Time Flies

Remember this little girl?

She’s turning 10.  The little bean who made me a mommy, who changed my life so immensely in too many ways to count.  She’s been here a whole decade and filled our hearts with love and joy and left us with several stray blond (and gray!) hairs.

She is independent and smart, she’s thoughtful and such an easy kid.  Love of my life. Happy birthday, Big Girl!

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February, 2015

I don’t know how it got to be February again.  We have a snow day tomorrow so the girls are wound up, the Superbowl is on TV somewhere so the internet is wound up, I’m snuggled up in my chair pondering class Valentines…

We went pretty simple last year.  Except the crayons were hard to find… unless you went to the party store first, instead of 15th like I did!

Can’t go wrong with pencils in the 3rd grade.

I made these to send to our nephews in CA, a fun little treat…

I miss doing these, fiercely.  I bought lollipops the other day hoping SOMEONE will want to make these, even if it’s just for family.

Wonder what they’ll decide on this year!

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Christmas Time is Here Again…

This year I doubled the amount of craft shows I usually do since my part time job ended and I didn’t have to add that in to my plans. After running some rough numbers, it appears I had a wonderful year. Not a record setter, but close!

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Last show was Dec 20 and there’s not much time for Christmas prep, but it might be better that way. Some cookies:

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Some gifts for the neighbors (Clementine wreaths, they still need handmade tags.)

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Teacher gifts… I’m Little Girl’s class parent, I collect the $ for a class gift and yet, she still wants to give “her own.” She picked the elephants for her teacher. Big Girl chose the red/pink combo.

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We drove around looking at lights last night, listening to Christmas music on the radio.  I loved doing that as a kid.  We’ve been to parties and dolled up some gifts for friends…

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And we are looking forward to school break and the new year!

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A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place – Giveaway

Here it is, December, and it’s time for Sesame Place’s Very Furry Christmas!

December is always a magical time of year, but we add to it’s “special-ness” with a trip to Sesame Place to see our friends!

(We call it the QueenvannaCreations Company “Staff” Christmas Party!) after dealing with mom working full-on for the month of November, we all deserve it.

Also:

“ELMO THE MUSICAL – CHRISTMAS” SHOW is NEW!: Rosita and Grover deliver a special (and mysterious!) Christmas message from Santa to Elmo, telling him to “…keep a lookout for a very special gift…it comes in all shapes and sizes and is the most wonderful gift of all.”  Right then, a very tired and over-worked Package Delivery Monster (Grover) begins delivering all of Elmo’s gifts, helping Elmo learn something that makes this Christmas extra special!  Oh, the sweetness….

A special character dine includes milk and cookies with Santa (we are SO doing this again this year!)

Rides, parades and MORE!

Wholesome family fun!

Enter to win a family 4-pack of single-day passes to A Very Furry Christmas below, and maybe we’ll see you there!

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Disclosure:  I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season.  No monetary compensation was provided for this post.  All opinions are my own.

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Imagination Movers at Sesame Place – WIN A 4 PACK OF PASSES!

Imagination Movers are having a “Reindeer Party” at Sesame Place – HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!

 

Enter below to win a 4-pack of Imagination Movers’ concert tickets for when you visit Sesame Place November 22 or 23rd.  The concert does require park admission, so I’m also giving away a 4-pack of tickets to the park in this giveaway!

Don’t miss the Imagination Movers’ “Reindeer Party” at Sesame Place! Emmy winners Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty of the hit Disney Junior show Imagination Movers will perform their most crowd-pleasing tunes along with each Movers’ favorite holiday songs.

imovers2Tickets are still available if you can’t wait to win, here are the details:

November 22 – 23, 2014 in Monster Rock Theater

Show Times:

2:00PM, 3:30PM, 6:00PM

Paid park admission is required in addition to concert reservations.

Purchase concert tickets today!

or enter to WIN!

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Disclosure: I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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School Picture Day

It’s school picture day!

Does anyone else have to have “the talk” with their kids on picture day?  The talk that goes:

“If those pictures come back and your hair is different, if your clothes are different or changed, there will be trouble.”

Last year, little girl’s part in her hair wandered waaaaay over to the side like she had given herself a comb over.  The year before she had a dirt smudge from recess between her eyebrows so she looked like she had a caveman uni-brow.  It’s pretty clear the photographers aren’t giving them the once-over, so it’s up to the kids.  Yikes.  Today was the speech:  Do not tie or untie any bows, do not put on or take off any layers, do not add any hair accessories, necklaces, makeup, water, etc.  Can’t wait to see how they come out!

Also:  I’m bummed that it is jacket weather.  Can’t wait for late spring!

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Sesame Place – Season Passes 2015

Let’s talk Sesame Place season passes.  I love charts like this:

We’ve had the Big Bird Season Pass for the last 2 years.  The unlimited visits are great if you’re local(ish), or feel up to traveling a few times, parking is included in several of the options, but besides all that I have found the other perks to make our visits even more special and memorable.

(Meet n Greet before the parade!)

The Member events are pretty special -there’s usually some cool swag, more time to spend with the characters, trying out the new rides before everyone else…  Preferred seating for shows and early entry for rides in the summer = awesome.

The 30% off in-park food, merchandise and Dine-With-Me is a perk we use every time we visit.  We’ve saved tons.

 

Buy your season pass for next year now and you can use it the rest of THIS year.  That’s a bargain – There’s still a few weeks of The Count’s Spooktacular (AND fun character dines every weekend in October!)!  And it’ll be Very Furry Christmas time before we know it (we’ll be there!)  There’s a payment plan so you’re not zapped all at once, I can’t think of a reason season passes aren’t great if you’re planning to visit Sesame Place!

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Disclosure: I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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To Lyme Disease or Not to Lyme Disease

I had kinda a rough summer.  I started our first weekend of vacation by feeling like I was passing out while driving on the highway.  The next day something similar happened and I ended up at Urgent Care, then getting a real Dr (I haven’t had one in years), and a physical and a list of appointments and a therapist and lots of other fun stuff for “panic attacks”…  We still had a great vacation away from school but I was a little relieved when it was time for the girls to go back so we’d all have a routine.

For the past 4 months I haven’t been able to pinpoint something that was stressing me out or making me feel anxious and dread just about every activity I had to do, I just figured it was a little bit of everything.  It did cross my mind that it could be some sort of virus or an inner ear thing, because really – what do *I* have to be anxious about?  The Dr said she really felt it was general anxiety, but hey let’s take a little more blood and rule out a few more things.  After 2 and a half additional weeks of waiting, all the results are in and it was Lyme Disease.  Maybe.  Let’s wait another month and take some new blood.  Nope, negative – don’t have it, never had it, carry on.

That wasn’t a valid answer for me.  Where I do feel loads better, I do not feel good.  I do not feel even close to good, or even normal.

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Lyme Disease would explain a lot of little naggy things that I haven’t complained about too much (I hope!) – My “sprained” ankle from early June that just won’t stop aching (it’s not sprained, it’s probably arthritis), when the tech read the initial x-ray he mentioned that he saw a little arthritis but no big deal…  When I had my physical I had a low fever and I blamed it on maybe having a little cold… My insomnia at 3a eight nights out of 10 and the weird exhaustion that I feel around 7p, like I cannot stand up or do one more thing for one more second (other than stare at the television or watch my twitter feed scroll by), joint stiffness that I blamed on needing to lose a few lbs (I still need to lose a few lbs, but now I don’t think it’s causing my achiness!)

So what now?  I have a lot of questions and I feel like I still have a long road ahead to be myself again.  Starting with a new doctor who won’t dismiss me with a fistful of antidepressants and the phone number to Weight Watchers.  If it’s not Lyme Disease, I need to know what it is.

I can’t help but see how sparse my blog has been, which is not super for a brand ambassador!  I haven’t been paying attention to my craft business and I haven’t been motivated to contact the other businesses who ask me to do work occasionally.  I haven’t been reaching out to my friends to chat or visit, I’m not volunteering the ways I used to, I’m just… bleh.  The therapist says that whatever I can do each day, I have to see as a success.  Some days I can get all the things done… the work, the errands, the responsibilities and obligations.  Other days everyone is clean and fed and where they need to be and loved and if that’s all I can do, that’s more than good enough.  So here I am on this little journey.  I’ll try not to moan too much about my aches and pains and I can’t wait for the day that I say man, I feel great!

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Have a Spooktacular Time!

It’s that time of year again!

It’s time for incredible weather…

It’s time for characters in costumes…

It’s time for mums, pumpkins and cornstalks…

and hayrides with friends…

A little trick-or-treating in your favorite neighborhood…

Halloween shows, too!

It’s time for The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular!

Celebrate silly, spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place, September 20th through October 26th.

Come in costume and play at Sesame Place’s not-too-spooky Halloween haven featuring two new Halloween shows, themed mazes and a Sesame Street character hayride. Don’t miss exciting rides, the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade, the all-new Cookie’s Monster Land, and everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume!

What a great time of year to enjoy Sesame Place!

Disclosure: I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Top 10 Favorite Things about Sesame Place (5-1)

Well that was a long break!  I’m sure I’ll be explaining that one shortly, just waiting for a few more details to fall in to place.  ANYWAY!  Here are the next 5 reasons that Sesame Place is our favorite!

Neighborhood Street Party Parade!  (This is mom’s favorite part for sure.)  Once (or twice) in a lifetime (or 3 times in one trip, in our case!), you might be chosen to dance in the parade!

Eye on the prize, Little Girl ALWAYS tries to catch a poof.

Being tall enough…

There were just a few rides that the girls waited and waited to be tall enough to ride.  And even now that they’re tall enough for all of them, they still make sure they haven’t shrunk.

A Very Furry Christmas

The park is transformed in to a winter wonderland!  Santa’s there, the characters are bundled up and if you’re extra lucky, it’ll snow just enough to add a little extra something special to the experience!

Something new…  Every year there’s always a little something new or different, and this year was a big year with Cookie’s Monster Land!

Family time, family memories.  There’s nothing better.

This list certainly isn’t all inclusive, we also love the shows, the games, the water attractions, the rides, the gift shops, and on and on…  maybe there should be another list or 3.

Coming up next time (and I promise it’ll be soon!)  The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular – Lots of fall and Halloween themed Sesame fun, including 2 NEW Halloween shows!

Disclosure: I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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