Sunday, June 23, 2013


Maris lined up a few of her stuffed animals and dolls, plus one sister, to play teacher.  School even included a fire drill!

Another Polka Dot Birthday

We love polka dots!  It's my favorite birthday theme.  :)

How many does it take to blow out a candle?

My fabulous polka dot cake.  LOVE how it turned out!

Look at this adorable picture my children took with their aunt and uncle.

Literally 37 seconds later...

We did eventually get a good one.  Even with the nose picking.  Hey, I'll take it!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Paige!

2 years old!

Happy birthday, you crazy kid.

We love you!

Disney World (Day 7)

Time to go home!  We had just enough time to get some shopping done at Downtown Disney and grab lunch before catching our flight home.

I shopped.  The girls and Johnny took silly pictures with Lego statues.

(not Legos)

When the plane landed in Cleveland, it was 6 degrees.  6!  I clapped when the pilot announced it and everyone else on the plane kind of glared at me.  :)  Welcome to Cleveland, folks!  We're so glad to be home.

Disney World (Day 6)

You know when you get to the end of a trip and secretly you just kind of want to get home to your own bed?  I know I was at that point, so I'm glad we ended our trip with another stop at Magic Kingdom.  It's such an amazing place and the girls just loved it.  We met more characters and did Maris's favorite ride ("The Little Town Ride" aka It's a Small World) a few extra times, then had our best meal of the trip, a sit down dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

At the end of Belle's Enchanted Tales.  That smile was worth every stinking penny.

So fun!

Hands down best character interaction was Merida.  We hear Tianna is good too but we didn't meet her this time.

Paige's favorite part of the whole entire trip.  Meeting Beast.

Disney World (Day 5)

Hollywood Studios here we come!  We tried out the Toy Story ride (fun!), saw a variety of shows - Indiana Jones, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid, and met some of the Disney Jr. characters.

Lunch was at Min & Bill's Dockside Diner.  Um... hotdogs in a pretzel bun and you can select a milkshake for your drink at no additional charge?  Yes please!  We had a sit down dinner at Mama Melrose.

Excited to meet Jake!

I'm a dork, but I love those city backdrops!

Maris adores the Muppets.  She was excited to see them at HS.

Disney World (Day 4)

The Animal Kingdom was fun.  The only other time I had been to Disney World, my family opted not to go to AK.  It was exciting to see something along with my girls that was a first for all of us.

We loved (loved!) the Lion King show.  There is a dino playland that the girls enjoyed tremendously.  We were sad to miss the Nemo show.  Each time we tried to get in, it was already full for at least one show.  I guess we'll just have to go back!  Lunch was our sit down meal of the day at Tusker House where we dined with Mickey, Daisy, and Goofy.

This is one of my favorite photos from the trip.  They're all, "We're BFFs now Mickey!"

Disney World (Day 3)

Unfortunately, the weather on our trip didn't improve a great deal.  January in Florida is not as nice as you might hope.  That wasn't stopping us though!  We headed to Epcot on day 3.  The whole Nemo section was a big hit with the girls and the World Showcase is one of my favorite things at Disney!

Our sit down meal for the day was the Princess Breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway.  You can imagine this was a giant hit.  The adults of the Hughes family are big breakfast fans and one or two of the children might be into princesses.

I look incredibly excited to meet some princesses!

Poor Paigey with food in her teeth.

Ariel sans fin.

How many times can one family meet Mickey?  As many as you want at DW!!

We actually tried to get Paige to nap on day 3.  A big disaster if you ask me, as it messed everyone up.  But Johnny and Maris had fun taking pictures around the hotel.

Then we headed back to Epcot to have dinner (counter service at Tangierine Cafe in Morocco).  And we tried to stay for fireworks, but the girls were so tired, we just headed back to the hotel!

We were trying to take funny pics in each country.  Here's the gang in France saying, "Oh La La!"


Disney World (Day 2)

Day 2 was spent at the Magic Kingdom.  We met a host of princesses and characters, experienced some Clevelandesque weather (80 in the am, 60 by the afternoon), and tried out some rides.  We ate our counter service meal at The Be Our Guest Restaurant and our sit down dinner was at O'Hana in The Polynesian Hotel. 

We probably could have turned around and gone home after this.  M's trip was complete.

When you meet Ariel in her grotto she says, "Say Bubbles!" for pics and "Splash ya later!" when you leave.  Hilarity for a 4 year old.  

She loved the Dapper Dans!