Our Disney Adventures Through the Years

Anyone who knows me (and probably some who don’t) knows of my love for Disney. Specifically…Walt Disney World. I never get tired of reading about it, looking at pictures of it, and most importantly visiting it. Anyone who knows my sweet husband would probably assume he’s not a Disney fanatic like myself. How wrong they would be.

When Louis and I were going into our sophomore year at Texas A&M, we came up with the crazy idea of taking a trip to Walt Disney World together. Going in, I’m sure Louis was annoyed to be spending thousands of dollars to be going to (at the time) what he thought of as a children’s theme park. Fast forward 4 years and 3 trips later, he understands the magic. 🙂

Moments into our first trip Louis was as hooked as I had been since my first trip as a 4-year old. Since that trip, Louis surprised me with a trip in 2010 for the most romantic proposal ever imagined, and we returned for our honeymoon in 2012. It’s only been 11 months since we were there, but I’m having serious withdrawals. Watching Disney classics, listening to Disney music, and planning dream trips (“Babe…I got it down to $3000 not including food and souvenirs!”), just don’t fill the void like a trip does. Tonight, I sat down and looked through our 797 (literally) Disney trip pictures. I decided to do a little compilation of some similar pictures from each of our 3 trips. Enjoy!

Airport Terminal 2008-Louis' 1st trip!
Airport Terminal 2008-Louis’ 1st trip!
Airport Terminal 2010-I was running on ZERO hours of sleep after Louis surprised me with the trip!
Airport Terminal 2010-I was running on ZERO hours of sleep after Louis surprised me with the trip!
Airport Terminal 2012-Hours after our wedding!
Airport Terminal 2012-Hours after our wedding!
Animal Kingdom in 2008
Animal Kingdom in 2008
Animal Kingdom in 2012
Animal Kingdom in 2012
Tree of Life 2008
Tree of Life 2008
Tree of Life 2010
Tree of Life 2010
Tree of Life 2012
Tree of Life 2012
Magical Express 2008
Magical Express 2008
Magical Express 2010
Magical Express 2010
Magical Express 2010 #2...heading back to the airport!
Magical Express 2010 #2…heading back to the airport!
Magic Express 2012 - Leaving Walt Disney World until our next trip!
Magical Express 2012 – Leaving Walt Disney World until our next trip!
Meeting the stars of cars in 2010
Meeting the stars of Cars in 2010
Meeting up again in 2012
Meeting up again in 2012
Cinderella Castle 2008
Cinderella Castle 2008
Cinderella Castle 2010
Cinderella Castle 2010
Cinderella Castle 2010 #2...moments before Louis proposed! (Check him out clutching the ring box in his pocket!)
Cinderella Castle 2010 #2…moments before Louis proposed! (Check him out clutching the ring box in his pocket!…Also please note that Louis is wearing the same shirt to propose that he wore on our 1st trip in 2008.)
Dinosaur 2010
Dinosaur 2010
Dinosaur 2012
Dinosaur 2012
Expedition Everest 2008
Expedition Everest 2008
Expedition Everest 2010
Expedition Everest 2010
Expedition Everest 2012
Expedition Everest 2012
On Expedition Everest in 2008
On Expedition Everest in 2008
Post Expedition Everest in 2012
Post Expedition Everest in 2012
Epcot 2008
EPCOT 2008
Epcot 2010
EPCOT 2010
Epcot 2012 during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!
EPCOT 2012 during the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival!
Hollywood Studios 2008 - Our favorite park!
Hollywood Studios 2008 – Our favorite park!
Hollywood Studios 2010
Hollywood Studios 2010
Hollywood Studios 2012
Hollywood Studios 2012
Hollywood Studios 2012 #2
Hollywood Studios 2012 #2
Louis in front of Cinderella Castle in 2008 - he looks SO young!
Louis in front of Cinderella Castle in 2008 – he looks SO young!
Louis in front of Cinderella Castle in 2010 - All grown up :)
Louis in front of Cinderella Castle in 2010 – All grown up 🙂
Louis in front of Cinderella Castle in 2012
Louis in front of Cinderella Castle in 2012
With the Big Cheese in 2008
With the Big Cheese in 2008
Meeting up with Sorcerer Mickey again in 2012
Meeting up with Sorcerer Mickey again in 2012
Entering Magic Kingdom in 2008 - Louis had no idea what he was in for!
Entering Magic Kingdom in 2008 – Louis had no idea what he was in for!
Magic Kingdom Entrance in 2010
Magic Kingdom Entrance in 2010
With Peter Pan in 2008
With Peter Pan in 2008
Ran into Peter again in 2010
Ran into Peter again in 2010
On the plane in 2008!
On the plane in 2008!
Plane in 2010
Flying home to show off my engagement ring in 2010
Plane in 2012
On the plane after a LONG wedding day in 2012
Rocking ponchos in 2008
Rocking ponchos in 2008 (a necessity for Splash Mountain)
Ponchos are still essential in 2012
Ponchos are still essential in 2012 (for rainy days around Hollywood Studios!)
Rockin' Rollercoaster in 2008
Rockin’ Rollercoaster in 2008
Still Rockin' in 2012
Still Rockin’ in 2012 (in almost the exact same spot 4 years later!)
Magic Kingdom love in 2010
Magic Kingdom love in 2010 (the trip where I tried to show off my engagement ring in every picture…)
Still in love in 2012!
Still in love in 2012!
Tower of Terror Line 2008
Tower of Terror Line 2008
Tower of Terror Line 2010
Tower of Terror Line 2010
Tower of Terror Line 2012 - still one of our favorite rides!
Tower of Terror Line 2012 – still one of our favorite rides!
Mr. Potato Head in 2008 at Midway Mania, Louis's favorite ride!
Mr. Potato Head in 2008 at Midway Mania, Louis’s favorite ride!
Mr. Potato Head in 2010
Mr. Potato Head in 2010
Mr. Potato Head in 2012...still Lou's fave!
Mr. Potato Head in 2012…still Lou’s fave!
Waffles 2008 - Our #1 Breakfast choice!
Waffles 2008 – Our #1 Breakfast choice! (POP waffles for our resort…Pop Century!)
Waffle 2010
Waffle 2010
Waffle 2012 - It's not a Disney trip without Mickey waffles!
Waffles 2012 – It’s not a Disney trip without Mickey waffles!
Buzz & Woody in 2008
Buzz & Woody in 2008 (this picture was early proof of how much Louis loved loves me)
Buzz & Woody in 2012
Buzz & Woody in 2012 (I think Woody got taller? Didn’t know toys grew! Disney Magic I guess…)

It’s so fun looking back through these and reminiscing on all of our memories. We are pretty happy people, but we are never happier than when we’re at Walt Disney World! Hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane, and I hope I have more recent Disney pictures to post soon!

Until then,

I hope all your wishes come true!
I hope all your wishes come true!

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Rough, Tough, Real Stuff, Texas A&M

DISCLAIMER: If you aren’t an Aggie or Aggie Fan, this post probably won’t interest you. However, if you are, enjoy.

My handsome hubbs planned some last minute business meetings in College Station last Saturday, so we made a spontaneous day trip there. While he was off being all official, I drove to campus to admire the newly remodeled MSC. It was Aggieland Saturday, so I joined the throngs of anxious parents and high schoolers trying to pretend they were already in college and explored my beloved university and what had changed since I left.

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The outside views of the new MSC are just as beautiful as the inside.
The outside views of the new MSC are just as beautiful as the inside.
The MSC basement now boasts: A Mac store, air hockey, foosball tables, ping pong tables, a Panda Express, a FROYO station, and more! When I was there, we had a ghetto bowling alley, DDR, and a Chicfila. Times have changed.
The MSC basement now boasts: A Mac store, air hockey, foosball tables, pool tables, a Panda Express, a FROYO station, and more! When I was there, we had a ghetto bowling alley, DDR, and a greasy Chicfila. Times have changed. The top right picture shows a few of several TV stations. The clear fixture above each couch is what projects the sound from the TV, so it can only be heard by those beneath it. That way it doesn’t disturb others who are studying or passing by. Ridiculous!
I explored the bookstore, which is now TWO stories!?! It had the cutest baby gear that I totally wanted to buy for Henry, but his parents are Cougars...don't want to pressure him too early!
I explored the bookstore, which is now TWO stories!?! It had the cutest baby gear that I totally wanted to buy for Henry, but his parents are Cougars…don’t want to pressure him too early!
That painting on the left hung in a hall I always walked through as a freshman. It was refreshing to see it still hanging as I wandered around. The middle shot was taken from the bridge between the MSC and Rudder Tower. That bridge is where I went to open every acceptance letter from organizations I applied for. I had many heart-racing moments in that hall, tearing open envelopes that held my plans for the next year. That final shot is pretty self explanatory.
That painting on the left hung in a hall I always walked through as a freshman. It was refreshing to see it still hanging as I wandered around. The middle shot was taken from the bridge between the MSC and Rudder Tower. That bridge is where I went to open every acceptance letter from organizations I applied for. I had many heart-racing moments in that hall, tearing open envelopes that held my plans for the next year. That final shot is pretty self explanatory.
Kyle Field & Rudder Tower haven't changed at all, but I still loved seeing them. I made some of my best memories at organization meetings for MSC FISH and Abbott in Rudder Tower. Kyle Field, I actually don't have many fond memories in. Funny memories there include when Louis got thrown up on before we left early (2%ers) and a bird pooped on him.
Kyle Field & Rudder Tower haven’t changed at all, but I still loved seeing them. I made some of my best memories at organization meetings for MSC FISH and Abbott in Rudder Tower. Kyle Field, I actually don’t have many fond memories in. Funny memories there include when Louis got thrown up on before we left early (2%ers) and a bird pooped on him.
The amazing new sculptures were beautiful, but it was great to see the Flag Room was exactly the same. It was the only thing that kept me from getting lost!...Ok, that's a lie. I got lost twice.
The amazing new sculptures were beautiful, but it was great to see the Flag Room was exactly the same. It was the only thing that kept me from getting lost!…Ok, that’s a lie. I got lost twice.
Here's a quick apology to any of my instagram followers. I got pretty nostalgic and had an Aggie overload of pictures that day.
Here’s a quick apology to any of my instagram followers. I got pretty nostalgic and had an Aggie overload of pictures that day. Seriously though, how could I not instagram a reference to my fave movie that is now immortalized at my fave school?
I was psyched to visit the Puppy Store at Post Oak Mall (which also had a semi-facelift), but I was CRUSHED to see it had closed! I spent countless hours there bonding with puppies I knew I wouldn't buy.
I was psyched to visit the Puppy Store at Post Oak Mall (which also had a semi-facelift), but I was CRUSHED to see it had closed! I spent countless hours there bonding with puppies I knew I wouldn’t buy.
I did have fun exploring the quirky stores only found in small town malls and gawking at the merchandise only they can offer.
I did have fun exploring the quirky stores only found in small town malls and gawking at the merchandise only they can offer.
When Louis was finally done being a stud, I picked him up and we lunched at the new Lupe Tortilla on Texas Avenue.
When Louis was finally done being a stud, I picked him up and we lunched at the new Lupe Tortilla on Texas Avenue.
It is SUCH a blessing that this Lupe wasn't there when we were in school. It was literally 2 minutes from my house, and we definitely would have feasted there every day. BEST QUESO EVER.
It is SUCH a blessing that this Lupe wasn’t there when we were in school. It was literally 2 minutes from my house, and we definitely would have feasted there every day. BEST QUESO EVER.

It was so good to visit campus. It has changed SO much just since I graduated, and that was only 2 years ago! I met some current MSC FISH members, and they are the Class of 2016. Wow. That made me feel OLD. I can’t lie, I totally teared up walking through the MSC. Yes, as if I wasn’t awkward enough walking around campus alone, I was crying too. It just meant so much to be to be back on campus where I made so many amazing memories. It made me miss the days where I could see 20 familiar faces just walking between classes. Or randomly walking across the street to hang out and watch Gossip Girl with my friends. My time at A&M flew by, and returning to campus made me realize how much I valued every moment I spent there. I am so proud to be an Aggie.

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Weekend Update

Nope. Not the funny SNL version…this is just my own Weekend Update. This weekend my dad had to go out of town for work, so Louis and I headed home to keep my mom company. Their mansion can get spooky at night, and she was a little scared to be home alone. I mean, she’s no Kevin McAllister.

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I picked Louis up from work on Friday, and we began the long treck back to Houston. We arrived to a delicious snack attack basket and some yummy Valentine’s Mickey Mouse cookies. YUM. (Side note: upon seeing the picture below, my mom said, “If I had known you were taking a picture I would have fluffed the pillows!” Ya mom…the room was a wreck in the picture.)

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We laughed and talked and laughed and snacked and laughed and passed out around 2:00 AM. We needed to get SOME rest because the morning was bringing some very special visitors….

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HENRY!!!!! (and his parents!) My mom cooked a billion cinnamon rolls and we sat around and laughed and ate and laughed and talked and laughed. Here is some precious proof:

I mean…I can’t even. He’s too cute. I loved seeing Amy and Travis too! They have so many exciting things going on, so it’s always fun to catch up.

After lots of laughter they headed out, and my mom and I got ready. I remained obsessed with Maybelline’s Falsies mascara. I mean, seriously.

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Maybe she’s born with it…NOPE. I wasn’t.

First we enjoyed Chipotle at Market Street. We sat outside in the breeze and reminisced about the time I slipped and ate it at the Chipotle in downtown Houston a year ago. Man, time flies. I loved laughing with her!

Beautiful company!
Beautiful company!

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After we gorged on their yummy chips and guacamole, we shopped around at Francesca’s (precious accessories and clothes) and Zulee’s  (overpriced crap like ceramics you can personalize and $75 candles) we wound up at my fave…MARSHALL’S HOMEGOODS. I could spend hours in there. We did. I ended up with the cutest blazer and cardigan…both on clearance! I’ll post pictures of them at some point! We finally headed home to throw on our sweats, greet my dad coming home from LA (as in Louisiana…hah), and watch Paul Blart: Mall Cop with some homemade popcorn…which included more laughter and eating and laughter.

Today, we woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across our head, and headed to Shipley’s…of course. I wanted to see Henry and his parents again! So…we laughed and ate donuts and laughed and watched Henry be super cute. It will probably have been my last time at Amy and Travis’s house before they move to their beautiful new place! So excited for them.

Time flew and we headed home to pack….aaaaand so my mom could cut my pants. Louis bought me some VS Pink (not actually pink…they’re grey. That’s ALWAYS confusing.) sweatpants in October for my gallbladder surgery (because I was being a baby), and they were about 3 feet too long. When I asked about the weird length, they salesgirl said, “Oh yeah. You’re supposed to cut them yourself to create your own custom length!” I translated that to, “Even though we’re charging you $50 for sweatpants, we’re too cheap to add a finished hem!” Thankfully, my mom trimmed them up, Louis and I…okay, Louis loaded up the car, and we headed on our way! 

Our drive home included seeing the following (full screen it for a better view):

Not a clue. Seriously. Back in San Antonio we grabbed Chipotle (twice in two days? I know.) and ate it while watching 30 Rock because it’s hilarious (what Superbowl?). It was a great weekend, and I loved seeing my family!

CoralSiggy

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Old & New

I love mixing old and new things, trying new things, or repurposing old things into something new!

For Christmas this year, my parents bought me this precious ceramic egg carton that I use as a jewelry holder. It blends perfectly with my old ceramic and wooden jewelry box behind it.

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I have always wanted to journal. I have no idea why. I have nothing very interesting to say (as evidenced here), but I love the idea of buying cute colored pens and having beautiful penmanship and writing my innermost thoughts in a booklet. Because of this, I always want to buy cute journals I see at the store. I finally banned myself from buying any more until I actually started using them. The journal below is over two years old, but I’ve never written in it because I didn’t want to “waste” it. I now realize how silly that seems. I started doodling and writing in it yesterday, and I really enjoyed it! No, the pen next to it is not fun like I imagined, but I’m going to make sure this journaling is here to stay before I reward myself with a new pack of pens. 🙂

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My hair is long and straight. That’s abouti it. I usually wear hats and headbands a lot because it gets greasy about 14 seconds after I wash it. My hair options right now are pretty limited, so I decided to try out some new braids today! Below is an example of a fishtail braid. It’s easier for me to split my hair into two braids than make one big braid, so I practiced that way today. They still need some work, but I was proud of myself for trying something new!
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Speaking of new hair, I got mine cut today! You can see it AFTER I cut it below. What’s that? You can’t tell the difference? Well, join the club. Basically no one ever notices when I get my hair cut. Since it’s so long, if I get anything less than 5″ off, I’d be shocked to hear a comment about it! No worries though…I’m happy with how it looks. I’ve been putting off getting a haircut because I’m cheap, but when we moved our apartment gave me a coupon for a free haircut at a salon nearby. I was kind of scared because what sort of shady salon just gives out free cut and styles? My suspicions increased when I called yesterday, and they had an opening today. Well, call me a rebel, because I went and got my hair cut there anyway! It feels much healthier, and the ends look so much cleaner. Inspired by my new and old thoughts today, I mixed new and old pieces together for my outfit as well! My tank top (American Eagle circa 2007) and my cardigan (Old Navy circa 2009) are old favorites as are my boots from Target. I paired those pieces with my new jeans (also from Target) and my totally crazy new hairstyle. I’ve been going through old things in my closet lately, so hopefully I can find fun new pairings in the future too!

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Another old to new adventure I had today was getting new tires put on my car. I called around for quotes for the best tire prices and wound up at NTB. Proven by my screenshot below, I was there for almost 3 hours! Ugh. When I first sat down, I thought the man next to me had horrible B.O., but it turns out it was just his lunch I was smelling so…that was…good? Then, the man next to me fell asleep and woke himself up with his own snores. Finally, the mechanic came in to tell my they accidentally rolled down my window even though I asked them not to. Why? It takes roughly 4 hours to roll back up because the motor is dying. I spent most of my time there looking out the window into the shop and cringing with fear as they tried to (unsuccessfully) yank my window back up. I drove home 3 hours later, $200 poorer, in the freezing mist with tape covering the gaping hole where my window should be.

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I shouldn’t be complaining. If waiting a long time to get new tires for my car today was the worst thing that happened, I think my life is pretty blessed. I already doodled in my journal tonight and watched lots of Malcolm in the Middle with Louis, so I suppose it’s time to hit the hay. Tomorrow I’ll be packing for a weekend in Houston!

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Twentytwelve

Well folks, 2012 has come and gone. (Duh.) I’ve been reading an obscene amount of “this is what I did this year” statuses on facebook, which is super annoying. Why? Because the people that wrote them are the ones who updated their status every 23 minutes the entire year. So yes, facebook acquaintance, I know you had a child this year because you posted how many centimeters you were dilated during labor.

In order to not be annoying like all of the people of facebook I’m too lazy to unfriend because it takes 3457545234 steps, I will NOT be posting a status about my year. I’ll be blogging about it. Hypocrite? Nope. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short…ish.

2012 Highlights

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Wow. Insane. And I left out a lot. Hopefully, I can revisit this year in more detail later, but you get the gist. It was wild.

Here’s to 2013 and being inspired by annoying Facebookers!

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