July 1, 2015

First Trip to the Beach

 First trip to the beach.
Clearwater Beach

 The best $5 I have ever spent at WDW 


 She picked some seashells and was so happy about it. 
She's definitely a mermaid

Her Cinderella's sand castle.
Can't wait to take her to some beautiful European Beaches soon

June 19, 2015

First Haircut at Disney World

           
Can't believe I forgot to post about V's first haircut. 
We decided to have her first hair cut at Disneyworld, I really thought it was going to cost more than I had thought. 
But for $20 and a cute Mickey ear hat it was totally worth it. 

          
The cast member who cut her hair was the sweetest lady. 
Literally, giving Vida stickers, toys and blowing bubbles for her 
because Vida was a little scared. 
         
Vida hates when strangers touch her or talk to her. The lady was trying to brush out her new freshly cut bangs and Vida had her little hand up in protest. 

No touchy, no touchy -Emperor Kuzco 

         
She cut her hair in less than 3 mins. Home girl wasn't liking it. 
But I'm thankful for a quick cut so we wouldn't have to 
hear the high pitch scream. 
   All the stickers the hairdresser gave her. 


           
The best shot I got with her Mickey ears. 
They gave her a cute certificate, these ears and her hair wrapped in a cute little bag with confetti. They can also add Pixie Dust to
their hair (glitter gel) something we will do when she's older. 

   Bangs suit her. Thank you Disney World for a magical day. 
A day we won't soon forget. 




June 12, 2015

USA to life in Germany

 We have moved from Georgia to Germany and we are so excited to
 start our new life here. 
It is definitely going to be an amazing adventure.
 Vida did awesome on the 8 hour and 40 min flight. I was so nervous and was going to be the crazy kid who screamed and kick the whole way, but she didn't cry at all. Also, our seats had tv's and and was entertained with all the Disney movies they had. 
 Bringing her carseat on the flight was the best thing I did, it kept her seated and not trying to escape into the aisles and and skept much better too. 

We have flown with her before but it was always less than a 3 hour flight and she just slept the whole way in my lap. 

We had our dogs in cargo underneath us on the plane and they barked a few times when we took off and my heart broke into pieces,
I know they had to be a little scared.
We all made it safely, thank God and everyone is happy to be on land! 

We landed at 6am and our military sponser picked us up and the dog service dropped the dogs off after they had been checked, walked and fed. We forced ourselves to stay awake for at least 6-8 hours so we had breakfast at the hotel and walked around outside. That was tough,
 all we wanted to do was sleep.

Our gorgeous view of the Rhine at the Hyatt Mainz

Fort Malakoff  that is attached to the hotel


I will be sharing more photos of our adventures here in Germany. 
You can follow me on Instagram @acsaharper and check out my #toddleringermany.
Vida is enjoying every moment here and so are we.

May 30, 2015

Our New Home



      We have been transferred to Wiesbaden, Germany for my husband's job. 
We should be here 3-5 years. 

We recently found a home and we move out of the Hyatt tomorrow!
 I'm so excited!
 We saw 8 homes and it was tough to choose one, they all had a little something we liked but we chose this one for its large modern kitchen, and cute loft. 

Here are a few photos of the inside, I will try to add another post of the other homes we saw because they were so pretty. 
This is a 5 bedroom, 4 level, 4 bathroom home in the countryside. 
Upgraded kitchen and American sized washer and dryer whoop whoop!  



Kitchen 
Living room 
Dining area 
      View of the vineyards from the master 
The cutest loft, this will be vida's 2nd playroom. I know, spoiled lol 
The yard is very tiny but we live right across from walking and bike trails so the dogs can run free :) 
Beautiful Roses bushes. 

May 25, 2015

Happy 2nd Birthday, Vida

     

We spent her birthday at the park, this is her favorite place. We took her to Toy R Us so she could pick one gift and she went for a coloring book and pencil crayons, she's definitely my soul mate, we both love to color. 

        

We had a fun day of shopping and exploring Frankfurt, Germany with her. We got her a little cake from the bakery and we watched Frozen in bed together. 
Excuse the airline kennel and mess, hotel life is not glamorous at all. 

It was a beautiful day in Germany to celebrate a beautiful little girl. 
Happy Birthday my love. 


May 20, 2015

Book Swap Playdate


Get a head start on summer reading and host a Children's Book Swap with your
 friends, church, or school, etc.

I asked my Mommy and Me group to bring 1-2 gently used Children's books to swap.
Some ended up bringing a lot. (the more the merrier)

We laid our books on the table and wrote out numbers (1 to however many guests you have) and placed them in a hat and everyone drew one number. If someone brought more than one book they picked 2 numbers and so on...



 and we went in order and let the moms and kids pick their books.

The ones that were left over were donated to the local Women and Children's Shelter

She couldn't wait to get a book!

 Carl books are her favorite 

We had delicious snacks and cute "book" decor.


Happy Summer Reading!
if you host a book swap let me know in the comments :)




May 13, 2015

Our WDW Trip




The most magical place on Earth

I hate to admit it, but I had some high expectations on how I wanted Vida's first trip to WDW to be. So I decided to just relax, follow her lead and in the end it worked out perfectly.
 
We decided to skip the characters because she is a little scared of them and I didn't want her to scream and scare the other children who were anxiously waiting in line to meet them. Even though a screaming toddler in Disney is the norm, its just not cool when it is your own.

yep, I cried like a baby when Vida saw the castle and said "Princesa" 
she has the play castle at home that's full of all the Disney Princesses.
My eyes started watering and then it all went away when she decided that it would be the perfect time to runaway from me in a huge crowd. Kid needs a leash lol 

My favorite quote



here are a few shots of our magical day...

My fav picture of my little brother and V

 Dumbo ride

she was a little nervous lol

The Train was her favorite. Two little boys sat in front of her and when they turned to say hi to her she sticks out her hand for them to kiss. She really is a Disney Princess at heart
"Enchanted Tales with Belle" This is the cutest show and Belle was gorgeous
Vida's favorite ride was "The Voyage of the Little Mermaid"
She calls her "AHHH-AHHH"
ugh, the Paparazzi found us again

almost nap time?




Peasants...lol


poor thing fell asleep shortly after







 I was so happy my mom, little brother and sister in law were able to share this special occasion with us. My parents have always loved taking me and my three brothers often to Disneyland and Disney world. Now that we are in Germany we promised my dad we would take him to Disneyland Paris so he can share that magical place with his Granddaughter since he missed this trip.



Life is pretty magical with these two :)
I of course wore sparkly "glass" slippers
Grandpa sent her Minnie Ears but she didn't like them
Cinderelly
Can't get enough of that Mickey Head Bokeh :)

Cinderella's Castle Sparkly hair clippie I made her
This definitely was the best day of my life, it was everything I thought it would be and more
We love you Princess!!