Disney World 2019-Day 1

Okay, friends!

I've gotten SO MANY comments, e-mails, and messages about this blog post today!  The time has OFFICIALLY arrived!  If you read here normally, then you know last week I headed out of town to THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH with Shay and only one kiddo each.  I got lots of questions about this in particular-

*Why'd we take JUST one kiddo?
*How'd we decide WHICH kiddo to take?

I want you to know we initially planned this trip thinking we'd just go solo.  We had several things we wanted to check out for clients and it just seemed like we'd tackle more alone.  But we started talking about taking kiddos and we remembered...back in September, Shay and I took the girls to New York City and then in January the big boys got to go skiing with the dads.  It just felt right to take Bowen and Ashby on this getaway.  Being the third kiddo in the family very rarely do Bowen and I get alone time, so last week was super special to me in so many ways.  When I told my big kids they were both so sweet about Bowen going.  Not even gonna lie, they were WAY sweeter than I would have been at that age.  Shay and I kept it a secret from Bowen and Ashby so they had NO CLUE they were being woken up crazy early on Tuesday morning for a trip to WALT DISNEY WORLD!

A few more things I want to address before I dive right in...

I'm sure you're aware I'm part of Mix and Match Travel Agency {owned by Shay}.  We LOVE planning vacations.  We plan trips all over the world but one of our most popular destinations is always Walt Disney World.  We literally talk Disney all day long {and LOVE it} but we realized a few months ago that many people are hesitant to book a Disney vacation within six months.  Many of the people we talk to  are looking to book an upcoming trip with just a few months to prep and plan but they're talked out of a Disney trip by friends and family who say, "if you don't book at least six months out, you will not have a magical Disney experience".  Now, we don't believe that over here at Mix and Match Travel.  Are there many, many perks to booking early?  ABSOLUTELY!  {More availability more options for dining reservations, bigger room category selection, better Fast Pass picks, etc.}  But can you have an amazing Disney vacation with less time to plan?  OF COURSE!  Shay and I set out to prove just that as well as check some boxes for clients with super specific questions.  Our plan was to tackle both of these during our Walt Disney World trip and I think we managed it ALL!

Shay and I are both sharing our first day of Disney World.  Some things will be the same and some might be different so definitely head over to read both posts.  We tried to take pictures as much as we possibly could but we didn't take pictures of everything.  We packed in so much fun in those three full days that if I'd taken pictures of it all these blog posts would be crazy long.  And I've gotta be honest-I love this blogging gig but often during vacations I get caught up in the moment and don't grab my phone out to snap a picture.  We enjoyed the magical moments and took pictures of lots of things but we just didn't get it all.

If your family is planning on taking a Walt Disney World vacation this year or next, we would love to connect with you.  Let me remind you these trips are not free for us, and we pay the exact same rates you do.  We truly love WDW and consider it one of the best family vacation spots which is why we love taking our kiddos there and spending our money on it too.  Our services here are completely free, and we have the same rates, discounts, promos, access to rooms and more as you would get calling their 1-800 number or going online.  We love taking care of our clients and prove that day after day.  Each vacation is custom for each family, and we are always humbled and grateful that you allow us to be a part of your Disney vacation.  If you're thinking about a trip outside of Walt Disney World, we also offer our services anywhere outside of the Continental US (so we do not offer our services to places like NYC, Boston, etc) to places like Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, cruises and so much more.  We would love to chat with you about those destinations too!  Please e-mail us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com to learn more!

I decided to document my Tuesday, April 23rd by sharing a picture every hour over on my Insta-Stories.  

Here we go!!!

My alarm was set for 3:00 a.m. and on this particular day I was way too excited to sleep!  I bounced out of bed at 2:38 a.m!

3:30 a.m.-I was making sure everything was packed and READY!

4:00 a.m.-Do I look Disney ready to you?  At this moment, I was about to wake up Bowen and could hardly contain my excitement!

I have my outfit details here...kimono, tank, shorts, and shoes.

4:15 a.m.-Typically, this kiddo is slow to rise but on this day he hopped right out of bed.  I used the word, "SURPRISE", and thought was all he needed to hear.

5:30 a.m.-Bowen and I drove over to grab Shay and Ashby.  He kept saying in the car that he thought we were going on a road trip {do you remember our summer road trip?}.  Just a few minutes before this picture we spilled the beans and told the kiddos we were headed to DISNEY WORLD!  They were PUMPED!

6:30 a.m.-I was the lucky one getting to sit beside these two!  

10:00 a.m.-we LANDED in Orlando!!  And headed straight to the Magical Express!

10:30 a.m.-Our CREW!

11:00 a.m.-this cutie and I snuggled up on the bus ride.  I totally thought he'd pass out on the drive but apparently the Disney excitement kept him awake too!

12:00 p.m.-We checked into the Polynesian Village Resort {more details to come on this resort in Part Two-why, what we thought, etc.}, grabbed our bags and were READY for Animal Kingdom!

Wanna know what it looks like when a six-year-old takes your picture? 

This.

Now I got lots of questions about my fanny pack belt bag.  A fashion blogger I'm NOT but I was hoping I could pull off the belt bag look while at Disney World.  I'm not sure Ebby Lee would give me props BUT you guys-this was SO EASY, SO COMFORTABLE, and I'M SO GLAD I WORE THIS!  My belt bag is here.  :)

12:30 p.m.-Oh, Disney World how we love you!

1:00 p.m.-we grabbed a quick service lunch...bbq pork sandwich, cole slaw, and a side of fries {not pictured} were just what I needed to fuel up!

These two were the perfect age-they pretty much rode it all!  {Except one ride on Day Two-ha!  I'll share that in the next recap!}

The weather was PERFECT!  We wore sunscreen everyday and reapplied but we were never crazy hot.

Shay and I have a thing with the Africa song by Toto.  Tab and Andrew are well aware so we took this and sent it to them.

My FAVORITE show during our trip was The Lion King show in Animal Kingdom.  Anyone else looking forward to the new movie?

And the Kilimanjaro Safari was a BIG HIT with this guy.

Let me take a second real quick to remind you what sweet baby Bowen looked like the last time he was at Animal Kingdom.  Oh my mama heart!  I want to SQUEEZE him!

However six-year-old Bowen was much easier at Disney World!

We popped in to see the Nemo show.

And we took a quick pause in front of the iconic tree at Animal Kingdom.  I'd like to add we were unaware Miss Ashby was trying out this sassy pose.  ha!

The Pandora area in Animal Kingdom is absolutely amazing!

We could have walked around that area forever just looking around.  It all looks SO REAL!

This was our reaction after The World of Avatar ride...AWESOME!  Everyone is all smiles but both kiddos asked me at different times if it was real.  Because yes, children-we'd let you ride on a BANSHEE?!  

After this AMAZING ride we went straight to our dinner reservation in Disney Springs...
at Raglan Road...an Irish pub featuring-

Irish dancers {as well as fish and chips-YUMMY!} and we happened to score a table right beside the stage.

At this point our crew was EXHAUSTED!  We wrapped up dinner and a magical day of Disney-ing HARD!

Part 2 of Disney World 2019 will be coming soon!

And remember-we'd love to help YOU with a Walt Disney World vacation!  Please e-mail us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com to get more information!

Have a MAGICAL day, friends!
XO

Our Easter Weekend-2019

Our church always has an Easter Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday of Easter weekend...bounce houses, petting zoo, face painting, and an egg hunt.  This was our crew about to enjoy the fun!

Can you spot Bowen and Ashby?

Bowen and Britty's age groups got to go first.

If you were little, they let you take ten steps in and THEN start hunting.

It's always crazy to me how quickly the eggs disappear!  Why are my kids so good at picking up eggs but so awful at picking up their dirty socks?  Hmmmm....

Britty did GOOD!

We found a kindergarten friend!

So much fun getting to do life with these sweet mama friends of mine...Brooke, Narci, Shay, Meagan, and Sheaffer.

My dress is here.  I'm wearing a small.  

And then we enjoyed a little time in the shade before the service.  This year we decided we'd go to the Saturday night service.  We've never done that before and I was a little unsure just because my whole life I've gone to Easter service on Sunday.  But I LOVED it!

Afterwards we enjoyed dinner at The Yard {along with the rest of McKinney-ha!}.

On Sunday morning, we slept in and enjoyed a lazy morning.  Then we went to Marla's for a yummy Easter lunch.  We had a GREAT Easter weekend!  Hope you did too!

XO

What's Up Wednesday-April 2019 Edition

Hey!  Hey!  If you're not following along on Instagram, you should be!  Shay and I are having a MAGICAL time somewhere very special with our kindergarteners.  You can follow along on Instagram to see all the fun!  

I'm linking up today with Sheaffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday.



What We're Eating This Week...

Hmmmm....my kitchen is pretty much in the hands of Tab ALL WEEK LONG.  Bowen and I will be enjoying things like Dole Whips and Mickey Mouse waffles.  ;) 


What I'm Reminiscing About...
I've been thinking back to the last time we were at Disney World...so many fun memories.  And look at teeny tiny Britty.  


What I'm Loving...
How independent Britty has become!  Last week all my kiddos had dentist appointments and they ALL WENT BACK ALONE!  When Ebby Lee was finished I had her sneak in to take a picture of Britt.  Look how grown up she is!


I was also loving a few minutes of alone time in the waiting room while they were all having their teeth cleaned....I can handle a quiet room and kid baking show!


What We've Been Up To...


special themed days at dance class, 


bestie nail salon dates,






What I'm Dreading...
LAUNDRY!
When I get back to town, do you have ANY idea how much laundry will have piled up?  UGH!


What I'm Working On...
Of course the magical trip we're on is to create some amazing memories, but Shay and I are also getting a little Disney research in while we're there.


What I'm Excited About...
I'm so excited for days like this on the horizon!


What I'm Watching/Reading...
 Ebby Lee and I are still loving Project Runway!

And we also watched the premiere of The Amazing Race!

You know what comes on soon-SOUTHERN CHARM!!  I can't wait!


What I'm Listening To...
When I flew to Missouri a few weekends ago, I flew into St. Louis but my parents live about two and a half hours from the airport.  I want to add they offered to come pick me up but that would be a lot of extra driving so I rented a car and drove.  In the car, I listened to a couple podcasts that I enjoyed!
The Popcast with Knox and Jamie...now I need to do a little digging into how this podcast came to be.  Does anyone know?  Are they childhood friends?   Cousins?  What's their connection?  I listened to the podcast on Flavor Town 2, which is the episode where listeners wrote in with salty comments about a variety of things.  It was highly entertaining on my drive!

The Big Boo Cast with Melanie and Sophie is one I'll periodically listen to.  I heard their latest podcast and it led to this...

Sophie shares about Target Restock.  Have you heard of this?  For $2.99 in most areas, you can fill up a box with non-perishable items and it will arrive next day full of your goodies.  I don't know about you but sometimes I don't need enough dish soap to last until 2022 {I love Costco but some items I don't really NEED in bulk}.  Enter Target Restock....after every item you enter, the site tells you how much of your box is full.  I grabbed things I can only get at Target as well as paper plates, peanut butter, Gatorade, etc.  It's not a service I'll use weekly, but in a pinch-I'm glad to know it's there.


Also-on that same podcast this brand of cleaner was brought up.  This comes in both a multi-purpose cleaner and a dish soap...Smells Like a Citrus Grove...smells very similar to the highly popular Volcano candles.  I'd love for my house to smell a little more like that this summer.  :)

And I also listened to The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey and Audrey Roloff.  Years ago I watched Little People Big World on TLC.  Do you remember that show?  I didn't even know it was still on!  This podcast was so interesting...I loved hearing about what the Roloff family is up to now!


What I'm Wearing...
I've been loving this Anthropologie top I scored a few weeks ago.  I'm wearing a 6...if your long torso'd I'd size up for the length.  I've been pairing this with white jeans but I think it'll look just as cute with white shorts.



What I'm Doing This Weekend...
Did someone say NINE-YEAR-OLD BASEBALL TOURNAMENT?


What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
You know us McKinney girls love our town 365 days a year, but Memorial Day weekend is one of my absolute favorites in McKinney.  May in McKinney MIGHT be my FAVORITE!
 Bike the Bricks happens in downtown McKinney...a super fun event to watch!

There's a fun party in my neighborhood!


There's a really cool charity concert complete with fireworks {and typically HOT temperatures}.  And lots of POOL time in between school and activities.  Basically, I'm looking forward to ALL THE THINGS in MAY!


What Else Is New...
I'm FINALLY reading this book, Where the Crawdads Sing...it's about time!

Since I'm out of town, I'll be taking the rest of the week off.  Narci and Andrea will be holding the fort down on Friday Favorites and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Thanks for reading today!
XO