Royal Baby Watch

Can y’all believe it’s time for Kate and William to greet their new addition.  Any day now!!!!

It has made me spend some time reading up on Marie Antoinette again.  When she was reigning Queen, they had what was called ‘laying in.’  Best summed up, the Queen gave birth with onlookers in her room.  She was a public display.  Can you imagine?

Why?  To prevent a substitution of an infant in case HE was designated to reign.  France never allowed a woman to reign so the male baby was a big deal.  Of course her first child was a girl.  Which was deemed a failure.  Lovely!  The second was a boy.  Thank goodness!

Since then it’s changed!  But, I would guess there is some small tradition or rule that someone has to be present other than William and the doctors and nurses.  Wouldn’t you think?  I would never have made it as Queen during the 1700s if I had to have a room full of people.  When I hear that someone had their father, father in law, mother in law, siblings, friends, in the birth room I am always kind of wide eyed.  I am definitely too private to have anyone other than my hubby in there.

A baby is a joy.  It would be fun if they had a girl.  Because if they have a boy, that 2nd one is automatically going to be branded for life that he is just like his brother.  I hate when people put labels on children. But, I could totally see this being the case if they have another boy.

A girl would have influence on toddler clothing.  Plus, the blog that Suri writes would be even funnier to read.

Can’t wait to see what they have!

CHeers

 

 

 

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Pink Sunday and Academy of Country Music awards tonight!

Ok I can go back to bed now. #Lilly #lillyfortarget

So, let me recap.  I was up until 2:00 a.m. buying Lilly for Target.  My first order was for Priss.  If I could get it (because everything sold out fast) I ordered multiples.  Luckily I got the shoes I had hoped for.  Girls, my husband is a keeper.  As I was trying to get checked out (he had encouraged me hours before to get my account open and ready) he helped yell out CC numbers and such.

My next order went thru quickly.  With 9 to 25 items in my cart……..can you guess what happened?  The site went down.  I was not shocked by that, since I had predicted it forever.  Typical Target, typical big name brand coming to Target.  It’s happened before.  Of course this is the first time I really made an effort to buy.

I’m not sure why I got caught up in the craze.  I’ll be honest, I have the love hate for Lilly.   I love it for little girls.  I love accessories.  I love shorts with cute prints.  I love pink.  But, I don’t always think Lilly is something grown women should wear.  Some prints make women look like a fool.

But, I needed to have it.  I dont know what came over me.  I went to bed ticked.  I woke up at 7:04 and was out the door at to Target by 7:30.  Priss in tow.  She had been warned, coached, and encouraged what to do when the doors opened.

We got in line, and not surprisingly there were people we knew.  I made friends with everyone we were in line with.  To the point that when a friend came to meet the girls behind me in line, they started saying what they were all going for.  I said I needed pillows.  Do you know that woman actually got a few for me!!!!  How funny is that?  I didn’t end up keeping.  Because I am not like the crappy Lilly resellers on Ebay today.  I was not there to buy it and resell it.  If I can’t use let someone else have a chance.

I was texting friends getting the lowdown on what had happened when they arrived at their Target.  I still can’t believe any of my friends thought they could shop the sell at 8:10.  hello.  It was over by 8:05.  I’m not even kidding when I say that.  We were home by 8:30.  That’s how fast it moved.

I am not a black Friday shopper.  Never have been never will be.  This was the equivalent but not in my opinion as stressful as what I understand Black Friday to be.  It was so much fun to do this today with Priss.  We are not huge shoppers.  I just was reminded that I haven’t even walked into the mall since Christmas.  I go to Nordstrom and leave.  I am certain that Priss will recall for the rest of her life the morning that her mother got her up, rushed her out the door, stood in line freezing and then ran into Target.  Yes, ran. It was one of those moments where I was reminded how awesome it is to have a daughter!

I keep replaying my four minutes of shopping in my head.  For instance I stood alone in front of a rack of bathing suits and shoes and never got anything.  I looked at it.  Thought about taking ten of the bathing suits.  But, didn’t.  I wold never have kept all of them.  I can’t believe how much items are being sold for on ebay.  It’s ridiculous!!!!!  Lilly Pulitzer wouldn’t be proud of this I am certain.

Priss scored some of the cutest clothes ever.  The maxi dress alone was worth the freezing this a.m.  I definitely loved making friends in line.  I never meet a stranger of course.  But, I loved how everyone was just there to have fun.  Yes, there were girls there with husbands and fiancees (you boys better think about what marriage holds for you.  Just sayin.)  They meant business.  I ran into one rude girl.  Today was the first and only time where it paid to live in Denver.  The lines were not long and nobody was ripping inventory out of carts or hands.  I heard that happened in the gentile and well mannered South.  Ironic, no?

We’ve spent our day trying on clothes.  Watching ebay to see how much items are going for.  Made a pile of returns. I will continue to shop Target this week just to see if anything is being returned.

I can’t believe this day has come and gone.  It was fabulous.  Then to end our day we had a birthday party for sweet sweet friend, dinner that was full of oysters.  It was just a great weekend.  I wish they didn’t come and go so fast!

Tonight is the ACM awards.  I’ve not seen any total train wrecks on the red carpet.  But, I am already dreading the performances where they mix artists.  Christina Aguillera I’m sure will be screeching with someone like Brooks and Dunn.  I am never a fan of this kind of performance.  I will however watch just in case I see that cute boy Dustin Lynch.

Cheers Y’all.  It’s been a Lilly kind of day.

Savannah did great! @beachyblu<br />
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Spring Flowers….

I am so ready for summer and spring like weather.  I am antsy for being outside and enjoying soccer for the Priss again! Sitting out on the patio for dinner.  Walks after dinner.  Being able to get out the door faster (when you don’t have to put gloves, hats, coats on.)

roses. hydrangea. dahlia. ranunculus.  would love to have a bouquet of these sitting around

It’s a weekend of being busy around here!  But, I am most excited we will be enjoying a lot of it with friends and being outdoors!!!

Happy Friday y’all.

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Magic Kingdom recap

I knew going into our trip that Disney was not known for it’s food.  I was prepared.

But, nothing prepared me for the portion sizes and that I would be craving iceberg lettuce!

So, with our package we did the dining credits.  I am not the right person to ask about the inner workings of the dining credits.  But, I did like that I had snack credits for things like:

The Dole Whip

You can only find Dole Whips at the Polynesian hotel and Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom.

So on our first morning at Disney we did Magic Kingdom.  We took Adventureland by storm.  We had a fast pass for the Jungle Cruise (nostalgia for me and my hubby since we both remembered riding that on visits as children.  I was only 4!)

Getting there at the opening of the park, we were able to get the family photo in front of the castle without anyone being in the background.

TIP: Do not stop and take a photo in front of the Disney sign when you get there.  Everyone does that.  Go later in the day after the parade or during the parade.  Nobody is there!!!

So take the extra time and get down Mainstreet for your photo.  From there you can dash over to Adventureland and you can do the whole thing in no time flat if you want to.

The kids were able to go into Swiss Family Robinson treehouse (still one of my all time favorite movies from Disney)

Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland

The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse at Walt Disney World The Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Swiss Family Treehouse

Who knew they had the same china as my grandmother?  It was really easy to go through this on the way in and see everything without a ton of people.  The kids loved it.  But, I think I loved it more!

The jungle cruise was a hit with my kids.   It has not changed since it opened in the 50s.  I know it’s so cheesy but it’s just really fun to ride on a ride that you rode as a 4 year old and then see it through your own 4 year olds eyes.  When Bubba ducked down so he wouldn’t get ‘shot’ at oh goodness.  It was worth the entire trip right there.  He was so serious.

The Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World The Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

The elephant was met with squeals from Priss!

If you were a Brady Bunch junkie like I was growing up, then you must do Enchanted Tiki Room.  It just reminds me of their Hawaii episode.  It’s cute and kookie.  From what I had read they have had changes and are now back to what it once was years ago.  It’s right by Aloha Island and the Aladdin ride so it’s pretty easy to stop off.  If it was blazing hot out it would be a great place to visit to get out of the heat for a bit.  Hubby wasn’t thrilled with it, but it was something the kids enjoyed.

The Enchanted Tiki Room at Walt Disney World The Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Enchanted Tiki Room

 

By the time we did Jungle Cruise we had gotten thru all the rides and seen everything in that section.  Pirates of the Caribbean had a five minute wait so we hit it!  We also ended up visiting it again on our 2nd day at Magic Kingdom.

So, Bubba was not a fan  of Pirates of the Caribbean once he heard we were doing it a 2nd time.  I thought that was funny.  He talked a great game after he did the ride the first time.  It had a dip in it and then when we came around the corner to be greeted by a pirate ship he was not thrilled.  But, with the promise of buying something in the gift shop after (of course they have you exit through the gift shop) he was on board.

The animation is border creepy sometimes on the characters you see.  You know they are fake but there are definitely times you feel as if they are looking right at you.

Skeleton of Mermaid

Bubba and Priss couldn’t stop talking about the Mermaid skeleton.  It was a fun ride and since there were four of us we did get to sit together.  Both times we sat front row.  You do get a tad bit wet!  But, it was fun!

Thunder Mountain

From Adventureland we popped right into Frontierland.  We decided the 20  min standby wasn’t that bad for Thunder Mountain.  But,  of course it changed right when we got in line to 50 min!  YIKES

Everyone loved  the ride.  Except for Bubba.  Oh my gosh when he exited the ride and walked out he was telling us his dislike.  People stopped to listen to him.  He was hilarious.  He wasn’t crying or anything.  It was just very detailed and he wouldn’t move until we heard him out.  But, it couldn’t have been too bad because we rode it again on our next visit to  MK.  We used a fast pass the second time though!  50 min in the sun with kids is too long.

TIP: One thing I noticed on our 2nd ride was that there was a little water scene with a guy bathing!  I wish I had known to look for it before.  So when you go, when the ride slows before it goes around for another twist or turn look for him.  He’s down and to the left.

Boat to Tom Sawyer Island

I definitely recommend a stop over to Tom Sawyer Island for the explorers in your family.  And in the least politically correct to do…..climb up and look out and try to shoot at Thunder Mountain.  I hope they never take this away!!!

Tom Sawyer island

Tom Sawyer Island has fun caves to explore.  If you are scared of small spaces, do not do them though!

We ended up taking the train from Frontier over to Tomorrowland one day.  It was fun because we had seen the front side of the river when we did the Riverboat.  Well, it turns out there is something to see from the other side and it’s a really fast ride!

Eating at MK was not the best in my opinion.  Aside from the Dole Whip.  We also had dinner at the castle one night, and that was pretty good.  But, it costs a lot and for that money I would have expected better food.  But, again you go for the experience and it was one of the only things Priss wanted to do.  I definitely recommend going!  Being inside the castle is pretty cool.  We were there late so the fireworks were going off while we were inside.  I have to say that was pretty cool to be ‘in’ the fireworks.

Here is what we liked and found at Disney to eat.

On our way over to Fantasyland we were in Liberty Square where I really wanted a waffle sandwich.  But, timing was not on our side because Bubba was melting down.  There was an outdoor market with fruit, baked potatoes (GF people take note!  You can get a baked potatoes, fruit, corn)  It’s one of the few healthy options for shopping.  Other than the Cheetos that of course my child picked.  Since he never eats them at home I decided it wasn’t worth fighting.  Of course the irony we bought bananas and he ate those instead of the Cheetos.

We ended up lunching after another ride at Harbor House.

 

Harbor House Menu

By now we had figured out portions were ridiculous.  So hubby and I split the tuna sandwhich on a grained bread and it was plenty.  The kids had 100 calorie fruit packs with their lunches and I kept eating those when they left them behind.  Priss picked chicken nuggets and we were actually surprised to see it was real chicken!

We sat upstairs with a view of this

Rapunzels House

It was really cute.  The restaurant is decorated to look like a place you would find in a seaside town.  It was cute.  Best meal ever?  Lord no.  But, it was good and we felt healthy.  I was so happy to not eat fries or spend the money on food we couldn’t’ finish.  Plus, we didn’t have desserts looking at us!  That was nice!!!!

The best find of all of Disney Magic Kingdom for me was the lemonade at the Sunshine Tree Terrace!  It was real lemonade and it was so good.  I wish I had ordered two!!!!  It was that yummy.

TIP:  Drink the lemonade at Sunshine Tree Terrace!!!!!

Since we spent two days at MK let me also say we loved our time in Tomorrowland.  We spent a lot of time there on the 2nd visit.  There are a few things that I think people probably over look.

People Mover for one.  It’s a fun way to see the park.  Also, you go inside Space Mountain.  Never a line.  And it actually moves fast in a few spots.  The kids and adults loved it.  We also did the Carousel of Progress.  The kids were not enthralled.  But, I remember doing that one as well as a little girl.   Again, nostalgia.  Both rides are great if you are waiting to use a FP in that area with Astro Orbitor, Space Mountain, etc.,

I think the ride that everyone loved the most in our house was Splash Mountain.  I think we were all shocked that Bubba loved it so much!!!  He can’t stop talking about it.  On our way thru Priss started crying.  I thought she was suddenly scared.  She was.  OVER GETTING SOAKED.  HA!  She and I were in the back so we didn’t get that wet at all.  But, she loved the ride even more so when she didn’t leave sopping wet.  Unlike our visit to Animal Kingdom where we got drenched!  That’s for another update on another day.

Peter Pan was a must.  It has a long line everytime.  I can see why.  It’s very sweet and the kids think they are in balloons.  We made sure to do It’s a Small World.  It’s nostalgic, but it also is the same ride!  I have to wonder if they will keep it forever.  But, I’m not certain.

I can’t really mention every single ride.  But, I will say you can if you try to do the whole park in a long day.  We went back for dinner and ended up riding all the rides that were on our list.  Actually the list that if my mom had been there she would have wanted to ride.  Teacups, Dumbo.  Which Dumbo made me sad.  It’s not the same little blue elephants.  Things change!

The one thing that I was not certain about was our FP for a parade.  I thought that was silly.  We had to go back to City Hall area and I kept thinking why are we not just sitting on the sidewalk like everyone else.  Well, little did I know!

I dropped the hubby and kids off to sit while I ran into stores to get water.

Town Square on Main Street

Once the parade started we moved up to the rope area.  So for us that would be where the woman with the red backpack is in this photo.  We were head on watching the parade.  The kids didn’t miss anything.  And they saw the characters up close and personal.  They would stop and hug them, visit.  I think almost every single character in the parade actually directly waved at our kids and made eye contact.  Now that sounds like not such a big deal to some.  But, our kids were thrilled.  They were not showing signs of being kids that wanted to have their autograph books filled up at this point.  So this was the next best thing for us.  It saved us a lot of long line times.

Fantasy Parade

It’s a fabulous parade.  And I thought what a great time too to ride some of those hard get rides (Dwarf Train)  HA!  What a joke.  I looked up the wait times and it was still 90 minutes.  So there is one thing to remember.  It doesn’t mean you can get any rides in quicker by skipping the parade.

We left right after the parade.  On a side note you will have the best spot for that parade.  But, you have to wait for it to end around the square and out the doors.  So be prepared to wait a tad bit.

TIP: if you have to buy souveniors or such you can park your family right there and dash in and out of stores easily.  There is an embroidery store for placing hat orders.  There is a really cute candy store!  Plus, Starbucks!

Main Street Bakery

Those are my finds and tips on food.  Again, we didn’t eat a lot there.  But, in all my research nobody ever mentioned lemonade at Magic Kingdom!  So, I hope I can spread the word!  It’s healthy compared to the massive amounts of soda that they are selling!  And a nice change from all the water we kept drinking!  It was not a slush.  Let’s be clear.  It was lemonade. Old time lemonade.

Treat yourself and then let me know how much you loved it!

Cheers!

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Backdrop for Wedding Photos

I love still, when brides choose to have formal photos taken at their weddings.  You know the photos where it’s the parents, bride and or groom and siblings stand together.

I think it would be so fabulous to put a spin on it and add an amazing back drop!

Especially for those weddings where perhaps they don’t have a scenic back drop.

I love weddings at art galleries, but sometimes it doesn’t lend a great back drop if the current art hanging is maybe photos that wouldn’t be something you want to see for the rest of your life.

So why not make your own special back drop that takes your breath away?

 

 Flowers hanging!

Flowers hanging

 

If the flowers are not in budget…..how about spending a day with your groom to be or bridesmaids making something like this?

Glittery DIYs for Your Next Party - These streamers are so cool looking!  This party for one-year olds is crazy.  Amazing, but crazy.

Glitter Streamers

I am a fan of a back drop!  I can’t get enough.  From fashion shows, to a birthday party in the backyard I will always love seeing them!

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It’s Your Special Day……….and other random tips.

So, part of our trip to Disney was celebrating the 7th birthday of Priss.  She had a session planned at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, dinner at Cinderella’s castle, and over all she had the spotlight on her for the day.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

TIP: If you are going to have only one or two family members do the BBB experience the location of Downtown Disney may work out best.  It’s just as special as the castle, but there is more to do for other family members that may be waiting.  The Lego store was a huge hit for the guys in our house.

In feeling bad that it was all about Priss, and Bubba starting in on what he did and didn’t want to do, I had to think fast. I decided that there would be one day during our trip that was all about Bubba.  Was it really?  No.  But, we made a really big deal about rides that he had enjoyed.

TIP:  Make it someone’s special day.  Just being at Disney is special, but when it’s one person’s day at Disney it’s epic.  Bubba was walking across the Whole Food parking lot with me and said “remember Mommy when it was my special day at Disney?”  Clearly he is not going to soon forget.

Now this is where I have to brag about my kids.  When planning our trip I offered up every experience there was.  From a day with a Princess to being made into a pirate.  My kids said no to everything.  So, I instead made dinner reservations at restaurants that would give an experience.  Rainforest Cafe and T Rex .  The look on Bubba’s face when the rain started and the animals made noise was worth it.  It’s not the best food ever!  But, we paid for the atmosphere.

Nana sent spending money for the kids and it was more than I would have ever thought they needed.  Once I got to Disney I realized that they were probably going to blow through the spending money pretty fast.  We made a deal that they had to wait a few days before they could get anything.

Their first treat to buy were charms to add to their Magic bands.

TIP: For young children do not buy the pins.  They can’t keep them on easily due to how small their wrists are.  Only buy the sliders, or the band covers.

 

Disney World MagicBand0012

Magic Sliders

You can easily make the kids Magic bands smaller by pulling the grey band off.  If that scares you, just have the desk clerk do it for you.

I think sliders and pins are a collectible craze at Disney.  Since you can only enjoy them there at Disney I suggest buying them early on.  But, again I made my kids wait a few days so that they could pick based on things they liked.  For Priss it was Cinderella.  For Bubba pirate Mickey.

For days they would see things in stores and ask if they could buy, and I said no.

Then on the one day they were allowed to go hog wild, it was like pulling teeth.  I was pulling things off shelves offering up anything I could find.  Priss asked for a bracelet that was on clearance!  Bubba who had admired a train set from Disney asked for a magnet.

So, we ended up coming home with less than I had expected!  In fact I forced them one last time to shop at the Orlando airport.  Priss got a Minnie nightgown and Bubba asked for a silly little car.

I easily could have bought a ton of stuff.  You get caught up in the moment.   But, I am really glad we kept it in check.  Bubba got pirate figurines after we had to bribe him to go on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride for a second time.  He also got dinosaur figurines after the Dino ride in Animal Kingdom.  Let’s just say watching Jurassic Park the night before he went on a ride where dinosaurs are coming out of the wall may not have been our best idea ever.

On Caroline’s day she did the Bippity Boopity experience.  I am so glad we did it!  She loved it so much.  The photos are priceless.  Here again I immediately got caught up in the experience.  I was fully willing to buy a costume and do the whole over the top Princess experience.  She didn’t want it. We went with the Crown package and they ended up giving her something extra for her wait.

Reservations at Disney are maddening.  I had a reservation at 5:50 for BBB.  She was not seen until 6:40.  You are told to have reservations.  But, I truly believe Disney is set in helping everyone have the best time (and they don’t mind the money either) so they rarely tell people no.  That meant we got pushed back.  That was aggravating, but it wasn’t the end of the world.  We were in the largest “World of Disney” store that was the size of a small Target.  It took a while to look at everything.

Downtown Disney is a giant mini mall.  That’s my best way to describe it.  There is a tiny train ride for the littles for $2.00 a pop.  Tons of stores with Disney items, personalized items, and endless eateries.  There is also a Starbucks.  We were exhausted that night and it was wonderful to get coffee.  Little did I know it was going to be one of the few times I had a good dark cup of coffee at Disney.  Magic Kingdom has Starbucks as does Hollywood Studios.  I wish I had one at my hotel and I don’t even like Starbucks coffee!

We had dinner at T-Rex Cafe.  I had reservations that were wrangled by our travel agent Kerry Pyles, Mouse Made Simple.  I was so glad she made the reservation because on that night the Disney app went down and it was mayhem.  The wait was an hour, which wouldn’t have worked well for us.

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T-Rex Cafe Downtown Disney

TIP: When checking in to restaurants if you are not using the meal plan make that clear!  It will help you get seated much faster from what we experienced.

TIP: Be courteous.  We as a rule in our house treat everyone kind in the service industry.  But, we always were on time.  Friendly.  Happy.  And not on our phones!

TIP: The meal plan at Disney is awesome.  It did take us a bit to figure out snacks.  If I had it to do over again I would not have been buying as much water with snack credits.  But, hey I also lost 4 lbs on the trip so maybe that was  how?   The night we dined at T-Rex the system was down so you had to pay for your dinner no matter how many meal credits you may have.  It was okay for us.  We went over our credits in the end, so it wasn’t a big deal.  But, sadly I do think there were people that probably had issues with it and may have had to skip out on dinners that night.  So my suggestion is to be prepared to have to go back to a normal credit card for a meal or use good old fashion cash.  Disney clearly was making it right the next day when people presented their receipts from the night before and I hear that a few people even got a few extra fast passes and such for their troubles.  Disney aims to please.  But, I think there are still a lot of kinks in the Magic Bands and the Disney Experience app to your phone.

Dinner at T-Rex was much better than our deal at the Rainforest Cafe.  I had chicken and by that time in our trip I was begging for the salad that was all iceberg lettuce.  I didn’t care.  I was craving a green!  The menus are similar since they are both owned by Landry’s.

My biggest issue with Disney is that they don’t promote healthier choices.  When we ordered salads or appetizers that were not on the plan, we were reminded it was extra and a few times I felt that the server was trying to talk us out of it.

I think Disney should let people decide if they want to have a salad instead of the dessert that comes on the meal plan.  I am sorry but I don’t need a slice of cheesecake, chocolate cake or a massive brownie at the end of each meal.

TIP:  Disney portions are massive.  Hubby and I split meals a lot!   Then we would splurge for an appetizer or salads for each of us.  Rarely did we get dessert.  The only dessert I even remember at this point was at Jiko.  More on that later.

I liked that the kids meals could order a side of fruit, veggies.  Something other than fries! So we took advantage of that constantly!

After dinner we made a point of walking around the restaurant to see all the dinosaurs.  If you have little kids that are easily frightened ask to be seated away from the dinosaurs.  If you have to wait there is a great little gift shop and an area for digging up dino bones.

All in all T-Rex would be on our list again if Bubba is still into dinosaurs as he is currently.

More to come!  So stay tuned!

 

 

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The Magic of Disney!

Well, after a week of Disney magic we are home. I see why everyone says you will have a total let down when you get home.  Now, I’m not saying that I am missing Disney to the point of sadness.  But, I am sad to see the anticipation of the vacation pass.  The joy of being carefree each day as a family is hard to achieve it seems in this fast paced world.  We experience that at the beach.  But, beach trips lend a lot of time to quiet reflection and reevaluation of our family as a whole and plans for our futures.  Disney doesn’t give you too much thinking time of deep issues.  I like that a lot!   Plus, Disney has really honed in on everything being kept clean, easy, family friendly and well……..it is magical.  I can’t believe I even said that.

We told our children a little less than 30 days out that they were going to Disney.  With us living in Colorado, a trip to Disney is not ever going to be a last minute vacation.  Southerners have that advantage!  Not to mention it’s not a cheap vacation once you throw in airfare, hotel, meals (even if you do the dining plan) parking or car service.  So we wanted our kids to have time to get excited.  Plus I had made quite a few plans that they didn’t really want to do.  Like sing alongs!  Priss was not into that at all!  It was nice to be able to pull entertainment up on Youtube and show the kids.  There were a few things I thought for sure Priss would want to do.  But, wasn’t  interested!  I’m glad we didn’t waste that time.

Cinderella's Castle was a MUST see for Priss

Magical Kingdom

Now, my hubby was not exactly thrilled to do this vacation.  For a few years I had talked about Disney and I was always met with he was too busy at work, costly, etc.,. Not to mention Bubba was too young.  He probably was still too young!  We definitely had some tears (but it was more because he was bottoming out and needed food!) I planned our trip less than the 180 days out.  180 days is when most people book and plan every single character meal, hard to get rides, etc.,.  I planned ours 45 days out.

We still got the ‘princess dinner’ that Priss wanted.  There is only one ride that we missed.  We had a fastpass but left the park early that day because we had to come back that night.  I would have totally changed that to a later time if I could have.  It was impossible!  But, for the short amount of time I planned this Disney trip, we really had our expectations met!  Don’t get scared about the 180 days!

I read every blog and every tip before going.  I didn’t think I’d have a single tip.  But, I do.  So I am going to try and write those up and share.  It’s a lot to think about.  I want to also share why I am so grateful to Amanda with Dixie Delights for her help!  She saved me a lot of debate.

I used a travel agent too.  Remember when that’s how you booked a trip? I know I could have booked it all, but I stood by the reason I’ve always said a travel agent is worth their weight in gold…….it’s not the before vacation it’s the during.  I can’t tell you how many times I was in line for a ride texting my travel agent, Kerry Pyles with Magical Moments Vacations, while she rearranged something for us.  kpyles@mmvagent.com

I found it ironic that we were in “Future World” at Epcot without any cell service!!!!!  The Disney Experience app is amazing WHEN IT WORKS.  It was down literally daily!  There was one night that everything shut down for meals at restaurants to people not even being able to get into their hotel rooms.  On our last day I found out when I went to rearrange a few things that by booking with the travel agent we had saved a massive amount on park tickets.  I had no idea that was the upside at the time when I booked with Kerry.  I thought the upside was that she was helping me with how overwhelming it all was!

I can’t say enough about Kerry.  She doesn’t even know I’m plugging her right now.  But, she was a blessing when I had to make changes.  She was home on  her computer seeing where fast passes were open or not.  I couldn’t do that on my phone because was trying to BE PRESENT.  I didn’t want to miss my vacation by spending time working on my vacation.

It’s back to the real world.  Luckily it’s still spring break!  So we still have time to enjoy!

Happy Spring!  I feel like everyone is enjoying gorgeous weather around the country right now!  Thank goodness!

xoxo

 

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My friend………

Yesterday was one of the prettiest days.  Springing forward.  The day with so much promise to look forward to.

I was at my neighbors when I looked down at my phone to see a call coming from my friend Nick.  I thought he was probably calling because of a conversation I had just had with our friend Marc.

I am not great at picking up voicemail on a weekend.  But, I decided I would yesterday.

Listening to the message I heard what a I heard.  But, thought I better have Scott here it.  I put it on speaker and I heard the whisper of  words.  “Its a  sad day we lost our friend Marc.” My first instinct was to call and ask Marc, if he heard he had passed away.

My daughter has only seen me one other time at my worst.  That was the day I lost a child.  But, yesterday she watched me curled up on the floor crying.  Sobbing.  My children knew Marc pretty well.  It was hard to see them process what we were so upset about last night.

Marc was my friend for 10 years.  In the last 5 he’s had more of a presence.  We worked on many events together.  We have bounced ideas in business, life, family off of one another for years.  I’ve sat across many tables from him spouting off sarcastic comments.  And I’ve also depended on him.  He’s given me so much business advice!  But, he’s been such a good friend to me and my hubby.  He and my husband had their own relationship that bordered what I joked as dating.

He’s been my cheerleader and I’ve been his.  When he partnered with Hunter at Big Delicious catering, everyone knew that was my ONE AND ONLY catering company.  I’ve turned events down many times if the client didn’t want to sign with Big Delicious.

He taught me so much in business.  Logistics are what I thrive on in event planning.  And Marc showed me the way when it came to going from an event of 100 people to taking the leap of 1000 people for a corporate event.

When ever I got a call for an event that may have been larger than life I never even thought for a second I couldn’t do it.  Because I always had Marc.  He went on site visits with me when he couldn’t even sleep for 48 hours due to commitments with family, work, training for a marathon.  He was my rock.

We made a good team.  I don’t think I’ll ever be a team with someone like Marc again.

And I sit here in tears today.  In disbelief.  I want to go into my messenger and reread banter.  I only talked to him a few days ago.  I wish I could say good bye.  But, I wish I could say don’t go.

He never ended a phone call without a love you.  He gave the best hugs.  I mean crack your ribs hugs.

There are so many people in this world that he touched.

He was a loving husband and father.  My heart breaks for them.  I feel selfish to cry or be upset because I can’t even imagine what the last 24 hours has been for them.  When I reached out to his mom this morning I was reminded of how much of a family man he was.

So many of my clients will remember Marc.  From the days of Whirled Peas to now.  My days were always filled with laughter if Marc was calling, emailing, texting or now I realize on those very lucky days I saw him in person!

Life will go on.  It always does.  But, for now my heart is broken.

I loved you Marc.  I will miss you forever.

Please pray for Barb and the three sweet children he left behind.

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How to host a Bachelor Viewing Party

I can’t even believe I have a tab opened that says, rsvpshindigblog update right now.

I have been busy!  It’s so bizarre how quickly March has arrived.  It has come in like a lion in the way of there’s a lot going on with work, family, school, and just blah blah blah day to day details.

So, as some know I have been watching the Bachelor this season.  Let’s take a moment to look at this cute Bachelor Chris Soules.

The Bachelor's Chris Soules: 'I'm in Love!' http://www.people.com/article/chris-soules-new-bachelor-in-love

Chris Soules, Iowa Native and the cutest one yet!

I started the “fantasy league’ as a complete off handed joke.  I didn’t even really have a rhyme or reason for how the group that got involved came together.  I didn’t care if people watched the show or not.  I just wanted them to pick five names at random and let the games begin.

For the past 9 (yes 9!!!!) weeks we have watched every Monday (and one Sunday) to see who would lead in points.  Points were rewarded for crying, saying I love you, I’m not here to make friends, or the best getting a body part blacked out for showing too much skin, mentioning deceased family members.  There were about 15 categories to get points in.  But, the all time fave will forever be “I’m not here to make friends.” The girls on this season have been the best of the cray cray.

I have not watched since Emily and Brad.  I still am upset that didn’t work out.  But, Chris and his season has given me almost a new love for the show.  I doubt the next guy they pick will be as good as Chris.  He is a farmer y’all.  He is cute as a button.  Down to earth.  Seems so sincere.  And reminds me kind of my husband.  Only I’d punch my hubby in the throat if he ever kissed that many girls.  I mean.  Good thing there wasn’t a case of mono going around at that pool party.

I am pulling for Whitney.

She’s Southern.  Originally from Kentucky.  Lives in Chicago now.  Seems genuine.  Also, seems to really know what she wants in life.  She wasn’t pulling the “I love Iowa” card like some of the girls.  Whitney’s voice everyone complains about.  I don’t see how she can help it.  God gave her that voice.  It’s kind of mean to say you can’t like someone b/c of their voice.

The Bachelor Spoilers: Chris Soules' Fiancee Who Won Season 19 and Reality Steve’s 2015 Winner Wrong?

Whitney and Chris one on one date

It’s been rumored she may be the winner.  I am hoping so.  I just think that she makes the most sense for him.   Arlington, Iowa looks hideous.  And I say that as a girl from a VERY SMALLLLLLLL TOWN.  We had  three stoplights most of my life.  My husbands family came from a small area in Kansas. Kind of has that same midwest feel like Arlington.  However, that area of Kansas looks like a metropolis compared to Iowa.  Iowa is pretty.  But, the winters must be brutal.  When I went to Kansas the first time I kept hearing it was tiny.

I don’t think anyone ever really gets that I came from a town with 1/3 the amount of people of my husbands families town. Tha’ts tiny!  Very country.  It was cool to grow up with a small town feeling.  We didn’t have a lot to do.  Football on Friday at the high school was a big deal.  Church is your social life.  We had way more going on than Arlington, Iowa in our town with a few restaurants, grocery stores, hardware store, a main street with things to do.

Arlington would be a hard adjustment.  But, if they get married after this show, they will be smart to make a living off that.  I’m sure publicist and managers are beating down their door!  Just from the clips I think Whitney has it in her head that she will live in Iowa but spend a lot of time on the road to Chicago to see their families (his sisters live there.)  All good til kids.  Where do people send children to school and is the education good?  I wonder.

But, no matter we already know he is the missing dancer for Dancing with the Stars.  So hooray for being able to watch him every Monday for a while.  Possibly see Whitney swooning from the audience.  He definitely has boosted the Bachelor franchise for the better.

I will be hosting a viewing party this Monday.  I am not real happy to report that I got a call this morning that the 10 dozen red roses I ordered a month ago will not be here after all.  But, I will survive.

I have been trying to come up a menu that represents these last three people.

Obviously it’s a given that we need corn for the corn farmer Chris.  I’m going to serve this really low cal dip:  Cheese, corn, bacon.  Delish.

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Cheesy bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip from Host The Toast.

Whitney is from Kentucky but lives in Chicago.  Do you do Chicago hot dogs?  A hot dog bar could be cool.  Hmmmmm I wonder.
Or do you go with Kentucky hot browns?
Bourbon?  Chris likes Bourbon.

And by the way proof is in the pudding he was thinking of Whitney early on.  When she gave him that bottle of booze and then he had a one on one with Kaitlyn and you could see it in the background and he was drinking it.  Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I am definitely serving this Chicago fave!  It’s called the Chicago Mix.  I am either serving or giving as a favor.  Can you tell that I am banking on Whitney winning?  Get it?  The corn…….then something popular in Chicago.

Cheese and Caramel popcorn mix. A Chicago fave!

Becca is hard.  She’s originally from California.  Lived in Louisana.  And has the personality of a flea in my opinion.  I don’t blame her.  I blame that they made her into the ‘virgin.’  That was her whole story line.  She was cold and elusive according to her sister.  How about they pushed that story line?

So I am going to serve something that matches her.  A really boring drink.

Rsvp Shindig’s

The Virgin
4 oz of sweet tea

4 oz of lemonade
a few drops of rose water (optional.  Or use human tears.  This  could also be named the Britt.)

Mix over ice.

Sip slowly.  The result will leave you feeling frustrated and unsatisfied.  A bit confused.  Just like Becca.

I am so looking forward to Monday!  I can’t wait!!!  I have so much to do to get ready for this.  Prizes to gather.  Flowers to arrange (wholesale market here I come.)  Candles to light.  I thought about buying a billion and doing my own rose ceremony.

I so hope he picks Whitney.  I hope we don’t watch a total train wreck after the clips.  Because if it shows on air that he knew Whitney was a sure thing, but Becca intrigued him because she was a virgin…….which is pretty awesome!!!!!  But, it seems odd that he couldn’t decided clearly between her or Kaitlyn.  It just seems like if it airs completely like the clips have shown, then I worry we could h ave another Emily and Brad situation.  It was all good with them until she started watching the show.  It was clear he liked her, but it wasn’t enough.  I know.  I’m a big donkey girl scout for believing this can work.  Trista and Ryan did.  So I think there’s a chance.

Happy Weekend y’all.

I swoon because my cleaning person (have I mentioned I love her almost as much as my antique silver place settings of Repousse I just landed my greedy hands on?)
is coming over the weekend.  It’s a triple treat to have a party and not have to clean AT ALL!!!!

If you are looking for more ideas for your own Bachelor Viewing party check out my Pinterest board. RSVP SHINDIG

Cheers y’all!

 

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Julianne Moore

So let me start.  I think I’ve been calling Julianne Moore.

JULIANNA.

Oh well.

She doesn’t care.  Because she is rich, gorgeous and wears dresses that look like poppies.
The black dots kind of made me think of the bombs that get kicked out on Mario Brothers.

Julianne Moore

Alice would have stopped at just two tiers of poppies.  The bottom was over kill.

She looks so happy though she looks beyond beautiful.  I love her.  I just do.  She is perfection.

 

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