I apologize for my long absence from blogging. I've been really busy and was even gone for a week for vacation to Orlando, Florida and the new Legoland with my family. My youngest son wound up getting sick, so we missed some of the stuff we had planned. Personally, I had the most fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I'm a thrill seeker and I LOVE rollercoasters! I had so much fun on the Rockin' Roller Coaster. The best part was being able to ride it with my youngest son. He's 7 years old. I had asked him before we went if he'd ride it with me, but I was worried he might not be tall enough. Well, he made it by an inch or so. Most of the wait is outside, then once you enter the building, you watch a short video and then you go in where you can actually see the coaster take off. (Well, this is one of the ones that has electromagnets, which launches you from 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds!) When Brian saw how it took off, he looked at me and said "Mom, I don't think I can do this!". The guy behind me said, "It's a little too late for that!" I said "Bri. I promise it will be OK." He just grabbed my hand as if to say I trust you. When it was our turn to get on, I let Brian get in first and then I got in. We pulled down our shoulder harness and I looked over at him to see if he was OK. I could barely see him! He looked so tiny. I pulled my head out as far as I could and said "Are you OK?" He said "Yeah". I told him to put his head back all the way and keep it there. The car pulled around to the launch pad. We sat there for a couple seconds and I could feel my heart beating through my chest. Then the music started. (One of my favorite things about this ride is there are speakers in the sides and they blast Aerosmith tunes while you ride:). I told him to hold on and off we went. I held his leg with my hand throughout the ride, just to make sure he was still there! It's probably the smoothest roller coaster I have ever been on. You wouldn't think so having a loop and corkscrew inversions. I love the way the ride gives you the illusion that you're driving through Los Angeles at night. As the ride was over and we were getting off, I asked Brian what he thought. He said "Mom, that was one of the neastest experiences, but I won't be doing that EVER again!" LOL! I'm attaching a video, so you can see what it's like. I found this video on You-tube. It was filmed with the lights on. When we rode, it was in the dark, but you can see what an experience my 7-year old had. My 9-year old wanted nothing to do with it!
We also got on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. When I got on it years ago, it would take you up to the top floor and you'd drop. Well, it has changed a bit now. It takes you up, drops you, takes you up again, drops you and again. I loved it!
Legoland just opened a week before we went. What a cute park! You would not believe all of the stuff they made out of Legos. They had Washington DC! There was the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Monument, White House with the Obama's standing on the front porch, and so much more. I couldn't believe it and that was just DC. They also had New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas and much more! They have roller coasters that are great for the whole family. Yes, even Brandon (my 9-year old) rode one of them:) Here's a photo my hubby took of me and the boys in front of a waterfall.
Check out this car that was made totally out of Legos! Isn't that amazing?
Unfortunately, Brian got sick the day we were to go to Disney World, so he and I spent the day in the hotel room. My hubby took a ton of photos and I thought these were worth sharing.
(love the reflection of the castle in the water)
Well, that's it for vacation photos. I do have a card to share! A group of us got together a couple days before we went away. I had seen a card on Dawn Olchefske's blog here (that I wanted to case), but I didn't have the In-Color DSP. I decided to try it with the Berry Blossoms DSP, so I grabbed it and all of the matching cardstock. We all kind of put it together from there and here's what we got.
What do you think?
Stamps: Button Buddies, Four Frames & Precious Butterflies
Paper: Early Espresso, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White & Berry Blossoms DSP
Ink: Wisteria Wonder & Calypso Coral
Other: Perfect Pennants die, Circles #2 die, Fancy Fan letterpress plate, Decorative Label punch, Calypso Coral 3/8" ruffled ribbon, In-Color Printed brads & dimensionals
I hope you will come back tomorrow as I have some Christmas tags to share. I started freaking out over the weekend when I realized how close it is to Christmas. I need to get busy designing my Christmas card, teacher & bus driver gifts, etc. We all know how quickly time flies after Halloween and I like to mail my cards the day after Thanksgiving if I can.
Have a great day!!!