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Princess in Training

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What Princess mean to me…. Its one of those things that I can’t really put into words, but once again I am going to try because it illustrates that no matter where you are now, it doesn’t have to dictate where you can go if you just believe that you can.

First off, you should know that my family (biological and in-laws) are Disney freaks! We love Disney. In my family, it was all about the movies. We would watch them over and over growing up and there are a few (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, and The Lion King) that my brother and I have seen literally HUNDREDS of times. In my husband’s family, it was all about Disney World. Matthew has been there about 13 times, I believe. So when we married it melded the two together. I guess we have become super freaks! It takes a couple of years for us to save enough money to be able to go to WDW and every time we do it is completely magical. We are not afraid to let go and be a kid again and get sucked in to the Disney Magic. In November we will go again, and we will take Hayden for the first time.

Anyway, as much as I love going to WDW, there is always a sense of apprehension about going. In the past, I didn’t fit comfortably in airplane seats. So I took up my seat and part of Matthew’s too. Embarrassing isn’t a strong enough word…. Same rang true for ride seats, bus seats, and basically anything else that I had to fit my oversized rear end into. I had a hard time having the energy to do all that walking. There were frequent breaks. I was also over the weight limit on some rides, not that I actually TOLD anyone that fact. Again, embarrassing isn’t a strong enough word. My constant fear was that I would be asked to get off a ride (it never happened, but I still worried that it would!) However all of that has changed. That person is a mere shadow of the person I am today. I am more excited than ever to go on my WDW trip in November, and my trip in February to run Princess will be a dream come true.

The Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show, Wishes, is my favorite night time show. Standing there watching the fireworks above Cinderella’s Castle brings me to tears every time. I have stood in front of that Castle, watching those fireworks at the lowest, darkest time in my entire life. Even then, from the bottom of the darkest hole, I could stand there and feel that magic. Feel that hope that anything is possible. That dreams can come true if you believe that they will, believe that they can.

They can, you know, if you work hard for them. In February, I will be in front of that Castle again, but this time, I won’t be broken. I will be strong. I will run through that castle. I will be running my 6th Half Marathon. I will stand there, not afraid of what I was letting hold me back. I will not be the fractured broken person I spent so much time thinking I was. I’m not going to be broken hearted. I’m not scared anymore. I am not weak.

I am capable. I am strong. I am confident. I am a Princess in Training!

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DIKIWI85 7/14/2011 12:00AM

    I am so excited for you!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 7/13/2011 4:34PM

    Aww! Your story made me tear up! I'm so glad this year will bring better memories! I live about an hour east of Disney World and don't go near as often as I'd like!

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CANNIE50 7/12/2011 10:08PM

    I, too, love Disney. I did not get to experience DisneyWorld and DisneyLand until I was in my 30's. Needless to say, my children did not have to wait and have been several times. I look forward to reading all about your Disney journeys.

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RENLA6991 7/12/2011 8:50AM

    I could've written this blog, Emily! I wish that we were becoming princesses together next year. I'll just have to live vicariously through you & Laurie! I can't wait to read more about your training & the race; it's going to be a magical experience!

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GRACEISENUF 7/11/2011 11:12PM

    Amazing blog!

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DRPOOH63 7/11/2011 9:42PM

    I am so excited for you. Have a great time and enjoy the journey.

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KAREN_NY 7/11/2011 3:02PM

    Love love love this! And your background page too. I'm a shameless Disney musicals freak myself, and can't wait to run the Princess Half!

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You're gonna LOVE it!

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    Congrats to you. You will so love the run - just remember at the end there are two big overpasses you get to run up. Wish I could do it with you and Laurie, but alas - I have spent enough on Disney races for the year 2012.

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FUNFROG79 7/11/2011 9:57AM

    I love Disney too! Last year's Princess Half was a great exprieince! Enjoy training and your trip!

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MANDYH0506 7/11/2011 8:37AM

    Again, an aweseome blog that came at just the right time for me. Amazing how that works! I have dreamed of going to Disney almost all my life. I admit, I'm not a Disney fanatic, but it is top on my bucket list. And in January 2012, we're going!!! This blog reminded me of many of my fears; fitting into the airplane seat comfortably, having the energy to walk everywhere we want, and not exceeding the weight limit on rides. All concerns to me! So thank you, again, for motivating me to continue on this path each and every day, to keep on moving and to dream!

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LAURIE5658 7/10/2011 7:22PM

    These two trips are going to be so special and I feel blessed to be a part of the wonderful memories that await us. If you think watching Wishes was meaningful before, just wait for the chance to see this wonderful show while wearing YOUR Tiara medal. Bring a Kleenex. Wishes do indeed come true!


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ACURVYLADY 7/10/2011 6:26PM

    Hey princess it's better than being the Queen, I used to say I want to be the "Queen of everything", then I read about a lot of real Queens, all if whom got beheaded, thrown out into the wilderness or just set a side : (

Nope, being the princess is a lot safer LOL

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CHAS1949 7/10/2011 6:10PM

    I loved your blog today!! Disney runs in my veins, too. I have been to Disneyland several times and once to Disney World.

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KELLSOUTH 7/10/2011 5:16PM

    You are amazing! Running that race is going to be such a magical experience. I can't wait to experience it for myself. You ARE a Princess! emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/10/2011 5:02PM

    What a beautiful blog !
How magical, to read about your dream come true !
All the magic of Disney, and SparkPeople, helped you
to become a Princess, Emily Rose ! Your beautiful photo,
that you use here, at SparkPeople, is proof of that !
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CAROLCRC 7/10/2011 4:30PM

    Have a wonderful time!

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RUNNINGMOM_OF_3 7/10/2011 4:26PM

    I think you are my favorite princess! You are definitely the most motivational one! emoticon

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HOTRODSANDY 7/10/2011 4:22PM

    Loved, loved, loved your blog. I too am a Disney fan! My girls had every Disney movie and every Disney sing along made. Even though their in VHS, I can't get rid of them!

When my girls were 3 and 4, my folks, my husband and I all headed to Disneyland.

I'm sure I "shared" part of their plane seat, I remember doing the math in my head of my dad's weight and mine as we were heading up the matterhorn, hoping, praying that the track could withstand our combined weights.

It was a similar story on other trips over the years.

In May, I had a business trip to Orlando and I actually snapped a picture of the airline seat belt. I was so excited I didn't need a seat belt extender! Since we were in Orlando, I extended my stay a few days so I could see WDW. And I didn't have worry about getting on the rides! That was so awesome!

Enjoy your trip! And enjoy your 1/2!!! emoticon

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