This baobab tree is in Africa’s Kilimanjaro Safari located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This tree reminds me of Le Petit Prince and that makes me happy.
I had my first wedding consult with Disney about a month ago. I will share the new information I acquired that’s not on their wedding website. Everything else was pretty explanatory on there.
1. Consult. I haven’t started planning my wedding. My first bridal consult was about information: location, prices, and dates basically. At 16 months before my wedding (October), they gave me a tour of venues, but I don’t make a down payment and reserve my spot until 12 months before (February). Once contracts have been signed and deposits placed, I will be transferred to my actual planner that will help with the party planning. I have 4 months to decide if a Disney wedding is within my budget.
2. Prices. To calculate my wedding, I used their price list found online. At first I estimated I could afford about 75 guests, but then I realized there’s a 6.5% tax + 23% tip for the waiters that would push me way over budget. I will have to narrow it down to 50.
3. Characters. I really want an appearance by Mickey and Minnie. But they can’t do outside venues! Characters can only make appearances if your reception is indoors.
4. Venues. I am not guaranteed my venue. My first pick was already booked!! Corporate events get to book first, then bridal. Luckily for me, I have different personalities so I have multiple wedding ideas. I have 4 months to decide which one of those themes will be my plan b.
In my next wedding post I will get into more specifics about my wedding. I do have tons of ideas of what I want my wedding to look like. I just dont want to say anything until I have made a deposit and know for sure where the location is. If you have any questions on how the pricing works, feel free to ask!!!
I love buying new toys! Every time I’m in a store I can’t help but check out the toy section. I especially love going to Ross or Marshalls for toys. Their toys are so simple and perfect for my early learners.
I bought these puzzles for a couple of my kiddos that need to learn sign language. It gives them something to do instead of using flashcards. These puzzles are great for many skills:
1. Hand eye coordination.
3. Receptive language
4. Expressive language
5. Fine motor
My kids love it.
Pinocchio was another story at the top of my list of creepy stories to read. As a grown up reading this story, I think that it’s filled with great fantasy. The chapters are quick and Collodi’s vocabulary and syntax make it easy to turn the page.
Poor Geppetto. He really has his hands full. Pinocchio is a big ol’ mess. He’s rambunctious, manipulative, stubborn, & selfish. But what pre-school aged child isn’t? (I’m not 100% sure how old Pinocchio really is, I picture him being 3 years old based on his behaviors). He just goes from one trouble to the next which causes him to be away from home. And Geppetto has no idea where his little boy could be.
I work with children that have behaviors and sometimes their tantrums are actually funny. Pinocchio to me is a story about what it’s like to go through your terrible 2’s and always be in trouble. Everyone told Pinocchio to behave but he was so stubborn he had to learn the hard way. So to me, some parts were kind of funny.
Ok. There are some crazy scenes, if you read it from a child’s point of view, which by the way I don’t recommend reading this to a child. Like the time Pinocchio smashes the cricket with a hammer. But he comes back later on. (Doesn’t seem to be a problem with Kenny). Pinocchio also gets hung in a tree. But if you really think about it, Pinocchio can’t die from being hung, he’s made of wood! These are supposed to be life lessons.
In the Disney movie, Pinocchio has 4 adventures: he meets Stromboli, he runs into Honest John and Gideon, he goes to Pleasure Island, and he finds Monstro. In the book, Pinocchio gets into a lot of trouble. A lot. Those 4 scenes are in the story but there are many, many more.
My favorite part was when Pinocchio met the blue fairy. That scene reminded me of Coraline.
I imagined Pinocchio was gone for about 2 years, I didn’t really count how long each of his adventures were. But let’s say he’s now 5 and it seems like he finally learned his lesson. He evens out and becomes a real boy just in time for kindergarten!!
This book is kind of creepy, but it’s also fun! I really liked it. No, I loved it!! I would totally recommend it to adults. Keep an open mind and remember… It’s pretend!!!
My next book is The Once and Future King by T.H. White. It’s about the Wart. Can you guess which Disney story that is?
I love the Disney version of Peter Pan and when I found out that the original story was dark and twisted, I had to read it! I was thinking sort of like a Stephan King type of twisted, but there was nothing creepy about this story at all. Sure, there’s death and Peter likes to kill. But how is that different from Tom & Jerry?
I love the fantasy of it. I love the flying, the mermaids, the fairies, the pirates, everything!!! Peter Pan, not so much. He’s just a bratty, cocky, selfish boy who needs a spanking.
When Peter leaves Neverland, the island is at peace. The lost boys, the pirates, and the indians are doing their own thing, never fighting. When Peter is there, everyone is at war. Clearly, he is the problem. I’m with Hook on this one, we don’t like his arrogance.
With that said, I couldn’t get through this story. The book makes absolutely no sense to me. The style of writing is very hard to understand. I felt as though a lot of things were implied and not stated. I was often left with more questions than answers. If the words flowed better, I think I would have enjoyed the story more. Would I recommend this for a kid’s bedtime story? NO!! For adults? It’s up to you, lots of people liked it on Goodreads.
I didn’t like it.
We ran out of coffee creamer yesterday. I could be enjoying this lovely morning off, blogging, with a nice cup of coffee, but we ran out of coffee creamer. I’m home all day today with nothing to do, so I figured I’d write an update of my life. Did I mention I’m going to do this without coffee?
I’m stuck at home today because Chris took my car to work. His truck is in the shop getting a new transmission. So we’ve been taking turns missing out on work. He missed out yesterday. For today I have plans to do some blogging, chores, and serious lounging at the pool.
The summer is always hard. A lot of our clientele falls through because of vacations. We have plans to go to Busch Gardens and then to Georgia to visit my parents. Hopefully we’ll get to do both. (would sip on some coffee).
Chris is in his last semester of school. He started his internship in May, which means he has 10 months left until he graduates. I started my 2nd semester of school and I’ve registered with the board to prepare for my supervision. I have to watch some modules and take a quiz before I can begin my hours.
[Gone for 30 minutes.]
AAAhhaa!! I just remembered I have tea!! I made some, I couldn’t take it any longer. Now I feel as though my morning blogging can begin.
I am thinking about making a wedding website. I figured since our entire family will be coming from out-of-town, a website would be a great way to keep everyone in the know; and it would save me a ton of money on paper and postage. I found some themes on wordpress that even had wedding widgets like an RSVP and Guestbook. Lots of planning happening at the moment.