A Magical Night at Disney On Ice – Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Every little girl in North America loves Disney’s Frozen. It’s undeniable, especially on Halloween when there are more Elsa and Anna costumes than witches and ghosts. So when I heard that Disney on Ice was presenting Frozen it was immediately a must on our family bucket list. Athena dresses up daily as Elsa and Anna and has more than a handful of  costumes to choose from. It wasn’t a question of if we were going but how many times. Tonight we witnessed it for the first time and the smile on Athena’s face said it all – it was magical.  Continue reading

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This is What Police are Doing in Anaheim, California

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Our night was suppose to be fun and exciting. We went to Disney On Ice in Anaheim, California and saw Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy skating. Athena had anticipated going to the show for over a month, but our whole night changed when we had a run-in with a police officer at Subway Restaurant after the show. Continue reading

The Toddler Bucket List – Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa has Us Covered

Goofy Kiss at Character Breakfast, Aulani

We spend the better part of our lives making our bucket list dreams come true. Darren and I think about our wildest dreams and make them a reality. We try to include Athena in the process as well. I consider what would make her the happiest and include her in the bucket list planning process. Resorts like Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia, Atlantis in the Bahamas, and Kinderhotel in Germany were all part of incorporating the best family-friendly destinations on this year’s list. Similarly, activities like visiting Disneyland, Europa Park, and the San Diego Zoo were all Athena focused, although they, unquestionably, brought us great joy as well. There was one item on this year’s list that was entirely, 100% Athena’s idea. I didn’t come up with it and think she’d like it; nope, she decided it would be the greatest thing in the world all on her own. She wanted to hang out with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii made it possible this weekend. She danced, sang, hugged and laughed with the most famous characters in her world at the Disney Character Breakfast. This is what dreams are made of.  Continue reading

The Toddler Bucket List – Disneyland Has to Have a Place

Athena at Disneyland

Do you think Athena, at two years old, has a bucket list? Not the kind where you think about death or even the length of life, but the kind where you dream of great adventures, destinations, and experiences? When I created my 2014 bucket list, I wanted to include things for the entire family; their happiness, after all, is directly related to mine. With her Mickey Mouse and friends obsession, Disneyland topped the list. We spent 10 hours at Disneyland and Disneyland Adventure Park and I realized that my greatest bucket list accomplishments are experiencing the complete joy of others, especially when it’s with my beautiful daughter and husband. Being at Disneyland brought about a joy in Athena, and us, that was magical. As a parent, I can now truly appreciate the hype of Disney.  Continue reading