Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Jumping in the Jack O Latern Inflatables in Hayden, AL
The Inflatable Slide. Joey climbed and slid down this at least 50 times by himself!!
Joey thinks he's hot stuff pulling the wagon with Eddie and the big pumpkin!!
Playing inside the Indian TeePees at Clanton, AL
The last 4 clips of jumping in the hay in Clanton, AL
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Here Eddie and Alan are doing the sanding.
Alan is doing more sanding here.
Next comes the painting. Alan chose to use 3 colors which requires a lot of time waiting for paint to dry!!
While we waited for the paint to dry Alan decorated his sail with some retired scouting stamps in Mommy's office.
Here is Alan with his completed boat. He named it "The Promise" because we were learning the Cub Scout Promise on the way to the race preparing for next week's meeting.
Alan and Daddy registering for the race.
They let Eddie have is own private race to test out the gutters while registration was going on.
Daniel helps Eddie and Joey test the gutters.
Alan at the starting line
The Finish Line The race was double elimination so the still pictures were from Alan's first race. Here is a video of Alan's second race.
Unfortunately he lost both races. Eddie sat on the bleachers and behaved like an angel despite all the chaos of kids (especially Joey) running around like hooligans. To celebrate Eddie's good behavior he got to pick the place for lunch. The scouts had 3 times as many Tiger Cubs show up to race as expected so Daniel ended up staying to help run the rest of the event and I took the kids to Burger King for lunch.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Joey was sooo excited about the Cookie Monster shirt Daddy got for his birthday!! Daniel barely had it opened before Joey snatched it up and had it on. He ended up sleeping in Daddy's new shirt!!
Joey was sooo excited to get his big brothers' character PJs when I sorted clothes a few weeks ago. The Wiggles are a favorite :)
Monday, September 21, 2009
We decided to start the day at the Islands of Adventure part of the park. We made a beeline for the Spiderman ride. I went with Alan and Eddie while Daniel and Joey waited in the parent swap. This is a really amazing ride. You ride in a car along the track with a 3-D movie screen in front of you. You help Spidey get the bad guys and it actually feels like you are swinging from webs and flying/falling!!! When we got off the ride Alan decided not to go a second time, but Eddie sure got excited when he just had to wait for Daddy to trade places with mommy to ride again!!
The rest of the rides in the super hero section were for taller and older kids so we headed over to Seuss Landing. This turned out to be Alan's favorite.
The first ride at Seuss Landing is of course The Cat in The Hat. This ride takes you through the house and shows you the chaos when the Cat arrives with Thing 1 and Thing 2. Then we headed to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
You fly in a fish labeled either red, blue, one or two then the speaker gives directions for certain fish to go up or down and you are supposed to make your fish go in the right direction with a joy stick. While you are flying your fish there are characters around the outside at different heights that spit water at you. You WILL get wet at some point on this ride!!
To dry off we rode The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. Which is just that a train that is way up high and you can look down on all of Seuss Landing. Then it was time for the Caro-Seuss-el, your standard carousel mechanism only the horses are Seuss type creatures instead.
After Seuss Landing we walked through The Lost Continent. The rides here all had height requirements taller than the boys so we continued on to Jurassic Park where Daddy took Alan and Eddie on the Jurassic Park River Adventure.
This must have been quite a ride because Alan became scared of EVERYTHING after this ride. (Later Daniel explained there was a really scary part where you thought a T-Rex was going to eat you and then the raft went straight down) They weren't nearly as wet as the other people in the raft so if you're going to ride and don't want to be SOAKED sit in the front. We decided to try the Pteranodon Flyers ride next where you had to ride with someone UNDER a certain height. Alan ended up having to ride by himself and let me tell you it took quite a bit on convincing after the raft ride!! This ride is a 2 seat swing like ride where you sit one person in front of the other and you fly over the whole park. Joey had a BLAST!! Alan ended up thinking the ride was ok in the end. When we got off the ride there was a man with his "pet" dinosaur. She moved and tried to grab Eddie's hat in her mouth. She was soooo life like it was a bit creepy.
The next section of the park was Toon Lagoon. Not a lot to see there so we just walked through and headed back to Marvel Super Hero Island to meet Spiderman in real life!!!
Then we exited the Islands of Adventure park and walked over to the Universal Studios park. Where we met Dora right off the bat.
The first ride we went on was more like a show. Shrek 4-D was a cool 3-D move with the 4th D being the actual movement of the seats. It was an adventure to save the kidnapped princess from the ghost of King Farquat. After the show it was time to eat!!! Then we went on Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast where you ride in a rocket with Jimmy Neutron and friends and you go through all kinds of shows from Nickelodeon. This was a favorite for the boys. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I hadn't eaten right before!! Next we were going to do Men in Black, but the wait was 45 minutes and the boys were kinda restless so we Met Curious George and Ted, the Man in the Yellow Hat in Woody Wookpecker's Kidzone. Joey had passed out asleep in the stroller and missed this as well as Mommy, Alan and Eddie going on the E.T. Adventure. Where you ride a bike (no peddling required) and help E.T. save his dying planet. Then it was time for Diego to do a meet and greet. Dora showed up and we asked where Diego was. He wasn't in the park that day!! What an incredible disappointment for Eddie :( We told him that Diego wasn't in the park that day because he was out rescuing animals. He seemed to accept that, but was mad we couldn't go back to see him "tomorrow".
The wait for Men in Black was still super long so we went to the Disaster show where they create a movie about disasters. There were "stunt" people selected from our group and we were the crowd for some scenes. At the end we boarded a subway train and it of course crashed with a gasoline truck from above crashing toward us and exploding with real flames and the other side of us the train station was flooded like a monsoon soaking anyone (Alan) sitting on that side. Alan asked Daniel if we could buy that movie when it comes out on DVD in case we were in it!!
The wait was STILL long for Men in Black and we had been hearing about Spiderman and The Cat in The Hat all day so we decided to head back to the other park and hit those rides again. We did Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster and Curious George Goes to Town on the way out of Universal Studios park. The Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster was a ride requiring short people to be accompanied by tall people so Alan rode with one of the park employees.
When we got to The Islands of Adventure park Daniel and Eddie headed to Spiderman while I took Alan and Joey on The Cat in The Hat ride. Daniel called as we were in line waiting to tell us that someone had give him their Express passes (these are like the Disney Fast Pass, but you have to purchase them) I told him to use it with Eddie on Spiderman and meet us at the end of The Cat in The Hat ride. The arrived at the gift shop just after we got off the ride. We used the express pass to ride it again because it was Alan's favorite then we rode the The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride with the express pass. I sent Daniel with an express pass to The Incredible Hulk Coaster and took the boys on the Caro-Seuss-el and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. By then it was almost time for the park to close and we had dinner reservations to eat at Emeril's restaurant. That will be a topic for another blog. For all the pictures from the trip go here
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Just testing out the new My Digital Studio software from Stampin' Up. I'm using a friends computer so you can look forward to more projects when I get my copy of the software!! It's super easy to use. It only took about 15 min for me to figure out how to create this page, convert the file to jpeg and post it here on the blog!!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
The cruise was a BLAST!! It's family oriented and jam packed with activities for the kids. They start off in the red circle on the main deck for a safety talk about running and all the normal safety stuff. Then they give them all squirt guns and anyone on the main deck is fair game for the water gun fight.
Then they take them into the dungeon to tell them a story about a treasure buried at sea. When they come up from the dungeon we all have to look for the "X" bouy. Then one of the pirate crew gets them all lined up with a rope and they have to pull the chest up out of the water. Everyone gets some of the treasure to take home. One of the last activities was getting pirate tatoos. Here is Alan aka Captain Bones showing his off.
Here are some birthday video clips and there are lots more pictures posted on my picasa page in the 2009 August folder
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Here the boys are checking out the baby chicks in Papa Joe's store.
Joey is gving Papa Joe a makeover here.
A puppy Joey's size
The last 2 videos are of the ice cream truck coming by while visiting family in Iowa.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Here is a picture of the card I made for him.
It was inspired by this week's Color Challenge from Color Dare. The colors to be used in this challenge are More Mustard, Bashful Blue, Chocolat Chip, and Kraft. The designer series paper (DSP) is retired Stampin' Up paper from Juntos and Summer Pinic. The bear stamp is from the Stampin' Up set, "Cheers to You". I used crystal effects and white dimensional fabric paint on the beer.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It is our school year resolution to walk to school in the mornings. Here is a picture as we are arriving at the school on the first day. I was happy to have walked because the parking lot was a mess!!!
Here is a picture of Eddie with Ms. Hardy (she was Ms. Young with Alan and got married in May!! Congratulations Ms. Hardy. We will try to get your name right) and Ms. Powell.
Here is Alan outside his classroom. They are Templemen's Tornado's this year!!
Alan with Ms. Templemen
Had to include this great picture of Joey and Alan playing Wii on one of the last nights of staying up late while Daddy was TDY.
Monday, August 03, 2009
I am really missing the Zoofari stampset that retired in June. I am really into tearing paper and had this pop in my head so I made an exception and decided to use it anyway. Most people that know me know I am obsessed with Red, Black and White and I always seem to be short on Thank You notes so here is my card. I used Basic Black, Whisper White, and Real Red.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Our "Fake" Birthday with Grandma. We celebrated Alan and Joey's birthdays while grandma was visiting this summer. Alan got this awesome DJ station and it's been the favorite toy for all our visitors!!
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Eddie made a bumble bee braclet in preschool and was sooo excited about it.
Joey had a blast at Aidan's birthday party at Pump It Up
Alan is teaching Eddie to use the computer this summer
The Tucker/Saucer Road show from a fun visit with our Alabama friends the Tucker family.
Eddie and Joey with a show of their own.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
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Thursday, July 02, 2009
Sorry I haven't been blogging like I should. I have been working on a HUGE picture project. My mom gave me all the photo albums from when I was growing up and I have finally finished scanning all the pictures into jpeg files on the computer. Then I greated a picasa account to post them all for family and friends. The albums are numbered in as close to chronological order as possible. There were 2,502 pictures in all!!! Here is the link if you want to see the pictures click here
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
We have been discussing a newer vehicle in the next 6 months or so for various reasons. We've had Daniel's Neon for 8 years and it has 107K miles on it and my Dodge Grand Caravan after only 4.5 years is already at 87K miles. We are scheduled to pay the van off in December and would like to replace the small Neon with a slightly larger vehicle to accomodate 3 carseats (Florida and several other states are trying to pass laws requiring carseats/booster seats until age 8 or 80 lbs!!) as well as with low milage.
Well the next day after taking Eddie to Preschool (I STILL can't drive) Daniel and Joey went to look at Chrysler Town and Country Mini Vans in person. He came home from picking kids up from school and said he found one to buy and he made a 3pm appointment to take me to the dealership to look at it.
This wasn't just your run of the mill mini van. It's top of the line!! The 25th anniversary edition fully loaded. I could never dream of having a van like this. I LOVE my blue Dodge, but this is super deluxe in comparison!!! It's dark red with white/super light grey leather interior. Alan is completely in heaven and I think could live in the new van with Satellite radio, 3 dvd screens, MP3 player jack, rear video camera and I scared him when I pushed the button the keys that actually started the engine. He thinks the thing is MAGIC!! Not only can you adjust the seats electronically in the front, you can adjust the height of the foot pedals!
So we ended up getting the new van for me, Daniel will take over the blue Dodge van and he sold the Neon to his little sister who recently totaled her truck. She happened to have the whole week off work and was able to ride a Grey Hound for 24 hrs to get her to pick it up. Daniel got all the license plates switched to the proper vehicles and she got a temporary insurance card and was back on the road. I am happy report she made it home safely. Oh yeah forgot to mention how entertainded Daniel is that I can't drive for 2 weeks with that shiny new van in the driveway. I decided not to put the carseats in until I can drive so he can get used to the blue van :)
Here are some pictures.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I had the surgery on Thursday and everything went extremely well. I just can't drive for 2 weeks and no lifting for 6 weeks which will be tough. Daniel got 2 weeks off to take care of me and the boys and things are going well. Feel free to call if you want more details. I'm just not sure the whole world needs to read about things here. Some of you will be relieved to learn that unlike Daniel's apendectomy there were no pictures taken :)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Magic Kingdom Part 2
The boys must have had some wild dreams last night to wake like this.
Grandma, Mommy, Alan and Eddie headed downstairs for breakfast around 8:30am. The boys stopped by Herbie for a little play time.
While we were eating breakfast the sky opened up and it POURED!!! We took our time with breakfast thinking the rain would pass, but it just kept coming so we got ponchos in the gift shop $30 allowing Grandma to purchase a nice canvas bag for an additional $10. Then it was outside to catch the bus. We got to Magic Kingdom not long after it opened and headed straight for Tomorrow Land to ride Buzz Lightyear. We got a Fast Pass Ticket for later. The man working the Fast Pass machines was from Pella, IA. He told us the line was only 10 minutes so we also rode right away. The first time Eddie and Grandma rode together and Alan and Mommy rode together.
When we got off the ride we had some time before our Fast Pass tickets would work so we rode the Carousel of Progress. The seats move around a circular stage and watch a family pass from the turn of the century through the 90’s.
Then it was back to Buzz Lightyear. This time Alan rode with Grandma and Eddie rode with Mommy.
Then I asked Alan if he wanted to take Grandma on Space Mountain. He said yes so I led the group right up to the lady working the Fast Pass machines. I walked past all the people waiting to get tickets and asked her for a parent swap ticket. She said oh you need a child swap ticket. I said yes please and we were off. The child swap ticket is for families that have kids who don’t meet the height requirement. The first parent stands in the long line with anyone who is tall enough to ride. Then when they finish the ride the parent that waited with the short folk get to take the swap ticket and go straight to the front of the line without waiting at all. Well I don’t care about Space Mountain so I handed the ticket to Grandma, grabbed their hats and the tote bag and shoved them into the fast line telling Grandma to meet us at the Tea Cups. She was very confused and said she didn’t know where they were. I told her to grab a map and to have fun on Space Mountain. Her face lit up and they were off.
Mommy and Eddie then headed to Peter Pan’s Flight to get Fast Passes for the group. There wasn’t a line for Cinderella’s Golden Carousel so we rode the hoursed and finished just as Grandma called to say they were at the Tea Cups so we headed over to meet them.
Grandma took the boys on the Mad Tea Cups since Mommy’s tummy couldn’t handle it a second time.
We still had time before we could go on the Peter Pan ride so we caught the Mickey Philharmagic 3D show. The movie takes you through all kinds of Disney movies: The Little Mermaid, Lion King, Aladdin, Peter Pan, and I’m sure I missed a few.
There was just enough time to catch It’s a Small World before Peter Pan’s Flight.
Then it was off to Never Never Land and the Peter Pan’s Flight ride.
When the ride finished it was almost 2pm so we decided to get our laser shooter guns at the Buzz Light year ride for the vacation souvenir and catch the bus back to the hotel for a nap. On the way back to tomorrow land we saw Cinderella’s step mother and step sisters and it looked like a street show was about to start. They told us to come up the ramp so we did. It was just a photo op, but they were quite the characters to meet.
Then we continued on our way to Tomorrow Land. The cashier offered to get the packaging off the guns. I sent Grandma and the boys to press pennies with Buzz images while she did this. Then I looked up and noticed the opportunity to meet Buzz himself so we got in line to meet him.
On our way out of the park we noticed there was no wait for the Monsters Inc show so we decided to go. Then it was off to the bus stop to wait for a ride back to the resort.
When we got back to the room we made some sandwiches and had a birthday party for Eddie. He got to open some presents that Grandma brought and we sang and ate a huge chocolate cupcake.
After a nap we took the boys down to the pool where they even got Grandma to swim with them!!
Daddy grabbed a pizza on the way back to the room and we left the kids with Grandma. Then we grabbed the bus to Downtown Disney to shop and grab some dinner. We ate at Bongos a great Cuban dinner with live music and headed back to the room.
In the morning we got all the bags packed up and Grandma, Mommy, Alan, Eddie, and Joey explored the Toy Story section of the hotel while Daddy loaded the van.
Then it was off to the Sanford Orlando Airport to take Grandma to her plane. Then we went back into Orlando to the Ikea store and had a Swedish lunch at their café. They have this play area you sign in your potty trained kids that are between 37 and 54 inches tall to play for an hour while you shop. The big boys had a great time while Mommy, Daddy, and Joey walked through the store. Then it was off to a 6 hour drive back to Panama City. We got home around 8:15pm. Daddy unloaded the van and mommy helped the boys with a bath. Then Alan and Eddie helped get everything unpacked and Mommy got a few loads of laundry done. My head hit the pillow around 10:30pm and Daniel let me sleep in almost ‘til noon today. The laundry is still running and I hope to get pictures sorted and start posting on the blog.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Last night we grabbed the maps for Epcot on our way upstairs to plan the day for today. Grandma and Joey really got into the map reading. Then Grandma read bedtime stories to the boys.
This morning Joey was up before us all and decided to serenade us for an hour until the alarm went off at 8am. We were dressed and headed to the bus by 9am. Daddy is fighting his sinuses and has a back ache so I was worried about how we would hold up for the 4th FULL day of Disney excitement.
We found out there is a ride at Epcot that is as popular as the Toy Story ride was at Hollywood Studios and didn’t want to make the same mistake twice so Daniel took off to get Fast Pass Tickets for Soarin’ right away!! Mommy and Grandma took the boys to Innoventions to play with the toys and tools of tomorrow. Alan and Eddie went right for the Fire Safety Show with Grandma. Mommy and Joey walked around and scoped things out. We found out about the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. You have to get a ticket for a time to meet and get your assignment and communicator. Daddy had the tickets to get the Fast Pass so we had to wait until he met up with us. The Fire Safety had a miniature house at the end of the presentation where they taught the kids how to make a plan to get out of their own homes and meet at a family meeting spot. Then there was a cool fire truck to look at and stand in front of for a picture. You had to push a button on top of a fire hydrant and it took your picture. Then you could edit the picture and add stickers to it before emailing it to friends. I sent it to myself and dad since I have been living without internet all week!!
Daddy arrived right on que just as I hit the send button. We got the ticket for Kim Possible and headed to The Seas with Nemo & Friends. This was a really cool ride with cars shaped like shells and you rode in the dark through the sea and different parts of the movie. There were real aquariums and the characters from Finding Nemo were projected into the show.
After the ride you could take your time touring the aquariums and there was an arts and crafts center for the kids. The aquariums were AWESOME. We even saw dolphins and sharks!! They had several divers working with the fish and feeding them. There were some smaller aquariums with real clown fish and other fish from the movie. I think you could spend hours in this attraction!!
We finished up in time to head to “The Land” to use our Fast Pass tickets to Soarin’. Joey didn’t meet the height requirement so Grandma spent some time with him while the rest of our crew hit the line. Just as we were in our specific rows and next to go into the attraction Alan informed me he was gonna pee his pants. Daniel talked to the lady working the line and she had me step to the side to save the spot while Daniel took the boys all the way to the beginning to go potty and he was allowed to come all the way to the front of the line and we barely got in the next show. I was yelling at Daniel to run with Eddie and the workers were telling him NOT to run!! The ride holds 87 people and lasts 5 minutes. It takes as long to filter people out and seat the new people as it does for the ride to run. I learned a lot while I was waiting!! You get strapped into seats and put any flip flop type shoes that may fall off in storage. Then the lights go out and floor goes out from underneath you while the movie starts on a concave screen and your “hand glider” takes off over all kinds of cool scenery. They also had smells enhance what you were seeing. Like in the mountains and evergreens you could smell evergreens and in the citrus groves you could smell the oranges!! It really was awesome even if I had sea legs afterward and felt a little nausea at different points of the ride. Alan thought he was part of the movie and LOVED this ride!!!
I went to the bathroom while Daniel called Grandma and Joey to meet us at the Living With The Land boat voyage through amazing greenhouses and a fish farm. This was a really cool boat ride through the history of agriculture and reminded me a little of the days working at Living History Farms in Des Moines. Then you got to go through the future of farming and see all kinds of hydroponics and aeroponics growing plants that were HUGE and could grow all year round. They also had exhibits of works in progress.
Then Daniel and Alan went to get Fast Pass Tickets for the Test Track ride while Grandma, Mommy, Eddie and Joey headed to meet them in Norway for lunch.
We had a great lunch in Norway then got our communicator and assignment for Kim Possible. We were assigned to France on the complete opposite side of the park. We closed the cell phone communicator from Verizon and decided to go on the Maelstrom Viking Boat Voyage in Norway and take our time getting to France to complete our mission. The communicator cell phone was a very exciting thing and caused some fighting among ALL 3 boys!! Next time we will have to get more than one.
We started our journey to France. First we walked through China, Germany, Italy, and America. We stopped in America for the colonial band and to grab a picture with a Disney quote that mom has a picture of Paul and I standing next to when we came here as kids.
Our journey to France continued through Japan and Morocco. The mission in France took FOREVER!!! Grandma, Mommy, Eddie and Joey dropped out and let Alan and Daddy finish the mission. At the end of the mission they were sent on to Japan for a second set of scavenger hunt things to find. When the mission was over it was time for the tall people to go on the Test Track where you board the GM vehicle on the longest, fastest attraction in Disney history!!! Mommy and Joey went to find out about Honey, I shrunk the audience. We ended up riding Journey Into Imagination With Figment ride since there was NO waiting!!! It was a tour kind of ride and Joey seemed to like it quite a bit. It ended with a bunch of photo booths to take your picture and doctor it to email again. Joey was toooooooo tired to doctor it so I just emailed it to myself.
After the tall people finished Test Track Grandma let Alan and Eddie create their own Gigantic pixie sticks in a gift shop!!!
After the sugar rush it was time for the Honey I Shrunk the Audience 3-D show. The boys wereeall soooo tired and cranky and all they wanted to do was SIT DOWN. The waiting area was a place were they kept reminding you that you couldn’t sit on the floor!!! It seemed like forever and we had to stand through a 10 minute Kodak commercial before we could finally take our seats in the theatre. Alan really likes these 3D attractions even though there are parts that really scare him
There was still NO WAIT for the Journey Into Imagination With Figment so we all went on the ride and skipped the photo booth all together. Eddie, Joey and Grandma did find a sound activity to play with on the way out though.
Then it was off to Spaceship Earth. I immediately remembered this ride from the visit when I was a kid as the blue cars pulled up for you to board your trip through the past and into the future. There is a new touch screen in the front of the car where you answer some questions and they personalize the journey for you including a cool picture and the option to send a video postcard of the picture through email at the end of the ride.
Then we took the ferry boat across the Lake to have dinner in Germany.
Oh let me explain the Nemo treat. While I was emailing the electronic postcard from Spaceship Earth Joey got a hold of Eddies’ HUGE pixie stick and dumped a bunch on the bench causing a HUGE meltdown. Grandma took him back to the gift shop and he choose this treat instead of a new pixie stick.
In Germany we paid a fortune for Brats and Beer and decided to stay for the fireworks. Daniel thought it would be fun to just stroll through the rest of the countries and get different food to sample as we went. The next country was Italy and the restaurant was reservations only. They had a cool replica of the Trevi Fountain. The legend is when you throw your coin in this fountain in Rome you will find your true love within a year. I happened to have thrown a coin in this very fountain during spring break 1999 and was MARRIED before the year was up!!! Daniel even let the Disney photographer take our picture in front of the fountain.
When we reached America we decided to try for a picture of all three boys with the quote.
Japan had an awesome drum show going on so Eddie, Grandma, Joey and Mommy took a seat in the street to watch while Daniel and Alan went to check out the food. We passed on the food, but really enjoyed the show. If it would have been 5 minutes longer the rhythm would have lulled Joey to sleep.
Then we arrived in Morocco and the live music and belly dancing in the street was AWESOME!!! Again Daniel and Alan went in search of food while the rest of us enjoyed the entertainment. They were gone a really long time and came back with a plate of delicious food. We had chicken, lamb, humus, couscous, and some tangy salad and olives.
After the food and a potty break it was almost time for the fireworks show. There was a great place with a gap in the bushes for the boys to see EVERYTHING so we sat on the ground to watch. Daniel took Alan to get his popcorn treat and we just hung out ‘til the show started. It was sooo cool with fire, fireworks, laser lights and this really neat glowing earth that opened and shot out a bunch of fireworks at the end of the show.
Walking back to the bus there was a section of side walk with little spots glowing like the fireworks landed there. With the flash from the camera you can’t really see that effect here.
We made it to bus stop 15 to catch the bus and Joey fell asleep on the way to the bus stop. He transferred to my arms without flinching and Alan and Eddie both fell asleep on the bus. We tossed them in the tub and got them ready for bed. Then I grabbed the laptop and I’m sitting in the resort café to write tonight because the light was keeping the boy awake while I wrote last night and it’s now just after midnight. The plan for tomorrow is for Grandma, Mommy, Alan and Eddie to hit Magic Kingdom first thing and come back to the room for lunch and LONG naps. Then the whole crew hopes to return to Magic Kingdom and stay for the ending fireworks for our last day of vacation. Stay tuned for details.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Disney Hollywood Studios
I’m really not sure how the wake up went this morning because I wasn’t the first one up. I know Grandma and Daddy didn’t get in until way late because Grandma actually flew into Sanford Airport NOT the Orlando Airport. Daniel made the discovery before she landed and was in route the extra 40 some miles to pick her up. Life is always an adventure when you travel
The boys all slept through the rearranging and organizing and were very happy to see Grandma this morning. Daddy and Joey were going to stay in the room and join the rest of us at the park later so Daniel took our dirty clothes downstairs to the resort laundry mat to wash them. Then at 8:30 Grandma and Mommy took Alan and Eddie down to the bus and headed to Disney Hollywood Studios.
We arrived to the park right before they opened. We had plenty of time to take Grandma and activate her ticket. Thank God Daniel was thinking ahead and gave me his active duty military id to be successful with this task!!! Then we asked some park employees about the park entrance for breakfast. They gave us directions to the restaurant and we headed in that direction once they opened the gates to the park.
We had 10:10am reservations to eat breakfast with Jo Jo and Little Einsteins from Playhouse Disney at the Play N’ Dine at Hollywood & Vine restaurant. It was only 9am, but the lady said it was no problem if we were hungry we could go right in!! We got to meet Leo and June from Little Einsteins and Jo Jo and her Lion while we had a great buffet to include Mickey waffles. They had little mini shows with music for the kids to sing and dance along with the characters!!
After breakfast we caught park of the High School Musical 3 show going on at the Sorcerer’s hat and headed to Animation Courtyard.
There was only a 5 minute wait to see the Play House Disney Live on Stage show where we helped Mickey and the gang throw Minnie Mouse a Surprise Birthday Party. We had to use the tools in OH Toodles: Handy Many, Little Einsteins, and My Friends Tiger and Pooh to prepare for the party. Goofy needed help making the cake and the story with Handy Many showed him how to work together to get a big job done. Then Donald got help from the Little Einsteins to see how an overwhelming job could be accomplished with cheering and encouragement from your friends. He was able to get help from his audience friends to write Minnie a song for her birthday present. Finally Daisy needed help hanging the birthday banner and we saw how Our Friends Tiger and Pooh asked their friends for help to get a kite unstuck from a tree.
When the show let out we say there was no wait at the Magic of Disney Animation. The lady explained all the planning that goes into the characters of an animated movie. Mushu from Mulan was the example they used to see how much they change as the movie develops. He wasn’t even supposed to be a dragon when they were first developing the movie then he evolved into 2 dragons from there a 2 headed dragon and from there the little red dragon we all know and love.
The exit from the presentation allowed us to look at some amazing artifacts of animation and they even had a real live artist drawing in one exhibit. When we walked a little farther we saw you could meet characters!!
We got in line to meet Sorcerer Mickey. Daniel called to say he and Joey had arrived at the park and would wait for us to finish.
There was also a line to meet characters for the movie bolt. The boys really wanted to meet them too so we got in line and sent Daddy and Joey off to lunch. I got to practice my Spanish with a family from Mexico while we waited in line. Bolt left just 2 groups before us and we only got to meet the hamster named, Rhino. The boys didn’t seem too upset by this as we haven’t seen the movie yet.
The last line was to meet the Incredibles. We got to meet Elastagirl because the others were on break.
Meeting all these characters took a VERY VERY long time!!! We called Daddy and Joey when we finished and they were just finishing lunch and we ALL needed a potty break. It was off to the Commissary to find them.
After our pit stop it was off to get Fast Pass Tickets to the Atar Tours Star Wars flight simulator ride. I noticed the guy working was named Diego and looked a lot like the character from Nick that Eddie LOVES named Diego. I hollered for the big boys and we took a picture with him. Eddie thinks he was the real Diego and was soooo amazed.
Then we were of to catch the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. We got to see how they do the cool car/motor cycle stunts in movies. They had cars that were identical only one had the driver facing out the back making it appear that the cars was going backwards. They also had cars were the driver was in a go kart like contraption on the back side of the car making the car appear to drive itself like the infamous #53 Herbie. There were lots of stunts, explosions and action on the set. This is a must see show!!!
Then the tall people headed to the Star Wars ride while Mommy and Joey went to look for the Toy Story ride to get Fast Pass Tickets. We were unsuccessful as the ride is soooo popular ALL the Fast Pass tickets were used up before 3pm for the whole day!!! What a disappointment
We went back to the Star Wars ride to wait for the tall people and bought a popsicle while we waited. We got caught and Alan and Eddie talked Daddy into buying them ice cream treats too.
We went to the Great Movie Ride where you watch clips of all kinds of classic movies while you wait in line. Then you get in a vehicle to tour through scenes from all kinds of movies. My favorite was Wizzard of Oz where the Munchkins sang.
It was raining when we got done with this ride, but we didn’t let that get us down. We headed to check the wait time for the Toy Story Midway Mania and were surprised it was 110 minutes wait time!! No way could our crew handle that much waiting so we went to the Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian 15 minute show from the movie.
When the show let out it was still over 100 minute wait for Toy Story so we proceeded to find Lighting McQueen and Mater from Cars.
When we finished meeting Mater and Lighting McQueen there was less than a 10 minute wait for the Muppets Vision 3D show so we headed in that direction.
It was a great 3D interactive show totally Disney style and one of Grandma’s favorites of the day!!!
The show let out just in time to get in line for the very last showing of the Indinan Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!!. The “30 minuted live show featuring edge-of-your-seat stunts and adventure included extras from the audience. You guessed it Mommy got to be in the show!!!
They tell me Joey knew it was me on stage and fussed wanting to sit with me. He practically jumped in my arms when I got back to the seats!!
We went to check the wait time on Toy Story again and it was up to 120 minutes. We were fried and no way gonna make a 2 hr wait. Daniel went to get a Fast Pass for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and the rest of us went to scope out the American Idol stuff. We decided the boys were too tired and the American Idol wasn’t worth it so we went to find Daniel. He had no luck as the Fast Pass Tickets ran out for that ride, but he got some for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. We were all soooo tired we gave them to some teen age boy near by and headed out of the park to catch the bus to our hotel. We threw the boys in the tub and just finished pizza. We are hanging out with grandma and about to go to bed for the night. Stay tuned for details from Epcot tomorrow.
Monday, April 06, 2009
We started the day with a 7am alarm and the morning started almost the same as yesterday with showers and breakfast in the room. Then we got in the Animal Kingdom shuttle bus line and our day began. We waited at the park entrance and got coffee.
We were off to Africa to start our adventure. The gates opened with a short show from our Classic Characters reviewing safety, sunblock, and maps.
The Tree of Life is at the center of the park. Here are some pictures as we first entered Africa.
Daddy went to get Fast Pass Tickets for the Kilimanjaro Safari and we walked through the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail to see the animals while we waited to go on the Safari.
We still had some time so we boarded the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
There was a great petting zoo where the kids could brush goats that would just lay there for them. Nothing like the diary goats from the good ole 4-H days in Frankville.
After we washed out hands and headed inside we were able to watch the Disney Veterinarians do a bird physical. A bit of exploring the building and the perfect timing started for the day. We got lucky and were first to meet Rafiki himself as well as Jimney Cricket.
We were the last in the group for the next train back to Africa. We arrived just 5 minutes after our Fast Pass expired, but the guy let us in anyway. After a short wait we were boarding the jeeps. Joey passed out between Daniel and I and stayed asleep for the transition to the stroller he was sooo tired!!
Then we asked the boys if they wanted to eat lunch or go do a Bug’s Life. As we were looking for places to eat we found a display board that had the wait times for all the park attractions and the wait time for It’s Tough to be a Bug show was only 5 minutes so off we went. The sow is inside the Tree of Life and the boys were very excited about the 3D glasses we got on our way in. The wait seemed like FOREVER as it was dark, hot and crowded inside the tree. We finally got to find our seats inside the theatre and Alan had to sit on my lap so we would all fit. The show was hosted by the Ant from A Bug’s Life movie and the 3D show was interactive with stingers poking you in the back, puffs of air and water effects to boot.
Then it was time to head to DinoLand USA in search of lunch. We ran into Missy and the gang on our way and visited for a minute. We had a time table in place with time on our side so far for the day. We headed to the Dinosaur ride to get Fast Passes then it was off to Restaurantosaurus for lunch. Tables were at a premium. Eddie, Joey, and I had to hang out and watch for people leaving while Alan and Daniel got our food. We managed to politely ask a family if they were headed out and snag a table that was being eyed from a few yards away. We we finished eating another mom had the same conversation with me, but an employee jumped in and said there were people who already had their food looking for places to sit. Joey grabbed his cup of fries as I practically tossed him into the stroller, threw away the trash and grabbed Eddie’s hand. I wasn’t going to hang around for a table fight!!!
We found Daniel after a bit of bad communication and the fact we raced away from the table where he left us. Then it was time to get in line for the Finding Nemo the Musical show. This event was a favorite for Eddie. The actors were awesome blending in with the puppets as they danced. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. They did a very short version of the movie with all the highlights in song and dance with AMAZING puppets and choreography!!
The Dinosaur ride had a height requirement so Daniel took Alan and Eddie to see if they would honor our Fast Pass even though it was 30min after our time slot. They had no problem going on the ride. Joey and Mommy enjoyed a frozen OJ on a stick and some cold bottled water while we waited. The ride let out just as we finished a potty break.
After the big boys hit the potty we headed to Fossil Fun Games. This is a cool playland area for kids under age 10. Joey took off and had a blast. He has no fear and once he found the stairs to the tall slides he was down the slide and up the stairs in a flash!!
We walked around for a bit figuring out a plan to get to the parade. Alan had a melt down about his face burning from the sun so Daniel took him to wash his face and calm down. Then we found a spot for the parade where a lady offered to let Alan and Eddie stand in front of her to watch. Joey was out like a light in the stroller so Daniel took him back from the street to allow others to see the parade better and I stayed with Alan and Eddie to enjoy the show and take pictures.
It was starting to sprinkle after the parade so we headed to the park exit to catch the bus back to the hotel. We had a Disney Photographer take a family picture infront of the Tree of Life on the way out.
The park was closing in just an hour so we didn’t miss too much of our day. The next vacation we’ll have to do the Lion King show and Camp Minnie-Mickey. We will get a chance to meet most of those characters (not in safari gear of course) on Friday at Magic Kingdom. We got standing spots on the 3rd bus back to the hotel and decided to get off at the Disney All Star Music resort next to our resort to explore and walk back. Alan was a bit confused because the set up is identical to ours, but the fountain figure in the swimming pool was different. He said Daddy how did they change the pool? He’s a very observant little boy
We got back to the room for sandwiches and showers then we got the boys settled in for the night and Daniel went to stock up on juice boxes and snacks before heading to the air port to pick up grandma. I can’t wait to see the boys reaction to her arrival!! Eddie is already asleep and Joey is fighting it. Alan is almost out as well. I’m watching American Idol as I type out our day. Tomorrow Mommy and Grandma are taking Alan and Eddie to breakfast with Little Einsteins!! We will be sending the day at Disney Hollywood Studios. Stay tuned for details.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I got pictures sorted and added some to the 2009_March Picasa album if you click on the Saucer Family Website you can see them. I have the laptop packed and hope to type out updates of the trip.