Disney World // Fall Break planning

We just let the girls know about our trip to Disney World over fall break this year! We are all SO excited! The first time we visited was 2008 and the girls were only 3, 5 & 6. Their ages for this trip will be 10, 12 & 13 – so BIG difference. We are excited to see how they like it and everything *should* be easier this time around – no stroller, no diapers, hopefully no whining…. we’ll see on that last one.

My husband is a super planner for vacations, so he has been on the ball with making plans for the past several months already. We just couldn’t wait any longer to tell the girls – we think the planning and anticipation will be even better this way.

We are working with a travel agent this time around and so happy she’ll be making the calls first thing in the morning to get our dinner reservations booked for us. ūüôā¬† Another tool we have been utilizing is http://wdwprepschool.com/ – Dave has been listening to a lot of the podcasts and it’s how we found the travel agent we are working with.

We have our resort booked and we’ll be driving down this time instead of flying. I’ll be posting more on how plans are coming along as we get closer!!

Can’t wait!

Here are some photos from our trip in 2008!

disney_2This is one I want to recreate this trip!

disney_1Pretty Princess dresses that their Grandparent’s bought for them. Grace and Kaylee loved Minnie Mouses’ house.

disney_4Not quite sure why Grace is cranky. lol Eva loved seeing Nemo!

disney_3Eva enjoying the Dumbo ride. And waiting in line with Papa for another ride.

disney_5Eva was wiped out after our first day. Dave video taping some fun moments.

{travel} Des Moines Food Guide

I had mentioned in an earlier post ¬†{check it out¬†here} about the restaurants we went to on our trip to Des Moines. So I thought I’d share the places we went for any of you that might be in the Des Moines area or might be traveling there anytime soon.

Des Moines is probably not the first place you think of when it comes to the ultimate dining experience, but they have some great restaurants with some great food. ¬†I of course am so bad at taking pictures when we are out that I didn’t get pictures at every place…

Our first stop was a late night dinner at ¬†Centro – great Italian food. It’s a very nice place, the kind of place that you could get dressed up for a fancy dinner with your spouse but with an relaxed atmosphere that you could roll into in jeans with a group of friends as well {we were the latter as we didn’t get to the restaurant until about 9pm}

The next morning, we grabbed breakfast at Jethro’s BBQ, which you would not think of for a brunch place, but it was a fun¬†bar and grill with some great breakfast foods. Although we didn’t try it this time, Sarah says the waffle fry nachos are great!

For the afternoon, the boys hit up Firetrucker brewery and then ¬†Tacopacalypse for lunch on their own and said both were¬†amazing. ¬†While us girls, after shopping at a just opened home decor store {which we spent a good portion of the morning browsing and trying not to spend too much money} ended up at Jasper’s Winery, where we didn’t have much to eat, but did enjoy some great wine tastings and finally settling on a bottle of their “Edelweiss” wine. ¬†But don’t worry we did end up ordering¬†some cheese and chocolate to go with it!


That evening for dinner we went to Proof¬†– this was my favorite meal of the weekend. ¬†This place has a great atmosphere, and amazing food. They had a special prix-fixe menu that night, so we ended up all ordering that. Since there were two choices for each course, we order the opposite from each other. ¬†We ordered the bone marrow to start, I was the only one at the table that had not tried it yet and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It really is not as bad it sounds… or looks.


{The Menu. Bone Marrow.}


{First Course: Clams and Chorizo. Asparagus Salad.}


{Second Course: Spring Linguini. Duck Breast.}


{Third Course: Oatmeal Caramel Cake. Muscato Poached Pear.}

Every thing we had was delicious! Definitely a place to check out!

Lastly, we went to our traditional brunch place The Cafe in Ames, IA. ¬†We go here for Sunday brunch every year we come to Des Moines. ¬†Best brunch you may ever eat. ¬†But you are going to wait for it…. they don’t take reservations so on a busy Sunday you’re going to wait for good 45min – 1 hour. I love their seasonal menu and fresh ingredients. ¬†I don’t think I have ever had the same meal in all the years we’ve been going.

Well, there you have it. If you make it up to Des Moines (or live there) these are some great places to check out!  Enjoy!