The Magic of Disneyland!

Let us start out by saying we love Disneyland. Well, we don’t necessarily love Disneyland, we absolutely adore it. It runs in our blood. We LIVE for Disneyland. Okay, was that too far…? Nope, sounds about right. You get the gist. Before Olive May was around, we took our Senior Trip in High School there, Ethan proposed to Molly there, we took our Honeymoon there, and took a bunch of trips to the park in between. Again, you get the idea. We are kind of Disneyland people. When we found out we were pregnant with Olive, we knew it wouldn’t slow us down at all. She was going to be one lucky kid and come along for the ride!

 

Well this Christmas was the time for our first trip! It was finally time to visit the most magical place on earth (and at the most magical time of year, no less) as a whole tribe (along with one of Ethan’s little brothers and Molly’s mom!). We had only been once before during Christmas when Ethan proposed to me, and it was one of the best trips we have taken. So we were just a litttttle excited for this trip to come around. Olive obviously had no clue what it meant to get on a plane and head to Disneyland being only 6 months old, but I could see she was excited just like us. She had that little twinkle in her eye. With this blog post, we wanted to give you our top 5 tips for conquering Disneyland (and Disney California Adventure) with a little. Things that helped us, that we hope can also help you! 🙂

 

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Tip #1: Expectations.

Manage them. Own them. Keep em’ real. We have found that throughout our many years of heading to the park (with this trip at the top of the list), it is SO important to manage your expectations. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to lower them in order to enjoy your time at the park, but we have found that when you manage your expectations, nobody is let down, and magic tends to happen 😉 An awesome Disneyland podcast that shares this same mantra is Mousetalgia. I LOVE this podcast, and they can’t speak highly enough of this tip.

 

Tip #2: Slow it dowwwwwn.

With little’s, you obviously won’t be able to conquer the entire park and hop on attractions all day long. It is OKAY and ENCOURAGED to take it slow. Breaks are good. Just because you aren’t running around like mad doesn’t mean you aren’t getting your money’s worth out of the park. In fact, if you take a break and take it slow for a second, you’ll find little quirks to the park that you may have never noticed before, and that in itself is magic. There are actually places all throughout the resort that are great for taking a quick break, such as (and definitely not limited too):

– Watching Mickey & The Magical Map.

– Watching a show at Fantasy Faire Theatre.

– Listening to the Dapper Dans on Main Street.

– Animation Academy in DCA (fun, interactive, and air conditioned. Wooo!).

 

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The Dapper Dans in their festive Holiday attire!

 

Tip #3: Baby Center in both parks. Use them!

If your little is like Olive at all, she gets so distracted trying to stare at everything (and I mean everythinggggg) while she needs to eat. That is where the Baby Center is an absolute life saver. It includes a nursing room, changing room, feeding area with highchairs (kitchen with microwave and sink), a vending machine with baby essentials for purchase (who hasn’t ran out of wipes before??), and a TV playing classic Disney movies to entertain your little, and yourself 🙂 The one in Disneyland is located at the end of Main Street, directly adjacent is the First Aid building and the Little Red Wagon. The one in DCA (Disney California Adventure) is right next to Ghirardelli and across from Cars Land. In short, the Baby Center is pure gold.

 

Tip #4: Know what rides you can go on with your little.

Just because you have a little, doesn’t mean everything is off limits. In fact, you can still do a ton of stuff. Because Olive was only 6 months old, we needed to understand what attractions had no height requirement that she would be good to go on. Magic Kingdom Mamas have this AMAZING list of attractions that have no height requirement in the park. It was a life saver for us! If you haven’t heard of MKM, give them a follow on Instagram and check out their blog posts. They are just absolutely THE BEST 🙂 Being able to go on an attractions as a whole tribe was really quite magical, so be sure to know what you can do before you go.

 

Tip #5: Live a little. Treat Yo’ Self. Throw caution to the wind. Splurge it up.

It never hurts to live a little while visiting the Happiest Place on Earth. Whether that is treating yourself to a special snack such as a churro, or going all out by reserving an awesome dining/show package, it’s important to enjoy yourself. It is super easy to get caught up in the fact that you want everything to go a certain way and be just so, when in fact, the most memorable and magical times happen when you live in the moment and enjoy yourself. Ethan always (and I mean always) gets a souvenir sipper as his treat, and it has kind of turned into a tradition. It is an inexpensive souvenir to bring home that is actually fun to use at home! Above all, enjoy the time you are spending in the park and don’t be afraid to live it up a little. It isn’t called the Happiest Place on Earth for no reason.

 

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There you have it! Our top 5 tips for tackling the Disneyland Resort with a little (and as a tribe!). Let us know what some of your tips are, and if you end up using any of ours. We always love talking Disney, so drop a trip report or just your favorite Disney memory in the comments below and let’s chat 🙂

 

From our tribe to yours,

 

Ethan, Molly & Olive May

 

2019 and beyond…

Hey friends! It’s so good to be back! We have been busy, busy, busy… and we want to tell you all about it 🙂

The holidays always bring an amazing number of events. From checking out the zoo and all of it’s wonderful lights, to enjoying the magic of Disneyland, and spending some quality time with our loved ones, we were always doing something. And guess what? It was SO. MUCH. FUN! Our first holiday season as a tribe was a huge success. It included so many firsts as well and new traditions! Olive’s very first plane ride, our first year of hosting Christmas at our house, and our very first family photos. Woa. It was a BIG holiday season.

 

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Because we haven’t been writing for quite long enough to take part in a classic year end review, we want to share a few things we have been up to since we saw you last, and share with you what 2019 has planned for us (here’s a hint: it’s going to be a FUN year)! With this being Olive’s first Christmas, all focus went to her for the entireeeeee holiday season. She got some just very fun (and noisy…) presents from so many people! Needless to say, her play area is 100% full and she absolutely loves it! She also got to see all of her uncles, cousins, and grandparents. It was so great! Safe to say her first christmas was a success. I’m sure she would agree.

 

 

Are you ready for 2019? Because guess what?? It’s here! And we are so ready! 2019 is going to be such an important year for our tribe! We have some amazing things planned like traveling to New York, following our dream, and getting to know you guys better! We absolutely cannot wait to enjoy every second of it. What does that mean for the blog? Well, it’s coming at you bigger and better! Upcoming blogs include a trip report from our magical time in Disneyland, tackling the holidays with little ones, and how to set goals for yourself (and your tribe!). We will be posting a new blog every other Wednesday, and living on our Instagram account to keep up to date with you guys (you can hit the follow button right here).

 

What are some things you want to see from us in 2019? What do you want us to write about? What would be beneficial for you guys? At the end of the day, we want to connect with you and positively impact you and your tribe. Get ready for 2019, because it is about to be one heck of a year! 🙂

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from our tribe to yours,

 

Ethan, Molly & Olive

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Traditions

Hey friends! Molly here!

We are talking about all of the traditions. Do you have traditions that you do this time of year? What are they? We want to know!

 

With it being the holiday season, a lot of people have those things that you just ALWAYS do this time of year (big or small). And if you don’t do them it just doesn’t feel right! We are big fans of starting new traditions and carrying on the old. Here are a few of our holiday traditions (thanksgiving & Christmas) that we like to do.

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Turkey Trot: This one is a MUST! Every year on the morning of thanksgiving the fam runs 4 miles… (oh and let me point out it’s not an easy 4 miles… it’s basically all hills) This year was the first time for a few of our family members including me and Olive. It was a lot of fun despite the major hills I wasn’t prepared for (and did i mention i was pushing olive…) haha. Its a fun run so you just go at your own pace (but our family is competitive so there is no going at your own pace for us, its win or go home). It starts at the Oregon Zoo and ends where the Elephants live at the zoo. Super cool. If you live in the Portland area I recommend adding this to your list!! We always have a blast! 🙂

Thanksgiving Dinner/ Family Games: Of course we have to have thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional foods… so yummy. After we eat dinner we always play some type of games (minute to win it type games) and it is seriously so much fun. The family gets split up in to teams and its just a fun way to end the day. We normally have lots of kiddos so its a big hit. My cousin sets it all up and at the end there is always a winner (we are a bit competitive) with lots of fun prizes.

Black Friday Shopping: Ethan likes this one! He normally goes with his younger brothers. And me? Not so much. It’s tooooo chaotic for me (people are crazy in case you didn’t know). But he does it every year. And sometimes finds a deal or two (Ethan here… I ALWAYS find a deal. I don’t know what Molly is talking about).

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Saturday Christmas Tree / Burger & Fries: The Saturday after thanksgiving we always go and cut down our tree and then go out to lunch at this amazing burger joint (Helvatia Tavern). It seriously is one of my favorite things to do. There is nothing like going out to the tree farm (Furrow Farm) and picking out the absolute perfect tree. Funny story… this year our eyes were much bigger than our house. We had to basically move all our furniture out of our living room, cut a foot and a half off our tree and 4 hours later our tree was up… Never again will we get a 9 foot tree! Big mistake… HUGE.

Movies: We watch movies all month long but here are some of our faves (in no particular order):

  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Polar Express
  • Elf
  • White Christmas
  • The Grinch (Live action…because Jim Carey)
  • Home Alone
  • The Santa Clause
  • Edward Scissorhands (it counts people. trust me. it counts.)

Zoo Lights: Its not christmas time until you go see the zoo lights. Holy cow they are amazing! The Oregon zoo puts them on every year and they don’t disappoint. Its always super duper cold but totally worth it!

Christmas Bazaar: This was a first for us this year. You can’t be afraid to introduce some new traditions every once in a while! We definitely plan to do this every year now. There were so many beautiful handcrafted things and its always fun talking to the people that are selling stuff. Apparently its Americas BIGGEST Christmas bazaar (not sure how true that is… but we’ll believe it anyway) Fun way to spend an afternoon!

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The Nutcracker: I have literally been going to the nutcracker since I can remember. When I was living back home, the community college would put it on every year. But now living in Portland the Oregon ballet theater puts it on every year and it’s so incredibly magical. Dressing up fancy and going downtown on a cold winter day with friends and family is just the best. Something I can’t wait to do with miss Olive May when she gets old enough.

Christmas Cookie Baking Day: Every year all the ladies in my family get together and choose one different cookie recipe each to make (doubling or tripling the recipe). We bring the raw dough and meet at my cousins house to bake them. We’ve been doing this for years. It’s such a fun time to catch up and connect with people in your family that you haven’t seen in a while (that’s the whole point of Christmas, right??) Plus you get to leave with tons of different cookies made with a whole lot of love. One of my favorite traditions!

What traditions do you do with your tribe? What traditions do you hope to start? Sound off in the comments and let’s talk about all the amazing holiday traditions that we all have! 🙂

-Molly

Halloween

Happy belated Halloween and hello turkey month! Oh my goodness can you believe that October is over and its November 1st?! Just crazy. Where does the time go?! We hope you all had a fun time doing whatever it is that you do on halloween. Halloween has always been a fun time of year for me (molly) growing up. My grandma made most of my costumes or we would go to a second-hand store to make a costume. Such a fun time! Oh yeah and you can’t forget about carving pumpkins. One of my absolute favorite things to do. Unfortunately we didn’t carve any this year (100% will next year). Honestly we just ran out of time… isn’t that always the case? Olive was a little pumpkin this year (mandatory first costume in our household)! 2 things about her costume: One, it was super cute. Obviously. And 2, it was SO easy to put on her. She didn’t fuss or squirm, and kind of enjoyed being a pumpkin. We got it from Target. Of course. Don’t they always have the perfect thing you need? What was your first costume?? Do you remember?

 

 

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Our Halloween was super chill this year. Olive is still so little that we couldn’t do much. We started our Halloween day off by trying to find mama something to wear (yes I know super last-minute, oops). So where did we end up…Target. And guess what? Target saves the day for the millionth time. I found a pair of dollar cheetah ears. One. Dollar. Oh yeah baby. So I guess I’m going to be a cheetah! Ethan and his co workers dressed up as Space Jam characters. He was chosen to be bugs bunny. And once again Target pulled through (when don’t they?). They had a space jam bugs bunny onesie. Like how perfect is that?? I have one suggestion for you all if you aren’t making your costume go to Target. Target saved us this halloween. Thank you Target! That afternoon I Googled “easy cheetah makeup”. And a YouTube video pops up that says “halloween makeup you can do in 10 minutes”. It was for a leopard costume but I figured cheetah… leopard… practically the same thing-ish. And it totally worked and actually looked really good. I know I didn’t have much time because Olive was napping so it had to be something quick and fast. I’ve linked it here! I threw on a cheetah print shirt I picked up earlier and bam! I was good to go. Easy peasy.

 

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Once Olive got up from her nap I got her in her pumpkin costume and we went over to daddy’s work. After that we ended up going to my old work where they have their annual trick or treating. We got some candy and walked through their haunted room, which was pretty cool. The weather started to get nasty and it was starting to get dark so we headed back home. Did you know on Halloween traffic is horrible?!? Well… note to self next year, do NOT drive to the other side of town unless its earlier in the day. It was literally a parking lot. Unless you like sitting in your car in the middle of the road. Might be your thing. I don’t know. Thank goodness my cousin lives in the area we were in so we were able to spend some time with them before heading home (Olive does not do well in stand still traffic… like it’s literally then end of the world! Can anybody else relate?) Needless to say we didn’t do a whole lot this year with Olive being so little, but we had a great time nonetheless. I can’t wait until next year when she will be just a little bit older and will be walking. Then we can really start some fun traditions around halloween!

 

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let us know what kind of Halloween traditions you have with your tribe!

 

from our tribe to yours,

 

Ethan, Molly, & Olive