Let’s see the HOUSE Pictures of “House on the Rock”

I took so many wonderful pictures during my time at “House on the Rock,” that I wanted to make sure to not overwhelm my readers with a novel of pictueres. So to break it up a bit, I thought I would just post a couple of pictoral posts about some of the rooms that were JUST AMAZING!! For more information about my visit, check out the FULL POST HERE. The “house” portion of this attraction is just as bizarre and crazy as the rest of the place! It contains 14 rooms, and I don’t know how I would ever feel comfortable in a home like this. Low ceilings, deep living spaces, slanted windows, staircases, and carpeted ceilings. Words don’t do it justice, just check out the pics below and enjoy! 

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My Visit to the Land of Cheese

So this was my second trip back to Wisconsin since I moved to Florida.  I’m not going to lie to you all, I had VERY high expectations. Like all of you do who long for that Disney vacation, so did I for mine going home.  Well, to my “other” home.  Here is the gist of what happened, what I did, and I am going to make it about details to keep it from boring the snot out of you- enjoy!

I drove on Highways 41, 43, 94, 441, 54, 894, 172, 4, and 417.  I drove myself at times, and others lovingly drove for me as well.  I traveled the streets of Oneida, Lombardi, Northland, Mason, Richmond, Roselawn, Canterbury, Gladys, Morris, Mead, Wisconsin,  College, Capitol,  Lyndale,  Cormier, and April.  I visited and drove through the cities of Ephraim, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Sturgeon Bay, Juddville, Carlsville, De Pere, Green Bay, Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Grand Chute, Milwaukee, Ashwaubenon, Port Washington, Kenosha, Sheboygan, Gurnee and Vernon Hills.  I traveled both in WI and IL and over 6 states flying from FL to WI and back.  My favorite city to spend time in was Green Bay because Mom was there and it felt more like home than anything did, and the least was Milwaukee because it had construction EVERYWHERE.

Oh, I shopped. And I mean, I SHOPPED.  Once Mom and I get together, it’s a feeding frenzy to get everything I need for home here in FL that I either couldn’t find in FL or that I didn’t have the time to go find yet.   We shopped 6 Goodwill Stores, 2 St. Vincent De Pauls, Bethesda, Shopko, Kmart, Walmart, Old Navy, Kohls, Dunhams, Hallmark, Christian Book Store, Childrens Place, JCPenneys, and both Bay Park Square Mall and Fox River Mall. I shopped Gurnee Mills with my gal pals in IL, where I found myself in the Disney Outlet and desperately missing home. My favorite place to shop was the thrift stores with Mom because you never knew what you were going to find. Least favorite was JcPenneys – not fond of their pricing now.  Oh and a side note on shopping, I almost cried to see my first WI garage sale.  I was so happy to shop the many we found, and I found quite  a bit that I wound up having to ship home.  Driving from sale to sale with my Mom, our drinks in the car, breakfast in our tummy’s – it was like old times.

I ate,  and I ate well. I actually had lost weight before my trip, but I probably evened it up now with how much great food I enjoyed while gone.  I ate at El Azteca,  Buffalo Wild Wings, Hu Hot, Cinders, Happy Joes, Dung Woo, Olive Garden, Joe’s Crab Shack, Cold Stone, Atlanta Bread, Perkins, Culvers, Steel Bridge Cafe, Arby’s, KFC, McDonalds, Blueberry Hill, Brat Barn at Festival, and Weathervane.  My favorites were probably the crab legs at Joes, the strawberry pie at Perkins which is tradition with my Mom, and the skillet breakfast with my Dad. Worst meal was definitely the beef fried rice from Dung Woo- should have known better from the name of the place.

I slept in five beds, four homes, and one hotel.  You never really quite understand how much you appreciate your own bed until you leave it for 14 days.  I enjoyed all of my stays with friends and family, but you like what you like, and I get hot at night. I am a “fan” sleeper, and so when I didn’t have one at the hotel, it made the night extremely quiet and long. Add snoring by those who can’t help it, and it was probably my worst night there.  Lack of sleep makes this chick crabby, so it was a hard stay over all.  I did appreciate that my step Dad put mints on my pillow while staying at their house, it was a nice touch.

Rented movies consisted of “Mirror, Mirror, We Bought a Zoo, Friends with Kids,  and In Love and War.” Mirror, Mirror was cute, We Bought a Zoo is awesome, Friends with Kids was odd, and In Love and War was cute but kind of slow.  I also got to head to the Movies twice, where I saw “Snow White and the Huntsmen” and “Brave.”  I liked Snow White, it was a nice twist on the fairy tale.  And Brave…seeing it with my Mom meant a lot to me, especially since it is a Mother and Daughter tale.  When the Castle came up on the screen to start the film, I started to tear up and I said to Mom “I miss home.”   Kel and I watched  “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn Part 1” with Rifftrax, which is a riffing program that makes fun of the film as you watch it.  They both were pretty awesome!

Then there was the event above all events, I headed back to my home Faire of Bristol and par took in what I can only describe as two wonderful days among my Faire friends.  I had my hand kissed several times, and even got several on the cheek! I was handed flowers by a stranger one day, and was welcomed so very graciously by my good friend, Jane the Phoole.  Nothing but love for her and Tom, Moonie, Craig of Farrington, OTB, Dirk the Swordsmen, Cameron of Barely Balanced, my German candy maker, Kimara,  John, and my Tartanic pals.  I can’t tell you how many times I teared up at the level of love and welcoming hugs I received. But the pinnacle of it was when Jane screamed hello to me in front of hundreds of people and said “Bristol has missed you!”  Yep, waterworks began.  I had a great time, and even got to see Liz Driscoll and hang out with her to show her my crazy Rennie life.

The Miscellaneous of the trip- I loved stepping on the grass in my Mom’s yard. It is so much softer, and I actually really missed the feel of it on my feet.  The grass here is more like sticks with sand, nothing I would walk barefoot on. Not my yard anyways.  Oh, it was hotter there than here. Yep, every day was pretty much 90 something, hitting over 100 this past Monday.  I did get to go to my old church,  and they sang “Revelation Song” which is my favorite!

So here is the funny thing about this trip, I actually learned something. I learned that life moves on there, whether I am there or not.  The strong relationships and friendships I had while living there are still there, but they aren’t what they used to be.  They are moving on with marriages and babies on the way, and  that’s the way it should be.  I can honestly say that my Mom is now “home” to me, and I am really ok with that. I had a great time with everyone, but sometimes I would feel a bit lost being there.  Without Craig and the kids next to me, I almost felt like I shouldn’t be there because I wasn’t with them.  I missed them dearly and have spent every minute with them since I have been home.  Well, except for writing this.

So there you have it folks. Many fun times had, many lessons learned.  I’m happy to be home.

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Moooovin’ Back to Wisconsin

Well, it was going to happen, sooner or later. We would eventually get sick of the constant sunshine and warm weather. I mean, who wants to have their windows open 9 months out of the year? Don’t even get me started on the clothing I have had to put up with- I haven’t worn my beloved sweaters and jeans in FOREVER.  The pool in my backyard has become an annoyance, I mean, who wants to swim all year round? Yuck!

Then there is that Mouse that we moved here for… so sick of all the magic, the pixie dust, and that constant feeling of joy. We are tired of the Celebrities who just “happen” to bump into us in the Parks, and all those Cast Members who are way too nice to us. Then there are the friends who want my time, who constantly want to hang out, who wants to feel loved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?!

I can’t handle watching my children smiling anymore, it is sickening how happy they are.  If I have to see Craig glowing with joy at Epcot ONE MORE TIME, seriously, I may need a moment to scream.

It is because of all these ridiculous annoyances that we have decided to move back to WI on June 1st. Almost a year to the day we got here, it seems unreal, but we miss too much to stay here anyways. We miss the cold, fluffy snow that Craig would break his back over, the ice I would fall on at work, and the below zero temps that made unlocking my vehicle a matter of survival.  I miss dreaming about Disney World, and not having it in my backyard for whenever I felt like going- again, WHO in their right mind would want that?

Thank you for being with us on this amazing journey, and……… LIVE FROM ORLANDO…..

APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One More Disney Day… Hours 19-21

.…this is a continuation of my 24 hours at the Magic Kingdom during the “One More Disney Day”. Missed the others? Click HERE to read Hours 1-3, Hours 4-6 HERE, Hours 7-9 HERE, Hours 10-12 HERE, Hours 13-15 HERE, and Hours 16-18 HERE.

Hour 19… 12:00 Midnight 3.01.2012.. Yes, Thank you Jesus, it’s officially the next day.

I had plans to meet up with Brent Dodge again, and found him in the Rose Garden. With his friends, we headed into Cosmic Rays to say hello to some of his friends. As they were ordering their food, the Cast Member standing there was from WISCONSIN- so Brent made him WOOT WOOT as loud as he could- it was pretty funny.  We basically hung out in here for the next hour and talked to the CM, Eric.  Brent’s LIVE Ustream was still going on, so he was showing everyone what fun we were having. No, our dance off didn’t happen but it’s all good, I would dance like crazy later.

Hour 20… 1:00 a.m. 3.01.2012

It was dance time, and I had looked forward to this all day. Why? Well, I love to dance but also because I was meeting up with Kristal and Kristen again and I knew it would be fun to share this moment with both of them.  With their friend Sarah, we met in front of the Castle, and then found that they were moving all the crowds off the street. We got excited, maybe a new parade? Something special for those of us who were here for the long haul? Well, it wasn’t a parade, but the Move it Shake It parade floats. BUT they brought out Goofy, Pluto, Daisy, and Donald to dance with everyone in front of the Castle.

Goofy got off his float right in front of us, so we had a HUGE group saying “Go Goofy, Go Goofy..” while he was break dancing in the center. He pulled me in to dance too, and I got shy but I still did a small cabbage patch for him. LOL  It was surreal and SO MUCH FUN to be in this mob of Disney fans and dancing in the Magic Kingdom.

You knew it was a Disney Dance Party when they played music from THE GOOFY MOVIE- yes, the GOOFY MOVIE!! Well, our family is a HUGE fan of that movie, and have every song memorized. Well, they played “Eye to Eye” and I sang my heart out along with it, SO COOL!!! My friends had to leave early, so I stayed and danced until 1:30 a.m.  where I could feel I needed water and a break from the mob.

Hour 21… 2:00 a.m. 3.01.2012

I rushed to Casey’s for a cold drink of water, as I could feel my sanity starting to slip. I love to dance, but I think with all the energy I had used and lack of sleep was starting to work its toll on me.  After I popped 2 Aleve and drank the water, I headed down Main Street to check out the front of the Park goings on.

It was exciting to see all the Main Street vehicles out and parked, letting anyone sit in them for picture opportunities.  Here is where I started a video blog so I could show all of you what it looked like- check out that video blog HERE.  My favorite was the Goofy Candy Company truck- I felt so special to get that picture.

Yes, I was alone at this point, but I didn’t mind it. I had met so many wonderful people all day, and I welcomed the needed break.  My mind raced with how long I have now been there, and truly how long I could make it.  If I wasn’t taking pictures, I was texting someone. If I wasn’t doing that, I was trying to keep up with my FB page and my Instagram. On top of that I was trying to see how Darby was doing in Disneyland, so I had plenty to keep me busy.  It was a nice piece of time to try and get my thoughts gathered for how I was going to finish out the morning.

Click HERE to read what happens next during the FINAL Hours 22-24 at “One More Disney Day”

Our Last New Year’s Eve in WI

So what does a family from Appleton, Wisconsin do on their last New Year’s Eve in the state of cheese and cows?  They go out on a night on the town.  Now, this may seem VERY exciting to some of you, but there isn’t much to do in this town.  Having grown up in in a small town, our current city is like a Chicago to that Walnut Grove, so I should be thankful there is ANYTHING to do here.

We decided to use the gift card we received for Christmas from Craig’s parents, and headed to Chili’s for a good ole’ family sit down time.  Craig and I split the Chicken Fajitas Meal, Kyra got the Chipotle Chicken Crispers, and Emily had Cheese Pizza.  With our cold mugs of soda, and a respectable amount of apple juice for the Emmy Bear, we enjoyed conversation of Florida dreams.  

We spoke of what we will do next New Year’s Eve… will we make reservations at California Grill? Will we opt for fireworks on the Poly beach? Will we head to Epcot instead? We were literally giddy with excitement on the choices we could make.   We discussed Kyra’s nervousness of a new school, and we understand how scary it can be.  Emily is excited to make any and all Disney Channel Celebrity appearances in the parks… we will make it happen as much as possible!

With full tummy’s, we headed to… are you ready for it… WALMART!! Didn’t you know that is THE place to be on New Year’s? LOL I kid. We did go there, but it happened that pay day was the same day as New Years this year, and it was time to grocery shop with everything else.  Kyra and Em headed off to spend their allowance, heaven forbid they save a penny of it, and enjoyed raiding the toy, electronic, and art supply section.   Meanwhile, I headed to the food section and hummed “I See The Light” from Tangled to myself while hubby and I shopped for this and that.  I am REALLY getting sick of grocery shopping, anyone else?

After our kids came back to us after they found their many treasures, we played the game of “Which checkout is shorter?!”  I love this game… no, not at all.  I love how others feel it is necessary to cut me off with my large cart of groceries, even though I would have kindly allowed them in front of me with their package of tube socks and hair gel.  To each his own I guess.  After a brutal checkout, we headed to the car, and it was till RAINING.  January- RAIN. Odd.  And guess what? All that rain will FREEZE overnight tonight- lucky us. Yet another reason to move to FL.

We stopped on more place to rent movies at a Redbox and pick up some fresh fruit, movie candy, and laundry detergent.  Again, very exciting evening.  We attempted to watch a movie we rented, and it wasn’t any good, so we opted out for America’s Funniest Home Videos and a Michael Jackson Tribute show.  We have an hour to go until the stroke of Midnight, and Craig is out cold. The kids are enjoying the lap tops we got them for Christmas, and I am watching Dick Clark’s Rocking Eve.  It’s on our life bucket list, to see New Year’s Eve in NY some day.

The ball just dropped in NY, very exciting. We loved watching Conan every New Years in the past because he would celebrate the Central Time Zone New Year’s Eve… we somehow always get left out of the celebration! How cool it will be to be in the NY time zone next year- actual real time when the ball drops!

It just struck Midnight here………………………WE ARE MOVING TO FLORIDA THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!

~The Petermann Family