Monday, August 7, 2017

2017 Kindermoon

So a little backstory.....Joe does not share the love of Disney like me. He likes it but does not feel the need to go multiple times a year. He doesn't want to crush my spirit though so he has said ( on multiple occasions) that he doesn't need to go but Sally and I can go whenever we want. Um....ok!

To tell you the truth, I needed some Sally time. I have been spending so much time each day attending to Henry's every need and she has gotten the short end of the stick. Its something that eats me up everyday and I try to do a better job everyday but its just not the same. We needed some time together and Disney just happens to be our happy place!!

Sally is a girl who loves surprises so it was no question that this trip would be a surprise. I couldn't wait to tell her!! She finished preschool on Friday.

On Saturday she had her dance recital.

After her dance recital, we presented her a gift bag. I had the cutest t-shirt from All Things Cute Designs, some Ariel perfume and her new magic band. When she saw that...she knew what it meant. DISNEY!!!


She was so excited and could hardly sleep that night. The next morning we woke up bright and early and headed for the airport!


Girls Trip!!

After a quick flight we arrived in Orlando and boarded Disney's Magical Express. 

After basically throwing our stuff in the room, we headed straight to Animal Kingdom! Sally had to organize a little first. 

First we stopped at the front of the hotel to pick up our stroller from Kingdom Strollers. They are BEST stroller rental company out there. They make it so very easy. You rent the stroller and they deliver right to the hotel. You use it during the trip and then you drop it back to the front desk before you leave. These are quality strollers too....BOBs and City Minis. They also come with a free rain cover which is super helpful!!

Sally and fun posing with the big "S" at All Star Music while waiting for the bus to the parks. 

We were so excited to finally be in the parks!! 

We were super pumped about one thing in particular....Sally was finally tall enough to ride DINOSAUR. Poor girl is only just now 40 inches. She had watched the video of the ride on Youtube but I dont think it prepared her for all the scary moving dinosaurs. She was scared right off the bat with the plant eaters. Of course now that we are home and says she wants to ride it again. 

After a dinner of honey chicken at Yak and Yeti, we posed for some pictures and met Pocahontas. 


We brought our Wilderness Explorers book and had fun earning badges. 

We were supposed to see Rivers of Lights but after waiting for over and hour, they cancelled it due to technical errors. I had fun teaching Sally how to do "the wave" as we waited. 


It was a long and exciting day and we were ready to go to bed as soon as we got back to the hotel.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Photography with Faison Anne Photography!!

We were so excited to have booked Faison to take our pictures on our last trip. We hadn't scheduled her until later in the day and looking back now I wish we had done it first thing when we weren't to tired and sweaty. We talked beforehand so she knew what fast passes we had and she tried to match hers with ours. 

She knew a lot of great places to take pictures and was super patient with Sally who just wasn't feeling it. 

Saison lives in Orlando and has an annual pass. She is at Disney almost everyday so she is friends with a lot of the cast members. 

Here are the details on pricing:
$100 for fifteen minutes of coverage:
This small amount of time is primarily for portraits in front of Cinderella's castle and along Main Street. Around 15 images are delivered via an online gallery with downloading privileges and include a print release. Please note: this session is only offered on weekends.

$400 for one hour of coverage: (for Sarah Moske clients it's $350)
One hour of coverage is perfect for meeting a princess (with FastPass preferred) or an outdoor ride (The Madhatter's Tea Party, Dumbo, etc.) and three separate portrait locations within the park. This session includes an online gallery with downloading privileges, a beautiful skeleton key USB with your memories uploaded onto it, and a print release.

$550 for two hours of coverage: (for Sarah Moske clients, it's $450)
This amount of time is more focused on character meetings that are not included in the Fast Pass system (Pooh Bear and Tigger, Alice and the Madhatter, etc.) This amount of time is also perfect for the Bippity Boppity Boutique appointment, and several different portrait spots within the park. This session includes an online gallery with downloading privileges, a beautiful skeleton key USB with your memories uploaded onto it, and a print release.

$850 for four hours of coverage: (for Sarah Moske clients it's $725)
This half-day session will cover nearly everything, from a character meal (at your discretion) to several character meet-and-greets. This amount of time allows for stand-by waiting for attractions, and even a visit to a second park. This session may also be split into two sessions as two hours for two days. This session includes and online gallery with downloading privileges, a beautiful skeleton key USB with your memories uploaded onto it, and a print release.

A gallery from previous portrait sessions can be viewed through this link, and it does require you to input your email address to access it. Don't worry, I won't sell your email address! I simply use this to monitor who has access to this gallery.

Password: 2016

There is a 50% deposit fee to reserve the session date, and that 50% will be applied to the total payment due. The remaining 50% will be collected at the time of the session. This session is non-refundable except when inclement weather prevents re-booking the session (ex. if the weather forecast predicts rain and storms during the entire visit).

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Disneyland AEP (Day 3)

The last day of the AEP started bright and early with a delicious breakfast buffet. 

We had some learning time and then they had a special visitor to present us with our graduation certificates....MICKEY!!

We had to get a group shot with all the people from our agency!!

After that we checked out of the Grand Californian and moved over to Paradise Pier for the night. 

Here is what our room looked like. 

Then it was time to hit the parks!! 

We basically spent all day riding rides and then we hit up Blue Bayou for dinner. It was really neat...great atmosphere and the food was yummy too!! Part of the restaurant looks over the Pirates of Caribbean bayou.

It was a late night with no pictures. I was dead when I finally headed back to the hotel. 

The next morning I woke up and checked out of the hotel. My sweet friends who live in Orange County came to pick me up and we drove over to eat lunch at Huntington Beach. 

After lunch, they drove me to LAX and I flew home. I loved Disneyland and cannot wait to come back!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Disneyland AEP {Day 2}

Day 2 started out bright and early (but not too early since we were on pacific time). It was such a treat to have a hotel room and bed all to myself and to be able to get dressed without having to multitask and have kids pulling at my legs. 

We had an organized breakfast downstairs at Storytellers Cafe. We were waiting outside and look who was staring at us through the window!

The inside of the restaurant is beautiful! We met Chip and Dale, Pluto and Koda from Brother Bear. 

The food was super yummy...a pretty standard breakfast. 

After breakfast we walked over to tour a mock up of what a room/villa looks like at Aulani. If you aren't sure what Aulani is, its a Disney resort in Hawaii! I know, right?! I can book trips to here too and I have added it to my Disney bucket list. Here are a few pics from the room. 

Next we went over to the Disneyland hotel. Here are some pictures from that. 

I love how the beds have the fireworks behind them and I won't ruin the surprise, but they do something special. 

If you stay club level, you have access to a members only lounge that has snacks and drinks and an amazing view of the park. 

Next up was Paradise Pier. 

After the hotel tours, we were free for the day so we headed into California Adventure. We grabbed a quick bite to eat at a Mexican quick service and started riding. I loved the Paradise Pier area and the roller coaster was fun!! 

That night, we had a special area reserved for the Disneyland parade. It was great and there is a  rumor, its coming to Disney World!!

I also indulged in one of these yummy creations...its basically a huge block of peanut butter inside of two graham crackers and covered in chocolate. amazing!! We stayed up way too late and I fell into a deep disney slumber....