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Nov, 2012

So Here's What I Ate:

Just a of sampling of the amount of edible insanity I consumed in Disney World over the last 4 days. Why? Because I can’t think of anything else to blog about. Also, I’m on the plane home and my battery is only going to last so long. Don’t want to get too involved and then have to power down.

3 cheeseburgers with fries
a fried chicken/meatloaf/pot roast sampler dinner
a Boston Cream Parfait
soft pretzel with “cheese”
about 5 of the snickerdoodle cookies I baked and brought from home
part of an Oreo milkshake
a croissant
a granola bar
part of a chocolate chip muffin
shrimp & scallop puff pastry
potato leek soup
butternut squash soup
2 or 3 cesar salads
part of a pork chop
hot dog and fries
part of Sarah Hyland’s birthday cake
part of a giant Wonka Bar
hot chocolate and a cookie during Mickey’s Christmas Party Parade

And God knows what else that I simply can’t remember. There were also rolls. Lots and lots of dinner rolls. Oh, the bread.

Post-prandial at 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney World

Not to mention the Thanksgiving binge that kicked off the whole eat-a-palooza the day before we left. I do love to eat and tis the season, so I’m in my groove now. Just need to be sure to get into the gym/running groove. I’m doing the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in Disneyland in January, so that will be some motivation.

What’s your FAVORITE holiday treat indulgence? I love Christmas cookies! Spritz being at the top of the list. I can’t say no to something made out of butter, sugar and flour. So evil, so good.

Oh and I forgot to mention the whole reason we were in Disney World was for Aubrey’s part on the “2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” tv special which airs on ABC on Christmas morning. I can’t wait to see her segment. It should be adorable and I’ll post specific details once we get closer.

Happy holidays everyone! Eat, drink & be merry! (and exercise and be even merrier)

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Nov, 2012

Family Time At Cirque du Soleil's IRIS

My brother, and Aubrey’s uncle, Eric recently relocated to SoCal to help us out with child care and chihuahua wrangling and the other day I was telling him about Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS at the Hollywood & Highland complex. I saw it last fall with a friend and was absolutely blown away. It’s on the list of my top two favorite Cirque du Soleil shows (I’ve seen 5 of them so far).

Anyway, Eric told me he had never seen a Cirque show and had always wanted to and I felt Aubrey was finally old enough to check one out, so we set up some tickets and off we went to Hollywood!

After braving over an hour and a half in Barbara Streisand/Hollywood Bowl traffic (there went dinner plans), we made it and it was definitely worth the wait. Like anything by Cirque du Soleil, IRIS is a full feast of the senses and even though this was my second time seeing it, I saw 100s of new things I missed the first time. That’s just one of the things I love about their shows. The totally ripped guys in shirtless gladiator costumes would be one of the other things.

Aubrey, Eric and I backstage with a cast member after the show

I know a lot of people think Cirque shows are only for adults and teens, and while some of their shows are, IRIS is one that you can bring your family to. I probably wouldn’t suggest it for children under 5 because of the attention span required to sit quietly for the duration of a show, but I think most children would love it. Aubrey was awestruck throughout the entire show and on the way home told me she wanted to see it again “tomorrow night”! If a Cirque show looks like magic to most adults, imagine the wonder through the eyes of a child. I loved how she gripped my hand during some of the more daring acrobatic feats and how she would let out little gasps during the stunning visuals.

Aubrey strikes a Cirque pose!

The only down side is that now I have to listen to weeks of begging for “circus lessons” but I can think of worse things for a 5 yr old to beg for… like that “Pop The Pig” game or a baby brother.

It you’d like to take your family to check out IRIS here in Hollywood, visit their official website. The show is in residence at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood & Highland complex and tell the gladiators, Amy & Aubrey sent ya.


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