Monday, October 21, 2019


On Columbus Day last week we took Tatum over to a local farm for Pumpkinland.  It's always super crowded on the weekends so we try to go on a week day each year - his first year he was just about ten days old!  We got there too late for apple picking unfortunately, but we had great time in the pumpkin section - he picked out a couple little ones that he wouldn't let go to bring home.

After that we walked over to the barn to get him a treat of apple cider donuts and let him snack on one before we finished up letting him run all over the little kids playground.  This stop is always one of my favorite parts of each fall!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tatum is Two

Tatum is two!  We celebrated his birthday on Wednesday with a low key day at home.  We opened presents and had breakfast, he had school in the morning, took cookies and they sang to him then my family stopped over for a pizza lunch.  It was pouring that afternoon so instead of playing outside we opened a bunch of his new toys and played inside, had one of his favorites - ziti - for dinner and then watched a family movie.

He had his two month checkup yesterday and weighs 26.6 pounds and is 2 feet, 9 inches tall.  He likes most meals, loves fruit and pasta!  He's doing great sleeping - goes to bed usually between 7:30 and 8:30 and sleeps until 6/7:30... if he's up early then he usually sleeps in our bed until 7:45/8.

He loves to help.  He can follow simple instructions like put that away, bring me you shows, give Stella a treat, get a snack, etc.  He's learning more and more words and getting louder and louder!  On the newer side is football, shoe, let it go, what's that, one two three go, etc.

His biggest milestones were starting Mother's Day Out two days a week and flipping his carseat from backwards facing to forwards facing.

In the last three months of his second year he traveled to Avalon, NJ, Montecito, CA, State College, PA and most recently, Disney World!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Oh Twodles: Tatum's Second Birthday Party

On Sunday we had a little birthday party with a few friends and family members to celebrate Tatum's second birthday.  Mickey is his favorite and going off our Disney trip, we went with an "Oh Twodles" and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme.

The cake was a double tier chocolate bunt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes with a simple topper from Etsy as well as a few little buntini's and some homemade cookies that my mom made.

This was an easy theme with so many options for decorations and food.  I used a bunch of Tatum's stuffed animals that we already had placed around the party display.  For appetizers we had things like Pete's Pretzels, Pluto's Popcorn, Mickey's Mexican Dip, Pluto's Chips and Dip and Goofy's Goldfish. Drinks consisted of water, seltzer, beer/wine and Pluto's Punch juice boxes for the kids.

Most of the food was from Wegman's which made it easy to setup - A Hot Diggity Dog Bar, Pete's Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Chip and Dale's Chicken Nuggets, Mickey and Minnie's Mac n Cheese, Clubhouse Coleslaw, Daisy's Broccoli Salad and Donald's Pesto Tortellini Salad.

There were Mickey/Minnie Ears for all the guests and the weather was great so we were able to have some kids activities on the deck - Donald's Duck Pond, coloring, bubbles and a Mickey Mouse piƱata.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Disney World: Itinerary

We spent last week in Disney World to celebrate Tatum's second birthday a little early.  My parents and brother joined us and we had the best time.  Even though he is young and won't remember, we will remember and we came home with the best memories and tons of pictures!  Tatum was so happy and excited the whole time.  

I'll have a bunch of posts recapping our trip along with tips and tricks but am starting it off today with our four day itinerary.  I've learned fast passes and dining reservations are everything and well worth the early wake ups months in advance to plan them.  With these you really do have to stay on schedule during the day.

I think four days/three nights was the perfect amount of time for a toddler.  We did two parks and plenty of relax time at the hotel.  Next time I think we'd either do Magic Kingdom each day or Magic Kingdom plus a different park we haven't tried yet.

Monday, October 7th: Magic Kingdom
Morning flight to Orlando, Car service to hotel, check in
Afternoon at Magic Kingdom, pictures on Main Street, lunch at Pinocchio's Village 
1pm - Royal Friendship Fare at the Castle 
2pm - Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade 
1:45 - 2:45pm: First fasspasses - Space Mountain for the guys, Little Mermaid for girls and Tatum 
2:45 - 3:45pm: Dumbo Fast Pass
3:45 - 4:45pm: Peter Pan's Flight Fast Pass
4:20 - 5:20pm: It's a Small World Fast Pass (picked up after our first three were done)
4:40pm: Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party Parade (modified for the rain)
5 - 6pm: Pirates of Caribbean Fast Pass for the guys (while my mom Tatum and I shopped), picked up after It's a Small World was over.
Ferry back to the hotel
7:45pm: 1900 Park Fare Character Dinner at Grand Floridian

Tuesday, October 8th: Epcot
8:30am: O'hana Character Breakfast at Polynesian 
9:40 - 10:40am: Spaceship Earth Fast Pass (missed by a few minutes because the monorail broke down)
10:40 - 11:40pm: Nemo and Friends Fast Pass
11:45 - 12:45pm: Journey into Imagination with Figment Fast Pass (picked up since we missed our first one of the day)
12:45pm: Chip & Dale's Harvest Lunch at Garden Grill
1:45 - 2:45pm: Frozen Ever After Fast Pass
3:05 - 4:05pm: Picked up an extra fast pass for Spaceship Earth (since missed this morning) for the rest of the group and Derek, Tatum and I headed back for pool/nap time.
7:45pm: Chef Mickey's Character Dinner

Wednesday, October 9th: Magic Kingdom
7am: Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom for hotel guests - we were able to walk on/off a bunch of rides in this hour and the early wake up was well worth it... Seven Dorf's Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, It's a Small World, Winnie the Pooh
8am: Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea, Dumbo, Prince Charming's Carousel (all waits under 10 minutes)
9:20am: Breakfast Reservation at Be Our Guest
9:40 - 10:40am: Tomorrowland Speedway Fast Pass (switched our 11:45-12:45 fast pass pass to Winnie the Pooh for this since we road that first thing)
10:40 - 11:40am: Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin Fast Pass (then short line after to meet Buzz
11:40am: Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party Parade 
Final things at the park - waited about 20 minutes to meet Donald and Goofy, got some snacks and shopped
1pm: Back at at the hotel for the afternoon for lunch, swimming, naps
5:50 - 6:50pm: Mickey Meet & Greet Fast Pass (got back to the park around 6pm)
7:05pm: Dinner at Tony's Town Square Restaurant 
9pm: Happily Ever After Fireworks -- watched from the boat launch at Grand Floridian

Thursday, October 10th: Character Breakfast 
8:40am: 1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast 
Time at the Hotel
2:30pm: Flight Home

Our recap of our first day at Magic Kingdom is up tomorrow...