Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ More of the 90s!

Did you know it is 90s Week over at Sorcerer Radio?  You can listen in using the Live 365 player in the right side bar, or you can go directly to Sorcerer Radio and listen in from there!  So to keep in the spirit of the 90s, here's a picture of my mom and I with Pluto in France, as well as a park pass from our March 1990 trip.

By the way, I am not sure why I am wearing a Giants shirt.  Those of you who know me know that I am a huge New England Patriots fan!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mouse of Zen and My Two Princesses

A haiku from the book Mouse of Zen and my personal Disney memory to interpret it. 

baby steps to dreams
closer to becoming my
wish of a princess
~Mouse of Zen

Growing up I wasn't a girly girl or a tomboy.  I fell somewhere right in the middle of that.  I loved my dolls, but many times they found their way to my brother's Ewok Village or Millenium Falcon or even his Tonka trucks.  I loved the Disney princess stories, but I was never one to dress up.  Now as a mom of two girls, I have a new love of the princesses.  Both my daughters love wearing their Disney princess gowns.  On our last trip to Walt Disney World, we decided that it was time to take them to their first princess dinner.  Hayley was just three and a half and dressed as Princess Aurora.  Emily was just two and dressed as Snow White. 

We were eating dinner at Akershus in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot.  As soon as the princesses came into sight, the girls started chattering away in excitement.  Of course, the princesses had several tables to go before making it to us.  Emily and Hayley waved everytime they thought a princess was looking our way.  When the princesses arrived, my daughters were beyond thrilled.  But the most special moment happened when Aurora visited our table.

She began commenting on Hayley's Sleeping Beauty dress.  She mentioned how Flora, Fauna and Merriweather must have been so busy making dresses for both of them.  Then, she mentioned that Hayley's had a bow, unlike hers.  The two of them talked back and forth like they had been friends forever.  Sleeping Beauty made Hayley's night, and even now when Hayley talks about our princess dinner, she talks about bringing a bow for Aurora on our next trip so she can add it to her dress.

It is moments like these I cherish the most from our trips to Walt Disney World.  Not only the interaction between the two, but it shows the connection Hayley made and the fact that she wants to return to Akershus to personally deliver a pink bow to Sleeping Beauty.  When I read this Mouse of Zen haiku, this special Disney moment immediately came to mind. 

The 90s - The Decade I Converted My Non-Disney Husband

1995 ~ Pierre's 1st Trip
to Walt Disney World
I decided to join in the fun of "90s Week" over at Sorcerer Radio (listen in through the Live 365 player in my right side bar, or use this link to go to the Sorcerer Radio homepage and listen from there) and share some 90s Disney moments this week on my blog.  I happen to love the 90s.  It was a great decade for me.  I graduated from high school, graduated from college, married Pierre and even converted Pierre to a Disney fanatic, to name a few significant events of the decade.

In 1995, my parents were bringing my brother and I to Disney.  I had been dating Pierre for four years and my parents invited him to join us.  He had never been to Walt Disney World before, so I was really excited when he agreed to come with is.  We stayed at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and had a really great week touring the parks with my family. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

We Pursued and We Found the Magic

In case you missed any of our Disney magic, you can find links to last week's posts right here.

Tuesday, I shared our experience with my three kids and T.S.A.  It was not my most pleasant airport experience, but it did teach me several lessons that I shared in that post.

For Wordless Wednesday, I shared a photo from my son's first trip to Walt Disney World.  We were in Epcot and he was looking out over World Showcase Lagoon.  Hard to be believe that was taken 5 years ago.  Joey is growing up much too fast!

Thursday I talked about the great resource that Natalie has over at Meet the Magic.  She has a part of her site dedicated solely to money saving strategies to save up for Disney.  I have made a couple of contributions, and she is always looking for suggestions.  If you have a money saving strategy head over to Meet the Magic and let Natalie know.

Friday I contributed to Growing Up Disney.  My guest post shares some lessons I learned while taking a week long Walt Disney World vacation with three little ones in diapers or pull ups.

I have also added the option to subscribe to my site by e-mail, which would have my posts delivered directly to your inbox, as well as added Pursuing the Magic to Networked Blogs.  You will find those in the right side bar.

How did you find Disney magic this week?  
I would love to hear about it!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Guest Post at Growing Up Disney

This week I shared a guest post over at Growing Up Disney.  You will find how I handled a week long trip to Walt Disney World with three children in diapers and pull ups, as well as some tips for handling potty training routines in the parks.

You can find my post 3 Kids in Diapers and Pull Ups HERE.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Contribution to Meet the Magic

Did you know that Natalie at Meet the Magic has an entire segment of her blog dedicated solely to saving money for your Disney trips, as well as ways to save money while in Disney?  She is always looking to add to her list of strategies, so make sure you head over to Meet the Magic's Strategies for Saving for Disney and see if your favorite money saving tip is there.  If it isn't, let Natalie know and she will add it to her site!

I submitted a tip about Vonage and Direct TV customers.  You can check it out HERE.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

T.S.A. or S.T.R.E.S.S

In 2008, we decided to travel to Walt Disney World with our three children.  Joey was 3.5, Hayley was 2, and Emily was just 10 months.  I was so excited for this trip because it would be Hayley and Emily's first trip to WDW.  Plus, my brother, sister-in-law and nephew, who live in Texas, were meeting us in Walt Disney World and it would also be my nephew's first trip.  Even my parents were traveling with us, so it was a full out family reunion.

We arrived at the airport with more than enough time to spare.  If there is one place I do not want to cut it close, it is the Manchester Airport on a Saturday morning.  We checked in our luggage and made our way to the security line, which is my least favorite part of any trip.  I was holding Emily, while Pierre folded down the stroller.  My mom was taking Joey and Hayley's sneakers off, and that's when it all began.  Joey started crying because he thought TSA was taking his brand new Lightning McQueen sneakers.  So as you can imagine, Hayley started crying that they were taking her new Disney Princess sneakers.  I had planned for everything else.  I had taken all possible items out of their hands and had coats off before even being close to the front of the line.  But I had not even once considered that sneakers would be an issue.  These are my two kids who would go barefoot everyday of their life if I let them.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

We Pursued and We Found the Magic This Week

Each Sunday you will find a quick recap of my week's posts.  Please feel free to let me know in a comment how you found Disney magic this week! 

Monday, I booked my flights for our October trip to Walt Disney World.  Southwest Airlines is now booking through November 4th.  I was able to get our flights to Orlando for just $82 per person.  I was quite excited!  Now to wait until they release the dates for our return flights!

For Wordless Wednesday, I did a then and now theme with a photo from the Living Seas Pavilion and the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion.  Are you happy they changed the Living Seas or do you prefer the original?  Join the conversation by leaving a comment on that post about your favorite version.

On Thursday, I shared a quick little video from our last trip to Walt Disney World in my post This Is Why I Love Going to Disney.  I have video evidence that my daughter was as excited to go to Disney as I was!

Saturday, I posted a press release by Sorcerer Radio about Power of 10: Give Kids the World One Million Dollar Challenge.  They are an organization raising money so that children with terminal illnesses and their families can experience some Disney magic.  The press release gives you all the information you need to help out and participate.  It is a great cause!

I have more Disney magic in store for you this week, so make sure if you aren't following me or subscribed by e-mail that you do!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Power of 10: Give Kids the World One Million Dollar Challenge

I believe this is a really great cause, and I am posting this Sorcerer Radio press release to help spread the word about "Power of 10: Give Kids the World One Million Dollar Challenge."  Read here to find out how you can make Disney Dreams come true for children with life threatening illnesses and their families.


Orlando, FL - March 7, 2011 - The Sorcerer Radio Network, a fan-run Disney station and Live365 Editor's Pick, joins the Disney fan community in raising funds for "The Power of 10: Give Kids the World One Million Dollar Challenge."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

This is Why I Love Going to Disney

There are lots of magical moments on any Disney trip.  But this video is a quick clip of why I love bringing my kids to Walt Disney World.  We were in our rental car making our way to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.  It was the five of us and my parents.  Hayley's reaction made me realize that my kids are just as excited about going to Disney as I am!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Our Flights are Booked ~ Southwest Airlines Now Booking through November 4th

With just 230 more days until our Disney vacation, I just booked our flights to Orlando.  Southwest has released their flights through November 4th.  We were able to get the perfect, nonstop flight for our family for only $82 each.  Of course, that is only one way, since they haven't released through our return dates.  Even better, the flights were so cheap that I could save my three free tickets for another trip!  So, if you are looking to book your flights through Southwest, you can now book through November 4th!

Go to Southwest Airlines to book your flights now!

Want to see other plans we've made so far, here are a couple of my trip planning links:
Making Our Adr's and Looking for Something New (Suggestions Welcome!)
Port Orleans Riverside (Our hotel of choice for this trip.)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

We Pursued and We Found the Magic This Week

Here's how we Pursued the Magic this week:

Tuesday, I shared a very personal Magical Moment we experienced on our 2008 trip to Walt Disney World, which shows Disney magic at work again.

Wednesday for Wordless Wednesday I shared a photo from Emily's first trip to Walt Disney World and a very sweet cast member at Biergarten.

Thursday I shared our experience with a Disney villian encounter at our local grocery store.

Friday I shared my Disney Bucket List.

Saturday gives you the link to my contribution over at Vacation Field Guides.  If you are looking for a fun spring activity to do with the kids, head over there to see Hayley and Emily's creation.  See if you can spot our hidden Flik!

Feel free to share how you found a little Disney magic this week!  I would love to hear it!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Contribution to Vacation Field Guides

I am so excited!  My Spring Garden Kid's Craft Project is posted over at Vacation Field Guides.  It was so fun working with my girls to bring a little spring into our house, as we wait for the snow to melt.  If you want to check out this simple and fun craft you can do with your kids, go to Epcot's Flower and Garden Project.  The best part about this project, we had all the materials on hand and my girls keep talking about all the things we need to add to our garden.  We have many more crafts in store to make this spring garden full of life!

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Disney Bucket List 2011

As my family and I look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary of our first trip to Walt Disney World this fall, I realize that there are many things Disney has to offer that I have just never taken the time to experience but really want to make sure I do.

Here are my top 5:

5. Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom - This one may surprise you if you have been reading my posts, since I am a complete roller coaster chicken. I hope to get up the courage to try Expedition Everest one of these trips!  Since "conquering" Rock N Roller Coaster last trip, I can feel my roller coaster confidence increasing!  We'll see what happens though when I am actually standing face to face with Expedition Everest - it's easy to be brave here in my family room in New Hampshire!

4. A Disney Cruise - Fingers crossed I can take this one off the list in 2013.  Now to convince my family, since we take our Disney vacations together.  I am not sure which ship I will choose, but with all the talk about the Disney Dream right now, it seems to be the one at the top of my list!

Joey loves the Beach Club
too-so relaxing!
3. Stay at Disney's Beach Club Resort - I love this resort!  Though I have only been there to experience the character breakfast at Cape May and the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream, I would love to one year stay here.  The pool is amazing, the proximity to Epcot, the Boardwalk, and Disney's Hollywood Studios, as well as the theming are very appealing to me.

2. Visit Walt Disney World during the month of December - I would love to visit the parks when they are decorated for the holiday season.  I am almost as obsessed with Christmas as I am with Disney, so what better season to visit the parks?

1.  Run a Disney Half Marathon - Before children, I was always athletic and loved to run. Since having children I have not made the time for myself to continue it. I am hoping that January 2012 will be my first Disney half marathon!

What is the one thing you would love to do in Disney but just haven't had the chance to experience it yet?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Villian Encounter at the Grocery Store

*This post was written for my Making Magical Memories column that was published in WDW Daily News Newsletter #169, March 1, 2011.

We are always finding ways to bring a little Disney into our lives between vacations. But this winter we had somewhat of a Disney villain encounter at our local grocery store. We entered our local Hannaford to begin shopping. Now as we were entering the store we were behind a woman with an extremely large, white fur coat. My daughter Hayley, just three and a half at the time, asked me if that lady was wearing a polar bear and actually looked a little scared to go into the store behind it. After explaining it was a fur coat and that she was safe, we continued our forward progress.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Disney Magic at Work Again

Every trip to Walt Disney World there are little moments that just stand out for me.  My last post, Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar ~ The Perfect Cure for a Skinned Knee or Two, was just one of those moments.  I remember taking that picture of Emily and that exact moment.  Today I am going to share a moment that always gets me a little teary-eyed but in a very happy way. 

In 2008, we decided to take all the kids to Walt Disney World.  Joey had already been as a toddler, but it was the first trip for both the girls.  Joey was just three and a half at the time and didn't talk.  He had always been a quiet baby and as new parents, we chalked that up to him just being good natured.  He rarely cried, smiled a lot and was just a lovable little guy.  Well, at his three year check up, our pediatrician was concerned.  Joey was still not really talking and basically using hand gestures to communicate what he wanted to us.  Looking back now, we should have been more concerned about it sooner, but we'll add that to our list of lessons learned as new parents.  Our pediatrician referred Joey to the Early Intervention Program, which qualified him to work with a speech and language specialist and then enter the preschool program at our local elementary school.  He had been in the preschool program just 4 weeks when we made our way to Walt Disney World.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar ~ The Perfect Cure for a Skinned Knee or Two

The first morning of our trip to Walt Disney World in 2010 started off with some tears.  Not from a tantrum, not from being over tired, but from a major wipe out in the parking lot of Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.  We were on our way to catch a bus to Magic Kingdom.  The bus arrived, and we picked up our pace to try to catch it.  Well, Grampa forgot he was holding Emily's hand and picked up the pace a little too quickly for her little legs.  She fell and skinned her knee.  I am not sure who was more upset, Grampa or Emily.  Emily quickly recovered, but I think even now a year later, Grampa still feels a little guilty. 

We made our way to Fantasyland to ride the kids' favorite attractions.  As Joey and Hayley rode Dumbo, Emily decided to spend some time with Grammie.  As she played with Grammie off to the side of Dumbo, she tripped and skinned her other knee.  Grampa had the perfect solution, he headed to a snack cart and purchased a Mickey Premium Bar for each of the kids.  Emily immediately felt better.  So you may already know this, but on our last trip, we discovered Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bars to be the perfect cure for a skinned knee or two.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

LeCellier's Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe ~ Courtesy of Cooking with Mickey

Canada Pavilion ~ April 2004
My husband, Pierre, loves to cook.  But since I am a stay at home mom and he works, I pretty much do all the cooking.  This week is a little different - Pierre is on vacation!  For a very cold New Hampshire day yesterday, he decided to make LeCellier's Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup.  I have heard many things about this soup, but we have never actually dined at LeCellier on any of our WDW trips, nor had we tried making the recipe ourselves.  I looked up the recipe on Kristen's site, Cooking with Mickey, and there it was. 

If you want to try this out for yourself, here's the recipe at Cooking with Mickey: LeCellier's Canadian Cheddar Cheese SoupIt was delicious, and as you know from my other posts, making Disney recipes is one of my favorite ways to keep Disney magic alive between trips.  Kristen has several Disney recipes posted on her site. Check out Cooking with Mickey if you are looking to bring a little Disney to your dinner table.

What is your favorite Disney recipe that you make at home?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ A Future First In Frontierland?

Emily let me know that on her next trip to Walt Disney World, she will be taking her first trip on Splash Mountain, since she is finally tall enough to ride it!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Kristos - Where have they gone?

Back in 2004, it just happened that as my husband and I were walking through Future World, we suddenly heard some music start to play and what appeared to be aliens came into view.  I soon discovered this was an amazing show called The Kristos.  The strength these three "aliens" was amazing!  They no longer perform at Epcot, but did you ever have a chance to experience their show?