Friday, February 10, 2017

Snow Bunnies!

Poppy and SuSu recently purchased a BEAUTIFUL house in Park City, Utah, and we got a chance to go visit over New Year's. The girls got to take their very first airplane ride (we swear they were more excited about that than our Disney trip!!) and were, of course, thrilled.

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The plane ride actually ended up sort of a disaster. We got delayed at the gate for 2 (!!!) hours while they fixed something, so despite being an early morning flight, we didn't even take off until almost lunch time. Then, they ran out of food, so they had a plane full of hungry people. I luckily claimed the last of the meals, so the kiddos got to eat. And the flight attendants very nicely gave everybody free drinks, which kept the adults in a good mood. Then, poor Anna's cold caught up to her near the end because her medicine wore off, and she just ended up sleeping on my lap. We were SO proud of the girls for behaving as well as they did - we ended up being on that airplane for over 6 hours. 

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We arrived at the house to a flurry of snowballs, and the girls were so excited to see so much snow - more than they've ever seen in their lives!

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It was fun to have a second Christmas!

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Giving the snowshoes a try - we loved it, and what a fun workout!

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Check out that view from the top of the mountain!

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More snow!

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Anna got a huge kick out of the snowball makers. And she keeps claiming that having a snowball fight with me was one of her favorite memories from the trip!

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Eskimos!

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Poppy and SuSu have a perfect sledding hill right behind their house, so the girls had several sledding sessions.

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We all took ski lessons the second day we were there. Maddie lasted about halfway through the lesson before she escaped for some hot chocolate with SuSu, but Anna LOVED it and wanted to go every day. I was so impressed with her, and with how quickly she caught on. 

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These huge icicles are certainly something we'd never seen in Georgia.

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We actually ran out of ice the last night we were there, so Daddy came to the rescue and knocked off an icicle for us. The girls were positively gleeful over this!

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As you can tell, we had a total blast in Utah, and we can't wait to go back again!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Disney Days! Part 3

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Some YMCA action at the Christmas party (yes, I know these pictures are all kinds of out of order, thanks Flickr). YMCA has been a popular song around here, ever since this dance party!
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My girls have almost (sadly) outgrown the little circus area in Magic Kingdom. My mommy heart almost broke when they pronounced their beloved Barnstormer as "boring". We rode that a hundred times the last time we went!! Anyway, they put this new waiting area in for the Dumbo ride so I made everyone go in and check it out. For the bulk of the wait line, they give you a pager like at the restaurants, and the kids can play in this big play area. When it's your turn to get back in line, the pager lights up. It was brilliant and the kids love it, so well done, Disney. They've really added a lot of waiting line activities over the past several years and I think it's great.
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At the Finding Nemo area of Epcot. This area is one of our favorites, as it is a large area of saltwater/reef aquariums.
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Test Track was a MAJOR favorite this time around. This area is another place they've boosted the line activities - you get to design your own car, and it's linked to your Magic Band so when you go through the ride, it lets your car compete with the other cars. It was pretty neat!
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One morning, we booked appointments for the girls at the Bippity Boppity Boutique, leading into reservations for a Princess Lunch at Cinderella's Castle. We have professional pictures for this from our Memory Makers so I won't put a bunch here, but these were too cute not to share.
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I won't really lie and say that I loved how Anna's turned out. I'm not even really sure she liked it either although she said she did, when I asked her. I'm not sure if it's just the hairstyle she picked (Ariel, to match her dress), or if her stylist just wasn't very experienced, but I wasn't happy with it. If we had had more time before lunch I would have asked her to just start over, to be honest. But...c'est la vie, right? I'm just pretty sure we wouldn't do the Boutique again, in hindsight. Maddie's hair turned out really cute, at least.
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They let the girls take their makeup home, so they insisted on doing their makeup every day as we were getting ready to leave the hotel!
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At the Princess lunch, inside the castle. We've also done the lunch in the Norway restaurant at Epcot and I think the one in the castle is better, although both are great.
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Dinner at the Rainforest Café
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Drawing Mickey Mouse
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And how could we have a Disney trip without a family Mickey Bar photo?

Disney Days! Part 2


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Maddie and I had breakfast in front of the castle one morning, while Anna and Daddy hightailed it over to Space Mountain. Both girls are total roller coaster nuts now, and they were both able to add some next-level coasters to their repertoires now that they've grown taller.
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Maddie and Steve on Thunder Mountain. We had to put our arm around her on most of the bigger rides just so she wouldn't get knocked around too much, but she loved every second of them and squealed the entire way through.
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Both girls also loved the spraying elephants in the circus area, at Magic Kingdom. They both got soaking wet!
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I don't know who came up with this game, but Steve would fill up his hat with water and put it right on his head. Maddie thought it was hilarious! By the way, that's his new hat that he had to buy down at Disney, because he managed to lose his first hat on Splash Mountain!!
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At the Muppets show, at Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios is my least favorite park, but the girls do like Muppets, Tower of Terror, and the Star Wars ride. And Toy Story, the one time we could get on it :-).
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One morning we were able to get to Animal Kingdom (my favorite park) right as it opened, and Steve and Anna dashed to Everest. Maddie and I set out in search of coffee but ran across Mickey and Minnie instead.

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The whole family likes the Fossil Fun midway at Animal Kingdom. Especially when we win!
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The morning that we woke up to go to Animal Kingdom, the illness that had been creeping up on Steve hit him full force, and he ended up staying back at the hotel to sleep. So I braved the park with the girls, and they seriously couldn't have done better. I was so impressed with them and told them how proud I was of them!
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At the Animal Kingdom playground. There was something wrong with the slide, and an employee told the kids that a dinosaur had laid an egg on it and it was about to hatch, so nobody could go on the slide. We heard about that damn egg the whole rest of the trip!

On to Part 3!