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Gracie’s First Disney World Trip

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Baby's first trip to Disney World. Great tips and ideas on what to do with a baby at Disney. Gracefulmommy.com

We’re home from the most magical place ever- Disney World! We had so much fun with Gracie. We’ve been to Disney World plenty of times, but this time was different because we were seeing it though the eyes of our 5 month old princess, Gracie. We went with Gracie’s grandparents (Dave’s parents) and aunty Kaity (Dave’s sister)! We all stayed in a two bedroom villa in Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. It was an awesome resort- we loved it.

Here’s a recap of our amazing trip!

FAVORITE MOMENTS OF THURSDAY 

Gracie’s first bus ride. She loved the Disney buses! It was fun holding her while she looked out the window.

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

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Hollywood Studios. This is such a fun park! We didn’t ride much, but we walked around and ate at the 50’s primetime diner!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie’s first show! We went to the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. It was surprisingly funny + Gracie liked it! She loved the songs because Aunty Kaity played them for her for a while before the trip!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Very Merry Christmas Party. We went over to Magic Kingdom for the party! Gracie got into her Christmas outfit. The party was fun! They offer free cookies and hot chocolate to everyone. The ride lines are like 5 minutes long. There are special parades and fireworks. And it snows on Main Street! So cute!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

FAVORITE MOMENTS OF FRIDAY 

Meeting the Talking Mickey. There is a Mickey that talks in Magic Kingdom. It’s cool- his eyes blink and he actually says stuff to you. This was Gracie’s first character to meet, so we were curious to see if she’d like it. She did!! I thought for sure she would cry- because she cries at most strangers haha. But she did good!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Crystal Palace Restaurant. We ate at this buffet for dinner. Gracie got to meet all the Winnie the Pooh characters! She loved them all- even though it looks like she isn’t quite sure about piglet.

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Tinker Bell. I think Tinker Bell was one of Gracie’s favorites. She smiled the most for her over any other character. Tinker bell was so sweet to Gracie!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Meeting Cinderella. Later that night, we changed Gracie into her Cinderella dress (ordered from the Disney Store). We made a fastpass for Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom where Gracie met Cinderella and Rapunzel. Gracie could not take her eyes off of Cinderella. She just stared at her. It was the CUTEST thing in the world! She did the same thing to Repunzel! Both Cinderella and Repunzel melted over Gracie. It was soooo cute. I need to frame these pictures!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Look how cute Gracie is holding onto Cinderella’s finger. And that’s Repunzel in the background! AW!!!!

FAVORITE MOMENTS OF SATURDAY

Matching Tees. We acted like major tourists and wore matching t-shirts that we made in Disney Springs. Even Gracie had a little tee on (then later pooped on it!). But it was cute while it lasted. We also met Mickey + Minnie again in Epcot!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Garden Grill Restaurant. YUMMMMMY. This place rocks. First of all, it spins around while you’re eating. You get great scenery of the Living with the Land ride which is like a jungle theme. Also, it’s character dining so Gracie got to meet Pluto and Chip + Dale!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

FAVORITE MOMENTS OF SUNDAY 

Gracie’s outfit! This is by far my favorite outfit of the trip. Gracie dressed up like Minnie Mouse in her personalized outfit from the Disney Store . She looked so cute.

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Tusker House. We ate at another character dining restaurant (in Animal Kingdom) where Gracie met Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald + Daisy duck. It’s so funny when the characters come around. She just kinda stares at them haha!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

Festival of the Lion King. We got front row seats to the Lion King show in Animal Kingdom. It was awesome being so close! Gracie wasn’t too sure if she liked this show, but hey- she didn’t cry!

Gracie's first disney world trip! Gracefulmommy.com

So there’s a recap of the trip! Gracie did awesome for only being 5 months old. She only cried a few times. Her least favorite part was Turtle Talk in Epcot. For some reason she HATED this. I had to leave to calm her down HAHA! Other than that she was truly a princess. We had the time of our lives!! We took a million more pictures, but these are my favorite moments! Thank you to Grandma + Grandpa Ogg for a trip of a lifetime!

More Disney posts are coming!

Holiday Gifts for New Moms

Holiday gifts for new moms- great ideas! Gracefulmommy.com

Holiday gifts for new moms - Great ideas! Gracefulmommy.com

Can you believe it’s Christmas time- yay! My favorite time of the year! Christmas is a lot more than presents, but they sure do make the season fun. These are some of my favorite gifts for new moms. I have actually received a couple of these as gifts after having Gracie and they really are the greatest.

All of these cute mommy gifts can be found on Etsy. I just love Etsy + supporting small shops!

Mama Bear Shirt // How cute is this!? It looks so comfy, and I love the cursive font. I would totally rock this tee!

Mom bar necklace // My in-laws (+sissy in law) got me this beautiful necklace from WoobieBeans Etsy shop. It is stunning. I love this subtle way to show off my new motherhood! On two sides of mine it says mommy and on the other two it says Gracie. Too cute!

Silicone teething necklace // This is such a cute necklace that also doubles as a teether. I have one similar to this and it’s so fun to wear! Plus Gracie loves chewing on it. A new mama would love this gift.

Baby book calendar // Ah- I love this gift! My hubby got this for me after having Gracie. It’s such an easy way to keep track of anything Gracie related. And-the design is so cute! Blog post coming soon on how I use this!

Personalized baby pillow // I first saw this on one of my favorite instagrammer’s account. This is such a fun way to remember those important stats from baby’s birth. The design is fun + perfect for the rocking chair in the nursery!

Fun coffee mug // How awesome is this mug. Seriously, as a mom, nap time is hustle time. Once baby is asleep it’s time to eat, fold that enormous pile of laundry, catch up on news, or finally have that cup of coffee you’ve been thinking about.

holiday gifts for new moms- Great ideas! Gracefulmommy.com

What was your favorite gift you received as a new mama?

Christmas time baby bucket list

Baby's First Christmas! A great bucket list on everything to get done on this special year!

Bucket List: Baby's first Christmas. FREE PRINTABLE! | gracefulmommy.com

There is something so cozy and warm about traditions. Growing up, my family always did certain things every year. As a kid, you rely on these traditions and you look forward to them each year. Traditions are comforting. Some of my best memories come from times when we did certain traditions. Each year, we went to this giant christmas tree farm to pick out our tree. We also always made christmas cookies (the same recipes). My Auntie Shar would read the same christmas book each year to my cousin Rachel and I while we sipped hot chocolate with marshmallows. Ah… memories!

As important it is to actually DO all the things, it’s equally important to capture these moments on video! I am such an advocate of videoing important family moments. I feel like this is the BEST WAY to capture those tiny personalities and hold them safe forever. My IPHONE VIDEO COURSE is the perfect way to learn how to take amazing videos with JUST your iPhone! Check it out, here! 

Gracie is already 5 months old and we’ve started doing some activities with her that we know will slowly become traditions that we do every year. This year, we took her to a pumpkin patch, went trick-or-treating, and watched the Macy’s Day Parade together. I want to make sure Gracie’s first Christmas is full of new and old traditions. Some of these activities are things that my parents did with me as a kid. Some of them are brand new – but I would love to start doing them each year.

This bucket list is full of fun ideas for Christmas time! We’re going to try to do all of them! I’m sure we won’t end up doing all of these things each year, but I know some of these activities will become traditions.

Download the FREE printable here.

FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Bucket list | gracefulmommy.com

Bucket List: Baby’s First Christmas

Drive around to look at Christmas Lights // This is so fun! We actually have this drive through light show near us that we want to take Gracie to! 

Take a photo with Santa // I can’t wait to see the look on Gracie’s face when she sees santa! Bringing the professional camera FOR SURE. 

Get new Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve // This is one of those traditions that we did growing up. We always got jammies to wear for christmas eve. Every year- even still!!! 

Decorate a gingerbread house // I never did this one growing up- but it’s something I want to start with Gracie! 

Decorate the tree // DUH! We gotta do this! I bet babies think Christmas lights are like the coolest thing ever. 

Go to Disney World to see the decorations + lights // Were actually going in 11 days! Stay tuned for lots of pics. 

Make an ornament // We are going to make a few this year since it’s Gracie’s first Christmas! 

Watch Christmas movies // This needs to happen all month. (Actually, I’ve sort of cheated and started watching Christmas movies like November 1st) 

Drink hot chocolate // Yum! Plus this always reminds me of my Auntie Shar. 

Send out Christmas Cards // Gotta get these done, ASAP! 

Play Christmas music // What is it about Christmas music that just instantly makes you happy? My current fav is Pentatonix christmas album. 

Read Christmas books // I actually have a whole box of Christmas books in the attic that my husband Dave needs to get down! 

Tell Gracie the true meaning of Christmas // All of the lights, presents, and decorations are nothing compared to the amazing story of the birth of Jesus. This is the time to celebrate our King’s birthday + to appreciate all He has done and will do. 

FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Bucket list | gracefulmommy.com

I know Gracie is only 5 months old…and can’t really do any of this (haha!!!). But, I want to start these traditions on her first Christmas, because I know it sets the stage for many years to come. Plus- these are things that I like to do each year anyways! Like I said… I am a fan of traditions.

Download the free printable here!

FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Bucket list | gracefulmommy.com

I am such an advocate of videoing important family moments. I feel like this is the BEST WAY to capture those tiny personalities and hold them safe forever. My IPHONE VIDEO COURSE is the perfect way to learn how to take amazing videos with JUST your iPhone! Check it out, here!