We met Sister and Nephew at the mall for lunch on Saturday and, afterwards, I treated the kids to ice cream. Nephew wanted vanilla. I explained that they had French Vanilla. It's still vanilla, but it's a slightly different color. I assured him it would taste the same. So, he orders Vanilla mixed with Kit Kats. Little Miss got chocolate mixed with M&M's. So, Nephew takes a big bite of ice cream and declares it delicious. He looks up and says, "It's still vanilla but in a different language." Sure thing, buddy.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Yesterday, Little Miss asked for help setting up her play bowling set. She had done this task many times before so we told her she can do it. She looked up at us and said, "but I'm not awesome enough." Of course, we had to tell her she was the most awesome kid ever and can definitely do it. She ended up setting up the kit. I think she was a little peeved her effort to get out of setting up her toy didn't work. It was cute acting though.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
As everyone knows by now, there was an earthquake in Virginia that was felt all sorts of places from Georgia to Canada. Our building is one floor so, at first, I thought it was someone walking on the roof. It happens and we were having fire alarm testing today. Then, I looked across the courtyard and saw that the other side of the building was shaking, too. Our building is shaped like a doughnut. So, I knew it was an earthquake. I went to head to our internal room in the office, but we were told to run outside (which later we found out, we're not supposed to do in case trees start falling). After the earth stopped quaking, we had to wait 20-30 minutes to allow for any immediate aftershocks and then until after the building maintenance inspected the building. It turns out there was some cracked glass and debris. I knew there was at least some debris because lights were falling and dust was drifting down from the ceiling when we were evacuating. We were given the all clear but told we should just go home. I went to my cube and saw the sight below:
Monday, August 22, 2011
We survived our first week back from vacation! Then, we were finally awarded with a weekend. On Saturday, Little Miss had a classmate's birthday party. She was so excited. She met another classmate on the way, and the two of them gave each other a big hug and held hands all the way up the walkway. The kids had a blast. Little Miss played baseball, went in the kiddie pool and slid down the slip and slide. I think all the fun was worth the super duper itchy bug bites she got.
We came back on a Friday. On Saturday, I went to a matinee movie with friends. On Sunday, we went to Brother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law and Nephew's house to hang at their pool. Unfortunately, it started raining as soon as we got there. So, we ate lunch inside and then head to the pool where Nephew promptly fell asleep in my arms. It was nice to cuddle a little one. Husband and Little Miss went in the pool. Then, the storms came back again so we went back inside and then head home. It was a quick weekend before the return to work.
Maybe Vanessa Paradis won't notice the old switcheroo...
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Little Miss really was a trooper at the Magic Kingdom. It is the only park in which she did not nap. She just went hard and strong. While waiting the hour plus for the parade, the employees had many ways to entertain the crowd. One way was to provide hula hoops (see below). Others were to let the kids jump rope.
Actually, the rain didn't really affect us too much. We were just going to be lazy at the beach. The rest of the family had plans to go to the water park. So, we decided we were going to Downtown Disney/Disney Marketplace and walk around and shop a little. The rest of the family decided at the last minute to come with us.
We walked into some shops. In one, Little Miss put on this fedora and grabbed a matching bag. She was so adorable and sassy, I took a quick photo. Husband liked it so much, I thought he was going to buy her the hat, but it was a little too much for an impulse buy.
At Hollywood Studios, Little Miss got to spend some time with Brother-in-Law. Each day at a park, he bought her a frozen treat. Ever since she was old enough to eat ice cream, he treats her to ice cream every time he sees her. So, she has many fond memories of him already. While we were at Hollywood Studios, he mentioned he wanted to buy something for Little Miss. Unfortunately, the day was a little crazy and, because Little Miss couldn't do a lot of the rides for taller folk or wasn't interested in the same things as the rest of the family, we ended up a little isolated. So, I texted and said Brother-in-Law could just surprise her with a gift if he wanted.
Earlier, I joked that I evaded an entire gift shop because there were stuffed Special Agent Oso bears. If you've never heard of it, it's a show on Disney that features a special agent bear in training. He's really annoying if you're under 6. So, Brother-in-Law bought Little Miss "the biggest Oso" he could find. Luckily, he's not that big. Little Miss immediately gave him a giant hug and has slept with him ever since. Yeah, it's an honor to be chosen to be in bed, but she also likes an entire menagerie in there as you can see.
After, we met up with Husband and Little Miss wanted to see the Disney Junior show again. If we hustled, we could have made the last show of the day. However, on the way, we passed Buzz Lightyear's ride which she wanted to do instead. We explained that the line was 90 minutes, but she was adamant. We hadn't waited in line for any ride, but 90 minutes is a long time with or without a 3-year-old. So, we told her we would wait in line and then we were heading home. She was excellent. We waited in line and all really enjoyed the ride. It's fun, fast and action-packed. Below is a picture of her about halfway through the 90-minute line.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I wish I had her confidence.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Little Miss was too little to ride the rides the other half went to visit. Plus, she fell asleep in her stroller. So, Brother-in-Law, his dad, Husband and I went back to the Norway pavillion and had cold beverages. I took a brief stop in Mexico and picked up a margarita and the boys all had beer. Little Miss slept for quite awhile while we just relaxed and had a breather.
At some point, the rest of the family rejoined us. We toured half of the countries until the kids asked to go home. So, we head back and put the kids to bed. It was a great first day!
Belle met us at the door, and we all had our chance to have our picture taken with her. She taught Little Miss how to hold her gown out. Then, we were seated and given breakfast while the princesses walked around. We were very lucky because our table was right by the door through which the princesses exited. So, we were the first to meet them.
Husband is trained to sleep by the time the plane hits cruising altitude, but oftentimes, he is asleep before that. Little Miss was awake a little longer than that, but she sooned joined him. I stayed awake and read, enjoying the quiet and my window seat.
We arrived in Orlando and met up with a co-worker and her family who were flying home that evening. We then took the shuttle to meet up with the rest of my family (who drove and arrived earlier that afternoon). We had a nice dinner and caught up, but we had an early morning the next day.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
On Sunday, we had some family time before our friends came over and then we all went to Dogfish Head Alehouse for lunch. After, we went to the National Aquarium. I don't think it was worth the money, but I was always curious so now my curiosity is satisfied. Little Miss barely made it through the day. After barely sleeping the night before, she made it through the day, but then both of us took a glorious nap in the late afternoon.
This week has gone by smoothly. Little Miss has been so good and so full of personality. She has been getting so excited for Disney World. So, blog will be quiet for a week and then many updates and pictures coming at you!
Monday, August 1, 2011
- Chasin' Eight by Lorelei James (NOTE: This is part of a series. You can find more information and order in which to read here.)
- House of Daughters by Sarah-Kate Lynch
- Cowgirls Don't Cry by Lorelei James (NOTE: This is part of a series. You can find more information and order in which to read here.)
- The Lover's Dictionary by David Leviathan
- Corralled by Lorelei James (NOTE: This is part of a series. You can find more information and order in which to read here.)