Disney On Ice And The Mickey & Minnie Meetup

The Herron family can go ahead and chalk this night up as one for the history books. Well, at least that is the case for our Abbey-girl because she got to meet Mickey and Minnie for the second time. Thanks to Feld Family Entertainment Direction, Adam, for hooking up the bloggers with this exclusive meeting with Abbey’s favorite characters. George was brilliant for capturing the moment Abbey saw Mickey and Minnie, best 30 seconds ever!

As soon as it was Abbey and Mason’s turn to get their picture with Mickey and Minnie, they both ran up to the beloved characters like they had been best friends for years. Neither one of them hesitated or were afraid for one second! So proud of these munchkins. Abbey just kept waving at Minnie, hugging her, hugging Mickey, blowing them kisses and then right before we walked away Abbey had to touch Mickey’s nose. Too cute!

Abbey and Mason Meeting Mickey & MInnie

And if meeting Mickey and Minnie wasn’t enough, Mason and Abbey got the best goody bags to root through before the actual show. Disney-themed goody bags included 1 stuffed animal, Stitch, 1 stuffed animal, Young Simba, 1 Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic Show book and 1 Disney-themed photo frame. All this before we enjoyed the show – such a magical night!

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Seats were phenomenal and the show was just as magical as it promised. Thanks to our photographer for capturing so many characters dancing on the ice. The colors, music, interaction from the characters, lights, costumes and fireworks!

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If you haven’t already, GET.TICKETS.NOW.

Halloween will be a bust anyway – go to the show instead and enjoy a family four pack. More details on how you can get your tickets:

Show times are Wednes­day, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Thurs­day, Oct. 31, 7 p.m., Fri­day, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Sat­ur­day, Nov. 2, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun­day, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Ticket prices are $17 to $56 and avail­able at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, at all Tick­et­Mas­ter loca­tions, www.ticketmaster.com or by call­ing 1.800.745.3000.

DISNEY ON ICE SUPER FAMILY 4 PACK

OFFER:

Family Four Pack – $99.00 valid on non-VIP seats.  The offer excludes Weekday performances because of the weekday pricing discount of $12 flat non-VIP tickets.

4 – $20.00 tickets (Dayton only) or $22.00 tickets (Cincinnati only)

4 – 16oz Lemonade (in a Disney On Ice logo plastic cup)

4 – REG Popcorn Box

4 – Disney On Ice Coloring Book

RESTRICTIONS:

  • Valid from Now – Oct. 27 (Dayton) and Nov. 3 (Cincinnati) at midnight
  • Good on non-weekday performances as noted above.
  • Not combinable with any other offer
  • $20.00 (Dayton) / $22.00 (Cincinnati) seating only
  • Cannot use with Ticket Fast delivery method
  • Valid online, phones, outlets, and box office

Thank you again to Feld Family Entertainment, what a great night!

 

Abbey Moments

As a parent of a toddler who is constantly in “entertainment” mode, I wish I could capture each and every single moment but that just isn’t possible. This blog along with Facebook and Instagram have certainly helped but I must say, this weekend was chock full of Abbyisms that I need to record now! Don’t want to forget…..Don’t want to forget…..Don’t want to forget! So here goes a few of my favorites even though this doesn’t cover even half of the moments. Pshhh.. if only TLC would recognize the disfunctional talent my family has and start taping us for our own reality show already. C’mon TLC, we are way more entertaining than Kate Gosselin.

{Abbeyism #1}

As Abbey, George and I were playing in our very empty basement she decides that she no longer wants to play and instead she wants to watch “Mickey Mouse Cub House.” And so she hops up on the couch and starts saying over and over “Mickey Mouse Cub House.” As a mom who wants to limit the TV time, I said no and told her she needed to come off the couch to play with mommy and daddy. She didn’t like my answer and decided to tell me again “Mickey Mouse Cub House Mommy.” At this point George had to cover his face so she wouldn’t see him laughing while I was disciplining. Abbey then shouted to George, “Daddy, I see you!” And then we were done, the laughing from the both of us was uncontrollable at that point. Although, we didn’t watch the show but did play. Mommy/Daddy 1 – Abbey 0Abbey and Mommy

{Abbeyism #2}

Goofing around on Sunday morning after Abbey had  woken up and still had her binky in her mouth (we are on a limit of naps and bedtime only as we further attempt to wean her from her binky time) and she had been snuggling with mommy and daddy. She pulled up my shirt and shared her binky with Squishy. Of course she thinks Squishy lives in my belly button and attempts to push the binky in my belly button or she will try to tickle Squishy and basically shoves her finger in my belly button. Awww sibling love!

{Abbeyism #3}Abbey tantrum

After taking Ab to the zoo for some Abbey and Mommy time (which we had a BLAST), we were getting in the car and Ab said to me, “I have fun momma.” Serious heart melter! I need to remember these sweet moments when she is sitting at the dinner table crying for 20 minutes over the last bite of food I want her to eat! That is a whole different story with the bottom line of mommy and daddy winning so I guess the score is now Mommy and Daddy 2 – Abbey 0. OH trust me friends, she wins a LOT! Did you see my Facebook post about the $9.00 pumpkins for her and Bubby? Yea, there was a lot of “Pease Momma” going on that day!

{Abbeyism #4}

Post Loveland Bike Trail PhotoComing home from a fun day Sunday of a couple miles in the Loveland bike trail (11.5 which is damn good for a prego) and dinner at The Works (not good by the way) we were in the car trying to keep Abbey awake. It was only 7:00pm and I wanted to make sure she got a bath when she got home and didn’t want her to fall asleep just to wake her up because she never would have gone down at descent time. So Abbey and I were bantering back and forth and I would yell back to her in a funny voice, “NO SLEEPING!” and she would yell it back to me and giggle. But one time after I yelled the “NO SLEEPING” she muttered under her breath, “Oh god.” Umm what? I had to correct her with, you mean “gosh.” Where does she learn this… ahem, George, I mean, I dunno.

Baby Herron Has a Nickname

When I was pregnant with Abbey we didn’t have a nickname for her. It was simply “Baby Herron” until the day we found out that “baby” was going to be our sweet Abbey Road.

This time it is oh-so-different because of Abbey. Baby Herron already has a nickname and is called this name affectionately by it’s older sister. Baby Herron is now referred to as “Squishy” or “Baby Squishy.” keep-calm-and-love-squishy

Sunday morning, as most weekend mornings now, started with Abbey kissing my belly and then poking my belly button and saying, “morning Squishy” and then gave my belly a kiss and sweet hug with her sighing, “awww momma.” Of course my heart melted a million times over for that sweet moment.

The name is  already catching on, when we went to Grandma and Papa Herron’s house last night Papa started referring to the baby as “Squish” and telling Abbey that she gets one rocking chair and Squish gets the other when they visit. As you see, Dora in Finding Nemo claimed that a ocean creature would be called Squishy and a really cute line from the movie was created. Perhaps we can find Abbey a big sister t-shirt with this line on it {or I’ll just make one}.

As much as I can’t wait to find out if we are having a girl or boy I’m at least happy to not refer to the baby as “IT” even if it is an odd nickname, it is still cute. I’m guessing no matter what we name the baby, Abbey will ultimately have the final say in what the baby will actually be called!

Did your baby-to-be have a nickname?

The Most Important Meal of the Day, #Breakfast

My little one has always been a good eater, I’m lucky and I know this lovely fact. Breakfast is no different but there was always this need to literally have the exact same thing every morning – 3 mini pancakes, fruit and yogurt. I really hated the fact that I was feeding my kid yucky microwave pancakes every morning and tried making her french toast with the best organic eggs and wheat bread. The response to the french toast was NO. How about I make blueberry pancakes since I have a connection to the very best blueberries in the tristate? The response to the gluten free blueberry pancakes was okay for the first few days then she went back to the yucky pancakes.

Just recently we have been saying NO to the pancakes, win for mommy! But crap, what do I feed her now?

This morning we tried Fruit-O’s and milk. A real bowl of cereal and milk for my big girl!

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Cereal and Milk #Breakfast

Cereal and Milk #BreakfastI think it is safe to say that Fruit-O’s and Milk was a big HIT for my little bed-head girl this morning. I do think it is funny that she automatically knew to just tip the bowl to finish the delicious milk at the end of a nice bowl of cereal.

What do you feed your growing toddler for breakfast? I’m assuming this won’t last long and I’ll need more ideas fast!

Abbey and the Sunflowers at 20 Months

For the second year we have had the opportunity to get pictures taken in the Sunflower field at Cottell Park in Mason, OH. The setting is always breathtaking and for the second year in a row we have completely lucked out on the weather. I was almost giddy when I saw the first sign of bloom at the corner of Snider and Irwin-Simpson Road, had to take a few iPhone pics myself and let Gayle know that we were ready for the pictures in the sunflower field. There are several reasons why these are among my absolute favorite pictures of Abbey; we are in a field of sunflowers, my photography genius cousin (Gayle Rothmeeler) is the one taking the photos, Abbey gets to run around and play at the park after we are done capturing the perfect shots and we always seem to luck out with the weather.

Here are some of my personal favorites from the teaser shots that Gayle sent me through her photography Facebook page:

my pretty little girl family shot in the sunflowers sitting in the flowers field of sunflowers Sunflowers little miss giggle box future modeling Look at those baby blues 100% Abbey

Here are just a few shots that I put side-by-side to show the comparison from 9 months old (last years photo session) and 20 months old. SHOEY that girl was a healthy looking baby! I miss those puffy cheeks.
9mo to 20 mo AbbeyThe sunflowers are still in bloom and probably will be for the next week or so, I encourage you to at least check out the fields as they are gorgeous in person. And if you want your little one’s pictures taken or pictures for the family, you can reach out to Gayle at 513.258.7337.

2013 Florida Vacation Highlights

Going on vacation with a toddler takes a bit more prepping than going on vacation with an infant, but it was well worth it to get away with my two loves. Also, I can’t thank my in-laws enough for hosting us and helping to make the week so amazing. I have to share some highlights (both in pictures and videos) from our week in Florida.

Easter egg hunt at MarVista{Easter Egg Hunting} How many kids get to say that they went to their first Easter egg hunt on the beach? Abbey gets to say that because she got to do it TWICE! The first hunt was hosted by one of our favorite restaurants, MarVista, on Longboat Key. We were welcomed by a buffet of food and coffee and surrounded by 150 other kids. Abbey really had a great time and had some good egg-loot by the time we left. She did upset a few other kiddos when she “stole” eggs out of their bucket but was happy when we re-planted her eggs so she could find them again. We played with the eggs the whole rest of the week, they were especially fun when Ab played on the beach.

{Visiting Great-Greats} Abbey is so lucky to be surrounded by family ALL the TIME and vacation was no different. Not only did we spend the week with Grandma and Pappa Herron but we also visiting my great aunt and uncle (Sue and Jack Martin) in Leesburg, Florida. We hung out, checked out visiting Great GreatsPappa Wenstrup’s new boat, shopped at Bealls and went to Takis for dinner. Takis is Pappa Herron’s favorite place  because the calzone he orders is literally the size of Abbey when she was born. Of course when we visited Abbey was spoiled! Couldn’t leave Great-Great’s house without a few fun Easter presents including a Mickey book that sings, “Hot dog, Hot dog, Hot diggity dog” when you press his nose.

{Chef Mickey + Disney World} WOW, just WOW! Abbey had such an amazing time meeting all of her favorite Disney characters at Chef Mickey for breakfast. But before we were able to dine, we did some shopping at the gift shop outside the restaurant. Abbey found a Minnie purse that she immediately put on the crook of her arm and then continued to browse around the store and literally said, “CUTE” when she was checking out princess shoes. Yes, she is totally my daughter! I wouldn’t be a good mom unless I showed off the videos that my mother-in-law took of Abbey meeting the characters. If you don’t want to watch them all (like Abbey still does EVERYDAY) then you’ll need to at least watch “Party time” because it’s my favorite.

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{Loving the Beach} I truly feel like God created the most perfect daughter for me, I could not have picked one out better if I tried…this little girl LOVES the beach! George and I took turns one day chasing Abbey up and down the gulf shore while she ran, giggled, played, collected shells, made friends and enjoyed chasing the waves. Abbey truly loved spending lots of time on the beach and we truly enjoyed watching her take it all in.

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Ready for Cincinnati Reds Baseball Season!

At The Herron Nest, we are ALL ready for some Cincinnati Reds baseball! So much, that the new Cincinnati Reds hat (George recently picked up for his baseball fantasy draft night), is now the new favorite toy for Abbey. Thought I would share the picture and give in to the Cincinnati Reds baseball fever that everyone else in this town is feeling too. Can you believe that people actually sit outside the Great American Ballpark in the cold waiting to purchase tickets for Opening Day, April 1st? Apparently there are only 1,500 tickets available and you can start camping out at 9am on March 22nd. NO THANKS! We’ll just wear daddy’s hat and giggle around here.

Abbey and Daddy playingAnd yes, George is wearing Abbey’s headband. But really, it is only fair because she stole his Cincinnati Reds hat!

The Herron Family is Ready for Disney World

George and I are lucky enough to be traveling to Florida with his mom and dad (Grandma and Grandpa Bird) this year and due to Abbey’s maturing obsession with Mickey Mouse and friends we’ve decided to tack on a day at Disney during this week-long trip. We know that she adores Mickey and Minnie and will bust out some serious dance moves when the “Hot dog” song comes on but we aren’t sure how she’ll react to the characters and the events of the day as a whole. After spending about 20 minutes in the Disney store tonight at Kenwood Mall with Abbey, I’m pretty sure she will have a BLAST!

As soon as Abbey rounded the corner to step inside the store she transformed into super toddler that had just received a bolt of energy. She wanted to touch and hold every single plush character and looked back at mom and dad with this huge smile and of course she was babbling on and on (in toddler speak) the whole time. Abbey even made a friend, Austin, who chased her around the back part of the store and through the tunnel of the windmill tower thingy. Personally, I had my eyes set on the clearance rack where I found a 12-18 month sized Tinkerbell dress for $19.99, I’m sure this would have been every bit of $35 at Disney. Perfect fit and I had to put it on Abbey as soon as we got home.

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Here’s my model showing off her new dress! She saw herself in the mirror and said, “ABBEY” which is one of her new words this week.

Besides finding this great dress for an awesome price we also talked with the cashier who had been an amazing resource to us the last time we visited the store in November. She suggested that we book a breakfast buffet at Chef Mickey’s (where you are guaranteed to see characters without waiting in long lines) and to do it way in advance. So when she and I were talking I brought up that conversation, told her I took her advice and asked if she had other information to pass along. Lucky us she had just got back from Disney 4 days ago and had plenty of ideas, tips and tricks to share.

  • Tip #1: bring a soft pouch cooler with your own snacks and drinks (Jami, I need to place a Thirty-One order soon).
  • Tip #2: Park at the Central Ticketing Center (CTC) then take a ferry or train to Magic Kingdom.
  • Tip #3: Go to the park early!
  • Tip #4: She assured us that going from Magic Kingdom to Chef Mickey at the Contemporary Resort and back was a cinch, I like “cinches” a LOT. 

Even though Disney store Cashier (didn’t catch her name) was amazing with the resources I’m happy to take other tidbits of information and especially any tips with bringing a toddler to Magic Kingdom. I started a “rides for Abbey” list in Evernote, I might be a bit too organized. Nahhh!

Just in case you need to get this song in your head like it’s in mine every day… go ahead and click the play button, you know you want to!

Girl’s Night Out

Just two little girls enjoying a great night of toys and romping around in their diapers! I’m pretty sure that Abbey “needs” a ball pit now. Maybe this could be an addition at a grandparent’s house (ah-hem)?

In all seriousness I am finding that play dates are great for toddler and baby socialization. Abbey doesn’t go to daycare, she is with her 2-year-old cousin most Mondays and Fridays but misses out on some of the toy sharing and learning to play with other tots her age. It is also a great way for us moms to reach out and share insight with each other, I love learning about various tricks that other moms have up their sleeve.

Thanks to Beth and Lilian for sharing your house and great toys!PicMonkey Collage

Happy Fridays with Grandma

My mom is probably among the top 5 happiest people in the world on Fridays because of these two kiddos right here, Mason and Abbey.

{CHEERS!} is what Mason says to Abbey and then they “clink” milk cups, awwww! I’m thankful that my girl is growing up surrounded by family that loves her so much.
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