A Delightful Day

It’s not often I can get the wild ones to hold still for a photo or two.  Ava usually cringes and puts her hand in front of her face.  Kate shows me her, um, backside.  So when we accidentally wondered into the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique in Disney when we were down there in May, into the Photo Opportunity portion of the Boutique, the girls lit up.  This wasn’t any old picture-taking by their old granny!  This was the real thing!

There was a photographer there (older than ME I might add) and a fainting couch to pose upon with a blue backdrop.  Oh, yeah.  They had hit the big time.  So they posed and smiled and never once acted like they did not want their picture taken.  And being the good granny that she was (I am almost certain) the photographer asked me to join them on some pics.  And they were actually happy to have me in them.

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I guess this was the highlight of my trip!

Girls hugging I mean… they even HUGGED!!!

Posing.  Unbelievable!

The new plan is to get me a vest like the ones they wore in Disney, hang my camera around my neck, and see if I can’t get them to do this for me.

If I had known we were walking into a photo shoot, we might have doodied up a bit.

Will I EVER Be Freshly Pressed?

Life would be so delightful if I were organized.  My blog would always be up to date with new posts and pics and recipes and good advice or awesome web sites for you to get coupons and free stuff.  Then I would be Freshly Pressed!  I need to be freshly pressed… every day.

rumpled me

Instead my little personality gets up and looks around at its rumpled little self, deciding to just wear what it already has on because, well, the chaos makes actually “getting it together” overwhelming.  How on earth does one become Freshly Pressed/freshly pressed?

I gave birth to “my baby” back in January of 2011.  My little blog has crawled along, sometimes actually getting up and walking really fast, but never quite getting to the point of where I imagined it would be at the end of the year.  And that is all my fault.  My appetite was tremendously starving for what life and I had cooked up for me, and I heaped way too many projects on my plate (hey, I am a Gemini) this past year, 2011, as usual.  BUT… I actually reached those goals!! And I documented them through my darling, little blog as I went along.

JJ & Brenda 1997

The tenth anniversary of my husband’s death was the impetus for this upheaval, this craving for living, this hodgepodge menu in my blog posting.  For a decade I had been stagnant, too full of grief over the losses and tragedies and heartaches I had endured.  What better way to break back into life than cooking and sharing that food with friends and then sharing the whole experience through a blog?

diverse appetites

Though my goal changed from filling bellies with the magazine recipes I had been saving for years to feeding my readers with thoughts on various subjects, it has been a sharing together of not just my appetite for life, but some of yours as well.

Some of the goal dates came and went — contractors do that all the time — and were reached a little later than planned.  And, well, those recipes and awesome meals for all my old and new friends didn’t quite pan out (pun intended) although I did cook a couple of good meals and make some mighty fine mice for Christmas in December of 2010, the year I started my “revamp Brenda” recipe.  That recipe is still in the perfecting stage.  The important outcome of this past year, though, is my accomplishments!  In spite of needing a freshly pressed, got-it-all-together overhaul, I managed to do all this:

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the baby grand!

eeeeek!

revamping the wood floor

stained the fence and other outdoor wood.

new windows

began kitchen remodel.

cooked a couple of meals!

took girls to Disney

teaching piano

added a porch

taking girls on their first plane ride

There were other little projects that were completed in 2011 that were on my list of to-do things.

That’s a good, good feeling that I hope to continue into 2012!

Winnie Poo and Tigger Too!

Girls with Winnie Poo and Tigger

This past week I am still recuperating, so the blog upkeep has been a little slow.  I did go to the doc and got x-rays of my foot and toe and have no broken bones!  Yippee!  I will take any and all good news that I can possibly get.  The arm is killing me, though, so therapy starts Monday.  To get my mind off my ails and ills, I decided to post some more on our Disney trip.

I am so very sorry if you are bored to tears with my precious grandgirls… but I just can’t help it.  I am addicted to them.  And, personally, I cannot fathom how anyone else could not be.  Look at those cute little faces… and toes… and hair… and, well, you can just click on off now if you want.  I will totally understand.

But for those faithful few who indulge my addictions, here are just a few more highlights from our trip.  As I said, the big thrill for both girls was getting their picture made with all the characters.  After I added up all the bills, those photo opportunities cost a fortune!  Worth every penny, too.  After all, I can’t take it with me, and surely I won’t be eating that much when I retire (when they force me) and can learn to live on a meager existence.  I took lessons from my very frugal mother, so I at least know how to do so.

So enjoy these cute little faces (my grandgirls, not the characters).

Tigger lovin' on my Ava

Tigger & Kate

sitting in Winnie Poo's house

coming out the front door

I will stick this next picture in here to show you why there will be no photos of me.  The whole week I looked as though I was there through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which, I must add, is really neat.  There was a young girl there through that program, and they are treated so very special.  As we were waiting to get yet another picture, this time with Jasmine and her guy (can’t remember name), and after the line had been closed with several upset people expecting to be added to the line and not being allowed to do so (they do have to set limits), just as it was our turn they brought this young lady up to have her picture made.  The attendant explained she was through the Foundation because she had on a special necklace, and they would let her get her picture made first.  That was just neat; to see how they treated her in such a special way.  Come to think of it, a couple of times people looked at me like I needed some help… which I did.

Gigi peeking out from hiding in Poo's house

two grumpy girls

the ultimate way to get around Disney

To make it as easy as possible on all of us, I rented a stroller at Disney.  One of the good things about that was when we needed to drop it off and pick it up somewhere else, we could just take the name tag out and pick out another one, no packing it on and off the transportation.  We should have gotten two so there would be no fussing:  leg touching, sitting in the middle, touching feet.  You know the routine.  But basically they did very well in it.  Now, I, on the other hand, needed a little help every now and again.  At one point I had retrieved the stroller after getting off a ride, and was pushing the girls.  But my goodness!  Today was an exceptionally hot, humid day, and I was particularly tired, but that stroller was so very difficult to push.  Keely hadn’t had that much trouble, just flitting all over the place as she pushed the munchkins around.  Man!!  I was really getting old.

Since my pushing progress was lagging behind, Keely looked at me and asked if I wanted her to push.  So I told her she was going to have to; I just simply couldn’t push it and didn’t know how she pushed it so easily.

“Did you undo the brake?”

BRAKE!!?

You would be sooo amazed how easily those strollers glide along without the brake on.

The $15 Cupcake

this is a jewelry box?

At 1900 Park Fare I had ordered a “personalized” cupcake that came with a small jewelry box for the big finale on Kate’s birthday.  1900 Park Fare is a buffet restaurant in the Grand Floridian which is a very snazzy resort hotel, on the old grand hotels of yesteryear scale.  They have the characters Prince Charming, Princess Cinderella, the mean stepmother, and the two stepsisters.  It was a full crowd that evening, but no more full than the castle restaurant had been earlier that day.  I was expecting the same kind of treatment.

So when it was time for dessert, here comes the waitress with Kate’s “personalized” cake and jewelry box.  Say what?!?!  The waitress hands her the Mickey plate and says, “here you go.”  That’s it?  Where’s the fanfare?  Where’s the happy birthday song?  Not even a happy birthday said to her?

Needless to say, I was a little disappointed in the presentation as well as the “jewelry” box.  I knew the cake was going to be an oversized cupcake, so that wasn’t surprising, but the pink, plastic treasure box was a bit of a shocker.  Shoot.  I didn’t even have to buy an extra cupcake at the castle.  Just goes to show you that royalty knows how to put on a shindig.

Kate, however, was pleased as punch.

checking out her treasures

Not only was she pleased, but when she heard me later dissing it, she was rather upset with me and sternly reprimanded me.  So I’ve been careful to bad mouth them and it out of her presence.  Why can’t I just be happy, like Kate is?  Even if they didn’t have some hoopla, she was thrilled with her little cake and jewelry/treasure box.

planning the extraction

she has a plan

concentrate

Houston, we have lift-off.

AND it's out!

Since we had had a big lunch, I don’t think she was all that hungry and enjoyed cutting it up into pieces more than eating it.  It wasn’t even all that good.  I tasted it (gotta get my money’s worth, don’t you know) and it was a little dry.  Kate was probably full of cupcake; it was more fun cutting it up and playing in it.

Such fun!!

She loved all the characters that were there.  I thought they might make a bigger fuss over her since it was her birthday, and there weren’t that many little ones there that evening, or not the way I remember it anyway, but they didn’t.  One of the mean stepsisters told her she was glad she didn’t have on a Cinderella dress, and Kate wanted to know why she said that.  Innocence.

Kate and Drizella

Kate, Ava, and Anastasia

I loved their costumes and make-up!

the mean stepmother telling Kate to eat all her food

Kate was loving being beside Prince Charming. Ava? Who knows what she's thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we ended our big birthday celebration with a bang.  Kate and Momma went back to the Magic Kingdom and stayed till after the fireworks, getting back to the room around 11:00.

Of course, we’ll have to do this again on Ava’s 5th… or 10th… birthday so they can actually remember going to Disney.

"Yeah, yeah, you seen one princess, you've seen them all!"

 

Mundane Molly and Home Sweet Home

the princesses

As you can see, Princess Kate has a long way to go to come back down to reality.  In this picture she is wearing her Jasmine princess costume she bought with her birthday money.  That’s the one she picked out at the Disney Store.  She loved those jingly gold decorations.  (I have my own jingly gold decorations on my zumba skirt that I so love.)

Come to think of it, she’s never in reality that often.  Our little mundane town and existence (that I appreciate so much today) is nothing more than a background for her big plans and productions for her life.  From her knight in shining armor all the way to the babies to the police woman/school teacher/who knows, Kate is always pretending and playing.

Kate with her knight in shining armor

Her very favorite play story, though, is her prince and she getting married and living in a castle and having babies.

Kate and her Prince--♪♪Some day my Prince will come♪♪

By the time she had gotten her picture made with several princesses, she had the princess moves down.

The princess dress hold -- sort of like the princess wave only holding the dress/top out to the side

She’s already regal (takes after her Aunt Dar) and has the “how dare you talk to the Queen that way?” attitude.  (Sorry, Dar.  You may be usurped before you even realize it!)  So I have no doubt in my mind that our mundane Molly lifestyle will not be a hindrance to her grand scheme of things to come.

Now, Ava on the other hand…

"What's a prince?"

I’m not sure what that is all over her face, but the black on her chin is where she fell as she was running.  Big bruise.  And she loves to be home.  That was her big request all week:  Gigi home or Mommy home.  Just our little Mundane Mollies playing and planning their lives and being happy to be at home, sweet home.

The Wonderful World of Disney

Disney Castle

Coming up soon is our Wonderful World of Disney Adventure!  I am so excited!  We are going for Kate’s fifth birthday which explains why we are going in the hottest part of the year.  She will be treated that day like the little princess she is.  The good people at Disney give her a big badge to put on, and everyone goes out of their way to say “happy birthday” to her and give her special attention.  And Kate loves attention!  She also loves pretending to be a princess, so she will get to eat lunch at the castle and then supper with Cinderella and Prince Charming where she will receive her own little cake (over-sized cupcake) and a small jewelry box.

Prince Charming and Cinderella

I just found out today at the manicure shop (where else besides the beauty shop can you get good info?) that Prince Charming and Cinderella really did get married!  An old acquaintance was there, and as we were talking about the upcoming trip, she said a friend of hers as a young girl went to work at Disney as Cinderella.  She met the young man who was working as Prince Charming, and they fell just as in love as the original pair… and, well, got married.  They now have a home full of Disney memorabilia.  And hopefully will live happily ever after.

Which one is Kate?