Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Friday Animal Kingdom

Friday saw us at Animal Kingdom! My favorite moment was when we got to go under the Tree of Life. The entire "root system" of the tree had animals carved into it. It was amazing and I am sad that I was "too far gone" in my exhaustion to think of actually taking a picture of it. Then again, there were many other moment throughout the week that I would have liked to have gotten pictures of but was just too in the moment to do so.

Anyway, Animal Kingdom, in my opinion, had the greatest customer service in regards to my Guest Assistance pass. I had several employees approach me and ask if there was anything they could do to further help with my comfort during our visit. After dealing with the disgruntled and rude ride attendants at Magic Kingdom it was a breath of fresh air to have that kind of customer service. ( I am considering e-mail Disney to let them know about my experiences, both good and bad, that I had with the Guest Assistance Card.)

I made it through the entire week of our trip pretty well. In fact, I would say that I did better than I expected, by making sure to take breaks in our room in the middle of the afternoons and drinking a lot of water. Friday, I finally ended up crashing. As in no energy. At all. I ended up leaving Animal Kingdom right after lunch and collapsing on our bed by the time I made it back to our hotel room.

I did manage to get some nice pictures before my body decided to start disagreeing with me...


This "little guy" was not happy with us for being there!

I couldn't not take this picture if you'd asked me. I love everything about it! The tree. The birds, The sky and the water with all it's reflection. Beautiful!!

This picture was amazing to me! We were coming out onto the safari just as the sun was rising. It washed everything in a beautiful glow. Something I will remember for a long time.

Tree of Life

We couldn't take L's balloon with us. So we decided to go find another little girl who might want a special Mickey balloon for the week. This picture shows the start of L's hunt to find someone to share her balloon with. We ended up finding a little girl about my daughter's age, who's family was checking in. She was thrilled to get the balloon! And it may have possibly made my eyes tear up when I watched it all happen because of my little girly's big heart!!

This week was sooooo soooo magical to us. It exceeded all of our expectations. (OK, all but the guest assistance card which I thought would be a lot more helpful than it actually was.) We went into this trip assuming that this would be a once in a lifetime experience and now I don't think it will be. I think we'll most likely find our way back to Disney in about ten years or so, when L is a teenager, because it will be a completely different experience to us then!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Storm Aftermath

We made it through the storm with no damages or water problems!! The electric went out a few times during the night. Other than that we all slept through the night and the electric was back on by seven this morning.

We had a pj and movie marathon, baked muffins, did some homework, had water play inside on an old shower curtain, played with the box that our new dishwasher came out of, and finally got around to carving our pumpkin. It's our Mickey pumpkin on a pumpkin! (The "little mickey" perched in front of the candle is my daughter's work, done with a butter knife.)

It was a pretty good day despite the stresses of the storm. We made out very lucky compared to some of the amazing pictures I have been seeing on the news. L and I have been fascinated with all the pictures we have been watching of Ocean City Maryland, where we beach every summer.

Now I am watching the news and L is holed up inside her dishwasher box watching a Scooby movie. She said, "It's my very own movie theater mama!". Can't beat that!

I won't have a CSA box to post about tomorrow. The farm didn't want everyone out risking themselves just to get a box of produce. So I'll be getting it Friday and will attempt to remember to write about it on Saturday. And, hopefully, I will be able to post tomorrow about our final day of our Disney trip.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Battening Down

With Hurricane Sandy on the way, we're battening down the hatches. We've got L all packed away for the "Frankenstorm".

Disclaimer....She was actually willingly in the box, playing with some flashlights, while she watched Call of the Wildman through the little hole.

Depending on how this whole storm plays out, and if we loose power, I may or may not be posting on Tuesday. You know you're jealous! Ha! L and I have no school tomorrow (or Tuesday) so we will be staying in for the next two days. We've got plenty of food, flashlights, clean clothes, and three gallons of water if we need them. Our electric company called and let us know that if our power goes out that it could be out for up to a week. Yikes! Here's hoping it doesn't last that long!! Worst case scenario we'll head over to my parents who have their camper set up. Fortunately, everything (including the stove, fridge, and lights) work on propane.

Wish us luck!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thursday Sea World

Our Thursday was spent at Sea World! We had a great time. It seemed as if everyone in the general area were at the Disney Parks this day. Sea World was empty so we pretty much had the place to ourselves, which was fantastic!

We decided that since this would most likely be a once in a lifetime experience that we wanted to pay some extra money for a "behind the scenes" tour of the sea lion exhibit. I am so so so SO glad that we did!  there were only ten of us and they took us to meet one of their performing sea lions. The trainer spent a good half hour letting us interact with Rerun the sea lion. (Including having the kiddos in the group have a breath-holding contest with him. After which the trainer told us that Rerun can hold his breath for ten minutes at a time!) Each of the families in the group got their pictures taken with Rerun. Which was great when he would huff salt water all of the kids! After that we got to visit the exhibit area where they told all about their sea lions. We were all handed a huge bucket of fish and told we got to feed the sea lions their snack. They went from ignoring us to instantly performing tricks for us when they heard the food cart being rolled down. My husband had fun throwing his fish, out to a lazy sea lion, like a football. L got a kick out of pitching the little fish out into the crowd and watching the frenzy she created. And I loved dropping my fish, almost directly (By a few feet), into a waiting sea lion below me. She was practically begging me with her huge beautiful brown eyes!!

Needless to say, most of my pictures below are of us feeding the sea lions...

We got to feed little leopard sharks. They ate raw shrimp. L let out a little giggle every time one ate the shrimp.

The breath-holding contest! Rerun won!

The mass of sealions waiting for their snacks!

Look at those big beautiful eyes she is giving me!!

These little fish were the equivalent of green beans to sea lions.

Our buckets o' fish!


We also got to feed stingrays by hand. We put the fish between our closed fingers, put them on the bottom of the pool, and let the stingrays swim over them and suck up the fish. It tickled and got us wet because they got excited about the food and would splash their fins out of the water.
I had to add this picture. This was L finishing off her bowl of dip n dots ice cream. She HAD to get the souvenir bowl!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Magazine Recycling; Busy Baby Resting Mommy

Once again, I completely forgot to post my BBRB post. Sorry! Forgive me? So here it is....

With the weather the east coast is expecting this week (Hurricane Sandy) I thought that I would give you something fun do do while stuck inside the house. Need something to do? Give your kiddos some magazines and let them go to town!

What you need...
Old Magazines (Any kind will do, except for maybe Victoria's Secret catalogs. ;o)
Scissors (The safety kind)

1. Let your kiddo cut up old magazines. They can cut out the pictures, make collages, pick out gift ideas for people, or anything else they can think of!

If you get ultra creative you could throw some paint, tape, or stickers into the mix!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tuesday Universal Studios

On Tuesday we spent the day at Universal Studios. L and I have been itching to see their Harry Potter world ever since they built it. We are huge Harry Potter fans. It was AMAZING!!!! We spent allllll morning there!

(On a side note... It wasn't very busy the day we went so we decided not to do so but you can get Universal's version of a Guest Assitance Pass. Their's works more like a fast pass. You let the attendants know about your card and they give you a time in which to come back and get on the ride.)

We were there for a good part of the day and then we spent a good part of the afternoon at the pool.

Honedukes candy store

I took a picture of this because they made my stuffy husband sign his credit card slip with the elegant feather pen.

This was my first mug of butterbeer from the movie. It has the consistancy and flavor of a cream soda slushy. The white froth at the top tasted like whipped cream and butterscotch.

Another part of Universal Studios looked like we had stepped into a middle east market. The details were incredible.

Gru from the Despicable Me is one of my favorite characters.

My breakfast this morning. This waffle tasted as amazing as it looked!!