Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Day 5-Our Last Day at Disney World!

Wednesday was our last day so we had to make the most of it!  We decided to go back to the Magic Kingdom for the day and do some things we had not been able to do yet.  Cohen had a few more princesses she wanted to see and we had some things we had not gotten to do on the other days.  We had washed all the hairspray and other hair products out of Cohen's hair, much to her disappointment.  She asked me to put it up like it was so I had to do a very loose version of something probably not even halfway close to how it was, but when she saw her hair was up she was happy and as long as the crown was in we were good.  You will notice a new, bigger face jewel on her...Brock and Kelly had been at the hotel's arcade the night before and Brock hit the jackpot on tickets.  He was so sweet to pick out something for Cohen and Kate and Cohen's prize was a face jewel.  Just what we needed!  She was so happy about it and sported it proudly!
Everything was going great as we headed over to the park but when we got there and it was stroller time Kate had an even bigger melt down than the day before and I think Kelly & I both were tested to the limits on this one.  At one point she laid down on the ground with her blankie and just curled up.  Poor girl I know was tired and she had been a trooper throughout everything but if any of you are like me I was about to go crazy!  We finally headed on into the park with her screaming.  Cohen & I were going to Fantasyland to do Enchanted Tales with Belle.   When we got there I took her and Kate while Kelly & Brock went to ride a roller coaster.  We had about a 40 minute wait and thank goodness for my phone because that seemed to keep Kate calm.  Unfortunately I had to hold her the whole time.  I was bound and determined not to let her spoil the fun of this because so many people had told me how good it was.  When it was finally our turn Kate did great, thank goodness and it was well worth the wait.  I love Beauty and the Beast and used to watch it so much growing up.  I think I enjoyed this as much or more than Cohen!  Everything was really magical!  The kids act out the play for Belle herself and when she walks in the room they were all just amazed...and I was too!  It was one of the cutest things at the park in my opinion.  Cohen played the part of Belle's father, Maurice, and she had to "shiver" behind the bars.  At the end each child is announced to Belle and they get to have their picture made with her.  It was just precious!
the talking wardrobe
Cohen holding her bars ready for her part!
Cohen & Belle
Kelly met me outside at the stroller and we left to have lunch at Belle's castle.  We had been told this was great to do and at lunch it is a quick serve so no reservation was needed.  We waited about 30 minutes which wasn't too bad.  We ordered, sat down, and Cohen and I went to look around and go see the magic rose.  Everything was going great until the food came and Cohen decided she would have her own little meltdown because her sandwich just didn't look right.  I think at this point I was praying for God to give me the patience I so quickly had lost!  I know kids get tired so easily and I think we adults try to make everything so special that when one thing goes wrong it is easy to lose it.  We finally finished up and left.  It was really beautiful inside and I enjoyed getting to eat there.  On the way out I was taking a picture of the glass and Kelly laughed and said, "do you want a picture of all of us to remember how fun this lunch was."  We laughed at how everyone was all smiles for the picture and I know we will not forget that lunch!
Inside the ballroom...this was before the meltdown

The magic rose...I loved this!
All smiles!  You would never know anything was ever wrong :)

 Luckily, everyone was happy again after we left and we headed out for more fun.  Cohen really wanted to go meet Jasmine but we had some time before we could do that.  We decided to go meet princess Tiana first.  When Cohen saw her it was so cute because she had seen all these princesses but she was still amazed at seeing another one and she just looked at me and said, "she is just beautiful."
waiting on Princess Tiana.  Kate loved the mulch and pine needles.
Telling her she was 5 years old!

 After meeting Tiana we went to ride the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.  This was Cohen's first big roller coaster and she was so excited.  She never hesitated on riding any rides.  She loved it too.  She told me it took her stomach but she wanted to ride it again!  Cohen, Brock and I had rode together the first ride but we had gotten a rider switch ticket for Kelly so they were able to go in the Fast Pass line and ride the second time.  It worked out great because we didn't have to wait long at all and then it got crowded again but with them going in the Fast Pass line it was a short wait again.  Kate had fallen asleep for her afternoon nap so I was able to get a picture of them riding the roller coaster.  It was so cute seeing Cohen in between Kelly & Brock.  She didn't have her hands up on the ride but she came off the ride with them up!  She wanted to ride again but we said no that it was time to go see Jasmine.  She was happy with that and off we went!  We were able to be at the front of the line for Jasmine and Aladdin.  While we were in line Cohen did a little shopping.  She wanted a little Jasmine dress up doll set.  She had her own money so that's what she chose.  Jasmine is one of her favorite princesses too.  I don't even know if she's watched the entire movie of Aladdin though.   Its funny how little girls are very familiar with the princesses themselves because they are pictured on all kinds of Disney products.  We even have some books that she loves on the princesses but as for knowing all the stories and movies, I think I know them better because I watched them when I was growing up.  We are going to work on that :)
Sleeping beauty herself!
Check out the last car...that's Kelly, Cohen, and Brock

Meeting Jasmine and Aladdin!

We had finally met everyone she wanted to meet!  Cohen wanted to ride a couple of other rides, the teacups again and a smaller roller coaster.  On Monday while we were at Magic Kingdom we had ridden the tea cups at night.  I had to hold sleeping Kate with one arm and turn the tea cup with Cohen with my other arm!  All the while Cohen is screaming "faster", "faster".  This time I sat with Kate while she slept and let her ride with Kelly and Brock.  I got to enjoy a yummy Dole Whip pineapple ice cream which was heaven!  I had earned that moment!!  I think I would go back for the ice cream alone, it was that good!  When Kate woke up I took her to do some last minute shopping.  Of course she was done with the stroller so I had to carry her.  We decided to head to Epcot for the evening.  My Mama wanted to watch their fireworks display and Cohen had begged to do "Turtle Talk with Crush" one more time.  It was such a fun trip with lots of memories made!  I think we learned a lot too!  We will definitely go back again sometime!  I can't thank my mama enough for taking us!  We had a magical time for sure!

Cohen & Bebe!  

On Friday after we had gotten home, Kate woke up with a fever so we had to go see Dr. Setia.  She had an ear infection!  I'm thinking this might have had a little to do with her meltdowns!  I'm glad it happened after we got home.

Day 4: Animal Kingdom

Tuesday we headed to Animal Kingdom.  Cohen loves animals so I was excited to see her at this park. Of course she had to keep her same hair style from yesterday.  She wanted to know if her make-up would stay on but I had to tell her no.  We could do one more day of the hair but nothing else.  In fact, in the park she lost her face jewel which was a huge deal!  She cried and cried but we promised we would look for a new one later.  Kate had been so good every day decided to have a little melt down when we got there and it was time to get in the stroller.  We thought it was going to get real ugly.  I carried her for a while and she finally calmed down.  We got our FastPasses in and then headed to the petting zoo.  Kate LOVED this!  She was petting all the goats and the pigs and would just laugh and squeal.  Cohen got to meet Rafiki from the Lion King and do a bug hunt.  After leaving the petting zoo we went on the safari ride and got to see all kinds of fun animals.  Both girls really enjoyed this.  Kate would point and squeal at each animal and wanted to stand up.  Cohen really enjoyed this too.  We will have to make a visit to the zoo when it warms up!  After lunch we rode the Expedition Everest roller coaster which we loved, saw the monkeys and tigers, and Cohen got to do some authentic dancing!  Maybe I'll post a video of this on Facebook :)  
Cohen & Rafiki

Petting the pig

I thought it was so pretty seeing the giraffe under the moss!  Of course the giraffes are mine and Cohen's favorite, and Kate loved them too!

Learning the Indian dance

A funny story, Cohen & Brock were playing a "guess the animal" game with one of the crew members and this included them identifying animal paw prints, animal poop, and then looking into the scope to guess the animal.  Well Cohen looked first and the girl told her not to say it out loud so that Brock would get to guess too.  As Cohen was looking and she was telling her this, Cohen replied, "well don't worry because I have no idea what this is."  It was so cute!  I don't think she could see all that well into the scope but it was a rhino they were guessing.

Another highlight at this park was watching the Lion King show.  It was so good!  We all really enjoyed it and both girls were amazed at the whole show.  Cohen got up and just danced around.  After the show we got to meet Winnie the Pooh and friends.  Kate actually loved these characters!  She would just wave at Pooh bear and she also loved Tigger.   These were some of my characters when I was little, especially Tigger so we made that one a family shot :)  After a quick ride on the dinosaurs we had to head to dinner.  We ate at the Rainforest Cafe.  Kate thoroughly enjoyed the aquariums and kept running from our table to look at the fish.  Everything was delicious!  We had no trouble eating lots of good food on this entire trip!
Meeting Pooh Bear

The tree of life

Day 3-Magic Kingdom & the Bippity Boppity Boutique!

 Monday was one of our most eventful days, and it turned out to be our longest.  We did get to sleep in later though so that was nice.  Cohen had an appointment at the Bippity Boppity Boutique at 11:00.  This was the one thing she REALLY wanted to do.  She had seen this on the Ellen show (don't ask) and she also had a friend that did it and she saw those pictures too.  She had asked me if she could please get her hair and make-up done.  I loved letting her do it too!  It was so cute to watch all the little girls get all fixed up.  We had told Cohen she could pick out a dress and dress like her favorite princess.  Her favorite is Ariel so she had to pick between Ariel the mermaid or Ariel the princess bride and after thinking hard she chose the princess bride gown.  We got her dressed then they went to work on her.  They really get the hair slicked back and up tight!  Someone was working on hair and another on her nails and makeup.  She was in heaven.  And when they turned her around to the mirror to see herself you can see that she took it all in and then just smiled at herself.  She really felt like a princess and she did look so cute!

Shielding her face from all the hairspray and glitter!

The big reveal

Smiling at herself

We ate a quick lunch and then headed to the Magic Kingdom.  We wanted Cohen to get to meet the princesses on the day she was dressed up.  When we got there the first place we went was to see Ariel herself.  By this time Kate had crashed so we had to hold her through the line.  Thats so hard but we didn't dare wake her up.  Cohen was so excited to see Ariel and when we finally went in to see her it was worth the wait.  Ariel was so excited to see Cohen and really talked with her.  These characters are so into their roles!  She listened to Cohen's necklace (which was Ariel's voice in the sea shell) and when we were leaving she kissed Cohen's cheek leaving her lipstick mark there.  Cohen was so proud of that!
Ariel's reaction to Cohen

After meeting Ariel, Cohen went to meet Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel.  They all talked to Cohen about the things they do with Ariel and Cohen just took it all in so seriously ;)  We had reservations for a dinner show, the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, which was so good!  The food was great and the show was too.  We really enjoyed that.  After dinner we went back to ride a few rides and watch the fireworks.  Cohen is so afraid of fireworks but she did pretty good with these.  Better than I thought.  She only started to cry once.  After the fireworks, Mama and Paula went back to our room but we stayed to ride more.  Brock had wanted to ride the go karts and so did Cohen.  At this point there were no lines for any rides and we wanted to make the most of it.  We covered more rides that night than any other day!  Cohen fell asleep while Kelly & Brock were riding one ride but when we passed the place to meet Tinkerbell we woke her up to ask her if she wanted to meet her and of course she said "yes!".  She was wide awake after that and we ended up riding the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and then headed to ride the Ariel ride.  The wait had been too long earlier but at night we walked right on!  We stayed until midnight when the park closed but it was worth every second.  Kate slept through it all.  We had such a fun day and then weather had warmed up which made it even better!

Talking with Rapunzel about having swim parties with Ariel

I loved taking pictures of the castle!

Hula Hooping before our dinner show

Beautiful fireworks...pictures wouldn't begin to do justice
Go Karts!

Outside the Ariel ride
A Magical Day for Sure!