Monday, March 25, 2019

Magic kingdom

The best day! Yay! I love magic kingdom. The other places are fun but this is by far the beat for little girls. Honestly I think we could skip the rest for a few years and be content.  We started the morning at breakfast at 1900 park fare. It was very chaotic and took so long we decided enough of the character meals. The girls enjoyed the characters though!! 

My sweet little Alice in wonderland girls 

Frances loves Pooh! 

Mary Poppins was weird about frances not having on shoes (she took them off!) so I had to hold her for this. 

Charlotte was nervous to meet the mad hatter but I was so brave she decided to! She laughed and laughed when he said “peanut butter!” 

Saying bye bye to tigger!

Next it was off to the park and for the carousel. Frances loved it! 

We rode severanrides that morning and then while frances took her nap Forrest and Charlotte rose splash mountain. It’s a big kid ride but Charlotte loved it! She even thought it was fun to get wet! 

After lunch and naps in the room, we went back to the park and got there right in time to catch the end of the move it shake it dance party parade. Frances was kicking her little feet in the stroller. It was so cute! 

Then we did rider swap for the mine train. Again Charlotte loved it! We also had dinner at be our guest! I had been waiting to eat here since our first trip to Disney and was so excited. I was disappointed, however! The food was great but it just wasn’t exciting for my girls. It was a long dinner and yes they got to meet the beast but they could have done without it. I was actually impressed that frances did so well with him. She walked right up to him with no fear. She did jerk her arm away when he tried to hold her hand but she just kept standing there. 

Afterwards we watched the fireworks! It was Frances’s first time to see them and she was in awe. We were behind the castle so they were going off on two sides of us which was a really neat experience. 

We also had fast passes to meet some princesses. Charlotte of course loved them and everyone was oohing and ahhhing at frances. She would just run and climb on them! It was darling. 





We stayed in the park right up until closing and even got to get on the haunted mansion before we left. What a sweet day with our own little princesses. 

Hollywood studios day

We kicked off our trip at Hollywood studios! We were excited to see the new toy story world and enjoy some Disney junior characters.  The morning began at the Disney junior breakfast. While we waited I took Charlotte to meet Daisy Duck. 

Breakfast was yummy and frances did much better with the characters. These characters are some of Charlotte’s favorites so I definitely think the extra time to see them was worth it. We are disappointed that we missed seeing fancy Nancy by a few months but now we just have another reason to go back! 

Doc mcstuffins! 

Princess Sophia 


Roadster racer goofy! 

Next it was off to toy story world. We rode Frances’s first ride ever, toy story mania! Charlotte really loved the games. 

Then we used a fast pass given to us in the airport by a sweet couple for the new slinky dog dash. It was Charlotte’s first big girl roller coaster and she loved it! We did rider swap so she got to ride once with daddy and then with me. She was so brave! We loved learning this about her. 

Coming off her first roller coaster ride! 

Frances napped during this time and was still asleep so she and daddy went to find shade and lunch and Charlotte and I went to the frozen sing along. I loved watching her sing and dance her heart out! 

 Then we had a yummy lunch at sci fi diner. Charlotte kept saying the movies were boring but loved the car booths and her milk shake. 

We watched the little mermaid show before heading back to the room for a rest. We all needed it! 

After getting referees we went back to the park at had a yummy diner at mama melrose. Then we met up with some sweet friends from Gadsden to watch fantasmic. Before the show Forrest and c tried to ride tower of terror but they wouldn’t let her in and she is still pretty peeved about it. The show was great though and frances seems to enjoy it even though it was loud and a little scary. 

It was a long day but a great day!! Both girls were so good and brave and really rolled with the punches. On to magic kingdom! 


When we were walking around disney when I was just out of my first trimester with frances, sweating and dodging people, I knew it would be a while before we would get back and I was ok with that. Disney is hard! But oh gosh is it so magical. By the end of the week I had sweated more than I wanted too and was grouchy from pregnancy symptoms, exhaustion, and not being able to partake in the Epcot food and wine festival but I was basically begging for us to come back as soon as we could. Charlotte has had such a wonderful experience that was completely different from her first trip to Disney (which was only about 6 months precious) and I didn’t want to miss any of the magic while it was still with her. People may have thought we were nuts to take a 4 year old and almost 1 year old (and maybe we thought it to) but we did it and we survived and I really think it was the right decision. I thought about their outfits for months and packed for a good 3 or 4 weeks to get it just right but it was so worth it. 

We managed to pack in 2 rolling suitcases, a duffle, 2 back packs and 2 strollers. I was proud of this! No checking luggage for us! 

Frances’s first flight was a success! She was too excited to nap but was happy. Charlotte watched a movie on daddy’s phone and you would hardly know she was there. 
When we arrived we scurried to our van that took us to chef mickeys. Charlotte was excited they had a booster seat for her and frances luckily snoozed on the way. 
Chef mickeys is not my favorite food but the girls loved it and since we were staying at bay lake towers at the contemporary it was easy for us. Frances was very nervous at first and cried when DONALD interacted with her but got into the groove once she saw Minnie and Mickey. She mostly was excited about eating though. 

Whew after a long day it was time to head to the room for some rest before Hollywood studios! More to follow! 

Thursday, March 14, 2019


My dearest frances: one year ago right now I went to bed with a pain in my back. Little did I know that I would be holding you just a few hours later. I remember holding your little body wondering who you were, and I’m sure you were looking up at me wondering the same thing. It’s been a whole year and now I know so much about you, and can’t wait to know more. You are funny, and silly, and a daredevil rascal. You love climbing things and going up the stairs over.  You love to snuggle and be loved on. You love to eat and throw food when you are done. You love to watch the dog and cat and your favorite toys are Mickey Mouse and baby dolls. You love your sister and papa b and momsie the most and you love to clap for yourself. You get so proud of yourself when you accomplish a task and you are learning so quickly. You amaze me every day and I know you are going to do big things. Your smile is huge and lights up your whole face as well as the hearts of everyone who gets to see it. I hope you know we will do everything we can to keep you smiling. God knew we needed you when he sent you to us and you have been nothing but a joy to us. While our life was wonderful, you made it all the more joyful. You came to us at a time where I was in a lot of darkness and you lifted that and brought me into the light. I love your sweet disposition, how you sleep so nicely, and how you want to be held and snuggled for a while before we put you down after you have been sleeping. I love that you cry when I tell you bye bye but that you wave anyway, and that you want every toy that Charlotte picks up.  I love your squeals in the bath tub, your attempt at making animal sounds, how you throw things just for fun. I love watching you gobble your food and when you try to drink from a cup. You always want to be in the mix, and I don’t expect you to be a quiet wallflower ever. I hope you know that this year has been truly wonderful and I secretly hope you can just stay a baby forever. I know that can’t happen and of course I can’t wait to see you grow into the wonderful little girl and lady I know you will be. Tomorrow you are a toddler but you will always be my baby, my little Francie. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Charlotte’s birthday party

We celebrated charlottes 4th birthday party at the imagination place with a fancy Nancy theme. It was great to have room for all of her friends to run and play! Here’s a look at all the fancy fun! 


Favor table! Instead of party hats I did sparkle hats and crowns. 

Ok the way to the party with Nancy! 

Amazing cake!!! 


My fancy 4 year old 

Partying with her buds. We had pizza, popcorn, juice and cupcakes. 

It was such a sweet and fun day and we were exhausted but in a good way. Happy birthday Charlotte! 

February 2019

February went by so quickly and I am still tired from it!!

Frances outgrew the baby tub and kept trying to stand up in it, so I started bathing them both in charlottes tub. Bath time is so sweet and fun at our house. Frances loves to squeal and splash and Charlotte usually is pretending she is a mermaid or at the spa. It is sometimes hectic but always fun! 

Forrest went to visit uncle tommy in cooorsdo one weekend and the girls and I went to Mimi’s house. This is frances trying to climb up Mimi’s lap while she was on the phone. She wouldn’t let her out of her sight! Aunt Fran had a big box of valentines decorations that she let Charlotte pull out and of course she was in hog heaven! 

Charlotte was sooo excited about Valentine’s Day this year. We never really do much to celebrate but she made us want to do it up right! She loved wearing her valentines outfits to school (which she does every year) and was excited about her gifts for her class. I couldn’t wait to pick her up that day and as soon as I asked her how the day went she started crying and said it wasn’t good! She said her teachers didn’t decorate for Valentine’s Day! It was the funniest thing! We had to call aunt Fran and let her know. That night Forrest decorated her room with streamers to make her feel better (since I didn’t decorate either). We had heart shaped pizza for dinner and got ice cream! I also spent half the morning searching for a bathing suit for Forrest because that is what Charlotte thought we needed to get for him. Her little heart is so simple and sweet and I just love that about her. 

One night we had an impromptu dinner with our friends the Simmons and their kids. I am always nervous for Charlotte to meet older children but she had a blast with Eleanor. They were like two peas in a pod. 

We spent the next week celebrating charlottes birthday!! She had doughnuts for her class one morning and daddy came and spoke to the class that day about de two health and she was just beyond thrilled! On Saturday she had her party at the imagination place with all her best friends. It was such a fun day and I thought the fancy Nancy theme turned out really cute! 

That night m came over to celebrate her birthday with us. C of course had to help her with her candles. 

Last night as a 3 year old!! 

Breakfast cinnamon rolls! 

She wore her tiara and carried this present from Henry in with her to church. 

Birthday lunch at Mama and Papa papa b house with papa Harold and uncle mike and aunt Debbie and Davis and megumi. 
If that wasn’t enough excitement for one birthday, she got to attend her first father daughter dance! She was so excited to get dressed up and accessorize! 

The weather was nice that week so I took the girls to take pictures in my moms daffodils. It was difficult wrangling them but I’m glad I got any shots  

We also went to celebrate charlottes birthday with our family in Birmingham that night. They were so sweet to have a little party for her and of course aunt Fran had to decorate it so Charlotte would approve. 

After all of the party fun, it was time to get packed for Disney!! Big post to come about that soon!! 

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