Saturday, July 22, 2017

Disney Baby: Baby Will is Eleven Months Old

I can't believe we only have one more of these rug picture posts left. Can I admit I'm glad it almost over?! Kind of became a chore as the months went on but I'm glad we have these to look back on and remember that point in time.

Will, what a kid. And I know I'm biased because he's MINE but people everywhere love him. Everywhere we go, he makes friends and engages others. And I swear the kid knows how to turn on the charm already; he can flash his sly grin and have people eating right out of his hand. 

In this past month, Will has: 

- experienced his first Nation Wear Your Lilly Day

- went to his first Japanese steakhouse. His side eye glance says it all... 

- grew TONS of silky blonde hair

- attended a good friend's 1st birthday party

-started taking several cautious steps. He still prefers to crawl and usually plays it pretty safe.

- began eating like a teenage boy. The kid puts away two eggs each morning and hasn't yet met a food he doesn't like. 

- donned his swim gear and attended a friend's 2nd birthday party at the splash pad. He loves the water.

- visited My Little Town, an indoor play space, with two of his friends

- celebrated his fist Fourth of July by marching in the Town of Celebration's Independence Day Parade with our FIT4MOM workout friends. 

- went to the Magic Kingdom with his Papa and met Mickey. Papa stayed with us for a few nights too. 

- climbed on the rocks of Pandora

- spent TONS of fun quality time with his three girl cousins, my nieces. We all hit the parks hard and Will was such a trooper. He just loved having them around the house with us for a few days. 

- helped to plan his 1st birthday party. He actually couldn't care less as long as there's food, friends, and family around. *I'm* the one who picked out the theme and is running with it. We had friends create the custom artwork for his invite and I think they turned out SO CUTE!

- got two more teeth on the top and started cutting his two side teeth on the bottom

- enjoys trying to say words and mimics 'cat,' 'shoe,' 'snack,' and 'eat' among other things

Will, you are one super kid who makes the world more fun just by being in it. I'm so proud to be your Mama. 

Thanks for reading! XO, Ashley

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Disney Baby: Will is Ten Months Old

Ten months. And more fun each day! 

This past month, Will:

- saw Herman's Hermit's at Epcot for our annual concert. John and I met when they were playing here four years ago, and we've seen them each year since. The first year, we met. The second year, we were just engaged. The third year, we had just gotten married. And this, the fourth year, we have Will!

- Went to Hutchinson Island to celebrate my nephew's high school graduation at our family's beach condo. His first time there and to Conchy Joes where we watched the steel drum band.

- Speaking of drums, the kid continues to love music, and spent lots of time drumming this past month.

- Stayed at Nana's house over Memorial Day weekend while John and I had a 'date weekend' which included a night out to Disney Springs and meeting friends at DHS.

- Visited Grandmom's house in Ormond Beach and swam in her pool.

- Rode the teacups for the first time at Magic Kingdom.

- Had play dates with friends and held a girl's hand for the first time! He also ate seaweed snacks with her, so we like to say they had a sushi date.

- Continued in swim lessons. He loves the water and goes under very well. He's also kicking his feet when we say 'kick! kick! kick!'

- Met new friends when they came to visit WDW.

- Met LOTS of Disney characters and seems to love it more and more each time.

- Enjoyed spending time with Uncle David (John's brother) when he came to visit.

- Went to see his Papa (John's Dad) in The Villages and rode the golf cart. He loves to help Daddy steer.

- Is SO CLOSE to walking. He COULD totally do it, he's just so cautious and doesn't feel 100% secure doing it yet. He's taken two steps between John and me, and walks while holding our hand. He's cruising the furniture and walls like a champ.

- Had his first little procedure at the doctor's office (nothing major but private enough that he wouldn't want to be reading this fifteen years down the road and knowing that I shared it with the world;))

- Had his top two teeth start to come in.

Will, you are a wonder like no other. 

XOXO, Ashley

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekend Wear-abouts: Stella &Dot + Disneyana + More

Hi friends, and happy Monday to you. We had a great weekend here. On Friday I noticed some snails on my plants, as well as some chewed leaves. I made a 'snail away' spray using my doTERRA patchouli and cedarwood oils, castile soap and water. I'll let you know how it works!

Will and I went to lunch with my friend and previous co-worker, Annastasia. She snapped this pic of Will; he loves listening to her crazy life stories, and she's infatuated with him. We went back to the Buena Vista Construction office after lunch and I saw these two awesome signs they had acquired from recent refrubs in the parks. The Safety sign used to hang in my office when I worked there. 

That night I made BBQ chicken flatbread pizzas. I started Weight Watchers a few months ago, basically just the app version where I track my points each day (except for weekends, lol) and found this recipe that is only 7 SmartPoints! John loves it too. 

Later that night I went to my friend's house for a Stella & Dot trunk show. I used to be a Stylist for Stell & Dot, so I was eager to see the products again after a few years. I ordered a few pieces and took advantage of a promo they are running- for every $50 you spend, you get $25 to spend later (ends June 19, so act fast if you're interested). See my picks below. It was such a fun night out with fellow moms. 

On Saturday evening I joined up with the local chapter of the Disneyana fan club to hear Disney historian Jim Korkis speak about Walt Disney and World War II. I've hear Jim on numerous Disney podcasts over the years, and read his articles on MousePlanet, so it was really neat to meet him in person. He just released a new book which I bought that night, and he was kind enough to sign it along with the other four books I own of his. 

He showed some propaganda and training films Disney created which haven't been seen in seventy years. He spoke about how the studios reused a lot of animation to save money, hence The Three Little Pigs remake, below. The characters in the picture after this represent Emotion and Reason, with the former being modeled after Disney animator Ward Kimbal

Did you know that the Walt Disney Studios were used by the US Military during the war? In addition to propaganda and training films, the studios soundstages were used to house and repair military vehicles. Their lack of windows enabled them to be used during blackouts. Walt even 'saved' several of his animators from being drafted by claiming that they were imperative to the war efforts of animating the commissioned films. 

Disneyana club members can bring memorabilia and Disney goods to the meetings to auction off at meetings; I bid on and WON this copy of National Geographic magazine from 1963, featuring among other things the first photo of Walt's Disneyland apartment, and artwork drawn by Disney animator Bill Justice. I'll share it's contents in an Instastory one day soon. It's so cool. 

There were some other neat items on display too, relating to WWII and Disney. 

With my friend, Kari. Laughing it up with ol' Jimmy boy. 

John's sister and her friend stopped by on Sunday afternoon, and we all went to brunch at Dixie Cream Cafe in downtown Windermere. If you're ever visiting the parks and want to take a little side trip, consider popping into the little town that is a ten minute drive from property. It's so quaint; you'd never guess the Main Mouse was less than ten miles away. 

That's the face of one well-fed, happy, sleepy little boy. 

Hope you had a great weekend too! Thanks for reading. 

XO, Ashley