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A Little Less Talk, A Lot More Action – Florida Style

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Again, we haven’t spoken for weeks.  I’ve been in Florida for Spring Break with my family.  You know, every year we go to watch a few of my sister’s softball games, visit my Godparents, hit the beach, and possibly a park.  Since there’s absolutely no way I could cover everything in detail with just one post, I figured you’d enjoy the pictures more anyway.

We left after Momma FF got home from softball practice around 6pm on Friday night.  The SIXTEEN HOUR car ride was probably the biggest challenge.  Yes, we stopped on the way down to stay overnight in a hotel after driving about 1/2 way.

We slept until Poppa FF felt rested enough to haul us the rest of the way to Florida.   Ate breakfast at the hotel,

Annnddd we were back on the road in no time.

Sunday morning I got up to go for a run, showered, and got ready for the day.   Poppa & Momma FF graciously treated the family to tickets to Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Let the magic begin!  This year, we were super excited to have two special guys with us on our family trip.  JD, my adopted brother, and my amazing fiance, Jarid.

They provided entertainment, laugh, & love throughout the entire trip.

The weather was a bit shaky.  It rained on and off almost the entire day, but it didn’t put a damper on our fun!

We breaked for lunch around noon, pretty much in order to get out of the rain.  The only place we found inside, was a super swanky restaurant.  We had no idea what we were in for when we saw the prices.  Literally, all of the entrees were about $35/person.  When you’ve got six people in your party, that adds up pretty quickly.

I opted for the $15 cobb salad, as did Momma FF & sister FF.  I nixed the cheese, bacon, & eggs and stuck with chopped romaine, turkey, avocado, tomato & chives.  I had never eaten a salad that was so finely minced before!  It was VERY good…just not $15 worth good 😉

Poppa FF & Jarid each got the stuffed chicken.   Not exactly sure of the description.  I think it was stuffed with ham & cheese if I remember correctly?  The portion sizes weren’t impressive for the price, but it’s to be expected, I suppose.  JD got the duck, but I didn’t get a photo.

Regardless of the fact that we were freezing cold and sopping wet, we had a blast perusing the park the rest of the day.

Toy Story

Pirates of the Carribean

Indiana Jones

The set of a special effects action scene

The Wizard of Oz on the Great Movie Ride

The Little Mermaid

Alice in Wonderland costume

I had to!

Beauty & the Beast

Rock N’ Roller Coaster

Star Wars Tours

Jarid in the Tower of Terror

Special effects boat dock set


I was so excited when I found out that there’s a 2nd Tangled movie in the works! Tangled Ever After…cannot wait!  haha.

The Muppets Fountain

My cup of no-sugar-added, fat free vanilla that was free of charge from the sweet vendor in the park! Later on, Poppa & Momma FF treated us all to coffee, too!  It must’ve been a vanilla kind of day because I ordered mine with sugar-free vanilla syrup then, too! 🙂


You Do The Math.

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Tradition+Thanksgiving=Ornaments from Nana & TT 🙂

Packed Goodies From The Dinnertable + Thanksgiving Without Bran = A Trip To The NICU.

Bringing Bran & Jare Thanksgiving Eats To Enjoy @ The Hospital + Spending Some Time With Them = Thanksgiving Highlite.

Black Friday Shopping + 2:30AM Departure Time = Two Silly Sisters By 10AM.

Arriving Home For Hot Tea & Lunch + Watching “Post Grad” OnDemand Together = Sleepy Girls & Great Memories.

Fat Free Ricotta + No Sugar Added Apple Butter On Wheat Bread = Breakfast Of Champions.

1/2 Smashed Nanner + Tbsp.  Artisana Raw Almond Butter Sammie = Great Breakfast Dessert Before Practice.

Basketball Practice Scrimmaging High School Boys At 8AM = 768 Calorie Burn Before Thanksgiving #2 With Dad’s Side Of The Family.

Family + Food + Football = Thanksgiving Numero Dos.

Microwaved Sweet Tater And Apple Cubes + Salad With Turkey, Sweet Peas, & Tomato With A Crusty Wheat Roll = Perfection.

My Beautiful Family = Priceless.

Sunday Shopping With Seester #2 + Park City Mall = Serious Damage To The Wallet.

Christmas Shopping Accomplished + Memories Made With Aunts, Grammie, & Morgs = Success.

New, Much Needed Running Sneaks + Several Weekend Workouts = A Definite Good Thing.

Brooks Summons Running Sneaks = The Only Kind I’ll Ever BUY 😉

French Meadow Bakery Frozen Meals + A Bed Of Fresh Baby Spinach = WIN: Delicious, Quick Lunch.

Chicken Without Antibiotics + Lentils = Killer Nutritional Stats.

Thanksgiving Weekend 2010 = Memories.

The End 🙂

Overflowing with Thankfulness.

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“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

 – Colossians 2:6-7

I’m thankful for a Daddy who would fill up my gas tank for me just because I’m exhausted from class, work, and basketball at 10PM so that I won’t have to get up extra early in the morning to hit the pumps before work.

I’m thankful for my promotion and owe it all to Jesus 🙂  He always provides for me!  The job is wonderful and I’m enjoying learning all the new things it has to offer.  I am currently a certifier in our office for the entire Department, working with things like the Civil Service Commission to get positions in the Commonwealth filled.

I’m thankful for beautiful, wonderful blog friends who send me prizes just for wishing them a Happy Blogiversary 🙂  Thanks, Hillary!  Your granola is rocking my world!  I think you should consider selling it.  It’s like crack! She’s also having a pretty sweet giveaway right now for some Artisana products! Also, another one of my favorite bloggers, Tay is giving away a Shake N’ Bake prize with an American Express giftcard included!

I’m thankful for a supportive basketball team/coach and a group of girls that I LOVE hanging out with.  They are some of the sweetest girls I’ve ever gotten to play with.  It’s been such a relief to play with teammates that WANT you to excel and do well.  They’re unselfish and completely willing to learn and take advice.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to go back to college to earn my degree and again for a flexible job with amazing benefits.  I feel so blessed to be back in a setting where I can learn and appreciate the material with some GREAT professors.  I’ve also been blessed with the ability to TAKE IN the knowledge and apply it.  Thank you, God!

Last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for a family (surrogates included! ;)) & friends who has loved and supported me through the good and the bad.  Of course, there were some rough times and I thank you for putting up with my crazy self during them.  I’m thankful that no matter what happened we didn’t give up on each other.

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂