Friday, November 14, 2014

Mickey’s Spooky Party…

If there were awards for surviving potty training, we’d earn one for making it with Maybree. DSC_7903It was SOMETHING. I’m a firm believer in waiting until the child is ready, but when Tucker arrived and Mamie still wasn’t ready, we decided to put a little pressure on her. That didn’t work. She was SO not interested and it made for a very frustrated Momma & Daddy. DW, out of sheer desperation told Mamie we could go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party if she’d start wearing her big girl panties. A couple more weeks passed and one day while cleaning up ANOTHER accident, I, not expecting her to answer, asked Maybree, “WHEN are you going to start tee-teeing and poo-pooing in the potty???” She looked me square in the eyes and said, “On Friday.” DSC_7905I promise the following Friday she decided on her own she would potty train. I have no idea how or if she knew what day it was, but wasn’t kidding. Two weeks later, we were on our way to Disney for what Mamie called “Mickey’s Sppppoooookey Party” – she’s into all things silly and spooky so we knew it would be right up her ally. I can’t leave out the part where we were all packed up and ready to go only to find out tickets were sold out the first time we tried to go! Thankfully we’d only pulled out of our driveway and hadn’t driven the two hours to Orlando.
The following Friday, with tickets in our hands, we headed out.

The girls dressed up as kitty cats. (Mamie’s choice, since it was her day). We met a few villians (& Buzz)… DSC_7916
danced with Cruella De Ville at Club Villian,DSC_7926 & the crew from Monsters Inc. at another dance party…DSC_7983
rode some rides, (highlights include AB’s first time on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! & all of our first time on the 7 Dwarfs Mine train (Mamie was JUST tall enough! We all loved it!) DSC_7933DSC_7955DSC_7981DSC_7982DSC_7988DSC_7995DSC_8017

caught the paradeDSC_8022DSC_8025DSC_8034 and shopped for a few prizes…

Mamie's necklace she traded her pacis for... (It was a big night for Mames)  

We ended it all with a visit with the Mouse.

It was a great night and something we’d love to do again. DSC_8071Maybe next year we’ll try out the Christmas party at Disney.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

An Author Writes the Words…

I’m amazed at the things kindergarteners know now days. Annabelle knows a lot about books – she knows what an author is, what an illustrator is, the parts of the book and even the difference in fiction and non-fiction.

When we read, she usually points out the title page and asks the authors name and always reminds us that “the author wrote the words” to the story.

When I read online that Eric Litwin, author of the first four ‘Pete the Cat’ books was coming to Gainesville, I knew we had to go!

He was having two events – an afternoon one and an evening one. We already had plans for that night, so I decided it was definitely worth checking AB out of school early and going to the afternoon event. We invited her friend, Emma & her mom to go, too. I knew both the girls loved Pete the Cat and after reading about Mr. Eric online, I knew it was going to be fun and something we didn’t want to miss.

We hit Chick-fil-A for some lunch and then made our way to the public library headquarters. IMG_0456We got there at a perfect time and were able to get great seats right up front. IMG_0459

Mr. Eric puts on such a fun show. He sang songs, read two books and even shared a new character he’s working on. The kids sang along, danced and laughed their heads off at all his funny antics.IMG_0463 It was so much fun and I was SO glad we made the choice to let the girls skip school that afternoon. There are some things that can’t be experienced in a classroom, and I’m so glad we had this opportunity.

After his presentation, Mr. Eric stuck around to meet the kids and sign their books. IMG_0473


We ordered a hardback book for AB to have signed for her and one for her kindergarten class. IMG_0483

We also snagged enough Pete the Cat Bookmarks and stickers for everyone in their class.

It worked out perfectly, because AB’s special day (where they bring snack and show/tell) was the following Monday. So she took in Pete the Cat Cookies,IMG_0743 a “HUGE PILE OF STRAWBERRIES” (from Pete’s white shoes book) & was able to share about meeting Mr. Eric and then give her class all the goodies we’d grabbed for them.

SO fun!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kindergarten Field Trip

A couple weeks ago, AB had her first Kindergarten field trip to Coon Hollo Farm in Micanopy. IMG_0320

It was a morning of fall fun and we all had a great time.IMG_0227

The people at Coon Hollo put on a puppet show teaching the kids a few things about agriculture and then they had set up six different stations for the groups to rotate around. It was fun because the class got to stay together and do everything at the same time. IMG_0303

The stations included the cow train,IMG_0228


Petting Pen with goats and chickens, IMG_0238


Story Time with Nana,

a Hay ride where the kids got to feed the cows…IMG_0285



The giant hay slide,IMG_0253

IMG_0262 and the corn maze & hay bales…IMG_0313

AB’s favorite part was jumping the hay bales. Go figure. Something she could do anytime at home. :)

After all the classes had been through the rotation, we had a picnic lunch and then called it a day.IMG_0294


We visited Coon Hollo when AB was a toddler and it was a lot of fun then, too. It’s a great place for families to have something fall-ish to do and made for a great field trip!