Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Favs - Disney edition!

Time to do a happy dance, because it's Friday!
As some of you know, I'm a major Disney fan, and lately I've been missing WDW like crazy.  (Fellow Disney fans, you know how I feel!)

So today, I'm listing my top 5 favorite attractions at Walt Disney World, in no particular order.


1. Big Thunder Mountain
Love love LOVE this ride, as it was the first 'big' roller coaster I went on as a kid.  I was kind of a chicken (and still sort of am), but I remember going on BTMR when I was 10 (I think).  I was super nervous, but ended up really liking it.  The best time to ride is at night, and if you can time it with the Wishes fireworks, even better.

2. Soarin'
Probably my favorite ride in the parks, as it's really unique.  Last time I was in Florida (2012), Scott and I rode it 4 times, and he was a big fan too.  The original is in California, but it's the same ride, where you feel like you're in a hang glider, 'soaring' over different parts of California.  And don't get me started on the music that accompanies the ride - it's amazing!

3. Expedition Everest
First time I rode this was 2012 with Scott, and if I had gotten my way, I probably wouldn't have gone on.  That's one of the things I love (sometimes) about him - he pushes me to do things that I wouldn't normally do. :)  Turns out, I loved it!  

4. Festival of the Lion King
Definitely my favorite stage show on Disney property, this is a must-see!  Located in Animal Kingdom, it features lots of high-energy singers and dancers, and the costumes are comparable to a Broadway-style show.  I'm not ashamed to admit that it brings tears to my eyes every time I see it - it's that good!


5.  Peoplemover
Originally the WEDway Peoplemover (bonus points if you know what WED stands for :), then changed to Tomorrowland Transit Authority, and now it's the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.  Still the same ride, and it's one of the best ways to take a break and relax from the crowds.  Bonus that it's one of the longer rides, and you get a peek at Space Mountain in the process.  Always at the top of my list when we go to Magic Kingdom.  

{Side note: if anyone is planning a trip to Disney World anytime soon, take me with you! :)  Kidding aside, I would love to help you with your planning and/or give you tips for your vacation.  I love helping others plan their trips!}

Happy Friday!

Linking up with September Farm & The Farmer's Wife

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

San Diego Vacationing - Day 2

If you want to catch up on Day 1 of our vacation, check it out here.

We woke up on this day around 5, since our flight was at 7:30 and we wanted to get to the airport around 6 am.  We turned on a small light to gather our scattered items and surprisingly, Reese stayed asleep through it all.  After mostly corralling everything, we woke her around 5:30, got her dressed and started to schlep our stuff down to the lobby.  Two suitcases, a backpack, a shoulder bag, a smaller backpack, a car seat, a stroller, and a toddler = a whole heck of a lotta stuff!  

We hopped on the hotel shuttle and make the quick drive (3 min) to the airport where we proceeded to check in for our flights.  We flew Southwest, and I am always so happy flying with them.  The free checked bags are awesome, and everyone is always really friendly.  Kinda reminds me of Disney :)
Anyways, after checking 1 suitcase (yes, everything else came with us up to the gate!!), we grabbed some breakfast from one of the airport restaurants.  We stuck with fruit and a bagel, so we didn't end up with anything too bad. :)  We made our way through security, which was definitely no picnic.  I really like Southwest, but I wish they would fly out of another Wisconsin airport - the Milwaukee airport kinda sucks.  Going through security there is not. fun. at. all.  First, they almost lost my fitbit, and then we didn't have enough hands to send our car seat through, so they shoved it on the conveyor through that small opening.  Lovely.

Thankfully, my fitbit was found and once we got put back together, we continued on towards the gate.  We boarded and took off on time, and this is the part where I got super nervous.  Scott makes fun of me for this, but on take-off and landing, I feel all the elevation changes, so I was worried that Reese would too.  Of course, she surprised me and did AMAZING on the flight.  I was so proud and SO happy.  We didn't get her a seat, so she climbed between our laps, ate a lot of snacks, did some coloring (Crayola Color Wonder stuff is awesome!), watched a few videos on my phone of herself, and played with the tray table.  The first flight was about 3 hours and 20 minutes, and she fell asleep just as we were descending into Phoenix.  Great timing right? :)

After carrying a sleeping toddler off the plane, we found a gate with not many people, and let Reese nap for as long as she could.  She ended up sleeping for about an hour, even amid the noise and flight announcements.  After she woke up, we all shared a burger and fries, and then boarded the next plane.  Definitely one of the fastest flights ever, as we went from gate to gate in the span of about 1 hour.  
We gathered all our luggage, and then came the fun part - getting it all on the bus, since we weren't renting a car until the next day.  Thankfully it was a short ride and we arrived at our hotel.  Check-in was quick and painless, and after unloading everything, we went for a walk.  

We stopped at a grocery store to pick up some food and drinks for the room, and then headed back to the hotel so Reese could get a semi-normal nap.  
(Side note: the grocery store we went to was a Ralph's and probably one of the nicest ones I've ever been in.  We pretty much went there every day :)

At this point, it was around 4, San Diego time, so poor little miss was all off kilter.  She fell asleep around 4:15 and we hung out in the hallway outside our room while she slept.  One of the best things we did was bring our baby monitor with, so we could keep an eye on her while not necessarily being in the room.  That was hubby's idea, so he gets the credit for that one :)  

{Check out that door! That was the main entrance.}

We woke her around 6:30, because we wanted her to have some sort of dinner, but unfortunately, she was way out of sorts.  I'm pretty sure she thought it was nighttime, since it would've been 8:30 pm our normal time, and when she woke up, she kept crying and clinging to me.  Dinner was a few things we had picked up from the deli at the grocery store earlier, but because Reese was confused by the time difference, she didn't eat much, so we ended up putting her back to bed around 8:30.  We were tired, stressed, and a little cranky from the travel and lack of food, so we called it a night and headed to bed.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Growing So Fast! - 21 Month stats

Somebody is getting big!

Height: TBD

Weight: TBD

Clothes: Mostly 18 months, a few 24 month items

Sleep: Bedtime is still around 7/7:30, but lately it's been taking her a while to fall asleep, so she usually passes out between 8-8:30.  Occasionally she'll cry out a little during the night but then goes back to sleep quickly.

Teeth: The last of her eye teeth came through, so I think she has 16 now.
Accomplishments: where to start - she's putting words together quite a bit now, and her pronunciation of words is really great.  She can read her name and also loves to read books by herself.  The other day she took Goodnight Moon and said things like 'bunny sleeping' and 'shhh'.  It was completely adorable and once again I was taken aback by how much she's learned.  She also now says 'bless you' when we sneeze. :) Favorite words as of now are: do IT!, Mommy rock, Mickey, Minnie, I love you, play blocks, hi, bye bye, see Mommy, and lots more.

Very rarely can we not understand what she's saying or what she wants, which is really nice!

Can count to 10.
Getting to know her letters - she'll often say 'A B C D F G I...' so she'll skip some letters but is getting there :)

Can identify all the colors of the rainbow, plus white and black.

Knows the Fab Five (Disney) and LOVES them.

Says cheese when we take a picture.

Favorite books: Tails, Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Gorilla, Mickey and Minnie shapes and letters books (from dollar section at Target), Paddington's ABCs, Guess How Much I Love You, Dinosaur's Binkit
Favorite foods: cheese, pears, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, hot dogs, toast, waffles, eggs, goldfish crackers, pretzels, chicken, potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, and anything with 'dip' (loves ketchup, ranch dressing, or honey mustard).
Likes: Mommy, Daddy, her moose pillow pet, her hippo night light, looking at sunsets (often asks for 'pretty sky'), going for walks, taking bike rides, watching videos of herself, buckles, the letter magnets on the fridge, duplos and megablocks, Mickey, Minnie, Ariel, Elmo, going outside, climbing up in the rocking chair and rocking, and reading.

Dislikes: being in the car for too long, when Mommy walks out of the room and she doesn't know where I went, and not being able to go outside.  Overall, there's not too many things she doesn't like.

Other: she's becoming very independent, but still always wants Mommy around.  She's definitely her own little person, and I love listening to her talk.  It's crazy to me that it's been almost 2 years since she was born.  No idea where that time has gone!  

You're getting so big little girl, and I cannot wait to see what the next few months bring.  I love you!
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday!

Happy Friday all!

Time to kick off another weekend, so let's get this thing started!

Linking up with September Farm & The Farmer's Wife

1. Fall garland
I'm a big fan of garland, especially handmade items that come from Etsy.  Two of my favorites right now are this and this.  So cute, and perfect for welcoming fall!

2. Flats
I'm always looking for a cute (and comfy) pair of flats, and came across Yosi Samra after Jessica from Little Baby Garvin mentioned them.  They're a little spendy, but they look really comfortable, so maybe I can convince my hubby that I need a pair :)

3. Scarf
I'm a big fan of scarves, especially in fall and winter.  One of my favorite ways to change up an outfit, I love the way they look.  Kohl's always has some cute ones, so definitely worth checking out if you have one by you.  I always end up spending more than I intend to when I stop there!

4. Fall candles
We love Yankee Candles, and some of their best scents are their fall candles.  My favorite right now is Autumn Leaves, but I also love Pumpkin Pie, Autumn Wreath, and Apple Pumpkin.  I love buying them from Cracker Barrel, since they're usually pretty well priced, so I see a trip there this weekend!

5.  Football
Football season has officially started, and even though the Packers lost last night (boo!), I'm still excited to tune into the games this season.  Bring on the buffalo wings, cheese dip, and beer!

Hope everyone has a wonderful, fun weekend!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

San Diego Vacationing - Day 1

Welcome to Part 1 of our vacation recap!  As some of you knew, we took a vacation recently to San Diego.  It was the first major trip we took with Reese, and while I'm so glad we did it, it was WAY different than any other vacation we've taken before.  So grab a drink, kick back, and read along as I relive our getaway. :)

Our vacation actually started on Thursday, August 21.  Scott and I had the day off of work to get last minute things together (read: do all the packing :), so we spent the day doing some cleaning and getting everything together.  Reese went down for her nap around 12:00 as usual and then I hustled to take care of my to-do list during those precious few hours of alone time.

Turns out, someone didn't feel like napping all that long - about 1 hr 15 minutes, so that didn't give me much time.  Attempts to put her back to sleep didn't work so well, so we gathered the rest of our luggage, double-checked everything, made sure we had her birth certificate (for flying purposes), and headed out the door around 3:30.  We were staying the night at a hotel near the airport, so we didn't have to deal with the long drive in the morning.  It still was a bit crazy in the morning, but this is definitely my preferred method of traveling going forward.

On our way, we stopped at Aldi to pick up a few snacks and breakfast items, and in doing so, I almost lost my insurance card (thankfully I found it on the ground!).  After that quick stop, we proceeded to the hotel and got checked in, and hauled all of our stuff up to the room.  Who knew that the littlest person would need so much stuff?!

After setting up the pack 'n play and plopping Reese in, we had our first drink of vacation, finally!  I think this was around 6:30 pm.  Between our stop and the crazy traffic, we didn't get to the hotel until around 5:30 that evening.  

We decided on Chinese for dinner, which turned out to be a very bad mistake, as it was terrible!  Nothing can compare to the Chinese we have in our hometown, so I think we'll stick to that from now on.  Thankfully, I had packed quite a few food pouches, snacks, and fruit for Reese, so she didn't suffer - only Scott and I did, ha!  I also took this time to give Reese her very first pedicure!  She LOVED the nail polish and pretty much from that point forward, we heard "pretty toes!" at least 5 times a day.
(By the way, I'm a big fan of Piggy Paint!  Definitely recommend it for kids - non-toxic and safe for little piggies :)

After that not-so-delicious meal, we got Reese ready for bed and Scott put her to sleep.  We put her to sleep during vacation, instead of letting her fall asleep on her own, because of the different routine and strange locations.  She fell asleep around 9, and we went to bed shortly after, because, what can you really do in a hotel room while your child is sleeping right there?  I think we watched a show on our Kindle and then fell asleep soon after.  Totally did not sleep well by the way, because the street lights outside kept waking me up, and had me thinking it was morning... which in turn made me panic that we missed our flight.  Not the greatest way to start out vacation, but that's how it usually goes, right? :)  

Stay tuned for day 2 coming soon!

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