary of the Spice Girls getting big in my life.) 
A part of me feels old.... but really I think I just feel accomplished and so very content and happy. I have the teaching job I always wanted, I'm married to an amazing guy, and I have two sweet puppies that I adore. Minus the fact that I would like to lose some weight (more than I'd care to admit in public), I'm happy. 

So many people absolutely hated 2016. And I get it...a lot of crap happened. Too many great people died, including my personal family and famous legends. Our city faced a couple of hurricanes back to back and a lot of people lost homes or businesses. And of course some people are also really upset about the presidential election outcome..... But I had a lot to be thankful for this year too! My cousin got married. Three of our good friends got married. WE GOT MARRIED!!! We honeymooned in Disney! We got a new puppy. And our family reconnected, a prayer I have been praying for the last 20 years, come true. 

I decided that this year I'm not doing "resolutions". I honestly prefer to stick to my birthday goals rather than New Year goals. However, I am trying to stick to the goals I always seems to set (and then not complete): take more photos and document life more! So per usual, I'm trying to make sure to take at least one photo a day (on instagram- find me... I'm kelzify). 

Welp, a lot of rambling. 
A lot of reflections and a lot of ideas floating through this brain of mine. 
So goodnight, friends. 
I wish you all a wonderful and happy New Year! 
So much love, kel

Thursday, December 29, 2016

thankful thursday// vol.5

 I am so incredibly thankful for our growing family.
 The night before Christmas Eve, Austin brought home this sweet little puppy. It was the best Christmas gift (and I think Chloe thinks so too).  

So here is our newest addition to our little family: Luna Padfoot (if you aren't a Harry Potter fan....well I just can't help you). 
Sweetest right? 
xoxox, kel

Saturday, December 24, 2016

christmas 2016// girvin lights

Another great Jacksonville tradition for Christmas is the lights on Girvin Street. A couple of blocks of homes completely go insane for Christmas and deck out the entire neighborhood. It's quite a sight!! 

This was the first year I've ever gone. Austin and I went after our family Christmas dinner at his parents this past week. I took a lot of video on snapchat, but also managed to take a few photos too....

Merry Christmas Eve!!!!
xoxo, kel