Thursday, November 14, 2013

Winter Wind!

It got downright COLD here this week. Luckily, Georgia is sporting a new winter coat (thanks, Mimi!).  She loves it because it has pockets - one of her newest obsessions!  I picked her up from school and Georgia told me, "I have pockets like YOU, Mommy!"  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Disney on Ice!

After Halloween, Georgia had another special surprise awaiting her - we had tickets to a Disney on Ice show in Baltimore.  Nick had to work, so Mimi, Georgia and I headed up to see the show.  Georgia must have remembered what a "show" was from her Sesame Street experience because she immediately realized what was going on when we walked into the arena.  She practically dragged Mimi to our seats.  She didn't even want to see any of the merchandise - she just wanted to sit down!  

Interestingly, Georgia just became aware of Mickey and all of his friends recently.  She just started to watch the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show on the Disney Channel and her first princess friend is definitely Ariel from "The Little Mermaid."  When Ariel came out, Georgia started screaming, "I watch you!!"  I bought her a pack of Disney princess socks a few weeks ago and Georgia now loves to pick out which princess she wants to wear on her feet these days.  

We knew that Georgia was enjoying the show because she didn't blink... ever!  When intermission came along, she cried thinking that the show was over!  Of course, she jumped at the opportunity to buy a souvenir when Mimi offered.

Ready for the show

Georgia's excitement about Disney definitely spread to the entire family.  We got home and told Nick how excited she was about seeing some of her favorite characters.  Within a few days of the show, we booked our first family vacation to Disney World in Florida for spring break in April!!!  And so it starts...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Halloween 2013

Halloween turned out to be a dark, spooky, stormy night here in Maryland.  The forecasters kept saying that the rain was going to hold off until after trick-or-treating, but it wasn't quite the case.  Luckily, it was warmer than average, so it made for a nice night to be walking the streets of the neighborhood. 

Although Georgia went out to "trick or treat" last year, she didn't quite GET the point of it.  This year was a whole different story.  It helped that she had some older girls to help guide her on her way, but even without them, she quickly declared, "NEXT HOUSE!!" after each porch visited.

Our neighborhood starts off the festivities with a parade around the clubhouse/pool area.  Mimi landed just in time to join us for our night begging for candy in the hood...

Ready to trick-or-treat

Parading around in her wagon

And then the real pandemonium began!  Kids were running from house to house and Georgia did a great job just trying to keep up with the big kids.  Although she didn't want to say "trick or treat" to many people, she was very polite in saying "thank you!" to all the people giving out candy.  Everyone loved her Carebear costume.  Luckily, the rain held out for a long time and just started out with a refreshing sprinkle.  However, by the end of our night, it was pouring down rain.

Happy as could be trick-or-treating with Daddy

Off and running to the next house!

Up and down lots of steps all night long

I ran into our house so that the final house Georgia could get a treat from was our own house.  She literally ran up the driveway screaming, "I'm coming, Mama!!"  

By the time Georgia got in the house, she was more of a wet, matted bear and she kept telling us, "I got wet!"  Of course, the first order of business with a food allergy kiddo on Halloween is to dump her pumpkin bucket and sort out the safe candy from the bad.  Luckily, she is still little and didn't realize what Daddy and I were doing with her bucket while Mimi distracted her with other goodies that she brought her.  About 90% of the candy went into the "bad" pile - anything chocolate or with nuts.  She did get a few safe candies - skittles, starburst, smarties, twizzlers, etc.  I had also bought a big bag of safe candy for her, so we swapped out some candies and promptly gave her back her bucket.  And boy did she protect it!!!!


Overall, we were amazed with how well Georgia did with Halloween.  There were no meltdowns, she was happy, and she had a blast.  When she has a blast, we have a blast!