Saturday, December 25, 2010

Dreaming of a white Christmas

And we got One! Sure it was small but it snowed! I am sure most of u wouldn't consider what fell here a real snow but we do here in the south, where schools close for an inch or less of the white stuff.

I would post picture proof but I am playing on my newest gadget and haven't made it that far in figuring this thing out. I will say though from the little bit of playing on it, it is realy awesome. Thanks to hubby for getting me a Nook. It even came with my cookbook I wanted. Southern Plate, and FYI I made the baked macand cheese tonight and it is Yummo!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordful Wednesday-The Rockettes

Saturday Me, Abby and my MIL headed to see the Rockettes. Abby was all excited to get to dress up in her pretty dress. The night before I rolled her hair up in foam curlers and made her sleep on them so that her hair would be all pretty and curly.

She looked so cute all dressed.

A close up of all those curls

Posing with Mommy

She really loved the show and sat and watched the entire thing with barely moving.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Last minute gift

ok so we are in the home stretch now, the countdown is on. Are you done?

What about that hard to shop for friend, or the teacher, or the babysitter-you didn't forget them did you?

Well I almost forgot Wyatt's teacher. Last week I realized I was behind and had to get her gift bought. I remembered a post that Semi-Slacker Mom had posted a while back. Her friend, Amber makes these super cute canvases. I took a chance and emailed her, her friend got right back to me and had it in the mail the very next day!! It arrived here today!

It is SOOO cute I love it-Blue/White are my son's school colors and R is her last name initial.

$15 plus shipping for the smaller size. She makes bigger ones also and I plan on getting one for my front door soon. I have her email and can get you in touch with her if you are interested just leave me a comment.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Maybe they will be mailed in time

So remember my post about how great the Shutterfly Christmas card selection was this year?

Well I got them ordered and they arrived in no time at all and they look great!

Now lets just see if I can actually get them all in the mail in time. Which considering my Palm died and took all my addresses with it to electronic heaven this may be harder than usual!

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 6, 2010

Have I kept you waiting long enough?

Disney Part 2

So bright and early Friday we were up and off to the first park. This day we hit Animal Kingdom and it was really cool.

Abby was rocking her new outfit!

We walked around checking out animals first thing. My fav definitely had to be the Gorillas they are just awesome and huge and they are just right there across the water staring back at you with those huge brown eyes and you think to yourself "what is going thru his head right now staring back at me" and then u think maybe he is debating how hard it would be to clear that water and rip your arms off and beat you over the head with them:) jk, it is the happiest place in the world afterall so surely he has good thoughts in his head!

Then we were off to our safari breakfast
Abby was SO excited to finally get to sink her teeth into one of those Mickey waffles

We had breakfast with Donald, Mickey, Goofy and Daisy

Then we were onto the safari ride it was alot of fun and we saw tons of animals, once again the animals were right there beside the truck. The baby elephant was a favorite of everyone you almost wish you could just get out and go play with it!

We rode lots of fun rides including the big one Expedition Everest and it was SO fun it was the first really big coaster Wyatt had ever ridden and he loved it, I was so proud of him. We saw some fun shows and had a great time with everyone-did I mention everyone? Well there were 10 of us total!! Us four, Shane's sis and her family and Shane's dad and his wife. Pappy and Mindi made this entire trip possible!! It was a big ol' family trip that had been in the works for some time.

I am gonna skip Saturday because it was just so awesome and magical it will need it's own post!

Sunday we did some transportation hoping:) we rode a boat to the Contemporary hotel

Then we took the monorail to the Polynesian to have breakfast with Mickey, Lilo, Stitch, and Pluto.

Then off to Hollywood Studios
Once again there was tons to do and we tried to get it all done! My feet have never hurt so bad in my life! But our main ride we had to hit was the Tower of Terror. Abby had talked so much about this ride not really knowing anything about it but that she was big enough to ride it. I knew what it did and wasn't sure how she would react but she was bound to ride it and ride it we did-3 times!! It ended up being their favorite ride.

We watched the Beauty and the Beast show which of course Abby loved!

We watched a cool stunt, saw some great Christmas lights and that night watched the awesome Fantasmic show and then headed to the last ride of the night. The Aerosmith Rockin Roller Coaster and once again it would be a first for Wyatt-going upside down! He was super brave once again and loved it.

It was late but we couldn't resist heading over to Magic Kingdom since they were having extra magic hours that night! We strolled thru the candy store then made our way back to the Haunted Mansion:) Then back to the hotel after another long day

Monday we just winged it. We made a plan to get some things done that we hadn't been able to do the day before at Hollywood Studios since we had gotten there late. Wyatt was dying to do the Jedi training but we had been to late to sign up the day before so Shane and Wyatt headed straight back to get in line the moment we got there which was moments after it opened. Abby and I headed straight to the Toy Story ride line because the day before the wait had been anywhere from 70 min to 120 min!! OH yes that is crazy. Shane got Wyatt a time slot and met us we waited about 40 mins and rode the ride:) It was fun but there is no way I would have waited 70 min to ride it.

Then we headed to his Jedi training, he was so excited. They got up on stage and a Jedi master trained them and then Darth shows up and they all get to fight him! Wyatt volunteered to go first which I could not believe.

We headed back to Magic Kingdom again hit Mickey's Toon Town and waited to meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider which was our main reason for going back that day.

then we got one of those oh so yummy Mickey frozen ears

We headed back to the hotel for just a minute to unload some stuff, but then Abby was distracted by the hair girl and ended up getting a new do.

Then we were off to Epcot, while waiting at the hotel we met another family who also had 2 kids and they all hit it off and were like instant friends they rode with each other and talked the entire way to the park. I am pretty sure the boy would have just stuck with us the entire time had his mom not insisted he not leave with strangers once we got to the park:) They were from Canada which was pretty cool for the kids. That is just another great thing about Disney; you can meet people from everywhere, earlier while in line we had met a family that was from England.

We hadn't planned on going to Epcot but we had some spare time and everyone else was over there so we went to meet up with them. We spent just a little time there rode a couple rides (Abby loved going 70mph in the test track ride which is sorta like riding in a convertible car) then we watched the fireworks and headed back to the hotel after another LONG day.

Oh and while there Abby finally got to meet Minnie!

Well that about sums it up, well except for Saturday at Magic Kingdom but like I said it need it's own post. We loved every minute of it. The kids loved spending time with their cousins that they don't get to see to often and I know Pappy and Mindi loved seeing the kids have an awesome time.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Good Deal Alert

Well if you have a preschooler like me it's a good deal alert if not go on about your business and just ignore this post, just scroll on down and see some pictures from WDW!

Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas time is upon us, so that can only mean one thing. LOTS of shopping! I am here to try to help you save the big $$$ this year. Also Sheri at Swaggrabber always has all the great deals listed so be sure to keep an eye on her site in the up coming weeks.

Leap Frog has a great Bundle and Save deal on the Tag Reader System. First pick the reader you want (choose between 3 colors), then pick the books and here is how you save more-pick 1 book save 5%, pick 2 10%, pick 3 save 15% (there are different priced books so look thru them all), then pick your accessory-storage case or headphones.

Use code CSLEAP15 to save an additional 15%. Shipping will be free since you have spent over $50. You should be able to get it all for a little over $56. Abby and I looked at this at ToysRUs on Saturday night during our girls night out and if you purchased this there it would cost you about $99+tax for these 5 items.

Make sure you sign up for Shop At Home to get cash back on this purchase. You will also get a $5 bonus when you sign up. Once you sign up with them go to the Holiday Deals page. Click on Cyber Monday deals. Scroll down and find Leap Frog click it and it will take you to the Leap Frog website and you will get 6% cash back on your purchase.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Disney part 1

I say part one because we did so much and I took so many pictures there is no way I can get it all down in one post. Remember me saying I had uploaded a crazy amount of pictures? Well it turns out it was a little over 500! yes you did just read that number. I know I am a bit crazy but dang who knows when we will get back there and yes some of them are double shots-you moms know the rule you better snap about 3-4 of the pose to get one good one;)

Off to the airport

the kids were SOOO excited to get to fly to Disney since they had never flown before and Mommy and Daddy were SOOO excited to get to fly to Disney cause it meant a 1hr45 flight as apposed to a 10 hr drive! Don't get me wrong my kids are pros in the car but dang it was nice to hop a flight and be there before they could utter the words "Are we there yet?"!!

The Hotel-We stayed at Wilderness Lodge and OMG it was gorgeous. When you walk in the front doors into the lobby you are hit with it, the huge todem poles with various animals carved into them, the unbelievably high ceiling, the fire place, the little bridge over the water just everything was so pretty. The outside wasn't to be outdone either the hotel sits on the lake so the view is great. There is a gorgeous water fall that flows down to the pool. There is even a geyser! The room is mostly just your standard hotel room with a twist-wooden beds and bunk beds! Abby graduated to big girl status and got to sleep on the top bunk the entire time.

Gotta love Mickey Mouse made out of a hand towel and wash rags! they don't mess around in WDW, just about everything you touch is Disneyfied-pretty sure I just made up that word.

Oh the pool-the heated pool that wasn't quite heated enough for me to swim in at night! Yes it was very warm while we were there, during the day that is, but in the evenings the temp would drop. Sure enough though every night lots of people were swimming. Finally on Monday night we were back early enough to swim and the kids were dying to try the pool out. Needless to say I didn't last long in the pool before I headed for the lovely hot tub! Tuesday we were up bright and early to eat and hit the pool. It was a lovely breakfast outside until we had guests!

seriously don't they know who my husband is and what he does for fun during the winter months?!
The 2 with bands are lucky they got away safely ;)

Wyatt didn't mind swimming with them though, lets just hope none of that breakfast they managed to weasel out of us had a bad reaction in their system!

Oh the slide! they were so anxious for the slide to open they had wanted to go down it so badly all week but didn't get the chance til the last day! Wyatt ended up getting chosen by the life guard to be "sheriff for the day" which meant he got to stand on the life guard stand and announce the slide was open for the day and got to be the first to go down.

Abby LOVED it also

she is seriously our dare devil; way more outgoing and fearless than Wyatt ever was at this age. She didn't even hesitate to go down the slide and even cried because since I wasn't in she wasn't gonna be able to go, that is till mommy came thru and found out she could get a life jacket!

I can't leave this post without mentioning the fun restaurant at the hotel. It is very loud and crazy so if you are looking for a nice, quiet, peaceful dinner SKIP IT! but if you want some funny stuff go. Oh and don't forget to ask for ketchup!! Oh and tell them it's your birthday!

Why you ask should I do these things? Ketchup-see when you need ketchup you have to let everyone know it by shouting in your loudest voice "We need ketchup" and trust me you will get it. 11 bottles as in our case

because anyone who has ketchup will bring it to your table, and when the next person yells for it you have to take all of it to them and it goes on and on!

As for the birthday I am pretty sure we sang "Happy Birthday" no fewer than 8 times! because the entire place sings to the birthday person. There was also the "Hokey Pokey" and a horse race.

See I have overwhelmed you with pictures and we haven't even made it to the parks yet.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Are you getting ready for Christmas?

If you are like me one of the first things you do to get ready for Christmas is to order cards. Also if you are like me and love to show off your kids to family and friends you order photo cards. Shutterfly really has some great holiday cards this year.

One of my main goals while at Disney World was to get a good Christmas card picture and considering the amount of pictures I took and how many I love I will more than likely be choosing from the photo cards that you can put multiple pictures on.

If you are getting a card from me this year here is a preview of one that will definitely be on there.

Here are a couple of my favorites out of the many:

but truthfully there are alot more and it is gonna be hard to choose

Also you know how I love a good bargain so I jumped over to their special offers page and found they have quite a few good holiday deals going on right now.

A couple of years ago I made a photo book of Christmas 2008 and it was so easy to do and turned out great. I have also given them as gifts and everyone has been very impressed with them.

So go ahead and head over to Shutterfly and make your card so you are off to a good start and if you are a new member you will also get 50 free 4x6 prints.

Wanna know how bloggers can get free holiday cards?? Go here and find out more.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Home Sweet Home

We are home and we are exhausted, but it was totally worth it!! It was every bit as magical as I expected it to be.

I just uploaded an obscene amount of pictures to my computer and am still wading thru them but I thought I could post a few of my favorites to tide you over.

We pretty much had the Magic Kingdom to ourselves when we got there Saturday morning. Abby was over the top excited to meet Cinderella

The castle was all lit up for Christmas and it was absolutely amazing.

Our hotel was gorgeous, unfortunately we spent a very small amount of time there.

We did all four park and went hard core the entire time. We didn't want to waist a single moment. We rode buses, boats, and the monorail and walk MILES and we made more memories than I could have ever imagined.