Casey’s Corner

Disney Dining Review: Casey’s Corner

Casey’s Corner
Casey’s Corner is on Main Street., U.S.A., located near the Hub!

Casey’s Corner

Wander down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom towards Cinderella Castle, and you are going to find on your left a little quick-service restaurant called Casey’s Corner. This restaurant is home to a great hot dog, and located outside is the great piano where you can sometimes hear some great old-time music playing!

Casey’s Corner
Casey’s has great hot dogs, but they also have great entertainment too!

While the bleachers and movie that gave Casey’s it’s distinctive feel are now gone, I still have memories from before of sitting there with my Grandparents and enjoying my hot dog. However, while the bleachers are gone, they have expanded the seating, so that’s a bonus. Of course, if you can’t find seating indoors, you can also look for seating outside. Often that will comprise leaning against a railing, or walking across Main Street to get to the seating over by the Plaza, but there is usually places to find seating. Of course, if you have a hot dog with ketchup and relish, then maybe you just want to wander around and look at things while eating your hot dog. That’s cool too!

Ultimately, though, to me, what makes Casey’s great is it’s hot dogs. That’s why I go there, what about you? Love Casey’s Corner or leave it? Leave me a comment below and thanks for stopping by!

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Friendship Friday – Happy Birthday Leslie

Leslie

Today is Friendship Friday, and in honor of my niece Leslie’s 25th birthday, she is the person that I am writing about today! In my sister’s clan, I have honored Leslie’s Dad Jim, Mom Robin, and sister Stephanie, and now it’s Leslie’s turn! Don’t worry Brett, I’ll get to you too!

Leslie is the middle child of my brother-in-law Jim and his wife (my sister) Robin.  That has it’s share of benefits and pitfalls, but all in all, I think Leslie has been a great older sister to her baby sister Stephanie, and she’s tough enough to take (and dish out, too!) the nonsense that her big brother Brett tries to dish out (or used to in days gone by).

Leslie is, in many ways, similar to me in that it took me a while to really settle down and figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  It really wasn’t until I got the job down here in North Carolina that I felt like my career was going in a positive direction!

Leslie has always had an outdoor flair about her, and a love of animals that continues on to this day.  She has had cats, dogs, fish, horses, and boyfriends to fall under the category of “animals” (just kidding Leslie about the boyfriends!) and her compassion towards them really knows no bounds.

As part of her post high school years, Leslie actually did join the U.S. Army to be an MP, and made it through basic training, but she had an injury that she was unable to overcome, and as a result she has had a medical discharge.  However, that hasn’t stopped her, and she is working on getting a degree at school in some sort of law enforcement avenue — perhaps criminology or something along those lines?  I’m not 100% certain of that.  Her goal is to become a police officer, and while that can be a dangerous line of work, I take great pride in knowing that part of Leslie’s makeup is to help those that are less fortunate

Image courtesy and ©Joe Ellis

Image courtesy and ©Joe Ellis

During her teenage years, Leslie was fortunate to be able to own and take care of a horse.  This picture was from when Leslie was 15, and I remember all of the time she would spend with her horse taking care of it and making sure it was well looked after.  I expect that nurturing spirit is something she gets from both her Mom and Dad, and it is something that will serve her well later on as she settles down and gets married.

Throughout all of the years I’ve seen Jim and Robin’s family develop and grow up, the one thing that I’m left with is that, beyond the brother-sister-sister drama that kids like to heap on one another, there is a bond among all of them that will stand the test of time.  When Stephanie was married last November, who was there wishing them well with tears in her eyes and in her voice — Leslie.  And who was there crying like a baby when his baby sister was married — Brett.  The bravado and all of that gets in the way sometimes, but at the end, what it comes down to is this: Robin and Jim are blessed beyond measure — and if they ever doubt that, all they need to do look at their kids, grown ups now but still babies to them, and they can rest knowing that they have done their job, and done it well.

As you all know by now, I learned of Friendship Friday from my great friend Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Please click on the image below and see who she is honoring today, and thanks for stopping by!

Friendship Friday: My sister, Robin

Robin's Family

The Cunningham Clan, from left -> Right: Brett, Stephanie, Leslie, Jim, and Robin.

The older I get, the more I appreciate the simple things in life.  Family, friends, I have have learned that some of the best moments in life happen when we are willing to let God take over, and just “be” in the moment.  Today’s Friendship Friday tribute is in honor of my sister Robin, both the little girl that annoyed the crap out of me, and now the woman that has a very dear place in my heart.

Robin is my only sister, and she is the oldest.  Born a couple of years before me, I don’t remember much about my sister until we all moved to Sterling when my parents bought their first house.  I have a lot of memories of my childhood, and almost all of them are good memories.

Robin was a tom-boy as a girl, always out and about getting into things outside.  Unfortunately for Robin, this came back to bite her on more then one occasion.  For example, Robin lost both of her two front top teeth in separate accidents.  She lost the first one by having a board come loose as she propped up the neighbors sandbox so I and other kids could look for salamanders.  Thinking back on that, it’s kind of amazing that she didn’t have a concussion too as the board slipped out of her hands and hit her square on the chin.  Ouch.

Like all little girls I expect, Robin was a Daddy’s Girl.  She loved it when Dad would come home from work.  If memory serves me correctly, Robin lost the second tooth by running down the hallway to welcome home Dad, and slipping on the tile floor.

Add to those two accidents the time she had to have a tetanus shot because she stepped on a rusty nail in the woods, the teeth she had to have pulled for her braces (I think), and the time she egged me on enough that I put my fist through our storm door glass insert (I’ve still got the scar from that on my thumb!) — and it truly shows that God had a plan for her simply because she made it through childhood in almost one piece!

Robin and Jim were married on May 25, 1985, with Robin being just 19 years old — two months to the day before she would turn 20.  Their first child, Brett, was born in June, 1986, just a month before Robin would celebrate her 21st birthday!  So Robin grew up in a hurry.

Really, it wasn’t until Robin moved out of the house that I began to appreciate her good qualities (yes, I’m a slow learner.)  Robin isn’t afraid to try anything once.  Proof positive is the fact that she has gone back to school, and is *thisclose* to finishing her work to becoming a full-fledged teacher!

The biggest compliment that I can give anyone is the one that I have for Robin.  She knows Jesus, and Jesus knows her.  Robin and Jim have had three children in their almost 28 years of marriage, Brett, Leslie, and Stephanie, and the surest evidence of the success of Jim and Robin lies in their kids.  Brett, Leslie, and Stephanie have been raised into adulthood by two loving parents, and are making their own mark on the world in which they live.  Their success is a direct result of the role that Robin and Jim have played on nurturing, mentoring, and leading them on the path they are meant for.

I hope that I have conveyed in my post what my sister Robin means to me.  It isn’t always easy writing about a loved one, and I wanted to capture as best I could the love I have for my sister.  In the end, I think the last thing I have to say is this:

I love you, Robin.

 

Friendship Friday: Happy Birthday Jim!

Kara Smith Photography

Image Courtesy and ©Kara Smith Photography

Welcome to a very special Friendship Friday.  Today is my brother-in-law Jim’s birthday!  Everyone wish him a happy birthday!  As you can see, just a few weeks ago he was receiving a kiss from his baby girl, my niece Stephanie, before she was married to Shane.  You can read his story here, but this isn’t about that day, this is about Jim, and all that he has meant to me over the 27 years that he has been married to my sister, Robin.

Jim has a big heart and a funny personality.  Not a day goes by when I see him when he isn’t cracking a joke about something, and that personality trait has been passed on to his kids as well.  In addition to that, though, Jim is mostly a soft-spoken person — although, let me tell you, he can make his point well-known when he needs to!

Some of my best memories from my later teenage years were from the time Robin and Jim were married.  In the blink of an eye, gone was the crabby older sister — and boy, do I mean OLDER — so Jim, if for nothing else, thank you for marrying my sister so she would move out! In fact, I’ve often said that Robin and I didn’t appreciate one another or become friends until she got married, so thank you Jim for that also!

When they first got married, Jim had the unfortunate circumstance of knowing that their first home, a townhouse, was about a block from our home.  After they got settled in, it became normal for all of us to spend some early evenings playing Monopoly, Spades, or other games after dinner.  I had fun during those times, I hope Jim did too!

Brett was born about a month after Robin and Jim celebrated their first wedding anniversary, Leslie two years later, and Stephanie, two years later after that!  It was around this time that Jim and Robin bought their house in Round Hill, and they were able to get away from my parents some!

I’ve known Jim for all of these years, and now that I’m a parent, I’ve learned a few things from Jim.  When Sophie was first born, she hated burping after eating (now, not so much — just kidding!)

I’ll never forget watching Jim hold Sophie — itty bitty little Sophie, for what felt like an hour at least, just gently massaging her back, when all of a sudden she burped!

I’ll also never forget the one and only time I ever babysat Brett as a baby — boy oh boy, what a mess did I make with Brett’s diaper! Jim was closer to home, so he came home and bailed me out.

Now that Sophie is getting older, she doesn’t seem to need us as much, and before I know it, the day will come when Sophie is kissing me on the cheek just like Stephanie kissed her Daddy.  Jim, when that day comes, count on me to come calling on you for advice!

Jim, I hope you have a great birthday!  Give all the kids a hug and kiss for us, and say hi to the newlyweds!

My friend Heidi is the inspiration behind the Friendship Friday series for me!  She even lets me link up with her site each week!  Click on the image below to see what friend she is highlighting today, and thanks for stopping by!