Monday, October 25, 2010

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 Question of the Week: Will you be dressing up for Halloween this year? If not, when were the last time you dressed up, and what did you dress up as?

We celebrate Halloween, but I do not dress up. The last time I dressed up, I was working at a preschool. I dressed up as a pumpkin. Yep, big orange pumpkin costume, striped tights, and pumpkin stem headband. That night, Logan (then 3) and I went to a nearby neighborhood to trick or treat with friends. I got out of the car and walked around to his side to get him out of the car. Can you guess where this is going? Umm…I locked him in the car!! So, the neighbors started to congregate while we all debated how to get him out of the car. Remember, I’m still dressed like a pumpkin!! We finally called the police. We learned that they will not normally unlock a car due to liability, but they will unlock your car if you child is stuck inside happily sucking his thumb while strapped into his car seat!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

WDW Day 3 – Animal Kingdom

More from our trip to WDW in Sept. On our third day at Walt Disney World, we visited the Animal Kingdom. We started our day with breakfast at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort.    DSCF3481  DSCF3486 

Then, we headed to the Animal Kingdom for the day. At the Animal Kingdom we enjoyed the Finding Nemo live show. This is one of my favorite shows at WDW. We hit Dinoland and rode the Primeval Whirl and Dino Spin. The kids (and Grandma) really love the safari ride. Seeing the animals is always a highlight of the day spent at AK.


We ended our day with a dinner at Whispering Canyon. Whispering Canyon is located in the Wilderness Lodge. It’s a great place to take the kids for a loud, rambunctious meal! We ended the evening with some great food, giant jars of soda, and HUGE desserts we had to take back to the room with us.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Exploring Nature at the Heard Museum

Last weekend, my aunt and her boyfriend came to TX for the Titans/Cowboys game. While they were here, we spent Friday walking on the trails and exploring the museum at the Heard. The trails are so nice, and we all had a really good time.


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We were all intrigued by this tree. You can see where it was hit by lightning. What’s neat is that it is full of beautiful, green leaves.

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Can you see the spider web in the tree?


Can you read this sign? No? Let me type it here for you. Maybe you can help us understand what it means. 

The Dimetrodon was the dominant carnivore of the early Permian period, but it actually existed before the dinosaurs appeared on the earth.

Hmmm…Well, ya see…This was seen at the dinosaur exhibit. So, is a Dimetrodon NOT a dinosaur? Or …I don’t even know what else? LOL!


Sweet little log cabin with a moss-covered roof


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

WDW Day 2 – Magic Kingdom

When we visit Walt Disney World, we spend several days in the Magic Kingdom. There is just so much to see! Here are the highlights from our first full day in the Magic Kingdom:

 DSCF3349 We posed for pictures as we headed into the park for the day. We stop here every year for a photo.


We visited with our favorite characters! I love this one since it has my Papa and all of his great-grandkids.


We admired my favorite castle. One day, I want to live here. Think Walt would mind?


We explored ‘a whole new world’ on our ‘magic carpet ride’. (Emma was so excited every time the camel ‘spit’ on Daddy!)


Some of our crew got to participate in the Frontierland Hoedown – where they sang ‘Rocky Top’ (appropriately enough they are from TN!).


We rode Haunted Mansion MANY times. It’s a family favorite. My mom looks forward to it every time she visits WDW. My kids love the ‘hitchhiker’.


Emma watched the Country Bear Jamboree twice with my mom. The rest of us only had to suffer through it watched it once.


One magic carpet ride was not enough. So, we went back for more…


Lots of lovin’ going on in that oh so magical place!


And, our annual trip to O’Hana…

I was not feeling well during this meal. Therefore, I have no pictures of the beautiful Polynesian Resort. I have no pictures of the fantastic food or the ‘cousins’ who serve it to us. I have no pictures of the kids’ activities. But, I do have this one picture of E and her daddy (who loves having his picture taken – can’t you tell…).

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Day 1 at Walt Disney World

So, you already know we went to WDW last month. And, you know where we stayed. What about what we did? We had fun that’s what!!

The first night we were there, we went to the Magic Kingdom. We didn’t intend to ride any rides that evening. We just went too see the parade  and the fireworks. Last year, we were able to watch Disney’s SpectroMagic parade. This year, we saw the Main Street Electrical Parade. I preferred SpectroMagic, but the Electrical Parade was great too. Lights, music, and favorite characters. It was too fun! As for Wishes, the fireworks show, it was fantastic!! We have seen parts of it in past years, but this year we watched the entire show. It is really awesome! A definite must-see if you are headed to Disney any time soon!

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Wishes Castle

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

I had a wonderful weekend! We enjoyed some beautiful weather and some family time.

After a busy Saturday, I spent the evening having some me time. I caught up on my DVR’d shows, wrote a few blog posts, and read a few of my favorite blogs. Oh, and I even got a 2 hour nap in on Saturday afternoon (after enjoying a few chapters in my latest read – House Rules)! That’s always a good thing.

10.02_ScarecrowRake Just had to share this picture. The local nursery had rakes decorated to look like scarecrows. I thought they were too cute (and kinda funny…), and had to take a picture for you guys to see.

What do you do for ‘me’ time? What do you do with your ‘free’ time?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My Saturday

Sale at dance studio (scored some really cheap leotards for E)
Anticipating a VERY busy week (fair, hiking, visit from my aunt)
Trip to outlet mall with Emma
Updating next week's lesson plans
Resting up - 2 hour nap!!
Decorating pumpkins with the fam
A girly date with Emma (mani/pedi, haircut, shopping)
Yikes! I'm out of bread! (Guess what's at the top of tomorrow's to-do...)