Hey y’all! Amy here with our first guest installment of “Memory Makin’ Mondays.” Our guest blogger today is Catie Clough, my sister’s sister-in-law. Catie is a huge Disney fan, so much so that she and her hubbie, Jason, visited Disney World on their honeymoon! We are so excited to expand our little blog to include our readers experiences with the magic of Disney, and so appreciate Catie starting us off. Take it away, Catie!
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Catie Clough. I am fairly newly wed, just hit 1 1/2 years this January. Right now we are the proud pet parents of one Australian Shepherd fur baby named Rufus Olivander, “Ollie” for short, and I work from home as a Mary Kay consultant and personal assistant to a few Mary Kay Directors. I grew up in rural South Alabama, but after my husband and I got married we moved to Kansas City, Kansas where we actually have 4 very distinct seasons!
What was your first Disney experience?
My love affair with Disney began at a young age, as did most people’s. When I was about 3yrs old, I watched my first Disney movie, Dumbo, and I was hooked! My mom tells me that I would watch it over and over everyday, as is common with a lot of toddlers. I also remember having a bookshelf in my room with the Little Golden books that had Disney characters in them as well as some other Disney books that my mom would read to me. I remember watching the old school Disney cartoons where Donald always struggled with his temper and the Chipmunks were always up to something, and I remember very distinctly standing in the video store with my dad when this lady that we knew came up to us and started talking about this cute new Disney movie that was out that she thought I would really like, and it had something to do with a mermaid! So, of course we rented it, The Little Mermaid, and of course I fell in love with it. During the 80s, each Sunday night Disney would air a movie hosted by Michael Eisner, and, luckily for me, my parents would usually record them. So I grew up watching these aired copies of Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins, Dumbo, The Richest Cat in the World and other greats!
When I was in 1st grade, my parents took us on family vacation to Disney World in Florida, and that was the first time that I experienced the happiest place on Earth!
Which Disney character do you most relate to and why?
I am pretty sure that I relate best to Ariel. I love that she wants to go out beyond her comfort zone, away from her family, and explore all that this world has to offer. I love to travel and would love nothing more than to go around the world on different adventures learning all that I can about different cultures.
How does your love of Disney show itself in your life?
I show my Disney love somewhat subtly. I have a fleece Mickey blanket that I made, our guest bathroom is decked out in Mickey, and we picked up Mickey and Minnie coffee mugs and Mickey t-shirts while at WDW for our honeymoon. I also made a Mickey countdown wreath to countdown to our upcoming trip back to WDW in the Fall.
What makes Disney special to you?
Disney is special because no matter how old you are or where you are in life you can read a story, pop in a movie, sing along with a song, or visit a park and go back to your childhood all over again! It is just the most amazing, closest to magic thing you can get without having your own Fairy Godmother, Genie of the Lamp, magic mirror or pocket full of Pixie dust! I just love it!
Thanks so much to Catie for guest blogging today. We really appreciate you starting this series off for us, and if any of our other readers want to guest post, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be super happy to line you up. Toodles! ~A