Thursday, June 18, 2015

Frozen on Ice

Madison was pretty excited to go and honestly I was too. I don't get much alone time with her and I knew it'd be a great show. We got there around an hour before the show started, got inside and walked around. There are plenty of things to do before the show.. There are vendors with treats, toys and clothes all around. There is face painting booth and a photo booth. She walked in and spotted Cotton Candy so we stood in line to get that. The bags come with either an Olaf hat or a Princess crown.

The show starts by some skaters coming out and discussing fitness and skating around.
Then Mickey and Minnie come out.
After that, character after character comes out. All of the Princes and Princesses, the Nemo characters, Donald and Goofy.. You name it and I bet they were there. That was exciting!

 "Let it Gooooooo"

The show was 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission after an hour. A bit long for my antsy 3.5 year old. It's basically the movie played out on ice. She got bored when there wasn't singing or fast dancing going on. As an adult, I loved it. The snow falling, the lights, the tricks and sparks flying.. It was a really great show and they went above and beyond putting this one together. Madison has been ice skating around the house since we went ;)  If it's coming to your city, GO!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Madness

 Madison's last day of preschool was Friday. 

Bring on Summer. With no plans.
 Lots of feeling like this...

Lots of playground and library time(which started today)

Alan's been working hard in the yard lately. He's rebuilt our deck stairs and will be replacing 2 sections and various boards soon. We will be restaining it in a couple months when that new wood ages a little. He's also trimmed trees, we've planted more flowers and I've been trimming up our bushes and done some weeding. Busy bees trying to make our yard a prettier place! Our blackberries are coming in too! Now to get my garden planted and plant some blueberry bushes! I want 3 acres of fruit trees and bushes! 

Excited for the Bachelorette tonight! What a twist with TWO girls!? I was a huge Britt fan until she turned crazy at the end and was a big Kaitlyn fan the whole time, except maybe her introduction to Chris.. I thought she was a little much then but she grew on me.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day

I decided that morning that I would like to ride to the mountains.. We got up and left mid morning. We stopped in Hendersonville, NC and at at Moe's BBQ on Main St. After that, we walked downtown.

After that, we rode into Brevard. Madison likes OP Taylors so she played int here a bit. We left and went to Looking Glass Falls..

We headed home after that. It was a full day! We all had fun!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Yard improvements!

Nothing like a tractor trailer half full of sod..


After bushes pulled out..

After some planting. 
Planted 3 gardenia and transferred 1 gardenia(the bigger one by the a/c), 2 purple calla lilly and a few other flowers that I don't know what they are. We will finish the rock border all the way around and put down black mulch.

Also hoping to find an a/c cover similar to this..
or this..
Also looking for a nice garden hose holder like one of these.
The other side before

A purple lantana in the corner, Fire Power Nandinas in between the bigger bushes with 3 colorful flowers in front of the nandinas.

Patchy yard before


I thought I got a pic of the after. Just imagine the dirt patches gone ;)

Also had the glass filled(from the wreck in February) grass dug up and sod laid.

The front of the house.. Working on trimming and shaping. Mulch will help a lot!

They are coming back to put in another irrigation zone this week. Mulch will be a fun project(sarcastic font). Trying to do a little at a time!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy 16 months, Riley!

Weight- 20.44lbs (35%)
Height- 30" (24%)

Words she says- "uh uh", "no", "Wawa"(Wilma) "mama" "uh oh" "bye" "bzzzz" "cat" "dada" "mine" "taytay"(thank you)

She's "talking" so much more. She laughs at everything! Her belly laugh is so funny!  She's the perfect balance that our family needs! Very laid back, easy, happy and funny!

She goes to bed between 6:30-7pm, sleeps all night and wakes between 7:30-8am, sometimes 9am. She takes a 1-2 hour nap around 10am and then again around 2pm. If she skips her morning nap, she will nap 3-4 hours in the afternoon.

Wears size 3 shoes, size 3 diapers, 12 or 12-18month clothes. Her favorite food is anything that doesn't eat her first. She loves fruit and veggies and likes snacking on raisins.

Better at pulling up and cruising... Still working on the walking ;)
(to see videos, go HERE)

Madison making Riley laugh

Monday, April 27, 2015

Magic Kingdom tips

-download and keep an eye on the My Disney Experience app. It gives you wait times and links your tickets and any dinner/character/dress up reservations you have.  We booked our fast passes based around the wait times.

-Pull up the rides on YouTube and let your child watch them. There is a video for every ride on there from start to finish. This will tell you how silly/cheesy/scary a ride may be and whether your kids will enjoy it or not.

-Book Fast Passes! Dumbo has a play area. They will give you pagers if you want to play and it will buzz when it's your turn in line! I wouldn't waste a pass for this.

-take a picture of the sign/the row number where you parked. The lots are Disney characters and the parking lots look the same. The tram stops at each character and depending on your character/row, it may be a shorter walk to get off at the previous stop..

-Winnie the Pooh is very strange. Not worth the stand by wait time of an hour or more. If you insist on this ride, I would use a Fast Pass for this.

-Madison's favorite ride was Under the Sea. It's a great ride with great detail to everything. Inside in the cool air and very colorful. Lots of sensory. With wait times of an hour or more, worth the fast pass!

-Take empty water bottles/sippy cups and drink flavor packs. There are water fountains all over the park but the water isn't great so it needs some flavoring. Drinks at $3 a pop, you can spend a small fortune on drinks alone. It gets HOT walking around. Also take some snacks. I kept Puffs poured in the cup holders in the stroller and the girls snacked on them as they wanted. Puffs, Goldfish, Teddy Grahams. Loose, not sticky snacks will be best.

-Be aware of stand by wait times, even if you have fast passes. We had a fast pass for Under the Sea but needed 15 minutes to waste but the stand by time was only 15 minutes according to the sign. We decided to go ahead and go through the line and actually walked right in. All of the time spent was weaving through the line to get to the ride. All of the rides have a super long, weaving way to get to the actual ride. Some rides have interactive things for the kids to do if the line is long.

-After our first day at MK, we marked off all rides that we had already rode or rides we couldn't or wouldn't ride, plus any restaurants or shops that we weren't interested in, had ate at or wouldn't go to. This gave us a visual of what we actually needed to do and we found that we had completed the whole right side the first day, so the 2nd day was mostly spent at the left side of the park.

-Carry a stroller. As much of a pain as it is and as little time as they use it in between rides, back packs and kids get heavy. Between cameras, change, water bottles, snacks, hats and autograph pictures then add a 35lb kid and a 17lb kid.. By the end of the day, Madison wanted to be carried... It was a lot. You can take the stroller on either the Ferry or the Monorail. You can also fold the stroller up and ride the tram.

-Attach a balloon or a big bow or ribbon to your stroller. Stroller parking is insane and most strollers are black. Some rides have 50+ strollers and a few of them a cast member continuously moves the strollers down to make more room. Attaching a balloon will help you spot it quicker.

-Take cash! Those balloons are $10 and $12, cash only. We forgot to get cash out. Glad Madison didn't want a balloon.

-The Big Top Souvenirs store in Fantasyland is the best deal in the park. They have snack and all kinds of souvenirs at pretty good prices.

-Stay for the Electrical Parade. It's really great. I hate Madison fell asleep during it but we stuck around to see most of it.

-Don't hesitate to leave the park for a couple of hours for naps or rest time. Book your fast passes around a time that you think will be good for you. We left the first day around 2. The kids were okay from snacks until then. We stopped after we left the park and got something quick to eat to take back to the room. It is a lot of work leaving the park because you don't just walk out of the gates into the parking lot. You have to take a Ferry or the monorail to the tram and then the tram to the lot(unless you parked very close to the gate-close being a relative term since you still have to walk a ways) Don't let that hinder you from leaving. It was worth leaving for a bit to let Riley take a nap. She can not make it through the day happily without a nap. Madison can. Just make sure to allow for around 30 minutes time to get to your car/to the park from your car.

I also came across these great tips today!  Click HERE

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Orlando- Day 7- Thursday- Headed home!

We get up at normal time and start packing up. I take the girls down to get breakfast while Alan is loading the truck. We leave the hotel around 10:30am, stop and eat lunch somewhere in Georgia around 2 or 3. We finally get home around 8:30 or so, slightly unpack and crash! :)