House for sale! And more Disney talk

Well, now I’m realizing it’s been a week since my last blog post!

The makeup bag I won last week is now resting snugly in my purse as a wonderful catch-all for all my cosmetics and odds and ends. It’s gorgeous.

I’ve been busy the past week at work, and also busy getting our house listed for sale.

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Yep, that’s our house. I don’t want to post up a link to the listing for fear of Internet stalkery, but if you know of someone in the Birmingham, Ala., who might be interested in becoming a homeowner, taking advantage of the $8K first-time homebuyer credit by April 30, feel free to e-mail me: southernwebgirl@gmail.com.

So, happy April! For my new readers, April is our anniversary month. We got married on April 25 of last year at The Beach Club in Gulf Shores, Ala., honeymooned at Disney World, and are now returning for our first anniversary.

I recently gave Freck some great advice on getting around Disney World and some dining recommendations. So that got me to thinking about my dear old blog. To celebrate our first anniversary, I’m going to do a 3-part blog post on my best tips for visiting Disney World.

Post 1 will cover Disney parks. I’m going to talk about my favorite attractions, getting around the parks and some of the newer innovations that someone visiting for the first time or someone who hasn’t visited since they were a kid might not know about.

Post 2 will cover Disney resorts — the ones I’ve stayed in, the difference in the pricing tiers, fan favorites, etc.

Post 3 will cover my favorite topic — Disney dining! I’m going to dig through my camera and find some great pics of some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life. No lie.

The truth is, I should have blogged about our Disney honeymoon in depth in oh, about last May, but I just never got around to it. So this will be a great way to get some of it out there while imparting my Disney wisdom upon the (mostly uninitiated) masses.

Our first anniversary celebration

So, Brian and I have been talking for about a month now about our first anniversary and what we want to do to celebrate it. It’s hard to believe that we have already been married for more than 7 months!

The traditional first anniversary gift is paper. So, we decided that our gift to each other will be a return “ticket” to….

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Disney World! We had such a wonderful time on our honeymoon so ultimately we decided to return. We had thought about a trip to the Beach Club on Fort Morgan where we got married, or perhaps a trip to Vegas. But Disney is such offering great deals these days, and when you add in the dining plan, it makes it all-inclusive and so much less expensive than a Vegas trip. The room may cost less in Vegas, but the airfare, rental car, show tickets and gambling money really add up.

So, we’ll arrive April 24 and leave May 1. Our anniversary — Sunday, April 25 — will be spent in the Magic Kingdom. In total, we will visit the Magic Kingdom twice, Epcot twice, and Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom once each.

For our honeymoon, we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, a deluxe resort. For our anniversary, we’re staying at the Pop Century Resort, a value resort. It’s a step down, but we spent so little time in our room during the honeymoon. It was basically a place to shower and sleep.

We’re also downgrading our dining plan from deluxe to plus. Deluxe give you 3 sit-down meals and 2 snacks per day, while the Plus plan gives you 1 sit-down meal, 1 quick service meal and 1 snack per day.

We really enjoyed all the sit-down meals on our honeymoon, but we didn’t really see the need for all those meals this time around. We’re going back to 3 of our favorite sit-down restaurants from the honeymoon and visiting 4 new restaurants. I’ll blog some more about our favorites from the honeymoon soon.

If you have never been to Disney World or haven’t been since you were a kid, I highly recommend a trip. So many things have changed over the years, such as the addition of the FastPass system, and the food, especially at Epcot World Showcase and the resorts, is to die for!

Just don’t go June-September (too hot and kids out of school!), during spring break, during Thanksgiving week, or the week of Christmas and New Years. I would recommend January-February (nice weather and no crowds!), late April-early May (between spring break and summer break. Also the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival) and I would love to go in the fall during the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot.

While blogging about our future plans, I realize that I haven’t even blogged about our honeymoon yet, nor have I finished posting about our wedding! I’m such a horrible blogger, lol. I think I am going to do photo posts from here on out to finish it up before I forget everything. I also plan to scrapbook our honeymoon. Guess I can go ahead and buy extra supplies for our first anniversary scrapbook too!

Lastly, I just wanted to acknowledge that I’ve reached more than 50 followers through Google Friend Connect widget thingie. Thank you for reading my little blog. Lord knows I do not have the time to update daily, so I do appreciate my readers!

Is there anything in particular y’all would like to hear about my beach wedding and Disney honeymoon? Or, just introduce yourself! I’m following all of your blogs but I would love to get to know all of you a little better!

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