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A Treasured Souvenir From Disney World

A couple of months ago while planning our trip to Disney, I found a post about the artists they have that create silhouettes.  You can read about them and view the video about them on  Disney Parks Blog.

I decided that was definitely something I wanted to have done when we went.  They have a few locations around Magic Kingdom, one on Main Street and one  by the castle on the way to Liberty Square…

We had our son’s silhouette done at the one by the castle.  The woman who cut his silhouette is truly amazing.  What a fabulous skill she possesses.  We chatted a bit and she has been doing this for 20 years and she still loves doing it.   Here are a couple pictures of her doing her magic….IMG_8113


And here is the final product……IMG_8455

What an awesome souvenir!  I will treasure this forever.  Each time we go to Disney I plan on having this done.  This will last longer  and costs less than most t-shirts found at the park!

Belated Halloween Greetings!


I hope everyone had a Spooktacular Halloween!  I know we did.  We’d been getting ready for our Halloween festivities for months.  To look around our house it looked as if we’ve done the same things as normal.  But were they?

Nope here is how we spent our Halloween this year!castle_side

On Saturday, October 30th we hopped a plane and headed south for a week of fun at Disney World ….

We attended the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on Monday, November 1st.  We decided last minute that we would surprise Dane with tickets to the event.  We had gone 3 years ago and enjoyed it but the weather really put a damper on it as it rained all night.  Not this year though, this year we had perfect weather and we had a fabulously fun time!

Our favorite ride, The Haunted Mansion, is made more spooky with special lighting and fog…..hauntedmansion_foggy



With deciding last minute to do the party I had to come up with a costume idea that was easy to travel with and not cumbersome while walking around the park.  I had found Incredibles shirts on Stylin Online and bought us some masks at our local Halloween store and there you have it, our costumes…incredible_family

The last time we attended only Dane dressed up.  It was much more fun with us all dressed up.  I couldn’t believe the reaction our simple costume received.  The majority of adults do not dress at all so when the Disney Cast Members see a family dressed up they make a big deal about it.  It was so fun.

We hit the candy stations and we weighed our bounty when we got home and we had over 5 pounds of candy!  I was concerned that it was the last night of the event and they might skimp but they didn’t and they handed out really good candy.  There was only one station Dane didn’t like, they handed out raisins.  So the rest of the night we were on the lookout for the candy barrels without the raisins!

During the Halloween Party event they have different or rare characters walking around.  The had the 7 Drawfs for a character meet and greet and the line for that was Looooong.  We skipped that.  But we did get pictures with….

The Queen from Snow White as the old hag…..boyandwitch

Smee from Peter Pan…..smee

And also Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas….boyandJack

We had a super fun time at the party.  It is fun to see all the costumes and how they decorate and light the park.


Spooky Train Station


Spooky Castle


Town Hall

It is amazing how quickly Disney goes from Halloween to Christmas………




We go into the Christmas spirit early this year thanks to the quick change of decorations!  We had a whole week of fun at Disney and now it’s back to reality.

Off To The Zoo

Dane and I went to my parent’s last Tuesday and from there we went to the Erie Zoo.  We  have never been there before and didn’t know what to expect.  I was really impressed.  It is a small zoo but it is very nice.  I enjoyed the variety of animals.   They had these Sand Cats……

Sand Cat

Sand Cat

Sand Cat

Sand Cat

I haven’t seen sand cats at any other zoo.  My pictures of them are a bit blurry because they do not stay still for more than a second!

They have Meerkats….



Then they had this cute baby monkey with these super long arms!…..

Baby Monkey

Baby Monkey

They have orangutans like most zoos but I was impressed with the one.  She was chewing gum and she can even blow bubbles!  How neat is that!  I took a video but can’t upload it :-(

They have a nice carousel …….  Dane and his grandma rode and I took pictures.

Erie Zoo Carousel

Erie Zoo Carousel

Erie Zoo Carousel

Erie Zoo Carousel

Erie Zoo Carousel

Erie Zoo Carousel

There is a small train that takes you to an area you can’t get to by walking where they had deer, big horn sheep…..train

We had a very nice visit at the Erie zoo.  I think we will go again sometime in the future.

Where have I been?

Brandon and I took a road trip last weekend….welcome

We went to a convention for the Nutcracker Collector’s Club….if you want to see more about that pop over to Brandon’s blog!

Time is just flying by.  Only a few more weeks of school left!!!  I know Dane is excited about that!  I’m going to get busier.

I have lots to get done for the Mad Tea Party.  I have been working on a few ideas and getting together some giveaway items too.  Now I just have to get everything done and put together for the big day.

I also am finally getting to planting flowers, planting our garden and getting the outside ready for the summer season.  It seems like I started later than everyone else around here but it had been pretty cold and I hate dragging plants back and forth from the garage and covering those I have planted.  So I bought a mess of plants today for my planters and plan on getting them planted today!


Potting Bench

Annuals For Deck Planters

Annuals For Deck Planters

Black Eyed Susan Vine

Black Eyed Susan Vine

It is a dangerous thing going to the nurseries around here.  I could spend sooooo much money on all the beautiful flowers.  Good thing I am running out of room.  We only have one more area to get to.  We had some trees taken down and now there is an open area that definitely needs some clearing out and planting.

Well, I am off to get some of this work done!  Check back soon for some Tea Party updates and I am working on some Halloween items too!