Saturday, November 22, 2014

Eight Months

 
 
Rosemary is fast-approaching the one-year mark! The last month was a big one for her, and not just because she went on her first major vacation. She is also now:
 
 ...crawling and picking up speed. (This is stressing Cece out. I know this because Cece told me "Rosie is stressing me out.")
 
...pulling herself up to standing whenever she gets the chance.
 
...proudly boasting two whopper choppers. (She is that much closer to eating steak and is thrilled about it.)
 
...fitting 12-18 month clothing.
 
...waving hello to everyone, especially her own reflection.
 
Keep up the great work, Rosie! (Oh, and if you want to, like, actually sleep through the night, your mama would REALLY love it!)



Love you, darlin'!
 
 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vacation Video

 Below is a video I made from the photos and videos taken with Robbyn's phone and my own. I anticipated taking many more pictures and videos, but I had a Rosie who wanted to be held a lot, tiny hands to hang on to, coffee to chug, and family to enjoy. So THANK YOU to my sister for all her help in capturing the memories. There is footage of our awesome room, the resort, Magic Kingdom, and Downtown Disney District, and all the travel in between. Here's to reliving the magic!


(Watch here if the video not showing up in the post!)

 Music: Kiss the Girl by Colbie Caillat

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Magic Kingdom

 
^^^ Proof that we made it to the Magic Kingdom!^^^
 Even though it wasn't "peak season" it was still a jam-packed park with so much to take in. We mostly toured Fantasyland which is just a small corner of the whole park. (Fortunately, it has a high concentration of magic) For being Disney newbies and having a three-year-old and an eight-month-old in tow, we definitely had a fun and enchanting time!

 
 
We met four princesses! (Merida, Rapunzel, Ariel, and Cinderella. They were beautiful and so sweet.)
 
 

 
 


 
 

 
We had lunch and got on a few rides including Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Winnie the Pooh's Honey Pot ride, Peter Pan's Flight, and the carousel. (Note to self, no honey pots next time! It was a little weird.)
 
 

 
We danced alongside characters in the evening at the "Move It! Shake It! Street Party."
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lastly, we saw "A Frozen Holiday Wish" starring the characters from a little-known movie called Frozen. (You've probably never heard of it.) We watched Elsa light up the castle with her ice power and that basically blew everyone's mind.

 It was an epic day for everyone. Cece fluctuated between being elated and also emotional. (A high amount of excitement and no naps will do that to a lady.) I think it must have felt like an unreal experience to her. Cece, however, did say that she wants to stay in Florida forever, so I'm confident that she enjoyed herself.

I have to thank my mom and sister so much assistance with the girls (stroller-pushing, navigating the park, taking pictures, finding the ice cream, etc.) and a BIG thank you to Joe for being so sweet, involved, and helpful on an extremely girl-centric vacation. I felt extremely lucky to be on such a special trip with my two immediate families. I truly hope we can do this again when the girls are a bit older!
 
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Art of Animation Resort



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our highly-anticipated Disney vacation has come and gone far too quickly! Last week (as the snow and frigid weather hit the Midwest) my mom, sister, Joe, the girls, and I traveled to sunny Florida and stayed at the Art of Animation Resort which provided wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Disney movie mania. The grounds had life-sized scenes from various Disney movies including the Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo.
 
When I was younger, the Disney experience was fairly uncomplicated. Drive to Florida, stay in a hotel, drive to the theme park, purchase tickets, take photos with disposable camera and have fun!
 
This time it was a whirlwind of flying on an airplane with my own children, figuring out Disney's Magical Express, using My Disney Experience, using magic bands, debating the dining plan, debating the Memory Maker Package, choosing which attractions we wanted the Fast Pass for, and just navigating Disney in general. We (sort of) joked that we were being held hostage by Mickey because it was just odd not having a car and not coming and going as we pleased. But seriously, we really did have an amazing time. Now that we've done it once, I'm confident that we could make it happen again someday.
 
The most fun we had while at the resort (besides enjoying our Little Mermaid-themed room) was, of course, the pool! Cece couldn't get enough of the spray ground and Rosie loved floating around in the Finding Nemo pool.
 
 

 






 Cheers! And how fun was it to have a poolside drink or two with this girl? (Quite fun.) Getting to go on a vacation with my original partner in crime (or more truthfully, partner in dorky childhood activities) and seeing her be the sweetest aunt with my little girls was an absolute treat in itself!
 
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

This. Is. Happening.

 
We are about to embark on a seriously epic vacation. I get to see my mom and my sister, spend several days with my family in Florida, and see Miss Cecelia explode with surprise and delight. Wish us luck (I've never flown with two little ones before!) and stay tuned for many enchanting photos to come. I already know that we have no idea what we are in for.
 
And I already must thank my mom! This was all Grandma Pat's idea and I think it's probably one of her best ideas yet.
 
Toodles! Off to soak up the sunshine!
 
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