Like old friends

These past two weeks have been a whirlwind. I picked up a bunch of extra hours working with Dave in the kitchen and baking fresh breads for the VIP St. Patrick’s Day functions. I come from a traditional Irish family so I put a lot of love into my breads. It was fun and didn’t feel like work, however it was long hours and a bit stressful. I need to get more sleep.

Along with this, I had a guest in town. This guest made me a bit nervous at his arrival. Ryan, is an amazing person. He is extremely talented, a great friend, so much fun to be around, and more. All of that and he happens to be my ex-boyfriend’s brother. Now, I only have had 3 boyfriends EVER! I have never really needed a guy in my life. Really that’s because I have had amazing male friends. But Michael was different. He was someone I really could see myself marrying in the future. Michael and I were great friends, had similar interests, and more. We had a blast together and it was my first relationship where God was a part of it. It was interesting. However, Michael fell into a group and began to change. We split after 3 months (we were friends long before that) but not before having some great adventures, some including his brother Ryan.

When Ryan decided to come to Florida on Spring Break, I offered to help him out with Disney passes. I work for the company so it wouldn’t be too bad. Only problem…..I haven’t seen Ryan since a few days before the break up. So imagine seeing him again a few years later. It was a bit nerve racking.

However, when Ryan and I met up at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom, it was as if we had continued the friendship from long ago. Hugs were given, laughs were had and smiles were shared. We connected for a brief moment before I headed back to work. When we met up for dinner two days later, it felt natural. We talked about everything. It felt great to catch up with him and see how far his dreams are taking him. It was so much fun to hang out with him and his friend Evan for a bit and I even tried my first cigar. When Ryan said to me, “Lauren, it is soooo good to see you again! We haven’t had this much fun since Piazza.” And then the memories of that wonderful day were shared, even the part where the car broke down.

Needless to say I had nothing to worry about. We were like old friends who haven’t seen each other in a while. This….is something that I simply L~O~V~E!

Has this ever happened to you? Were you nervous at first?

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‘I do’ Love

Today was a rough day, however, today I found a few things that I LOVE!

I LOVE this video by Colbie Caillat.

The video describes so much about the meaning of “I Do”. Besides, all those cute smiley faces are awesome! What a unique artist.

I L~O~V~E Wedding Bee! Wedding Bee is a site where lots of brides blog about their wedding process. It has a very personal feel and these bees have GREAT ideas. Lots of amazing ideas and unique DIY ideas for your wedding. Perfect for those brides who are on a budget.

I LoVe that I had some extra time today to practice juggling. It’s a passion of mine that helps me relax and keep cool. It loosens me up and brings out the silly side in me. It’s something unique that I am good at.

My definition of Clubbin'

Better yet, I LOVE all of you guys! Thanks for reading and checking in! You guys are amazing!

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On the Boardwalk Proposal

Hello! Happy March! I hope that you are having an amazing start to your month and that it has been full of love and excitement. I am sorry that I have taken a break from posting proposal ideas, but I wanted to make sure that this blog didn’t get too boring. Also, with everything that has been going on, I haven’t really had time to go out and get some amazing pictures! Today is your lucky day because I have got a wonderful idea to share with you!

This week’s Pixie Dusted Proposal happens to be at one of my favorite places in all of Walt Disney World: The Boardwalk Hotel/Resort. Located as a part of the EPCOT resort circle, the Boardwalk, features a wonderful array of views and scenes perfect for a proposal. I love this spot because you can have a variety of proposal types here. The Boardwalk is vintage enough that you could proposal in a style that fits your loves personality. You can also make you proposal homey and quiet or shout it out to world, or at least the lagoon.

The Boardwalk gives off a very nostalgic vibe. If you grew up along the Jersey shore, you will feel right at home here. They ever have surreys that you can rent! How perfect would it be for you to go out on an early morning surrey ride along the boardwalk and then you ask your love to marry you? Or perhaps you could take a surrey for an afternoon ride, stop to have a picnic along the water and the perfect moment presents itself. There are many options for you if you want to give a vintage or nostalgic feel to your proposal. And why not make it fun?

Tiny little surrey with the fringe on the top....

There are also many restaurants along the Boardwalk in which you could possibly have a nice dinner and propose. Cat Cora’s Kouzzina is one of my favorite places to eat, with an open view of the kitchen and wonderful Greek food. They are sure to celebrate your proposal by having the whole restaurant give you a big “Opa!” For the sports nut, there is the ESPN Club where they have a TVs broadcasting many different sporting events at one time. For the beer lover, Big River Brewery is a fairly newer microbrewery at the Boardwalk. We can’t forget the Flying Fish Cafe specializing in lovely seafood, seashore type eats.

If you are looking to have an entertaining evening and maybe propose in a big way, why not do it while enjoying amazing music at Jellyrolls? Jellyrolls is a dueling piano bar that only plays the requests of their patrons and is sure to make your special night enjoyable! It is my favorite place on the Boardwalk. The music is amazing and the piano players and sure to make you laugh and impress you with their talent. Maybe if you are lucky, Scotty will play Rainbow Connection for you!

For amazing music and a good time!

I leave you with my idea of a perfect proposal. If I was to be proposed to at the Boardwalk Hotel/Resort, this is where I would want it to happen. The best part about this place is that if you are planning on having a small wedding or maybe a vow renewal, you can always come back to this place and set something up with Disney Weddings.

The place is a small pavilion at the end of the Boardwalk on the way to EPCOT. It looks out over the water and have some views of the Boardwalk and a lighthouse. You can catch some of the most amazing sunsets from this pavilion and the place itself offers some kind of peace that just resonates with me. I hope that you feel the same when you visit it. It would be a great spot to propose especially if your significant other has expressed getting married at that spot already. Why not bring them there at sunset, look them in the eye, and say, ” I love you and I would love to spend the rest of my life with you. Let’s start right here in this very spot.” Or something like that 🙂 Unfortunately I do not have a picture of this place that this very moment, but you can bet as soon as I get one I’ll post it. For now, let your imagination wander, or go hunting for the place. You’ll know which one I am talking about as soon as you see it!

That’s all for now! I’ll have another Pixie Dusted Proposal spot up here soon for you guys. Until then…. Keep Dreaming Wonderful Dreams!

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Thick and Thin

When I first introduced you guys to Dave and I, I mentioned that we had been through some rough times together. Well today is your lucky day. I’m about to go a little deeper into what I mean by tougher times. Please feel free to smile and share tears with us. We have become better people because of the ones we have lost and because we have gone through times with each other.

Since the beginning of our relationship, David has been very open with me about his father who passed away about 5 years ago. We have spoken in little doses about him and his circumstance, but also about what he has taught Dave. We keep his memory with us, yes, even I keep a memory or two of Mr. Petterson. He has been a huge influence on Dave and there a little reminders that he is watching us from heaven. Even though he is not here with Dave, Mr. Petterson is helping Dave become a responsible adult, even if Dave doesn’t realize it. I get to see it every day.

This past fall I lost someone very close to my heart. My Poppop passed away of cancer. My Poppop was an amazing man and he battled cancer for a few years before it became too much for him. He was strong right up until the very last moments. I was lucky that Dave was able to meet him during our last family vacation to Sea Isle City, NJ with him this past summer. During this vacation we were able to play beach games with Pop, go into the ocean with him (not as far as we used to), and just have fun. I think that Pop knew it was going to be his last vacation but I feel blessed that these are my last memories of him. When I saw my Pop at the hospice, literally a few hrs before he passed, he couldn’t even open his eyes or speak to me. It was heart breaking. This was the one man I wanted to be at my wedding besides my groom, my father, and my brother. My Pop has always been my inspiration in life and my mom says that each of us grandkids have a little bit of him in us. My brother, being the only boy of the bunch, is pretty much the spitting image of my Poppop, personality and all. Even though Dave could not get the time off of work to come home with me for my Pop’s passing, I knew that he was there for me every step of the way. From the day in March, when my mom pulled him aside at EPCOT and told Dave before she told me that this might be my Pop’s last few months with us, Dave has been there for me. I feel so blessed and extremely lucky to have found someone that is going to stand by me through these times. I also feel consoled that Pop really liked Dave, especially the food he cooked for him. I am truly a lucky girl.

Now, a mere 6 months later, I am sitting in another hospice. This time I am in Phoenix, AZ and it’s for Dave’s Grandfather. As my Twitter followers know, I was supposed to go to St. Augustine this week with Dave and some of our friends. However, a few days ago Dave received a call that his grandfather was going into a hospice and if he could visit, he should. Praise the Lord that we already had this week off. This way we are both able to come together and I can support Dave and his family through this tough time. Today I was able to meet Dave’s grandfather for the first time and he shook my hand and we spoke like old friends of the places Dave and I would visit and see while we were here. While I still feel like being in a hospice is a little too close to home for me, I will do it because I need to. Even though Dave hasn’t really had time to see his grandfather, it’s still family. It’s close family and it’s never fun to be in this situation. I have never been to Phoenix before and I am looking forward to our planned trips, and our unplanned ones. I don’t know if I’m ready for what lies ahead of us, but I’ll find out when that time comes. I guess you are never really ready when these things happen.

So even though we have hit our rough spots, we are doing just fine. I think its great that we have had these things to get through with each other. It has bonded us in many ways and made us both stronger people. We understand what each other is going through and respect that sometimes silence is enough. I am very lucky to have been able to meet Dave’s grandfather and will have a sweet memory of him to hold in my heart.

If you pray, we would like to ask if you would just say a prayer for Dave’s grandfather and his family. Prayers for peace and comfort are always welcome. Prayers for good health and strength are welcome as well. We would also like to ask for your prayers for safe travels for us and for family and friends that may visit.

If you are not a religious person, if you would please ask just keep us in your thoughts.

On a personal note, thank you all for your love and support. I have made some great friends through the birth of this blog. Your love and support for all things PDP and Lauren life related are breathtaking. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

~This one goes out to all of us who have lost someone close to us. We know that they will always be in out hearts.~

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A Day of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!!!

I hope this day has found you immersing in all the love that is in your life. By love I mean all the family love, friendship love, and of course, the Love Love. This day brings so many joys, but it also tends to be a day of disappointment and loneliness for many. I would like to take a couple of minutes to share my thoughts on that.

Thought #1: Love is not just in relationships. Love is all around.

I am a HUGE fan of the movie Love Actually. It houses some of my favorite movie quotes and also shows that love doesn’t always appear to be what we may think it is. In the very beginning of the movie we get this lovely paragraph spoken by the character of The Prime Minister. It goes a little something like this….

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.

Now I must clear something up. He says: “If you look for it” and I must tell you that this phrase does not mean what you think it means. It does not mean to search for love. It does mean to look desperately. It simply means to “open your eyes to”. It means to open you mind and heart to what love is. You do this my friends and you will find it all around you.

Thought #2: Love Fully and Completely

Pull out all the stops for love. Would you take a bullet for your family? Would you go to great lengths to help a good friend? This is what loving fully means. When you find something you love, give it your all. When you find the one you love, pull out all the stops.

Perhaps one of my most favorite quotes from Love Actually is this one:

“Lets go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”

Why do I like this quote? Because the character is saying, “Let’s do this. Let’s pull out all the stops.” Nothing is going to stand in their way. They are in love and nothing is going to stop them from showing that. This is how we should approach all things we love.

Thought #3: We can confuse love with other things

In today’s world, love has taken on new meanings. We tend to mistake lust for love. We are told what we should love and what we shouldn’t. Our minds are confused and sometimes we aren’t quite sure what is love and what isn’t. That’s ok. WE are not perfect. Our stories are NOT perfect. Today’s world is so corrupt and so misleading. There is a song by Switchfoot called Easier Than Love in which is the chorus states: Everyone is scared to death of leaving here alone. She is easier than love, is easier than life, is easier to fake and smile and lie. It’s easier to leave, it’s easier to lie, it’s harder to face ourselves at night.

This is what our world has become. A confusion of love. But we are much more than that. We are Worth more than that. We deserve more than that. And I think as humans, we know the difference between pure/true love and love we are just settling for. So DON’T SETTLE! If it’s not real, it’s not worth it.

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So this Valentine’s Day, I went to work and spent some time spreading pixie dust and love. I also made sure I made time to catch up with some friends at work and get their opinions on some next steps I am getting ready to take. But I also made myself fully aware of the love that is around me. This Valentine’s Day was not at all what I had planned. I wanted a nice dinner with David, maybe some flowers and chocolate. Maybe a ring?

About halfway through my day, something was weighing on my heart. So I took a moment to peacefully relax in silence and a verse popped into my head. It is a verse from the Bible.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future.”

So maybe this Valentine’s Day wasn’t what I had planned. However, it really doesn’t matter what I have planned for my life. My plans for my life aren’t perfect, but the Lord’s plans for my life are perfect. So when things don’t go my way, I just have to remember that it’s not my plan. I am a big believer in “everything happens for a reason.” This goes hand in hand with God’s perfect plan.

When I look back on today: It was perfect. I had work. I had friend bonding time. I had me time. Now, I get to finish it up with David time. Well, the 5 minutes I see him before I sink into my pillow and fall asleep anyway.

Happy Valentine’s Day friends. I hope that you have found love. That you are living a life of Love. And that you realize that you are Loved. Even if it’s not in the way that you want or think.

Sending Love

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PDP: Being Pixie Dusted

So over the course of the Pixie Dust Project, I have found that there is a lot of things that one can do to help spread some Pixie Dust and a little cheer in the world. I’ve worked with some pretty amazing charities that do some pretty awesome things. I’ve met some great people who do some inspiring things. Trust me folks, pixie dust is EVERYWHERE!

Today I was Pixie Dusted. I was completely blindsided by it. It was just one of those “woah” life moments. So let me take you back into my world at a lovely 9:50 am this morning…

I had a rough start. For the past few weeks I have had a growing pain in my lower back. With moving (into a new place) and all the work I have been doing over at Goofy’s Barnstormer (lots of up and down movements to check lapbars), I have been putting a ton of stress on my back. This morning my back was killing me. I took some meds and went to work. I was completely out of it. I fell trap to feeling the everyday routine and going about it in a mundane way. Perhaps it was because I was on pain meds, perhaps it was because I was tired. But I could make a list of excuses, I wasn’t my cheerful, magical self.

As I was pressing buttons and making honey pots move, a little boy looked up and smiled at me. He reached up over the big panel I was working and handed me a little baggy and said, “Thank you. Have a magical day.” I smiled and said thanks, still watching ride motion to make sure everything was going ok. They got into their honey pot and off they went into the ride.

After I was rotated out of that position, I was able to look at my little bag of pixie dust that was given to me by a guest. It had a little note attached that read: “Thank you for making our vacation magical. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to keeping the magic. Here is a little pixie dust in return for all that you do.” Holy smokes! A guest thanking me in this big way! I’m the one supposed to be spreading the pixie dust. Even at the moment that little boy saw me, it was probably pretty clear I had no desire to be at work today and yet, I was still given this amazing gift!

Let me tell you how my attitude shifted for the day. Even though I was, and still am, in a good amount of pain, I smiled and waved to everyone I saw. I made sure that I was helping guests have a good time. I made sure that I was spreading some pixie dust.

Sometimes we all need a little Pixie Dust.

 

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The Unexpected Proposal

Since Valentine’s day is right around the corner, I have decided to write about the unexpected proposal. These happen a lot and tend to be even better than the planed proposal. I find that when I look at proposal stories that have to do with Disney, the unexpected proposal tends to happen more often than the planed proposal. So why go through all the planning?

Proposals are supposed to be special. Every guy who has planned a proposal has had this perfect day or time in their mind. Girls, we do it too. We may imagine how our perfect proposal would be and then we would hope that our best girlfriends tell our future fiance about it. In a perfect world, perfect proposals would go exactly as planned and would be amazing. But we don’t live in a perfect world and we all know that proposals rarely go exactly as planned. But sometimes, it’s the unexpected moment that makes a proposal perfect.

The most important part of a proposal is making sure that you propose at the right time. You want to make sure it is the right moment, one that is worth remembering. Don’t worry guys, there’s no need to stress. If you plan a day or evening full of things both of you love to do, the right moment will just happen.

At Disney, you might be meeting your love’s favorite princess and that princess begins to talk about you being her prince and her hoping that you live happily ever after. That would be a perfect moment to just say, “well actually, *enter name here* I was wondering if you would let be the prince charming in your happily ever after.” Ok that is cheesy, well I think it’s cute, but you get the point. You may plan an evening at the beach and be taking a walk at sunset and she makes a comment about how beautiful it is and then your perfect moment arrives. I guess my point is: the perfect moment is usually isn’t planned.

As a treat…check out this video of a proposal that happened after a couple ran into Push the talking trash can on the Tomorrowland Bridge in Walt Disney World. It’s pretty awesome

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