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Friday, February 22, 2013

Boxes, Kaitlin and The Alamo

About a year ago when Kaitlin was at work a lady came in looking for a money tree for her niece's high school graduation.  She wanted to have it out at a party so folks could put money on it.  Kaitlin knew that her store didn't have money trees so she told the customer that and what stores she could check for one, but then Kaitlin showed the lady some picture frames that her store had with tiny little clothes pins around the frame.  Kaitlin's suggestion was to put pictures of her niece in the frames and then folks could clip money in the clothes pins.  The customer loved the idea and went home with several.  Kaitlin was unaware that her boss had observed the entire conversation.  Kaitlin's boss approached Kaitlin and complimented her for her outside-of-the-box thinking.  Later that day, Kaitlin shared that story with me and she asked me if I thought that she thought outside-of-the-box?  I told Kaitlin that most days she didn't know where her box was! We both laughed!

I came across the above happy box in my pretty things closet.  I think if Kaitlin has a box it looks something like the box above!

Kaitlin loves to celebrate.  She celebrates some rather unusual days.  I think after her birthday and Christmas and Thanksgiving, Ground Hog Day is her favorite holiday.  This year, our friend, Sandy ordered Kaitlin a stuffed groundhog from Panxsutawney, PA.  Kaitlin was overjoyed!

This year Kaitlin plans to 'Remember the Alamo'.  She is not sure what her remembering will look like yet but I am sure it will be interesting!  Below is the song that she she often sings.  It is a great song and you learn lots of history about the Alamo painlessly.  Tomorrow, February 23, is the anniversary of the day the siege began but the official Remembering Day is March 6, the day the siege ended.




In the southern part of Texas, in the town of San Antone,
There's a fortress all in ruin that the weeds have overgrown.
You may look in vain for crosses and you'll never see a one,
But sometime between the setting and the rising of the sun,
You can hear a ghostly bugle as the men go marching by;
You can hear them as they answer to that roll call in the sky:
Colonel Travis, Davy Crockett and a hundred eighty more;
Captain Dickenson, Jim Bowie, present and accounted for.

Back in 1836, Houston said to Travis:
"Get some volunteers and go fortify the Alamo."
Well, the men came from Texas and from old Tennessee,
And they joined up with Travis just to fight for the right to be free.

Indian scouts with squirrel guns, men with muzzle loaders,
Stood together heel and toe to defend the Alamo.
"You may never see your loved ones," Travis told them that day.
"Those that want to can leave now, those who'll fight to the death, let 'em stay."

In the sand he drew a line with his army sabre,
Out of a hundred eighty five, not a soldier crossed the line.
With his banners a-dancin' in the dawn's golden light,
Santa Anna came prancin' on a horse that was black as the night.

He sent an officer to tell Travis to surrender.
Travis answered with a shell and a rousin' rebel yell.
Santa Anna turned scarlet: "Play Deg├╝ello," he roared.
"I will show them no quarter, everyone will be put to the sword."

One hundred and eighty five holdin' back five thousand.
Five days, six days, eight days, ten; Travis held and held again.
Then he sent for replacements for his wounded and lame,
But the troops that were comin' never came, never came, never came.

Twice he charged, then blew recall. On the fatal third time,
Santa Anna breached the wall and he killed them one and all.
Now the bugles are silent and there's rust on each sword,
And the small band of soldiers lie asleep in the arms of The Lord.

In the southern part of Texas, near the town of San Antone,
Like a statue on his Pinto rides a cowboy all alone.
And he sees the cattle grazin' where a century before,
Santa Anna's guns were blazin' and the cannons used to roar.
And his eyes turn sort of misty, and his heart begins to glow,
And he takes his hat off slowly to the men of Alamo.
To the thirteen days of glory at the seige of Alamo.



Do you celebrate any unusual holidays? I'll post at the end of her Remembering the Alamo so that you will know how to get ready for next year when you join our celebration!

What does your box look like???





Thursday, February 7, 2013

January 6, Kaitlin meets Tangled!

 Sunday our group was much smaller.  Charles and Frances flew out after we had breakfast and Andrew left to go back home.  Aunt Elaine wanted to go to the new Fantasyland so off we went.  We loved it!  First we rode the Little Mermaid ride.  Very clever.  Will ride again.


 Next we were on our way to Enchanted Tales with Belle.  The line led us through Maurice's House, where Belle grew up.  That was so much fun!  There were lots of books, for Belle, of course!
 Here is a fun picture of Belle and her mama.
 Someone got to wear the 'how long in line' marker

Then this normal looking mirror started glowing green and then.....
 It grew and we walked through!!  So totally magical!
 This man then choose several folks from the crowd to help tell the story of Belle and the Beast
 We then walked through the doors and then Lumiere began talking to us, very cool!
 Then Belle came in and with the help of several folks from the crowd told the story of how saved the Beast.  When the story was over the folks that helped tell the story got their picture made with Belle.  Kaitlin didn't help but after she saw someone, who didn't help,  jump up to get their picture made with Belle, Kaitlin was right behind her.

 Uncle John and Robert sharing a laugh!
 Kaitlin also wanted to meet Tangled.  She was thrilled that Tangled and Merida were the same height as she is!  Most of the Princesses are much taller.

We ate lunch at the new Be Our Guest.  It was inside of Beast's castle.  Very clever way that you order and how they get the food to your table
 We ate inside the ballroom.  There were two other rooms, beasts room and another room from the castle.  The food was good and the experience was outstanding!
 What would a day at the Magic Kingdom be without a picture of the Cinderella's Castle
 Here is Kaitlin with Merida from Brave.
 Supper was Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue.
 We took a boat to the island that it is on.

 Our destination was Pioneer Hall!
 I loved the food and the show.  We were at table 11.  Uncle John was surprised we were so close to the stage.  He was also concerned that he would be pulled out of the crowd to be a part of the show.  He was so relieved that he was not picked!
 The show was funny!
 It was family style and we all ate til we were stuffed.
 I highly recommend this supper and show.  We laughed and laughed!
We left after the show and got back on our boat and headed back to Magic Kingdom and then our bus to Pop Century.  It was a great trip to see Mickey.  It did all our spirits good to be in such a fun place.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Saturday January 5th- Magic Kingdom!

 Saturday was our first day at the Magic Kingdom.  I love this park and we saved it for last.
 Robert has his happy face on plus you can see his two fun buttons.
 Our group!
 Uncle John and I found Snitch while the rest of our group was riding Space Mountain.
 Andrew and Robert found us when they got off the ride!
 I could look at the castle all day long from every angle!
 Waiting in line.
 We had lunch with the Princesses in Cinderella's castle.  What fun that was!!!!  We met her first.  Kaitlin had on her necklace that I told you about from our day at EPCOT.  Cinderella noticed it and told Kaitlin she liked it!!!

 All the girls got wands and the boys got swords at lunch.  Robert and Andrew used theirs so much that I finally had to confiscate them.



 This is Kaitlin's favorite ride!  Robert and Uncle Charles were the only ones brave enough to ride with her.
 This is the new castle in Fantasyland.  It is Beast's castle.  You will see it more tomorrow.

 I love the castle anytime of the day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

January 4

 Here we are at breakfast on Friday.  We had our regular table that we met at every morning.  Friday morning was a cold, rainy day but that didn't dampen our spirits.  Aunt Elaine said that we got to see lots of things today because of the rain.  It kept others away from the park!
 If it is Friday then it must be Animal Kingdom!
 Here are some of the fun Christmas decorations.  I love all the animals.
 We got to see lots of animals!

 Here is Kilimanjaro.  A favorite ride for all but Uncle John and me!  We rode the bench!!
Here is our group at some time during the day.  Animal Kingdom has lots of covered places so the rain didn't stop us.  We saw several shows: Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King.  Both outstanding!

 We had a character lunch.  We all enjoyed that and the food was outstanding too.
Our day ended earlier that most other days because once the animals go to sleep it is time to go home.  Aunt Elaine said that we saw animals that they have never seen.  It was a great day!  I really missed my son, John, today because this is his favorite park.

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