Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Dream Come True!

We just spent a super fun week in a beautiful vacation home in sunny Orlando! Before I post the dozens of pictures of the kiddos splashing in the pool, posing with Mickey, or the whole family sloshing around Epcot in the pouring rain (only after spending $40 on ponchos...shame on you Disney World), I have a HUGE announcement.

As you know Disney is the place to go if you want to feel the magic, and it is the extremely well advertised place where dreams do actually come true! This week a dream of mine came 2 pound black and tan dream dog named Maggie! I have always wanted a Yorkie, but didn't want to take on the challenge until the kids were bigger (like at least in high school), but something about Connor getting potty trained recently made me feel like maybe they were close enough to being "big enough" for me to handle a puppy.

After taunting and teasing Steven with adorable baby Yorkie pictures and Youtube videos of little Yorkies playing with their families, he agreed to take a day of our vacation to go check out two 8 week old little girls at a near by pet store. Of course the kids and I fell in love instantly when we saw them, but I wasn't sure if he was feeling it. I knew it couldn't be because they weren't cute enough, so I was assuming that it had something to do with the price tag hanging on the outside of the cage....basically $350 a pound! We walked out to the car with three sad little faces and no puppy. Steven and I talked a minute, and he decided to go take a second look without the kids. After working some kind of package deal with the sales very own magical moment happened!

 We were bringing home our very own baby Yorkie! She is just the sweetest thing ever! You know I didn't  waste any time picking her out a few outfits, hair bows, and an absolutely gorgeous hot pink carry bag.  I have even already pinned some homemade puppy treat recipes to try for her! Anyway, I think it's clear that I am going to be totally ridiculous about this dog, but I will try to keep it under control (as much as possible....I mean look at her...she is crazy cute)!
On the way home with his new furry sister! 

Connor says she is "too much" cute!

As big as a banana!

Mags is getting all checked out at the Vet!

Sniffing all around the exam table..she got a clean bill of health!

Love her!

It will be a miracle if she survives this little guy!

Connor's Mickey Mouse 3rd Birthday

I just realized that I never posted any pictures of Connor's Mickey Mouse party. I don't think I have ever been more excited to hear the words "Mickey Mouse" as I was when I asked Connor the annual question that I ask each child before their big day...."What kind of party do you want?" I didn't even ask him again later to confirm because I didn't want him to have changed his mind. Mickey Mouse is what he said and Mickey Mouse is what I was about to deliver! I have successfully pulled off Sponge Bob, Strawberrry Shortcake, dinosaurs, art, baseball, bowling, and even a fiesta, but no one had yet to request the little guy with the big ears until now!

I have to admit that his birthday landed at a particularly stressful time for me at work, but I was determined not to let that be an excuse to slight him on this special day...and on my opportunity to go completely overboard with all of he adorable Mickey Mouse themed party ideas I found on Pinterest! I mean, after all, will he really care that I survived on like 3 hours of sleep a night for about 10 days before the party? He won't care, and honestly, neither will I! It was so worth it to see his little face get so excited about all of the decorations and snacks!

My BFF glad that she (and her kiddos of course) were in town for the party!
Pin the Ears On Mickey Mouse - Before

Hot Diggity Dogs

Mickey Mouse Chocolate Covered Oreos
Figaro's Fruit Kabobs

I LOVED his cake! I wish I could take credit for decorating it, but i know my limits!
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Mickey Mouse Cake Pop Display....those cake pops took F-O-R-E-V-E-R to make, but they were the hit of the party!

Daisy's Deviled Eggs
All my hard work....Ahhhhh....and the crowd goes wild! :)
The birthday boy sipping his juice box
My dad and I
I love this pic of Connor sneaking more black olives off of the tray! 
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My sweet boy giving his friend's a hug after he opens his gifts!
Marshmellow Sticks...made at approximately 2 am the night before the party

I love this picture...he had such a fun time!
Pin the Tail On Mickey Mouse - After