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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.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tricks or Treats?

LOOK over there ----------> u see that? 3 more days!!

anyways onto my real reason for this post

Are you over the non stop asking for candy yet? If yours are like mine they got TONS of candy and it is nowhere close to being gone and I am SO over the constant asking can I have a piece of candy! I am gonna have to hide it soon and hope they forget about it for a few days.

We did have a fun Halloween weekend, Saturday was juvenile hunting season so Shane and Wyatt were up very early and headed to the woods they returned empty handed later that morning but Wyatt was determined so after a bit of a rest they were off again. This time he did not return empty handed.

It's hard to tell but he's a 4pointer he had told Shane he was gonna hold out for this big guy that had been spotted near his blind but the day was almost over and he got all excited and wanted to shoot one so Shane said go ahead if you want to. This makes #3 for my little hunter:)

While the men were off doing manly things Abby and I headed to a fall festival at a local downtown square. She wanted to wear her costume and I will admit she was looking very cute buzzing around.
there was a gigantic pumpkin, that btw I thought I was gonna see one woman punch another over her kid getting to sit with it and take a picture, really it's just a pumpkin!


We ate kettle corn, painted little pumpkins, watched the costume contest (which BTW the ones who one in the 0-5 age group were OMG too cute and if you are gonna have twins or even one little one at Halloween you should do it, little chicks! yep white onesies and white tights cover with feathers and yellow rubber dish gloves onto their legs as feet) and just had a good time together.

Sunday we went to our friends annual Halloween party. Someone brought a little trailer so I allowed my kids to be one of those kids that get driven around the neighborhood:) But truthfully it was nice since it was cold that night they were able to hit a ton of houses in little time and then back to the nice warm house with no complaints of "my feet hurt".

Wyatt was again some character from Star Wars some clone trooper guy, the little kitty (a friends little girl) had to be the cutest kitty I have ever seen but she wasn't feeling having her picture made and I snapped a ton of her and Abby and I don't think I got one of both of them looking:)

We returned home to empty bowls of candy on the front porch and I was happy cause like I said they got tons and I definitely didn't need any left over!