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Disney Princesses

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I’m trying to put the Disney stuff out a little at a time so as to prevent anyone throwing up in their mouth a little from all the cuteness. However, I can’t not put these pictures online to share. They are too cute!

We had several different encounters with royalty. On Tuesday, our 4th (?) day in the parks, we brought to the park a Belle dress that one of Megan’s friends let her borrow. We knew we were dining with Cinderella that night and that Megan would get a kick out of being a princess, too. At some point in the day we headed to Toon Town to wait to meet three princesses: Princess Aurora, Cinderella, and Belle. While in line, we put Megan in the Belle dress and she even allowed me to brush her wet hair and pull it up! Here are the results:
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First, Princess Aurora:
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Then Cinderella, who helps Megan a bit with some royal manners:
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Then Belle, who teaches Megan to curtsey, chats with Megan for QUITE a while (we have the video to prove it!), then dances with her:
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Nana saw how much Megan enjoyed playing dress up, so she bought Megan a Cinderella dress and “glass” slippers for our dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Mima begged Megan to get an up-do at Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boutique, Mima’s treat, but Megan would only allow for a headband. We changed Megan into this second princess dress of the day just outside of Cinderella’s castle and after she was photographed with Cinderella, she started up the spiral staircase. She paused long enough for me to get a shot of her with her newly acquired wand, though:
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Oh, but that’s not all! On Thursday, we went to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot and had lunch with 5 princesses! Well, maybe 4 princesses plus Alice. Anyway, Megan wore her Cinderella dress again and had a more formal picture with Belle before we were seated. During the course of lunch, Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Alice, and Ariel made the rounds to sign autographs and be photographed with each child. Michael was more interested in his food, but Megan loved it! Here’s a picture of Megan with Ariel:
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We had one other visit with Ariel in her “before” pose, at her grotto. Note how my child is relaxed enough to just chat away with royalty. You gotta’ love it!
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Now, beg as you might, I will likely NOT put more Disney pictures on the web. After all, we have videos and a scrapbook and a photo album we’d HAPPILY show you should you ever be foolish enough to ask…

First Time at the Beach

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

When we first arrived at the Orlando airport on Friday the 20-somethingth, we loaded the kids into our rental car (a 2008 4-Runner, BTW; Grant was a happy boy!) and headed out to Daytona Beach. We paid our $5 fee to get on the beach, found a parking spot, and got out of the car. We immediately decided that the day was ripe for a barefoot walk on the beach, so we stripped all of us of our shoes and began our adventure. Grant and I each rolled up the legs on our jeans in the (futile) hopes of keeping them dry. We left Megan in her capris and stripped Michael down to just his Alaska onesie.

Megan immediately started her “I don’t want to see the ocean! I don’t want to get wet! I don’t want to surf!” cries, but I dragged her to the ocean anyway. She and Michael were both none-too-pleased at the way the waves would sneak up and get them, but they eventually relaxed and began to enjoy the water soon. Megan even picked up some seashells to bring home! I told the kids that the ocean was a shy friend, coming up to tickle their toes and invite them to play with her; it was their job to decide to welcome her into their world. We both brought up references to Backyardigans episodes and Eric Carle’s 10 Little Rubber Ducks to make the ocean seem less like a stranger and more like an old aunt we just haven’t seen in a while. In the end, we had to drag the kids off the beach! Here are some pictures from our brief visit:
-First, I had to get pictures of the ocean tickling my babies’ feet:
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and Michael:
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Aren’t those the cutest little legs you’ve ever seen?

-Megan spent a lot of time walking near the water’s edge, only to try to run away when the water came up to greet her. I loved it!meganrunsfromocean.jpg

-A picture showing off Megan in her adorable Nashville Zoo hat (though it now has a competitor, a precious purple princess hat from Disney!):
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Note that her little pants are soaked. She’s not very good at outrunning the ocean!

-Here are Grant and Michael. Michael got a little wet, too. He generally loves water, but was a little unsure of the water being the one to initiate contact! It was a cold surprise for him, I’m afraid, and not one he generally welcomed.
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-And here’s one of me and the kids. Getting them to both look at the camera and grin is completely out of the question, but this at least proves we were all there together:
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Okay, I now have a scroll bar in my typing window, a sure sign that I’ve gone on too long. However, I want to show this one last picture of Michael. Poor guy. He’s so good at living up to the title “toddler.” He fell down numerous times and the ocean got him several more and, well, he ended up covered in sand from head to toe. Before we put him in his seat, we stripped him down, changed his diaper, cleaned as much sand as we could and wiped off all remaining traces of the ice cream Grant bought to share with the kids on the beach. We just didn’t dress him again. That came down the road, after he napped a bit.
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Meeting “Monsters”

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Somehow, all life-sized characters whose costumes don’t allow human faces to be revealed have become “monsters” to Megan. This includes Mickey and Minnie mouse, but excludes princesses, who are clearly humans in pretty dresses. Megan started out apprehensive about approaching MIckey (her first character of the week), but even kissed him on the nose before she left. Of course, she then said “I don’t want to see any more monsters today.” I respected that; it was our first day, after all.
By the end of the week though, Megan LOVED meeting the various monsters. Here she is with Quincy and June from Little Einsteins. (we met Annie and Leo later in the week)
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Here’s one more shot, this time of her with the Big Cheese Himself: (their second meeting)
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Michael seemed quite ambivalent about the character greeting, and though we encouraged, we never forced him to have his picture made with anyone. He did like Cinderella though. When we met the three princesses, she was the only one he’d sit still for.
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Of all the characters and monsters we met though, the Ugly Stepsisters and the Stepmother were my favorite. These women were hilarious! If ever I am invited to a costume party again, I want to go as Drucilla or Anastasia. All of the “cast members” at Disney stay in character so well, and I think if I had to be that nice to people all day I’d kill someone, but these two get to have all sorts of fun! Here’s a shot of Megan with them:
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Favorite Rides at Disney

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Megan was quick to determine her favorite rides at Magic Kingdom, and poor little Michael was just obliged to follow along and ride when he was allowed. Next time, he’ll have a say in where we go, too.
Megan loved the teacups, and we rode them SEVERAL times during our visit. She rode in every combination possible, but here she is with her Nana and Grandpa:
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She also drove on the Indy Speedway three different times, each time with a different victim (passenger). My parents took her the first time, and I was more than a little surprised to have them come back telling me that Megan drove Mom in one car and Dad went on his own. Of course, Dad had to tell me this; Mom was still laughing over Megan exclaiming “I’m driving like a crazy woman!” when they first set out. Megan later drove her own daddy, then drove me. We have photos from the first two experiences:
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Megan also wanted to ride Dumbo every time we entered the gates of the Magic Kingdom, and we rode that in several different combinations. She also loved the Cinderella Carousel and LOUDLY demanded It’s a Small World an extra time on our last day in the park. My Mema would’ve been so proud! Haunted Mansion has been expanded to include additional souls, and it was a favorite for most of the adults. Megan had a love/hate relationship with it, but we only went on it a couple times while there. She soon tired of boat rides, fearing that she would get wet every time she got on one. It’s a Small World was the exception, of course. What started the fear of boat rides was our giving in to her request to go on the Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom on our FIRST day in the parks. Megan is 37.5 inches in her bare feet, but with shoes, made the 38″ cut. She and Grant and I rode, and we got SOAKED. By the end, she was clear in saying “I want off of this thing!” She is nothing if not articulate. Here’s one last shot, of her and Grant moments after the ride:
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I feel that I must tell you that yes, the high was only in the 70s that day, but it was rainy, and the girl did have fun. AND I convinced her to change into dry clothes later (and I mean several hours later, but she was still wet!) when I showed her that her backup outfit featured the Disney Princesses. Oh well.
Off to bed. More stories later!