Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Jump Rope for Heart

Delaney's school had their "Jump Rope for Heart" jump off today. It helps raise money for the American Heart Association. Delaney's been talking about it for weeks and practicing in PE as well. I didn't know it was such a big deal until this morning as she's getting ready for school.

D: Mommy, are you coming to watch me jump rope today?

Me: I don't know. I don't think the parents are invited.

D: Yes they are. Mrs. Robinson told us that we should invite our parents.

Me: Okay. I'll try to come.

Well, how could I not go? Even though I had plenty to keep me busy around this house and I had declared the night before that I was going to do the hardwood floors come hell or high water. So much for the trash talk. I totally blew that off and decided, life is too short to worry about my floors. I'm sure there aren't many years left of Delaney wanting me to be by her side, surrounded by her friends. There will come that day when I'm not allowed to stand beside her because gawd forbid if I embarrass her. You know...because I'm old or something. So I went. I had a great time! I chatted it up with her and her "group" that she was assigned to sit with from her class. I was one of three parents that showed up from Delaney's class. Which means I was completely bombarded with information regarding boo-boos, older siblings, and which toys are cool and not so cool. One of Delaney's friends, Bryce, informed me that her cat bit her arm and she cried because she always cries when she gets hurt. Reagan informed me that someone stole his PS2 Player and he's very upset about it. He did not ask Santa for a new one because his list was too long. Darien has a heart condition that won't allow him to drink certain kinds of Coca-Cola products (he even showed me his scars).

Can I just say how darn proud I was of Delaney today? SO PROUD! That girl can seriously jump rope! One of the volunteers who held the rope when she did the "long" jump looked at me and said, "Is she your daughter? She is by far the best I've seen all day and we've already had the 1st graders in here." My heart felt like it was going to burst. My sweet smiley Kindergartner was rocking the long jump. And this momma was glad she told the hardwoods to eff off for the day...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Our life at the moment...

So now that I've posted all the fabulous Disney pictures and babbled on and on about what a great time we had, it's back to the grind. Back to cupcake making, shopping, bouncing, playdates, gymnastics, karate, and on. And on. And on. But seriously, I feel very content at the moment. Sometimes, I allow my insecurities as a mother, wife, friend, daughter, etc. sneak in and seize hold of my thoughts. To keep me on the couch one day when I know I should be at the park letting the girls ride their bikes or swing from the monkey bars. I think as mothers we all have these "funky" days when it just plain feels impossible. Impossible to do more than stick in a movie and snuggle up on the couch with my littles. I am learning that it's okay to not be a perfect mother. It's been a hang up of mine since the day Delaney was born. Always have to be going, going, going. Never a dull moment! Got to keep these girls stimulated 24/7. But lately, I have been reveling in the fact that sometimes, it's the "dull" moments that I am looking forward to and enjoying with the girls.

Example (1) Cupcake Making
Hadley loves to help "make" things in the kitchen so I try to let her help me as much as I can. It's these little things that really brighten up her day. Which in turn brightens up my day too.

These were the cupcakes we made especially for St. Patrick's Day. We toyed around with the frosting until we got the color we liked best. Such a festive green if you ask me!

Please meet the newest addition to our family, Girl Frog #2. While away on vacation, we lost Girl Frog #1. Hadley was pretty bummed about it but frankly, I decided that it was for the best considering how gross and smelly that poor thing had become. And for the record, YES, I absolutely wash these frogs. They would be MUCH more disgusting if not.

This is Boy Frog. See what I'm saying? Just a mess. And Girl Frog #1 was WAY worse than this poor guy.

Awwwww! Girl Frog #2 at her best, fresh out of the box. I hope she stays this way for a while.

Example (2) Day at the Lake with Hadley

Hadley and I packed a picnic, a load of beach toys and drove over to Lake Acworth. This day was so perfect. It was just the two of us. We sat on our blanket in the sand and basked in the sunshine while munching on our sandwiches.

It was nice just to play in the sand. To watch Hadley dig around. To watch the sand fall gently into the bucket.

Hadley buried my feet! Well..sort of.

Our "heart" shaped sand castles. Hadley needed a whole village.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Royal Celebration!

Inside of Cinderella's Castle

Of all the princesses we met this time, Belle had to be the nicest (okay...maybe Cinderella was super sweet too but that's just a given).

Delaney chose ice cream for her dessert. Of course, Disney spares no expense with ALL the toppings!

Look at the size of this cupcake! Yeesh...

So, of course I saved the very BEST for last! Our Royal Lunch with Cinderella & the princesses. Last time we were at Disney, Hadley got sick and had to miss lunch at the castle. Which means I also missed it. Delaney and Doug just went on and on about how much fun it was and how cool it was to meet Cinderella. Although, Delaney was pretty miffed that Cinderella didn't actually sit down and have a meal with her. I guess I can see where we mislead her. That's another story. So this time, we all remained healthy and no one missed it. Not even me! And I have to say, of all the awesome things we did while at Disney freaking World, this had to be one of my absolute favorite things. It was so cool! After you take your picture (professionally done) with Cinderella, you are whisked off to the ballroom where you are seated at your own table and served lunch. And not just any lunch. Of course, the girls had kid friendly chicken nuggets served with fruit and fancy cheese. The adults got to choose from a short menu and I ended up with some baked fish served with angel hair pasta in wine sauce. I was trying hard not to get too excited since we had been surviving on pizza, hamburgers and waffles. But delicious isn't even the word. It was MUCH better than that! While you're eating your meal, they send the princesses in one by one to go to each table. Each princess was really nice. She would chit chat with the girls for a minute and then sign autograph books & pose for pictures. For some reason, both girls got a little chattier with Belle than they did with the others. She was extremely nice and answered all questions they had. Delaney was grilling her on why she never wears her yellow ball gown like in the movie. Belle explained that it was at the cleaners and she prefers her blue dress because it's more comfortable. After bumping fists with Belle and sending her on to the next table, lunch started to wind down and it was time to depart. I think I was truly the saddest to leave. After all, it's always me who goes home the bluest after we leave Disney behind. Always deflated, always looking forward to the next time around. And yes, we've already set the date for our next trip down!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 5....the Animal Kingdom

The girls loved seeing the "mama & baby elephants" roaming around.

Look how ridiculously close I got to this rhinoceros! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

Forgive me for forgetting the name of this gorilla...this much I know, she's the gorilla in Tarzan.

King Louie trying to give Hadley a big 'ole smooch! I love how Hadley was so cute about it and didn't freak out or anything.

I really really love the beauty of the Animal Kingdom. Disney did a fine job of recreating the African look. It makes me want to go and see the real deal.

Just another shot I loved.

This bike reminded me of the book and movie, Eat Pray Love. I longed to pedal away on this bike and feel the wind in my hair.

The girls excavating dinosaur bones

We literally sat still and observed the flamingos for at least 15 minutes. I really think they are beautiful. Fun fact I learned, they are NOT born pink. They are born a gray color but the food they eat gives them the pink "look."

Of course she would choose the face paint with the unicorn design! Did you expect anything less?

Our little "princess" lion! This picture makes me want to scoop her up and plant kisses all over her sweet little face.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The day we lost the Parents of the Year Award...

Day 4 of our Disney Extravaganza was spent in Hollywood Studios. I like this park, but of all the parks we visited, this was my least favorite. Our girls are too small to enjoy all the grown-up rides they offer. We did enjoy the many shows we saw which include Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and Muppet Vision 3-D. Both girls also really enjoyed Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set (hence the big play-dough). Doug had been talking all week about riding the Tower of Terror. Which is in Hollywood Studios. Normally, I wouldn't have wanted to ride this particular ride, but because the girls had gone all wimpy on us, we were both getting pretty desperate at this point. Which brings me to the part about losing our Parents of the Year Award.

So...have you ever made a decision as a parent, and within 3 minutes of making said decision decide that "Holy shit I cannot believe we're doing this??!!?" Well, that's how I felt when we all decided to ride the Tower of Terror. For those of you that have never had the pleasure to ride it, here's a brief synopsis per Disney World:

"Plunge down the dark freight elevator shaft of the once glamorous Hollywood Tower Hotel in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, a ride for big kids, teens and adults."

So that's what we put our almost 4 year old and 6 year old on. As for Delaney, I wasn't too terribly concerned. That may sound mean but she's 6 and up until recently she's always loved scary fast rides. But I knew, deep down in the pit of my stomach that Hadley had no business getting on this ride. But again, we were desperate and you know what they say about desperation. So we rode it. And seriously, I have never wanted to scream out loud so bad in all my life but I did NOT. I bit my lip and suffered through it. Doug and Hadley were seated in front of Delaney and myself. I could hear Hadley out of the corner of my mind screaming to Doug about how much she HATED this ride. Delaney, who had kept her cool for most of the ride, began to weep a little beside me. Oh hell. So the ride stopped. We, with the two screaming kids, shuffled off of the ride and out into the bright sunshine where we acquired a few more glares from shocked and outraged parents.

Delaney: I NEVER EVER want to ride that ride again. WAAAA-AAAAHHHHH!


Doug: We have officially ruined any chance of ever getting them to ride another risky ride ever again.

Me: Who wants ice cream?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Epcot, the beautiful...

Day 3, on our trip to Disney World, was spent at Epcot. While I complained heavily the first trip we took to Disney, that we had to waste a WHOLE day in Epcot, where there's nothing fun to do, I ceased my complaining this time around. I just knew we would have another exceptional day at this park. And I was not disappointed. While I do feel that our family could not spend more than one day here, it's always a day well spent. The very best thing about this park is that there is a place to go to see, get autographs and take pictures of all the main Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald & Pluto. I think we waited in line for 30 minutes and then we got to see them ALL. Totally worth it. This is not something we really got an opportunity to do anywhere else. The Magic Kingdom is the worst park to go to get autographs. You can only imagine the lines there. No. Fricking. Way. Kids. This park is also much less crowded and just overall, the most beautiful park that Disney has. The gardens are just gorgeous. The fountains are not only pretty but entertaining for the kids as the water "hops" around. The kids really enjoyed trying to time how often the water "hopped" by so they could be sure to be standing directly where it hit and could get soaked. Hadley managed to get hit on the edge of her hand and collapsed into a giggling fit. At the end of the day, we were all deliriously happy and full of ice cream.