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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Looking for something fun to watch on this Sunday afternoon? Take a few minutes to enjoy this video featuring two "future" kitchens from the 1950s. The first clip is a commercial for a Frigidaire kitchen (I love how the cake comes out with lighted candles in it, haha!). The second clip features the Monsanto House of the Future from Disneyland. Interesting fact about the Monsanto House... since it was built entirely of plastics, when it was to be torn down the wrecking ball bounced right off! The workers had to take it apart piece by piece.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Honeymoon Day 6

On our sixth and final day of the honeymoon, we drove to Keystone Heights to visit my grandparents, aunt and uncle, and their girls. 

Here we are with my grandparents at my aunt's house.  We were surprised with a beautiful frame complete with a personalized name plate that also had the wedding date that was written in "Disney font".  What an incredibly thoughtful present!

The frame, isn't it nice?!  We just received our wedding photos a few weeks ago and I am still deciding which one to use.

Hubby and I brought down a fun photo frame for our grandparents, he we are showing off our presents.

Two of my cousins and their friends

We all went over to our Grandparent's place where they had a delicious spread for us, we ate away and they surprised us with a very sentimental present.

I immediately recognized these Chef Mickey serving utensils!  My grandparents had these when I was a little kid and I had always loved them. 

The design of Classic Chef Mickey is just darling, you can't find these treasures anymore and I will cherish them forever.  We also had a chance to sit down and look at my Grandparent's scrap book of Walt Disney World memorabilia including original A-E ticket books, opening pamphlets, and retired attraction tickets.

It was a trip I will always cherish and I have to admit, I was quite sad to be flying home... with the excitement of the wedding over as well.  When we drove back to Hubby's parents' place, they must have know we would need one more surprise :)
How unbelievably sweet!  They had a lovely tent set up for our return.  We celebrated one more night with champagne and sushi... doesn't get much better than that.

Here are a few more shots that I took the next morning of the tent and the gorgeous surrounding flowers:

Well that was the end of our honeymoon but I still have a few more posts to go so stay tuned!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A few photos from this week...

This past week brought us some lovely weather and a taste of what is coming for fall. And of course, nothing is a better indicator of the upcoming Autumn season than the arrival of pumpkin beer!
I enjoyed my first Punkin' Ale of the season this weekend - one of my favorites!
I took lots of walks in the gorgeous weather, watched a rainstorm in our solarium, met a good friend for brunch, and visited a very old friend that has just moved to town.

The hubby has been hard at work trying to finalize everything for his residency applications - I am so proud of him!
Hubby and C.B.

We have having been loving our new home delivery grocery, Green Bean. Each week we get loads of fresh local produce which has pushed us to get more creative in the food department. Hubby made this delicious curry squash soup a few nights ago.
Curry Squash Soup

Later on in the week we stopped in at Sitwell's a cozy coffee shop down tr street. Hubby was hard at work as always but we both tried the Tommyknocker Pumpkin Ale. It was rather mild as far as the pumpkin and spice flavors go and tasted lighter than it looked.

This weekend we are heading down to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with another couple. This is something that Hubby and I have wanted to do for quite a while so we are very excited!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Honeymoon Day 5: Downtown Disney and Magic Kingdom

On our fifth day, we really wanted to take some time to enjoy our darling room at Port Orleans French Quarter, here are some shots from the balcony (hallway) outside of our room:
.  I just love the wrought iron that lines the hallways on these buildings.

Our room was very much tucked away in the corner which made it nice and quiet

To the left we had a view of the Sassagoula River!

We walked down to the river and took a leisurely ride over to Downtown Disney
View of the riverboat from the dock
Riverboat up close

Here is the approach to Downtown Disney, I believe this is Fulton's Crab House

Amazing LEGO sculpture in front of the LEGO Store
For lunch, I insisted... ahem... I mean, I politely suggested that we eat at the T-Rex Cafe.  This was a first for me and I really wanted to see the interior.  Overall the food was just so-so however the dinosaur theme was a lot of fun.
By far, the most impressive was this enormous underwater area that makes up the bar. 
Even if the food isn't quite what you're in the mood for... make sure to stop by this fun bar for a drink!
That large dinosaur (Triceratops?) in the background... that's a wrap around bench!  We did not get to sit there but how fun is that?!
another shot from our dining area
Here you can see the bar area through our section
The Ice Cave seating area was really neat, I took a moment to walk through and snap some photos

Another shot of the ice cave.  A meteor would come through the restaurant every 10 minutes or so and this was certainly the best spot to sit and watch the action.

After a bit of shopping at Downtown Disney, we took another boat to the Old Key West Resort.  I have never had the chance to stay here (it is exclusively Disney Vacation Club I believe) but the themeing is just wonderful... I love the colors and design of Key West.

We stopped in for a drink at the Gurgling Suitcase
After another boat ride, we were back at our resort to freshen up for the rest of the day at Magic Kingdom. A phone call from the front desk let us know that we had a little something on it's way up!
My parents, sister, and her boyfriend sent us this WONDERFUL package to the room.  We were so surprised and excited to receive this thoughtful gift.  Inside was a bottle of white, two darling Mickey glasses along with....
A chocolate box filled with chocolates!  How cool is this?!

These were so yummy, i just can't get over this:)
And of course... Mickey and Minnie ears!   Thanks so much to my family for sending this.... you made our magical vacation even more special. 
After enjoying our lovely gift, we hopped on the bus for our last day at the parks at the Magic Kingdom
"I'm walkin' right down the middle of Main Street, USA!"  Factiod: did you know that every day is the Fourth of July on Main Street?  This way, it makes sense that everyone is not at work and there are always American Flags proudly on display.

Cinderella Castle and Brent trying to run away haha

Tomorrowland sign... love it
The TTA stopped for a while right in front of the castle

Here we are on the railroad... I never appreciated this leisurely ride when I was younger but it was quite pleasant and we stayed on for two trips around the Magic Kingdom.

This is our Honeymoon button... we both tried to wear it everyday and got lots of little magical moments from the cast members

After hanging around Magic Kingdom all afternoon, we took the boat over to the Grand Floridian and had dinner at the Grand Floridian cafe.  I had never eaten here before, it was just lovely!  After enjoying our food we took the boat back and spent the rest of the evening walking the Magic Kingdom.

Even though it was our last day at the parks, we were still very excited to drive to Keystone Heights the next morning and visit my family!