Monday, November 09, 2015

Disney 2015 ~ Magic Kingdom, Day 3

(Saturday, September 19, 2015)

I have a couple more Disney posts to put up as I wanted to capture as many of our memories here as I can.  Better late than never. Smile

Saturday was another one of those days that continued to change on the fly.  This is the first trip that we’ve done as much of this and I must say it was wonderful!  Rather than being tied to a schedule we’d change as we wanted or as other moving parts led us to change. 

I will say here that the ability to change things up is one of the many, many reasons why we like MagicBands.  MagicBands (MBs) are the bracelets you see on all of us.  They are our room key, park ticket, hold our FastPass+ (FP+) reservations, credits of our dining plan and also allow me to enter the park without a purse as I have charging privileges tied to mine just by entering a 4 digit pin I set up.  Each trip we’re offered the opportunity to order new bands so Hannah and I have quite a collection of colours.  It’s fun to mix and match our bracelets with what we’re wearing for the day.  Changing our FP+ reservations was a simple as using my phone or iPad and the MyDisneyExperience (MDE) app to make the changes.  FP+ reservations are basically 3 rides/attractions each day where we get to bypass the line and go directly onto a ride.  They’re wonderful and offered to every single Disney guest free of change.

Hannah and I enjoyed a quieter start to our day on Saturday.  We started with a swim with the family.IMG_8851



Dave and Trish headed to the Magic Kingdom while Hannah and I headed over to the Art of Animation (AoA) resort to attend an animation class.  Hannah has talked about doing this for a number of months and what fun we had!  IMG_8860

My budding artist did so well!IMG_8864

Posing with our final drawings.IMG_8868

Hannah with the animator.  Great job Hannah!!IMG_8871

Our final pictures.  We’ll be sure to do this again for sure!!!IMG_8873

We hadn’t had breakfast so by now we were hungry and visited the AoA food court which is one of our favourites.  We really like the design your own pasta…and it looks like the chefs enjoyed making it for us too. IMG_8876

Even Pluto was excited to munch on our lunch!IMG_8877

By this point we’d received a text from Dave and Trish that the MK was hot and packed and they were headed back to Pop.  It was an easy decision to put our bathing suits back on and head back to the pool. 

Today was Kallen’s 3rd Birthday so we celebrated with supper at Chef Mickey’s.  Unfortunately he slept through the first part of his dinnerIMG_8900

but it sure did make for some adorable pictures!  Mickey was so cute as he had us move the table so that he could pose for this picture!IMG_4445

Minnie too!IMG_8911

The girls always enjoy time with the fabulous 5!IMG_8895

The night was still young when we left the restaurant around 7:30.  (Sadly the flash on my camera had broken by this time so this will be the end of indoor pictures.  Now saving to buy a new camera since I had mine repaired a year ago and it’s broken again. I just can’t justify paying the $170 to have it repaired again. Crying face)IMG_8956

Dave, Trish and Makenna went for a ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train while Hannah, Kallen and I rode the Carrousel. IMG_8961

So sweet!


Happy 3rd Birthday Kallen!  It was a treat celebrating with you!!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

6th Annual China Travel Group Reunion

Sunday afternoon Hannah and I, Mom and Dad had the privilege of getting together with the wonderful people we traveled to China with in 2009.  Our group gets together only once a year so it’s a special day when we do.  It’s always so neat to see how the girls have grown and to touch base with those who we share such memories with! 

L to R: Meigan, Jiana, Tessa, Hannah, Kristie and Emma.DSC_1829

And a walk through reunions past….





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So thankful to have share friendships with these special people!

Monday, November 02, 2015

6 year Forever Family Day!

6 years ago today Hannah was placed in my arms and heart forever!!!  Nov 2, 2009a

Nov 2, 2009b

Nov 2, 2009

And now 6 wonderful, amazing, awesome years later!  Hannah I love you more than my heart can express and I am forever grateful to God for creating our family is such a perfect way!  I love you Lovey Bug!!  xoxoIMG_4688

‘The Lord has done this and it is marvellous in our eyes.’   Psalm 118:23

For more stories and pictures of our time in China please see posts here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Disney 2015 ~ Epcot Day 2, Part 2

(Friday, September 18, 2015)

Hannah and I made our way to Disney Springs to meet up with my brother and his family for supper at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.  What a fun little place!  IMG_8790

While we waited for our meal to arrive we enjoyed the live entertainment. 

I’ve had little bits of salmon in the past and decided to order it for a meal but must admit it just wasn’t my thing.  While it was very good, I enjoyed Hannah’s fish and chips more.  That’s just my taste buds though and has nothing to do with the food.

Part way through the evening the dancers came around and asked the girls if they would like to dance.  Hannah initially said yes but then changed her mind before the dancing began.  Makenna participated though and was adorable!

After supper we went our separate ways.  Hannah and I went to Disney Quest.  It was a first for us and since it’s closing in the new year I wanted to check it out.  It wasn’t really our thing with the exception of the room with creative games which Hannah really enjoyed so we didn’t stay there long.

When we left there it was around 9:30.  I checked the MyDisneyExperience app and confirmed the hours of Epcot before I asked Hannah a question.  I was pretty sure I knew the answer but checked anyway.  I asked her if she would like to go back to Epcot and ride Test Track?  My question was met with a resounding YES and shouts of happiness! 

Knowing how late it was and my girl’s stamina I asked her what I should do if she fell asleep on the bus.  She said she wanted me to wake her up so that she could ride Test Track. 

We entered Epcot with her in a deep sleep.  These cast members giggled as I lifted up Hannah’s limp arm to scan her MagicBand. SmileIMG_8801 It was 10:45 at this point and we were like fish swimming upstream as everyone else was leaving the park.  We arrived at TT with minutes to spare…and Hannah still fast asleep.IMG_8803

She woke up as we got in line and after a quick potty stop got back in line to ride.  She looks a little weary here but trust me, she was excited as Test Track is her favourite ride at all 4 parks!IMG_8805

Check out her amazing car!  She ended up winning in our car with her great design.  Here is my girl enjoying her ride!  SO thankful we were able to do this!

We’re both looking a little worse for wear here but after a long day I guess that’s to be expected.   I checked my fitbit at the end of this day (most Disney days  had averaged around 14,000-15,000 steps) but that day I was just under 22,000.  Those tired eyes and feet were well earned!IMG_8810

Tomorrow:  Resort fun and the Magic Kingdom.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Disney 2015 ~ Epcot, Day 2, Part 1

(Sorry for the gap in posts.  Adjusting to a new school with a new language meant extra time with Mommy was needed to kinda just settle Hannah into her new routine.  She’s doing great now!!  Add to that our amazing Toronto Blue Jays and how well they did in the post season and my blog posting suffered.  Thanks for hanging in there and still being here now that I’m finally posting again.)

On Friday Sept 18th, Hannah and I went back to Epcot to enjoy our second day there.  There is so much to do at Epcot and even with 2 days we still didn’t get to enjoy all that we’d hoped to.  Just leaves more to do next time. Smile

As Hannah had reached 48” (48” sounds much better than 4’ as 4’ makes her sound too grown up!!) a few new rides opened up to us.  One new one we tried and Hannah enjoyed was Mission Space (Green) as it’s the milder version.  After being a little timid to ride it at the last moment, a little bit of encouragement that I knew she could handle it and we were off.  It was deemed a success and next time I think we might try the orange version as my girl loves spinney rides!

We had FP+ reservations for Soarin’ so headed there to ride it one final time with the current version of the California movie.  By the time we return next year Soarin’ will have been closed down for an extensive renovation period (January 2016 – Summer 2016) in order for them to open a 3rd theatre, update the movie to ‘Soarin’ Round the World’, as well as a new projection system.  We love the current movie (and especially the soundtrack) but I have a feeling the new one will be amazing as well!  We’re really excited as the new version is going to take us Soarin’ over the Great Wall of China!  IMG_8783

After riding Soarin’ we visited ‘Living with the Land’ that had just reopened that day after a short refurbishment.   I take a lot of teasing for enjoying this ride but Hannah and I enjoy this quiet time to sit back, relax and be reminded of how hard people work to grow the foods that we too often take for granted.  It’s always neat to see the innovative ways they are growing crops too.IMG_8776

The Land building has a good quick-service dining option called Sunshine Seasons so we stopped there for lunch.  As happened more than once, I looked down at our lunch tray and was thankful to be able to travel during the free dining promotion and realize that I’d paid very little for our food and the relief of not thinking of cost each time we ate was priceless to me.  We did not eat it all and desserts were packed away to enjoy later but this was our lunch on this day.  (Stir-fried beef with rice, Tortilla soup, watermelon, chocolate croissant and a macaroon with iced tea and chocolate milk.  Yup….all for free!)IMG_8774

When we left The Land we stopped to take a few pics.  I can’t believe how grown up she looks in these pictures!  The first is a selfie she took while I was getting the stroller.  Where did my baby go??



We had a FP+ reservation for our final ride of the day to ride Test Track which is Hannah’s absolute favourite ride at all the parks!  My Mommy heart dropped when shortly before our FP+ window opened I received an email advising me that the ride was closed for an undetermined amount of time and we were welcome to use our FP+ reservation at any other ride, at any time that day.  I know there’s nothing we can do when rides need to suddenly be shut down for safety/maintenance but I still felt terrible relaying the message as I knew it was the one ride she’d most been looking forward to riding all week!  In grand Hannah style she took the news like a trooper and asked if we might be able to do an Agent P assignment instead.  She’s awesome friends….absolutely awesome!!

We quickly made our way to the International Gateway and picked up our transponder, ready to save China! 

Hannah used her transponder to find special places in China and then trigger actions. 

I’m happy to say with the amazing ‘Agent H’ leading our mission we were successful and China is once again safe!  Thank you Agent H!!IMG_8785

Up next: Raglan Road and Disney Springs.

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