Painting Challenge Day 2

inspired by the beauty of Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay

Day 2 is a painting that I have painted before and wanted to do again.  That does not happen often!  But sometimes I like to see how I have improved, or it is just an image that I really enjoyed painting.  Maybe it is just a beautiful image, or maybe it reminds me of somewhere I have been.  Both are the case with this one!  This is Disney’s private beautiful island, Castaway Cay. Which I have been extremely lucky to have visited twice!  This is not a scene that everyone sees, so not everyone may recognize it.  Its along a path that we rode bikes on, that leads to Serenity Bay.  The adults only beach on the island.  My favorite color, as many of you know, is pink, so of course I was mesmerized by this sight.

So here is day two! Painting is available in my etsy shoppe for anyone interested.  Please click here to see purchasing info.

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Visiting Disneyland for the first time

It has been a dream of mine to visit Disneyland to see where it all began.  When I spoke with people, very often I was told how disappointed I would be.  Its much smaller was what I heard, or does not compare to Florida. Hardly a positive comment ever.  But I did not change my mind, and kept my plans to visit.

I was lucky to visit this summer, and even luckier to visit on my birthday!  What a present!

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Anytime I enter a park I always get goosebumps at my first view of the castle, and this was no exception.  But it was definitely different… seeing a pink castle at the end of Main Street!  But there was no disappointment.  Only excitement that I was finally visiting the park where it all began.

I had done research on things and rides that I should not miss, so I did my best to see it all!  The park was not officially open yet, so people were lined up at the end of Main Street.  So we took this time to look around.  We found the “Test Wall” where legend has it Walt tried different bricks out.  If you are facing the castle, its the little side street to the right off of Main Street.

If you look at the photo, you will see a few different styles of bricks.

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I found the park to be a bit smaller that the Florida Magic Kingdom, but I liked the cozier feel.  The feeling of the smaller walkways, and mature plantings over the paths.  I especially loved the teacups.  Especially at night with the glowing lanterns.

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I also loved the walk through Sleeping Beauty area in the castle.  It was  nice to see something other than an expensive restaurant within the castle.  That is one of my favorite Disney Tales, so I could be a little biased….

But seriously how could you be disappointed with this sight? I know I certainly was not.

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There are also some rides at this park not in Florida.  Such as Mr. Toads wild ride, Pinocchio, Snow Whites Scary Adventures, and the Matterhorn to mention just a few.  Its a Small World has never been a favorite of mine, but I actually enjoyed this version.  Its a more grand display at this park, and has its own versions of Disney Characters throughout the ride.

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Another thing you must see is the Fire Department building.  At first it seems like an ordinary building, until you know the symbolism.  Walt and his wife had an apartment on the second floor, and legend has it that when he was in residence, the light would be on.  So the light is left on in tribute.  I loved seeing this in person.  It seemed surreal to me, to be in the park where it all began, and to walk in his footsteps.

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Overall I loved my visit to the original park.  Yes, it was different from Florida and yes it was smaller.  But it made all of that up with its unique rides, and nostalgic features.  Being an artist I thought of this as Walt’s first try.  Whenever an artist creates, they are always striving to make changes and get better with their future work.  You learn from mistakes, and successes.  I can only imagine the parks that Walt would have created had he been around longer.  I think that the company has done well without him, but you have to wonder how different the Parks would have been had he been here to direct them.  We will never know, but I am thankful that someone took over the reigns and did their best, as the Disney Park legacy is a wonderful one.  One that I enjoy visiting with my family, and keep going back.  Because I love the creativity, the escapism that they provide. Thank you Walt!

Day 15 of 30 in 30- The view from the Poly

Day 15 – This was the view from my room, many years ago when I stayed at the Polynesian. It was our 10 year wedding anniversary, and we upgraded to the Poly, as a gift to us. We could not afford a great view, and were shocked when we got this fabulous view. Every night the fireworks would go off over the castle, and my son loved watching them from his bed. (When we were in the room, lol) If you look to the right of the hotel, you will see the castle, above the monorail.

This was one of my favorite trips, as we went with our best friends and their girls. Hope you enjoy this view as much as I did!

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This little girl

 

It’s this little girls birthday today. This little girl grew up an only child but was lucky to have 3 boys and parents move in next door that changed her life. They made her into a tom boy. Between those boys and a Dad that let her work in his garage, these people shaped her into a girl that enjoys a nice car, knows how the car runs and is pretty independent. (And has never minded mud)


This little girl married her high school sweetheart, and became a mom to two kids she adores. This little girl worked the daily grind for years, till being laid off and had a chance to follow a dream. This little girl became obsessed with Disneyworld. Bringing her kids there as much as she could. And when she couldn’t go she dreamed of going. This little girl now spends her days painting Disney subjects and whatever else catches her fancy.

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This little girl always felt like a little girl till the last year. This last year has been pretty rough. Her Mom died in November, and then being an only child, it was on her to be there for her Dad. Then while they were still grieving, her Dad was diagnosed with an aneurysm requiring surgery. While waiting for the surgery, her husband was in a serious accident requiring emergency surgery, an ICU stay and weeks of healing, with an additional surgery still to come to conclude healing. So although this little girl has had a wonderful life she appreciates, this birthday is a bittersweet one.  Its her first without her Mom, and is the first as Matriarch of her family.

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This little girl has always been a grateful person. Grateful for what she has and who she has in her life. So today she will be grateful for what she has, for she knows she could be without more than her mom this birthday. This little girl is grateful. I think that in order to get through life you have to be grateful. Even when its tough to see through the tears, there is always something to be grateful for. Here’s hoping that this little girl’s next spin around the sun is a little easier.

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