Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Everyone needs a fairy Godmother...

Sick Kids Get Hope from Fairy Godmother: MyFoxATLANTA.com

This is just one of the reasons that I go to work every day. One of my favorite quotes from Grey's Anatomy pretty much sums up why I love my job:

"This is not general surgery on a miniature scale. These are the tiny humans. These are children. They believe in magic. They play pretend. There is fairy dust in their IV bags. They hope, and they cross their fingers, and they make wishes, and that makes them more resilient than adults. They recover faster, survive worse. They believe." -Grey's Anatomy

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy New Year!

2011 is off to a great start and we're only two weeks in! Dustin and I went to Branson for his annual K-Life Conference for the first week of the year. The last night, they have a nice dinner for everyone and present some national awards. Dustin was awarded with "Men's Staff of the Year"! He was chosen out of all of the other Men's Staff members in the country and I'm so proud of him! Here are a couple pictures from that event.

We flew back in to Atlanta just in time for the storm of the decade! OK, so it wasn't a huge blizzard, but we did manage to get around 5" of snow Monday morning. This was followed by about 2.5" of ice. Both Dustin and I were not able to leave our neighborhood due to the big hill at the entrance. We managed to take down all of our Christmas decorations (finally!), clean out and organize our closets and watch some movies. It was a very productive couple of days!

On snow day number two, we needed to get out of the house so we decided to walk to Publix (0.6 mile away) to get some more firewood and to rent The Social Network from Blockbuster Express. I documented our adventure below.

Here is a sample of the ice that was covering our street.

Our feet were barely sinking- more like cracking the surface!

We glided to Publix successfully and got both the firewood and the movie.

This is the hill at the entrance of our neighborhood. We managed to slide our way back down in a snowboarding-like fashion. I really wish I could have videoed this, but I was nervous I was going to drop my camera.

It has been quite an adventure already in 2011 and we can't wait to see what else it will bring! Happy New Year!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Once upon a time...

There were three princesses who were excited to go to Disney World...

The first day there was bitterly cold, but they were excited because they were going to be dining with other princesses.

Two of the princesses were bursting with excitement as they entered the royal kingdom of Norway for their special lunch.

The littlest princess was tired, hungry and cold... therefore, her excitement was a little harder to see... but it was there.

After a warm lunch with Disney royalty, they were ready to hit the ground running- and so were we!

The past few weeks have flown by so quickly, I think we are just now catching our breath. We were able to spend a couple days in Aiken with my family for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The day after Christmas, we left for a fun-filled week in Orlando with the Opreas and the Carsons. The parks were at capacity by 10AM each day and the beginning of the week was freezing, but it was filled with a lot of laughter and many memories! Here are some pictures that re-cap our week:

We started off our week with a day at Epcot for the whole family- thanks, Ron and Vickie!

It was 30 degrees and windy!

Dustin and I joined the Carsons at Magic Kingdom for a day.

This one is for my parents- same spot, 20 years later! Don't let the lack of people fool you- this was 8AM and the park had just opened.

Love this one of Reese looking up at Goofy!

Aunt Stephanie stood in line for an hour so the girls could get their picture with Woody and Jessie- their expressions made it well worth it!

Did I mention how much I love Christmas at Disney? AND parades?

13 hour day at Disney- Dustin wins the husband MVP Award for this one!

It's not great quality because I was taking a picture of a picture on the screen (and they think I'm going to spend $18 for a copy of this!) We're in the back and we have no idea who the other people are, but please look at the kid in the front row- love him!

The big kids spent a couple days at Islands of Adventure and Universal.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- the key here is GO EARLY! This was 8:30AM.

Brothers- Seth and Dustin.

There were no crowds whatsoever on New Years Day! We got there early and were able to ride everything multiple times within 3 hours.

It was such a great week, and we're sad to see it end. Hopefully, we'll be able to do it again in two years!