I hope you had a great Thanksgiving this week and were able to enjoy your time with family and friends. This year I am thankful for my family, especially for my parents. My Dad has gone through a lot this year with his knee surgeries. We had many stressful weeks in the hospital. I’m happy to report he is doing well and adjusting to life with a non-bendable leg! (He had his infected knee replacement removed and they put a rod in his leg from hip to ankle). I’m also very thankful for the good health of my family too. I got to see both kids this week which was perfect. Most of my week was spent in Florida. Here’s how it went!…
Sunday – We were greeted in Florida by a cold rainy day. But, it was much better than the trip to the airport which was a white knuckle drive for me at 5am on dark slippery roads! We didn’t plan for me being a super slow/cautious driver due to the conditions and I thought we were going to miss our flight. We made it with about 15 mins to spare. Not fun! We spent our day shopping and relaxing at our hotel in Disney. We stayed at the All Stars Music resort. It was great to be in the Disney “bubble” and not worry about driving anywhere.
Monday – The Magic Kingdom! The highlight of the day, and trip, was seeing our son perform in the parade. He’s a senior and this was his grand finale for marching band. What a great way to wrap it all up!
That was the only time we saw him on the whole trip, but we did spend plenty of time wondering/planning to run into him… which never worked out. Disney was a little odd not having our kids with us, but we did enjoy ourselves and rode all the rides! Not quite the thrill rides we have at Cedar Point, but the theming is amazing and it’s all a great time! Side note, if you are going to Disney we thought it was really worth it to buy Genie+ for the Lightning Lanes!!
The lowlight of my day at the Magic Kingdom was getting a phone call that our database was down and no one could access their information. WTF?? I spent the first 3 hours of the day helping out between rides. What a stressful way to start my day!!! The problem did get fixed and I earned my gold star for the year I think 🙂
Tues – Hollywood Studios. It was another long day at the park. We started a little later due to a full day at the Magic Kingdom, but once again we were on the go all day. The new ride Star Wars Rise of the Resistance was really great. Just like being on a movie set with the Stormtroopers. Smugglers Run was really fun too. The whole Star Wars area looked amazing!!
Weds – Epcot. This park was a fun surprise. I didn’t remember a whole lot about this park from the last time I we visited it years ago. There were a lot of fun rides – especially the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride. It was our favorite!! We also enjoyed touring all of the countries around the park.
The night show was pretty!
Thurs – our Thanksgiving day was spent touring Disney. Our plan to pack only a backpack for this trip worked out well and we carried it with us as we rode on the monorail and new gondola system.
We saw all of the holiday decorations and even a huge gingerbread house!
Finally it was time to say goodbye to Florida. We thought for sure that we were going to get bumped from our flight because we didn’t get a seat assignment when we checked in online, but it turned out that our flight was really empty and they put is in the “Big Front Seats” (Spirit). Very comfy!!
Although I didn’t run at all during my trip, I got plenty of steps in every day. We were exhausted by the time our heads hit the pillow every night! I did go for a run on Friday and saw our neighbors had decorated the cul-de-sac. How nice!
In running related news, I did sign up for the Toledo Glass City Marathon in April. To help achieve my goals, I’m going to get back into the habit of strength training. We signed up for a gym membership at Planet Fitness! We were pleasantly surprised with the gym – especially the Black Card Spa. We were only going to get the basic membership, but when they showed us the Hydromassage and massage chairs we were sold!! Those are going to feel amazing after a long run! We can also bring a friend, so our kids can join us. Looking forward to getting strong again!
Sunday’s agenda? Finish decorating the house for Christmas and having my parents over to a belated Thanksgiving dinner! yay!
Q: Any Disney World fans? What is your favorite ride?
I love the new rides, but my favorite classic is the Haunted Mansion.
Q: Any Planet Fitness members? Have you ever used a Hydromassage chair?
OMG, they are awesome!!