Monday, September 15, 2014

Girl's Week!

While Mike was away on business, Maddy and I decided to spend the week getting stuff done so that we would be free to have some real fun at the weekend! We were way behind with putting together Maddy's bedroom furniture as planned but we pushed through and finally got it done at 4am on Friday night!!!
 

 Look how cute - we love how it turned out!!


On Saturday, we hung out at Magic Kingdom :). When the crane is out, you know that castle is getting some extra lights. Apparently Elsa is going to be changing it into a Frozen ice castle during the Holiday shows...:)


Love spending time with my best girl :)


Maddy's driving skills could do with some work...


Another magical night! On Sunday, we went to the amazing Maker Faire (http://makerfaire.com) at the Orlando Science Center. Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. The exhibition features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

We had heard there were waivers required to sign up for the soldering workshop so we were definitely up for that :)


Maddy was a natural...


Loving those safety glasses...


The eyes are a bit wonky but not bad for my first handmade robot!


We saw literally hundreds of 3D printers. Here's one that has been converted to print coffee! I actually drank a 3D printed coffee. Mind blowing...


These guys were 3D printing people into little plastic dolls in full color. It was completely amazing!


This exhibit was one of our favorites. The character on the screen uses face recognition software to copy your facial expressions real time. So fun!


There were a ton of inventors too. These guys actually believe they are onto the 'Next Big Thing' with their contraption designed to catch your dog's poop before it even hits the ground...


I'll definitely go back just to check out the Science Center itself - there were tons of fascinating things. This is a cake. A freaking cake!!


And we bought the coolest souvenir...




We had an amazing time and it was a perfect end to a lovely girls week. Now for even more girl time - Gail gets here on Wednesday!!! Yippee!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Goodbye American Idol :(

I am really disappointed that the American Idol Experience at Studios has closed. I get it - no one is watching the show anymore but it was my favorite!! Anyway, we squeezed in a couple more shows during the final week to say goodbye...:(


15-year old Jess was the last winner of a Golden ticket (a Fast Pass to an actual American Idol audition)...
video 

Ah well - if there's one thing I'm sure of - Disney will replace it with something amazing!

Pet Rescue By Judy

Maddy has started volunteering at a local pet rescue center (www.petrescuebyjudy.com). They have a location at Oveido Mall and she gets one or two dogs for the day to introduce to prospective adoptive parents. She 'sold' her very first dog, Bookie and now he has a 'furever' home:)


Congratulations Maddy (and Boo) - we are so proud of you and your beautiful heart!