Category Archives: Holiday

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there, and especially to Tom, our favorite Dad!

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I didn’t get to pull together a whole celebration this year, considering we have a 2 day old baby, but I did get some cute t-shirts from Old Navy that were a hit.

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We also made Tom “King for a Day,” and he got King Sized Candy Bars and Burger King for Lunch. Plus some T-shirts that we called “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Not much, but still fun. It was nice to show Tom that we love and appreciate him, and having Jude here with us was a pretty nice gift!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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This LEGO city was pretty cool.

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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.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Part 3

See Part 1 and Part 2 of our MNSSHP experience.

As soon as the parade ended, we headed for Main Street to see the Princesses and their Princes meeting at Town Square Theater
On our way our of Liberty Square, though, we spotted Tiana and Naveen at their gazebo and there wasn’t anyone in line. We even asked if it was open because the first time we met Tiana, we waited 45 minutes. It was open so yay!

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It was a nice little bonus that we hadn’t planned.

Next, we continued to the other princesses and princes. The parade was still going down Main Street, so we cut through the stores all the way to the front on the street. It was a good strategy – we beat the crowds and saved ourselves a seriously long wait! The sign said the wait was 50 minutes but we were in and out in 20.

The first royal couple we met at Town Square was Snow White and her Prince. (Tom asked The Prince his name. He said it was Ferdinand, but most people just call him The Prince.)

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Luke decided to hide from Snow White for some reason.

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At first she was upset.

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Then they made up.

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Snow White is just adorable!

Next, we met Cinderella and Prince Charming. I loved them! They were really lovey dovey – so cute, and authentic!

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They both took a lot of time to talk to the kids. So sweet.

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Our final couple was Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

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I have to say, Flynn Rider was THE BEST. He kind of stole the show from Rapunzel.

He saw us and said “Oh, pirates! Of the Neverland variety!” He also knew who Izzy was, which most of the characters did not (Jasmine pretty much insisted Scarlett was actually Boo.)

It was good times.

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Tom totally bonded with Flynn. He said Flynn was like Han Solo. I think it was appreciated.

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Meeting the Princes with the Princesses was so much fun. Totally made the MNSSHP admission price worth it!

That about wrapped it up. We left the park at about 11:45pm and getting back to our car wasn’t too bad. Before we left, we got a great Halloween photo on Main Street.

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I wish we could go 2 or 3 more times to do some of the things we missed. Guess we’ll just have to go again next year!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Part 2

Halfway through Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Scarlett and I met back up with Luke and Tom in Frontierland to stake out a spot for the Boo To You Halloween Parade. It wasn’t very crowded at the 10:30pm parade, so we found a good spot pretty quickly. While Tom saved our place, the kids and I went to Woody’s Happy Harvest Roundup at the Diamond Horseshoe.

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My kids did not want to dance. That’s surprising for Scarlett, who dances all the time, everywhere. I guess she’s just not into hoedowns.

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After we left, Tom took them back in while I saved our spot, and supposedly she danced then so I’m happy about that.

They returned right as the headless horseman road by, and the rest of the parade wasn’t far behind!

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Minnie and the Gang

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Halloween Piglet

After a bunch of classic characters came by, it was Pirate time.

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Captain Hook
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Jack Sparrow

Haunted Mansion ghosts were pretty awesome – and actually scary!

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The Villains float was my favorite.

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Dr. Facilier

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Maleficent

Pluto and Goofy bring the parade to an end – with candy!

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It was a great parade, even my sometimes squirmy kids.

Next post, we finally get to meet some cool (royal) characters!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Part I

Our fall trip to Disney World had the added bonus of falling during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, a special event at Magic Kingdom that features trick-or-treating, a special Halloween parade, costumes for kids and adults alike, rare characters, and much more!

The park was decked out for fall. Pumpkins everywhere!

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After spending the day at Animal Kingdom, we entered Magic Kingdom around 6pm. The party started at 7pm, just as we were finishing a quick (crowded) dinner at Pecos Bill’s.
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We were pretty stoked to dress up as Jake and the Neverland Pirates characters for the party. Luke was Jake, Scarlett was Izzy, I was Captain Hook and Tom was Mr. Smee. We looked GOOD.

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I had high hopes of meeting all sort of awesome, rarely seen characters – The Seven Dwarfs, Tarzan and Jane, Lotso, Jack Skellington. But one time waiting for Jasmine and the Genie and we knew that wasn’t going to happen. It was hot and Luke wanted to go on RIDES, not meet people! So plans changed.

Dad took Luke to the trifecta of Mountains and other “big kid” things, while I took Scarlett to attractions for the littler set. I was sort of bummed for a minute but there was almost no wait for any rides so that was pretty fun. Scarlett was delighted to have a boat all to ourselves in It’s A Small World.

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A perfect Pirate Ride

Scarlett and I did catch a glimpse of the Dwarfs on the way to Under the Sea. She was willing to meet them if we could skip the line, but we’re not that important. She didn’t care too much.

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After playing around in Fantasyland for a bit, Scarlett and I sat right outside Enchanted Tales with Belle to watch the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks Show.

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The kids still aren’t thrilled with the booms made by fireworks. Luckily,  I learned to bring

Noise Reducing Earmuffs.

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Scarlett was able to enjoy the show without freaking out (even though some of the villains’ voices in the show made her nervous.) Huge benefit!

Next post, we meet back up with Dad and Luke to watch the Boo to You Parade!

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Road Trip!

On Wednesday afternoon, we left home and headed south towards our favorite place – Florida! After a short overnight stop at Grandma’s house in South Carolina, we were on our way to Orlando on the 4th of July.

I tried to make the morning at least a little bit festive, with a red, white & blue picnic at the Florida Welcome Center.

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The kids shared their lunch with Candlehead and Mario, who also kept them entertained for the day’s 6 hour drive.

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Our plan for the long weekend was to avoid the capacity crowds at the Disney Parks and instead do all the free stuff we could find at the Disney World Resorts and Downtown Disney. Add in a beach day, and it’s a pretty nice and relaxing vacation.

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After a bit of rest area exercising, we finished our drive to Orlando. We started our resort hop right away. First up: Animal Kingdom Lodge!

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Disney World for the Fourth of July!

We took a quick trip to Orlando for the July 4th holiday weekend to celebrate America’s birthday and our 6th wedding anniversary.

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Fireworks over Space Mountain

While we didn’t venture into any theme parks, we spent four days Disney World Resort hopping. It was an awesome (and cheap!) little trip! We even got to see the Independence Day fireworks from the Contemporary Resort.

 I’ll recap our trip this week.