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disney / 2013

disney // 2013

So, this happened last week. Em’s third trip to Disney World. I’m working on a few posts about our whirlwind trip including a what-to-pack-when-flying-with-a-toddler-to-Disney list.

Hope your week was fabulous!

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weekend recap // no.7

weekend snippets no.4

Sunday, we took a little day trip to Wimberly, Texas. Em did a sweet fairytale photo shoot there. We browsed the quaint shops and watch the ducks by the creek. It was such a charming little town!

em’s first haircut

During our Disney vacation, we celebrated a milestone. Em’s first haircut.

em's first haircut

The Harmony Barber shop at Magic Kingdom isn’t just for show. It’s a real, old-timey barbershop and they offer first haircuts full of Disney magic. I booked an appointment for Em before we left for our vacation.

em's first haircut

For her first time, Em did great! Of course the slew of Mickey stickers and the spinning, light-up Minnie they let her play with helped, too! She was quite entertained.

em's first haircut

Before I could blink, Em’s haircut was done and she was topped off with her very own set of Mickey ears – her first! On the back of them, “My 1st Haircut” is embroidered.

em's first haircut

We were also given a commemorative first haircut certificate and a special little bag full of pixie dust and locks from her first haircut.

em's first haircut

This was such a great + fun experience. I’m glad we were able to celebrate it in Disney!

disney world / 2012

So, where did we go on our family vacation? Disney World!

disney world / 2012

This was Em’s second trip to Disney as we went there last winter with Kacey’s family. This year, we went with our good friends and their three kiddos.

disney world / 2012

We had such a fantastic time! We met the characters. Rode lots of rides including the tea cups.

disney world / 2012

We dined at Cinderella’s castle and met all of the princesses.

disney world / 2012

And we enjoyed a part of a new section they just opened in Fantasyland where’s there are now two Dumbo rides!

disney world / 2012

This is so great because there was always a long line for Dumbo – one of Em’s favorite rides. This trip, I think we rode it four times!

weekend recap

This weekend we headed back to the Houston Zoo with Em. The last time we took her, she was 14 months old so we were eager to get her over there again. As expected, she loved it! She fed the giraffes with her daddy…

houston zoo / october 2012

houston zoo / october 2012

and really enjoyed watching the meerkats.

houston zoo / october 2012

That’s a snippet of our weekend, how was yours?

portland, oregon // day four

Our last morning in Portland, we rose super early and headed out again to try Voodoo Doughnuts. This time, we were in luck! There was no line.

portland, oregon

After our tasty sweet treats, we took a shuttle to the airport. From the air we spotted these two mountains peeking through the white cloud blanket.

portland, oregon

Bye bye, Portland!

Previously – our itinerary / day one / day two / day three

portland, oregon // day three

We started out the day thinking we would grab breakfast around the corner at Voodoo Doughnuts. Unfortunately, so did everyone else! The line was crazy long. We ended up finding a little bakery nearby instead and vowed to try again super early the next day before our flight back home.

portland, oregon

After, we walked down to Old Town Chinatown

portland, oregon

and made our way to the Lan Su Chinese Garden which was a lovely oasis that seemed out of place in the middle of modern day Portland.

portland, oregon

There, we stopped in The Teahouse and enjoyed dumplings and Gongfu style tea.

portland, oregon

After, headed to the the river to get a glimpse of Portland’s famous White Stag Sign. It was larger that I expected it to be!

portland, oregon

We made our way through Portland Saturday Market and stopped by our hotel for a little down time.

portland, oregon

That night, we enjoyed dinner at Little Bird. With the bill, they gave us mini macaroons that were about the size of a quarter! Such a sweet + unexpected treat.

Previously – our itinerary / day one / day two

portland, oregon // day two

We started our second day in Portland at the Japanese Garden. It was lush and peaceful and beautiful.

portland, oregon

portland, oregon

The Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden and the Oregon Zoo are all in the same area. After our time at the Japanese Garden, we were hungry for lunch but not sure if there were any food options around. Turns out, yes! Cascade Grill at the Oregon Zoo is what we found. Bonus? We didn’t have to pay zoo admission to get a bite to eat at the grill.

portland, oregon

Afterwards, we headed to the International Rose Test Garden. It was more beautiful than I imagined! The roses were huge and very abundant. We listened in on a tour for a while and learned that they clip their roses a specific way to produce lots of blooms.

portland, oregon

Following the Rose Garden, we stumbled upon Saint Cupcake and tried drinking chocolate at Cocoa. The picture below is a little deceiving. The cups are actually demitasse cups and therefore really tiny. The drinking chocolate was pure bliss. Rich + decadent.

portland, oregon

Next, we headed to Powell’s Books where we found this Good Night Oregon book which was the perfect souvenir to bring back for Em.

portland, oregon

Before dinner, we stopped by the food trucks near our hotel. I found their arrangement pretty smart. In Austin, ordering typically happens from the side of the trucks. In Portland, they park side by side and the ordering happens at the back end of the trucks which all face outwards, thus allowing more trucks to fit into the lot.

portland, oregon

Previously – our itinerary / day one