Friday, December 30, 2011

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove

Over the Christmas vacation week we took the kids to see Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove.

Jacob is OBSESSED with Captain Hook and Mister Smee from Peter Pan. There is a show currently on Disney Junior called Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Disney brought back Captain Hook and Mister Smee as characters on the show. Jacob LOVES them and all things pirates so when I saw a commercial for Disney on Ice and saw that Peter Pan was one of the features of this show I HAD to get the kids tickets!

I found out when tickets went on sale and started looking at seats. I found out by chance that VIP tickets were already on sale if you had a presale code and after Googling like mad for 15 minutes I found out what the presale code was. The only information I could get out of the website was that we were Loge 6, Row F, Seats 1-6. Row F? Does it go 1 through 99 and then A through Z? Is it A through Z and then 1-99? I couldn't figure out where our seats would be and the map on the TD garden website was useless since it only showed our section, but I figured it was worth a shot. They were only $35 seats and there were two price points above us, $45 and $90, so I figured they probably weren't the best. They did say VIP, but I had no idea what THAT meant. I hit the ORDER button and hoped for the best.

When we arrived at the TD Garden in Boston we handed the usher our tickets and he started down the steps. As we dropped further and further into the depths of the Garden the look of shock on our faces (our in-laws attended the show with us) was apparent. We just kept going and going until he stopped mere feet from the ice. We were SIXTH ROW, FRONT AND CENTER! I was so pumped. I had no idea we would be THIS close!

Disney didn't disappoint and the kids were enthralled with the show. They saw Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and Smee, Rapunzel and Flynn, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid and at the end of the show, during the finale, ALL of the Disney Princesses and their Princes came out. Eli came with us and after scaring the life out of me and screaming for the first 90 seconds of the show (it was the initial noise at the start of the show that scared him) he passed out cold and snoozed on me and Ian through the whole show.

There is nothing better than seeing your child's face light up as they see their favorite characters come to life!
Grace and her Gaga:
Jacob and his Papa (ignore Jacob's "flash face"):

We ended the day with lunch at Not Your Average Joe's and to say the kids were exhausted when we got home was an understatement. There were no naps that day, but the kids had a blast and slept well that night!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Five Months

Eli, you are five months old today!

You are growing like a weed and I cannot believe how big you are! Everyone that sees you comments on your size. Since you will not be seen again by the Pediatrician until your 6 month appointment I have no idea how big you are, but I am assuming you have passed the 17 pound mark! I decided to try and pull out a few 12 month clothes and was shocked that they fit....and don't have much room for growth! The pants are all still big, but all the shirts and onesies fit you perfect. I can no longer put you in 6 month pants unless they are sweatpants because you end up spitting up everywhere from them being too tight! For now I am putting you in 12 month pants, adjusting the adjustable waist and cuffing them! You are still in size three diapers and can still squeeze in some of your 6 month stuff, but you are wearing 9 and 12 month stuff already!

You are doing great at practicing sitting up independently and the days of the Bumbo are gone. You try and arch yourself right out of it and your fat little thighs are just too hard to squeeze in there now. You absolutely love the jumperoo and rolling around. Sometimes you work so hard in the jumperoo you simply pass out! You are not a fan of the swing and bouncy seat and I think it is just about time to pack them away.

We have started letting you play and nap in your crib and you love your FP Ocean Aquarium on the side of your crib. You love to turn it on and off all by yourself. You are reaching and grabbing for things that you want constantly and talking like crazy! You still LOVE your big brother and sister. You talk, smile and laugh at them all the time!

I had to throw this picture in here because I think you look just like your Uncle Josh in it:

You are still nursing exclusively and will go longer stretches between feedings. You have been kind of cranky this past month and will unlatch to gnaw on your fist constantly so I am wondering if those teeth are starting to make their way through. Jacob and Grace didn't have any teeth until 9 months so I am wondering if maybe you will be early?

We love you so much and can't believe next month it will have been half a year since you entered this world. We are so thankful for you each and every day. You are such a blessing to our lives and we thank God for you every single day. Your brother and sister are at that age where they fight constantly and sometimes I think I would lose my mind if I didn't have your sweet, smiling face to remind me how lucky I am!

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