Sailing with the Mouse

We had a fabulous time on our Disney Cruise last week. Image

This is us boarding the ship! We were super excited.

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I was impressed with this gingerbread house! The smell of gingerbread filled this room. I loved it. Of course the ship was decked out for Christmas.

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Bri and I went one the Aquaduck water silde about 5 times each. It was a short slide. It took 5 seconds from start to finish. You stand on a trap door and it releases you down. The first time I was terrified, but I would have to say it was the best water slide I have ever been on. During the day they would play Disney movies on the big screen and on Thanksgiving they showed football games on it all day. It was fun to lay by the pool and watch movies at the same time.

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The first day the kids areas have open houses you can check out the fun areas. After that they seal them off to where only kids can access them. Molly only loved the nursery with mom and dad with her.

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This is the area for the 3-11 year olds. They had a dress up area called pixie hallow filled with ton of dress ups for the girls. It looked like fun to me.

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Animator’s Palate was our first dinning room and our favorite. As the night goes on the walls fill with color.

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We entered Molly in Jack-Jack’s Incredible Diaper Dash. She won. She had a huge cheering section. Right after she crossed the finish line a lady picked her up and started taking pictures with her. There were about 200 people watching the race. Molly was pretty well known around the ship after that. We would be in various places around the ship and people would be like, “Hey thats Molly!” and “Hi Molly”. We were known as “Molly’s parents” around the ship.

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Molly went straight for that lanyard as Brian dangled it along. As you can see the other babies went off track.

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Dinners were not something we looked forward to each day. Molly did not like sitting through them. She was a pill. The food wasn’t that great but I loved the desserts. Brian and I were a bit sea sick most of the time so our appetite was small.

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We had fun at Port in Cozumel, Mexico. The weather was perfect! We left Molly in the nursery- which was great because we got to snorkel.

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After picking up Molly from the nursery we went to the Pirate Party onboard, these bandanas were waiting for us at dinner. All the staff were dressed up as pirates. It was my favorite night. After dinner we went on deck and they had a show and fireworks. We dance and sang until Molly passed out in Brian’s arms.

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The Disney touches were the best. This was our favorite towel animal in our room. Jojo cleaned our room twice a day-which I loved! Those employees work so hard on the ship. Especially the waiters and housekeeping.

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Cast away Cay (KEY) was amazing. I was in aww with house they turned an island into a mini Disney park. It had everything on this tiny island in the middle of nowhere. And since we were on the smaller ship there were enough chairs and umbrellas. This was Mollys best day. She was so chill and she just relaxed with me on the beach while brian went snorkeling and exploring. The best part of the island was all the ice cream, snacks, drinks were free. I got Molly a sand bucket and she loved it, almost as much as she loved eating the sand and shells! The weather was a bit chilly and the water was way too cold for Molly and I so we stayed on the sand trying to soak in as much sun as possible.

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Thanksgiving night we all went to dinner. Brian was sick with a stomach bug. Molly was so tired she could not sit through dinner so before our food came she was taken to the nursery. She screamed and screamed as soon as they took her. I got a call an hour later to come and pick her back up because she hadn’t stopped screaming.

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Library Fun

Molly and I went to Toddler Time at the library. She had a ball. She wanted nothing to do with me. She wanted to sing the songs and listen to the story all by herself and not sit in my lap like the other kids.
The rocking horse she loved as well. I think the library will be somewhere we will frequent this winter. She loved it.

Miami

We got to Miami this afternoon and was welcomed with warm weather! We love the change from the cold.
Molly did ok on the flights despite the fact we have her something to help her sleep. Her eating has increased tremendously in the last week or so.

My good friend Chris and his sweet girlfriend took us out to dinner. We went to a fun restaurant and ate a lot of meat. Brian loved it. Our meat was cooked over a wood oven with wood imported from Argentina. We had the short ribs, chicken and sausage. Molly had the chicken strips and fries.
Behind us in the picture is the open oven with the meat.
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Mini Apple Pies

We are having some friends over for dessert tonight. I decided to make apple pies. We still have some honey crisp apples left over in the garage so I thought that would be perfect. I got mini pie tins and the Pillsbury pre-made crust. I have never been able to make a good crust. As you can see the two pies that are done I forgot to add the pats of butter in. So I had to push little pats of butter through the cracks of my weave. But, don’t worry the other two I remembered the butter.. plenty of butter.

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I can’t wait to cut into these little babies. A scoop of vanilla ice cream will make these perfect. Although, they are mini I think they are huge. Our friends the Tufts will love them tonight. Now, I have my Thanksgiving fix for the year and can continue to prepare for our vacation.

Simply Perfect Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 12 Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 disks Simply Perfect Pie Crust dough, cold
  • egg wash (one egg beaten with a tablespoon of cold water)

Instructions

  1. Roll out one of the disks of pie dough to about 14 inches in diameter. Place the dough in the bottom of an ungreased 10 inch pie plate, and refrigerate.
  2. Place the apples, sugar, flour, spices, and salt in a large bowl and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Fill the chilled pie shell with the apple mixture, working carefully to mound the apples evenly and with as few empty spaces between apple slices as possible.
  4. Dot with butter and refrigerate.
  5. Roll out the second disk of pie dough, large enough to overhang the sides of the pie by at least an inch. Drape the dough over the pie, pressing lightly to conform to the shape of the apples.
  6. Trim off any excess dough, leaving about a one inch margin all around the pie.
  7. Roll the top and bottom crusts under, around the perimeter of the pie, and crimp.
  8. Cut steam vents in the top crust with a sharp knife or kitchen shears, and brush with egg wash.
  9. Refrigerate the pie for 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  11. Bake the pie for 1 hour + 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden, the juices are bubbling, and the apples are softened but still a little firm (not mushy).
  12. Cool the pie for at least an 1 1/2 hours before cutting.

http://bakingamoment.com/simply-perfect-apple-pie/

Oreos

Molly helped me make a peppermint ice cream pie. It is the easiest pie ever to make. Along the way Miss Molly helped me by eating an oreo while I was making the crust of the pie.image

fFirst the crust. Which is just 40 Oreos crushed. Then add a stick of butter melted. Mix and press into a 9×13 baking dish. Then thaw some ice cream (half gallon) just enough to spread on top of the Oreo crust. freeze. Then top with fudge and garnish with peppermint. (I forgot to take a picture of it complete- but you can imagine)image

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This ratty old Festival of Trees tree was found in our basement. I gave it a quick makeover and revived it. But now that it is all cute and festive I have no place to put it in the house. imageMuch better. In january I will catch all the christmas stuff on clearance and add some more decorations to it.

Activity days

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In activity days we made place cards for our families and a turkey to eat. We also talked about manners at the table. It was a fun night. I didn’t do the activity shani did and the girls liked it.
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Today was a busy day. We started it off with a visit to Grandmas house where Molly got a story read to her by none other then Aunt Weesa and Grandma. She loved it.

Story time with Grandma and Lisa

Shopper in Training

Shopper in Training

Then we headed out to do some christmas shopping. I have my first round done. Now, just the online stuff and stocking stuffers. As you can see Molly was a big help at Target. She always has a blast playing in the shopping cart. Why they don’t make it so babies can face the other direction is beyond me. Molly never wants to sit facing me.

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Then for FHE we put up the christmas decorations. It was so much fun. Molly LOVED it. she played with the ornaments, big empty boxes and lights. When it was time for bed she had such a hard time leaving the fun. One of my favorite additions to our christmas decor this year is my new wreath from Costco. It is gorgeous on our front door. I feel like we are skipping Thanksgiving- which is fine by me. Now, we will come home to our decorated house after our cruise next week.

front door