I'm going to be honest - I had no idea that there existed a National Winnie the Pooh Day. And now that i know it existed, it gives both me and Tanya a great excuse to talk about our many encounters with Pooh and the whole gang from the Hundred Acres Woods.
But, first, let me tell you about my day today.
It's pizza day so Kelsey didn't take lunch so that was one less thing I had to do this morning before getting the kids out to school. Gianna had one of her two usual lunches - she goes back and forth between lentil soup and a turkey & basil sandwich. This week has been all about the sandwich.
It's been pretty wet in these parts of Long Island since yesterday and the weather forecast says it's going to last through week's end.
What's going to by cheery today is to focus on the fact that it is National Winnie the Pooh Day!!!
I was surprised that there was a such a day and then after some research, I discovered that January 18th is the birthday of Author A.A. Milne, who brought the adorable honey-loving Pooh bear to life.
Me and Pooh at the Crystal Palace (2015) Restaurant, Magic Kingdom (c)travelincousins.com
Me & Pooh's friend, Eeyore in 1999 at Crystal Palace (c)travelincousins.com
Did you know that the stories of Winnie the Pooh featured Author A.A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin?
The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928).
Pooh, as he affectionately referred to, is a common character in the Disney parks and the most common in the Winnie the Pooh franchise, which also includes Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet.
The Crystal Palace Restaurant, Magic Kingdom (credit; charactercentral.com)
Did you know that Pooh also the most requested character in the Disney Parks second only to Mickey Mouse.
I guess it was a smart move for Disney to purchase the rights to the Winnie the Pooh characters in the 1960's, for which the company and has since been paying twice-yearly royalties to beneficiaries of the will of A. A. Milne, the characters' creator.
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh Ride, Magic Kingdom, Orlando, FL (c)travelincousins.com
As a regular visitor to the Disney Parks, I LOVE POOH. In fact one of my gang's favorite restaurants in Magic Kingdom is the Crystal Palace, where you can get up close and personal to the whole Hundred Acre Woods gang.
If you need more encounters with Pooh, the Magic Kingdom Park features The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride attraction as well!
I actually found this YouTube video which films the entire ride!!! Enjoy the adventure!!
With the whole gang in Downtown Disney, Orlando (2015) (c)travelincousins.com
CHECK OUT TANYA'S SIDE FOR MORE WINNIE THE POOH TIDBITS!!!
Last night, my little Punkin was out cold on the couch!! She cracks me up with her crazy sleeping positions!!
I'd have to say that my little scared baby has grown very comfortable and safe here in our home, which I couldn't be more pleased about!!
Enjoy your day and do something enjoyable on this whimsically fun day!!
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Winnie the Pooh memories
Well whadda ya know it's National Winnie the Pooh Day! Who woulda thought?!
Makes me wonder...does Mickey have his own National Day?? Hmmm...
Named Winnipeg—or "Winnie" for short
DID YOU KNOW: During World War I, a Canadian soldier named Harry Colebourn made a pet of a black bear cub he bought from a hunter for $20. Named Winnipeg—or "Winnie" for short—the bear became his troop's mascot and later a resident of the London Zoological Gardens. There, she was an adored attraction, especially to a little boy named Christopher Robin Milne, son of author A.A. Milne. In fact, the boy loved Winnie so much that he named his own teddy after her.
Let me go ahead and embarrass myself here and let you in on something - for the longest time I thought Winnie was a BOY!
What I do know is that my baby boy - Dominic absolutely loved the adorable little bear. He had so many Winnie the Pooh toys in his collection that it was hard to keep up with them all, and not only that he wanted to be Winnie-the-Pooh for Halloween (told you I thought Winnie was a boy), he loved his Winnie the Pooh chair, and had a Winnie the Pooh themed first birthday!
Dominic in his favorite chair (c)travelincousins.com
Dominic in his Halloween costume (c)travelincousins.com
And of course seeing Pooh and Friends at Disney Parks was always a hoot!
Be it at Disneyland in Anaheim, California:
Or at Disney World in Orlando, Florida:
DID YOU KNOW: Sterling Holloway, who gave voice to Winnie the Pooh in the Disney featurettes until 1977, also was the voice of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and Sleepy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
GUESS WHAT: You can see all of the real plushies that inspired the characters at the New York Public Library. With one exception –Christopher Robin lost his Roo plush in the thirties, so it is sadly missing from the collection.
And there ya have my SCOOP all about Winnie the Pooh!
Yesterday wasn't all too eventful, so not much to report - just boring stuff like meal planning and food shopping. The one fun thing that Dave and I did do was sort through some of last years post cards and while doing so I took the time to read some of them. What a blast 2016 was!
Here's looking to 2017 to be another great year! Elisa and I area bout to book our Chicago hotel for our cousins road trip. And I am also tying up loose ends for our soon upcoming Euro Ski Circuit - the countdown is under 3 weeks away!!
Catch us back here tomorrow for more cousins fun, -T