Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good Clue

You know it's time to shave your legs when you start having nightmares about accidentally wearing a skirt in public without tights on.

Just thought I'd share this special moment with you all.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Bummer

The more I read about VidAngel, the more that I'm pretty sure what they're doing is illegal.

Which is a bummer because, even #savefiltering aside, $1 to stream a movie without ever having to leave my couch was pretty awesome.

I really really hope they win, just because I want that convenience back. #blessed

I don't agree with the law pertaining to why they're being sued, but it is there. It would be wonderful if the courts can see how many people agree with the ability to have a service like this and a compromise can be made.

https://www.scribd.com/document/334041898/2016-12-12-Order-Granting-Preliminary-Injunction#from_embed

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Christmas Tragedy

I must stop eating ice cream.

It makes me sick.

Every time I eat it, lately.

I had my last bowl 3 days ago.

Sob.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Announcements

1:  Caleb's nail from his big toe is finally falling off.......
.....from the illness of hand foot and mouth that he had in JULY PEOPLE! This is the worst thing I've ever seen in my life and I am terrified to ever get it.

2:  The Claire-meister is potty trained!
She accepted my bribe of a huge day out after I felt she was significantly trained enough: we went to lunch at Chik-fil-a, then went to see Moana, and then went to pick out a princess toy (she chose a Princess Sofia doll).
I should note that we are a little obsessed with princesses at our house. I have no idea why; it's not like I took her to Disney World twice this year and trained her on all the names and faces so she would be excited to meet characters or anything.

3:  The movie theater here has 2 whole theaters that have rows upon rows of leather recliners. I. Kid. You. Not. What I also don't kid you about is that fact that on $5 Tuesday, you can also watch a movie in these theaters for $5, and they don't charge me for Claire yet. Oh, and re-fillable popcorn only costs $1. I will be back, and it will be hard to not go every.single.tuesday, especially once Caleb is done with school mid-February.

4:  I will be in Utah from January 16-February 4 for a small gathering my sisters are hosting. I guess they are thinking about going on a trip for a while. Anyway, if you want to see my lovely face, you can find me in Utah then. ;)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

ISO FH Suggestions

I'm doing an activity for my young women at the end of the month on family history. Apparently my love of it has people thinking I'm an expert.

These YW are your "typical" (if there's ever really such a thing) Mormon youth. They know the gospel principles, attend regularly, and most have been raised in the faith.

The thing I find interesting is that even though it's such a huge part of our religion, and a huge purpose of it is for temple work, a lot of people don't do or are unfamiliar with how to do family history work.

So.

I have some ideas, but am wondering what you guys might be able to think up for a fun and informative activity for 5-10 youth (2 days after Christmas, so attendance might be scarce).

Ideas?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

January 20

I wish we had elected someone I was excited to go see in D.C. on Inauguration Day.

Since I live here and all.

I might feel embarrassed to go and document the occasion. I feel torn.

Would you?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Stop Stop Stop

This one has recently been making the rounds on Facebook:

The text someone posts goes something (or exactly) like this:

       Christmas is coming and we've started a fun gift exchange to get into the holiday spirit! I'm super excited to try this out. No matter where you live - you are welcome to join! I am looking for 6 (or more) ladies of any age to participate in this secret sister gift exchange. You only have to buy ONE gift valued at $10 or more; send it to one secret sister and you will receive 36 gifts in return! Comment below if you're interested!

First.

This is dumb. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It's not sustainable under the idea that you give 1 and get 36 in return.

Second.

This is illegal. Pyramid scheme, anyone? Here's the law.

This is not unique to the secret sister/santa. The last year saw a huge outpouring of book exchange scams on Facebook, and I remember getting stuff like this in the mail years ago. It's nothing new, but it's still a SCAM.

Here are some things I've seen people write in favor of this book or gift exchange:

But it's fun.

So is gambling. So is drag racing. Both are illegal in many situations.

So what if I don't get 36 gifts/books back? I'm just doing it to put a smile on someone's face by sending them a gift.

Okay, then send a gift to someone you know. Or to a random person. Get a pen pal. Donate to Toys for Tots. Make treats and take them to your neighbors and be friendly. Leave a friendly note on someone's car. Clean your church building. Clean up your neighborhood streets. Do your dishes. Smile at your cashier and thank him/her for being who they are. Pay someone's parking meter. Visit a retirement home and offer your vocal talents.

And you know what, if you really really REALLY REALLY want to participate, at least don't broadcast it on your Facebook profile. Because it's illegal.

Don't believe me?

All these other people want to tell you, too:

Here.
Here.
Here.
Here.
Here.

I could keep going, but please just trust me on this one.

Some people want to leave Facebook over the election; I want to leave because of these stupid posts.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Galations 6:9

I did not vote for Hillary Clinton, nor did I hope she would become president. Neither did I hope Donald Trump would win the presidency, and I did not vote for him. It was a complicated emotion of a night.

I want a female president one day, preferably in my lifetime, even more preferably while my kid(s) are still young. I would like a female president to be elected without her family member/spouse having first been president, and without first being a HUGE career politician.

That being said, I cried a little watching Clinton give her concession speech. I only caught the last minute or two, but seeing the young girls in the audience, and listening to what Clinton said got me going. For a moment I saw the true emotion on her face of what potential was lost for the time being. That would have been historic to have our first female president.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Breaking My Heart

Sunday evening, Claire told me for the first time that she loves me.

She's a great talker, and will repeat virtually anything I say, except for the words "I love you." Until Sunday. And she hasn't it since. But I got it!

Then that night as I put her to bed, she asked to pray. I prayed with her, and she got really upset. I figured out that she wanted to pray. And then she said her first prayer, with me. So sweet.

Then this morning, I found her playing with her nightlight in the outlet. She didn't want to, but when I told her to give it to me, she complied. I asked her to give me a hug and told her how happy and proud I was that she chose to obey even when she didn't want to. She hugged me, then looked up at me, smiled really big and said, "Mommy, you're my best friend".

Kind of makes up for all the times when she's screaming and throwing a tantrum and coloring her face with my lip paint.

I Voted Today

I always get emotional when I get near my polling place and enter to vote. Kind of ridiculous, but it happens. It even happened today when I had no happy thoughts about who is probably going to win the election. Because both "probablies" are hard for me to envision as the POTUS.

This year I voted at a local United Methodist church.

On the outdoor marquee in front of the road, the tiles were arranged to say "No matter who is President, God is King."

So true. I'm glad I got to see that before I went in and cast my vote, and again on my way home.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Neutral Ground?

What's up with newspapers endorsing candidates?

I don't really care who they endorse - why are they doing it at all?

I know that most if not all are biased in some direction, but theoretically they shouldn't be. Right? Am I missing something here? Aren't they just supposed to report facts? Report things that happened? As they actually happened, without favoring one person over another?

I'm sure I wasn't paying enough attention in past elections, but I don't remember this happening before or being advertised so broadly. Now it appears that left and right, different newspapers are throwing their weight behind a candidate, or in some cases, in opposition to a candidate.

If a candidate is so obviously prepared and qualified to be president, or so obviously unprepared and unqualified to be president, their fair, thorough and accurate reporting should be evidence enough.

Right?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thoughts People

Would anyone be interested if I sold Mary Kay?

Just thinking about it.

Since I'd get half off....

Have you sold or do you sell or do you purchase from Mary Kay?

And I would never ever EVER be the pushy person asking people to buy stuff.

Not cool.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Redheads Unite!

On Saturday I met someone named "Karysten".

Yep.

She did have red hair (pretty sure), and was taller than me.

It was maybe what would have happened if my younger sister and I combined our red hair force and then combined people too I suppose.

You never know what'll happen at a Walmart on a Saturday.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Throwing My Hands Up



I love desserts.

Chocolate.

Ice cream.

Everything.

But I don't usually make them myself. I'm the kind of gal who's always got ice cream in the freezer.

It really hits me hard when I hear people talking about how they've been craving ice cream all week and maybe they'll get some at the store this week because it's been a long time.

First I'm all


Then I'm all

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But anyhow.

That's not what I came to talk about.

I love trying new recipes. But when I think about the amount of work that goes into baking some recipes and then think about the fact that I have ice cream in the freezer....yeeeah. I don't make many desserts due to the ease with which ice cream can be acquired.

Again, anyway.

Do you ever look at a dessert and think to yourself:

Self, this is too much.

Nope. Too much is going on with this dessert.

This needs to stop.

I'm not talking about pumpkin German chocolate cake or trifles, because, yeah. There's a lot going on with those desserts. And they're freaking delicious.

I'm talking about this:


I honestly feel a little bad about this, because I use a lot of recipes from this woman.

Peanut butter cookies.

With icing (okay, this can happen).

And a second layer of a different flavor of frosting on top of that.

WHAT.

Other examples of desserts gone too far:


Nope

choco lasagna2

Nope nope.

So, there's really only one question that remains...

That looks like a really bad idea.

Is it just me?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Who Do I Side With?

I took that test that flies around every so often.

I've taken it before, maybe 6 months ago, and got better results - not that I remember what they were.

Just took it again, and am more confused than ever!

None of my numbers were above 50%.

None of them.

According to the super-accurate test, I sided with McMullin, Stein, Johnson, and Clinton in the 40-46% range (in that order, descending). And Trump at 26%.

Pretty surprising to me.

However, I didn't answer most of the questions with a solid "yes" or "no". I mostly chose the alternative stances. I'm sure that affects the score. And each of the candidates had a different strong point with me (i.e. one candidate I favored for environmental issues, a completely different candidate for foreign policy, etc). None of them ranked highest for me in multiple categories.

November 28th can't come soon enough. ;)

www.isidewith.com

Monday, October 10, 2016

I Watched the Debate Last Night

Yes, it was Sunday. Yes, they were awful.

Now let's talk.

I have quite the array of friends on Facebook. I think I have friends supporting almost every candidate possible, and most are very outspoken about their support, whichever way it flows.

I'm not one to spout off on my political opinions; I don't think I can really change people's opinions by arguing with them. I'd rather live by example in all aspects of life (not that I'm winning there either, that's just my preference).

Watching all the memes and articles and personal opinions flying at each other like poop and knives and whatever gross and vile thing you can think of is really discouraging.

Last night while watching the debate and hearing over and over "Yeah, what I did was bad, but what you did was way worse", all I could think of was "This country really mistreated Mitt Romney."

Not that I didn't feel that way when it was happening 4 years ago, it just keeps hitting me really hard the last few weeks or so. It really boggles my mind how people are excusing these 2 main candidates' behavior left and right, but threw Romney to the lions' den over how much money he made, mixing words and saying "binders full of women", and his unfortunate comment regarding the "47 percent".

It is really baffling and overwhelmingly sad to me.

Monday, October 3, 2016

That Moment When....

....you qualify for a product test....

....and that product is ice cream....

....and they're going to pay for your ice cream (obviously)....

....and pay for your friend to have ice cream with you....

....and give you extra money on top of it all....

....just so that you can give them your opinion.....

....on ice cream.

IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER IN THIS WORLD THAN GETTING PAID TO EAT ICE CREAM?!

I don't think so.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Kayli Came for a Visit

Kayli came, and we had a blast! We went to a lot of the same places I've been 30 times now, and unfortunately, I didn't take many pictures. Still awesome places, I just forget to take pics because they don't feel that out of the ordinary anymore.

I give you:

Day 1

On Sunday, after sacrament meeting, we drove to D.C. We knew that the Museum of African American History was opening the following weekend and there would be a large festival, so we kept our D.C. festivities to the beginning of the week to avoid crowds.

It was also Claire's birthday.

We went to the American Indian Museum, the Air and Space Museum, and that was it for that day.



Here we see a sleeping Claire.




Day 2

We took it easy. We went to a Mennonite-owned bakery for donuts just before lunchtime, and explored Antietam National Battlefield (20 minutes from my house) for a couple hours.

Day 3

Back to D.C.!

We managed to go to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, had lunch in the Natural History Museum, went to the American History Museum, then walked all the monuments (Washington, WWII, Lincoln, Korean War, MLK Jr., FDR, Jefferson - we didn't make it over to the Vietnam even though it was steps away).













Day 4

We took it easy again. We drove to Gettysburg after lunch (around 35 miles away, mostly through back roads) and spent a few hours at the visitors center and driving around.



Day 5

We took Claire to a ward friend's house for the day (angel woman). Then Kayli and I got on the road toward Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, about a 80-90 minute drive away. Thanks to my ever-so-gracious and giving great-uncle, we had tickets to go on a treetop ziplining tour. We even got to purchase the picture CD at the end, and Kayli got a souvenir T-shirt.

It. Was. Awesome.

And so different than what I usually do around these here parts (historical touring, because there is so much of it).




Day 6

We took it really easy - I got a major headache, and we went to the local Pennsylvania Dutch Market for lunch. I was really grateful Friday was the only day I got a headache during the entire trip!

Day 7

We woke up ridiculously early to take Kayli to Reagan airport (one I had never been to before). I'm actually glad she picked that one, because in a few weeks I have to pick Caleb up from a school trip at the same airport by myself, and now I'm more comfortable with the drive-around!

Thanks for visiting Kayli! I'd say come for another visit, but she's submitted her mission papers and will be unavailable! 


Caring Claire

When you wake up with a headache/migraine symptoms for the 3rd day in a row. I say migraine symptoms because I frequently have all the migraine symptoms without the overpowering inability to do anything but wish for death alone in my bedroom. I can often do what's necessary to get by: shower, make a basic PB&J, change the shows on Netflix for munchkin, etc. I've gone to work, and even managed to get through teaching a church lesson. Sometimes it's hard for me to think clearly or remember words, but I can do it. I recently have read a lot from migraine-sufferers who say people who are able to complain on Facebook or in person about their current migraine obviously don't have one (because they wouldn't be able to be on FB or up and talking). I don't really know what to say to that. I've felt that resentment before, but I've also worked through migraines. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have graduated college or paid my own rent (mostly, thanks Mom for that one summer in college...). But I've also had the kind of migraines where I can't do anything or think at all.

Anywho.

Not really a terrible migraine this morning, but I had gotten up with Claire and had the morning news on, laying on the couch. I tried to get up to go to the shower and couldn't, and ended up on the other side of the couch, face down while it felt like someone stabbed the side of my face.

Claire came up to me (several times), said, "You okay?" I told her I was hurting and asked if she could bring me a blanket. Which she did! And she put it on me. She colored next to me, played with toys, and switched off between generally screaming in my face, asking if I was ok, and requesting snuggles while I passed in and out of a weird sleep.

I got up an hour later, ate some food, downed a Diet Coke with pain relievers, took a shower, and it's subsided to simple headache level.

Fun times.

In other related news, I went to the regular doctor for the first time in 4 years this week. Part of being on Medicaid, at least this MCO, requires that you go for a well visit each year. This same MCO gives zero benefit to go to the chiropractor, so I haven't been since I moved from Baltimore, and it has been a sad time with regards to headaches/migraines. So there I was, sitting there and telling the doctor my history and experience with migraines, prescriptions, chiropractors, etc. While he was not unkind, he didn't give any credence to my chiropractic experience, even told me the scoliosis clearly wasn't something to be concerned about because most schools don't even test for that anymore (most schools are not responsible for testing for MOST medical conditions, but I didn't point that out). I wasn't really surprised, but was pretty bummed out. He gave me a new prescription to try, a low dose of an older antidepressant. Becoming a prescription experiment again is exactly what I didn't want, but at least it's something right? Also got a referral to a neurologist, so I'll be going there in 4 weeks and we'll see what they say. Hopefully it's clear either way that it either is or is not neurologically caused, and then a resolution can happen. I'm personally hoping for a clear no, and suggestion to go to physical therapy or an orthopedist, but I realize it may not be so clear, or may not even remotely be the correct answer.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sharing Something Special

I don't know if I've shared this story with many people, but here you go:

I think about this often, and thought it might be appropriate to share so close to the General Women's Session that we had 2 days ago.

My Great-Grandma Kay passed away in March of 2013. I moved to Baltimore shortly after.

I chose to attend the General Relief Society meeting that year at the church, rather than viewing on Caleb's laptop. This was the last RS meeting, too, it might be noted.

After a small dinner and sisters chatting, we moved to the chapel to view the conference. It was just our small ward in our building, not a stake event.

I moved to sit near a woman I knew the name of, but didn't know well at all. She got up and moved after I sat down, and no one else came and sat on my row. I wasn't really feeling bad for myself or upset about the sister moving (she hadn't done it to be mean), but I just felt lonely. I was still working at Walmart at the time, and that was really hard (my new job offer came within a week or two after this). As a result I hadn't really made friends or been able to go to many church activities, visit teach, etc.

The broadcast started and I was sitting by myself in the dark chapel, feeling alone and sad. I soon had the distinct impression that my great-grandmother Edna K was sitting by my side and was holding my hand. I still get emotional just thinking about it.

A few minutes later I felt that she was no longer there, and felt confident that she had gone to be with another daughter or granddaughter.

I will never forget those few minutes. I don't believe I have ever had such a strong and doubtless impression of someone being present with me.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Wheels on the Bus

"The Wheels on the Bus" has many verses, unlimited potential for creativity.

Among Claire's requests lately for new verses are:

The Usual:

Daddies, Mommies, Kitties, Babies, Wipers, etc

The UnUsual:

Elsa, Rabbits, Rapunzel, Gran-guh (Grandma), Cars, etc.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

eBay Trolls

So aggravating. I purchased a huge lot of clothing for Claire on a local Facebook yard sale site, kept what we could use, and then listed everything that was in good condition left over on eBay for pennies. Literally - shipping costs + .25 starting price.

Then goofus lady goes in and bids every few hours, driving the price up to $15, to which I thought "Cool, I guess, but that's kind of high for a bunch of used clothes when she has to pay shipping, too."

Then doesn't pay.

Then when I send a friendly reminder to pay, tells me, "It's just too much money for me right now; I'll have to cancel the order."

Crickets.

You might be surprised that this has happened to me a few times before.

People are so. so. so. so. so. dumb.

But lucky for buyers, sellers can't leave negative feedback (just in case you want to go be a jerk to someone on eBay, there you go - it's the lucky non-secret of eBay).

Good night.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Head Cold

Claire woke up with a runny nose this morning. Nothing awful, but enough to say "Hey, let's not go to nursery and share with everyone."

We all went to sacrament, which is where I made the decision not to take her to nursery. The plan was for Caleb to take her home after the meeting, since I had to teach a lesson later.

Then, right as he was about to leave, Caleb got called in to help with an audit, first time.

And I was left with a screaming almost-2-year-old for the next hour and the one following that, while I taught YW.

She was done screaming by the time I was teaching, and was a generally pleasant person.

She really,

REALLY

wanted to go to nursery.

She was making herself almost sick outside with how much she was screaming and sobbing and tantruming.

Because she couldn't go to nursery.

I mean, you can't threaten that we'll never come back to church. Or even that she has to miss church next week.  LOL!

???????

There are worse problems to have.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Funny Girl

In the middle of the night last night, Claire woke up with blood curdling screams.

I convinced Caleb to get up and grab her on the condition that I would be the one to soothe her.

Bargain.

Her main complaint in her half-asleep and raging mad state?

"BUBBLES! OUTSIDE, NOW!!!!!"

Yep.

Caleb sang "I Am a Child of God", which calmed her enough for me to explain that it was really just too dark outside to go play with bubbles right now, and the next best course of action was to go back to sleep and wait until it got bright again. She nodded her head in agreement, said "Ok" through little stifled sobs, and held her arms out for Caleb to take her back to bed.

Fast forward to right after church ended. We had successfully gotten the munchkin to the car, but when it came time to get out of the car, she screamed, threw a tantrum, and collapsed into a screaming and sobbing puddle at the foot of the front door when it was closed, trapping her inside.

"CHURCH!! I GO BACK TO CHURCH!!!"

Parenting win? Idk anymore.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer Travelogue Part 8

On our 2nd and final day at Disney World, we woke up, went to Epcot, and went straight to the character meet and greet that Kari had gotten us Fast Passes to. Kari was a Fast Pass master for the whole trip. We only waited in maybe 3 lines without a Fast Pass the whole trip.

Claire was SOOOOO excited seeing Mickey, Minnie, and "Goosie!". But her excitement turned into pure terror when she got within 3 feet of them. As soon as we started walking away from a character she got excited again, waving and blowing kisses.

My plan had been to print these pictures with characters and put them up around her room, but since she's not super happy in any of them, I don't know if that's going to happen anymore. LOL!










While at Epcot, we met all the classic characters, I went on the new Soarin' Around the World by myself, we went on the Finding Nemo ride and saw the aquarium, had lunch in France, and went on The Three Caballeros boat ride in Mexico twice, and left with Claire asking for a third. There was no line there. And it was nice and cool inside.

Right around 5 o'clock we high-tailed it over to Animal Kingdom.



We got in line to meet Russell and Dug, and the character's escort(?) told us the line was closed. Which I was totally fine with, not going to argue. Then Claire got friendly and pointed at Dug and explained in gibberish to the nice lady about how excited she was to see the "doggie".

To which the girl died of cuteness and sent us into the line anyway.

I felt kind of bad since everyone else really did get turned away.

Oh well!



Then we watched and danced in a Carnival parade.

Tried to leave after a few minutes but Claire was having none of that and we went back.





After this, we went on the Safari, then grabbed dinner, and went to the new Jungle Book water show that they have now that the park is open late! It was awesome.

After that, we eventually ended up at this dinosaur ride, similar to the Dumbo ride. We rode it twice, as there were no lines.


Parting shot after riding the dinosaur ride twice and enjoying a Mickey ice cream bar all to herself (okay, half, I ate the first half, okay):


Claire fell asleep in her stroller after this, and Kari and I went on the Safari again. We took Claire, don't worry. The park closed while we were on the safari, and Claire stayed asleep all the way to the hotel.

The next morning we got some sleep, packed up, checked out and perused the resort gift shop for a few minutes while waiting for the bus back to the airport.

Thus ended our Disney vacation.

And thus ends this Summer Travelogue series.

I hope you've enjoyed it at least half as much as I enjoyed living it!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Summer Travelogue Part 7

About 2 months ago, I called up Kari at Disney World. The conversation went something like this:

"Hey Kari."

"Hey."

"So. Are you getting any more free tickets before your job is over in August?"

"Ummmm...."

"K check on that."

"K. I will."

....
....
...

"Yeah. I'll probably get 3 tickets in the middle of July."

So I booked a flight.

And a Disney resort hotel room.

Because guess what peeps, Claire flies free for one more month, and Kari's discount on the hotel brought it to $75 a night.

And free entrance to the park.

I. could. not. say. no.

I had it all planned out, my flight landed on Tuesday, July 26 at noon. I would get to the hotel and then go straight to the parks, meet Kari at Animal Kingdom, and have a blast.

Don't get me wrong, I still had a blast, but after driving out to Baltimore the night before and spending the night on a kind friend's couch holding Claire who refused to sleep in the pack n play, I woke up to an overnight text saying my flight had been cancelled. Apparently everyone else saw the 2:45 AM text immediately and booked all the flights for most of the day.

I'm quite confident it was cancelled because the flight wasn't totally full. I wasn't able to get into Orlando until 9:15 that night.

Dinner reservations cancelled, whole day at the parks wasted, no pool time, etc.

I'm really aggravated at Southwest just thinking about it.

Can't do much about it.

Still.

We got up and went to Magic Kingdom on Wednesday. It was so bloody hot, but thankfully I'm somewhat accustomed to humidity now, so perspective helped.

We rode a few rides and then had lunch at the Beast's castle.

It was beautiful inside! And Claire loved the food and actually ate everything, which was a miracle. Because it's a bummer to spend $6 on a meal for her and for her to not eat anything.



We tried the Grey Stuff.


Claire approved. I thought it was decent. Maybe I would have been happier if the $5 had gone toward a cupcake at least double that size. LOL!


Claire loved the parades she was awake for.

It was SOOOOOO hot during this parade. We had just re-applied sunscreen. I burned the bottoms of my feet. Because the ground was so hot. Seriously.



She genuinely loved the parades. It was just so hot that it was hard to look excited about anything other than a cold drink. My favorite part of that parade was when Merida waved back at Claire (who was waving to her), and pointed out her red hair, that it matched hers, but was a lot shorter. Claire was stunned when she realized Merida had seen her and was waving.



We went on the Jungle Cruise and then she fell asleep in line at the Pirates ride.


Closer to dinner time we got to meet Ariel. Claire was so excited to meet a princess! And she started talking to her in gibberish, then realized that she was actually talking and then got shy and stopped. Only time she talked to any of the characters.

Here she is showing Ariel her Cinderella shirt:



Then Kari got to be a guard in the play with Belle in Beast's castle.


It was so hot that no one was hungry for dinner, ever. Claire survived off of applesauce and a lime slushie that a worker gave to her as a "magical moment", mainly because she was so dang cute and happy to be there!


In the evening after the fireworks, we got to meet some princesses:

Claire was smiling here because Rapunzel was jumping up and down to get her to smile. And Kari's just smiling like that because Tiana is her favorite princess and this is just generally her favorite place in the universe, I think.




The next 2 are some of my favorite pics from the trip; they actually show how excited she really was to be here.



Then, as in March, she fell asleep right before the electrical parade started and slept through the whole thing.



She kept sleeping, Kari and I shared a huge hot dog topped with BBQ chicken and cole slaw (who doesn't love eating dinner at 11:30!!), and she kept sleeping. We could have stayed in the park until 1AM since we were resort guests, but as Claire just kept sleeping and we had ridden most rides already, we decided to leave at midnight. I know. Such party poopers!