Shit I learned from Disney!

So as you know, we recently returned from our first trip to Disney with the kids.

In short, these are the lessons I learned:

1. Waking up at 4am to get on the first flight was a mistake.  We were all tired and cranky when we got there, especially since Danny was too fascinated with all the first class goodies to sleep on the flight.  He actually leaned back at one point and said “This is the life!”  And if you know my boy, you know that when he is awake, he is never quiet, so I didn’t get to sleep either.

2. You can take your kids and all of your baggage with you on the TSA Precheck line, just leaving your husband alone to be poked and prodded by airport security, “because mommy is extra cool!”

3. Disney really knows how to make things easy.  Checking begs was super painless since they retrieved them for us!

4. The Art of Animation resort:

  • The decor was far from classy/luxurious, but the kids loved the themed room
  • The extra space was great.  After a long day running through the parks with the kids, being able to sit on the bed alone with my own TV was priceless.  Not to mention, having two bathrooms came in extra handy.
  • We had a room overlooking the pool (which the kids loved) and I could hear music from the pool, but it was not at all annoying.  And on the plus side it meant that the pool, the pool bar (that served frozen margaritas long after the kids went to sleep), transportation, the gift shop, the arcade and the food court were all super convenient.
  • The pool bar makes a good margarita.
  • I never waited on any line for more 15-20 minutes at the resort or going to/from the parks.

5. Get the double stroller!  Yes, it’s nearly twice as much as the single stroller and your older kid has walked all over the place with no complaint for years now!  Don’t care.  Get the double stroller.  Trust me.

6. Your youngest/newly potty trained child will attempt to ruin all of your plans to sit down to a nice meal, even when reserved months in advance, with a variety of bodily functions that are best kept private.  I am still bitter about missing out on my 3-course Italian lunch, when my daughter decided to revisit breakfast.

7. My son is starting to blush and get shy around the ladies, namely the princesses.

8. My daughter has overcome her fear of the characters, except inexplicably for dog characters, which left me awkwardly posing alone with Goofy and Pluto, while Samantha shunned them.

9. My kids don’t like 3D shows where actual stuff blows out from the screen.

10. The Captain EO ride will leave you struggling in vain to convince your children that Michael Jackson was a REALLY big star and that he was, in fact, a man.  The ride will also leave you wondering why Anjelica Houston thought this was a good idea.


Disney Hopes

Tomorrow morning, bright and early (actually it will still be dark out), the sleeping kids will experience a bunch of firsts:

  1. The first time we actually want them up at 4am
  2. First ride in a black Lincoln town car
  3. First time being inside an airport and going through security
  4. First flight
  5. First visit to Disney!!

I am so excited to experience Disney with them.  It is one of our favorite places and where we went for our honeymoon.  I am sure they will love it just as much as I do, but I will not relax until after we have successfully gotten past step 4.

Danny has a self-proclaimed “fear of heights” and has experienced bouts of motion sickness.  I have very vivid memories of vomiting for an entire leg of my first plane ride when I was around his age.  I hope that doesn’t happen to him.

I hope they are cool with all the walking and running around involved in a theme park trip.

I hope Samantha is entertained by, rather than frightened by, the giant characters.

I hope we all get some much needed rest and relaxation.

Most of all, I hope that this trip is filled with happy memories that the kids will hold dear until we get back to Disney!



Holidays are over…so hi!

I spent a majority of the holiday season, crafting (who am I?), baking and hosting parties…and also collecting ideas of things to blog about.  The problem is I never wrote about any of it.  Now it all seems a bit dated and overwhelming, because I have so many ideas.  I think I should just bag all the ideas and start fresh, but I have so many ideas jumping around in my head, that I just can’t.

So, I am going to resort to my favorite writing method – the list, jot down my ideas, update you on the past month, and allow you, my dear readers, to tell me if you want to hear more about any of it.  Isn’t that cool and interactive of me?  (Yes, yes it is – just go with it.)

1. Pinterest-inspired drive-in movie party

It was a lot of work and gluing shit to spray-painted cardboard really SUCKS, but the kids dubbed it “the coolest party ever” and the moms were suitably impressed with my creativity despite my protests that I stole the idea from Pinterest and cleaned it up a bit by giving the kids stick-on car details, rather than letting them paint.


2. Vintage ornament wreath (also Pinterest-inspired – let’s just say everything crafty I do is in one way or another inspired or informed by Pinterest and call it a day – k?)

20130108-123731.jpgI found this box of old ornaments in my basement and my memory flashed back to something I had seen on Pinterest and I just HAD to make it.  I dug up the hot glue gun I purchased nearly a decade ago, discovered why hot glue sticks come in such big bags, and I gave myself a hot glue gun blister on my trigger finger.

But I LOVE it.  It reminds me of everything that was awesome about Christmas as a kid – how I used to break the really pretty ornaments as a kid to see if there was something cooler inside, how the holidays even made my grumpy grandpa giddy, how I loved going to this house an old guy in Uniondale used to decorate for Christmas with random shit like doll heads.

This wreath is in fact so me, that next time I am nominated to go on Rachael Ray because of my ugly shoes and someone asks for my sense of style, I will show them this picture – in it you have vintage, ornate things, things that have lost their luster but are still awesome anyway, things that are full of comfort but totally unattractive (see the yellow snowman and velour reindeer) and the standard classics.

3. Salt dough ornaments

I made a buttload of these.  The kids loved painting them.


4. I dyed my hair red with purple highlights (not really highlights – stripes? chunks?)

There is something about being in my mid-30s that makes me want to do shit I want to do now, rather than later – see the above ornament wreath for proof.

5. I knit now

6. Brown butter is still awesome

7. Samantha is in prime – Christmas is awesome, no matter what I get – age; Danny has passed his prime

8. I hate taking pictures for the Christmas card


9. But I LOVE this pic (think it’s the kicked up leg)


10. Soon we take the kids to Disney!!

11.  Jotting down ideas in list form apparently means run on sentences and poor grammar.  Sorry!