Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wearing the Mickey Ears

If you've ever been to the "World" of Disney, then you will completely understand what I'm about to write. While in the "world" you will see people all over wearing Mickey Ears... proudly... without any hesitations at all. There are big Goofy Hats, big Minnie Mouse headbands, Hollywood Studios cone hats, Buzz Lightyear hats.. anything crazy... that Disney fans wear around just in honor of where they are and for the fun of it. No one looks at you crazy if you're wearing a Mickey headband with feathers out of the top... even if you're 38..You just wear it and don't think about it. Even our teenager wore the Minnie Feather hat proudly all week. We buy these things and wear them knowing full well that we would never come home and wear these hats to school or the grocery store or anywhere but Disney.. or maybe a costume party.

Well, this got me thinking while we were riding buses from park to park looking at all of the Disney fans proudly wearing their gear.. It made me think of my life, or OUR lives, as Christians. Do we wear our "Christian" hats when we're just surrounded by Jesus lovers, or do we wear them always? Are we proudly honoring Christ in all circumstances, even when it's not the popular thing, or are we putting our hats away when we're not in the comfort zone of other Christians. It's just a thought and a good reminder to me, and I hope to you :)

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Our Disney Vacation 2011

This year Chad had a work conference at the Disney Yacht Club the first week of January. As soon as we learned of this, we started checking the school calendar and decided that we would surprise the kids with a Disney Trip for Christmas. We had the BEST TIME!

We stayed at the All Star Family Suites again. While the All Star is considered one of Disney's Value Resorts, it's right up our alley. We love the large suite with 2 bathrooms and a seperate room for mom and dad. We also love the large food court and the fun pools. The kids LOVE IT there! So, why change a good thing. Once again.. the service was impeccable.

We started the trip with a visit to Hollywood Studios. It was the last night for the Osborne Family Lights. They were GORGEOUS. Words just do not describe how awesome they were. I'm so glad we got to see them! We spent three days in the Magic Kingdom... which is always a favorite. There is just something about the Castle that is so much fun and so gorgeous. We spent two days in Epcot. The world showcase is beautiful and so much fun to learn about and experience different places around the globe. Chad was in a conference for 3 of the days, so it was just me and the kids in the parks then. It wasn't too bad. It's very liberating to be without a stroller. Hooray for that! We did several charater meals. We ate with Pooh at Crystal Palace, With Mickey at the Cape May Cafe, and with the Princesses in Norway at Epcot. The food was delicious and as always the company was delightful.

A few trip highlights were the fire in our hotel room, which Kate calmed me down enough to put out :), getting stuck 25 minutes on the Haunted Mansion ride with Caroline, Cort and Clayton 15 rows behind us...together.. in one car... alone... arguing... in the dark , and Clayton getting chosen for a random search at security. There are just always a few things that keep a trip fun... right??