Friday, May 28, 2010

Our new babies!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

What a fun, random kind of day!

Run, Renee! He's after us!

Rough water ahead!

Walking the lovely, shaded garden paths.


Kid's it!

Farmer Mark

Learning gardens outside

For Keri and Kara...a Juicy Chacoan Horned Frog!

Cool! Poison dart frogs!

Look in the's a pink toed tarantula!

This tundra swan is almost as big as the Miss!


Walk in kaleidoscope...too cool!

Waiting for the stars to light up the night sky.

Unexpected stops are fun!

The best kind of days

Look what's in bloom!

Wish you could hear the bullfrog!



Sports and the Atlanta skyline

Hidden treasures behind the gates of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Snapdragons in the park

Piedmont Park Green Market

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day! A little Spa time with my girlie makes for the best kind of day.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Flashback Friday~Discovering Special, Little Treasures

If you were following our blog during the past few weeks, there was no mistake that we were having a most magical time at our 'Happy Place', Walt Disney World. Although there is nothing better than just being there, the one thing that makes it extra special is being able to see and visit with our friends, many who work for the Mouse.

On our first afternoon in Disney, we decided to head over to Epcot and visit our friend, Lynne. She is an amazing performer, a member of the talented troupe known as the World Showcase Players, and she truly deserves her own blog post. I must mention her, though, because if it wasn't for Lynne, we wouldn't have made the very happy discovery which we'd like to share with you today! So thanks, Lynne. You rock!

While watching the show in Italy, we recognized a face we hadn't seen in such a very long time. We were all beyond excited, especially Renee! It was Lisa, who never failed to make us all smile and laugh while performing with the Citizens of Hollywood over at the 'old' MGM Studios. Many hugs were shared, stories were told, and an invitation was extended by Lisa to come back to visit her special friend, Mother Nature, later that week. Supposedly, she was like a super celebrity at the Flower and Garden Festival. Who were we to pass on meeting her? After all, we all had quite a few questions we wanted to ask her about this past winter!

So, visit we did.

That's Mother Nature on the right, with her lovely sidekick, Bella, on the left. They were such a joy to meet, and very, very funny! We were quite lucky when we ran into this duo again on the day we were to head home. Getting a few goodbye hugs from these lovely ladies definitely put a smile on a sad, little girl's face!

So, you are probably wondering where the 'Flashback Friday' fits into this whole blog post, right? Well, it would begin when we returned home and I was sitting at my laptop uploading photos from our trip. While waiting for them to finish doing their thing, I did a little photo album, time traveling to see how Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival had changed over the years.

When I got to May of 2004, I did a double take. Could it really be?

Yes, yes it is! Although I don't believe she was Mother Nature back then, we most definitely shared a special moment with Lisa all those years ago.

And although I didn't capture it on film, I remember specifically how sweet she was to Renee when she helped her with her little box of ladybugs.

She even gave her an extra box. Look at the smile on her face!

What a special treasure for us. If it wasn't amazing enough that we had the pleasure of running into Lisa again after all these years, finding these special photos just took it over the top.

Yup. Making memories, indeed.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Can you believe this? We are still seeing Mickey everywhere!

Cannoli is so thrilled we are home that he served himself up in a container for us!

Lovin' the skies this morning, but nothing says back to reality like a visit to Mom's oncologist! ;-)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Goodbye, Epcot. See you next time!

Goodbye, Mexico

Goodbye, Norway

Goodbye, China

World Showcase Players

Riding the great tram thrill ride!

The Great Movie Ride

Good morning from MGM

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Get it, Patrick!

Minnie rocks it out in the heat! Go, Minnie!

Here comes the bride!

Welcome, foolish mortals!

Spreading magic everywhere!

Pecos Mark

Mark is going to have to work an extra job to pay for all of this!