Thursday, June 21, 2012

REVIEW: "Under the Sea" ... Our Favorite New Disney Princess Costume

Is your sweet daughter into playing dress up?  Sophia has really be into "dress up" for over a year now!  She loves looking for new dress up costumes at garage sales as well as on clearance at department stores!   She has eyes like a hawk for the Disney Princess Costumes!  This girl seriously LOVES everything DISNEY PRINCESS!  It has gone from like, to love, to OBSESSION now that she is 3 1/2!  I would assume many moms can identify!

Does your child have a favorite costume from the Disney movies?  Sophia's favorite changes based on the day of the week!  Some days she LOVES her Cinderella one, other's is Belle (my awesome $2 garage sale find), but recently it has been this new Ariel Mermaid one, even though it is a little big on her!  She loves to wear this costume and watch her Dora Mermaid DVD!  Oh, how their sweet little minds work!

Sophia tells me we need to locate all of the Disney princess costumes so that when we go to Disney in a few years, she will have enough costumes to wear each day!   I can't wait till the kids are old enough to go to the Disney Amusement Parks, although, I have a feeling it is going to take a LOT to convince Nate to let us go!  I think the best compromise is if we run the Disney 1/2 Marathon and then see the parks on the following days!

Do you have any suggestions for appropriate ages for the children to make their first "memorable" trip to Disney??

Deals, Deals, Deals ... JACKPOT!

Thursday's garage sale finds ...

$16 for ..... 2 long sleeve onesies, soft blanket for Jax, summer pj's for jax, 2 pairs of stride rite shoes in excellent shape, Thomas the train official onesie outfit (for our trip to see Thomas this week!), Tonka Fire Truck, Ball Popper, Christmas outfit (sweater vest, plaid shirt, cords) for next Christmas, "Born to be Wild" 1 piece summer outfit, 2T cargo shorts, 3T khaki pants, Brand New Old Navy 2T white long sleeve thick shirt, Hat, 2 piece fleece outfit for next winter, Christmas PJ's for this year, "boy" colored snack catcher, and ice cream scoop game for Sophia for vacation!

Not too bad huh? :)  The best part about it was the company ... Sophia, Jackson, Sarah, and Hannah!!  


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Zoo Trip with Gray's!

We had a blast this morning at the Zoo with the Gray's!  Here are just a few of the pictures I got ...

The bear was seriously pacing back and forth, back and forth ... like it wanted to hop the cliff and attack!  

Our little animal seekers!  Now Sophia wants to look for a pair of binoculars at a garage sale!

Love that sweet little baby elephant! 

Our little bird watchers!  The new bird section at the zoo was AWESOME!! 

Sweet Siblings 

This little boy melts my heart!

The new nursing room at the Zoo!  It is AMAZING and the AC is a nursing mom's  DREAM!

Chalkboards for the siblings while mom's are nursing!

3 nice changing stations plus 2 sinks!

The new playground outside the birds exhibit! 

Excited to take their first train ride around to see the animals!  Too bad you don't get to see many of them! :(

How can you not love this little boy's smile??

We had a BLAST at the zoo, despite the heat!  Good thing we arrived before 9am b/c it was HOT when we left at 1:30pm!  We are so thankful that many of our friends have zoo passes so that we can enjoy the zoo with them!

Do you have any family memories of the zoo?

Father's Day 2012

Thanks Pinterest for the FUN Father's Day gifts!!  You should be able to click on the picture to enlarge them to read them!  I asked her each of the questions and her answers are in RED!


Grandpa Long

Papi Kiesel

Nate, Papi Kiesel, and the kids!

Sophia is definitely Papi's girl!  Although, my dad is stoked having a grandson!!

Daddy and his sweet peas!

What did you do to celebrate the WONDERFUL fathers in your life??

Friday, June 8, 2012

"Tale as old as time ...."

My little Belle

Tale as old as time

True as it can be
Barely even friends 
Then somebody bends

Just a little change
Small to say the least
Both a little scared
Neither one prepared
Beauty and the Beast

Ever just the same
Ever a surprise
Ever as before
Ever just as sure
As the sun will rise

Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Bitter sweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong

Certain as the sun 
Rising in the East 
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast

Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the beast 

Who doesn't love some Beauty and the Beast? 

What is your favorite Disney movie?  

Deals, Deals, Deals ...

Seriously, I LOVE garage sales!!  Last night as I plotted my "treasure map" from the newspaper and craigslist, I knew we wouldn't make it to all of them -- and we didn't, but check out the deals for this morning ... all in less than 2 hrs!

 $15 TOTAL for 1 kids beach chair, Disney Belle dress up outfit, CP sleeper, Jax winter fleece outfit, Gymboree sleeper, Buzz and Spiderman jammies, white sweater, Cinderella dress up, 2 Disney princess jammies, 24 mo Osh Gosh Winter coat, Old Navy fleece outfit, Carter’s play outfit, 2 CP polo’s, and 4 American Eage/Aeropostle Polo’s for Nate!  SCORE!!!  

$5 TOTAL for 1 Children’s Place sweater, 2 dresses for Sophia, 1 CP shorts, 1 jumping beans shorts, Old Navy top for Sophia, foot massager, and of course Sophia’s favorite ($0.25) Dora and Tico and car!!!

This is becoming a game for me ... and it provides quite the thrill!!!