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Old 07-25-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Sometimes things don't always go according to plan TR! (8/27-9/1) UPDATED 9/7

My first (pre) trip report! We have been lucky to have had many visits to WDW and thought it would be fun to write a trip report and share it with everyone since I have so much fun reading about everyone else's vacations Let me introduce our little family (pictures are from our WDW trip last July)-

Cast of Characters:


Me, Helen! I am 31 and a stay at home mom to my four beautiful children. My husband, L, and I have been married for almost 12 years (September 9). As a matter of fact, we will be celebrating our 12th anniversary while we are down at Disney I LOVE LOVE LOVE Disney (who here doesn't ) and am the vacation planner of the family- which is why when we go on vacation, we go to WDW
Favorite Park: EPCOT
Favorite Ride: Haunted Mansion
Favorite TS Restaurant: Sci-Fi Dine In (I know it doesn't have the best food in the World, but I just love the atmosphere!)
Favorite CS Restaurant: Cosmic Rays
Favorite Snack: Dole Whip


The husband, L. He is 35 and does not really "get" the fascination with Disney, although he does enjoy it when we are there...don't let him tell you otherwise! He works hard to provide for our family and is the one that makes these trips possible. The looks on our children's faces (ok...mine too!) when we are there makes it all worth while and he seems to "get" it, even if only for the duration of our trip! I don't know what his favorite park is, but he LOVES to eat at 'Ohana. A must-do every trip!


L3 is our oldest son. He is 11 years old and a rising 6th grader. I think he is outgrowing Disney already He is more of a thrill seeker and loves roller coaster. He would choose Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure over WDW.
Favorite Park: Hollywood Studios
Favorite Ride: Mission:Space
Favorite TS Restaurant: 'Ohana
Favorite Snack: DTD Goofy's Candy Co. create your own treat


J is 9 years old and a rising 4th grader. He still loves Disney (thank goodness!) and is finally tall enough to ride Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (woohoo!). Yes, he is a little on the short side He also says he will ride Tower of Terror this trip Last time he would not ride it because he was too scared.
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Ride: Space Mountain
Favorite TS Restaurant: 'Ohana (see a trend here? ) He loves the coconut races!
Favorite Snack: Mickey ice cream bar


B is 8 years old and a rising 3rd grader. She shares my love of Disney and will sit there and watch youtube videos with me of the rides and parades
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Ride: Tower of Terror
Favorite TS Restaurant: Cinderella's Royal Table
Favorite Snack: Mickey ice cream bar


I is our youngest. She absolutely LOVES Mickey and Minnie. She is tall enough to ride the Barnstormer (or Goofy roller coaster as she refers to it) and is pretty excited about it!
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Ride: anything her height allows her to ride
Favorite TS Restaurant: Princess Restaurant! aka Cinderella's Royal Table
Favorite Snack: Mickey ice cream bar

Joining us on our vacation will be my lovely sister-in-law and her family (husband and 2 boys- 2.5 years and 6 months old).

Our vacation will be taking place from Aug. 27-Sept. 1. We will actually be leaving VA bright and early Saturday morning (Aug. 25). We (or should I say my husband ) will be driving straight through, other than the occasional gas/restroom/food pitstop. It is about a 14 hour drive to Lakeland, FL, where we will be visiting with my in-laws. They live less than an hour away from WDW, so the plan is to be on the road by 6:00 am on Monday morning (Aug. 27) to get checked in to the hotel and be at Akershus for our 8:30 am ADR. When I say our ADR, I mean the girls (me, B and I!). L and the boys will be eating breakfast at the food court. Oh, we will be staying at All Star Movies from Monday (Aug. 27)- Friday (Aug. 31). Friday when we check out, we will be checking in to the Polynesian (Club Level! First stay at the Poly AND club level!) for one night. Saturday (Sept. 1) is our last day, but I have reserved a pool cabana for a half day and then Kona for lunch. After Kona, we will be headed back to the in-laws. Monday morning (Sept. 3) we head back to VA, with the kids returning back to school the next day!

Bear with me...this was originally only supposed to be a dining report, but changed my mind (I tend to do that a lot. Don't ask me how many times I've switched around ADRs ) and decided to dedicate a report of our entire trip! So I apologize in advance if there are more moments in this TR that focus solely on food . This go around we will be trying a few new restaurants, as well as returning to some old favorites.

Monday, August 27 (ARRIVAL DAY!!!)
Park- EPCOT
Breakfast- Akershus (girls only!), All Star Movies food court for the boys.
Lunch- Via Napoli
Dinner- Cape May Cafe
Snacks- something from Boulangerie Patisserie, Karamell Kuche, kaki gori
Drinks- Welsh Dragon from Rose and Crown Pub, Grand Marnier Slush (France)

Tuesday, August 28
Park- Animal Kingdom
Breakfast- All Star Movies food court
Lunch- Flame Tree Barbecue
Dinner- 50's Prime Time Cafe
Snacks- Jalapeno cheese stuffed pretzel
Drinks- ??? ETA: triple yeti blast

Wednesday, August 29
Park- Magic Kingdom
Breakfast- The Crystal Palace
Lunch- Cosmic Rays
Dinner- ???
Snacks- Dole whip, churros, popcorn
Drinks- obviously nothing at MK....

Thursday, August 30
Park- Hollywood Studios
Breakfast- All Star Movies food court ***Changed to Hollywood & Vine Play n Dine
Lunch- Sci-Fi
Dinner- Hollywood & Vine (F! dinner package)
Snacks- cupcake from Starring Rolls
Drinks- Orbiting Oreos at Sci-Fi

Friday, August 31
No park, DTD/Polynesian day!
Breakfast- All Star Movies food court
Lunch- Earl of Sandwich
Dinner- 'Ohana
Snacks- something from DTD
Drinks- Island Sunset from Tambu Lounge

Saturday, September 1
Check out day
Breakfast- something from CL lounge
Lunch- Kona Cafe

The new restaurants we will be trying are Akershus, Via Napoli, Cape May Cafe and Kona Cafe. I have not really had drinks while at WDW (other than the Orbiting Oreos at Sci-Fi), so I am really looking forward to my adult beverages (I am not a heavy drinker...wish me luck haha!). I will be taking lots and lots of pictures (of us, the resorts, parks, food, rides, etc, etc!) because I love reading TRs when they include plenty of pictures (I am more of a visual person. I am guilty of skimming through TRs just to look at the pictures LOL). I hope you have as much fun reading my TR as I do writing it
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Table of Contents

PTR

Update 1!
Update 2! (Day 1)
Day 1 First time/Must-dos!
Day 2
Day 2 First time/Must-dos!
Day 3 and First time/Must-dos!
Pictures at the MK 7/2011
Small update and the 100 Disney Foods to Eat Before You Die Challenge
Oh no...another ADR!
3 more weeks!!!
Change of plans.....
Day 4 and First time/Must-dos!
Friday, Aug. 31
Saturday, Sept. 1
9 more days!
5 more days!

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And we're off!
Day 1: Check-in and Akershus!
Breakfast continued and starting our day in Future World
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:43 AM   #3
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Update 1!

(Let me preface this with me referring to my youngest daughter as I*- I realized that when I just use I without the asterisk (see, I've done it several times already ), readers will think I am referring to me! There are times I will use their actual names, but it's just easier to use their initial. Yes... I am that lazy )

32 more days! Yesterday we received a little order I put in to the Disney Store. They were having a sale- 25% off and free shipping over orders of $75 more more, so I could not pass! I wanted to keep it from the kids, but they saw the UPS truck drop off something at the front door We will still do a majority of our shopping at WDW (I've tucked away a $100 gift card for each child) but this was just to start us off!

-2 autograph books (B and I* are looking forward to collecting autographs this time!)
-2 trading pin starter sets (for J and B)
-2 sets of 2 trading pins for their lanyard
-a pirate Mickey hat for J (B and I* want ear hats as well but are waiting for a better selection at WDW!)
-mickey ear hat for my 2.5 year old nephew (I am waiting to get something when we are there for my 6 month old nephew)

As for things I've already purchased for this trip, we have:

-handheld water mist fans
-Brita water bottles
-park tickets
-gift cards
-outfits from Etsy for B and I*

I need to collect pennies and quarters (L3 wants to do pressed pennies...I think he will be the easiest to please. Pressed pennies, snacks, and thrill rides...can't the other kids be this simple ).

Today I think we will start the countdown chain I've been meaning to make with the kids for the past few weeks. With 32 days left, now is as good a time as ever Pictures to come!
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Hi there, what a beautiful family you have. Looking forward to reading more xx
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Aw,thank you And yay...my first reader!!!
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Update 2! (Day 1)

31 DAYS LEFT And finished our countdown chain just in time! We started last night and used construction paper, glitter pens and princess stickers.

Here are the girls waiting for the glitter to dry


And the final product this morning! The 31 links together in all their glory


B cannot wait to tear off the first link tonight! I wasn't sure whether to count down to the day we leave for FL (8/25) or our actual first day at WDW (8/27). I decided to go with our WDW day. We'll just bring the 2 links left over with us

I also decided to take a picture of our Disney Store purchase-


A close-up of B's pins


and J's pins


So, I decided to go a little further in depth on what we plan to do each day at WDW. Here we go!!!

DAY ONE- Monday (8/27)

*Wake up at 5:30 AM, leave in-law's house by 6:00 AM
*Arrive at All Star Movies by 7:00 AM, check-in (I know...room probably won't be ready), check out resort
*The girls leave ASMovies by 7:40 AM for 8:30 AM ADR at Akershus, boys eat breakfast at ASMovies food court
*Meet with boys (and sister-in-law and family) at 10:00 AM somewhere in Epcot (FW).
Now here is where it gets tricky. We will try and ride a few things (Mission:Space, Spaceship Earth). I have an ADR at Via Napoli at 11:30 AM. I know it's early. Right now the only time slots they have available are 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM...BUT I have an ADR at Cape May Cafe at 5:15 PM. So unless another ADR for Via Napoli opens up between 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, 11:30 seems to be the reasonable time slot. I'll keep checking...and I guess I can bump up the ADR for Cape May Cafe (if one comes up). I just don't want it too late since we'll be re-entering Epcot through the International Gateway. I don't want to give up Via Napoli or Cape May Cafe...and since we only have 6 days at WDW (4 park days), there isn't much room to plan it for another day without shifting another ADR. And I thought vacation was supposed to be laid back and relaxed
*12:30 PM- 1:00 PM (depending on when we finish lunch) we will walk around WS until 4:45 PM
*5:15 PM- 6:30 PM dinner at Cape May Cafe. Walk back to EPCOT WS
*7:00 PM- 9:00 PM, try to hit The Seas/The Land/Imagination
I would love to see Illuminations...but I don't know if time will allow for that to happen. We have seen it before, but it's been a while!

Seeing all this written down makes me realize that my expectations may not be very practical, but we'll see! It'll be interesting to see how my plans coincide with our actual vacation
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Aw,thank you And yay...my first reader!!!
You are very welcome, loving your choice of restaurants.

Great purchases from the Disney store, I have our Mickey ears from last time, so saving myself some cash this time.

Well done to your girls on their countdown chain, they did a wonderful job I designed one for our children, and they love it. It went up at 150 days to go, and now down to 70 days to go.

Your first day looks brilliant! Hope you manage to get everything in.

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I'm in! I love your dining plans and your family is lovely! I have a little one the same age as your adorable daughter.

Are the kids the only ones pin trading or do you do it too? I am thinking about getting into it for my trip. Any tips you can share?
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I'm in! I love your dining plans and your family is lovely! I have a little one the same age as your adorable daughter.

Are the kids the only ones pin trading or do you do it too? I am thinking about getting into it for my trip. Any tips you can share?
Thank you, and This will be the first time trading pins for us. The kids will be doing it, but I may join in on the fun...not sure yet! We bought the pin starter set (lanyard and 2-4 pins) and 2 extra sets of 2 trading pins from the disney store online when they were having the 25% off sale. I just found out that you can buy the pins on ebay for a lot cheaper. Just make sure it's a reputable seller that sells authentic disney pins. Also, I have heard that the backs they come with (black rubber mickey heads) aren't very secure and pins can fall off the lanyard pretty easily. I am going to look for locking backs (they have them on ebay as well as Michael's or JoAnn's). Also, CMs that have green lanyards only trade pins with kids 12 and under.
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Oooh I wonder if my boys would like to pin trade on this trip. I need to check out Ebay... just when I think I have already purchased everything for my Aug trip...

How did you link your PTR in your signature? Is there a link you can post??
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Pictures at the MK 7/2011

And just for fun- pictures of our trip to MK last July



Breakfast at the Crystal Palace...photo op with Tigger



Piglet...the only character I* would go up to take a picture with



I* and L3 waiting with daddy while Mommy, B and J ride BTMRR



I* starting to open up to more characters...Donald isn't that scary



Checking out the interactive queue at the HM



L3 and J taking a snack break



Mickey ice cream bar for I*



I*'s first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop



B wanted her haircut too
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Small update and the 100 Disney Foods to Eat Before You Die Challenge

Small update! My Disney maps came in the mail the other day AND I ordered a small lot of 25 trading pins from ebay And just when I though it couldn't get any better.........I had to run to Target today to pick up a few things. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is a new Disney clothing line that they are carrying! I picked up a tank top for myself (Big Bad Wolf...I wanted Bambi but they didn't have my size ), a tank top for B (Dumbo. I wish she would have picked the Minnie Mouse...I may have to get it next time if it's still in stock ) and a tee for J (Grumpy). I would have picked one up for L3, but he has been so picky with clothes lately. They also had it available in toddler girls/boys and baby girls/boys- I didn't buy I* anything since she already has a few outfits from Etsy. I will take pictures of everything once I get the last Etsy package...should be here soon I should have checked to see if they had any men's tees! Just another reason to go back

Anywho...I came across this list while doing my daily Disney research. It's the "100 Disney Foods to Eat Before You Die Challenge." Challenge accepted!!! The foods in red are the ones I have already tried. The foods in blue are the ones I hope to try in August!

Magic Kingdom

Dole Whip – Aloha Isle
Dole Whip Float – Aloha Isle
Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar – Ice Cream Carts
Mickey Mouse Shaped Pretzel – Frontierland Pretzel Wagon
Popcorn – Pop Corn Carts
Hot Dog - Casey’s Corner
Nutella and fresh fruit waffle sandwich - Sleepy Hollow
Funnel Cake – Sleepy Hollow
Rice Crispy Treat – Main Street Confectionery
Hamburger and Fixins – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
The ‘Plaza’ Ice Cream Sundae - Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Lobster Roll – Columbia Harbour House
Mickey Mouse Waffle – Crystal Palace
New England Pot Roast – Liberty Tree Tavern
Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake – Liberty Tree Tavern
Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel – Lunching Pad
Citrus Swirl – Sunshine Tree Terrace

Epcot

Beverly – Club Cool
Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich - Fountainview Ice Cream
School Bread – Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
Fish and Chips – Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room
Crepes – France
Grey Goose Slush – France
Grand Mariner Slush – France
Margarita – La Cava de Tequila
Churro – Mexico
Caramel Corn – Karmell Kutche
Kaki Gori – Japan
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup & Pretzel Bread – Le Cellier
Apple Cobbler – Liberty Inn
General Tso’s Chicken Dumpling – Nine Dragons
Soft Pretzel & German Beer – Sommerfest
Shawarma Platter – Tangierine Cafe
Vegetarian Platter – Tangierine Cafe
Wood Fired Authentic Pizza Napoletana – Via Napoli

Hollywood Studios

Butterfinger Cupcake – Starring Rolls Cafe
Marble Cupcake – Starring Rolls Cafe
Peanut Butter Cupcake – Starring Rolls Cafe
Red Velvet Cheesecake – Starring Rolls Cafe
Carrot Cake Cookie – The Writers Stop
Grapefruit Cake – Hollywood Brown Derby
Sterling Silver Pork Seared Tenderloin – Hollywood Brown Derby
Cobb Salad – Hollywood Brown Derby
Milkshake – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
Angus Chuck Burger – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken – 50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
Dad’s Traditional Meatloaf – 50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
Mom’s Old-Fashioned Pot Roast - 50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
Peanut Butter Jelly Milkshake – 50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
Dad’s Electric Lemonade – 50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
Chicken Curry – ABC Commissary
Turkey Leg – Toluca Legs Turkey Co
Honey-Hazelnut & Ricotta Cheesecake – Mama Melrose’s Ristorante
Rosie’s 1/3 Pound Angus Onion Straw Cheddar Cheeseburger – Rosie’s All American Cafe
Grilled Veggie Sandwich - Backlot Express

Animal Kingdom

Jalapeno stuffed cheese pretzel – Safari Pretzel
1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribs – Flame Tree Barbecue
Smoked 1/2 Chicken - Flame Tree Barbecue
Dim Sum Basket – Anandapur Yak and Yeti Restaurant
Cinnamon glazed almonds/pecans – Dino Diner
Pizza - Pizzafari
Shrimp Po boy – Restaurantosaurus
Hot Tea – Royal Anandapur Tea Company
Slow roasted pulled beef sandwich – Tamu Tamu
Zebra cupcake - Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
Brownie paw - Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
White Chocolate elephant cupcake – Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake – Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
Triple Yeti Blast – Upcountry Beverage Cart

Deluxe Resorts

Zebra Domes - The Mara – Animal Kingdom Lodge
Bobotie Platter -The Mara – Animal Kingdom Lodge
Barbecue Beef Short Ribs - Jiko – The Cooking Place – Animal Kingdom Lodge
Indian Style Bread service - Sanaa – Animal Kingdom Lodge
Tandoori Chicken/Lamb/Shrimp - Sanaa – Animal Kingdom Lodge
Kitchen Sink – Beaches & Cream – Beach Club Resort
Tonga Toast - Kona Cafe – Polynesian Resort
Macadamia Nut Pancakes - Kona Cafe – Polynesian Resort
Kona Coffee - Kona Cafe – Polynesian Resort
Lapu Lapu - Kona Cafe – Polynesian Resort
Pele’s Fire Punch - Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show – Polynesian
Kilauea Volcano Delight Dessert - Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show – Polynesian
Honey Coriander Chicken Wings - OHana – Polynesian Resort
Bread Pudding with Banana Foster Sauce - OHana – Polynesian
Smoky Portobella Mushroom Soup - Artist Pointe – Wilderness Lodge
Canyon Skillet - Whispering Canyon Cafe – Wilderness Lodge
Sushi - California Grill – Contemporary Resort
Goat Cheese Ravioli - California Grill – Contemporary Resort
Strawberry Soup - 1900 Park Fare – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The Grand Sandwich - Grand Floridian Cafe – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Deconstructed Beef Wellington - Yachtsman’s Steakhouse – Yacht Club Resort & Villas

Moderate Resorts

Beignets – Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory – Port Orleans French Quarter
Fried Chicken - Trails End Buffet - Fort Wilderness Campgrounds & Cabins

Value Resorts

Tye Dye Cheesecake – Pop Century Food Court – Pop Century Resort
Orange Creamsicle – Silver Screen Spirits – All Star Movies Resort and other locations

Downtown Disney

Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Goofy’s Candy Company
The Original 1762 – Earl of Sandwich
Hot Fudge Sundae - Ghirardelli Soda Fountain
Chocolate Extinction – T-Rex
Sparkling Volcano – Rainforest Cafe
Doh Bars – Cooke’s of Dublin


So how did you do? Lets look at the scoring chart below:

1-25 – Disney Noobie: You need to be a bit more adventurous and really branch out at Disney World. Try new things, use those snack credits to their fullest.

26 – 50 – Disney Foodie in Training – Getting better. You probably have kids and are stuck visiting the Buffets every visit. You drool over Disney Food Photos and have a mental checklist of things you want to try.

51 – 75 – Disney Foodie – You have been around the park. You know what you like and try to get out and try new things all the time. You probably blog about Disney or fill your Facebook wall with articles from Chip and Co or Disney Food Blog

76 – 100 – Disney Food Addict – Someone get this person a Dole Whip cause you have earned it! You are the Elite! People come to you when they have food questions. We need for you to join us on the site and blog about Disney Food for a living!


20...I feel like such a failure and am embarrassed to call myself a WDW fanatic Good things is after August- I shall be a "Disney Foodie In Training." My new goal in life is to become a "Disney Food Addict"- although I thought I was already
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3 more weeks!!!

I cannot believe it...21 more days until we arrive in WDW. So these past few days have been dragging by slooooooowly, but the mailman has been good to me We received our pins that we ordered from ebay and outfits from Etsy (still waiting on 2 more tops).

First off...the pins



Close up of B's



and J's



I bought a lot of 25. Now I knew that there was a risk that we were purchasing "scrappers" (or counterfeits) by going through ebay. Per the fake disney pins 101 ebay guide- When Disney contracts with a company to make a pin, a mold is made. Once the pin is manufactured, many times the mold is not destroyed but it's used again by Chinese companies to make "seconds." These pins are usually of a lesser quality than the originals, and are NOT AUTHORIZED by The Disney Company. I did my research and tried to purchase through a reputable seller with almost 100% feedback. Unfortunately, we still received a few scrappers which I did not add to their lanyard. They were lighter (in weight) than the other pins, the edges were not smooth, different colors, misprints, etc. All in all, there were about 10 that were scrappers

Here is the bag of scrappers



Oh well. Lesson learned. I told J and B that they could buy one more pin when we get there to make up for mommy's boo-boo. On to the rest of the goodies!

Here are my shirts- the mickey one I purchased at WDW a few years ago. The Big Bad Wolf I bought last week and is from the Disney Artist Collection exclusively for Target.



Here are two of I*'s dresses that I bought from etsy, both from the same seller. It is absolutely adorable on! I know that the UF one is not "disney" but she'll be wearing it at the AK...and hey, gotta represent daddy's college! GO GATORS



and the matching bows



Here is her Monsters Inc outfit. I* used to wear her hair in pigtails all the time and wherever we went, people would comment that she looked just like Boo! She doesn't get it as much lately since I stopped putting her hair in pigtails, but they will be in pigtails when she is wearing this outfit! I hope to get a picture of her with Mike and/or Sulley in this outfit!



And the back of the skirt



I bought a few shirts for J. Perry shirt is from the disney store and the grumpy shirt is from Target.



B's Minnie dress from etsy, she picked it out herself



And her 2 shirts from Target



And B got her free haircut courtesy of JCPenney!



It's shorter and lighter, perfect for the hot and humid FL weather. And she wanted bangs- which is nice because now her hair is out of her eyes! The boys got their hair cut too, but did not want their picture taken
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