Sunday, September 27, 2009

Raingutter Regatta

This year Alan is a Tiger Cub in scouts!! Yesterday we had our first big scouting event, the Raingutter Regatta. The boys sand and paint their own boats and race them down a raingutter filled with water. They blow behind their sails through a straw to make the boats go. Eddie is having a rough time feeling left out because you have to be in first grade to be a scout. We got him a kit to build the boat with Alan to be a pretend scout.

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

During the race

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

Video Clips of Joey

Here are some video clips of Joey. The first is Joey figuring out how to use Mommy's scrapbooking tools.
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

Universal Studios

This weekend we took the boys to Universal Studios in Orlando.

We got to the park right before it opened at 9am.

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

My Digital Studio Software from Stampin' Up

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

ARRRRR!! Ahoy Matey!

I am long over due in this post as it's been 2 weeks ago already!! We took Alan's best buddy Aidan and his family on the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise to celebrate all our August birthdays this year.

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 have the kids swab the deck with child size mops.

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.

We were even lucky enough to see dolphins while on the cruise. Here is the birthday cake made by yours truly and the cupcakes for Alan's classmates.

Here are some birthday video clips and there are lots more pictures posted on my picasa page in the 2009 August folder