Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordlessish Wednesday: March Calendar Photo


These pictures really don't have anything to do with "March" but they do have a lot to do with what's going on in our lives right now in March of 2012!

A few weeks ago, we found out we are going to have a baby!  C-man will be a big brother for the first time and JAG will be a big brother again!  While we were at WDW a few weeks ago, we got 2 infant mouse ears- one in pink and one in blue.  We had "Baby Green" embroidered on the back of each.  We'll find out in 4-8 weeks which hat we're keeping!

Thanks again, Deb, for hosting the Wordless Wednesday hop!!  If you want to link up, join us at Focused on the Magic!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Happy Anniversary Magical Blogorail Green!

Well, I'm a few days late, but I still want to get a shout out....



What a fun ride this has been!  I can't believe it's actually been a year since we started this journey.  I've made such wonderful friends through this group from all 8 of the lines: blue, red, green, yellow, orange, black, teal and peach.  I've been fortunate enough to actually meet two blogorailers at WDW and have talked on the phone, through email and facebook with the rest.  What a great group of people who all have one common love- Disney!  I know my husband is glad I have this group of friends to share my obsession with-  that way he doesn't have to listen quite a much as I ramble about what's going on in the World of Disney!

Beth Doda, thank you so much for your creation of the Blogorail.  Thank you to all the other blogorailers for supporting me, answering my questions, sharing your pictures and inspiring me to be a better blogger! I truly consider you all my friends and I'm so glad you're in my life.

~Beth

Tuesday's Tip: Birthday Calls For Your Kids

Did you know on your child's birthday your child can receive a special phone call from Mickey, Minnie or Jake?  Since C-man was having a "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" Birthday party this year, I signed up  online for him to receive a birthday wish from Jake!  You can choose the character, the date, the time of day and the phone number where you want the phone call to happen.  I chose 9:00am since I knew we would be up and we wouldn't be too close to crunch time for the party!  I set a reminder alarm on my phone at 8:55, so I would be ready for it.  As soon as the phone rings there is a message saying you signed up for a phone call and you have to press a specific number/ symbol (sorry, I can't remember which!) to retrieve the message.   Once you press that number the character starts talking, so have your little one near by to pass off the phone!

C-man was shocked to have a personal phone call from Jake on the day of his Jake party!  It was a rather long message and C-man got bored with it, but he still liked it!

I would suggest any parent with kids who are fans of Mickey, Minnie or Jake to sign up for this service.  It's free and it can help make your child's day complete!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Rest In Peace, Ernie

The rumors on twitter and blogs have been confirmed.  I finally saw a post on the Disney Parks Blog about the passing of Ernie McLean.  On February 7, I had written a post about the one and only time I met and talked to Ernie at Disneyland's New Orleans Square.

I read yesterday on various sites that he had lost his battle with cancer.  I still don't know if cancer is 100% accurate or not.  I was holding out for something "official" from Disney saying his death was true.  I got that confirmation tonight.  Ernest "Ernie" McLean died on February 23, 2012.  His presence in New Orleans Square will be missed.  I am so honored that I was able to meet such a kind, talented man and have a small chat with him in 2010.  If you never had the chance to meet Ernie or hear him play, I'm sorry.  He was a true treasure for Disneyland and will be irreplaceable.

Rest in Peace, my friend.  We'll see you again, and I can't wait to hear you play in Heaven!


Magical Blogorail Green: Hidden Treasures


Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Green. Enjoy the ride as we share with you Hidden Treasures from Our Favorite Disney Park.

While I was at Walt Disney World last week, I paid particular attention in each park to try to decide what my favorite "Hidden Treasure" was.  My husband and I even had a few conversations about some possibilities, but one area continued to keep making it's way to the top of my list.

Main Street, USA at the Magic Kingdom.


Hidden Treasure?  Probably not, since EVERYONE walks down Main Street as they enter the Magic Kingdom.  But, how many people really pay attention to Main Street, all it has to offer and the wonderful attention to detail in this area?  That's what I consider "hidden!" 

Did you know the Magic Kingdom is set up as a "show?"  The turnstiles act as the entry to the theatre.  When you walk under the train tracks you can see posters of all the attractions in the park.  When you pass through the tunnel you can immediately smell the popcorn that is popping for your enjoyment.  Finally, you are "in the show!"  Main Street USA even has red sidewalks on either side representing the "red carpet" that is rolled out.  

As you make your way down Main Street toward Cinderella Castle, you will notice the "credits" of the show in the upper windows above the shops.  Jenn at Disney Babies Blog has a wonderful weekly segment called Window Wednesday... Check it out for more details on the amazing windows on Main Street!

A few other unique features of Main Street USA are that the street lamps evolve as you make your way down the street.  At the Town Square end, they look as if they are gas lamps.  As you move toward the castle they become electric.


But, my FAVORITE part of Main Street are the citizens!  Obviously, they aren't hidden because people stop to see, listen to and interact with them all the time.  But, how many people truly take the time to enjoy their role in the show?


Tony (L), the owner of Tony's Town Square Restaurant.  The Dapper Dans (R) a quartet who sing and  play the Deagan Organ Chimes.


Trolley Driver (L) moving up and down Main Street and The Main Street Band (R).


Main Street Fire Chief, Smokey Miller (L) and Hildegard Olivia Harding (R).

My favorite tid bit about Main Street is that it is believed to be modeled after Marceline, Missouri where Walt grew up.  It gives the perfect feel for Hometown America.  When I walk down Main Street, I know I'm "at home."  It may not be "hidden" per say, but it's the "hidden" details of this area that I love!


Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Walt Disney World: Not Just for Kids.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
3rd Stop ~ Your Highway in the Sky
4th Stop ~ Disney Living

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Chat with The Colorado Mountain Mom

Last week, while I was at Walt Disney World, my friend Tami at The Colorado Mountain Mom posted an interview she and I had a few weeks ago!

Tami asked some great, thought provoking questions.  You can read what she asked and how I answered here~  Chat With a Disney Guru: A Disney Mom's Thoughts!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Thoughts for the Week: February 12-19, 2012

Well, we're back!  My husband and I spent all last week at Walt Disney World, without kids!  While we had an awesome time celebrating our 5th anniversary, I did feel guilty not having the boys along!  At least a dozen times a day one of us would say, "JAG would love this!" or "C-man had fun with this last time."  or "Next time, we need to make sure we do this with the boys...".  The list goes on and on!  We did decide we would bring the whole family back in 2014 and come back in 2017 without the kids again! :)


So, here is a look back at what happened here on the blog while I was away and what was going on at WDW.  I'll post daily recaps soon!


Sunday, February 12~
I didn't schedule any posts for this day, but we did leave Alabama at 4:00am to make our 9+ hour drive to WDW.  We arrived around 3:00 and spent time around Port Orleans, French Quarter and took the boat to Downtown Disney where we had dinner at Earl of Sandwich.

Monday, February 13~
For Monday's Memory, I shared a post originally written for DisTherapy about the year 1999.  

At WDW, we spent the day at Epcot, ate at Le Celier and ended our day with pizza from the Boardwalk and a boat ride to DHS.

Tuesday, February 14~
Tuesday's Tip featured a post written for Growing Up Disney on Characters and Toddlers.

At WDW, we spent the day at the Magic Kingdom and ate a Valentine's dinner at California Grill which ended with Wishes from the rooftop!

Wednesday, February 15~
For Deb's Wordless Wednesday hop at Focused on the Magic, I posted an old photo with the Queen of Hearts.

We spent the morning at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the afternoon at Epcot.  We had an awesome dinner at 'Ohanas!

Thursday, February 16~
I shared a great memory from meeting Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen at WDW last September.

We had some interesting happenings at Animal Kingdom which landed us back at the resort for a few hours.  We made it back to AK for the afternoon and had dinner at Boma.  More to come on this! 

Friday, February 17~
We met Annie and Leo from Little Einstein's at DHS last fall- here's the photo and autograph!

We spent the day at the Magic Kingdom with lunch at Tony's.  Our day ended at Epcot.

Saturday, February 18~
I had a post over at The Disney Mom's blog sharing the details of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training at ESPN's Wide World of Sports!

We started the day at Downtown Disney with a fabulous lunch at Cap'n Jacks.  The rest of the afternoon and night was spent at MK where I shed quite a few tears and told my happy place, "See ya real soon!"

Sunday, February 19~
While I had a post on the blog about meeting Marie from the Aristocats, we were making our way back home to Alabama!  I sure missed my boys! :)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Meeting Marie

Honestly, when I first met Marie, I had no idea who she even was!  All I knew was I met a white cat, named Marie in France at Epcot.  I knew she was from a movie I had not seen so I was able to narrow that down to Oliver and Company, Aristocats, Wall-E, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Atlantis and Brother Bear.  I assumed she was from Aristocats, but wasn't 100%.  When I got home and had a chance to "Google it," I found out I was right!

I met her during our family trip in December of 2010.  Cman was taking a nap in the stroller and JAG was too cool to have his picture made with a white cat wearing a pink bow!  So, I went for the solo shot... and the autograph!  There was no line, so I jumped at the chance, even though I had NO IDEA who I was meeting! :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Leo and Annie at DHS

While at MGM Disney's Hollywood Studios last September, we saw Annie and Leo from Little Einsteins outside Disney Junior on Stage.  Cman was very excited to meet "the Ein-dines!"  We stood in line for about 10 minutes and finally got to give hugs, get autographs and snap a picture.  Now, we just need to meet June and Quincey!  


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen

While I still have a special place in my heart for Ariel, and I want to be Belle one day, I think Tiana is my favorite "real life" princess!  She and Prince Naveen were fabulous at the meet and greet!  They spent so much time with each person and made everyone feel so "at home" I don't even think people were bothered by the long waits!

We met this couple in September 2011 at the Magic Kingdom behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square- under a gazebo.  We waited for about 20 minutes before they even arrived, then waited another 30 to actually get to them.  Cman was asleep in the stroller and since it was our last day we had checked off everything on our "to do" lists.  Right as we approached Naveen and Tiana, Cman woke up and he was NOT a happy camper.  He was actually pretty mad and wanted nothing to do with the prince and princess.  In fact he didn't even want me to have anything to do with them.  Both Naveen adn Tiana approached him to try to get him to stop crying screaming, but nothing worked.  As this picture was being taken and the autographs were being signed, Cman was fussing and causing a scene.  

The best part... as we were leaving, Naveen pulled me aside and told me if he stopped crying later and wanted to come back to meet them we could come in the exit and wouldn't have to wait in line! :)  It was the sweetest thing- especially in his N'awlins accent!  If it hadn't been the last thing we did on the last day of our trip, I totally would have gone back so Cman could "meet" them!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Toddlers and Characters

I originally wrote this post for Growing Up Disney on May 13, 2011.


Last December we took our then 23 month old to Walt Disney World for the first time for a 5 night, 4 day vacation. I was so excited to introduce him to the place I love so much! I spent hours reading web sites, other blogs, books and message boards about taking a toddler to WDW. I carefully mapped out our trip so there wouldn’t be any late nights right before early mornings, or late breakfast reservations too close to an early lunch and even mapped out when we could head back to the resort to rest. I booked breakfast on our first day at Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom with Pooh and friends. I wanted to eat here early so we could get a good photo of the family in front of the castle before all the crowds started piling in the park. We did get a good photo, but the breakfast was a disaster! That’s when I realized I missed a key component in planning my trip: prepare your toddler for meeting characters!
 
My son knew all the main characters by name from watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Toy Story. He even knew a few others from books we’ve read and the vacation guides we used in our planning. I didn’t think there would be any problem when it came to meeting these same characters at the parks. I couldn’t have been more wrong! He was TERRIFIED to say the least. He was excited when they were 10 feet away or more, but once they came closer this is what we got: 


I’m sure he was thinking “Get those big animals away from me RIGHT NOW!”


As our trip progressed, he slowly warmed up to the characters. I still had to hold him as we approached the characters, but by the end, he was giving high fives to his new friends from the comfort of my arms!



As our next trip is fast approaching, I have some thoughts on how to get your toddler prepared for meeting the characters. 


  • Make sure your toddler is familiar with the characters before your trip and knows some of their names. Watch cartoons and movies, read books, watch youtube videos of meet and greets, and look at pictures.
  • If possible, show your toddler photographs of family members with the characters from the parks. Try to explain how “big” the characters are when you get to meet them. Show your toddler that Goofy and Woody are taller than daddy. Show him that Donald and Pinocchio are the same size as mommy. They aren’t going to be the same size as the stuffed animals in his crib!
  • While you are making plans for your vacation, remember to take it slow! My advice: don’t book a character meal first thing! Save those for later in the trip. 
  • Once you are at the parks, try to meet the face characters first. These are the characters that have a human face: Mary Poppins, the princesses, Alice, Aladdin, etc. These characters are easier for toddlers to get to know since they can talk and interact with you. If you must have a character meal on the first day, consider a meal with these face characters.
  • Once your toddler is used to the face characters, try progressing to the masked characters. Sit for a few parades and watch some stage shows. Watch the other children meet the characters. Let your toddler know that they aren’t scary.
  • When you think your toddler is ready to meet the masked characters, take it slow! Don’t force it on him. Carry him to the character and talk him through it. Tell the character and the handler that you just want to visit and say hi without any hugs or high fives. Let another family member approach the character and give hugs and high fives. This shows that they are our friends!
  • Avoid the villains and witches at all cost! Even when your toddler is comfortable with the masked characters, the villains area always scary!
  • Follow the lead of your toddler. If they never warm up to the characters, accept that fact and move on with your vacation. Don’t push it on your child. It will only make it a miserable experience for the whole family!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday's Memory: 1999

This post originally was written for :DISTherapy's 40 Days to 40 Years series!


The year is 1999.  I've been looking forward to this year since I was in the 3rd grade in 1983- thanks to Prince and his hit song "1999!"

I was fortunate enough to visit WDW twice in 1999.  My first trip was in May.  Then my family traveled to Walt Disney World in 1999 to celebrate the Millennium.  We stayed off property this trip because the resort had a three night minimum and we were only staying 2 nights- just long enough to ring in 2000.   On December 31, 1999 our family went to Disney-MGM Studios.  I honestly don't remember much about the day.  I remember wearing a heavy coat and a hat, so it must have been cold!  I  don't actually remember riding any rides or experiencing any attractions, but I'm sure we did! :)  I do remember wondering all day long if the "Y2K bug" was really going to destroy the world.  At one point during the day we saw a TV that was showing the New Year Celebration in Sydney, Australia.   We anxiously watched to see if the computers would blow up at midnight... they didn't.  So, we were relieved and continued to enjoy our day at Disney- MGM Studios.

I wish I had pictures from these vacation, but I don't.  All I could scrounge up were the guide maps for the 4 parks from May of 1999.



A one day ticket to WDW was $44.52 for an adult.   A 5 day park hopper was $200.34.  An annual pass was $316.94.
One night at the Contemporary during Value Season was $214-$275.
One night at Dixie Landings during Value Season was $119-$139.
One night at the All Star Movies during Value Season was $74.

River Country was still open at Fort Wilderness and a one day adult ticket to the water park was $17.95.

Some of the interesting things that happened at Walt Disney World in 1999 were:

  • Horizons at Epcot officially closed
  • All Star Movies Resort opens
  • Test Track opens at Epcot
  • The Rock 'N' Roller Coaster opens at MGM Studios
  • Walt Disney World closes for the day for the first time in 28 years due to Hurricane Floyd- Animal Kingdom opened at 12:00 for Resort guests.
  • The Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration opens at Epcot for 15 months
  • The Tapestry of Nations Parade premiers at Epcot
  • The IMAGINATION! Pavilion opens at Epcot :(
  • Illuminations 2000 begins at Epcot
You can find additional information about Disney in general from the year 1999 in the Corporate Disney Fact book.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thoughts for the Week: February 4-10, 2012

I didn't post as much this week... trying to get Cman well and catching the bug myself kept us down a bit.  But I did make time to join a few blog hops and post a few thoughts... Here We Go!


Tuesday, February 7~
I went back to 2010 today and shared a story about meeting Ernie in New Orleans Square at Disneyland.  My tip... slow down and see what all Disney has to offer!

Wednesday, February 8~
For this week's Wordless Wednesday hop with Deb at Focused on the Magic, I shared a favorite photo of JAG with Goofy!  He always makes me smile! :)

Thursday, February 9~
Lisa at Babes in Disneyland hosted her weekly Disney Blog Hop with the theme "Pirates!"  I shared some thoughts on Pirates of the Caribbean at DL and WDW.  Which is your favorite?

I also had a post over at Chip and Co on counting ALL your family members in your ADRs.  

Friday, February 10~
Once again, I joined Deb for her Flashback Friday hop!  I chose a picture of 2 of my boys at the Sci Fi Dine In in 2006.  Have you experienced this restaurant?


Next week, I plan on sharing the rest of my character photos and a few posts I've written for other blogs.  I'll also have another post at The Disney Moms on the 18th.

A few of my favorite Disney posts from around the web have been:
~ Melissa from Disney on Wheels shares her experience on Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time since 2001!

~Paula from The Magical Mouse Pad shares an excellent post on dealing with Rain at Walt Disney World.

~Dave at Your First Visit shares the details of traveling to WDW next week.  I know several of my readers will be there for Valentine's and President's Day Weekend!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Flashback Friday: Sci Fi Dine-In

Focused on the Magic




Thanks for the Flashback Friday Hop Deb!!
This Flashback is from 2006.  JAG had his face painted earlier in the day as Darth Maul (I think that's his name...).  We had reservations for dinner that night at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at MGM Studios.  This restaurant is so unique!  You sit in 1950s convertible car tables, like you're at a Drive In movie and watch old sci if movie clips and cartoons on the big screen in front of you.  The menu is American Cuisine: burgers, ribs, salads, steaks, seafood, sandwiches and my favorite MILKSHAKES! :)  All of the desserts are delicious and taste "just like mom used to make!"

This is a great location for your family, if your kids aren't scared of the monsters in the sci fi clips.  Our son was 5 1/2 when he went the first time and had no problems with the movie clips scaring him.  This restaurant is also perfect for date night!  The atmosphere is awesome.  It's dark, as if you were actually at an outdoor drive in, and the lights overhead make it seem like stars are twinkling.  

In fact, I may suggest hubby and I visit the Sci Fi Dine In on our next trip- just for a late night dessert, alone, together, in a convertible car! ;)


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Blog Hop: PIRATES

Disneyland version
 If you've ever been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, I hope you took time to ride "Pirates of the Caribbean."  This is a classic Disney attraction that is not only found at the Anaheim and Florida parks but also in Tokyo and Paris.  I think this attraction is so special to me because it was one of the last attractions where Walt participated in the design.  The Disneyland version opened 3 months after Walt's death.  It was originally going to be a walk through wax museum type attraction but was changed to the dark, log flume type ride.

If you have been to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and experienced both attractions, maybe you'll agree with me that Disneyland's is much better!  I love the loading area at DL.  The theming is great and it's so much fun seeing the boats pull off with the passengers.  My favorite part is floating by the Blue Bayou Restaurant.  It reminds me of the Gran Feista Tour in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot when you float by the Mexican restaurant... but Pirates at DL is much, much better!  The ride at Disneyland is longer and includes more drops and dips.

I wish The Magic Kingdom at WDW could make a few changes to make their attraction more like Disneyland's... but I don't think that will happen!


Thanks to Lisa for hosting this week's blog hop!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Meeting Ernie in New Orleans Square

Meet Ernest, "Ernie", McLean.  

He works in New Orleans Square at the Disneyland Resort.  He has been working for Disneyland since 1966.  Supposedly, he was the last cast member hired by Walt himself.  Ernie grew up in New Orleans, LA and started playing guitar when he was 11 years old.  He came to Los Angeles with Scatman Crothers, the voice of Scat Cat in The Aristocats.  When Frank Sinatra wanted Scatman to go on tour with him, this left Ernie without a job.  In steps Walt.  Ernie's been playing jazz in New Orleans Square ever since.

Ernie was an original member of Cosimo Matassa's band in New Orleans.  He also played with Fats Domino and is credited with recording what some think to be the first rock 'n' roll song, "The Fat Man", in 1949 with Fats.  He was also a member of the Dave Bartholomew Band and has played with Lou Rawls, Sonny and Cher and was a part of the Dr. John, Gris Gris album.

Since we're both from the south and I had been to New Orleans, LA several times, we started talking about his home city.  He shared some stories of growing up in the Ninth Ward.  I shared my stories of visiting the Ninth Ward post Katrina.  He has not been back to New Orleans since Katrina hit in 2005, but has friends and family who are still there.  The stories he shared, with the memories I have of the Ninth Ward are two totally different images.  

If you go to Disneyland, look for Ernie.  I saw him twice.  Both times he was sitting on a bar stool in the shade, playing his guitar.  He wasn't singing when I saw him, just playing soft jazz on his guitar.  Ernie, being a native New Orleans man, is perfect for New Orleans Square at Disneyland.  For a second, I really felt like I was walking down Bourbon Street in Louisiana!  That's the beauty of Disney.  The incredible attention to detail.

My advice to you is to slow down.  On our next trip, this is what my husband and I plan to do.  After meeting Ernie and Oscar at Disneyland, we decided this trip we would spend time talking to cast members and listening to their stories.  It's amazing what treasures are hiding in the walls of Walt Disney World and Disneyland if we just slow down enough to recognize them!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Flashback Friday- Goofy & Mr. Smee


This photo was during our 2006 trip to Walt Disney World.  It was JAG's first trip to WDW and Jonathan's first trip since 1981, we think!  We met the Fab 5 at the Character Spot in Epcot and when we got to the end, Mr. Smee popped into the picture with us and Goofy!   Pretty goofy to me!  I still have no idea why Mr. Smee was even there.  There was no sign of Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Wendy or any of the other Peter Pan characters.  The characters that were there were Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Chip, Dale and Goofy... and Mr. Smee!  I still laugh when I see this picture because he's so out of place, but that's OK!  Disney has to keep us all on our toes from time to time...

Thanks Deb for hosting the Flashback Friday hop! :)


Focused on the Magic

A Blogging Conference: Follow That Blog!

Several of my blogging buddies are working on developing our own blogging conference called "Follow That Blog!"  Right now, we are only planning, dreaming and working on details.  In this initial process, we want to hear from other bloggers and potential bloggers who are our readers.


Would you be interested in attending a blogging conference/ convention at Walt Disney World to help you become a better blogger, reach more people, make money from your blog and utilize social media to it's fullest?  Please answer this quick poll indicating your interest, or non interest!


To stay up to date with what is happening with "Follow That Blog!" please follow on twitter @FollowBlogConf or at www.FollowThatBlogConference.com.


Thanks!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

It's been a week and a half and we still have pirate "stuff" scattered around the house!  We successfully hosted a Jake and the Neverland Pirate's birthday party for my 3 year old, Cman, on January 21.  With a lot of planning and doing, it was pulled off without a hitch.  If I could change anything, I would have added 1 more game and hired a professional photographer to take pictures!  I was too busy being mom to also take pictures.  Sometimes I wish I could clone myself.  The one game I would add is a Gold Doubloon hunt.  I wish I had hidden 50 or so Doubloons around the house (kitchen, den and dining room) for the kids to hunt.  They could all add them to the team treasure chest and divide at the end.

Without further ado, here is our party through photos!

The Birthday Boy!  Yes, he's saying "ARGH!"

Invitations and envelopes addressed to all the "captains!"  Invitations by Pixels4Parties on Etsy.  

As the kids arrived, they all got a temporary Pirate tatoo.  Most chose their hand, but we had 1 on a foot and 1 on a cheek!

Once most had arrived, we had a Cannonball fight with black balloons!  We continued to have Cannonball fights for days after the party!

Each kid had multiple chances to "walk the plank" and not fall off into the "water" which was a blue plastic table cloth!  

The older kids played "Pin the Patch on the Pirate."  They didn't want to wear the bandanna to cover their eyes, so I just covered them with my hand! :)

I think everyone enjoyed the cupcakes, cake and goodies!
The Pirate #3 birthday shirt was from The Sassy Squirrel on Etsy.

After the sugar break, we all went into the garage (it was too wet and cold outside) to dig for treasures! We had 75 Gold Doubloons and a ton of Mardi Gras beads buried in a bucket of sand.

When you're working with a bunch of 2, 3 and 4 year olds, it's next to impossible to get a group picture, but we did OK! 

Thanks to all our friends for coming to the party and helping celebrate 3 wonderful years of Cman!!

Snacks and decorations... Pirate Cannonballs (whoppers), Pirate Catch o' the day (goldfish), Pirate Planks (pretzel rods), Pirate rope (twizzlers) and Pirate treasures (rolos and Hershy's treasures).



Cupcake Ships and the Cake- made my my mom, KK!  The cupcake wrappers were downloaded from Cottage Industrialist!

The Thank You Toppers were downloaded from "Tattered and Inked." Pirate Mickey is standing guard over the goodies: eye patches, beads, doubloons, tattoos and scarves! 

Most of the ideas were from my Pirate Party Ideas Board on Pinterest!