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Things Will Work Out 

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I know I’ve been absent for a while. It’s not for a lack of ideas to write about, or because I don’t have time. There’s plenty of both. Lately, I just feel sorry for myself. At the beginning of the year, I had this plan. I was going to apply to a bunch of Disney a professional internships for the summer, finish graduate school, work for Disney, and live happily ever after. Well, the only thing that came true in that scenario was me applying for the  positions

I applied for two professional internships and the college program. I had an interview for the college program, but none for the internships.  It is humbling and a little depressing. I thought I was a shoe-in for the jobs. So, here I am realizing that things cannot stop just because I didn’t get what I wanted. It’s time to get back in the game and work towards my goal. In the mean time, I will be working on some really fun posts….including a giveaway in the next few weeks.  

I got this email from Twitter today….pretty fitting. 


Adventure Is Out There!

I finally got around to making CJ’s first year scrapbook and birthday photo book. I was very happy to cross another thing off of our Summer bucket list before Summer actually ended! While I was gathering all of the photos from CJ’s first birthday, I found some pics of the decorations, favors and keepsakes that I made for her party. I spent a lot of time crafting and making things that she might appreciate when she is older, such as the miniature suitcases and the map covered letters. My family helped out, too. There were over a dozen gingerbread houses painted and decorated to resemble Carl’s house. I also made Ellie badges (a.k.a. grape soda pins) but it was not a successful project. I used them as decoration because they seemed very dangerous and I did not want any of our guests to get hurt! My cousin created the wonderful Adventure Book invitations and the Pixar Up stamps just completed them perfectly! Here’s a look at some of the decorations.


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Bastille Day

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On Sunday, we crossed an item off of our summer bucket list and continued our annual tradition of going to the NYC Bastille Day street fair. Now, we were a family of 3, so there was a little more preparation to get down there and a lot more stress navigating thru the crowd. I have always been aware of large crowds and their unwillingness to be respectful of strollers (Disney World is a prime example), but Bastille Day is a beast of a different sort. Most NYC street fairs take place on main avenues that have traffic running two ways, not one lane side streets. Add vendors on both sides of the street and crowds of people pushing to get to them, and you can have a dangerous situation for a stroller.

We used a small umbrella stroller because pushing a large jogger thru the crowds seemed unfair to others (it really is packed that tightly). CJ loved it. As she was pushed thru the crowds, she waved at everyone and barked at the dogs she passed.
Most NYC street fairs are jam packed with generic fried foods and lemonade stands. There are two exceptions to this : The San Gennaro Festival and The Bastille Day fair. Lemonade is still abundant, but French pastries, crepes, macarons, wine and sandwiches make the crowd bearable. This year, the creator of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel, had a stand. In addition to French pastries, the stand was selling freshly made frozen yogurt. It was impossible to get close to his stand, so we headed for the equally delicious, but less crowded Payard and we were not disappointed.

Since it was so crowded and incredibly hot, we walked thru the fair only once. We got to see adorable cancan girls and a mime who played peek-a-boo with CJ. There was also a marching street band playing Jazz. The food and performances definitely make me want to return year after year, regardless of the crowds!




Tomato Mozzarella & Basil Pesto sandwich and an apricot tarte from Payard




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Happy Summer. We were inspired buy our favorite kid to make our Summer 2014 Bucket list. Since we don’t want our summer to be spent wishing the days away until our trip to Disney World in September, we want to fill our days with fun, culture and plenty of outdoor fun.  CJ is old enough to enjoy lots of attractions and experiences, but since she is not walking yet, she can be pushed around in the stroller (and we don’t have to worry about running after her). Our list is filled with things we hope will make for a memorable three months.


  • Have a picnic in Central Park
  • Ride Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn
  • Take CJ to the zoo for the first time
  • Try a new recipe every week (this is probably hardest for me since I do not like to cook or try new foods)
  • Visit the High Line
  • Go to Photoville in Brooklyn
  • Go to the Bastille Day Fair and give CJ her first french macaron
  • Visit Dia: Beacon
  • Go cherry/strawberry picking
  • Go to Governor’s Island
  • Disney Bound every weekend until we leave for Disney World!!!!
  • See King Lear in Central Park
  • Spend a day in Seaside Heights
  • Dress CJ up in her Alice in Wonderland costume and take photos at the bronze statue in Central Park
  • Get my permit (yes. I do not drive. Baby steps. Permit this summer and driving by the winter? It could happen)
  • Continue training for the Walk Disney World Enchanted 10K
  • Finally, make CJ’s first year scrapbook

What are you looking forward to doing this summer?