Friendship Friday: Amanda from Disney’s Cheapskate Princess!

Cheapskate Princess

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Friendship Friday!  Last week I missed out because of work chaos, but this week I’m back, and the person I want to focus on today is my great friend Amanda — the creator of the site Disney’s Cheapskate Princess!

The blogging gig is an interesting one — quite often you interact with people for months on end, but you rarely meet them.  I can count on less then my 10 fingers the number of people I’ve actually met in my travels, and Amanda is one of them!

I first “met” Amanda when she became a writer for Chip and Company.  Amanda had a successful Facebook Fan Page, but no blog, and she and I struck up a friendship as I helped her get her blog going.  Amanda and I are both kind of wacky, and as a result, we hit it right off!

Amanda is a terrific writer, so on her blog I most often helped with her “technical challenges” as they arose. :)

I’ll never forget the day we met — at the Magic Kingdom this past June.

I had 9 park tickets with me, as I was making a beeline over to Space Mountain to get Fast Passes.  As I was walking over there, I heard someone yell out “Mike Ellis” and I turned around — but didn’t see anyone I knew, so I kept going and got our Fast Passes.

As I was walking back, this lady stops me and introduces herself — and it was Amanda!  You see, I didn’t recognize her because most of the time her Facebook picture is of some random thing or person — not of her — so it was great to meet her!  I also met her husband and kids, so it was quite enjoyable, and they met Cindy and Sophie.

It’s really hard for me to put into words what my friendship with Amanda really means to me.  She’s a great person, a teacher, and she has a huge depth of caring for her students.  She and I have struck up quite a friendship, and it’s not uncommon at all for us to text back and forth — or message on Facebook — late in the evening.  She loves numbers, so we often go back and forth about how well this article did (or didn’t do) or how well that article did.  Most of all, though, she has an incredibly kind soul — I don’t think she has ever met a person she didn’t like (or at least, didn’t talk their ear off!) — and she is forgiving, even when I post pictures like this, which she hates:

Mike and Amanda

Amanda, I didn’t post this to Pinterest. :)

That sums up my friendship with Amanda from Disney’s Cheapskate Princess.  If you haven’t seen her site, go check it out, and check out her Facebook Fan Page as well — you will love both of them as much as I love Amanda!  Now, go read who my great friend Heidi is focusing on this morning for her Friendship Friday post!  Just click on the button below, and thanks for stopping by!

Magical Blogorail Red: Dreaming of a Disney Christmas!

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Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Red. Enjoy the ride as we share with you our dreams of a Disney Christmas.

Cinderella Castle Leigh Ann With Christmas just around the corner, the Magical Blogorail Red team would first like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, full of the wonder and excitement of Christmas, along with remembering the joy that the birth of Jesus brings to those who Believe!

For this month’s post, I’ve gone completely off the board, and instead of writing a post, I’ve adapted that most cherished of Christmas Songs — “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, and come up with my own song to the same tune.  Before you read mine, though, I think it important that you watch the real deal first, so that you can take pity on me when you read mine!

Image Courtesy my friend Leigh Ann!

Image Courtesy my friend Leigh Ann!

And now, I present to you, “Dreaming of a Disney Christmas”

I’m Dreaming of a Disney Christmas
One that I’ve never experienced before…
With Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party,
Epcot’s Candlelight Processional, and
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, too!

I’m Dreaming of a Disney Christmas
That one day my family will enjoy…
Staring at the wonders that is the Osborne Family Spectacle
Enjoying Cookies and Hot Cocoa,
And watching it snow on Main Street, U.S.A. too!

Oh, I’m Dreaming of a Disney Christmas
That, for now, is only a dream…
Tho I’ve not been to Disney at Christmastime before,
One day we’ll go, of that I am certain, indeed!

All of us at My Dreams of Disney would like to wish you and your family the most wondrous of Christmas joy this holiday season.  We also would like to extend our deepest heartfelt prayers to all of you that, for some reason or another, are missing loved ones this Christmas Season, and pray that you can find your joy in the birth of our Savior, Jesus.  God Bless us all!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Donna Kay.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ My Dreams Of Disney
2nd Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay
3rd Stop ~ Pursuing the Magic
4th Stop ~ A World View
Final Stop ~ Growing Up Disney