Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Quick Turn Around

Tomorrow before the crack of dawn, Lucy and I (along with several colleagues from work) will board a plane headed to Detroit (okay actually Minneapolis and then Detroit). A few differences on this trip I am taking our stroller that the carseat clips into because we will be in and out of taxis and other modes of transportation and we will be in the hotel a ton. This time rather than flying out of Minneapolis (2.5 hour drive) we get to fly directly our of Brainerd (REJOICE - which means security lines and things will be minimal at best). I am also bringing along our Beco baby carrier as well because sometimes Lucy just needs to be worn (and she naps ridiculously well in the soft structured carrier).

Because the nature of this trip being for work for me it feels soooo much different than the trip to WDW, the conference is in the hotel we are staying in which makes running back to the room WAY easier than at WDW where I have to take a bus/shuttle to get back to our room. This trip I also will need to attend some seminars, but I think Lucy should be fairly easy to entertain. {Thankful this is a very kid friendly event, lots of people will have little kids along}

I THINK I am going to attempt to only use a carry on bag. I am a little nervous due to the number of diapers Lucy may need (We don't own enough cloth diapers to be able to go Thursday to Monday night without doing laundry). But I don't want to have to lug a huge suitcase. I think I am going to go with a small rolling suitcase as well as a diaper bag.

We have our own hotel room which will be nice so I don't have to stress about waking up others in our room when Lucy gets up early in the morning and in the middle of the night.

Lucy flew RIDICULOUSLY well on the way to and from Orlando, so here's hoping (& TONS of praying) that she does that well again. She seriously slept most of both of those flights and when she was awake she was HAPPY as all get out (THANKS be to God).

Sooooo here goes nothing - off to fly again tomorrow morning.
I suppose I should start packing ;)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Walt Disney World

Be prepared for some serious Disney overload in the next few weeks. We had an AWESOME time. I have tons of work to catch up on and lots to do - but know that there are a TON of photos coming and lots of random thoughts regarding 6 month olds and Disney world.

Random funness: I went to buy Lucy a pair of Mickey Mouse ears with her name on them because I felt like everyone who goes to Disney World needs a pair of ears on their first trip and the lady at the check out said that they were "on Mickey Mouse" and didn't charge me a penny!

The lines were relatively short and we were able to walk right up to lots of rides and many of the classics had SUPER short lines (5 or 10 minutes) which is perfect. We also were able to walk up to many characters or wait only a couple of families.
We had an AWESOME TIME. Seriously I would do it again in a heartbeat. LOVED this trip. WAYYYY more to come.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Training Update

Marc & I have been logging our miles, our minutes spent on the bike trainer, & our laps in the pool.
Day by day we are actually starting to get ready for this upcoming season. My runs are starting to get longer and I am ever so thankful for the tv in front of the treadmill. I got in a five and a half mile run while watching Harry Potter 5. We definitely have charts on the wall where we are logging our biking minutes, our yardage in the pool, & our miles ran.

  • This is probably currently my best effort, I have been getting in a ton of runs which is awesome
    • RIDICULOUSLY thankful to have a treadmill in our basement
  • Being registered for a half marathon in the end of April has me a little nervous and has me focused
    • I suppose this is why I actually signed up for a half - to force me to commit and get on the darn treadmill
  • Uggg I really don't want to discuss this one much, probably the one element I have not done a ton with - I was getting in one super long swim every week until the pool schedule changed and lap swim isn't available when I was swimming - so now I only get in a half hour swim before teaching swim lessons
  • I am ready for the pool to empty out again once swim season ends here in town - I love that the kids are swimming however it feels like all the great times to lap swim are occupied by the kids swim teams
  • Although probably my strongest element of the three
  • I have been doing pretty good about getting on the bike trainer, my problem is I get bored fast on the bike even while watching a movie - I WISH I had a way to track how far I have gone so that I could set distance goals like I do on the treadmill (yeah I know there are back tire distance and pace thingys but I don't want to buy one because I already have one on my front tire that can't be moved)
  • I am making progress here though - I can definitely bike longer w/ what I feel like is greater speed
  • I am getting in quite a bit of time on the bike trainer, just not nearly as much as I would like
Misc. Thoughts on Training:
  • I wish with all of my soul that I thought it was a good idea to get up at five am to workout - I just can't talk myself into it - with a six month old at home who is still getting up three or four times some nights sleep is priceless
  • Small victory: I haven't drank a single soda in all of 2015 (hahaha okay so it is only 20 days in but still a victory for me)
  • I have gotten 10,000 plus steps every day in 2015 (yeah yeah yeah I know it's only 20 days but I am still thrilled by this)
  • I have drank over 80 ounces of water every day in 2015 (yep, I am milking this one for all it's worth) - really the only thing other than water I have drank this year is some milk

I would still like to find an August or September race that appeals to me - date wise it has been ridiculously hard. There was one last year in St. Cloud that would work date wise if they pick the same weekend, I am still waiting for them to announce when the race will be.

Are you training for anything?
I am most excited for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon and have every intent of registering the first day it opens - I have an alert set on my phone to remind me to register Marc & me (Thanks mom and dad for coming to WDW with us so we could both run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon).

Saturday, January 17, 2015

TWO Days to WDW

I am doing it. I am taking my six and a half month old daughter to Walt Disney World. And I am THRILLED and excited.

Packing has been interesting, usually I am a pack as little as I can and attempt to get it to fit into a carry on bag type of a traveler, this trip, NOT SO MUCH, I have given into the fact that unless I am traveling w/out Lucy I am going to have to check a bag. Uggg. I have entered a new phase of life.

I recognize that the pace of the trip will be a little bit slower than usual, we won't be up early and out late and we won't be able to move at the same pace, however, I think it will be just as fun. We'll have to learn the art of the rider swap, be able to watch Lucy's reaction to the parades and some of the rides that she will be able to go on, and soak up LOTS of sun! The forecast has the weather in the 70s all WEEK and currently only one day has a chance of rain.

Alright, I must be off to go wash some diapers and laundry and do some packing.

Walt Disney World Here WE COME!!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fast Passes & Reservations

We have a handful of fastpasses and one dining reservation each day. Because we aren't on the meal plan we have opted to not eat at any buffets (knowing when we come back in November, we will eat at several). We also have a few scheduled that traditionally we wouldn't reserve for knowing that we are going in January (when often ride lines are really short) but because we can reserve some we did. We may switch some during the day if we feel our schedule isn't working the way we want. Thank God for the mydisneyexperience app that allows us to switch them and has it linked to our magic bands.

We also selected rides (for the most part) that Lucy can come on - we know that there are a few that we will have to use the rider swap. As for the character meet and greets, those mostly came about as we weren't certain what else to pick. We also know that there are rides that during the off season traditionally aren't very long waits (20 minutes or less) that we plan on riding (Haunted Mansion, Small World, Spaceship Earth, Carousel of Progress, The People Mover, The Jungle Cruise, etc....) so we know that we are missing some classics on the list but are okay with that.

We also hope to get on Test Track at Epcot but due to the fastpass system we can't hold fast passes for both Test Track and Soarin, so we picked Soarin.

We also plan on watching lots of parades, Wishes, Illuminations, and Fantasmic.

January 19, 2014:

  • Tokyo Dining (Dinner Reservation)
  • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot
  • Soarin
    • we will have to rider swap here
  • Spaceship Earth
    • I find this reservation totally unnecessary, however, the computer spit it out and so we are leaving it be

January 20, 2014:

  • Liberty Tree Tavern (Lunch Reservation)
  • Peter Pan's Flight
    • #classic
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • JAZZED about this ride as I haven't yet ridden it
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
    • One of my favorites

January 21, 2014:

  • Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano (Lunch Reservation)
  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid
    • I find this one mostly unnecessary however, this is another computer generated fastpass and for now we have just left it
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
    • LOVE this ride and have my fingers crossed to get to ride more than once
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
    • I find this one unnecessary as well but it is another computer generated choice

January 22, 2014:

  • Coral Reef Restaurant (Dinner Reservation)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaries
    • Love this ride and I think Lucy will love it as well, fingers crossed we get on this one twice as well
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adveneturers Outpost
  • Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
    • We will have to rider swap here

January 23, 2014:

  • The Plaza Restaurant (Lunch Reservation)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Excited about this one and holding two fast passes for it
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
    • Also jazzed to hold two fast passes for this one
      • one year when we were in WDW in January we got to STAY on the ride four times in a row because there was ZERO line
  • Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater

What are your favorite rides?
What are your must dos?
What rides do you always try to get fast passes for?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Six Months

I have a six month old and can hardly believe it.

This month:
-Lucy is wearing three month clothing w/ some 0 to 3 stuff still thrown in there and a small amount of 6 month clothing in there as well
-Lucy weighs: 12 pounds 1 ounce w/ a cloth diaper
-Lucy is: 25 inches long
-Lucy is now rolling from her belly to her back and is REALLY close to being able to go from her back to her belly
-Lucy continues to HATE to ride in her carseat
-Lucy still wakes up every two to three hours to eat at night
-Lucy is a RIDICULOUSLY happy baby unless she is wet or has a full diaper (but who can blame her)
-Lucy still loves to be held and in the midst of the action

-Lucy met Santa Claus
-Great Grandpa John, Great Grandma Nane, Grandma Carol, Grandma KT, & Grandpa JT all came to visit over Christmas - Lucy even got to spend a week out of daycare and with Grandma KT
-Lucy got to visit the aquarium at the Mall of America
-Lucy spent Christmas with tons of family

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Note to Parents, from a Swimming Lessons Instructor

Dear Parents (guardians, care givers, grandparents, etc.)-
    THANK YOU, for investing in your child's safety and well being and enrolling your child in swimming lessons, I really do believe that having the ability to swim is a life saving skill and every kid should at LEAST be able to swim to save themselves. Thank you for spending your hard earned dollars to pay me to teach your kid to swim. I believe every penny you have spent is worth it. I read on the CDC website that an average of ten people die A DAY from drowning  and one in five who die are 14 and younger. It breaks my heart, so thank you for teaching your child to swim.
    Now here's the thing, there is a reason you chose to put your child in swimming lessons and didn't just opt to teach your kid to swim yourself. And somehow the stars aligned and your child ended up in my class. I actually LOVE teaching swimming lessons, and I have been doing it for over 15 years, I love seeing you child progress and see his skills advance. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to work with your child. I understand that you want your kid to be the next Michael Phelps, however, not every kid is Michael Phelps. I also realize you come to every swimming lesson and sit on the benches and you spend about 85% of that time playing on your phone (seriously, this doesn't bother me, I have a daughter, I understand the need to space out from time to time) so when it comes time at the end of the session PLEASE don't yell at me for not advancing your child to the next level.
    I don't see any harm in having your child repeat a level, they did learn a lot in this session, its true, however, I don't think you noticed, but your child isn't ready to advance. Their skills aren't at the level they need to be to be successful in the next level. If we pass him to early, he (and probably you and me) will end up really frustrated with the next level and it will take him even longer to gain the skills necessary for that level. Please do NOT put your child up a level, when they haven't passed the previous one, unless, there are some other circumstances (lots of time has passed since the previous session, you practiced hard with your child all summer and he is ready, etc.) happen and you talk to us about it.
    I want the best for your child. I want to see them succeed. PLEASE don't yell at me and write nasty things on my review paper at the end of the session just because your child didn't pass the session. Trust me, one more time in a particular level won't kill them, and they probably won't even notice a whole lot if you don't say much about it.

   Your Child's Swim Instructor