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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope it was a joyous day for all.

We had a lovely day at home today, enjoying our new gifts and each other’s company. Of course, there was a lot of Disney involved!







We will be headed up to New England over the weekend to celebrate with my family. You can’t have too much Christmas cheer!

Zoolights at the National Zoo

On Friday night, we went to Zoolights at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.


We got to see a few animals, visit the model train exhibit, ride the carousel, take a train ride, and enjoy many holiday lights around the zoo.


The carousel had lots of different animals that we could ride. Scarlett picked a flamingo. Luke rode the eagle.

Luckily, it wasn’t as cold as it has been in years past, so we got to enjoy being outdoors.


The kids really enjoyed watching these flowers change color. Luke’s favorite was green and Scarlett’s was purple.


We got to see some sleeping gorillas! That was the highlight of the night.


This LEGO city was pretty cool.



This little train was a really fun ride. We traveled around the farm area. The kids really enjoyed this. We might have gone again if the line wasn’t so long.

I always enjoy the zoo, and Zoolights is another fun way to enjoy it. It makes the holiday season a little more special.

‘Frozen’ Fever

On Thanksgiving, we went to see Frozen, the new animated Disney movie. I was surprised at how great the Broadway-style music was, and enjoyed all the cute characters from new Disney Princesses to a talking , Summer-loving snowman.


And now, Scarlett is obsessed. She was singing along with the songs the first time she heard them. She cannot get enough. We went back to the theater two more times this weekend. And of course, we got some Anna and Elsa dolls to join us.


I ended up buying the soundtrack and we’ve been listening to it non-stop. Do you want to build a snowman? Why, yes! Yes, we do.

Air & Scare 2013

One of our Halloween traditions is attending Air & Scare at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. It’s a fun evening of trick or treating among the planes, as well as some crafts, science activities, and lots of Star Wars characters!

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The kids dressed up as Buzz Lightyear and Sofia the First. They quickly got a bag full of candy to enjoy as we strolled around the museum.

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We spotted the giant Marshmallow Man where Luke and Tom got a photo with some Ghostbusters.

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We checked out some exhibits and games.

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Then we got pictures with a bunch of Star Wars characters

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Luke was a big fan of the Jawa.

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(Scarlett wasn’t that interested in being photographed.)

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This is a fun event that we look forward to each year, and 2013 was no exception. Planes, candy and Jedi – what more could you ask for?




Movie Night: Alice in Wonderland

It was a little bit difficult to come up with food for our Alice in Wonderland dinner. After a lot of brainstorming, I think it came out okay. Even if it wasn’t perfectly themed, it went well together, and tasted good too!

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Our “Alice in Wonderland” Menu: 
Alice’s Shrinking Burgers (Sliders) 
Cheshire Cat’s Smiling Fries
Caterpillar’s Stuffed Mushrooms
Queen of Hearts Strawberry Tarts
Drink Me Punch

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It was an easy meal, and the kids were excited to watch the movie afterwards. I call that a success.


Afternoon Tea at American Girl

I knew I wanted to do some kind of tea party for Alice in Wonderland week. When Scarlett and I discovered the restaurant while browsing in the American Girl store on afternoon, we decided it was a great place to return to one day for afternoon tea.

Since I had taken Luke by himself to the campfire the previous week (and since he’s not a big fan of girly things like American Girl), I took Scarlett by herself to have tea. Well, Scarlett and her Bitty Baby.

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Scarlett wore her Sofia the First dress and was very proud and very excited. She loved that the whole room was pink, and that her baby could sit right up at the table.

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The waiter was super friendly. We decided to order hot chocolate instead of tea. He made it fresh for us, complete with whipped cream, and poured it for Scarlett.

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Soon after, he brought out a nice tower of food.

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It was all pretty tasty, and each item was inspired by a different historical American Girl.

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Scarlett enjoyed dipping fruit in yogurt.

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I liked the little sandwiches.

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Bitty Baby was just happy to have her own little tea cup.

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It was a nice little mother/daughter date. Scarlett had a wonderful time and cannot wait to go back. She’s definately an American Girl fan now.


Disney Movie of the Week: Alice in Wonderland

Because Once Upon A Time in Wonderland premiered on Thursday, I thought it was good week for Alice In Wonderland.

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Riding the Tea Cups at Disney World

I’m not sure what wacky activities we will do that are related to the movie. Hopefully a tea party, and maybe some croquet? Not sure if that’s a little kid game, but we’ll figure it out. Scarlett loves the Queen of Hearts, so it should be fun at least!


Disney Movie Night Menu: Up

Our “Up” movie night dinner was fun from the start, because of course we got to get a bunch of balloons! It was also fairly easy to come up with ideas, because – bonus! – there is actually a lot of food in the movie.

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Our “Up” Movie Night Menu:
Dug’s Hot Dogs
Carl’s Prunes (I actually used plums)
Kevin’s Chocolate
Russell’s Ice Cream (from Fenton’s)
Ellie’s Grape Soda


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After we ate, Scarlett spent about an hour playing with the balloons.

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Tom also looked up how many balloons it would take to lift a person. Turns out a dozen isn’t enough! We had fun anyway, even without floating away.