I’m not entirely sure where this year has gone, since I’m pretty certain it just started, but clearly some time has passed. I am apparently now the mother of an official teenager, and since there’s no need to regale anyone with those tales, we’ll focus on our favorite vacation EVER. No worries because YOU are the beneficiary of our very own . . .
Top Recommendations for Orlando:
If you want to sound completely in the know for an upcoming visit to Orlando, or just want to impress friends planning their visit, be sure and take our advice, or don’t. It’s a new year, what do I care? Oh, but if I could ride just one more time. . . .
- The Incredible Hulk
- Hogwarts Castle
- Dragon Challenge
- Expedition Everest
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Star Tours
- It’s Tough To Be a Bug!
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
In addition to Orlando, we also took a long weekend trip to Nashville, Tennessee, to celebrate L’s 13th birthday. The real highlight of that trip (other than having our picture taken with Elvis, of course) was attending a writers’ night at The Bluebird Cafe, where Taylor Swift got her start. L plans to perform some of her own original music there on an open mic night in our future.
Oh, and L was extra cool this year because she grew out her hair and then chopped it all off for Locks of Love.
We can’t wait to see what 2012 has waiting for us, and hope you’ll continue to read along as the adventures continue. Merry! Merry! to you and yours!
p.s. – What’s the greatest number of times you’ve ridden an amusement park ride during the same day visit to that park?If you like this post, you can subscribe to receive regular doses of encouragement and inspiration to help you on your way:
Tim Pegram says
Greased Lightning x17 once at Carowinds. And, hey, I am very partial to It’s a Small World at Orlando.
Jacque Cates says
Sounds like you had a great year. Just now getting to read your posts, will keep up in coming year! 😉
No kidding?!! Wow! You’ve definitely got me beat. I thought the twelve times (back-to-back) we rode Thunder Road at Carowinds we were amazing :-), and It’s a Small World is always a crowd pleaser; I’m just not sure I could repeat it multiple times in one day!
Thanks so much, Jacque! It’s nice to have you here. I look forward to your participation in the conversation!
Melanie Lindsay says
Ty was very excited to see your pictures, especially of Doug.
I have to admit that seeing Doug & Russell literally caused me to giggle and rush to get in line to have my picture taken with them!
Katrina Grindstaff says
Sounds like you gals had a great year. I cannot believe L is so grown, but of course she is! You all (above) talking about White Lightening @ Carowinds…those were the days! You and Tim have me way beat…I rode Thunder Road frontwards and backwards about 6 times total..that was plenty for me. 🙂
Happy New Year!!
Paul Jones says
Wow what a couple of trips! That is so awesome, and seems to be a great way to sum up a fantastic year for you two. Here’s to parenting newly minted teens in 2012!
Mine is 10x on Cyclone at Carowinds, (many, many moons ago) and a few years ago we did Space Mountain 10x in a row. 😉
Happy and healthy New Years!
Buddy Hiatt says
Wow!! Sounds like you had a great year.
We DID have a great year, Katrina! Thunder Road is a really fun – no matter how many times you ride it! Happy New Year to you, too!
hehehe!!! “Newly minted teens” cracks me up! Yeah – here’s to that!
Space Mountain has been redone, and it’s a lot of fun, so you’ll have to give that one a go next time you’re in Orlando, but 10x on anything is a lot!
Happy New Year!
We had a lot of fun this year, Buddy! Hope you and your family had a memorable 2011, and that 2012 will be your best year yet!
Steve Vogler says
It is hard to believe just how fast they grow up. Looks like you guys had two great trips this year. Thanks for sharing.
Cathy Sinatra says
Hi Arminda! Love your newsy letter. You and L have had a fun year, and I love the great photos. Happy New Year to both of you!!!
Hope you and your family are well, Steve. Great to see you here!
It was hard choosing which photos to share, Cathy! Glad you enjoyed them!