Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Apple Picking.

It's been awhile.
I feel like these long periods of time have been common lately. Not that I like that at all. I miss blogging. But life has been….well life and I've been prioritizing. October was a really rough month. We spent the entire month being sick….

I'm hoping that this isn't a sign for what is to come this winter. Scarlett is in daycare and that accounts for most, if not all, of the sicknesses we acquire. Scarlett's building her immune system and I'm told that she will be one healthy Kindergartener. If not, the doctor has some serious explaining to do!!

The one thing we did manage to do this Fall, (besides move and vacation and try to to recoup from virus') was to go apple picking. We gave Scarlett the choice to either go the Elm's Farm, a great place where the kids can go on rides, participate in Fall fun and all sorts of great kids activities, OR to go apple picking. She chose the apples. I guess Disney was enough rides for one year…

We had a good day and Scarlett was really into the fact that we could pick any apple and just start eating it. I think we ate more apples that day than the rest of the entire year. Halloween is not my favorite holiday and so this was the highlight of Fall for me. Now that it's done and over, I'm extremely excited for the holidays!! I've got some good posts in store!! Some room/home tours and of course holiday stuff!

Let's hope for a much healthier November!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Florida 2014: Part II.

The second part of our vacation, we visited the rest of the parks. Epcot has always been my favorite. I love the fact that you can get a little taste of every country by just walking a few feet. Crepes in France, Sweets and souvenirs from Norway, and beer samplers from Germany. It was The Food & Wine Festival at Epcot and so we made sure that we drank plenty of wine, beer and Martini samplers along with great food. 

We rode the iconic Maelstroms for the last time before they closed it down this week to create a new Elsa & Anna ride. Scarlett is happy about this. She hated this ride last year and remembered it from just the building. She refused to go near it. I made Ty and Scarlett take a photo in front of my favorite spot, The Rose & Crown Pub. (I'm a Roseanne fan and Dan drank a Yarder there. I still wish they served them.)  We ate at Cinderella's Castle for breakfast. What a fun experience! First, you get your photo taken with Cinderella, then they lead you up the spiral staircase to their Royal Restaurant. Not only did they give out wands and special stars, but all the Princesses came out and went from table to table to meet the kids. Scarlett was over the moon about this. 
We also decided to let Scarlett do the Bippity Boppity Boutique in the Magic Kingdom this year. I made the reservations about 7 months in advance because I know they fill up quickly. Scarlett got to choose which princess she wanted to be. My sensible girl said, "I'll be Belle because I have brown hair like Belle." Once she chose which Princess she wanted to be, they led us into a dressing room where her dress, tiara and wand was waiting. Once she was done, they brought her to the chair and let you pick nail polish, make up and a hair style. Scarlett was just in awe over it all. It was definitely the highlight of our entire trip to see her light up when they spun her around in the mirror to see her final look. Every night after that she wanted to wear the dress for dinner. She danced in Epcot under the ball all evening long to music playing in France. Although a little pricey, it was totally worth it to see the smile on her face. We got to keep the dress, polish, all the accessories as well.

The Sci-Fi Dine-In in Hollywood Studios was SOOO cool! The restaurant is inside in the dark. You eat in cars set up to watch a theater just like the Drive-Ins. I loved the old movies that they played and the food was pretty good too. We also ate at Wolf Gang Puck's Dining Room in Downtown Disney and Jiko at the Jambo House. Marrakesh is a new restaurant in Morocco. I loved the Quick Service dining last year but I wasn't too impressed with the food this year at the new restaurant. It was mediocre, although the atmosphere was pretty cool and Scarlett loved the Belly dancers. I HAD to find the Cinnamon Glazed Almonds since they are my favorite. And we did. 

All and all it was a great vacation. A few rain showers here and there but nothing a poncho couldn't handle. I'm glad that we got to experience a new resort. We stopped by the Grand Floridian which we were discussing going to next year….although I've put a little hint in to Ty that it would be really cool to go to Hawaii! We'll see…...

If you missed Part I

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Florida, Food, Jungles and Yaks: Part I


It's been a crazy month. But we survived and are getting settled into a new home. I'm just getting a few moments to post about our trip to Florida last week. This was our second year going to Disney and this time we stayed at Animal Kingdom's Kidani Village. This was only our second trip and I can already feel myself getting acclimated to planning a successful trip.
Like many people could tell you, planning a trip to Disney World is an art! If you don't plan it ALL in advance, you could face quite a few disappointments. From Dinner reservations to fast passes, you definitely have to be prepared. And we were! Here are some of the highlights of our trip this year and places I recommend, don't recommend, etc.My sister is a Disney Travel agent and she planned our trip last year which then led me to plan my own this year. I could do an entire post dedicated to the do's and don'ts of Disney….but if you are interested in that, just click on her link over to the right in the sidebar there.

We started our trip running down the airport terminal like the scene from Home Alone when the family is running to catch their flight. We have Boston to thank for that. But once on the plane, we ordered some drinks and Scarlett insisted we do a cheers to our vacation.  We didn't oppose.

We arrived at the beautifully designed Kidnai Village where the animals roamed around freely outside of our villa balcony. Giraffe's walking around outside our window and all.  We dined at Sanaa Restaurant that night, which was really worth the pricier menu. Scarlett was really into the Nan. Every night, they held a campfire where they roasted Marshmallows and then an outdoor movie for the kids. Scarlett loved this almost as much as the Magic Kingdom! The resort was rather dark, mostly because of the African theme, I found myself longing for that bright, airy feeling of the Beach Club Resort that we stayed at last year. The pool was smaller but there was an awesome mini slide as well as an adult slide that slid into the pool. Scarlett was obsessed with that every time we went out to the pool.

I am warning you there will be a lot of food photos. We ate A LOT this time. Probably too much. We dined at a few notable restaurants: Le Cellier's Steakhouse in Epcot, Yak & Yetti in the Animal Kingdom and Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom. All were superb and I'd go back in a heartbeat. Scarlett's favorite was of course Cinderella's castle which I will talk about in Part II of this vaca post. Le Cellier's Steakhouse probably had one of the best steak's I've ever eaten. Yak & Yetti was Asian fare that I could. not. stop. eating. I left that place wobbling. We spent a lot of time in the Animal Kingdom Park this time since last year the day we went was a washout. Scarlett kept finding water to splash around in and so bringing multiple changes of clothes for her was imperative.

Most evenings, we ended up at the Maji pool bar with drinks by the hot tub, which was a favorite of mine. We didn't bring our Cannon Revbel this time around so all these photos were taken with my iPhone 5S. I know some of them are grainy/not the best quality but they are memories to me just the same :)

I'll post the second part of our vacation tomorrow.
The best little traveler. 
Sanaa Restaurant
Yak & Yetti. I HIGHLY recommend the Cream Cheese stuffed Wontons for dessert.
One of my favorite restaurants.
Loved this little vehicle.
Mid-Day Snack.
Coloring in Asia.

Part II here.