Dancing in the street

Posted on June 6, 2010. Filed under: Capture the moment | Tags: , , , |

My girl loves to dance and we found a little treasure last night at Downtown Disney.

We had stopped there to go to the pin traders and have some dinner. After finding some other cool stores (including an amazing candy store!– make your own caramel candy dipped apples anyone?) we were on our way to have a roast beef sandwich when we started hearing music.

The sprinklers had been turned off, the speakers setup and the fun was beginning. It started with a hula hoop contest– something we need to work on. Then a fun little scavenger hunt. The kids had to bring back napkins, a baby in a stroller, out-of-state driver’s license (from your parents only), sunglasses, left flip-flops, and a man wearing lipstick. Maddie’s group won that contest and she was just having so much fun.

Then they announced it was dance party time. First they did some line dancing. I got some video and then joined in with Maddie. I believe this might be the only line dancing I have done that didn’t involve a wedding or some drinks :). We had a blast and learned the cuban shuffle. Then the competition began. Maddie found a friend, from Germany, who she chose as her partner and they were a perfect match. They did the robot, grease lightening, disco, and quite a few others. Unfortunately after about 10 min the rain started to come in, but by then we had been at it for an hour so we were both good to go.

It was a perfect evening to end our perfect girl getaway. I will definitely remember this little gem of a night spot next year.

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Disney Magic

Posted on June 5, 2010. Filed under: Capture the moment, The places we have been | Tags: , , , , |

There are so many emotions around our trip to Disney. The place is just magic. The excitement a 5 year old has is contagious. From the moment you step onto Main Street the magic takes over.

Last year was focused on characters and princesses. This year was more about rides- especially Tomorrow Land. Buzz Lightyear, race cars, and rockets. There were of course others– but those were the requests and the ones that seemed to be favorites.

We happened upon Mickey’s 3D show, and it was a nice surprise. The aroma spray and 3d show was awesome…I got a kick out of Maddie trying hard to grab for Ariel’s gems.

We stopped everything for the parade and shows. I got teared up as we watched the first parade. She sits in awe, you are having just one of those memory making days, and full of so much love. Couldn’t have been happier.

I could go on and on about the day…but I think I will focus on the end. We went back to the hotel to take a little rest and then headed back for the light parade. We had time for one ride before the parade- Maddie wanted to head to the race cars. I smiled, Todd is really making his impact and I love seeing some of that shine through.

We then got our mickey mouse ice cream cones and found a spot for the parade. Maddie managed to work her way up to the front and got a first class seat. The lights were amazing. We then had time for one more ride before the fireworks. Madison chose the rockets back in Tomorrow Land. The rockets were on top of a building and she had so much fun. Snuggled in together she was in the driver seat to keep pushing us higher and higher. Then the fireworks went off. Maddie started laughing. The infectious laugh. Summing up the day.

We hurried off the rockets back towards the castle to catch the rest of the fireworks. I was carrying Maddie so she could watch while we walked. The fireworks were awesome. Set to the Disney music- big, bright, and beautiful. We found a spot and I kept holding Maddie. She had her arms around my neck, she snuggled her head up next time mine. A couple of times she turned to kiss my cheek. Sounds of oh wow, how beautiful, were heard. As we left the park she kissed my hand and looked up to me saying “you are the best mommy in the world”, “I love you mommy”. A woman walking next to me said- “how sweet”. Yes, how sweet. Yep the ticket prices are outrageous. You will spend a small fortune for just one day, but it is a day you and your little ones won’t forget. It is happiness. It is love. It is fun. It is laughter. It is magic.

Thank you Disney for another magical visit. Next year we will be back with our Frog Prince – who is looking forward to getting some of that magic live. He got a taste of it via the phone this trip with a replay of the day’s events (from both of us) and I think is ready to get in on the action live.

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Let’s trade pins

Posted on June 4, 2010. Filed under: Capture the moment, The places we have been | Tags: , , , |

At age 4 it was all about the princesses. Age 5- was about the pins.

On the flight down to Orlando Maddie and I were reading up on Disney-Magic Kingdom and seeing what special things we might want to put on our agenda. We came across the pin trading and Maddie (who is major into collecting silly bands, webkinz, anything you can collect) and decided that would be our “treat” from Disney this year.

How it works– you get a starter kit- lanyard with a few starter pins. Then you trade pins with cast members around the park. Usually trading up- though for kids it’s about getting the characters you want. The pins are not cheap…and I realized the trick was to get the starter kit with the most pins…some had 4 others had 7 as it is all about trading for new ones.

Our first stop at the park was to get our lanyard and starter pins. Maddie chose a Tinkerbell set. And while we checked out she already had made our first trade with the lady at the counter. It was a special first trade. Dale the chipmunk. Dale just happened to be the first character we say in our 2009 trip (which we both remembered) making it special. The day went on and Maddie got a nice collection going. It was fun to see her study the various pins and decide if she wanted to trade or not. We had lots of discussions on which ones were “special” and not to be traded. Her “specials” were Dale, our special love bug pin (Mickey with hearts), and the last one of the trip- the Castle.

Somehow by the end of the day she ended up with 16 (I think she talked me into buying a few more pins) but I will claim exhaustion or falling under the spell of Disney :).

Ready to start trading...just first gotta finish my ride around Tomorrow Land

16 pins later...till next year! (We decided one new pin a visit....plus whatever we trade)

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One of those moms….potty talk (you have been warned)

Posted on June 4, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , |

Ok so there are better Disney posts coming, but as my little one rests I will share my latest “be careful to judge” mommy experience.

After getting rained on for the 2nd time of the day, Maddie and I decided we would head back to the hotel and take a little rest before the light parade and fireworks.

Of course we just missed our hotel bus so we had to wait for about 30min for the next one. 25 min later Maddie had to go potty…I figured we could hold it 20min and didn’t want to miss the bus so we kept on. The bus arrived, Maddie was doing the dance, we settled in and were ready to get to the hotel.

Whoops…the enxt stop was Animal Kingdom. The bus driver informed us it would be another 20min to our hotel after Animal Kingdom. Maddie couldn’t hold it anymore. Knowing she had just drank a full bottle of water I knew that was true.

I attempted to see if the bus driver could wait, he said no we would have to wait for the next bus (another 30min). Ok, lets see options…..there was a grassy field in the parking lot where we stopped quickly at Animal Kingdom. I told Maddie lets go for it.

We managed to make it off the bus, hit the grass, and get back on the bus. Where a fellow parent (father) who had watched the potty dance offered up his seat since someone had taken ours during our short absence. Ahh those 20min back to the hotel were much easier on both of us.

So I will not judge…sometimes you just have to make the best of it and I am sure all my fellow bus passengers were happy at the choice I made. I won’t forget thou Maddie yelling “mommy, I am done” as she was still going…bless her heart she was trying to be fast to make the bus. I just laughed “honey, you listen to yourself, I don’t think you are done yet”. Something we both smiled about on the bus ride home.

Now time to wake sleeping beauty!

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Napping at 35000ft

Posted on June 3, 2010. Filed under: What she said | Tags: , , , |

I love that Maddie has decided she is too old for naps. Constantly she reminds me that she is a big girl and doesn’t need naps. I continue to tell her that sometimes when we have busy days, gets lots of sun, or stay up late it is good to take a nap.

As much as she talks about being to big she really doesn’t fight it…and of course I can tell the signs of when she has had too much and needs the nap. Just this week after 4 hours in the sun I asked her to lay down for a few minutes and she was asleep in under 1min.

Now we have a rule when we travel..something I implemented when she was 3 to make the flights go smoother and I have no plans of ditching it anytime soon. As soon as we get on the plane it is rest time. Now there is no limit to how long you have to sleep…once you go to sleep you can get up. Sometimes the naps are just 30min sometimes they are the whole flight, but there is always a nap. When we do connections you get to choose the sleeping flight and the playing flight. For those 3 hour flights its just perfect. She usually sleeps about an hour and then wakes up, watches whatever movie we rented on the touch and then it is time to land.

Today we are heading to Disney in Florida. We got upgraded..BONUS (as Maddie would say) and mommy got free wifi so double bonus. Maddie curled up with her new frog webkin (courtesy of our Prince!) and was asleep before the plane took off.

Sleeping beauty

An hour later we sit here, she is watching a movie and has just finished her entire chicken breast. When you are 5 first class seats are so exciting but get FOOD on the flight sure is.

Happy flyers.


Maddie and Froggy

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