day 1 of our 2013 orlando vacation

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universal studios krustyland

Technically, last year’s Christmas was our second time to have our holiday on the road. The first time was years ago when we visited my wife’s friend up in Maine and we drove back New Year’s eve and celebrated new year on the road.

Last year we agreed to drive down to Florida with our dog, Cooper. We decided to take a much needed vacation and the only time we have in common was the holiday. The kids were on vacation and I did not have trouble taking time off from work. There were three drivers alternating for the trip and it was just fine driving the speed limit or should I say following the traffic. We dropped Cooper at a kennel before we head to our time share condo which was situated minutes away from Disney and half an hour away from Universal Studios.

We rested awhile in the condo and took an anticipated mass that day because our first day to do the attractions was on a Sunday.

Our first stop was Universal Studios because we had a dinner reservation at Lombard’s Landing. We did the dinner reservation because of the closing show and I was told that they may limit the number of guests in the attraction, having a dinner reservation guaranteed us entrance to the park (they lied, the park was crowded and they were not counting how many went in the park). Only to find out that you could have seen the show anyway outside the restaurant. The only difference was ours had the hot drinks and deserts and a comfortable chair.

The picture above was taken across Krustyland, it’s the new Simpson’s attraction that opened up last year. Click here to see other pictures.

 

deptford high school winter concert

deptford high wind ensemble

deptford high wind ensemble

This was taken during the school’s winter concert last year. The school featured two vocal groups and several bands. My daughter played flute in the wind ensemble. Aside from playing concerts in school, they also joined several competitions. Kudos to their music teachers, they were so supportive of their students and the program. Despite the fact that the district cut down the funds for music, they have been putting in their own money to purchase things for the program. It has paid a lot for the program because the bands were doing well in state wide and national competitions, the Jazz Ensemble has been a three consecutive year champion at Berkley.

My daughter plays second chair in flute. She’s been playing this instrument since grade school. She’s so diligent practicing at home every chance she has, specially when performance, either for competition or concert, is getting closer.

I did not take a lot of pictures because I was enjoying myself in the concert. The above photo was taken from a distance in a really low light condition. I had to crank up the ISO and just deal with the noise in the post process. I could not use flash because it’s useless when you are far from the subject. Please click here to see other pictures.

life of the spirit seminar

life of the spirit seminar

life of the spirit seminar

The Alliance of the Two Hearts – Infant Jesus Parish was invited to attend to a Life of the Spirit Seminar at Our Lady of Hope church in Philadelphia, PA. It was a two-day seminar about renewing the Catholic faith as well as receiving the the gifts from the Holy Spirit.

There were a lot of speakers who shared their life changing experiences and what made them stronger in their faith. Some of their stories seemed unbelievable but I guess when you have such faith anything is possible. The speakers shared stories that were so emotional and funny at times. It is really difficult to write about the seminar because one has to experience it for themselves.

The highlight of the seminar was getting a confession and pray over, reconnecting with our Lord. Then topping if off with the celebration of the Mass. Click here to see other pictures.

living rosary concert

living rosary

living rosary

October of last year at Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Sicklerville, NJ, there was a living Rosary concert. People who attended prayed the Rosary while others were selected to sit at the altar with a candle. It started with all the lights turned off and they lighted one candle for each Hail Mary prayed.

After the Rosary, they featured two musicians, Donna Lee and Gretchen Harris, who sang and gave their testimonies on how their lives were changed for the better despite of their struggles and troubles.

Click the picture above to see other pictures I took during the event or you can click here.