Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Playground Fun

Each week after our music class, we go to a nearby playground and spend some time with one of our friends from class.

We met this particular little friend in my moms group, back in the summer of 2012, so it's been really fun watching these two grow together.

MC is "hiding" behind a tree during one of their favorite games of Hide and Seek. Well, it's a toddler version of H&S, with mamas still heavily involved and lots of hiding in the same spot over and over...but it sure it cute to watch them play!

"Watch me, Mama!" as she 'swings' from the top of the slide before sliding down.

Crazy static hair from the slide!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Enjoying the Fall

We've been enjoying the beautiful fall weather this year! Here are some pictures from the last couple of weeks:

One weekend BD took her to a fall festival at one of the local nurseries. They had a big tractor pulling a hayride which she loved!

We went looking for pumpkins one Monday at a pumpkin lot patch near our house. They had been totally picked out over the weekend, but there was still plenty for us to explore. She was really interested in the weirdly shaped, bumpy pumpkins.

They had several old tractors and trucks for the kids to climb on.

She wasn't in much of a "look at the camera" mood on this day, obviously!

We've eaten lunch/snack out on our picnic blanket in the front yard a lot. (On this particular day I was just taking advantage of her good mood and the good light to practice with my camera.)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

State Fair 2014

A couple of weeks ago, we took MC to the NC State Fair. We've taken her to the fair every year since she was born, and each year it gets more fun! This year we had beautiful weather and a relatively uncrowded day.

Family Selfie - October 24, 2014

The Garden/Flower Show area is one of our favorite parts of the fair. They always have cute photo cut-outs...although MC is still not quite big enough for them!

Stopping to have a healthy snack while we explored all of the beautiful flower displays. (And yes...we did let her have some fair food! We all shared an order of hand-cut fries and a fried Milky Way.)

We thought this year she'd be tall enough to ride some of the kiddie rides, but unfortunately she's not, so we just stuck to our tradition of the carousel...which is really her favorite ride anyway!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Just Being Silly

Someone has discovered that she can fit inside the oven in her play kitchen!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

On Halloween Eve we went over to some friends' house for pumpkin carving and pizza eating. We had so much fun that I didn't get many pics, but I did catch MC in her Halloween shirt.

On Halloween Day, we went over to Southern Village for their big party in the community green space. They had a live band playing and all of the businesses set up tables with activities for the kids. Much to MC's delight, there were several Halloween inflatables!

After our Disney World trip last month, MC has been very interested in Dumbo, so she picked an elephant costume for this year.

We ran into some other families that we know, and the kiddos had fun all running around together.

MC the elephant!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Walt Disney World 2014 (Part 2)

We spent one day at the Animal Kingdom. There were lots of interesting animals to look at throughout the park.

On the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, we spent some time watching and learning about the 4 male Silverback gorillas that live in the enclosure. MC was really interested in them stripping leaves off of branches to eat.

On the Kilimanjaro Safari we saw lots of African animals in their "natural" habitat. Our favorite was this lazy lion - can you see him sleeping on top of the rock? MC said, "Wake up, lion!" as we rode past him.

BD and I took turns riding the Expedition Everest roller coaster - highly recommended for any fellow coaster enthusiasts!

We stayed at the Saratoga Springs Resort near the Downtown Disney area of WDW. The resort had tons of family friendly activities throughout the day. One evening after spending the afternoon at the pool, we went over to the main building where they were set up for roasting marshmallows around a campfire.

MC wasn't quite sure what to think at on a stick and then you purposely burn it in a fire?

But she got on-board with the idea pretty quickly, once we convinced her to give it a try!

Another day at Magic Kingdom - we took advantage of the overcast sky to get an "official" castle picture...featuring the Serious Toddler Face.

Riding the Magic Teacups - another one that we rode multiple times.

BD had to keep his hand on the wheel or she would get us spinning really fast!

We took one day off from the parks and spent some time exploring Downtown Disney. And found another carousel, of course!

Ice cream brownie sundae at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop - the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon at WDW!

One final family shot on our last day at Magic Kingdom. WDW 2014 is a wrap! We had such a fantastic time on our first family WDW trip!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Walt Disney World 2014 (Part 1)

We took MC on her first trip to Disney World last week! Thanks to BD's co-worker who has access to a last-minute deals site through her time share ownership, we took advantage of an amazing deal on a 1 bedroom condo on Disney property. We booked the trip only 10 days before we left, which didn't leave much time for planning anything, but we had a fantastic time on our impromptu vacation! 

BD and I haven't been to WDW since our honeymoon in '03, so we were excited about going back and introducing MC to all the fun! MC had a great time and was such a trooper! She did great with the traveling (about 10 hours each way) and slept well in the hotel. She loved all of the rides at the parks. Magic Kingdom has lots of rides that don't have height restrictions, so she was able to get on a bunch of different rides.

One of her favorites was Prince Charming's Carousel, right outside Cinderella's castle. We rode the carousel multiple times each day that we were at Magic Kingdom.

The park was all decorated for Halloween! They were also doing Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party on some nights, but we didn't even try to get tickets for that since it started after MC's bedtime.

We took her to meet Mickey Mouse at Town Hall Theater. She wasn't too sure about him, but she did let him touch her hand.

We also met Minnie Mouse outside one morning. We just happened to be walking by right as Minnie and Pluto came out to do a meet-and-greet, so we jumped in line.

She wasn't too sure about Minnie either, so after that, we just checked out the other characters from a distance and didn't try to get any pictures with them.

We rode the train all around Magic Kingdom. It was so fun to see WDW through the eyes of a child. Before this trip I didn't even remember that there was a train in Magic Kingdom, but as soon as we walked in the park and heard it whistle, MC wanted to ride the train!

Her other favorite ride was Dumbo the Flying Elephant. We also rode him multiple times each day at Magic Kingdom.

And, of course, she had several chocolate covered ice cream Mickeys! No trip to WDW would be complete without that!!