Friday, March 6, 2015

Enchanted 10K and Magic Kingdom

I made the executive decision to do biweekly bumpdates instead of every Friday. I don't want to bore y'all and sometimes things don't change too much from week to week, but every two weeks I feel like it's different plus I have more pictures to share and compare! That being said, today needed to be filled with the magic of Disney for me. I'm feeling under the weather and since I can't take any medicine really, pictures of Magic Kingdom with just have to do! For instance, take a look at my selfie in front of my future home...

We started Saturday morning with the Enchanted 10K. And by we I mean Alison and Julie. I opted out of doing any walking on the 10K for a few reasons. (1) I wanted to give my foot/ankle a rest after walking a 5K and then scooting around Animal Kingdom the day before. (2) I wanted to sleep in! The 10K started at 5:30am which meant a 3:30am wake up call to make it to the bus. Instead I slept until 6 and got a nice warm shower! But I need to brag on Ali and Julie because they did awesome!

Once the girls crushed the 6.2 mile course around Epcot, we all breakfasted and got ready to get to Magic Kingdom as quickly as possible! Of course I had to get another Mickey Mouse waffle. I don't know why there are other options. Why get anything for breakfast that isn't Mickey themed?

We got to Magic Kingdom just in time to hit up our first fast pass for Belle's Enchanted Tales! It was absolutely adorable! The best part is that Alison was selected for one of the roles! Since Belle is her absolute favorite, it couldn't be more fitting! Plus she got an awesome picture with Belle!

After Belle, these princesses were in the mood for more princesses and the line for Rapunzel and Cinderella was only a 15 minute wait! Score! Of course Anna and Elsa was already over an hour, but we were plenty happy to visit with the others!

But first, let me take a bestie selfie!

Rapunzel is one of my favorite princesses and one of my favorites to chat with because she's always so animated! She loved Ali and I's Minnie ears and wondered if she could make a tiny version for Pascal. We gave her a few ideas to work with...I'm sure she'll come up with something with all of her free time!

Cinderella wasn't as chatty, but she loved that we were having a girls weekend for our race! She's fairly certain that her glass slippers would help her cross the half marathon finish line :)

After the princesses, we left Fantasyland and wandered over to Frontierland! Ashley and Julie went to Splash Mountain while Ali and I went into the shops. I found the most perfect story book for Baby G full of dozens of Disney classics. Then we jumped on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad because the line was short since there was a parade blocking people from getting to the entrance...score for us! Then it was time for food. We have a habit of forgetting just how hungry we are while we're having fun!

Compared to years past, Disney was a lot busier this year! Magic Kingdom was pretty crazy on Saturday, so we did have to wait in a few long lines. Haunted Mansion was the longest line we waited in, but it's a must do! After we finally made it through it was time for our final fast pass at the brand new Snow White and the 7 Dwarves mine car ride!

There little house was there and everything! It was the smoothest little coaster I've ever been on! There is also a part where it slows down and you go through the mines while the dwarves whistle while they work! Needless to say, we loved it! We also aren't very hard to please. Anything and everything Disney makes our hearts soar!

Next we had to finally hit up Tomorrowland and ride Buzz Lightyear's ride! It's one of my absolute favorites. I think it's because it's interactive and you get to shoot at all the evil Zurg monsters! It's tradition for Ali and I to ride together. Naturally we were super awesome Space Rangers. It was starting to get late and we hadn't been on Space Mountain yet, so Ashley and Ali headed to ride Space Mountain while Julie and I waited in line to meet Buzz! Since I couldn't ride and Julie has a Disney season pass, she opted to hang out with me which was pretty much the best, sweetest thing ever :)

Buzz thought we were really solid rangers even with my bum ankle! While in line Julie and I decided it was in our best interest to find another character to meet while waiting on the girls. Since we were able to get one extra fast past for It's a Small World, we headed toward Fantasyland where we found the line for Fairy Godmother!

She asked me what my name was and when I just said Amy, she said no, no, no Princess Amy. I couldn't disagree with her. Then I told her I came from the magical land of Houston, TX and she thought that was an awfully long pumpkin carriage ride.

Minutes after we met Fairy Godmother, the girls met up with us and we hopped on the Disney classic, It's a Small World. I know some people can't stand it, but for me, it never gets old!

We finished our Magic Kingdom adventure with some Dole Whip before heading back to our resort for dinner and an early bedtime. Ali stuck around and rode Peter Pan and met Anna and Elsa. I was super jealous, but knew that I needed to rest! Since Ali already ran the 5K and 10K and wasn't running the half, she knew she could sleep in the next morning.

When we got back to the resort, we saw that Cinderella was playing on a screen outside, so grabbed our food and ate beneath the stars!

We ended the day by dipping our tired legs in the hot tub before going to bed and setting our alarms for 3:15am! Yikes! The Princess Half Marathon and Epcot are coming up next week!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Disney Frozen 5K and Animal Kingdom

A week ago, I returned from the most magical place on earth with three of my favorite people. The trip was amazing, exhausting and completely fun! Every year we go, each trip gets better and better. This was my 5th year to tackle the Disney Princess half marathon and I was even supposed to challenge myself further with the Glass Slipper Challenge. But thanks to a pretty serious injury, I was pretty much out for the races, but nothing could put a damper on my Disney fun!

We left for Orlando Wednesday night. Julie picked us up from the airport and brought us back to her home just in time for us to crash head first into our pillows. Thursday we spent some time in Winter Park browsing the shops and strolling through the adorable area before heading to Disney's Wide World of Sports for the expo!

I didn't take too many pictures at the expo, but this year it was organized well though slightly confusing. We were able to get everything figured out. When we went it wasn't terribly crowded, and we got a picture with Mulan! I bought a princess track jacket...for work of course...and a new medal rack!

Friday morning not only started bright and early {hello 4:15am wake up call}, but it was also the true start of our Disney adventure! First stop the seriously Frozen 5K!

I'm not kidding about the frozen part. Y'all it was 30 degrees, but felt like  26. Not cool for these southern girls. We were literally shaking. And I was Olaf, so I should have loved the cold. But NOPE! I don't fair well in cold temperatures.

Ashley wasn't running the 5K, so Alison, Julie and I were all dressed up as Olaf, Minnie and Piglet and ready to rock this 5K. I'm sure you're thinking...wait're in a boot with a severely messed up ankle and you think you're going to run a 5K? Luckily, my friend Rachael was also taking the 5K easy due to a hairline fracture in her foot, so she opted to walk with me and her husband Joe too!

Selfies at all the mile markers! We didn't stop to get character pictures since we were already moving in slow motion, but Joe got some pretty cute shots of us with the Epcot ball in the background and with Elsa, Anna and Christoph behind us!

I definitely got a PW {Personal Worst} on this 5K, but we had a blast! I didn't wear my watch and Rachael was kind enough not to tell me just how slow I was going. In the end, we actually finished under an hour which is kind of impressive considering the circumstances!

The Frozen 5K ended up being a complete success, but it was time to run by the hotel to check in, change, defrost, eat breakfast and head to Animal Kingdom!

Once we got to the park, I was on my super pimped out knee scooter. It made my ankle and foot feel better, but it wasn't always the easiest thing to maneuver. Let's just say that Animal Kingdom has a lot of hills and the pavements isn't exactly smooth. I still rocked it and I'm sure my left calf is rock hard now!

Our first stop was the Safari Ride! Y'all know I love animals and the zoo, so this is always one of my faves...

Thanks to Fast Passes and knee scooters we went straight to see the Lion King performance after the Safari. My knee scooter even got us front row seats!

By now, it was already time for lunch, so we went to Yak and Yeti for delicious Asian cuisine. Disney does food right I must say. We opted to share a few dishes that didn't disappoint. Of course 4am wake up calls plus lots of walking/running around equals four hungry girls so no pictures were taken :)

After lunch, Ashley and Julie went to ride Everest the roller coaster, so Alison and I headed over to Dinoland for some fun!

Riding the flying triceratops!

The girls met back up and we finished off all the awesome dinosaur rides and even got a group picture with Goofy and Pluto! Animal Kingdom did not disappoint.

Since we were able to get to the park as soon as it opened, we were ready to leave around 4pm which gave us time to hit up a few shops at Downtown Disney before dinner and bedtime! The next morning was another early one for Julie and Alison! More on Saturday of our Disney trip later this week!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice!

Happy Monday y'all! This past weekend was quite the doozie! I did so much in just three short days from doctors appointments to shopping to party prep to party time! This is the party that I've been waiting for since I found out I was pregnant...our gender reveal!

We had such an amazing turn out with tons of friends and family surrounding us to find out the big news. Lots of food, candy, cupcakes, drinks and fun!


After about an hour of chitter chatter and mingling, I couldn't wait any longer, so we ushered everyone outside before the rain came.


My mom made the cutest trunk. She put so much love and effort into this party and I couldn't thank her enough! Best mom/grandma-to-be of the year award right here.

After a few pictures and a lot of anticipation, it was time to open the trunk...
IT'S A GIRL!!! Y'all, I can't even begin to tell you how shocked and excited I was. I pretty much had it set in my mind that it was going to be a boy. I'm not sure why, but I really thought boy boy boy. It's not a boy, but I couldn't be happier. This little girl is going to be spoiled rotten!

Of course Maggie and Moose were running around like excited little crazies the whole time. I'm pretty sure they're excited to have a little human sister. But not as excited as Emily is to have a little niece!

It's safe to say that everyone is excited. My sister-in-law posted about her joy and excitement as soon as my mother-in-law sent her pictures! Alison has dreamt that I was going to have a little girl, so she was convinced and clearly right!

This is one of my favorite pictures of the whole day! If only we could have Kate and Ben in the picture, it would be complete! I love how close our families are. It will make raising this little girl so much fun!

In a few short months, we will be welcoming Miss Chloe Grace Gougler into the world with open arms and hearts. I can't wait to continue on this journey with my wonderful husband. He is going to be the most perfect daddy to his little girl. I'm pretty sure she already has him wrapped around her finger. I believe on Saturday he already mentioned that he has a few shotguns and knows how to use them! Definitely protective already.

Thank you to everyone who came out to be there with us! It means so much to have y'all walking through this adventure with us! And those of you that couldn't make was a busy weekend and we completely understand! We're still overwhelmed with the love pouring out from all our family and friends. Get ready y'all...Chloe is coming and if she's a mini me, I'm sure we'll need lots of helping hands!

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