Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Some Day My Prince Will Come!

I have always been a HUGE fan of Snow White. I remember one of my first trips to Disney World as a child I brought home the set of 7 dwarfs. I LOVED playing with them. When we went to Disney World last month Stella Ross was familiar with the princesses but did not really have a favorite....yet! That QUICKLY changed when we returned. I have almost all Disney movies on VHS from my childhood (yes that's right!) and luckily we still have a tv with a vcr and dvd player. Stella Ross has the Snow White movie permanently fixed in Rafe's bedroom tv. We watch it in the mornings, while I am folding clothes, when we get ready for naps, when we get ready for bed, just because we want to, etc. You get the picture. It is safe to say she is completely obsessed with everything Snow White. We only read the Snow White book now before bed (move over Dora) and we sing "Some day my prince will come" over and over. My favorite is hearing Stella Ross say, "mirror, mirror on "e" wall, who the fairest one.... o all?" It is adorable. It is amazing to me that this little girl is growing up in a house full of her brother's skeletons, cars, wrestlers, Batman, etc. and she decides she wants to dress up and be a princess!! Rafe is being a really good sport about watching Snow White constantly. I think he secretly likes it, too, and it gives him an excuse to watch. I am hoping to keep them both in this fantasy land as long as I can!

Now we are trying to broaden Stella Ross's love of princesses and move on to the Little Mermaid. She is NOT ready for this!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Decisions, decisions

Love is in the air!

Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I LOVE everything about it. We had a lot of fun over the past few days celebrating.

Build-a-Bear Workshop!

Stella Ross's school party!

Decorating delicious cookies!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Rafe's school party!

Love from Gram and Pop!

Beautiful flowers for Stella Ross and myself from our BIG sweetheart!

I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so much love!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Melts my heart...

enough said!

With Ma in her kerchief...

This is Stella Ross's shower cap and she LOVES it. Her hair is getting SO long, and it seems to takes an hour to dry, (this is the part Stella Ross does not like about bath time) so we decided to invest in a shower cap. She was more than thrilled to try it out and it worked like a charm. Problem solved!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Magical Vacation!

Last week we went to Disney World and there is no other word to describe it but MAGICAL! The weather was absolutely perfect and everyone had a wonderful time. Rafe and Stella Ross flew in an airplane for the first time but you would have never known. They both acted like old pros. Rafe enjoyed sitting with Daddy and Pop and playing his DS. Stella Ross enjoyed sitting with Mommy and Gram and watching Dora movies with a big sucker! Once we arrived in Florida ( a hour and a half later - that was NICE!) we headed straight to the Magic Kingdom. This was our life for the next 5 days. I personally thought Rafe was at the perfect age. He was tall enough to ride everything, and he did, but still young enough to enjoy the magic in the smaller rides and have just as much fun on those, too. Stella Ross, although she will never remember this trip, had a blast too. She came out of her rides singing their songs. SO cute. I am already planning a return trip next year. (I haven't mentioned it to Cory yet!!)
Here are some of our favorites:

Magic Kingdom -
  • Rafe - Space Mountain, Mickey's 3-D show, Haunted Mansion, Tea cups, Buzz Lightyear, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monster Laugh Floor
  • Stella Ross - "No" White, Peter Pan, Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tiki birds, Magic carpet ride, Pooh's ride, eating lunch with Pooh and friends, the parade
Animal Kingdom -
  • Rafe - Expedition Everest, Bug's Life 3-D, African Safari, Finding Nemo, Lion King show
  • Stella Ross - African Safari, playing the drums, monkeys, flying dinosaurs
Hollywood Studios -
  • Rafe - Tower of Terror, Rockin' Roller Coaster, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast show, Toy Story interactive ride, car stunt show, Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground
  • Stella Ross - Little Mermaid (she never took her eyes off the stage), Toy Story ride, parade, Playhouse Disney, Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground