Sunday, February 28, 2010


In January we decided to take a little road trip with our friends the Bowlings'. We decided we would go to Vermont. The husbands' could spend a day snowboarding and then another day we would go to the Ben & Jerry's factory.

The factory was pretty neat. It had a fun relaxed atmosphere. Because we were there on a weekend the factory wasn't up and running so we watched little movie clips while looking at the manufacturing room. It's a pretty impressive set up.
Justin and I wishing we would cool like Ben & Jerry.

Emily & Ezra looking all adorable.

At the end of the tour they give you a sample of the flavor of the day. Our day it was mint chocolate chunk. I couldn't have been happier because that is basically one of my favorite ice cream flavors. The only that that would have made it better was if it was Phish Food. Yum. They have a giant replica of a carton of ice cream. It says "Euphoric Stuff" on it. I loved the face I got of Emily eating her ice cream.
They also have a mirror that, instead of making you short and fat like most goofy mirrors do, makes you tall and skinny. I want one for my house. It was a great motivator to eat less Ben and Jerry's and maybe exercise more.. we'll see.
Sometimes a sample just isn't enough. Here are Emily and Justin enjoying our giant ice cream cone we got to savor the goodness that is Ben and Jerry's.
Emily and Ezra were surprisingly pretty easy to entertain at the hotel. We just let them roam around and jump on the bed. We also spent several hours playing at the pool.
Vermont snow report. Justin said that the snow wasn't as bad as he thought it would be, but it was still pretty sticky.

So it was a fun trip and we can now check Vermont off our list of things to do while we are east coasters.


Wall-e is our friends' Ryan and Missy's dog. They brought him over for a little play date.
Emily would try and walk him by holding onto his collar, but I'm pretty sure it was more of Wall-e walking Emily.
Emily keeps hoping some day I'll quit being a mean mom and let her a dog of her own. Probably not, but in the meantime it sure is fun to play with our friends' animals :)

Beach Time

What would a trip to California be without a trip to the beach. (Even if it is January). Emily had fun digging in the sand, chasing birds, playing on the playground, and going for a walk with Grandma and Grandpa. We love Boston, but we sure miss the beaches.

DisneyLand Rides

Day two of our Disney trip I went early with Emily and got in line before the park even opened. Then we hurried over to Fantasy Land so that we could hit as many little Emily rides as we could. We hit pretty much everything and she liked them more than I thought she would. So I guess from here on out it might have to be a little less time stalking characters and a little more time seeking out thrills on Dumbo, Tea Cups, and Mr. Toad's wild ride.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Minnie, Mickey & Emily Show

So while we were at Disneyland this time we had a really random experience. Emily and I were waiting in a long line to meet a character and she started to climb on a fence. A friendly worker came over and I thought I was going to be in trouble, but she just sat down and started talking to us. As we got closer to the character I pulled out a book I was using as an autograph book. It was a book of Emily's pictures from previous trips to DisneyLand. Anyhow the worker thought it was pretty cute and that was that. Well then she asked which characters we still needed to meet. We told her Mickey and someone else I can't remember. So she told me what times they were coming out and said if I waited in that area she would let Emily go first and now wait in line. Sounded good to me. So we hung around for about 10 minutes and munched on yummy candy. To our lucky surprise not only Mickey came out, but Minnie did too. Even though we were standing right there it is unreal how fast those lines form. Anyways, our worker friend says to the crowd something along the lines of, "Emily's first" and marches Emily right up. Emily does her thing and runs up to give them hugs. Then the worker takes Emily's Disneyland book and reads the entire thing page by page to Mickey and Minnie. It was pretty cute and took a little while. All this time, Emily is getting squeezed and fought over by Mickey and Minnie. It was a good couple minutes that the three of them hung out together. It was pretty cute and much better than the usual rush to get in, snap your picture, and get out.

Disney Day 1

When we were in California Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Kris took Emily and I to DisneyLand. It was still decorated for Christmas while we were there so it was so fun to see all of the lights and trees and other decorations.

I love that Emily LOVES the characters. Her typical approach is run up, hug them, and pose for the picture. It is pretty cute. The hugs are my favorite. Here she is with Jessie, and Donald in her cute ears Grandpa got her. While they were in the shop buying them Goofy came in and stood next to Emily and patted her head. She thought she was pretty cool.
Here is Emily loving some one on one time with Minnie.

Emily is starting to be only enough to enjoy the rides. Of course we go all the way to Disneyland and her favorite ride is the carousel. Luckily there are 2 between the 2 parks. She is very particular about which horse or fish she wants to ride on. The other favorite ride that day was the Nemo submarine. While we were there one of the ride employees gave Emily a "1st Visit" button. It wasn't her first visit, but she had fun wearing it.

Here's Emily with her bug glasses on from the "It's Hard Being a Bug" attraction. I was surprised, but she kept them on the entire time.

What would a day at DisneyLand be without a trip to Princess lane. The real answer (an extra hour... it's a long wait). Emily loves them though. This trip we saw Princess Aurora, Jasmine, and Ariel.
This was the first time Emily has really been 'scared' or cried when she saw a character. When she first saw Jasmine, Aladdin was there too. Emily wouldn't see Jasmine, but finally would once Aladdin stepped away- sad. Anyways, here she is smiling away with Jasmine.
I thought this was pretty cute. Ariel took Emily over to see Jasmine.
Yes, believe it or not this Princess is Ariel. I didn't know it at first, but now I can see it.
We had a great time. We also had fun watching the Playhouse Disney show, the Pixar parade, and other rides. Thanks again Grandma and Grandpa for a really fun day at DisneyLand and my new Minnie ears!