Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Disney Secrets and Fun!

Disney Secrets!

Tips from our fam to yours :)

-Best seat on Soarin: Row 1 Section B
-Best track at Space Mountain: Left side
-DO Fast Pass! It is the bomb. Be sure to check out the new FP rules here.
-Best snacks: Dole Whip in Frontierland in Magic Kingdom. It's across from the Treehouse. YUM YUM YUM.
-You might look lame, but you won't be wet. Wear your poncho on Splash Mountain.
-Speaking of that, bring ponchos every day! It rains every.day. in Florida. It is so worth it to buy ponchos and carry them around.
-Wear ponchos on the Bilge Barge and Woody Woodpecker's rides in Islands of Adventure. You will get SOAKED.
-We found out about this on this trip- you can get free tap water from the restaurants and food stands. And unlike most Florida water, it doesn't taste bad! Score! This way you don't have to buy bottled water all day. This probably saved us $200. Not even kidding.
-Drink water and prevent dehydration!
-Look for the characters in Epcot- and the lines aren't too long! We found Pooh, Tigger, Mickey, and several others next to the USA in Epcot one day!
-We Fast Passed it, but the Winnie the Pooh ride has fun things for kids to do in line!
-There are 683 seats in the Hall of Presidents.
-Disney employees are so nice.
-Everything is really expensive. But you just have to get over it and enjoy it. I almost had a heart attack paying $6 for a scoop of ice cream in some Coke, but you just have to move past it. (Yes I could have gotten it for $1.50 at Sonic. But you have to accept it.)
-Downtown Disney- NOT worth it.
-Get butterbeer in HP World (yes I know it's Universal and not Disney but still). We think it's root beer and cream soda?
-Universal has lots of free lockers by the big rides.

Good places to take naps. (Don't judge.)

-Hall of Presidents. 22 mins in a comfy chair in A/C. I watched the first part and then crashed.
-People Mover- 10 min ride through a part of Magic Kingdom.
-The China movie. 12.5 mins. This is one of the 360 circle screen movies with those lame bars to lean on, but if you are desperate and exhausted (like me), you can sleep on the floor.
-The Canada movie. 14 mins. This is also a 360 circle screen movie with the bars to lean on. I watched it this time, actually... Pretty sure I slept last time. It was fun! Martin Short narrates it.

Disney is such a fun place to meet people from all over the world! It was really fun to use Spanish to communicate! We met people from: Paraguay, Argentina, Haiti, Brazil, Colombia, England, and more!

Our Favorite Rides!

Splash Mountain
Harry Potter*
Pirates of the Caribbean
Bilge Barge*
Doctor Doom's Fearfall*
Mickey's Philharmagic
Space Mountain
Haunted Mansion
Peter Pan
... and more!

*- in Universal

And of course classics like it's a small world, Winnie the Pooh, Maelstrom, Snow White, etc :)

More might be coming soon! :)

What are your favorite rides? Do you have any secrets?




And here are some cute pictures.... :) Taken in Epcot's Italy!

August 2010

May 2012

Last Day of School

I can't believe school is over! It is so bittersweet. I will miss the seniors SO MUCH! So incredibly thankful for my Whitver family!

Countdown board!
My awesome study hall clean up crew + friends! 
Darling Mrs. Day! I love you! {U.S. History}
Lit lab take 1 
Dear Mrs. Reyes! I love you! {American lit and lab)
Lit lab take 2- y'all are awesome! 
Precal party at Krispy Kreme!!
Adorable Mrs. Higgins! I love you! {precal and physics}
Precal! So fun! We love 8 am :)
Last lunch as a junior! (you will appreciate this if you have seen #1 in Blimey Cow's video here- it's hilarious if you haven't seen it :)

Julia's Birthday!!

{a little belated :)}

I love you so much, dear and beautiful sister!! Julia is very talented! She is very artistic and creative! (This summer she is the creative director for the swim team! :) She is a very gifted pianist and harpist! She is great with kids- all the little people love her! She is a great friend and very loyal. She is great with animals. She has a really funny sense of humor. She is a genius. She is very perceptive and inspiring! I am so thankful to be her big (shorter) sister!

Beautiful birthday girl!

Lunch with Nana and Papa at Whole Foods!
Nana and Papa!
Fam - Lil

Update- Life in Pictures

It's SUMMER!! What a happy thing to say!

Sorry that I have been AWOL the last few weeks! After finishing up finals and school, we went to Disney and Universal!! So much fun!

Coming soon... Disney secrets, Julia's birthday, last day of school, Ben and Jessie's wedding, and more!

But for now...

Here come pictures from our trip!

Favorite family picture from the trip (+ Tigger :)
HP World!
Plans for the addition to Magic Kingdom- SO EXCITED!!
Julia and a butterfly in Epcot
Lunch at the Perez's with PaJoe!
It's the Lorax!! - Universal Studios Florida
Marie from Aristocats - France in Epcot 
Group picture with the super fun Todds (minus Julia our photographer) - HP World in Islands of Adventure
Stormy day in Magic Kingdom
Telephone booth in England, Epcot 
Leaving Universal Studios Florida 
Mrs. Potts! France, Epcot
HP World! Islands of Adventure 
Instead of posting 50000 pictures, I made some collages :) Top left clockwise: Epcot, fam at Epcot, sitting outside of the USA in Epcot, girls with Rabbit and Pooh, our fave ride- SOARIN!, and Lily and butterbeer!
Tink! Magic Kingdom 
Cara :) 
Waiting for the parade in Universal Studios Florida! (Cara is peeking through my hair??)
Despicable Me!! 
Aurora!! France in Epcot
Walking through a 5 min wait for Soarin, Tink, picture on Space Mountain, Mom and the girlies with pumpkin juice and butterbeer, Mickey ice cream bar, and super cute parents!!
Lots of Minnies and Mickeys in Magic Kingdom's Emporium!
it's a small world!!
Fast Pass is the bomb! The Pooh ride gave us some random tickets to Mickey's Philharmagic... :) 
Twinings in England, Epcot!
Encouraging sign at a rest stop in Georgia.... awesomeeee

Pretty sky on the way home

Ian and Larissa

What a beautiful picture of a God-glorifying marriage! (you might want to grab a Kleenex)

From DesiringGod Ministries

A note from John Piper

Three posts by Larissa Murphy

Larissa Murphy (27) is the wife of Ian (27), and they live in western Pennsylvania. Larissa works in marketing at a local bank, and blogs at Pray for Ian. Ian hangs out with his company, Vinegar Hill. The story of their relationship and trials, along with their uncommon union and their reflection of the Savior’s love in their marriage, was told in a recent online documentary.

Murphy's blog

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

One Thousand Gifts:: Take Thirty-Five


1179. my family
1180. late night chats with Julia
1181. two days till SUMMER
1182. an amazing year

1183. excitement for this summer
1184. coaches meeting
1185. lots of fun plans
1186. the three people I will be coaching with

1187. driving with the windows down and the music on
1188. Pandora
1189. iHeart Radio app
1190. warm weather

1191. much-needed catch up time with dear friends
1192. hanging out with Jenny (LOTS of laughter :)
1193. chatting with Laura
1194. hanging out with Abby, Joelle, and Julia

1195. chatting with Anna at school
1196. Chickfila with Riley
1197. surprise party for a fun friend
1198. the amazing friends God has blessed me with

1199. my dear church family
1200. small group
1201. Gospel-Centered Life series
1202. being convicted of sin and finding forgiveness in Jesus

1203. the Gospel is TRUE
1204. Christ-centered preaching and teaching every week at my church (check out our Vimeo and SermonAudio sites)
1205. Jesus has DEFEATED and CONQUERED death and sin
1206. He is coming again!!

1207. Spanish 2 final studying
1208. yummy desserts (to be exact, three courses :)
1209. Ven di sal haz ten ve pon :)
1210. Spanish

1211. Grandview
1212. watching light bulb moments
1213. connections between languages
1214. being able to communicate

1215. lit lab parties
1216. Whitver family
1217. finishing the year at LU well
1218. dual enrolling at LU

1219. Señora
1220. very fun friends
1222. a beautiful evening

1223. yearbooks
1224. the "nuns" and JB singing "Sisters"
1225. laughing so hard in physics that we cry
1226. my fab teachers

1227. FaceTiming with the Hipps
1228. studying with Joelle
1229. ice cream
1230. hot tea

1231. blessings from the King
1232. life

What are you thankful for?



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Friday, May 4, 2012

Life in Pictures

6 days till SUMMER.

On one hand, I am sooo ready. On the other hand, I feel like time is sand slipping through my hands too quickly. I will miss my Whitver family so much! This week I had my precal and lit finals... Next week is physics and U.S. History! Puedo hacerlos! :)

This past Monday was my last day of LU Spanish- what?! I already miss starting out my M/W/Fs with Señora and class! I have LOVED dual enrolling at Lipscomb!

With the lovely Rennah and Ari at band night!
Some of the junior class! 
Senior toast prep 

He made this my iTouch's screensaver... haha 
Sweet ceces with the sisters!
This was last week... :)
Coming along!
Table decor
You wish your lit teacher was as cool as ours! Sweet ceces outing! 
Part 2 of the sisters at sweet ceces outing... :) 
I had so much fun blacking out these windows with Joy... is that weird? 
I like this picture. It is artsy. :)
Lunch with Mom and Cara at Local Taco! Yumm! 
Last vocal music and drama performance
Creeper shot of the algebra 1 class :)
Entrance at senior toast 
Super cute baby!! 
From Tuesday... :)