Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wandering With Bay

Where in the world have I been?

Wandering, of course. With a very special girl; a mermaid whose company I was gifted with for too short a time. Meet Miss Bay. She is a fantastic 7 year old.

While she was with me, we had lots of fun!

We went golfing. Her Fairy God~Lady called her while she was on the mini-golf course, and that was one of those calls that you just have to take...

We went to the butterfly pavilion just in time for a new butterfly release, which was fun. She was on the lookout for butterflies...

We found them! Thousands of them...

We rode a carousel at Heritage Square... (and a roller coaster, and a flying banana, and a paddle boat, and of course the ferris wheel...)

We swam in a pool that has a river, a waterfall, a mini frog slide and a huge twisty slide!

And we:
Went to the Tattered Cover Bookstore for Junie B. Jones books (a must, I found out)
Went to Casa Bonita for a Mexican Fiesta, complete with waterfall into a diving pool, divers, mariachi band, life size gorilla on the loose, live stage show, arcade, haunted house, gift shop, and several other attractions...
Went shopping
Went to lunch at a 50's diner and she learned about Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, James Dean, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable...
We did SO many things... but Scarlett had a surprise in store for her little mermaid... a very special surprise. The highlight of the whole trip, as it turned out.
I dolled Miss Bay up in a very lovely navy blue formal gown (with which she INSISTED on wearing blue Hanna Montana flip flops), put her in a sparkly silver and blue crown and gave her a scepter wand, French braided her hair in a crown, and we went to Scarlett's friend Storm's house to visit Bay's Fairy God~Lady for the first time!

The very special and wonderful Fairy God~Lady, who served Princess Bay "Sparkling Creme Soda Champagne" in real crystal goblets, just as a princess should use.
That was the beginning, and she was utterly delighted...

When lo and behold, who should come down the stairs to see Bay while we were there, but Prince Charming himself...

He's been searching for Princess Bay to give her the mini glass slipper that was made especially for her when she was born, but which was stolen away by an evil witch.

Prince Charming searched far and wide for her slipper, found it in a high tower guarded by a troll, defeated the troll and brought the rescued slipper back to Princess Bay.

Princess Bay had important news to impart to Prince Charming about Cinderella and her glass slipper that he is carrying on the royal pillow...
(Serious Bay) 'I have something to tell you'

PC- 'yes?'

(still serious...) 'I know where Cinderella is'

PC- 'you do? Thank goodness, I've been looking for her everywhere, I need to get this slipper back to her, she leaves it all over the place, all the time! Where is she?'

(Bay looks at him dead pan, cool as a cucumber...) 'She's in Hollywood'

PC- 'oh! Hollywood... yes, that's right, I forgot... she goes by Cindy now. What was she doing?'

'Blowing up balloons'.

I was laughing through tears at this point, which is the best way to laugh, but a difficult medium to photograph through.

Not one to miss an opportunity, Princess Bay traded her royal scepter for Prince Charmings' REAL sword... and immediately went into Mulan mode....

It was very exciting!!

We stayed and visited with Prince Charming and the Fairy God Lady for an hour or so, and then we left... and little Princess Bay never let go of that little glass slipper for three whole days; except for the pool... and only because I wouldn't let her take it in. She talked about it incessantly from the moment we woke up until we fell asleep each night, and we sang Disney princess songs in the car the whole duration of her visit. It was one of the best visits ever, but she said that nothing we did topped her Fairy God~Lady and Prince Charming.

Her mom told me recently, that Bay had announced that 'dreams don't come true sometimes'... and we were sad that she'd grown up a little bit, but then when they were pulling out of the driveway, she leaned out the window, waving with a flourish and blowing kisses and called to me... 'dreams really do come true!'

Princess Bay and her glass slipper, returned to her by Prince Charming


Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Be still my princess heart :) What a fabulous time you've been having. And is it me, or does Prince Charming resemble Willy Wonka? Hmm....

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hello lady!

So glad to see you, I will be over to visit you in just a little bit...

It was a fabulous time. This Prince resembles several characters!
You have a good eye!


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick said...

That was SO sweet! Thanks for sharing all the pics! Looks like you all had a fab time fit for a princess!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hi Christina!

Glad to see you! Yes, it was a fantastic time, we had so much fun.
She is a priceless princess.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Jon M said...

Cor, that must have been quite a treat. You've obviously been busy. I love pools with twisty bits and rapids and everything! Great to have you back though!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

It's great to be back, Jon.
I wandered too long this time!

Aren't twisty slides and rivers the best? The best!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Anonymous said...

So many princesses around these days, its hard to move for all the wands and crowns!xx

Anonymous said...

You're very extreme, and that's good. I love that you really know how to make a difference. That princess will always have her happily ever after because of your big heart and wild imagination. You are the real Fairy Godmother.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Welcome Figcharlie!

Thank you for stopping by!
There are a lot of princesses around these parts... more than you know...


Hey Hyppie-Chick!

I'm *SO* glad you came by!
You're my fairy-God sister, so that makes us even, then... right?
You make me blush.
Thank you for unwavering love and devotion, how did I ever earn it?
Love you more than chocolate.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

rel said...

Gloriocious gottfried to murgatroy what a fantabulous adventure you guys had and to think you preserved the notion that dreams really do come true. But, really, you and I know that they only come true if you wish them so really, really hard. :)

Missed you terribly, hope you can stay a few days? ;O

Anonymous said...

Wow, What a lucky kid! Prince Charming was adorable. I've been away too...sometimes it's hard to get it all done.

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

Welcome back to the Land of Carpediem Quotidienses!

J said...

That's a magical visit if I do say so! Something for you both to cherish and remember always.

Laura Jane Williams said...

Looks like you both had a great time!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. Looks like that prince was really enjoying himself.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

What a lovely tale with a happy ending, yet.

Is Princess Bay your niece? Godchild? She's very lovely, and you gave her the adventure of a lifetime, one she will someday relate to her own children and perhaps her grandchildren, too.

Pearl said...

wow, what a phenomenal trip and adventure. She looks like she's having a (Cinderella-thrill) ball

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hello Rel!

Missed you very much, too. Glad to be back! I will be around for years!
The notion that dreams do come true must be preserved, for if it isn't... then what do we have, if we don't have dreams?
Not much at all.


I think I was the lucky one that weekend, it was *SO* good to play for four whole days. It was 'club med for Scarlett'.

Dear PK,

We must seize every moment, not just every day. Every single moment.


It was magical the whole time, from beginning to end, and we will both remember it always, I hope.

Masked girl,

Welcome! Yes, it was SUCH fun!

Seventh Sister,

...are there really seven of you?
;o) just kidding!
Everyone had a great time, including the Fairy God Lady, the Prince, the Princess and myself.

Dearest Hearts,

Bay is my pseudo neice. Her mother and I are sisters of the soul.
They are both two of the greatest blessings I've ever been gifted with, and being part of their lives makes mine infinitely richer.


Very nice to see you here.
It was a giggle a minute, and such a great time, the whole time.
Very special, in it's entirety.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

apprentice said...

It looks like great fun, and the Prince is very lovely, almost as good as chocolate.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


It's true, this particular prince is handsome, but his best features are inside.
His mind and heart are infinitely more beautiful than anything that can be seen on the outside.

Chocolate is in a category all it's own, and cannot be compared with anything. Combined, yes... compared no.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Kay Cooke said...

I am blown away by how you made a little girl see that dreams do come true! Love it - truly magical and amazing!

exskindiver said...


Wanderlust Scarlett said...


Glad to see you here! Yes, it was quite magical, nonstop fun from the moment she came until she left.

We must always endeavor to believe in dreams, they are the heart-force that carry us forward each day... we imagine,'what if?...'

Dreams change the world.


I am on my way over to visit you directly... very good to have you here.
Big hugs!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

The Passionate Palate said...

I've been away far too long Bella...so sorry. Thanks for your encouraging comments on my blog. Life has been so heavy for me lately that seeing your wanderings with Bay gave my spirits a much needed lift. What wonderful times!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

I was away too long as well.
So glad to see you here.

Big hugs to you Jeni, and I will keep you & your husband in my prayers and thoughts...
best to you, bella mia.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

molly said...

Wondered where you'd wandered off to! Off making dreams come true---are you sure you're not the fairy godmother??Bet the princess can't wait to come back and visit you again....

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Miss Molly,

I am not the Fairy God Lady... I could never fill those shoes; she's Fairly Fantastic. I've often said that she is a secret garden, with endless coves and wonderful places all hidden and tucked away carefully.
It is a favorite pastime of mine to visit her and take my time exploring all the delightful surprises and priceless treasures that she subtly shrouds in her heart and mind.

I am, however, Aunt Scarlett... and that is another joy all together!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Neil said...

What an adorable girl! You are so very kind to show her such a wonderful time; thank you for sharing with us.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hi Neil!

She is *SO* adorable. She's so much fun, so smart, so silly, so awesome!
I am a lucky aunt.

We had a great time, it was my pleasure to share it.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Shannon said...

This post just made my day.
-From bay

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Best four days! You were so small!!
It always makes my day too, when I go back and read through it.
I love you so much baby girl.