Claire decided that instead of cookies, this year we'd leave maple bacon donuts for Santa Claus. (Santa wholeheartedly approves, by the way.) So we zipped over to Peace, Love, and Little Donuts and picked up a box, and I got my photo on.
I've started locking down pictures of Claire again, so you'll get a few extra shots of her being ridiculously photogenic if you're flagged as either a friend or family member once you've clicked through.
Six! Days! To! Go! And Christmas in the morning, woo-hoo!
I was really stumped for a 365 subject today.
Then when I got home from the grocery store, I saw this deer just feet away in the neighbors' front yard. I dashed as silently and swiftly as possible upstairs to get my zoom lens onto the camera and get back outside before he could bolt. He ended up walking calmly into the back yard for a few nibbles of our rhododendron and then moved over to this tree at the perimeter of our lot, where a sudden parting of clouds gave me this wonderful golden light.
Just seven more days to go!
We returned to Port Canaveral a few minutes before dawn, so I was able to poke my head outdoors and capture the sun rising over the already-active port.
And with this post, the promise I made so long ago when I returned from the epic Disney vacation is fulfilled--I am finally all caught up on posting! Well, until tomorrow...
After leaving Castaway Cay, the evening brought us a special treat--not only was it the night of the always-fun pirate party, complete with an amazing fireworks show launched from aboard the Disney Dream, but we had the special privilege of passing the Disney Fantasy on its shakedown cruise. Both ships engaged in what's known as a "horn battle", where we each took turns blasting tunes at one another on the ships' horns. Then after the Dream's fireworks show, the Fantasy launched into her own, the first (and I believe still the only) time such a display has occurred.
The day was also notable for me because Liz and I went parasailing for the first time at Castaway Cay. After being scared out of my mind leading up to our turn, I was surprised to discover how calming and serene the actual experience was, suspended gracefully in the sky with no sense of the distance between our feet and the water far, far below. I'd definitely like to try it again...
The morning after the epic conclusion to the Disney World parks, we boarded the Disney Dream for a five-day cruise. I could gush and gush about how much I love cruising with Disney, but then I'd never get around to actually finishing this 365 project, so I'll keep it short.
Once we boarded the Dream, our first stop was the Enchanted Garden restaurant, where the decor subtly cycles from day to night and back again.