Enduring All Things: February 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Traditions for Pearson's Birthday

I am co-hosting the Love Blog Challenge today. The prompt is "Tradition." Head over to Brita's Introduction Post to see the prompts for every week day for the rest of this month. We'd love to have you join us!

Guess what! Pearson's birthday is on Saturday! You know what I love about Birthdays? Celebrating and traditions. I'm a sucker for a good, uncommon tradition! Not that our traditions are really that uncommon, but they're fun and they're ours.
Usually we go to Red Lobster on Pearson's birthday because it's his favorite restaurant. And while they have Red Lobsters here, we might choose another, more authentic and local seafood restaurant this year.

Oh and by the way, we always go to the Cheesecake Factory on my birthday. I think that one's gonna stick around forever.

Another fun tradition we have is always seeing the new Marvel Studio movies on opening weekend. Actually, we usually see them on Thursday or Friday at the latest but we're trying to be more responsible lately and see the Saturday matinee.

Funny story, we bought tickets ahead of time for the Saturday matinee when Avengers: Age of Ultron came out and then on Thursday when we saw friends going to the movie on social media, we couldn't resist anymore. So we bought the last two tickets for a Thursday night show and went on Saturday too! More about that story here.

So back to Pearson's birthday. We're going to go see the matinee of Black Panther and then go tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Then we'll have dinner at a fun seafood place.

I can't wait!

Read about our Christmas traditions here!

Do you have any unique traditions with your spouse? Link up below!

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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur-mama living in Portland, Oregon. She's a follower of Christ, watcher of SciFi, reader of fantasy, singer of show tunes, and lover of her husband! She uses her blog, Enduring All Things to help couples build a marriage that will endure whatever comes their way.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom

Alright guys, I'm finally getting out the first installment of a recap of our Disney trip. I'm planning to recap each day and to also write some other posts with tips and tricks etc. I hope you don't get tired of Disney posts. I know I never could.

Anyway, this day was actually our fourth day in Orlando and at the parks (including Universal), but I wanted to start with it since it was my birthday.

We had a dining reservation that morning to have Breakfast at "Be Our Guest" in the Beast's castle.

First of all, you should know that Beauty and the Beast is both mine and Pearson's favorite Disney Princess movies. We both loved it long before we even knew each other and still do today. So we knew when we went to Disney we were going to do all the Beauty and the Beast things. Especially on my birthday.
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - The Beast's Castle at Magic Kingdom
The Beast's Castle
So back to the story. We had a reservation at 9:05 am and we thought we left the hotel in plenty of time. We did not account for the fact that the Magic Kingdom parking lot is actually a Monorail ride away from the park. And we didn't think about the fact that on Monday, there would still be a bit of a crowd left over from the Run Disney events that had happened over the weekend.

Expert Tip: Leave with EXTRA time to spare before reservations. And know the transportation situations.

Anyway, we practically ran through the park and made it to Be Our Guest at about 9:40 but they still let us use our reservation! Woohoo!
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - The Enchanted Rose in the West Wing of Beast's Castle
The Enchanted Rose in the West Wing of Beast's Castle
So the inside of the Beast's castle was really cool. There are three rooms, the ballroom, the rose gallery, and the west wing. It's all gorgeous and very on theme. And I hear The Beast comes out and greets his guests at dinner. Too bad we couldn't get dinner reservations.
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom
After breakfast, we went next door for an "encounter" with Belle. I thought this was just a fancy way of saying you an meet Belle. We waited about 30 minutes (walking through Belle and Maurice's cottage) and then went in with a group of about 15 people.

The cast members had us all crowd into a room facing an enchanted, time-traveling mirror and say the words "Take us to the day Belle and Beast fell in love!" Then some magic happened and we walked through the mirror to another room where the wardrobe sang a song and (with the help of a cast member) chose children from our group to play different parts of the story of how Belle and Beast fell in love.

Next we all went through to another room where most of us sat on benches while the children in costume waited to reenact the story as a surprise for Belle. Then Belle came in, stunning as ever in her golden ballgown and was wowed by the performance from the children. Then she left. Then we left.
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Belle Encounter at Magic Kingdom
So the kids who were in the "show" got to meet the lady of the hour and got some great pictures with her. Everyone else, not so much. Expert Tip: If you don't have kids, don't waste your time. If you want to meet Belle, meet her at Epcot. I'll get to that. ;)

After the Belle Encounter, we used our Fastpass for Space Mountain. Pearson had never ridden it before and I think he enjoyed it! Pro Tip: Bring a SMALL backpack. On rides like Space Mountain, you have to put them at your feet and mine almost didn't fit.

While in Tomorrowland, we also did the Carousel of Progress, because you have to! Then we went to the Monster's Ink Laugh Floor which was pretty funny.

Then we walked around a little and had our picture taken by a few Photo Pass Cast Members.
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Couple next to Cinderella's Castle
The lady who took our picture on the bridge to Tomorrowland (above) asked what Pearson's PhD was in. When we told her BioPhysics, she said "So kinda like rocket science? Because there is a rocket right over there!" Then she had us turn to the other side to take a picture of us in front of a rocket!
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Couple by Tomorroland
We meandered back to Main Street and got the coveted picture right in front of the castle! Which reminds me...

Expert Tip: Buy Memory Maker! Spend the $150-$200 (depending on when and from where you buy). Memory maker gets you free downloads of all the Photo Pass pictures taken in the park! There are Photo Pass cast members everywhere. They are professional photographers with DLSR cameras. This also includes character and ride photos. Do it! It's so worth it!
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Couple in front of Cinderella's Castle
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Couple Kissing in front of Cinderella's Castle
 We walked over to the Haunted Mansion in time for our second Fastpass. I remember this ride from when I went to Disney World as a kid. My brother was really scared of it!

Then we saw the Hall of Presidents show which included our newest president, Donald Trump. This was also Pearson's first time to see this show. Then Pearson had to stick his head in the stocks for a photo!
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Pearson in Stocks at Magic Kingdom
Then we went back to main street to secure a location to watch the parade. We ate lunch (peanut butter and jelly sandwiched that we packed) and took a few more pictures of the castle.
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Couple selfie in front of Cinerella's Castle
We also celebrated our 5th Anniversary a few months late.
Then the parade started and we had a great spot! 
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Beauty and the Beast
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Selfie with Beauty and the Beast
We had to take a selfie with Belle and Beast
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Cinderella and Prince Charming
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Maleficent's Dragon
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Maleficent's Dragon
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Merida
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Ariel
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Pinocchio
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Donald and Daisy
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Pluto
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Magic Kingdom Parade - Mickey and Minnie

Then the day was coming to a close and I still hadn't met Belle. Which was one of my biggest goals for my birthday. So we decided to run over to Epcot because we knew she was in the Paris area there at certain times.

We got on the monorail to the Transportation & Ticket Center, then got on another train to Epcot, went through security again, and ran to the back of the park toward the Eiffel Tower in the distance!

Expert Tip: Download the Disney Transportation app which has maps and times etc. Do as I say, not as I do. It will save you lots of heartache.

When we got to Paris, we looked for Belle all over and the My Disney Experience app actually had her and Aurora's locations switched! By the time we found her, they had closed the line and that was supposed to be the last time she made an appearance for the day. But a little birdy cast member told us she might be coming back at about 6. So we waited. And she did!! And it was the best experience ever! And she loved my Belle leggings! And now I can die a happy Disney freak!
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Belle Admiring my Leggings at Epcot
Celebrating my Birthday at the Magic Kingdom - Couple meeting Belle at Epcot
After meeting Belle, we walked around Epcot a little longer though we had already been to Epcot the Friday before so we didn't stay long. Then we went back to our hotel to watch the College Football National Championship game, which we won't discuss.

It was a pretty great birthday except for the game!
Have you ever been to the Magic Kingdom? Do you love any Disney character enough to run across creation to meet them on your birthday?
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Celebrate EVERYTHING

I am co-hosting the Love Blog Challenge today. The prompt is "Celebration." Head over to Brita's Introduction Post to see the prompts for every week day for the rest of this month. We'd love to have you join us!

You know what one of my favorite things about being married is? Celebrating everything with my husband.

I am a firm believer in celebrating everything. Nothing is too small.

In fact, in my "New Year - New Marriage" pack, I've included a list of silly holidays to celebrate with your spouse. Think Talk Like a Pirate Day and National Pizza Day. Get your pack right here!

As I talked about last week, it is so important to keep a friendship with your spouse. In fact, I think your spouse should be your best friend. And you can only be best friends if you have fun together. And a great way to have fun together is to celebrate everything together!

So just for fun today, I thought I'd share a list of things you can celebrate with your spouse along with how we've celebrated them. (and if I can motivate myself to edit and upload pictures, I'll wrote some Disney World recaps to link up here this week since the link up is open for 4 days!)

Graduation.

Of course this is a big accomplishment. And we just celebrated a PhD graduation! So we went all out and celebrated in Orlando, Florida doing Disney World and Universal! Of course you don't have to go that big, but both graduation and a Disney trip were a long time coming for us!

First Day of New Job

Again this is another important one to us recently. We celebrated Pearson's first day at Intel with a nice dinner out that night, a trip to REI and a small gift from me.

Holidays

Of course you'll celebrate big holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and birthdays etc. But you should also celebrate the little ones like National Pizza Day (which was Friday) and Talk Like Pirate Day (September 19th) as I mentioned earlier. Did you know today is National Plum Pudding day? True story! There is always a reason to celebrate.

Promotions and Raises

Hopefully I don't need to tell you to celebrate these accomplishments. Don't they just make you so proud as a spouse! We celebrated Pearson's Candidacy with The Melting Pot and his Thesis Defense with The Cheesecake Factory! I can't wait for many more of these!


Other Life Events

You know, friends' engagements and weddings (if you're already married), having kids, going to school, getting a job, retiring. Basically everything I've already listed and then some. Just celebrate everything.

Making it to the Weekend

I said you should celebrate everything, right? It's Friday! You made it! A lot of my friends have weekly traditions of ordering pizza every Friday. I love that! Celebrate it!

Don't forget to download my "New Year - New Marriage" pack to find a bunch of silly holidays to celebrate together!

What do you like to celebrate with your spouse?
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur-mama living in Portland, Oregon. She's a follower of Christ, watcher of SciFi, reader of fantasy, singer of show tunes, and lover of her husband! She uses her blog, Enduring All Things to help couples build a marriage that will endure whatever comes their way.
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Brita Long of Belle Brita will verify the winning entry before emailing the winner during the third week of February. If the winner doesn’t respond, she will start the process over again. Good luck!
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