Posts Tagged ‘princess’

The Wild Rumpus

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I’ve already posted these pictures in other places so apologies if you’ve already seen them. Feel free to roll your eyes at me for showing off my adorable kid all over the place. STFU Parents, amirite?

p.s. How excited am I that he wore this costume again this year? (Last year’s photos here) It makes spending way to many dollars on that Max suit hurt a lot less.

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She is a mermaid princess, in case that was unclear by the random blue dress.

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The light-up sneakers are a nice addition to the costumes, don’t you think?

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My Week(157) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

It really might as well be week one million. It feels like week one million.

Sunday:

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I hung out with the cutest, chillest baby ever at the Community Baby Shower

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My teeny little table showing off my work

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Don’t worry, I pulled over before I took this picture out the car window of the regatta in the river

Monday:

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I took this picture AND threw that ball. Impressed????

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School makes him tired.

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Princess Sadface was sad, so we had lots of extra cuddles

Tuesday:

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I bought ALL THE GROCERIES. I also broke my crock pot (the second one!) so I can’t make half the stuff I planned.

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I like this spot.

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Evan likes this spot too.

Wednesday:

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Saying good morning to Fred, the giant fake Halloween spider

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Face painting at school. She meowed all afternoon.

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Reading on the front porch

Thursday:

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All the RescueBots HAVE to come outside to wait for the bus with Evan.

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Mr. Incredible from Enterprise. They’re office of superheroes was the best part of my day.

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Trick or treating at the fancy houses

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They actually liked handing out candy more than collecting it

Friday:

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It wasn’t actually raining, but the gingers do not care. Umbrellas make them look jaunty.

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WTF Target, it’s only NOVEMBER FIRST.

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I wasted fancy hair and spanx on a lousy event for E’s work.

Saturday:

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My assistant at the morning photo shoot got a liiiiitle dirty

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We have too many couches right now, but at least it means they can watch iPad OVER THERE and leave me alone.

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Yes, she is wearing her costume AGAIN. At least it was at a costume party.

E’s submarine was commission on Saturday, which means they’re one step closer to being a fully functioning boat that goes to sea. That is both good news (no more shipyard!) and bad news (deployments) but it also means he’s going to be working even more over the next couple of weeks. Since this is still the busy season for pictures too, I suspect there will be a lot of late nights for the next month. Although it hardly matters now, since it’s 4:55 pm and PITCH BLACK outside. Thanks for nothing, daylight savings time.

In blog news: I’m about 3 meals into a brand new round of What’s For Dinner – which I haven’t done in a crazy long time – and it’s nice to be cooking new stuff again. I can only handle taco salad and spaghetti so many times before I give up and let my family eat pop tarts and grapes for dinner. So watch for that sometime next week!

My Week(150) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

I actually saw my husband this week! On more than one occasion! It was actually the best week we’ve had in a really long time, even if the kids were so exhausted by Sunday they both passed out at 5 pm.

Sunday:

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Early morning photo session at the arboretum

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Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream at Taste of Mystic

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More perfect weather. Well done, Connecticut.

Monday:

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Playing SO NICELY together before school

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Daddy met the bus for the first time ever

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GO TO CHILI’S AND ORDER THIS THING IMMEDIATELY

Tuesday:

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Still wicked happy to get on the bus for school every day

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Twirling is her favorite

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Squeaky clean

Wednesday:

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I AM READY FOR THE BEACH WHY ARE WE NOT AT THE BEACH?

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NOW we are at the beach. He spent 2 hours in the (cold) water.

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FASHUN

Thursday:

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Imaginary hopscotch

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Basically all my pictures are waiting for a bus these days.

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Hide and seek! BET YOU CAN’T FIND CAROLINE.

 Friday:

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Eat this with cream cheese and/or honey.

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BFFs

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I can’t help it, this might be my favorite set of photos ever (also, Evan took this, he was like “TAKE A PICTURE OF THE PRINCESS!!!”)

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“Daddy made yummy pancakes!” he says in the pancake restaurant.

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Fairy Princess Caroline reads to Candy Crush Dragon Daddy

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And Daddy reads to the gingers

I had forgotten how nice it was to have someone to help with bedtimes or go out to dinner with or help wrangle the kids at the apple orchard. I know I’m not a single parent – NOT EVEN CLOSE – but doing all the parenting on a day to day basis was really starting to wear me down. But a week of school and TWO meals out (not to mention a beach day where the kids built sand castles while I read a magazine) plus seeing my husband enough times that our conversation didn’t go like this: “HiIhavetobebackatworkinsixhoursbutIneededtotellyouIamoutofdeoderantandalso
canyoufindmykhakihatIloveyougoodnightzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”

I don’t have a lot of hope the next week will be as nice, but I have two super fun things coming up (a Saturday in NYC with the kids and THREE DAYS in Atlanta without the kids) that are going to make September just totally fly by.

My Week(144) in iPhone Photos

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

DO ALL THE SUMMER BEFORE IT’S GONE.

Sunday:

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I put away the changing pad (that I’ve used maybe twice ever) since I don’t have any babies anymore.

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Fresh neighborhood eggs are a game of IS THERE A CHICKEN FETUS IN THIS OR NO?

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Best spot ever for senior pictures? Probably.

Monday:

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Tired.

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Mess.

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Tired.

Tuesday:

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I WILL MISS YOU WHILE I AM AT SCHOOL BABY SISTER EVEN THOUGH WE ARE GOING TO SAME SCHOOL.

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Mommy the donkey is my best friend!

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Cloud or portal opened to another dimension by a tesseract?

Wednesday:

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Our last gymnastics class. She’ll have to use her super strength somewhere else.

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Our duck pond has an endless supply of adorable baby ducks and I cannot stop taking pictures of them.

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Waiting patiently for her grilled cheese.

Thursday:

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NO PICTURES PLEASE.

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Tinker Bell rests in the tasting room of the winery. Being a fairy is hard work.

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My sister and her boyfriend are EXCELLENT child watchers. I like them.

Friday:

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The princess generously bestows bacon upon her people.

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Beach baby

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THREE GINGERS.

Saturday:

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Yard sale. Most of it’s on the curb now, it was not a smashing success. But at least it’s all out of my house.

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Second day of the princess dress. I peeled it off her to wash it because 2 year olds are gross.

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Watching more Watch Us Edit videos from Clickin Moms and it’s still blowing my mind.

It was a surprisingly good week, even if I continue to make poor choices in regards to my own bedtime. 11 pm has become midnight has become 1 am, which means I’m getting like 5 hours of sleep which means I am chronically tired which is my OWN FAULT and yet I keep doing it. I am not very good at learning my lesson. I’m also so, so excited about Ginger Snaps Pictures (website! facebook! in progress, so don’t judge too harshly) and the photography classes/workshops/critiques I’ve signed up for I CAN’T go to bed any earlier. I need those post-kid hours. Although I have managed to thoroughly wear them out several days this week so they took naps – NAPS! – and slept a full 12 hours at night.

This week will be almost as full as last week, which is my favorite kind of week. Even if I am tired.

Insanely Long And Picture Filled Vacation Post

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Hello Internet! I missed you bunches! And my Google reader is as stuffed with backed up posts as I am with desserts so it’s going to take me a few days to get back to normal – although normal is sort of the wrong word. Vacation was everything I had hoped for and more. I feel like I have literally been recharged in every way. I am no longer at the end of my rope. Instead, I am at the very top of a very long rope and I can totally handle toddler tantrums and busted lips and picky eating and 6 am wake-up calls and Bubble Guppie marathons for at least another few months – since I handled ALL OF THEM just in the past 48 hours. Then I’m going to need to start vacation planning again.

I have a lot of problems deciding what I want out of a vacation – Total relaxation? Adventure? Staying out all night? Getting 12 hours of sleep? Eating tons of fatty food? Extra gym time? – and it turns out a cruise is perfect to do ALL THE THINGS. One evening we went to the night club and danced like crazy until after 1 am. The next night we went to bed at 8:30 pm. As in, ASLEEP by 8:30. It was glorious. There was lots of day drinking and dinner drinking and night drinking and drinking with my in-laws and drinking with the strangers we made friends with in St. Thomas and yet there were zero hangovers. The Caribbean is MAGIC.

I will say if you’re looking for an incredibly glamorous vacation a cruise is NOT what you want. It’s a cruise. There are lots of old people and unstylish people and stereotypical touristy people. There is an enormous amount of food served in buffets. You stand in a lot of lines. Nothing about it feels exclusive or private. But it is easy and (relatively) affordable and you get to see a lot of things. I can totally picture us taking the kids on a cruise in the future, although we’d go into it with different expectations (less drinking, less adventure, more laid back beach time). I might have even started Googling Disney cruises while at the airport on the way back (They have one that leaves from NYC! Mickey Mouse!!!)

Our itinerary was a Sunday-Sunday cruise on the Ruby Princess leaving from Ft. Lauderdale then stopping in Princess Cay, a day at sea, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, another day at sea and then back to Ft. Lauderdale. We treated ourselves to a balcony room (on our honeymoon we only had a window and we were unimpressed). Our balcony was directly off the back of the boat on the 11th deck (out of 19 total) and was very private. My inlaws had a balcony on the 9th floor, but on the side of the boat, and everyone on every floor above could look right down into it. They also got better views when we were in port and a better breeze at sea, so it’s sort of a personal preference.

Queen sized bed, plenty of storage and hangers. Tiiiiiny bathroom, but whatevs.

Champagne toast while leaving Florida

The actual POINT of the cruise – besides just being an amazing vacation for us – was E’s parents as well as two sets of aunts/uncles were renewing their wedding vows for 23, 35, and 40 years of marriage. Between the vow renewal package and their travel agent, E’s folks got FIVE bottles of champagne and a bottle of wine…but they don’t drink. I had more champagne last week than I’ve had the entire previous 29 years of my life.

The Atrium in the middle of the ship

While we were on the boat at sea, we did lots of fun but not-really-photo-worthy stuff. We took ballroom dance lessons, watched movies by the pool, saw two shows plus an illusionist and a comedian, went to the gym, wandered around the decks, browsed in the jewelry shops, lost at blackjack and kicked ass at team trivia (played 5 times, won 3 of them). Also, we ate. A LOT. We don’t get to eat out very often – or at fancy restaurants EVER – so we took advantage of the upscale dining room every night. I can understand that some people would rather wear flip flops for their entire vacation but for me dressing up is way more fun. Plus, ohmigod, the FOOD. This is all from the same night:

Poached seafood and avocado salad with lime vinaigrette

Mussels in white wine butter sauce

E’s dinner: giant steak and french fries

The Love Boat – chocolate mouse over a chocolate brownie

And then we went to some beaches.

Snorkeling on Princess Cay

Where the tenders dock at Princess Cay

Princess Cay is Princess Cruise’s “private island”. Actually, it’s an island called Eleuthera with about 12,000 people who live on the non-Princess side. It’s a flat cay (as opposed to the Virgin Islands, which are tall and volcanic) so there isn’t much to look at but the beach is nice. There was a lot of food for free and souvenirs for not free, and we decided to just crash on our towels instead of renting chairs or a cabana. We brought our own snorkel and flippers so it was a cheap day. The boat anchored off shore and brought us in on tenders which meant lots of waiting around to catch a boat, so we went back to the ship early and chilled rather than rush at the last minute.

Tuesday night was a formal night (and the vow renewal) so we got fancy. Instead of renting a tux, E brought his dress blues. Which are actually black. The Navy is color blind. (p.s. My dress is from ModCloth)

Self portrait in our balcony door

In front of the champagne waterfall. MORE CHAMPAGNE.

Wednesday we went to St. Maarten, which is the Dutch half of St. Martin (the other half is French, but we never saw that side). We got off the boat early and used some of the shopping “coupons” to hit the stores. The cruise ships have some kind of deal with the jewelry stores where the ships make a HUGE DEAL about WHAT A BARGAIN all the jewelry is in the Caribbean and in return the stores give the customers free stuff. Although by “free stuff” I mean a crappy half plastic charm bracelet and a 1 ct “sapphire” that I’m pretty sure is just a shard of blue glass.

Of course, that’s all just a ruse to get you into the store because once you’re in there with all the sparkly things and a super attentive sales person offering you drinks and telling you everything is 60% off special just for you today…you’re probably buying something. We managed to keep it down to just ONE something – a really gorgeous tanzanite and diamond ring – but we probably still paid WAAAAY too much. But it’s a fantastic souvenir and I wear every day and it counts as my 30th birthday present too so I’m pretending it was worth blowing our budget.

Shopping in St. Maarten

The rest of the time in St. Maarten was on a shore, uh, sea excursion. We took a catamaran trip to a reef for snorkeling and a beach for swimming plus free rum punch and sandwiches. On the ride back I sat right on the very front of the boat with my feet hanging off and after a couple of rum punches I felt like I was flying. It was amazing.

Where we snorkeled in St. Maarten

That’s our boat anchored off the beach. We liked pretending we didn’t have to share it with 30 other people.

St. Maarten was nice but busy.  There were seven cruise ships in port that day so it was REALLY crowded. I would love to go back to the island and explore both sides of it over a few days time since I don’t feel like I saw it at all.

We got to St. Thomas pretty early on Thursday and were off the boat and on one of the crazy converted pick-up truck taxis by 8:45 am. The excursion was described as a tour of the city, Blackbeard’s Castle, a rum factory and the amber museum, but we spent the first two hours hanging out at Magen’s Bay beach. Not that I’m complaining about getting to spend some time on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but E didn’t bring his swimsuit and we didn’t bring any towels. Luckily the beach front bar started serving at 9:30 am so we stopped caring about towels pretty fast.

At the very far left side of the beach – it ends in a big rock wall

Posing on some very pointy rocks

After the beach we went to Blackbeard’s Castle (which is just a tower, a hotel and a couple pools), the rum factory (which was just a room with some distilling equipment – but had lots of free rum samples), and the amber museum (spoken: gift shop). We also followed the signs to a historic hotel bar for a drink that had five different kinds of rum in it. DELICIOUS. After wandering down the hill we browsed the open air market before catching a boat back to the ship.

Pirate Blackbeard in front of his castle tower

View of St. Thomas from the top of Blackbeard’s Castle

The rocks beside the ship were COVERED in iguanas

Thursday night was another formal night, but for some reason I don’t have any pictures. I have no idea how that happened except that we were having a really good time and just forgot. One of the nicest surprises of this vacation was discovering how much I still really like my husband. I think we might have even had a better time than on our honeymoon cruise – we know each other so much better than we did eight years ago. I’m already hoping we can swing another adults-only vacation for our 10 year anniversary in 2014.

Friday morning we were still cruising, but Friday afternoon we pulled into Grand Turk and wow is that a good looking place. It’s another super flat island with incredibly clear blue water.

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See where the water goes from turquoise to black? There’s a drop off there that is 7,000 feet deep. Our snorkeling boat took us out and had everyone look over the side and it is…kind of terrifying. I can’t even IMAGINE 7,o00 feet deep.

I had heard there wasn’t much to do on Grand Turk (the people we talked with who took a 4-wheeler tour of the island confirmed it was pretty boring) so we signed up for a snorkeling trip to a reef and to see the stingrays who hang out off of Gibb’s Cay. It was definitely the coolest excursion.

Grand Turk is technically in the Atlantic, not the Caribbean. It didn’t mater, the water was just as warm as the other places.

Underwater camera FTW!

One of the TWO giant barracuda I was just a few feet away from that day

Sergeant Fish

Doing my best mermaid impression

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And here’s video of me getting to meet/kiss/get a massage from a stingray. (The adorable bathing suit is from ModCloth – I’m totally smitten with it.)

Conch shell monument(?) on Gibb’s Cay

After the boat adventure we headed back to the Grand Turk cruise port. Cruise ports aren’t real places. They’re imaginary towns with shiny happy stores painted bright colors where all the prices are insanely inflated but someone sweeps all the streets every night. The one in Grand Turk has a huge Margaritaville with a swim up bar. E was thrilled. I found some of our cruise friends and had nachos, so I was thrilled too. We hung out until the very last minute before getting back on the ship and getting dressed for dinner.

The last time I wore that dress was to my bff Erin’s wedding a zillion years ago. I was so excited to get to wear it again.

Sunset from Grand Turk

Saturday was another day at sea. I took a nap. It was very very relaxing and kind of depressing since I knew vacation was almost over. We went to the Wheelhouse Bar for fish and chips for lunch and wondered if they were serving green beer for St. Patrick’s Day (they were). We played bingo and did not win anything.

For dinner, all 24 of us – in-laws, Granny, aunts, uncles, cousins, kids, etc – went to the formal dining room. We heard about everyone’s adventures over the past week and they all confirmed they had a wonderful time too.

Dressed up for dinner the last night (ModCloth again!)

And then we were back in Florida and vacation was over.

Post-vacation sad faces

We stood in a lot of lines and waited. We cleared customs without anyone even asking about the 4 bottles of rum in our checked baggage. We got to the airport TWELVE HOURS before our evening flight and managed to catch an earlier one (Thank God). But it all went extremely smoothly and we made it home just in time to see the kids before bed.

I think both kids missed us a little – Caroline probably more – but my parents kept them super busy so they didn’t take it too hard. Being in their regular beds, going to their regular places, and eating their regular food definitely helped keep things as normal as possible. Unfortunately, now they’re used to people who grant them their every train-playing, horsey-ride, french fry eating wish so being told “No” by Mommy is the END OF THE WORLD. But hey, screaming kids are no biggie when I’m so refreshed.

Wow, if you made it through all of that you totally deserve a pina colada. Come on over, I have lots of rum.

I posted the rest of the pictures on Facebook, so if you’re still eager to see more just friend me over there.