Thought for today:
Show your love to the ones you're with....
My Aunt Denny left to go home to DC this morning. As always, when she has to leave those she loves, she cried...as did I. While vacations must come to an end, it is hard for me to say goodbye to those I love. I wish we lived closer, my aunt and I; but we are in communication with one another all the time. Denny brings a gentle presence wherever she goes. She is a tremendous support for me....and she loves me unconditionally. When I am sad, she lifts me....and when I am joyful, she celebrates with me.
Thought for today:
Show your love to the ones you're with....
Last night the kids treated us to a luau dinner and show at the Polynesian Village in Disney. What a fun experience! It brought back so many memories of being in Hawaii years ago, watching dancers swing their hips so effortlessly. I wonder if they ever throw their backs out....I mean, seriously, how do they get their bodies to twist and turn like that and still manage to smile? Graceful doesn't begin to describe them. And once again, there was so much joy in seeing the looks on the kids' faces as they watched the dancers and fire eater.
Thought for the day:
Find fun in your day
As we sat on the curb, waiting for the electric parade to begin, my eyes wandered to the many little faces who were so mesmerized by the floats and the magical characters of the Magic Kingdom. The first float was Tinkerbell's. Our three grandchildren sat, open mouthed, awestruck. Ally, who is 3 1/2 stared at Tink and when her float left, Ally let out a sigh of such contentment. Her eyes lit up like a Christmas tree as the Princesses, seven dwarfs, Mickey and Minnie, Donald Duck, etc passed by on their floats. The wonderful thing about children of their ages (6, 5, 3 1/2) is that they still really believe in the magic...such a pure, beautiful innocence. I am ever so grateful for being able to witness the magic thru their eyes. And somewhere within each one of us resides our own little inner child of yesteryear.
Mannnnnnnnnnny years ago (ok, 41 to be exact) our first child arrived on this date. I'm not sure how we could possibly have a child this old! But, truth be told, he is indeed, 41 years old!!!
Jim, we are so glad you were born. Wish we could all be together there. Jim is so much fun and so good with all his nieces and nephews.
Children are a blessing, and as they get older, it can be wonderful to watch where their lives have led them, what paths they have chosen, remembering when they were little ones.
Happy Happy Birthday, Jim! We love u!
We had such a great day today (despite a little rain). The morning was spent at Animal Kingdom.....great. Went on a safari and the real highlight as seeing The Lion King. I managed to sit in a front row with Jack and Meggan. The looks on their faces as they watched it all were incredible. AND, better yet they both were chosen to be part of a finale act. Imagine being 6 and 5 and getting to see so much so close!!! I was excited for them! We came home for a couple of hours for a well needed rest. Then this evening we headed for Epcot. What a fascinating place. The genius behind it all...there are no words to describe it. The Laser/Fireworks show was awesome! At one point, Ally, who is our three year old granddaughter said "Papa, this is all magic."
There was a special room where Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Snow White were signing autograph books. This was as huge for the kids as the whole vacation has been. The end of the evening was spent watching the laser and fireworks display. Once again, watching the faces of the kids was an incredible gift. I will never forget the looks.
For me, life is about seeing it thru the eyes of children...the wonder, the magic, all the new things they are seeing for the very first time...just wonderful! Soooooooooo, the thought for the day is:
Are you aware of the magic in your own life? Where do you see it? Is there someone to share it with? Sharing it makes it all the more real. If today you don't see the magic in some small way, just watch a little child (a non crying one would be best, of course =).... I wish you gentle moments of peace and joy.
Adventure today was at the Kennedy Space Center. It is amazing to see the innovations that occur and continue occurring there. So many brilliant minds combine to come to brilliant conclusions, discoveries. I wondered if my grandchildren will travel to space in their lifetime.....or will it happen with their own children? A crystal ball would be nice right about now to see what will be.
I hope today is full of new discoveries for you...blessings
Today's Disney adventures took us to an awesome waterpark....Blizzard Beach. The weather cooperated (last nite there were torrential downpours) and we had a great time!!! The kids loved all the different tubings and slides. A favorite for everyone was seeing me go down the family mountain slide with them. First, you walk up 137 steps (yes, I counted them!). When you get to the top you "hop" into a very large rubber raft that fits up to 6 people. And theeeeeeeeeeeen you begin the twists and turns and almost upside downs of the very long slide. It reminded me of what it must be like to ride on a luge. So, much as I didn't mean to, I wound up screaming pretty much the whole way down. This, of course, is very amusing to children....and adults. And so, we did it again. A while later we did it yet again. Ally, who is only 3, had said "Nama, did you (s)cream? Why?" "Because," I told her...."that's all, just BECAUSE!" Now Ally had been pretty scared when she went down an hour earlier. But, suddenly she wanted to do it again as long as this Nama was coming. She smiled the whole way down, entertained by Nama's screams.
My Aunt Denny has never been to a water park....what a sheltered existence, huh??/ So, we convinced her to go down a slide (NOT the huge family one) in an inner tube, and, she LOVED it, so much so, in fact, that she went again and again. I think it made her feel very daring. =)
All in all, it was a wonderful day.
I hope u have a wonderful day today.
The magic kingdom is pretty magic when seen thru the eyes of children. Yesterday we went to the kingdom with Jack, Meg, and Ally. Even tho it was HHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTT when we got there, it somehow wasn't as hot when walking around. Walt thought of everything, you know? Cool air blows out of all the stores and rides...and there was even a time when we thought it was blowing out of a manhole! Hmmmmm, maybe we were delirious....
I think the most fun was watching the kids' faces when they would meet the characters. There they stood, autograph book and pen in hand, waiting to see Alice....and the Rabbit....and Fairy Godmother....and Donald Duck....their little faces lit up and there was a wonder in their eyes. Can you imagine being face to face with the characters you have heard about in stories? Magic, pure magic.
As always, Disney is spotlessly clean, and all the people who work there have genuine smiles on their faces. I couldn't help but wonder how they all do it in the heat....especially those dressed in character.
When the kids were with Alice in Wonderland, I was so taken by the likeness and her wonderful expressive face when she spoke with each child! Just amazing.
So, hot as it was, it was worth watching our grandchildren enjoy these magic moments. I won't soon
The above title is part of a tongue twister that my mother and grandmother used to say when I was a little girl. Today we spent at the beach .... one Jim and Denny and I have been to before when my mom was still alive. The water (gulf of Mexico) was actually warm, and the sand full of seashells. Jack wanted to venture out as far as he could (attached to Papa, of course) so that he could jump the waves . Meg was a little less adventurous, not wanting to go out too far but wanting me to hold her and jump the waves as they came crashing in. She got one little bit of salt water in her mouth and that did it. Besides, what she had come to do was find seashells.
Both Meggan and Jack found scads of shells, each one more special than the last. Meggan laid hers out on our picnic table in single file....but, of course....how else would you view them all in all their beauty? I am a seashell lover, also, and have a jar of shells I collected at a nearby beach in Florida after my mom died. She loved the sea and the shells and found such peace there (even tho she was afraid of water and unable to swim! Go figure).
Jack picked many shells as well....some were fragments of shells....but he loved their color or shape or how they felt....and he chose specific ones for each of us.
And so, I will add shells to my collection, adding memories to my collections of memories.
It's been a good day...started out with a muscle madness class followed by 25 minutes on a killer elyptical. Then home to tackle the hundreds of photos I am going thru. Such a good feeling! And, then I hit the book shelves and pitched about 20 old text books from years ago, too old to be current. A movie in mid afternoon broke up the monotony of me filling bags with old books, old frames...etc. It's a great feeling when you can finally tackle that which seems like a mountain, bringing it down to an anthill.
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable