So y’all may recall that earlier on in this shindig I posted that I felt everyone who broke both legs at the same time should be given a trip to Disney World.
Naw, don’t get all excited. That ain’t happenin’.
But having now spent over a month stuck in the house, unable to walk, yadda yadda yadda, HAS got me really wanting a trip to look forward to once ye olde legs start making themselves useful again.
And I have it!
We are going to the Smoky Mountains this fall AND we are going to Dollywood.
I’m so excited I could scream. I could squeal, I could pour another glass of iced tea and drink it right now.
In fact, I think I will
If you’ve never been to the Smoky Mountains, it is just beautiful. We love Dollywood because it is such a clean, family friendly park with all sorts of wonderful things to do and see (and eat). To make this even better, we’ve gone in with family to rent a very large cabin and my in laws as well as brother in law, sister in law, and their kids are all going.
So it is going to be a big old Jordan Family hootenanny. Only we will have three teenagers there so instead of square dancing we’ll have texting…
We have a fall break coming up for the kids but it doesn’t look like I’ll be walking enough for us to go anywhere for that so even though the Smoky Mountain trip is a couple of months away, I’m hanging my heart on it now!
And God willing, I’ll be walking, too!
Really, if you ever end up in a situation like this or in any type of situation that is just a little hard on your heart and body, give yourself a little something fun and out of the ordinary to look forward to and think on. It doesn’t have to be expensive (note that we are not going to disney), It can be a weekend away with family or a full day at one of your favorite places. But give yourself something to look to.
There are rays of sunshine in every single day if you just look for them, but we still need big old sun on the horizon, too.
Another big weekend!
I found not one, but TWO true handicapped friendly places this weekend!
I have been wanting to go to Sam’s for a while. I don’t need anything but I just want to go (the phrase “I don’t get out much” has never been truer than at this point in my life.).
I was thrilled to discover that the electric wheelchairs at Sam’s don’t have arms and are at a height that I can transfer to from my wheelchair! I had to get into my wheelchair and go into the club that way, then transfer to the chair and wait while Ricky went and put my wheelchair back in the car.
BUT IT WAS AWESOME being in charge of where I was going!!!
Just being able to go when I want to go at the push of a button, and to turn and go up and down the aisles! I actually ran one of the batteries down and we had to go back up to the front and get another one. ALSO, Sam’s has a Handicapped Family Bathroom! WAY TO GO SAM’s!
TARGET, I LOVE YOU TOO!
Target is another shopping place that has a handicapped family bathroom. It isn’t over where the other ones are, but next to the pharmacy instead. You rock, Target!
Due to these two incredibly wheelchair friendly places, we got to stay out for several hours on Saturday and even went to a semi fast food (Five Guys) place for lunch. We had thought about going to an actual restaurant but the one I wanted to go to was at a shopping center that isn’t very wheelchair friendly so we hit up Five Guys instead.
It was a GORGEOUS sunny day and it felt WONDERFUL to be out in it!
We also stopped in Bed, Bath, and Beyond on the way home so I could get my parents a 24 ounce Tervis tumbler since I have finally helped them to understand why this is the perfect iced tea drinking vessel.
I haven’t got to go in there in ten forevers so I really enjoyed getting to look around.
Not very handicapped friendly but the folks who work there are always nice and it’s a fun store.
This is my custom Tervis that I designed almost a year ago. It also has a bible verse on the bottom that says “This is the child I prayed for and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him.” Samuel 1:27. I love it and use it every single day. The kids have gotten so much bigger now though!
Another treat I am planning for myself is to design another one with photos from our Smoky Mountain trip.
I give me the best gifts! ~winks~
If you wanna…
The link below will take you to the Tervis Website, which is where I designed my custom tumbler. These would make great Christmas gifts I use the 24 ounce ones with lids and the Tervis straws. I put mine in the dishwasher (straws, too) and they always look like new. I love them. They make me smile
They’re made in America, have a lifetime guarantee against chipping, cracking, etc. Dishwasher safe, hold hot and cold, don’t sweat…you get the point. Get a 10% off coupon at tervis.com when you sign-up for emails. Sign-up today at http://www.tervis.com/emails
This is my Tervis collection, posing behind the tea that I’m making.
I start my day by making a gallon of tea
THEN Katy Rose found out that My Little Pony has a series of Chapter books so we had to run by Barnes and Noble to get her one so she could start reading immediately. (She got this one)
Brady and I just sat in the car because at this point of getting in and out and all the work that entails, we were both pretty exhausted.
This is Brady, having his style cramped by my wheels…
Once we got home I got started on a new natural (no added yeast) sourdough starter which will live happily on my counter and should be ready to make bread in about two weeks. On my Instagram folks are currently offering up some fun names for my starter. We like to give it a human name because it lives on my counter and I have to feed it every day, that pretty much makes it family, right?
Maybe I’ll be putting weight on one leg then! Prayers are greatly appreciated!
Oh and you know those brownies I wrote about last Friday (see How To Make Brownies With Two Broke Legs)?
I have never seen my kids enjoy brownies more! TOTALLY WORTH IT.
It was a great weekend but man do I ever need a nap
Next week is my Doctor’s appointment!
Christy, what happened? I’m lost! Why are you in a wheelchair?