Hello! Hello! (I think I put that every single opening) My name is Karen and I'm a serial Pre-Trip & Trip Reporter. If I don't have a TR going, you can be sure I have a PTR going! I'm not sure I have the strength to write out another intro. Most of you have read my previous stuff or at least one of them, right? Briefly. I just turned 40, I'm Disney obsessed (so are YOU b/c you are reading this!), I homeschool my 3 children, ages 18, 17, and 12. I have an amazingly supportive husband that works incredibly hard to take us to WDW when we can't nearly afford it. I have my own petsitting business, I'm a photographer and I'm a runner. Yep, there, I said it. If you are a runner, you understand this conundrum. Saying you are a runner elicits all these ideals of having to be some sort of elite, extremely fast, picture of perfect health, speedy, athletic kind of person. I'm getting there, but I'm certainly not what most picture when they think runner. It's taken me a long time to call myself a runner, but I AM and I want to own it! Running has changed me, inside and out. It's easier to SEE on the outside, but the things it has given to me on the inside are far more than what you see. This is a comparison photo I put together for my 40th bday a few weeks ago. Edited to add my Glow Run pic/June 2013: This trip is BECAUSE I run. Ok, I do admit that I will find ANY way to get back to WDW. I've been 5 times since 2008 and any way I can get there I will, but this trip is about my running. I have wanted to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon for a few years now. I kept injuring myself though and this is the year that I decided I am going to get it done! The race is on Feb. 23rd, 2014, just 2 weeks before I turn 41 and I WILL cross that finish line! So, please join me in counting down the days! I promise this PTR won't be all about running, I actually have a blog that I started for that! Losing The Glass Slippers I usually just use my PTR to journal about all the things leading up to the trip! Since I'm a photographer, I love to share my photos, and I post updates a lot with photos of things that may or may not have anything to do with Disney! BUT, I can usually find a way to make them relate b/c in the end, doesn't it ALWAYS come back to Disney??? So it will be a little over 1 year between trips, that's not very long, right? Savannah & I just got back from a mother/daughter trip, it was FANTASTIC! We had such a great time and it was a really special trip. There are links to my most recent Trip Reports in my signature below, if you have way too much time on your hands and want to see some of my photos! Let the planning begin!!!