Wednesday, September 28, 2011

More from The Happiest Place on Earth....

Here's some more from Epcot day during the Hicks Disney Trip 2011.....

 Cute posing with Ariel at the pool. (plus the random girl in the background)

 Hanging out with our pal Cinderella. She's so pretty. Well come to think of it, all the princesses in this photo are pretty!! (Yes, I am biased)

Playin' in the jumping water

Test Track with Daddy

Tasting something that apparently was nasty. I believe this was where you could taste different cola flavors from around the world. Whatever country this was gets a thumbs down from CP!

My girls LOVED the Kim Possible mission at the World Expo in Epcot. 

Playing The Great Piggy Bank Adventure. It was really cute and educational all rolled into one! Gotta love that Disney for slipping some learning into fun like that!

More to come.....

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dads of Daughters

I stole this from a post from a friend of a friend but it was too good not to copy and share with you. I know I promised to continue with our Disney adventure but this was too precious and important not to share. This touched my heart so much because not only did I have the best dad who exemplified so many of these but my girls have such a passionate and wonderful dad too! Daddies are so very important to their daughters. It make me think of that John Mayer Song, "Daughters"

Fathers be good to your daughters, Daughters will love like you do.....

So enjoy and take to heart these sweet thoughts and suggestions...

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Disney 2011

Ok folks, I won't bore you with too many details since this adventure was several months ago but back in May we took the girlies to Disney! We didn't tell them until Easter morning and that secret was hard to keep but was lots of fun. Their Easter baskets had lots of Disney themed goodies. We also had a scavenger hunt of sorts and downstairs was a sign telling them that they were going to Disney world. They were so shocked and excited!! 
Here are my surprised and Very Happy munchkins on Easter morning!!
 Here are the overly giddy girls on their way to The Mouse's House!! Don't they look excited?

 Above is a shot of our first day in the parks at Epcot. 
It seemed less crowded that day than the other parks so we started there.
 Here are the girls in front of Lightnin' McQueen and Mater made completely out of organic materials.
Epcot turned out to be one of our favorite parks overall this time. There was a time in my life that Epcot kind of bored me. Not so this time. We all really enjoyed it this time. Soarin' was our favorite ride that day. Well, that and Fast Track.
A cute shot of the whole family! 
 We stayed in the Disney All Star Music Resort which worked out just great. Here CP is re-enacting the "Singin' in the Rain" pose but she had no idea what she was doing b/c she's never seen that movie. haha!! Our hotel had a great pool with games and movies on the pool deck each night. We didn't even make it to ANY fireworks this time b/c my girlies were either too worn out or wanted to go back to the resort and swim.
 This is only their 2nd trip to Disney World but we seemed to have started our own tradition of new Disney Jammies for each trip. This was the 2011 version! This time like last time we surprised them with their Minnie Mouse pajamas the first night of our vacation! It's another fun little thing to add to the magic of Disney! 

That's about all for now but my goal is to get more Disney posted before the end of the week. :) Wish me luck!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm Still All In.....

Just sayin........

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's True....

I am a blog failure and have been for quite some time. I'm quite proud of the moments and memories I've captured here in my little corner of the Internet stratosphere for the last 4 years or so. However, I have done a pitiful job documenting 2011. I wanted so desperately to play catch up. I just don't think it will happen. So, other than posting some pictures from our trip to Disney World (back in MAY) I think I will just start from here and chalk the summer up to me taking a hiatus and hopefully I can find the strength within me to trudge forward and blog on. So, look for at least some posts from me soon!!!
Until next time...........

Ya know it is Football Season already so I must say,