Thursday, November 27, 2014

To .... Thankful -

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Regan's hello.

A half hour ago the oven door was cracked, with a fresh bunt cake sitting on the stove. Candles were burning ..... and (((gasp))) Christmas music playing.

But the cake has cooled enough and now been sliced up.
Crumbs.
Empty cups of egg nog.
Can of whip cream.


Find beauty in more than picked up & clean :)

Hello blog.

We're just jumping in for let's remember Thanksgiving post.


Thanksgiving started a weekend early.
These girls .....
Really.
They have the photogenic genes of their parents & it slays me.
We snapped pictures for 9 minutes in a light rain while the camera battery was blinking dead & their little brother became less & less interested in the family Christmas card picture.

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Next ...
My sister in law.
Seriously.
I'm shamelessly delighted to be related to her.
She throws fabulous dinner parties, I like holding her baby & our little girls obviously can't sit close enough to each other :)
I was planning on taking a picture with her & I ..... but Ben threw up all over the porch after dinner.
So ....
That kinda killed the socializing.

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Thanksgiving vacation had all sorts of great plans.
Molly thought we could go to Washington DC.
I thought we could go to the lake.
Day 1 - I laid sick in bed & the kids took care of themselves.
Ben shared the stomach yuck with Sailor, then me.
Maybe we'll do those things next vacation :)

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Today we held our 2 annual Turkey Trot.
With the friends & cousins & the parade & flag football & pie. 































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We are learning ... still .... to be thankful.
Good thing we have more than one day a year to practice.
:)



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

To .... Magic -

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(I'm going to pretend I'm up to date & current on posting & just jump right into a big ol' remember when post)

(I'm also going to pretend that the computer didn't totally eat my completed disney post .... and just type the whole thing again. So never mind the date that's a week old at the top)

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Circa 1987.
This was the first time we went to Disneyland. I'm pretty sure Amie's red shorts are pulled up way too high. And the odds are actually pretty high I wasn't really smiling under the mask. I'm the one on the left :) If I could go back & tell my 8 year old self that smiling in a picture would not kill me, I would.


This is Dad, in all his 1980's glory,  on Main Street. Too bad the picture cropped off his too short shorts & you can't quite see his glasses :)

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Fast forward 27 years .....








Dad's shorts are longer, I'm married with kids & Disney is still full of magic.

 magic: /adj/ -  giving a feeling of enchantment.
The place is enchanting.


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waiting for the trolley the first morning -

Regan turned 5 the first morning there.
It wasn't exactly planned around that .... but it turned out being a sweet way to celebrate.
The hotel staff overheard & brought out treats and sang to her.
To say she was tickled was an understatement. 


in all her birthday bling -
 
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In full on Disney magic, with all sorts of enchantment, we walked in & met Minnie.






From there it was 3 full days of good times.
Maybe not all enchanting, right :)
There were long lines.
It was hot, like sweat trickling down your back hot.
Kids got tired & hungry & grouchy.
Sometimes so did we.
We couldn't buy every last souvenir we walked past.
There were inflated Starbucks & overpriced churros.

But oh man we had fun.
Enchanting, magical fun.


















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Photo-bombing, turnabout is fair play :) 


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This is one of my favorite pictures.
Molly's expression, kills me.
Also I love that they wore princess dresses all day.
Thrifted dresses their Daddy scored for them in just their sizes.
Yet still on the racks in the shops there, costing more for one than he paid for both.
I love that they are still little girls enough to be enchanted.

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 Usually my parents keep kale & well that seems like about it :) in their 'frig.
But in the magic of the moment they went with the overpriced churros, cotton candy & corn dogs :)


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Part of our ticket package deal included a meal at one of the character restaurants - so Regan's birthday dinner was at Goofy's Kitchen.
It was a gloried buffet :)
But Disney even knows how to make buffets enchanted.







More birthday buttons, a cupcake with a candle, another round of happy birthday & her birthday magic burned on.

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Yay for strollers on the walk back :)



And yes .... we matchy matched the whole day.

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Amie's got her coffee, they are decked out in charming Mickey fashion - Day 2 :)


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The magic continues -
Meeting Mickey.






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 Amie had some serious line skills & got us into the first 40 people to meet thee most popular princesses in the park.
Warm hugs for all :)


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We did a lot of hanging out together while everyone else who was over 40 inches tall rode rides.


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Ben's first time around the swings.
He was utterly terrified.
Each loop around his facial expression went from 'I'm gonna die' to 'Maybe I'll survive' to 'This isn't bad' to 'Greatest ride ever'
:)
Atta boy, Benny.

Of all the rides and all the kids Ben & roller coasters don't go together.

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They were pretty great to come along.
They walked for miles.
They were ok going with the flow.
Pushing strollers.
Standing in lines.
Giving souvenir money.
Enjoying the magic.

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I thought sweatshirts for all the kids sounded fun.
They would've cost over $300.
I ended up with a $4.95 magnet that says Disneyland that I put on the whiteboard at school.
I guess the ice cream cones counted too.
They were waffle cones, dipped in chocolate, with 2 scoops.
You licked the dripping off ice cream from the sides.
Magic.


Ben decided on souvenir pins - one Mickey, one Donald.
Molly picked out rubber rings.
Regan wanted panties and a backpack.
Sailor got a wallet & a necklace.
Then the girls used the rest of their money for polly pocket princesses.
Jack went with a rifle & legos for he & Ben.
Chad left one shop with pretty much everything he'd picked up :)
The hat, the stick horse, the pistol, the sheriff badge that had his name engraved on it.
Well, Rex picked that out.
Amie was the only one who got a sweatshirt & a mug.
Just like Ben's pins - very touristy of her.

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Ending with a dump of phone pictures ....

See what I mean - how do you say go put it all back?
:)

 Here she's a rookie, holding on for dear life ...

Sailor rode California Screamin' enough times that she figured out where to pose for the camera
#thegirllovesathrill
:)

Regan gave Amie zero personal space - the entire time.
Amie's a good sport :)


Toy Story Mania was a fun ride.
Not that we kept track, but ....
#ihadthehighestshootingaccurancy
and I had Chad on my lap.
:)


When you're 5 & get to meet a princess ....


Dolls rockin' it at Radiator Springs in the street show.





My favorite all girl picture - stolen from Amie's IG.

Souvenir shop fun -

Carousel rides -



Another one of my favorite pictures - poor kid, this is how he rode most of the rides.
He sat on my lap, covering his eyes & when the bar or strap would allow turned around with his head buried. When the ride would stop he'd said 'all done, we made it'
:)

Jack's selfie on our very last ride.


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The truth is I came home with more than a magnet.
I have this whole enchanted memory wrapped up in these pictures.
They'll last longer than sweatshirts, or pins, or panties.


Magic.


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