Disney Magic to the Bahamas?? Day 6

Day 6 Sunday October 4

Miami!

We woke up at 6am to dress and pack last minute things and we were out in the lobby about 7 am.  We decided to skip breakfast on the ship (it’s not the buffet, it’s a sit down and ours wouldn’t have been until 9 ish) so we handled our own luggage and walked off the ship about 7:30 am.  We got in our cars and CSP & I followed Amy & Kevin as we tried to make our way out of Miami.

We made a turn and there was a rail road crossing with the lights going and the bars down.  So we waited.  And waited. No train. Then a taxi behind me started honking its horn.  What was I to do?  I was trapped!  All the sudden this guy got out of his van.  His friend drove the van through the bars.  Van Dude then calmly walked over to a tree and ripped off a branch.  He walked back to the rail road crossing bar and held it up over his head with the branch, all the while EATING A SANDWICH.  That must have been one good sandwich!  It was hilarious!  But we got through!  And on the road to Orlando.

Florida has a million toll roads and turnpikes and it cost us $20 to drive from Miami to Orlando.  Yikes!  Luckily they also have these travel plazas in the middle of the highway so you can access it from both directions.  You can get gas and food.  We stopped at one about an hour outside of Miami and got bagels and gas then made our way to Orlando.

Orlando!

We made it to Walt Disney World and the Wilderness Lodge! MNSSHP It’s so nice!  We were staying in one of the 2 bedroom villas there.  The lobby was just gorgeous!  We checked in then went to our villa and got settled in and took a wee nap. MNSSHP CSP got about 45 minutes in but I only got about 20.

We woke up and freshened up and got dressed for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! IMG_0141 Amy had matching orange shirts made for all 4 of us with our names on them.  CSP won’t wear anything with his real name on it so his says CSP!  Ha! MNSSHP Amy had LED light up necklaces for us all (here’s my get up) MNSSHP and for us girls she had tiny witches hat headbands. MNSSHP So cute!  Please disregard the deranged look on my face!  I was excited!

We took a boat over to the Magic Kingdom MNSSHP and got checked in just in time for our dinner reservations at Tony’s (the Lady and the Tramp restaurant).  We were all hungry as that breakfast stop was a long time ago!   We had a great dinner then took the train over MNSSHP to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  CSP & I haven’t been to the parks since 1999 so we were thrilled to get to ride some rides.  And God bless Amy because she got us fast passes so we wouldn’t have to wait in line.  Just standing on CSP’s foot is harder than actually walking.  Getting on and off rides proved challenging with his big boot.  But the staff was great and very accommodating.  For instance on the Haunted Mansion you have to hop into your Doom Buggy from a moving walkway.  Well they slowed it down for us so CSP could get in and out without killing himself.  We rode Pirates of the Caribbean and even It’s a Small World. MNSSHP

The weather was perfect!  It started out cloudy, then it drizzled, then the temperature dropped to nice and cool and the drizzle stopped.  It was awesome! MNSSHP

The Magic Kingdom was all decked out for Halloween! MNSSHP It looked so cool all lit up at night!

Before we went on this trip I polled all my Facebook friends about whether or not I should take my big DSLR camera or just my iPhone.  Thankfully I was convinced to just take my phone.  I got great pictures and didn’t have to worry about lugging around a big camera!  It helped that just a couple days before we left I was able to get the iPhone 6S which has a 12 megapixel camera.  I was pretty impressed with its performance!

After riding our rides it was time for the parade.  Amy got us the Happy Hallowishes Dessert Premium Package.  So at 8 pm we went to the Town Square and had preferred viewing areas all roped off for the parade.MNSSHP  Prime spots! MNSSHP The parade was awesome! MNSSHP I know this pic is blurry but it is of the Gravediggers, who were so great and I kind of know one of them because he’s my friend Leah’s brother! MNSSHP Baloo the Bear came over and kissed my hand and another character (I can’t believe I can’t remember which one!!!) high fived me!  MNSSHP MNSSHP MNSSHPWe even got to see the Headless Horseman on a gorgeous, giant black horse. MNSSHP

After the parade we were led through a back stage area over to the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant MNSSHP for a dessert party.  There was a lovely dessert buffet with Halloween themed desserts.  IMG_0123 So tasty!  Then at 10 the Hallowishes fireworks show MNSSHP began and we had perfect seats for it. MNSSHP Once the fireworks show was over we made our way back over to the front of Cinderella’s castle for the Sanderson Sister’s Show. MNSSHP It was super cute!  By now poor CSP was really hurting.  And silly boy wore a short sock under his boot thinking it would be cooler.  Well instead of being cool it allowed his boot to rub his leg raw!  So we decided to call it a night and headed back to the docks to take the boat back to the Wilderness Lodge.

When we got back to our villa there was a big Halloween sign on our door.  We opened the door and found the entire common room had been decorated!  There was a flickering candelabra, spiderwebs everywhere, luminaries all over, candy, and of course a huge Mickey Mouse on the coffee table!  It was SO cool!  And I totally forgot to take pictures of it all!  I was so tired from our long, but amazing day, and I was just in awe of it and so surprised!

We enjoyed the decorations for a little while then went to bed.  We had to be up early in the morning!

Dia De Los Meurtos and Happy Halloween!

For Halloween this year I decided to take my obsession with sugar skulls and turn it into my costume!  I needed a costume because my sister & BIL hosted a FABULOUS Halloween party in conjunction with their across the street neighbor.  They’ve set the bar high!  Anyway, I didn’t want to spend any money on a costume so a Day of the Dead Sugar Skull was perfect!

I gave myself a couple hours to paint and I used every minute!  I started with a white base. IMG_5935  That took a long time to get the streaks and splotches out.  Then I moved on to eyes, nose, jaw. IMG_5936I used Snazzaroo water based face paints.  I curled my hair before I started painting so it would set.  2 hours later- the results! IMG_5941_2IMG_5949IMG_5950I wore all black clothes and pinned 2 Thirty One large rosette clips to a thin black headband.  To set my face paint I sprayed my face (and hair) with glitter hair spray!  I also wore a skull and crossbones necklace and large silver earrings.  Last but not least, sparkly lip gloss!

Then it was time to party!  The set up was awesome!  This is the candy table! IMG_5943_2There were plenty of toys for kids with allergies too.

The tables were all decked out with black candelabras.  So cool! IMG_5942Sara and Gigi looked so cute in their get ups! IMG_5946IMG_5945

Joey was Shadow Man!  You couldn’t see that kid as soon as he stepped out of the light! IMG_5947

The party was in Sara’s front yard for dinner, then we were to move across the street to the neighbor’s house for dessert and an outdoor movie.  Brianna the neighbor even carved a theme pumpkin to match the movie- Hocus Pocus!  The pumpkin was amazing!!!IMG_5944_2Alas, it was not meant to be.  We had just finished dinner and socializing when a storm came up!  We all dashed inside with the food and decorations.  CSP and I had to go home early anyway because he had to be at work at 5am today.

We had a ball though and we’re thinking this will turn into an annual thing!  I already have requests to do Gigi and Momo’s faces next year!

 

 

 

The most wonderful time of the year

It’s Fall y’all!  Well, not officially, but Starbucks is selling Pumpkin Lattes so that’s good enough for me!  Another sign it is Fall is that all the holiday stuff is coming out!  For instance….Scentsy‘s Holiday Collection is available now!  Scentsy has you covered for Halloween, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!  Check out some of these adorable warmers!  

 And there are lots of new Fall/Winter scents available too.  Like Autumn Sunset, Christmas Cottage, Pumpkin Marshmallow, Festival of Trees, Pumpkin Roll and more!  With less than 100 days left til Christmas you better get to shopping!  Click here to see the entire Holiday collection!

It takes a village

This year for Halloween we went to Papa & Gigi’s house. Every year all the neighbors in their cul-de-sac gather together to eat and pass out candy. We’ve always heard about it but have never seen it in action. Sara, Marc, Jacob, Joey & I piled into their truck with our potluck dishes, card table, and chairs and joined the fun. Everything was going great til the rain started. It rained and rained. We sat out there under umbrellas ( yet somehow still getting soaked) passing out candy to the trooper trick or treaters. I went inside with Momo around 7 to do her Halloween makeup. She was a she devil & looked great!