Monday, January 07, 2013

Meeting new friends on our way to Disney

Every other year Maisie’s school participates in the Disney Y.E.S. (youth education series) where the children actually participate in classes at the various Disney theme parks.  Maisie attended two years ago as a first grader and is now back as a big third grader, ready to experience and learn new and exciting things.  Maisie and I headed down to my parent’s home Friday morning after her gymnastics practice so that we would have time to spend with them and also time to meet up with some bloggy pals whom we’ve been corresponding with for eight or so years, though we’ve never met in person…and we couldn’t wait to remedy that situation. 

Saturday afternoon Maisie and I finally met up with Alyson, Ford & cutie-patootie Alyzabeth An.  It was so nice to finally meet in person, sit and chat and the girls enjoyed their time together eating their dinner, watching a video and eating huge puffs of cotton candy for dessert.

photo (9)Two little ChongQing cuties!

image wSugaring them up with cotton candy puffs bigger than their heads!

photo (7)Showing off their blue tongues and yes-they-did finish every.last.drop of their cotton candy.

photo (5)Hugs good-bye.  (photo by Alyson & Ford) 

photo (6)The girls.  (photo by Alyson & Ford)

image fNo longer just cyber friends.  (photo by Alyson & Ford)

Sunday Maisie and I had fun hanging out at The Villages with my parents and tooling around in their golf cart and then Monday on our way to Disney, it was time to meet up with Lori, little-gymnast-Qiao and Lori’s grand daughter ‘K’.

photo (1)Three little sweeties, ‘K’, Qiao & Maisie.

image (1)eMore new in-person friends.  ‘K’, Lori, Qiao, Lisa & Maisie.

It was so nice to finally meet everyone in person and Maisie and I can’t wait to meet up again, hopefully sooner than it took us the first time.

image (1)b eAfter we left Lori and the girls we headed over to Disney where Maisie, my Mom and I will spend the next few days having fun at the parks and classes for Maisie.

Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day and this month’s recipe is for delicious Creamy Mints.  Super easy to make and no real cooking involved!  My mom and I made these just before Thanksgiving and I thought that they’d last through the holiday but we gobbled them up in just a few days because every time one of us passed by them we just couldn’t resist popping one or two into our mouths.  Click on the link or the picture to be taken to Cook Lisa Cook and the recipe.

Creamy Mints

Other sweet recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Piggy-Out Cookies, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Welsh Cakes, Lime Jewels, Walnut Roca Squares, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Biscoff Fudge, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Glazed Lemon Squares, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake, Malted Pretzel Crunch, Apple Pancakes, Health(ier) Peanut Brittle, Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars, Strawberry Soup, Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie, Dried Cherry Almond Tart, Double Chocolate Mousse Cake, Mini Cheesecake Bites, S’mores Granola Bars, Marshmallow Pops, Crockpot Baked Stuffed Apples, White Chocolate Marshmallow Cranberry Cashew Bark and Sweet Potato Cranberry Nut Cookies.



  1. It was great meeting you both! Wish we lived closer, you guys are too much fun! And I think M. and A. could be fast friends.

    Alyzabeth's Mommy (Now "in person" bloggy friend!)

  2. Yay!!! What fun that you were able to meet Alyson, Ford and Alyzabeth! They are such a sweet family and it's neat that all of you were able to meet in person!

    Glad you had a hoot in The Villages. We love our golf cart adventures there too.

    Have a great time at Disney, sharing in the y.e.s. program. I want to look into this for Hannah when she's older to see if she can go as one person rather than with a class. Any idea if that is an option as I'm not aware of schools around here participating in the program. It looks like such a great program, especially for my Disney lovin' gal!

    Have a wonderful time. Looking forward to hearing all about your time at Disney!

  3. What a tough life for Maisie, taking classes at DISNEY WORLD. LOL! So glad your adventure has started off so nicely with new friends and such. Can't wait to see more.


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