Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Schwartz's vs Disney on Ice 2013

Sarah has been lucky enough to be invited to Disney on Ice each year with a friend whose dad works for a generous company.  I apparently started taking this generosity for granted and just assumed it was also the highlight of their social calendar each year as well and we'd be invited.  Unfortunately, they made other plans this year and wouldn't be in town for Disney on Ice.

I was a little bummed at first.  Not necessarily about missing out on the box seats.  More on missing out on the fun and silliness leading up to it.  Making matching outfits for the girls.  Hanging out with my good friend.  And enjoying seeing how much 2 giddy girls were loving the show.  

I pouted a bit and then moved on.  I didn't realize that Chris had even noticed I was a bit pouty about not taking Sarah to the show this year.  Boy was I surprised when we sprung tickets on me and Sarah and sent us out the door for the show, especially since there was still plenty of prep work for Cody's party to be done.  

I'm glad he did.  While I'm not the most sentimental person and I don't really believe the well touted quote:
If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the piles and piles of laundry will disappear all too soon and that you will, to your surprise, miss them profoundly. – Thomas S. Monson

I mean seriously, the last thing I'll miss out the kids when they are grown is the insane amount of laundry I do.

But I do realize certain aspects of my time in the trenches has a shelf life.  And Disney on Ice is one of them.  All too soon Sarah will be too big to want to dress up in silly outfits and go to the icecapades with me.  All too soon she won't want to dress up like a princess and ask me to dance with her in the kitchen.  And beyond Disney on Ice, all too soon she won't call me her best friend and want to spend time with me or maybe she won't even want to be seen with me in public.  Oh how those teen years terrify me!

So I'm going to hold on to this tradition for as long as humanly possible!

This year, without Annie to making corresponding outfits with and with the short notice of the show Sarah wore her Rapunzel dress and I tried to match her in a purple shirt.
Dressed and ready to go!

Chris even gave us some money for over priced stadium food since we didn't have time to eat before we left.  Sarah is so funny, we get in the FedEx forum and I ask her what she wants for dinner.  She sees the giant tub of popcorn and immediately tells me thats what she wants.  Popcorn didn't sound like what I wanted for dinner so I got us some chicken tenders and french fries.  She ate all my fries and didn't want the chicken.  Then at intermission she reminded me that I didn't get her any popcorn yet.  Ha!
Watching the show

Chris got us some awesome seats!  There are the 3 rows of chairs right on the ice, I guess those are the VIP seats.  Anyway, we were on the 3rd row after those.  Pretty awesome.

Rapunzel's floating lights

 At intermission we went out so Sarah could use the restroom and also to buy her popcorn.  =)  In the restroom while we waited in line she hands me her sweater and says, "Here mom.  I don't want to wear this.  Its covering up my pretty dress and people want to see it."  Say what?!?
 I asked her to give me a big smile.  This is what I got.  She said she was using her hands to make it bigger.

During the Brave part of the show.

Max (the horse from Tangled) during the grand finale.

My little blur dancing during the grand finale.

After the show

I enjoyed our Mommy-Sarah time at Disney on Ice.  Sarah can definitely have her moments where I want to murder her or put her in eternal time out.  But really she is a sweet, funny, bright, happy girl and is a joy to be around.  She gets so excited over the littlest things (like a whole tub of popcorn for her) and just lights up.  Her smile is infectious and it's impossible not to be happy when she's bubbling over with joy and exclaiming everything is her favorite.

I'm hoping that we get at least a few more years of our Disney on Ice date night.


  1. Did she blink while eating the popcorn and watching the show? She didn't blink too much last time I watched a movie with her. :-)

  2. Don't count on her ever outgrowing it, Shandi went with us last year and loved it just as much as the first time I took her at age 3! She was a bit miffed when I told her we weren't going this year.