Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Another post about Disney

This past year, I applied for a position on the Disney Parks Moms Panel. http://disneyworldforum.disney.go.com/. In case you are unfamiliar, the Moms Panel is a place where you can go and ask questions of a panel of 19 moms (and dads) about planning your next Disney vacation. The advice the moms give is based on their own experience and expertise on all things Disney.

To be on the moms panel (they choose 19 out of 14,000 applicants), you have to know a lot about Disney. From what I understand, the interview process, should you make it that far, is pretty intense. Though I've been to Disney literally 100s of times as a child/teen and have been quite a few times with my own family, I'm not confident I know enough to beat out 13,981 other applicants. Still, I think it would be fun. I like to talk about it. I feel I do have good advice and tips to offer on planning a Disney trip. And if I don't know the answer, I'm pretty sure I could find it. (I have certain resources).

I'll apply again this year. They take new applicants every September. I still have to beat out those darn 13,981 other folks though.

So, in the meantime, I'm starting my own, Mom (singular) Panel. If you are planning a trip to Disney and have a question, feel free to ask me. I might know the answer, maybe I won't. Maybe my friend, Alicia (a fellow Disney fanatic) can answer. Maybe we'll just have fun talking about it. I need to practice for when I apply again in September for the official Moms Panel.
You can find my Disney page via a tap at top of this blog.  Once you enter my Disney page, you can click on the "tips" page for basic tips and ideas.   

For now, we have another trip to Disney planned for next month. It'll be a short trip but we are super excited. Even my hus is excited, though he won't admit it with the gusto that the kids and I do.

*Disclaimer: Nothing on this page is "official" Disney info. This is all from my own experience or gathered from other non-official Disney sources. However, if any info on this page has been collected from an official Disney site or source, I will indicate so. Don't get mad at me if you read something on this page to be inaccurate.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Double Digits

I know.  It's been a while since I've blogged.  I'm trying to get back to the blog world.  I'll get there. 

So Anyway,
My oldest child recently turned 10.  Yep.  Double Digits.  (hence the title).  She's 1/2 way to 20. 

And she's awesome. 

For her bday this year, she said she wanted a gymnastics party.  No she doesn't take gymnastics.  Hasn't since 1st grade.  But she wanted an "active" party, so that is what we did. 

I scoured the Internet for gymnastics party ideas but came up empty.  So I decided to go with a mustache theme. A what?  you might ask.  Well, in case you don't know, for some reason, moustaches have become all the rage as of late.  They have moustache earrings, moustache t-shirts, moustache erasers, moustaches notebooks, etc...  It's also very popular in photography photo booths, to hold a moustache on a stick up in front of your face as a fun way to encourage silliness and personality.  In case all that doesn't clear anything up for you, I googled just how this craze got started.  One site I found said PETA started it with a campaign they laid out a few years back with a cat or a rabbit or some kind of furry thing sporting a moustache.  The tag line stated; "Grow your own fur."  It made me laugh. 

Anyway, who cares.  The kids like it and I looked like a cool, with it mom to all my daughter's friends.  And it was easy.

So here are some picture to clear up any further moustache related questions.

My 3 darlings, with moustaches.
 Cupcakes courtesy of Costco, with my own added touch of a moustached smiley face. 
(I forgot my cupcake display platter, so the plastic holders they came in had to do).
Everyone got their very own mustache, to wear or not to wear.
The birthday girl!
My 7 year old is demonstrating one of the activities during the party.  There was pretty much a free for all on any and all gymnastic apparatuses.  (apparatusi?)
My 5 year old did her best to keep up with all the other 9 and 10 year olds and did a great job I might add.  And, did it all with a big smile on her face. 
The 5 year old.
The birthday girl. 
I printed these labels from the computer.  I attached them with clear packing tape which kept them dry and gave a bit of a professional edge to them. 
To top it all off, everyone went home with 3 chocolate moustaches.  I made them with a moustache mold I found at Michaels.  They seemed to be a big hit.  I heard one kid say, "this is the best birthday party!" 
Music to my ears. 
Happy Birthday!