Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My goodness, can you believe in a month we will be gone? I can't. The stress has started to set in about this whole "moving across the country" ordeal. I always knew this is what we were hoping for, but you couldn't plan for it! And now, it's like we've had to rethink a lot of things. So weird to think we won't have to endure the bitter January winter. We have no room to pack any potential Christmas gifts for each other, so a second car to carry all our old stuff to florida will be both our Christmas present. All of the winter clothes we've just gotten out will go right back to storage. We've had to tweak our Christmas plans to accommodate our last goodbyes to everyone as we leave the 26th. It's just bizarre. Our minds have totally undergone a shift, and everything I was focused on a week ago, I can't even remember.

Finding an apartment? STRESSFUL! But you know what? We are close. It's amazing who comes out of the woodwork to help you when you need it. We now about a dozen contacts in Florida, recently moved, etc who are helping us find the ideal place as we will be blindly moving down to Florida to a place we have never seen! All I can say is that it is really fortunate that we went on vacation down there a couple weeks ago or I would really be freaking out. Thank you again Welches!

I am very good at writing lists. So I have successfully written down everything we need to get done before we go, and given myself dates they need to be completed. I add to this list constantly...which doesn't help... I feel like I am eating a whale! They are all such huge tasks! Emptying out storage, buying a car, buying new tires... Gah. But we really have so many people willing to help! Almost to many! It's awesome to be surrounded by such wonderful family and friends. I know we will find wonderful people in Florida too. I pray at night that we will find our Florida versions of the Larsons and Mosses. Everyone I've talked to has said that the wards in Florida are incredible. It will be so great to have a ward full of young people who have the same kind of crazy schedule and understand how unpredictable it can be to be a performer. And most importantly that its not a hobby, but a job for us.

So, please be praying for us! We are really so inexperienced in this whole moving, car buying, fees everywhere business! We will truly need all the help we can get.

The good news? I'm not even worried about the job! I'm just super stoke for that! The lady I've been communicating with about the job is so nice and helpful, and just so excited for me. She cant wait to get me started. It's all the preparation beforehand in getting down there that I'm so worried about!

Anytime I get too stressed I just turn to Addison and say, "what's the first ride we are going to ride as employees of Disneyworld?" And we talk about pirates of the Caribbean, the haunted mansion, Ariel's grotto, eating at Cinderella's castle. We talk about date nights watching the fireworks and eating mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches from Sleepy Hollow. We talk about all the people who are already planning on visiting us. We talk about the pool in our apartment complex that we can visit anytime we like. I think about the little girls faces that are going to light up when they see the fin!

It's going to be a year to remember.

Ps- look at the adorable Christmas ornament Addison got me. He loves me.

Friday, November 23, 2012

much to give thanks for.

it is finally time to make the announcement! Addison and I are moving. to florida. to work in Disneyworld! i am going to be friends with Ariel and Pluto, and am so excited. we move right after Christmas and will hopefully start work Jan 1st 2013. we are planning on Addison auditioning right when we get there and finding a job similar to mine ;) honestly? i'm scared out of my wits. not so much about the job and change...mostly about the move. oh, how i hate moving. i think Addison and i have lived in 6 different wards since we got married...i hate hate hate being unsettled and scattered, more than anything. so the next month-sorting through our stuff deciding what to take and what to leave behind is going to be very tough for me. and moving into a place i've actually never been in...that's going to be tough. but i know that the Lord has had his hand in this job every step of the way, and he has a plan for us. so, we will move forward, do good, and trust God.
in other news, our turkey trot in Midway was magnificent.

Friday, November 16, 2012

even good things must end.

Well, dang. Our vacation has officially come to a close. I am sitting in the Orlando airport writing this and wishing I was going the opposite way! Our trip was absolutely amazing though. It was so good to get closer to the Madsens, to get to know Truman more, and spend some quality time with the fam. This was my first real vacation with the Welches, and it was such a different flavor of fun. I love that there's no right way to do things, especially vacations :)

So now we return to snow, "A Christmas Carol", and work. But I can't wait for hot chocolate and thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 5

Went to Hollywood studios today! Fantasmic and Tower of Terror were definite highlights.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 4 Magic Kingdom

Oh my goodness, what an amazing day. Ok, so I have to confess, after being to Disneyland umpteen times, and never to disneyworld, I was a bit skeptic at first. Things are kind of the same, but slightly different. I didn't know my way around as well. There was construction. Plus, we started off in tomorrowland (the least of the lands in my opinion) but, by the time we hit Ariel's Grotto, I was so convinced that this park was amazing. They are working on a whole new fantasyland that had a dress rehearsal night tonight! So we got to see some parts that don't officially open till December. It was focused on Ariel and Belle, and they are doing a big project with Snow Whites Mine Ride! So that wasn't open. But Ariel's Grotto? So rad. And we met Ariel right after! In her new set up! So cool! Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Splash Mountain were old favorites that brought the nostalgia of Disneyland back for me. Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Park had the best treats! A homemade cookie ice cream sandwich with mint chocolate chip ice cream inside was the consensus favorite. Although, their funnel cake was to die for. Oh, and Lefou's brew was the BOMB! Yum!

Monday, November 12, 2012

day 3 hp.

Harry Potter world was incredible! Loved every minute of it. The for forbidden journey and dragon challenge were total highlights. Butterbeer was amazing. And I was a particular fan of pumpkin juice. I made a few trips to honeydukes throughout the day for my sugar fix, and left with a few items for later. So fun! I can't wait for the expansion they're working on!

Ps- forbidden journey was much more frightening than I anticipated, and the line in the castle (basically a tour of the castle) was one if my favorite things!

We finished the day off with the most satisfying deep dish pizza ever.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

day 2 church+beach.

today was like therapy to my soul! We went to a ward close by and then set out to find a beach. We ended up at Cocoa beach for about an hour before the rain settled in, but it was heavenly. I don't know if I've ever touched sand so soft! Here are some pictures of the day, I hope it doesn't make any of you "utah-20-inches-of-snow" people too angry with me! Tomorrow's Harry potter land. My taste buds are already tingling in anticipation of both hot and slushy butterbeer. (both of which I intend on trying)