But look what we found on our walk!!!!!! Green grass!!! Hooray!!!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
What a sunny sky for today's sledding adventure!! The kids were very happy to have Cathleen around to propel them down the hill again and again and again.
Sometimes I think she's laughing at us....
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The kids have been SO excited to welcome a new cousin this upcoming summer. Auntie Carrie and Uncle Sam hosted their 'gender reveal' party tonight!
Here we go! Is it a BOY or a GIRL???
Here we go! Is it a BOY or a GIRL???
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I had all the characters we met sign my Disney Marathon shirt....how cool is THAT for a souvenir?
We survived, though, and got everything on our list done, including the new Ariel ride, which was a lot of fun-- Alex knows the songs and enjoyed 'seeing' them come to life.
I had to let go of some control this afternoon-- Alex had a Disney gift card which she could choose to spend *gulp* however she wanted to. Her original idea was to buy an Elsa dress, but it soon became apparent that they were nowhere to be seen. She then had a decision to make-- either wait and order on online when they were back in stock, OR choose a different dress. We WERE at the Cinderella castle dress shop, and she made the decision to go with another dress. So now I have TWO Disney dresses in my house!
My afternoon snack-- a caramel apple! Yum....and I needed the sugar boost to get me through the last evening. We headed back to EPCOT, because Alex wanted to ride the Figment ride again...and again....and yes, again. We also went on the Land ride, which gives you a tour of the EPCOT gardens, and then ate at the Seasons cafeteria, which uses a lot of the produce that they grow right there. A great, healthy dinner to counteract the 'apple' that I inhaled earlier.
Monday, February 24, 2014
The first time through, Alex was excited, but a little nervous. We'd watched the youtube ride-thru (if you have kids like mine, those ride-thru videos are worth their weight in GOLD!), but things are always a bit different when you're experiencing them. She loved it. She was so excited about all the things she'd seen that she couldn't stop talking about them--
I haven't mentioned it yet, but by this time (2 days into our adventure), I was absolutely marveling at how well Alex was processing and handling everything. She had had NO behavior problems, was courteous, polite and patient the entire time. I just felt so lucky to be able to have such a wonderful vacation with my special girl (especially when kids were melting down left and right....this is Disney, folks, the LAND of the over-tired, over-stimulated meltdown!). She never even ASKED me for anything from any one of the countless gift kiosks or shops we'd wandered through. So as I watched her pick up a Figment toy, hug it and put it right back down, I followed behind her and picked it up again. That Figment was coming home with us!
By then it was time to get changed into princess-wear (remember the costume that Santa brought Alex this year?) and go to dinner. We managed to catch a glimpse of Ana and Elsa in their character meet and greet spot, but the line was 2 hours long!?!! so we decided that we'd just put them on the "next time list" (also a great tip if you have a kid who trusts you enough to buy into it!)
Apparently Ana and Elsa have the 'must have' dresses for the season. We got more than a few questions about WHERE she got ahold of that dress, as the Disney stores are completely sold out- apparently everywhere!
Princess Cinderella and Alex (she wants a shirt for next time that says "I am not a princess!"-- she got a little self-conscious and embarrassed when all the cast members addressed her as "Princess" , as they are supposed to do!)
Stroller Details: As I mentioned before, we rented a stroller from Kingdom Strollers, who have some great strollers to choose from. For this trip with my six year old who never usually rides in a stroller, I requested the City Mini Elite. It was big enough for Alex to ride (and nap, if she ever would) comfortably- no feet dragging on the ground. The other nice feature of this stroller is that it folds up SO easily- just a one hand strap. The only downside is that you can't keep your stuff in the basket underneath when you fold it (well, at least not much more than a few flattened ponchos).
How I jazzed up my stroller for Disney World: Wrap your handlebar with a brightly colored ribbon. It makes it INSTANTLY pop out of the sea of similar strollers in the massive stroller parking areas. Disney cast members will move strollers around to maximize the area, so your carriage might not be exactly where you left it. This ribbon solves that problem instantly, without the annoyance of a balloon tied to the handlebar (which I saw there, too-- same idea, more of a hassle).
In our bag (for those who are interested):
-Tiara and Princess Dress (this was our EPCOT Princess dinner day)
-Gluten-Free Pretzels and applesauce
-Small Medical Bag with children's advil, bandaids, neosporin, excedrin migraine and tums.
-Two rain ponchos
-Alex's ear protection (we used these with great success)
-a bottle of Powerade and a refillable water bottle
-one top layer and one bottom layer for Alex, who got pretty chilly in the morning and at night.
Alex has never seen the movie, but absolutely loved the shortened stage production presented at Hollywood Studios!