28th Birthday…Disney Style!

We spent my birthday at the Walt Disney World resort this year! Although it was a whirlwind trip, we had an amazing time. Every time we go it feels like coming home. Disney never fails to amaze me with the quality of the ‘product’ they have. There is no other company that is near to the same level of quality or caliber that they are. Granted, I may be a little biased. Mike and I did work there and met there, which shaped the rest of our lives in ways we could have never imagined. We have encountered many people that do not understand why we choose to do to Disney when we have no children. I love to explain to them that it is so much better and easier to travel there without a family in tow. Now granted I cannot wait to take a family one day, but with that said I will be SO glad that Mike and I went several times as DINK and got to experience what we wanted to while not being on anyone else’s timeline. It was a very short trip and I was pretty emotional when we left as I know we won’t be back for a while…but it will forever be a very important place for us Arnold’s and we’ll definitely be going back, again and again(if I have anything to say about it)! Here are some pics from our wonderful long weekend!

Great friends at Hollywood Studios

My favorite ride. Tower of Terror. You can see me in the back with my arms up!
Fun night at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
Coolest plant at The Land this trip! Tomato.

Home Sweet Home!
Cool new spot at the Magic Kingdom! Rapunzel’s Tower!
Amazing shot the husband took of me with his iPhone
If you would like to know any tips about traveling to WDW please do not hesitate to ask! I am no expert by any means but I would love to offer anyone my insight about traveling there and what you must not miss during your vacation!

Stay southern,

Spring Break

We have been back for a couple of weeks from our trip but we have been so busy I almost forgot to blog about our Florida adventure! We headed to Peachtree City to drop off our precious Pumpkin with the Arnold’s and with it being her first solo trip there I was nervous. I had no reason to be as she ended up sleeping in the bed with them and loving every minute. She is so spoiled! We headed to Orlando to meet up with Mary and Annie. The first night we just hung out at the resort and relaxed. Our plan for the next day was to head to Universal Studios. The weather forecast was supposed to be about 73 F with a 20% chance of rain. However when we arrived at City Walk it began raining and did not stop for the entire time we were there. We had a great time but ponchos were a must. After a day of riding everything without much wait we decided to head in from the rain. Mike and Tyler headed to HOB for a concert and the girls had a much needed girls night in! The next day we woke up early and headed to Islands of Adventure and arrived when it opened at 8 am. We hustled straight back to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and I was amazed. We all could not believe how awesome it was! We rode the new ride in the castle and it was incredible. Every little detail was thought of and I couldn’t get enough. Visiting there was my favorite part of the trip by far!! The next day we visited Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. I love visiting Disney so much but this was the worst day we spent in Florida. There were so many people everywhere and things just weren’t going our way with timing and such! Our last day in O-Town we went to Downtown Disney and ate at The Earl of Sandwich(a fav of ours) and did some outlet shopping where I got some summer duds and my sweet boyfriend bought me a cute hat I had been eyeing. the next day we headed up to Jacksonville before heading back to Peachtree City to see our little girl and hang out with the Arnold’s. It was a great trip but it went by way too quickly!! I hope to take another trip down there soon but never again during spring break!!

Rainy Day at Universal Studios
Hogwarts Castle
Hollywood Studios
EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival Display
Enjoying a cake pop at Downtown Disney
St. Patrick’s Day at the Arnold’s

Stay southern,

Walt Disney World

I have been meaning to do this the past couple of days but I have been recovering from one of the most fun/tiring vacations that I have been on in a long time! This will be a long post as I have a lot of photos to show! To start our journey we woke up at 3:30 AM to get ready and leave for the airport which is 2 hours away. After the drive and a minor freak out(by me) we finally arrived and boarded the tiny plane(I hate walking out on the tarmac to board). Both flights were smooth and we arrived in Orlando around lunch! Tyler picked us up and our whirlwind weekend began.We went to our resort which I highly recommend! Port Orleans French Quarter is the smallest of the Disney resorts so even though it was booked it wasn’t even crowded and the grounds were so pretty and well kept. Our room was near the river and the entire resort had just been renovated. Next we went to meet up with Laura who had picked up our tickets the week before and she even let us into the park for the day which was a surprise. So promptly we decided to cancel our dinner reservations and go play in the park for the rest of the day!! We headed to Hollywood Studios(MGM) and of course rode some favorites like Rockin’ Rollecoaster and Tower of Terror and we ate at Pizza Planet! After the park closed we headed back to the resort for some pool time in the awesome Mardi Gras themed pool. Mike’s friend Scott came to hang out and we had a great time! It was an extremely long day but I didn’t even feel tired!

Port Orleans French Quarter

The next day we had breakfast reservations at Chef Mickey’s in the Contemporary resort. We were out the door at 6:30 AM as our reservations were a little after 7. And all three of us were pretty excited about the Mickey waffles and of course the characters!! Breakfast was delicious and it was a perfect start to a great day at the Magic Kingdom. The park actually was not that busy and we rode pretty much everything we wanted to by noon. We were all pretty exhausted and hungry again haha so we went back to the resort where I took a much needed nap and the boys rode the boat to Downtown Disney to dine at Earl of Sandwich. After a dip in the pool we were refreshed and ready to head back to the park to ride some more and for the fireworks! This was my favorite day we spent in Florida. Everything was pretty much perfect!

Delicious breakfast

Saturday we awoke early again and headed to the cafeteria at the resort and indulged in some beignets for breakfast and then we proceeded to Epcot where we began by going to The Land where we were given a wonderful backstage tour from our old boss Les. So much had changed there and everything looked beautiful! I cannot wait to return again to see what they have added and improved. Next, we proceeded to meet up with the group for the annual drinking around the world. Everything started out great but as the day progressed it got hotter and hotter. Temperatures were record breaking and it was ridiculously hot. I spent most of the day trying to find any bit of shade I could. It was a great day with a lot of wonderful food such as fish and chips in the UK, bratwurst in Germany and Mike had some Chinese food. Later Nancy came to meet us and we had some Mexican beverages! Delish! It was wonderful seeing everyone that day. We arrived before the park opened and left after closing! Needless to say we were exhausted and were all asleep by 11!

Me with the best boss in the entire world in front of the lab I used to work in!
Beautiful new water garden in the Tropics Greenhouse at The Land

Although we were all exhausted we awoke refreshed and headed to Hollywood Studios again to culminate our trip. We rode the new Star Tours ride twice, and truth be told I enjoyed it more than I thought! We also finally made it onto Toy Story Mania!! Lunch was at the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater where we ate in our own car. After one final ride on the Tower of Terror(my favorite ride in all the parks) it was time to go 😦 Back to the airport we went and headed back to Mississippi. It was a very memorable trip and I cannot wait until the next vacation but maybe next time we will plan something with a little more relaxing as we are still recovering from last weekend!

Us in our car at the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater!

I need to give a special thanks to Kim and Rob for taking care of our precious Pumpkin for the weekend! And a thanks to Tyler for some of the photos!


The song that I am listening to has a great summery and beachy feel. It’s a perfect summer song and it really makes me want to go to an island and just relax! Enjoy! Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing 
was started with a dream and a mouse.” – Walt Disney

Stay southern,

Excited

Me circa 1989

I cannot remember a time(in my adult life)when I have been so excited about a vacation! I don’t know if it’s because I have not been to Disney World in two years or if its just because I am just a big kid. Disney has always been a special place to me. I remember going there with my Mom(who loved it too) and telling her that I wanted to work there when I grew up. At that time I wanted to be a performer of course but I did fulfill a childhood dream of working at that amazing place! I think it has only become more of a special place since I have made some wonderful friends and have lifelong memories from my time there. Oh and I guess it’s quite special because Mike and I met there and I have been enamored with him ever since!

The Cox’s and I on their first family visit to WDW!!

At this time I need to give a very special thank you to my good friend Meghan without whom this trip would have been very, very expensive! Thanks so much and we’ll miss you while you are in Italy! Ciao for now!

Stay southern,