[Not So] Fun Facts ‘n Trivia: Spring Training

Fact: Tim and I had originally planned to be in Disney this weekend to attend an Atlanta Braves spring training game.

Remember when we went last year? Man…that was fun.

Fact: Our plans fell through.

Fact: We’re super bummed about it as we watch the game we were supposed to be at on T.V.

[Sigh] Next year, for sure.

GO BRAVES!

Trip Report: Braves Spring Training 2011

I’m so glad I am finally getting to post this…a week late! 🙂

Last weekend, Tim, Jack, my friend Julie, her husband Chris, and I all went down to Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports to see the Braves play a Spring Training game! It was another short trip, this time with an eight-month-old in tow, but we really did have a great time.

Growing up in Atlanta, when it came to baseball, my husband and I were born and bred Braves fans. Both of us attended games at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium that was torn down in 1996, and have attended countless games since then at the now Turner Field. The Braves have been training in Walt Disney World since 1998 and ever since Tim and I have been married we have said that we wanted to go to a Spring Training game together down there. This year was our year.

On Thursday evening we packed our Nissan Altima (lovingly nicknamed by me, our Alti-mama) to the brim with the bare necessities for a weekend of four adults and a baby. Julie’s parents own in RCI, so we had a two bedroom condo with a deal they got through them and stayed off property. There was a little bit of drama that came along with it that I won’t go in to right now. Just know that at the end of it, Tim and I still stand by our “Stay on Property” motto.

By Friday afternoon we were rarin’ to go, all decked out in our Braves attire. The game started at 1:05pm, and due to that pre-game drama I mentioned, we made it to the stadium just in time to see Mickey Mouse throw the first pitch!

We had great seats, thanks to a wonderful family we know from our church. You can’t find nicer people anywhere.

Next, the National Anthem was played by a baseball-clad quartet, and the game began.

We had a blast!

With front row seats and a ballpark hotdog in hand, life really couldn’t get any better…until Tim and Jack caught a foul ball, that is! It hit behind us and then bounced forward. I honestly don’t know how Tim caught it, who was holding Jack at the moment. I wasn’t looking because I have a fear of getting hit in the head by foul balls, so therefore was pressed into the netting in front of me with my eyes closed tight. (I know, lame. But what can I say? I’m a girly-girl. I don’t do sports. I just watch some of them.) The next thing I knew the crowd was cheering and Tim was standing there with Jack on one hip and the ball raised up in the opposite hand! Yeah…my husband’s a stud.

Jack just wanted to eat it.

The final score was Blue Jays, seven, Braves, five. In the Elrod Book of Fun Disney Days, however, it was a total win!

Nothing better than Mickey Mouse and Braves Baseball! Go Braves!

Fun Facts ‘n Trivia: Trip Report

Fun Fact for the day….I’m in Walt Disney World!

Okay, so that may not be a Fun Fact to you, maybe it is, but it’s definitely fun to me!

A few weeks ago I posted about running in the Beauty and the Beast Royal Family 5k. Well the time is now and my running shoes are laced and ready! My mom and I hopped in the car this morning at an early 5:00am with one thing in mind, Disney or BUST!

We arrived right on time, according to our Australian-accented GPS, and snagged our Race Packet from Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. It included pre and post-race instructions, our number bibs and safety pins, a t-shirt, granola bar, and several promotional coupons, all tied up nicely in a lime green mesh backpack. We were so excited!

Next we decided to make the most of our day here, since we are planning on heading back home after we run tomorrow. First up, have lunch and then head to the pool. We are staying at AllStar Music.

After splashing around a bit, we jumped on the bus to Magic Kingdom and from there took the monorail to the Polynesian. We wanted to get some walking/jogging in tonight and we knew that there was a pretty nice path connecting the Polynesian and Grand Floridian that we could use to our advantage. We may have made some detours along the way… 😉

Now we are back at our hotel. We just finished dinner and I decided to give you guys a little trip report from the road. Sorry if this post doesn’t look at nice and neat as others. I’m having to blog from my iPhone. Thank goodness for iPhones, eh?

Welp, We are about to hit the sack because we have to be up to catch a bus to the starting line by 5:00 am. Wish us luck! We may need a little Pixie Dust to help us cross the finish line….we’ll see…

Sporting our race packets at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.