Thursday, September 29, 2011

Games, Fall, Decorating

I love Fall and wish we could enjoy the season as it should be way down south here.  But the days are growing shorter and it's still my favorite time of year...
 It makes getting outside a little better...although still having very hot days...
But when it's not too bad, we've been able to enjoy some fun outside...Emma is not one to really like to get dirty...but she loved playing in the mud!  I did too as a kid...mud pies were the best! 
 And we're still going strong with playing UNO...she loves this game...
And last week we started decorating and this was just the beginning...cut these with the Silhouette...
 Also cut Emma a ghost (her favorite) that she could decorate...and we hung up...

I had never carved a pumpkin...so we got one of those funkins (fake pumpkins) and I found a free template and just did it...hard on my wrist, but it was fun...may have to invest in an electric saw if I do more ;)  Emma really liked it and Dennis did too...I think I surprised Dennis that I could actually do it!
And playing more games...then Emma got Dennis to do her nails...ha!  We've done nails again since then...last night...but I did them for her.  Dennis does a pretty good job though!
And have started scrapbooking our Disney trip...

Emma was so brave...she got her flue shot yesterday.  She didn't want the nose stuff...she said shot...but she was so brave...it was hurting her while the medicine went in...I said hold me tight and it's okay to cry...so she finally did...
 And while we waited 15 mins to make sure no reaction...got her updated weight...she has gained a pound...wow!  25.7  The shirt she has on is a 3T and it is kind of falling off her shoulder...the shorts are 18 mos, but we had to take them in on both sides to stay up!  
And just a quick snapshot photo of her (she was not really wanting pictures taken) going to school today and there's the pumpkin that I carved next to her on the floor...need to do another one now...
Even my car is decorated with a Mickey ghost...Dennis put it on...and I was like what is that?  I snapped this while driving...I know...I think I won't do that again...but he was so cute flapping in the wind!
Hope everyone has a good week and hoping to get some cooler weather...maybe?  Hopefully!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Leaving Disney, Traveling in the RV

Time to head back home in the RV, but wanted to take a few snapshots of our room and the little details...
We wanted to try to have Emma sleep in a bed by herself.  I still sleep in her room on a separate mattress, and when she wants to get out of her bed to come in mine...there's little sleep with the kicking and as much as I love to snuggle...I like space when I sleep.
So the hotel was able to put a rail on each side of the other queen size bed...but it didn't work with her sleeping in it by herself...so Dennis took a day or two and I took the other days so we could each take turns trying to get some sleep...
Mickey is everywhere...you don't see the colors or hear music in the lobby...nothing really seems Disney in this hotel...it's subtle...and always fun to try to find the Mickey ears...
Another angle of our room...on the very last day, we finally asked if we could have a microwave, so we could heat the milk for our lattes.  Which we would have asked sooner (lesson learned) because the tiny tiny latte I got in one of the restaurants downstairs cost more than a venti latte at Starbucks.  Thankfully, I only got one, but lesson learned...
More Mickey's can be spotted on the shower curtain...
Beautiful hotel and rooms...
So we hit the road in our new adventure of traveling in the rented RV...we're able to stop halfway (Tallahassee) this time since there is no football game going on and spots available at the RV park...so that really helped not driving so much in one day.  We usually stop at a Cracker Barrel when traveling, but this was our first...
Then Dennis spotted Krispy Kreme...so we stopped there to get some donuts...and we had to hurry...it was about to rain...and not too fun driving on unfamiliar city streets in a rented RV...and we did have some leaks...
I felt like we were not level the whole night...but got a little sleep...and up the next morning to finally take a look at our surroundings...it was beautiful with the huge trees and moss and a much bigger RV park than the one in Lake City.
Taking out the trash...had to get a few more pics of how beautiful this park was...

Next stop home...
We rented a Class C RV...here's some pics inside to give you an idea of how it looks...
zooming out so you can see the bigger picture of what it's like...Dennis slept up top there...
kitchen area
Little table to eat, play games, and do art...
the shower...
the bedroom where Emma and I slept...
and the all important bathroom...we definitely made fewer stops ;)
Dennis is a neat freak...so thankfully, he did sanitize the entire RV with bleach.  The only thing I really didn't like about the RV was how bumpy the ride was.  But we were told that a rental and one you buy are made differently and to not compare the ride.  A very fun trip, but we were all glad to be home...nothing like home sweet home...

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Part 2 of Day Three at Disney World

Here's the goodies that Emma got that were part of her Bibbity Bobbity Boutique makeover...the cosmetic palette and comb that were used during her appointment...the tiara and the Mickey barrette is part of it to take home...and two new bottles of pink and blue polish...
 You can see it above and a little below...during breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table, Emma and I got the star wand and Dennis got the sword.  Emma also got the Wishing Star...
So after are busy morning at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique and Breakfast at the Royal Table, we're at the hotel...we decided to walk around and go sit on one of the Savanna porches...
 We all needed this time away from the Parks...Emma was singing and doing what she does best...just playing around...
 We never made it to the pool...she didn't want to go...she we didn't push it...just nice hanging around...
Back at our room...the view from our room...a zebra comes a little closer...
And another view from one of the Savanna lookout decks...
 So then we sit in the lobby of the hotel for a little...it's nice because they have the TV with classic Mickey Mouse cartoons on...really nice to have some downtime...
 Really beautiful hotel...right there to the right where two girls are walking...along that path was where our room was...
 Actually nice to soak it in and see just how beautiful it was...
 And, of course, it was fun watching some old Mickey on the TV...
 Other families come by...so I took the opportunity to get a photo of all three of us with our Vintage Mickey shirts on...Emma was not cooperative at all...she was pretty tired...
 We went for an early dinner and got to open the Boma restaurant in the hotel.  Everyday it is a custom  that a family opens the restaurant and we were picked.  There's a reason why we were picked...again it's Emma's personality...not to mention her dancing.
One of the ladies working there was talking to Emma and pulled out one of the African drums...Emma immediately began dancing.  The lady was so excited to see Emma dancing that she asked me if she would dance like this when the restaurant opened...I said she probably would.
So the beginning part of the video is Emma dancing to just the lady in the waiting area...  I missed catching it on video with the host announcing us as the Family of the Day...but the last part is all of walking through, with Emma dancing to open the restaurant...
So glad have caught this on video...
Just click on the four-headed arrow at the bottom, to the left of Vimeo to make the screen larger...


The Family of the Day at Boma in Animal Kingdom Lodge from Patricia Roebuck on Vimeo.

More pics of our room, and the trip home next...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Part 1 of 2 of Day three at Disney World

Another early morning, to catch the bus from our hotel to the Magic Kingdom.  MK didn't open on this day until 9 a.m.  But Emma had her Bibbity Bobbity Boutique appointment at 8:05 a.m.  So we waited in the "Event Entrance" line to get in...
I couldn't resist with only a few people in the park before it was open...

After a little wait for Bibbity Bobbity to open, Emma was already getting her princess makeover.  We went with the fairytale princess hairstyle.  She was so overwhelmed at first.  But she had the perfect Fairy Godmother in Training (that's what the stylist is called).  She wasn't aggressive and she was fun.

I love her facial expressions...
While one Fairy Godmother in Training worked on her hair, another came up to start working on her nails and makeup...oh my...she was eating this up!  Soaking it in too...love those faces she makes...
She paid attention to everything they were doing...because...you'll see later...
Lipstick or gloss was last...ooo she didn't like that...but the Fair Godmother in Training stopped putting anymore on.  She was so patient and did so good sitting there...now to finish the hair...some pixie dust, and then her sash and then the big reveal...
It was like the paparazzi were there...she closed her eyes...and the Fairy Godmother in Training turned her around and click click click goes the guy that was taking photopass pics and I couldn't get a decent shot...well, that's what photopass pics are for I guess...plus he knew more what to expent than I did or else I would have gotten in there more...
She was soooo excited...giddy, dancing, just absolutely loved it more than I even thought she would.  She got her little goody bag...icing on the cake!


Took a picture of her outside...she was no over it...she said no more pictures...don't blame her...it was a pretty exciting morning so far...


We were hungry and needed to get in the A/C again a little.  So last minute and we were VERY lucky to be able to get fitted in at Cinderella's Royal Table.  Both the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique and the Royal Table are inside the castle so really cool...

Emma got her picture with Cinderella, and then we waited to be called...very formally as if you are really in "castle" days...they announce loudly "The Royal Roebuck Family and Princess Emma."  So up the spiral staircase we went for breakfast...
You hear a little story about each princess and then very magestically, each princess is announced and makes a grand entrance.  Out of all of the character meals we had, this was so special with that little bit of royalty...Snow White was first...
They must really cast these ladies very well...I mean they look exactly as you would picture...and they play the part too!  The voice, everything...
Sleeping Beauty, a/k/a Aurora, a/k/a Briar Rose is next...
Then Ariel...she was my favorite...Emma likes her too...

With these character meals, you're also trying to eat...kind of hectic really...and Emma barely would eat, just too much excitement.  This one wasn't a buffet like the others, but you could order a "healthy" breakfast or a "traditional" breakfast and you could also ask for more...so it really was an all you can eat...I'll just say...it better be with how much it cost...this one was the most expensive of the character meals...


Emma and me were given a star wand, and Dennis was given a sword...they were having some kind of celebration going on where everyone waves their wand or sword...
And the last princess is Belle...
I think Emma picked up on the head tilt quickly...
Gorgeous inside...and still I just couldn't believe we were in "the" castle at Magic Kingdom...
We had so much fun and it was well worth it.  But Emma now was starting to tell us what she wanted...and she wanted to go back to the hotel...we were like are you sure?  You don't want to even ride Dumbo again...she did...so Dennis went one time with her...and then I went next...


This was her favorite ride...she even told the teachers that Dumbo was her favorite ride.  She loved having control of going up and down...Momma and Dada didn't really like going up, but we let her have control...
Out of the three other times I have been to DW, I have never ridden Dumbo...so the first time I really got a good look at it...beautiful...lots of detail...
So we're done now...it's early afternoon...I asked Emma if she wanted to go back to the hotel and go swimming...she says nope, just the hotel...she was tired...
Princess Emma had had a full day of pampering and being royalty...
She was ready for some downtime...she is so much like us...

So now...she is the Fairy Godmother in Training and doing Dada's makeup!  Ha!  She wanted to do his nails too...but since we had no fingernail polish remover...we had to say no ;)  She did exactly like the Fairy Godmother's in Training did...she said we were so patient and we were going to be so beautiful, you will love it!


Part 2 of day 3, our last day at Disney Word is next...

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