Disney Part 4: Meeting Sleeping Beauty

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I had planned to make Adelaide a dress for our Cinderella dinner and an Elena dress, since she’s her favorite princess.  But Adelaide surprised me by asking for an Aurora dress instead of Elena.  I asked her about 1,000 times if she was sure, and of course she was.

The day that we had planned to meet Aurora, Adelaide decided that she didn’t want to wear her Aurora dress all day.  She turned out to be the smartest one in our group.  It ended up raining unexpectedly for the entire day and Adelaide was the only one who had a change of clothes.  As soon as she put on her Aurora dress she started skipping and twirling and refusing to sit down.

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Seeing Adelaide meet Aurora was probably the sweetest thing ever.  She had also drawn a picture for Aurora and was very excited to give it to her.

Aurora asked Adelaide if her fairy godmothers had made her dress and Adelaide responded, “No, my mom did!” And then Aurora looked over at me and said “You made this?!”

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We also lucked out and got to meet Belle on our way out of the park.  We hadn’t planned her into our day, but because of the rain there was no wait at all to meet her.  We loved the recent Beauty and the Beast movie, so Adelaide was very excited to meet Belle!

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What better way to wrap up our trip to Disney than a picture of a princess and her daddy?

Until next time, Disney!

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Disney Part Three: Epcot

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I hadn’t been to Epcot since I was a kid, and let’s just say this park quickly became my favorite of them all.  We started with the Finding Nemo ride and then headed over to  take our chances waiting on line to meet Anna and Elsa.  We were pleasantly surprised that we only had to wait about 15 minutes.  The line winds through rooms in Anna and Elsa’s summer house, and it was seriously the cutest!

Elsa told Adelaide that Olaf’s hugs really are warm and she’s been talking about it ever since.  I think Anna talked about how Sven always wants to eat Olaf’s carrot nose.

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After meeting the ladies from Frozen we headed to the Soarin’ ride, which I’d never heard of before and had no expectations.  It ended up being such a cool ride and our little daredevil LOVED it.  This kid seriously is a thrill seeker and the faster the ride, the better.

Then we got to meet Mickey, Goofy and Minnie.  Adelaide might be all into the princesses right now, but she still has a soft spot for Mickey and crew.

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And for a little throwback, here’s the first time Adelaide met Minnie two years ago.  Can you tell from my hair how humid it was!?

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Disney Part Two: Cinderella Dinner

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We booked our trip pretty last minute, so we were lucky to get reservations for dinner with Cinderella.  I wanted to make Adelaide a dress for the dinner, but also something that she could wear to run around and play.  I had made the bow in the center to be a hair bow, but Adelaide insisted that it go on the dress.  My little fashionista has quite the eye!

While we were waiting in the lobby before dinner we got to watch Cinderella and Prince Charming come down the stairs and dance for everyone.  Adelaide’s eyes lit up watching them!

Dinner was delicious (of course) and they even had a short buffet set up with kid friendly food so the kids could serve themselves.  Disney has thought of everything, haven’t they?

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Adelaide was pretty nervous leading up to the dinner because she knew the evil stepmother and stepsisters would be there, but they ended up being our favorite part of the dinner.  The stepsisters were hilarious and had us all cracking up!

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I’m already dreaming of the next time I’ll get to help myself to that delicious buffet!

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Disney Part One: Magic Kingdom

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Last week we took a trip down to Orlando to visit some friends (who were the best hosts!!), with the added bonus that we got to take Adelaide to Disney World.  And ohmygosh, was it magical.  I’m not a Disney fanatic, but seeing your four year old star struck by her favorite princesses is enough to make a mama cry (which may or may not have happened)!

I had ordered this Disney fabric a few months ago, and finally had a reason to use it.  I made Adelaide this dress and, at her request, a Cinderella and Aurora dress as well (more photos to come).  I think it turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

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Tiana was the first princess we met and helped get our star struck girl out of her shell with lots and lots of twirling!

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Can it get any cuter!?

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And then we got to Rapunzel… Adelaide LOVES Rapunzel and got so shy.  Look how sweet she is holding her dress.  This may have been the encounter that made me cry.  I mean, just look at them!

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Leaving Rapunzel’s castle and trying to get my crying in check.

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We waited the longest to meet Elena of Avalor.  The wait was an hour and Adelaide insisted that she wanted to wait, so we did.  And oh was it worth it!  Elena is Adelaide’s favorite princess and I’m so glad we waited. Adelaide loves her so much that she had an Elena themed birthday- I’ll get around to posting photos eventually!

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Tell me those photos aren’t the sweetest!

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We met Ariel at the end of the day and Adelaide was tired, but Ariel did such a great job of engaging Adelaide and asking her if she preferred seaweed salad or seaweed spaghetti, which Adelaide thought was hilarious.

We had gotten Adelaide an autograph book to tell her that we were going to Disney, and it ended up being the best souvenir.  We met so many princesses that we filled every page and then some.

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Gotta ride the teacups!

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Oh Disney, thank you for the magic and the memories for our sweet girl.

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Happy Birthday, Adelaide!

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Adelaide, today you turn four.

FOUR!

I watched you on the monitor as you fell asleep last night and you were smiling from ear to ear while talking to yourself “I’m going to be older tomorrow! It’s my birthday!” and then giggling hysterically.

How did we get so lucky?

You are truly our joy.

You are hilarious.  You are compassionate and sensitive, smart and creative.  You can be easily bribed by a pack of fruit snacks and can spend hours coloring (and you do an amazing job of staying in the lines).

You spend the majority of your free time doing imaginative play.  You’re a mommy to your dolls and won’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  You can entertain yourself with Shopkins for what seems like an eternity.  (I mean, what are those things??)

You are a girly girl.  You refuse to wear anything but dresses.  We go to the fabric store and you pick out fabric for me to make you dresses.  The twirlier the better.

Your current favorite foods are peanut butter toast, meatballs and kielbasa.

You are a social butterfly.  You make friends easily and always make sure everyone is included.  Which reminds me: you can talk for hours.  I’ve never heard someone talk as much as you.  Once when Daddy asked you to be quiet for a minute in the car you responded, “But Daddy, this is what Mommy and I do!”

We are so lucky to be your parents.  You will do great things and we’re honored to get to lift you up along the way.

All our love xoxo

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Tree Farm

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This past weekend we celebrated Christmas at home with Adelaide.  We did the same thing last year, because we wanted to be able to have Santa come and spend the day just the three of us, before we drove down to Maryland and Pennsylvania to visit our families.  It’s so nice to spend the day together, cozied up on the couch watching movies, playing with Adelaide’s new toys and then going out for ice cream.

This year was probably the last one we can get away with having Santa come early without her catching on.

We’ve been spending time talking with Adelaide about the true meaning of Christmas.  It’s been fun to see her connect that the Jesus we say our prayers to is the same Jesus we celebrate on Christmas.  She has so many thoughtful questions, which I absolutely love.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday.  See you in 2017!

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Behind the Scenes: 2016

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This was the first year that Jon came up with the idea for our card completely on his own.  Normally I toss out dozens of ideas that he shoots down until I find one he can live with.

Actually, that’s exactly how we came up with a name for Adelaide.

I often wonder how Jon came up with this idea… You don’t think this idea rings true to life for him??  (Insert emoji of the money flying away.)

This year, the card was made up of 5 images.  Adelaide and me, Jon, the money, Brady and the lights on the Christmas tree.

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^^Jon doing some test shots while I made Adelaide’s list for Santa.

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^^final image of Jon

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^^Final image of Adelaide and me.  She would only look at where the light was set up, not at the camera.  We probably have a dozen shots of me pointing at the camera telling her where to look.  Luckily, she knew what was up, and it worked out well to have her looking away from the camera.

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^^Brady’s final image.  Notice me crouching down behind him.

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^^making it rain

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^^Brady was probably the hardest to shoot. He’s not normally allowed to put his paws on the table, so he had no clue what we were asking him to do when we kept patting the table.  He completely jumped up on the table not once, but twice.  I didn’t even know he was capable of that.  I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

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Suggestions for next year’s card are officially open.

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Santa, Baby

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This year was the first that Adelaide was not only excited to see Santa, but proudly asked him for the gifts she wants as well as smiled for pictures.  On her list this year are bunk beds for her baby dolls and a Belle (Beauty and the Beast) doll.

I love that she could ask for literally anything and those are the two things she’s settled on.  Jon has been working on building the doll bunk beds, and I sewed mattresses, blankets and pillows.

Earlier this week she asked me, “What if Santa doesn’t bring me the toys I asked for?”

Girlfriend, you have three grandmas.  You’ll be fine.

Also, I’d like to add that when we bought these photos our only options were to get physical prints (which we have no use for) or a CD with the images.  We got the CD but then had no way to actually view them… Neither of our computers have CD drives, so I ended up having to go to the library to use a computer there.  Let’s catch up with technology, mall Santa.

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And just for fun, a little walk down memory lane:

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Christmas Card 2016

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Happy holidays!

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Gingerbread Decorating

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This year I picked up the Costco gingerbread house at the recommendation of a friend.  We love Costco in this house (specifically after watching the documentary “The Costco Craze” years ago).  I highly recommend this kit if your Costco has any left, or keep an eye out for it next year.

The house comes already put together, which saves significant frustration when dealing with 3 year olds.  It came with two big things of icing and a TON of candy.

We had a friend over to decorate together, and the kids were occupied for the better part of an hour.  I often catch Adelaide sneaking into the dining room and emerging with a piece of candy in her mouth.

It will be a miracle if there’s any candy left on the house by Christmas.

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