15 August 2011

Disney World and Moving!

Well, this post can't be too long because of all the life happening right now, but I figured I'd update you on the latest happenings in the Page household(s)...

Last week, Brian and I flew to Disney World for one last hoorah before he deploys in a few weeks (ahhhh). We arrived on Monday afternoon and decided to hit the park immediately! We started with Disney's Hollywood Studios, which used to be MGM. Of course the first thing we do is Tower of Terror...I forgot how exhilerating that ride it! After some rainshowers and getting free ice cream (bonus!), we headed back to our resort. We stayed at Shades of Green, which is a Disney resort specifically for all branches of the military and their dependents. It's very nice and we had a great time there last week! Tuesday, it downpoured again while we were at Epcot...we finally broke down and bought ponchos because we were getting so wet...but that didn't deter us! We spent 4 hours walking around the "countries"; if you've never been to Epcot, they have about 15 countries represented in small clusters with food, artifacts, videos, and sometimes rides associated with that country. We had a blast--I loved seeing all of the creative architecture and eating delicious German carmel and chocolate...and Brian of course had a beer :) At Epcot we also rode a ride that simulated a space shuttle take-off and flight...it was awesome! We realized at the end of the day as we watched an amazing fireworks show that we had been walking/on our feet for over 13 hours...yes, my feet were aching!

Wednesday was my 24th birthday and we spent the morning sleeping in a bit (it was downpouring again...) and eating breakfast in bed....breakfast being PopTarts, that is. Everyday we carried in our own lunches and snacks to deter some cost...their food is pretty expensive! That afternoon we returned to Hollywood Studios and did the Rockin' Roller Coaster as well as Tower of Terror...three more times. Seeing a trend? We also went to the Indiana Jones Show which was really great! They go through how they accomplish special effects in the movies-lots of explosions! That night, Stacey and Zach drove down from Gainesville to have dinner with us at Paradiso 37 in Downtown Disney. It was sooo yummy! It was so great getting to see them too and catching up on life as well as laughing a lot!

Thursday we got to get into Magic Kingdom an hour earlier than normal since we were staying at a Disney Resort, which was awesome! That meant that in 1.5 hours, we had ridden Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean! We got quite a few fast passes that day and rode Splash and Space Mountain various times...Splash Mountain is Brian's favorite, and Space is mine :) We saw lots of Disney characters as we roamed around too! Which reminds me...I definitely got a picture with Mulan, my favorite :) And if Nemo had been around, that probably would've happened too... :) Yes, I'm 24 years old, why do you ask?... haha!

We flew back into Huntsville (after being delayed 2 hours), arrived at 6:45 PM, said goodbye to our families at the airport, and drove to Jackson, MS. We got to Jackson around 11:30 that night, and we pulled out of the driveway Saturday morning at 6 AM sharp...We were planning on stopping but we were making good time, soooo we drove all the way from Jackson to El Paso for a grand total of about 1,050 miles...15 hours or so. But hey, the GPS said it was going to take 18 hours...take that! The reason we wanted to get back quickly is because we had so much to do! I had a bunch of lesson-planning to do and we had to pack up the house...which we signed for this morning! We officially have a house on post now! Hooray! So this week consists of...Brian going back to work, me starting my job (get my students tomorrow!), moving...and about 12 things for the FRG in our unit. One step at a time, right?....

I'll update you on school whenever I find a second to breathe...until then, I will be moving boxes and educating minds! :)

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