December 23, 2016: The Great Christmas Light Fight

Particularly because we don’t get to see the Osborne Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios anymore, and possibly also because I really fell short with putting up my own lights this year, but I just started watching ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight this evening and, well, WOW!!! This year’s garage-only display aside, I used to think that I’ve done some…

December 21, 2016: That Which Once Was Broken…

Kids are why we can’t have nice things around here, I tell ya!!! 😯 On the left, we see Exhibit A – formerly known as Matthew’s 1st Christmas Ornament that we picked up for him while we were on vacation, broken less than 24 hours after we returned home because apparently Disney’s Christmas ornaments aren’t up to being tossed across…

December 20, 2016: Frosty the Snowman … Was Creepily Missing His Eyes

I suppose that’s what we get for electing Donald Trump and his pro-fossil fuel agenda, huh? 😉 Sara found these neat holiday door decorations at Target about a month ago and we proceeded to promptly lose them until just the other day when we finally said, “Hey, Christmas is almost here – maybe we should put…

December 17, 2016: Christmas Vacation 2016, In Retrospect

The worst part about going on vacation is that eventually you have to come home again. And check your credit card balance. Mostly the second one, really… Visiting Disney World during Christmastime has long been a staple excursion of ours, and after a few years ago making a proper trip out of mid-December, I’m not…

December 16, 2016: Jingle Bell, Jingle Bleh…

I really miss the Osborne Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And I’m sure I’m not the only one, so we might as well get this out of the way first – the interim holiday show at the Studios … Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM … jingle sucks. It’s nowhere near the spectacle that the Osborne lights ever were, the story…

December 15, 2016: Snacking Around the Christmas Tree

I like to think that every kid remembers when their parents let them eat ice cream for breakfast when they were on vacation or got to splurge on one of those giant cookies that’s nearly the size of their head … and that’s basically what today was like! …and not just because I woke up to…

December 14, 2016: Christopher’s Day at the Magic Kingdom

Between enduring a really long (and yummy) dinner and an equally long (and awesome) fireworks show, we recognized that yesterday didn’t really have much for Christopher and he ended up spending a lot of the day strapped into his stroller, so today we wanted to make sure we had some things that he could enjoy…

December 13, 2016: Let There Be Peace on Earth

Today was a very non-traditional theme park day, in that we spent the afternoon and evening at Epcot and literally did not go on a single attraction! Instead, we had dinner, and we watched the Candlelight Processional, and then we snacked some more 😉 , and finally closed out the night with IllumiNations … which ended up…

December 12, 2016: Exhausted Christmas Vacation Arrival (AND SANTA!!!)

We made it! And everything fit in the car! And the day was filled with several meltdowns from each and every one of our kids! But we made it to Christmas vacation!!! 😀 The battle was long and arduous, beginning with maybe four hours of sleep since last night before resuming our vacation prep with reckless abandon….

December 11, 2016: The Last-Minute, Pre-Vacation Scramble…

I should be going to bed instead of writing this, but when it’s already 5am and you have to get up in a few hours, do an extra 15 minutes even matter that much anymore??? We had BIG plans for today – multiple loads of laundry, finishing putting up Christmas decorations, generally cleaning up the…

December 8, 2016: Scott’s Christmas Mix Tape, volume 5

For those of you new to my Holiday Advent Blog, one of the traditions that I’ve always made a habit of posting (almost) every year is a mix tape of sorts that features some of my favorite Christmas songs across a variety of themes. Over the years we’ve had: 2011 – Volume 1 – Holiday Memories 2012 – Volume…

December 7, 2016: Gingerbread Dreams

Do I even need to say that Sprinkles has the most awesomest cupcakes in the entire universe??? …or dare I say this time of year in the entire Winter Wonderland?! I mean, at least as much as Central Florida experiences “winter,” anyways… 😉 Tonight I topped off a stellar meal at Morimoto Asia over at Disney Springs…