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Monday, September 29, 2014

Mickey's Halloween Party

We are on a Disneyland streak right now.  We were there two weeks ago, we are going in another week and last Friday we were back attending Mickey's Halloween Party.  The Rossitto's took Sophie last year and told us what a blast she had that we made a point to get tickets for it these year. The girls had been talking about the Halloween Party for weeks.  Skylar especially liked mentioning it to Madden that she and Sophie were going to Mickey's Halloween Party and he wasn't.  The party didn't start until 7:00PM and we figured it would be just too late for Madden so he got to stay home with Nana and Papa, and he couldn't of been happier.

  We had planned for weeks that the girls were going to dress up as Anna and Elsa for the event, but the night before they decided on a costume change.  Jake decided to be one of those parents who dress up (see picture below) so he was getting out his pirate costume when Skylar discovered her costume from two years ago and decided she was no longer going to be Anna and wanted to be Pirate Skylar.  Sophie had mentioned to her Jess that day that she wanted to wear her pirate fairy costume so Pirates it was.

We got to the park right when we were allowed to enter and the girls were just thrilled to see each other. They were so excited walking down main street hand and hand.  We had dinner reservation over in Frontierland at the BBQ restaurant so we walked around before dinner and the girls played games and hung out with Minnie.

 During dinner the girls got to go on stage at the restaurant and participated in a dance party.

Not long after dinner the trick or treating right next to the restaurant opened up an we hit up our first trick or treat trail.

The girls can been a little tough when it comes to rides at Disney.  Skylar loves all the dark rides like Pirates, or anything in Fantasyland, while Sophie doesn't like any ride that is dark.  We were able to settle on It's a Small World for our only ride of the night.

It was finally starting to get dark and the park looked great.  The girls wanted more candy so we did the fairy trick or treat.


Right around the corner was the Monster's Dance Party which was the highlight of the night for the girls.  They hit the dance floor immediately and didn't want to stop dancing.

The girls dancing must of stood out because they were picked to participate in the Scare Contest.  They got to go on stage and be apart of Team Sully which they about died over. They had to put on their scariest faces and do their loudest scream to scare the crowd.

Here is their scary faces!

Here is their scream!

They received Scare Contest ribbons and couldn't of been prouder. Getting to go on stage at Disneyland...can you ask for anything better?  

After the contest we headed over to main street to get a prime spot for the main event, the Mickey Halloween Parade.  We had been watching YouTube videos of it for days and Skylar was so excited to watch it in person.  Lucky for the girls, Anna and Elsa made a surprise appearance and Elsa blew them a kiss.  The parade was super awesome and the girls couldn't take their eyes off of it.  They sat with the biggest smiles on their faces and waved to all the characters who came by.  

After the parade it was getting late and we knew we had to call it a night.  We got Madden a special Mickey Halloween balloon and left the park.  The girls probably could of gone longer, but we had to drive home and Skylar had a soccer game in the morning so we didn't want to push it too much.  It was the perfect kick off for October and a great way to get excited for Halloween.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Disney Day with Nana and Papa

The only good thing about summer coming to an end is that my blackout dates for my Disneyland pass are now open.  It had been about 4 or 5 months since the kids and I went last and I felt like we were in need of a visit.  Wanting to spend a magical day at Disney my parents joined us for their first Disney trip with their grandchildren.  Having them with us was going to make this trip even more special.

As you know, my parents and myself are morning people so we got to the park before it opened and we were waiting at the front of Frontier land for them to allow us through.  Getting there first thing in the morning is so worth it.  We practically walked on to most of the rides.

The kids were so excited to have Nana and Papa there with them.  Madden only wanted to ride rides with Papa and Skylar liked holding Nana's hand on all the rides.  Nana really wanted to ride the Haunted Mansion since it was decorated for Halloween.  I was nervous that the kids would get freaked out by it but they did great and seemed to really enjoy it.  Even though the next day Skylar said she was scared by it and would never go on it again.

Madden was shouting at Nana to watch him go up and down on his "Neigh."

We ate lunch in Toontown.

Nana and Papa opted out of the Tea Cups after lunch.

We were able to ride a couple new rides this trip as well.  We did It's a Small World that the kids loved. Skylar was begging to go on it again she loved it so much.  I had been wanting to take the kids on Peter Pan forever now and we finally got to do it.  Madden finally let Nana ride a ride with him after he had done 10 in a row with Papa.  

Getting to go to Disneyland with Nana and Papa means getting spoiled of course.  My parents were nice enough to get Skylar new Minnie Mouse ears and a Minnie purse and Madden got a sword.  While roaming the park Madden would constantly see the train, or as he calls it a "hoo."  On our way out the kids got some special treats and we rode the "hoo" around the whole park which couldn't of made Madden any happier.  He was so excited about the train that he refused to take a picture at the train stop because I think he thought he may miss the train.

We couldn't of asked for a better Disney day.  We were able to ride 10-11 rides which we barely had to wait for, we got to try some new rides out, and just being able to have Nana and Papa get to experience Disney with us made it even better.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Skylar's First Day of 4 Year Old Preschool

Last week Skylar had her Last/First Day of Preschool (insert sad face).  This means my baby girl is getting older and her days of preschool are coming to an end.  We are so lucky to have such an amazing class room with the two best teachers, wonderful kids and parents.  Knowing this was the last/first day of preschool with this amazing group made be a little blue.  Skylar on the other hand was ecstatic.  When I told her she would be going back to Room 7 with Ms. L, Ms. Paulette and all her friends she was on cloud nine.

  To start the morning off in a special way I attempted to make her some special pancakes ,"P 4" for preschool 4, an idea I stole from my friend Rocio.  They didn't look very pretty, but she loved them and kept telling me how she was eating bites of the 4 or the P.    

After breakfast we took our traditional first day of school pictures with the family and Sophie.  

It really makes days like this extra special that Skylar and Sophie get to experience them together.  The two of them we able to spend all summer together at camp, but now that school is back in session they will be in different class rooms.  Lucky for them their class rooms are on the playground together and have enrichment together so they are never that far apart.

These two sweethearts couldn't make us parents any prouder!

I had to go to work, but Jake drove Skylar to school that morning.  He said she was smiling from ear to ear the whole time.  

Sophie, Daniel, and Skylar

Madeline is Skylar's dearest friend in her classroom.  She told me she was the most excited about going back and seeing Madeline.  

I just know that this year is going to fly by so fast.  Skylar is going to learn so much during this time and I'm going to try and cherish ever moment.