Scellick Road Trip Take Three


We woke up the morning of to surprise the girls of our destination.  They had no idea, and I had been long awaiting to tell them.  We sat down and asked about ideas for the day. I asked them if they would like to go for a walk across the street that morning to see Disneyland. 


Veronica who had been talking of going to Disneyland for months was a bit shell shocked. Meanwhile, Cadence jumped up with excitement. 


Once they knew we were headed there they got ready lickedity split. There were so many moments of shrieks & pointing to look at this or that. Veronica was no longer quietly taking it all in. 


One of the first sites upon entering Main Street was her favorite...Mickey Mouse. Although excited, she approached him with trepidation. She said hello first. 


Then, with her nervous excitement gave him a "distant" hug. 


By the time the picture came around she had confidence. 


Her first picture was actually with Goofy. It was pretty funny, because she wanted to say hi & grab a picture. However, she didn't want to give him a hug. So her natural pose when nervous is what you see. Goofy made her feel right at home and posed the same way. 


We approached Sleeping Beauty's castle, and V's body & expression say it all. 


 Seeing the characters were definitely the best part of the day (and touring Mickey & Minnie's houses). Pluto made it more tricky for me to take a picture by stretching out as far as possible. Also, he knew V wanted to keep some distance. 


Here is the first character Cadence would take a picture alongside. Walking through Toon Town to touring Mickey & Minnie's house was one of the best parts for the girls. You had to walk through the house, in order to see them at the characters at the end. V & C just wanted to play in their houses. The problem was the line of people walking through the house to get to Mickey or Minnie, which meant the girls needed to move along as well. 


One of our favorite parts was attending a Tangled live play. It gave opportunity at the end to meet Rapunzel & Flynn, which happens to be Cadence's new favorite princess. The show was clever and catered to both child & adult. It also gave a chance for us to sit in some shade while keeping Caprice at bay. 


The line was far too long to see Winnie the Pooh and the gang. So, we did a photobomb sort of picture. 

Our day was pretty wonderful. We didn't ride on too many rides. The girls weren't really into  seeing how many rides they could go on. They were more interested in experiencing the wonder of Disneyland. 

Cadence while riding the carousel said to me, "I wish the horse came off like in Mary Poppins."  She further dubbed the carousel, "The Mary Poppins" ride. 

We enjoyed the parade they have everyday as witnessed in this video

Glimpse of How Disney Has Possibly Brainwashed My Daughters

Every day at Disneyland there is a parade, which runs from Small World to Main Street.  With the new Disney Rock stars on the scene, aka Anna & Elsa, they get their own spotlight.  This means they come out a whole 10 minutes before the parade starts.  

Later that night as the girls were long asleep.  Ben and I were looking through the day's pictures and videos, and I came upon this beauty.  We laughed pretty hard as you'll see.  First the intensity of the girls getting the princesses attention and then the pan out.  

Did you spot them? 

Reminds of that scene in Austin Powers of the steam roller.

Apple & Sunbutter Sandwich Donuts


We have three more days left in our Whole30 journey as a family, where we have forgone all grains, legumes, dairy & sugars for 30 days.  And I can honestly say that I have felt so much more invigorated since the arrival of Caprice.

She is still not anywhere close to sleeping through the night, and around Day 4-6, I got this peak of energy.  No 2:00-3:00 slump.  I wasn't in need of caffeine.  Rather, my body was responding from the sugar coma I had stupified it with.  

Our girls have asked for candy at daddy's work (there's a candy dish) or milk.  But our answer, "No, you can't."  They've asked why?  To which, "because we're not eating sugar, milk, or any of that right now as a family.  We are saying no together."  

It seems like we are vigilant by other's standards; but, I liken it to teaching our girls (and us) how to recognize our bodies cues.  How to know when one is satiated.  How to distinguish between a good eating choice and a poor one.  How to view food not as evil, but very good.  


Where are we going to go from here?  

Well, I plan on creating an eating plan, similar to a menu plan.  My body responds really well to eating Paleo.  In fact, my milk production is better.  Caprice is less fussy (except the bedtime hour).  Although I am not working out at Jogo, I am already back into my pre-pregnancy jeans.  I plan on continuing to eat this way by adding in planned concessions through the week.  

Think about it.  It's like a food budget.  If you had $50 free spending money once a month, decisions of spending would be done more conservatively.  Same goes with the food budget, in order to not slip back into patterns that create aches, anxiety & weight load.  I'm convinced that the food we put into our bodies can either fuel it to run the marathon or cause us to peter out in a sprint.  

All that to say, the hardest part of eating this way for the whole family is the extra food prep & cooking load put upon me.  I am constantly thinking of new ways to do snacks for the girls, as raw veggies in the winter are unappealing and not as accessible locally.  What I have discovered is Apple Sandwiches.  The girls LOVE them!  In fact, when I have forgotten to defrost the meat for dinner, which meant no leftovers the following day...these sandwiches have saved me for V's lunch.  


Apple & Sunbutter Sandwich Donuts (printable recipe)

I use Once Again Organic Sunbutter, which has no salt or sugar added from Azure Standard.  


One apple (or however many you'd like), washed and sliced into 1/4 inches


Various fillings: coconut, raisins, cinnamon, chopped cashews,


Thinly slice the top and bottom off the apple (discard from sandwich making, or when you're not looking your child grabs to eat).  Slice the apple into 1/4 inch slices.  Take a corer and remove the middle of each slice.  Spread generous amount of sunbutter on one side.  Fill it up how you like.  Top with the other slice.  Slice in half like a sandwich, remove the top of one and eat them separately like Tay does.  

Eat them as a lunch, snack or breakfast accompaniment.