Cinderella’s Castle

so awesome!

Cinderella’s Castle is just so neat!

beautiful stained glass

It is awesome to go up the winding staircase with the knight’s armor and all the other decorations.  In the dining room there are stained-glass windows all around.  The furnishings are beautiful, and the waiter is more than helpful.  As you wait to go upstairs to the dining room, photographers take a picture with Cinderella as well as give each family time to take their own photos.

Cinderella, Kate, and Ava

As you’re having your meal, they bring the pics around in a folder: one 8X10 and four 4X5’s.  They are included in the meal package which is two dining meals or $150 for the four of us.  Actually Ava ate free because she was under two.  All the other restaurants were approximately $100 (some a bit more, some a bit less),  and if you wanted the picture, it had to be purchased, plus Ava ate off her sister’s meal and ours, not one of her own.  The girls’ meals were served on white Mickey Mouse plates:  a big round plate with two smaller, white, round plates attached for ears

the wishing star and wand

Once seated, they bring everyone a wand and a wishing star. During a part of the mealtime, they have everyone make a wish on their wishing star and then move the wand over the star, repeating the magic words of the wish master. I can’t remember the words; I’m not sure I made a wish.  But Kate did.  She told us she wished that she would get to see Jasmine.

making a wish

The birthday cupcake

blowing out the candle



The waiter made a big production out of her birthday that day.  He brought out a cupcake with three small bowls of decorations for her to decorate her cake.  As he lit the candle, he had everyone in the restaurant sing Happy Birthday.

Ava decorating her cupcake

decorating the birthday cupcake

Ava got one as well!  So they both had a big time with the tiny chocolate chips and sprinkles, decorating and then scarfing down birthday cake.

Kate's big birthday cupcake

Snow White, Kate, and Ava

We saw Snow White.  She was very gracious and spent a lot of time with each little girl.  This is the princess that Kate should be when she gets old enough to work at Disney.  More on that tomorrow.  Of course, Cinderella was the first we saw as we were waiting downstairs.

Ariel, Kate, and Ava

Ariel wore a blue dress and had a starfish in her hair.  She was beautiful as well with her long red hair.

Aurora is really Kate’s favorite even though she was quite a Jasmine fan this past week.  Kate loves to be Sleeping Beauty and wants me to be Prince Phillip.  She knows all the couples.  If she is Ariel, then I get to be Prince Eric.  If I mess up and mention the wrong prince with the wrong princess, she corrects me.

Princess Aurora, Kate, and Ava

Belle, Kate, and Ava

We never play Beauty and the Beast, but I think I will have to suggest it from now on because Belle was one of the nicest of all the princesses we met.  She met the girls at their level, as did Snow White, another favorite of mine.

The Alter Ego Strikes Again!

Alter Ego Worthless Son

That stinking alter ego worthless son kidnapped my hard-working son!

hard-working son

I cannot believe it!  He, the hard-working son, left with my car bright and early Saturday morning to get the pool paint because he was going to paint that afternoon, and I didn’t see him again until 4:30 that afternoon.  No paint.  What the heck?  He tried to explain how and why it was that he had been gone all day long without getting the paint for the pool, but, of course, he could not because that stinking alter ego worthless son kidnapped him.  Alas.  I shall catch that no goodnik one of these days, and get rid of him forever!

On the bright side, my little grandgirls were in the Kiddie Parade Saturday evening since it was rained out Saturday morning.  It was a rather small parade:  Kate and Ava and a little girl in the crowd we begged to get in it.  They made a circle in the road and that was it.  Rain has a way of changing plans and keeping them from getting back on course.  That is why I am still working on getting the pool painted:  the rain that caused the flooding.  But the girls had a great time even if the parade lasted all of three seconds.

The first place winners


Little Ava went to sleep at 4:30, and the parade was supposed to be at 5:30, so right at the stroke of midnight, so to speak, she woke up and got to ride in the parade after all.  That three seconds was awesome for my sweetie pies.  There were some people gathered for the real parade that clapped, making Kate a star.

Ah, life in a little town.

Oh Yes! Oh Yes! Let the Good Times Roll!

hard working son

Do you know what this picture means?  This picture of my son doing the etching of the pool?  Oh Yes!  The good times, er, paint will roll!  I found somebody who actually carries rubber-based pool paint in the big city and will be sending the hard-working son over in the morning to get it since the paint I ordered over a week ago still has not come in.  I hope he comes back with my vehicle before the sun goes down.  The painting party is scheduled at 1:00 p.m. for all those invited (which means any willing worker)(unless, of course, the alter ego worthless son gets control of the vehicle and I don’t see him until the sun goes down).  Actually, the painting, I and the hard-working son can handle, but I’m quite sure there is something I can find for the other party participants.

Kate is going to be disappointed that she cannot practice for her future in the circus.  She has been honing her acrobatic skills the last couple of days.  And loving it.

sliding down

The child never wears anything but panties, so it’s hard to get clothed photos of her.  I always try to take pictures in as discreet a pose as I can possibly get while still actually getting her in the picture as well.  The pics are so cute, but the perverts are all over the internet, and since I’m not sure where these photos will end up, I selected to only use this one.  She holds the rope and climbs up out of the pool just like the high wire circus acrobats!

Tomorrow morning is the Kiddie Parade for our little town festival.  The theme is Once Upon A Time, so Kate and Ava are going as mermaids; Kate, of course, being Ariel; Ava will just be happy to get to ride in the pink Barbie car aka Ariel Mobile Sea Reef.  It was rather dirty, so for the big event Kate and I gave it a good cleaning

hard-working grandgirl

She started out wanting to be Sleeping Beauty with a pumpkin-shaped carriage.  Being the dedicated Momma and Gigi, my daughter and I got together, looked at her two sheets of poster board and bag of gold foil wrapping paper, and promptly convinced our little darling she would be just waaaay too hot in that long-sleeved Sleeping Beauty dress and that Ariel would be awesome.  Thank goodness she bought it.

today an ordinary Barbie car; tomorrow a stupendous sea reef

So… after the big (I jest) Kiddie Parade, I will come back here for the big (I really jest this time) pool painting party.  Please have my beverage ice, ice cold.