Thursday, April 17, 2014

Disney Trip #1 - Aria's First Epcot Visit

I've made a little video of our Disney trip from last Saturday. I'm not 100% committed yet but I think that I will be documenting our Disney trips this way. Hopefully I will get better with the actual video taking part. I enjoyed filming little snippets throughout our time at the park. And, it was the first day of our annual pass so there is a whole year of Disney to look forward to and capture on film now. The video has a mix of still pictures and video, and it is just under 11 minutes long. So, if you are a Disney fan or just an Aria fan (who isn't?!) then please enjoy the video below. (Disclaimer: In the off chance you are planning on going to Epcot and doing the Easter egg hunt and you don't want all the fun ruined with spoilers don't watch until after your trip! k? k!)
This was our first trip with a baby. And, I'd estimate it was about 400 times harder than without one. We've always taken our trips with a go with the flow mindset. If a line was too long - skip it, or if it was too hot - let's just grab an ice cream and go home. There was nothing that we felt we absolutely had to do because we could always just come back another day. We didn't bring a whole lot with us and we did whatever we wanted at whatever pace we felt like. But, with a kid it is a whole new world. You have to literally pack your whole damn house and be very aware of their personality, attention span, schedule, and whims. I just made it sound like we had a terrible time, right? Really we didn't. Aria was awesome and I cried more than once just from watching her experience things in awe. Our main snafu was nap time. We thought that if she was in the stroller and moving that she would just fall asleep around her usual nap time, which is noon. But, that didn't happen at all. She finally passed out from exhaustion at 3:30 or so.

We felt like we were in limbo for those 3 hours. Do we try some rides? Should we let her run around or keep her in the stroller? Will she have enough patience for a line? I think she would have been good with rides and lines for a while after noon, and next time we will just let her run around until she needs a break. Hopefully now we have a better grasp of her napping needs and our next trips will be more go with the flow. And, perhaps only 300 times harder rather than 400 times. I have high hopes that by the time our annual pass runs out in a year we will be able to take Aria to Disney in our sleep (and have all the stroller parking spots memorized).

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Aria's Easter Basket

The Easter Bunny is coming to town in just a few days, so I thought I'd help him out with a little wish list for Aria's Easter basket. Just in case he needed a few ideas and a bit of inspiration.
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Linking up with (a little early because I penciled in the wrong date and I'm just going with it):

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Insta Sunday

Instead of Sweet Sunday today I am posting Insta Sunday. A slight variation where I am re-posting the pictures from instagram because after a day at Epcot I'm just not feeling like sorting and editing any pictures (I ended up with 537 pictures and videos from the day). It won't be a regular thing, just a slacker post for your viewing pleasure today! And, to entice you with these amazing gems so you will come be my buddy on the real thing - @baxzarilos.
 "Good morning Lizzy."

"I'm going on an adventure!"

"Good morning world! Still rocking the Christmas jams around here."

"Mickey pancakes on Disney eve!"

"Purple baby pedicure to match mama's."
"Epcot here we come!"
"Epcot here we are!"
"First boat ride. Living with the land!"

"Sunshine seasons for empty tummies!"
"The Magic! I can feel it."
"I don't think you can top an Easter egg hunt at Epcot. Cute idea!"
"I won!"

"And now I'm tired. See you real soon Epcot!"
 "Look what came in the mail today while we were at Disney without magic bands. Timing. We have it."

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Historical-ness: Our Wedding Day - part two

Alright, yesterday I left off with our simple wedding ceremony (if you missed it click here). Today will be the recap of our wedding trip/unofficial reception at Epcot.

So, after we were married (and had celebratory donuts) we took off for Disney along with 10 of our friends.
Our first stop was to Disney's Boardwalk Inn, our home for the next four days, to check in and to check out our room.
We met up with everybody else at the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot where we were having lunch at the Rose & Crown pub. I'm not a fan of mushy peas. Our waiter was the best though, and he even had everybody sign a congratulatory note for us. Oh, and I got a call from Mickey Mouse when we entered the park too. He just wanted to give us his best wishes for a happy marriage, what a, mouse.
After that we just enjoyed our day in the park. Making our way around the world, posing for group pictures, riding a ride here and there, receiving a lot of congratulations from cast members and guests alike, and drinking. We had a loose goal of drinking around the world, and we definitely didn't reach that goal. We made it to Germany before calling it a night and eating dinner before retiring to our resort.

A few highlights:

It isn't a trip to Epcot without a viewing of O'Canada!
Figment fun!
Captain EO randomness.
Margaritas in Mexico.
And, a few of my favourite photo pass pictures.
We had so much fun spending the day at Disney with (most of) our closest friends and celebrating our marriage. And, we've been back every year on our anniversary except last year - when Aria was 4 months old and we weren't brave enough (or awake enough).

Hopefully as you read this Aria will be having the best time celebrating with us for her first ever trip to a Disney World park! I'm beyond thrilled to be taking her to my favourite place, and if you want to follow along I'm sure I will be posting a picture or two to my (new) instagram - @baxzarilos.

If you want to catch up with the rest of the historical-ness series check out these past posts: 1: How We Met, 2: The First Three Years, 3: Baxter, 4: Lizzy, 5: Life in Colorado, 6: First Summer Back in Florida, 7: Our Last Months Before We Got Married, and 8: Our Wedding Day - part one.
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