Friday, March 29, 2013

Monkey's Treehouse Enchanted Princess Event

This morning, I took the kids to the Monkey's Treehouse to meet Merida from Brave, (one of the enchanted princesses at  As most know, my daughter E is a huge princess fan, and one of her favorites is "Brave."  Her big Christmas gift from Santa this year was a "Brave" doll and pony.

E's Brave Doll and Pony

Knowing that it might be crowded, we went early to play.  L had only been to this location one other time, so he spent the first 30 minutes running from one thing to the next. 

E and O kind of stuck together: playing on the slides, in the balls, and in the play kitchen.

When Merida arrived, she immediately captured all the little girls' attention.  L and E both went and stood right beside her and listened to her answer questions and talk with the kids.

E, kept feeling Merida's dress

Then it was picture time.  I had explained to E that this time, we were not going to have a professional photo made.  We had her picture taken with Rapunzel last time because I was without a camera, but this time I had my own camera and I had already taken a few photos.  

Rapunzel (Several Weeks Ago). Photo by:

Merida went into the "Party room" and a line formed outside the door for pictures.  The photographer told the adults, "all I'll need to see is your receipt."  E peeked in the door and then rushed back over to me.  She threw her arms around my neck and started crying.  "She didn't give me a hug," she cried.  I could tell that her little heart was broken.  I reassured her that when photos were over, Merida would likely come back out to greet the girls again and she could get a hug... but she was devastated.

Recognizing that it would only cost me $10 to make her day, AND get a pretty great picture (like the Rapunzel picture above), I returned to the front desk and bought the picture.  It was the best decision I made all day.  When it was E's turn, Merida got down on her level and spent a few minutes making her feel comfortable.  Merida pointed to her Rapunzel shirt and told E that she was friends with Rapunzel too.  Then they practiced their pose.

When the picture was taken, she got a great big hug, and E went away beaming.  She was even able to sneak back in at the end of the hour and get a few more special moments with Merida.

She would not let go of her 10% off card
This is one happy girl!
Thank you to the Monkey's Treehouse, to Enchanted Princesses, and to Created Images for today. I'll have to post our photo in a few weeks when it's ready.

If you're interested, here's our experience from last year's Enchanted Princess Event at the Monkey's Treehouse with Sleeping Beauty too:

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Two Weeks of Spring Break

This year, my oldest two kids had TWO weeks off for spring break.  My plan, originally, was to just pack those two weeks with activities, but when my mother-in-law offered to entertain us for a week IN FLORIDA, I had to agree.  So we all headed south after E's 8am soccer game on Saturday.

Heading South!

After a REALLY long 8 hour car ride, that took us closer to 11 hours, we finally arrived in Florida.


Headed to the beach
Kite Flying

Hole Digging

Swimming in the HEATED pool

Being Goofy

My husband and O

"Princess And The Pea" play in Seaside

Indoor Playing

Digging in the sand


More digging in the sand

ME: After a short run

E actually touched the sand (a huge accomplishment)

More swimming!

Scooter Rides with Pop

This was O's favorite game

"Ring the water fountain"

Putt-putt in the subdivision

The Score Keepers

The kiddos!

O LOVED playing putt-putt


Taking Walks

More Pool Time


Bike Rides


Playing Catch

Catching Some Rays




Walking to the Pool

More Bike Riding

After a week in mostly sunny Florida, we left this:

And came home to this:

Dusting of Snow and Freezing Temperatures

The first few days we just tried to adjust to the weather and played inside. We went swimming at the indoor pool at the Y, visited a local toy store (with bunnies),  and went to an indoor play place.  We were only able to enjoy one day of warm sunny weather in Tennessee, but thankfully we had pretty great weather the first week in Florida.


More Outside Playing:

Soccer Practice (for E):
She's in the light pink jacket

Indoor Play Place:

Merida, from Disney's Brave

Chatting with Merida

Practicing their "pose"

E was SO excited!

Lunch Out (Chik-fil-A):

We still have E's soccer game in the morning, an Easter Egg Hunt, and Easter to go, but I'll make a separate post for those.

Happy Spring Break!