Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Prepping For The Happiest Place on Earth

We are prepping for our first family trip to Disney and I have to say the whole thing is quite overwhelming. People keep warning me....about everything. There is not so much sharing excitement about our family adventure, so much as fear of weather, lines, dinner reservations, and crowded hotel rooms. Well, I love being with family, enjoying warm weather, and seeing the joy on my kids' faces when they are having fun! So I am choosing to focus on that. Sure there will be rainy days, long lines, and plenty of tantrums...the kids might even have some meltdowns too! But tantrums, adult or child, will not be what we remember from this trip! So I am starting early with some creative planning and crafting.

First, I wanted to make a countdown calendar. What do you know? I found another use for the giant roll of pipe insulation I bought. Read about that here, if you'd like. I made three circles and covered them with yarn. Then I attached a small dry erase board to the back and finished it with some colorful Mickey Mouse decor. I text a picture of it to my Dad everyday. He is so excited for the whole family to be together.

My sister-in-law and I are each making some t-shirts for the kids. I'm making a batch for my kids and hers, and vice versa. That way we only need to make one type of shirt. Plus it's more fun because we are surprising each other with what they will look like. I'll post some photos of those after the trip.

Next, I started working on some Disney hair accessories for my niece. I have two sons so when I feel the need to get my girly girl crafting on, I give the finished product to my nieces. This is the first headband I made, and I have a tiara in the works but I'm not feeling too confident in my abilities on the tiara, so we shall see.

I am planning on doing an autograph book next. Getting autographs was one of the things I remembered most about my childhood trip to Disney. Are kids still into that? I'm sure I can convince an almost three year old to love it.

That's my plan so far. Even though it's time consuming, I'm really enjoying these trip preparations.  I'm working on educating Jack on all things Disney. We checked a couple movies out of the library as well as a giant, and very wordy, anthology of Disney stories. He is definitely excited about meeting all of the characters, especially Daisy Duck. Why Daisy? I have no idea, but I think it's adorable!

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