Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Schlitterbahn and VBS

We are so lucky to have family relatively close by.  This past week we traveled down to San Antonio to see them.  We were having a hard time figuring out what we wanted to do over the weekend of Father's Day and finally decided to get season passes to Schlitterbahn, a wonderful water park in Texas.  The kids love this place and there is no height requirements on most of the rides so as soon as our kiddos are brave enough to ride them they can go ahead.  Last year Elizabeth mostly stayed in the kiddy area with the grandparents, but this year she was big enough to go on some of the major rides and she was so brave!!!


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We had a great Father's Day and Jeff got to celebrate in the way he wanted, to play a big board game!  It took most of the day, but he got to play History of the World and, of course, won.  After that he needed to head back home to get to work on Monday morning.  The kids and I stayed in San Antonio so Jason could attend Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Grandma and Grandpa's huge church.  Elizabeth is looking forward to attending next summer.  Jason had an amazing time and came home every day singing the songs.

Grandma, Elizabeth and I went out most mornings and I was really enjoying the amenities of the "big city"  When I got home Jeff had a word with me about over use of the credit card...opps! I even got a night out with Aunt Michelle with dinner and a movie.  It was a pretty great week, but we were so happy to see Daddy when we got home.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Magic Kingdom 2.0

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I can't believe it was our last day!  This trip that I had planned for months and months flew by!  We still had more to do in Magic Kingdom so we caught our boat and headed over.  For some reason we just seemed to be off on timing, we just missed our bus and as we got into sight of the peer we saw the first boat pulling away.  It wasn't a very long wait either time, but it would have been nice to just be a few minutes earlier.  If the Seven Dwarf Mine Train had been open we were supposed to do that first, but it isn't supposed to open until the end of May.  Since Jason loves Cars we decided he should get to race some so first thing we headed over to Tomorrowland Speedway.  I am so glad that boy won't be driving until he is 16 because he was WILD!  There is a little guide bar under the car and we spent the whole ride bumping into it from one side or the other, but he had fun doing it.  We had to try out Dumbo and the kids seemed to like it.  It looked like they had a whole inside play area built, but we didn't have a wait so we didn't get a chance to check it out.

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Next up was the Barnstormer, the only rollercoaster that Elizabeth would get to ride since she is only 35 inches. She loved every minute of it!  It was exciting enough that we all had a good time.  When we finished we headed back over to Tomorrowland for Jeff and I to do our FP+ for Space Mountain, but when we got there we found it was down with issues and since our FP+ for Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin hadn't started yet we tried out the Carousel of Progress.  I thought the kids might be bored and restless, but they really seemed to like it.  Since we have come home Jason has even sung "there's a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day."  Finally it was time to ride the Space Ranger Spin, which was fun, but not as good as Toy Story Mania in Hollywood Studios.  As we finished up with that we saw that Space Mountain was loading people again so Jeff headed on first.  While we were waiting Jason found an arcade he wanted to explore.  At first we were doing fine, but then Elizabeth said she needed to go potty, but refused to get in the stroller and leave.  Cue the tantrum!  I switched out with Jeff and he seemed to calm the kids down by the time I was back from Space Mountain.  That adventure just showed us it was time to head back to the camper for lunch and nap.

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When we got back we headed straight over to our FP+ for Enchanted Tales with Belle.  The kids got to help act out the Beauty and the Beast with Belle!  When Elizabeth realized what was going on she was almost too upset to go in because we didn't bring her Belle dress.  We convinced her to go in, but it made her a bit shy to get involved.  Jason played the part of Maurice, Belle's father, because he shivered so well.  Elizabeth played the part of some silverware and Jeff was a suit of armor.

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Belle's Tale

We knew we wanted to get some photos in front of the castle before the day was over so this seemed as good a time as any.  The kids were having a difficult time because they were pretty exhausted by this time in the trip, but we got a couple of good photos.  We figured out we needed to go inside and cool down so we headed over to Mikey's PhilharMagic for another 3D show and the kids really enjoyed seeing all the songs they knew.  Since the guys didn't get a chance to ride the carousel we all headed over there for a ride.

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After we finished with that it was time to head over to Crystal Palace for our last special dinner.  Jason was thrilled to see his friends from the Hundred Acre Woods.  He was excited to tell Pooh that he was his favorite and that Jason slept with him every night.  They also decided that Piglet was Elizabeth's favorite because he is pink that that's her favorite color.  We even stayed around long enough to get to see Pooh Bear a second time. 

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After dinner found a good spot to settle in and wait for the parade and fireworks show.  I really wanted to see the full show so we probably should have just stayed and watched it last time, but we didn't so seeing it was a good way to finish out our trip.  I wish we had more time to look around the stores down main street, but in the end it probably helped us avoid buying things we didn't need.  Saturday morning we packed everything up and the repair guy came back to help us get the slide into place for travel.  We got all the way to Texas before we needed to stop for the night and sleep.  This time we just stopped at a rest stop and slept a bit in the camper folded up so we could finish out our trip the next morning.

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All in all we had an amazing trip and we would do it again.  The kids are already talking about the next time we go to Disney and we have had to put the breaks on those plans a couple of times.  They are still talking about the fun things we did on our trip almost 2 weeks later.  I know we made memories of a lifetime!

Monday, May 19, 2014

"We were on a Break" to Hollywood

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During planning everyone told us we should take a break day in between and we were so ready for one by Wednesday.  We needed some time to vegetate in the camper and have some down time.  In the morning we headed over to Downtown Disney, a shopping area that they are still developing.  I wish I had checked the place out a bit first because we parked on the side of the construction that didn't have as much that we were interested in.  We checked out the Lego store where I discovered that maybe Jason was ready to break out Daddy's old legos.  The sculptures they had outside were amazing!  We also checked out the huge Disney store and toy store.  We resisted buying anything for the moment and had some lunch at Earl of Sandwich (yum!) and spotted a Christmas store.  We needed to see if we could find something for our tree.  We took a family vote and decided on a clear castle ornament that changed colored lights.  We did decide to go back and get Jason a sword and shield he had thought was pretty cool.  When we went in the first time Elizabeth was really interested in dancing with this Aurora doll that flipped and became Ariel.  We showed it to her again and the interest was completely gone.  So we ended up getting her a $6 sword to play with her brother versus the $31 doll that she already has quite a few of. 

After we had spent a bit of money we headed back to the camper for naps.  As soon as everyone was up we all got suits on and headed over to the amazing pool we had been walking by all week.  Jason just wanted to go down the slide over and over and over again.  Elizabeth tried it a couple of times, but couldn't keep herself upright and was scared when she flew into the pool, so she was happier to float around and play with us.  That night after dinner back at the camper we headed to the campfire and sing along with Chip and Dale again.  Then off to bed to prepare for another big day!

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So Thursday it was back to the parks, and we started by rushing to Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios.  It was so much fun, but Elizabeth had a difficult time figuring out how to fire the cannon.  We headed back towards the front of the park so Jeff and I could take turns on Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, which was much faster than I remember, then it was off to the Tower of Terror.  Jason kept going back and forth trying to decide if he wanted to ride this with us.  He is big enough, we were just worried about it being too scary for him.  He went on it first with Jeff and loved it!  He came out bouncing around and ready to go on it with me.  While we did that, Jeff and Elizabeth went off to get in line for the Little Mermaid show.  Jason assured me that the ride was just pretend and loved it a second time.  We rushed over to the Little Mermaid, but they wouldn't let us in for the current show.  In hindsight we should have all headed over to the Little Mermaid show and just done our child swap ticket for Jason and I on Tower of Terror later in the day.  After they were finished with the show Jeff and Elizabeth joined Jason and I for the Disney Jr. show.  We had it on the plan for later in the afternoon, but since it was right across the courtyard and the show was about to begin we went for it.  Elizabeth really liked the show and Jason might have also, but he insisted that I not sing.  I'm not sure what to make of that business!  After the show was over we headed back to the camper for our rest time.

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After our break we realized we could only do the Beauty and the Beast show or the Indian Jones Stunt show so we chose Belle.  We did have a little time before that started so we headed over to Star Tours which they have completely remade into a Star Wars themed ride.  It was pretty cool and Jason was the rebel spy.  We did another child swap because Elizabeth was too short again.  To keep ourselves busy the girls watched the Jedi Training academy show and saw Darth Vader.  It was a good show and if Jason knew anything about Star Wars we might have had him do it, but we think that is a bit mature for him just yet.  We regrouped and headed over to the Beauty and the Beast show which Elizabeth loved.  We may have a future thespian on our hands, she loves all these productions!

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After the show we grabbed some dinner and Jason and I did Star Tours again.  We all headed over to the Muppet 3D show.  Afterwards we found Lightning McQueen and Mater.  I think Jason was a little disappointed they didn't talk like other characters we had seen, but I'm not sure how Disney would have made that happen.  Since the kids were getting grumpy we decided to head home before Fantasmic, the light, water, and firework show.  Before we headed out Jason begged to do Tower of Terror one more time so we did.  When Jason caught back up to us Elizabeth wrapped her arms around him and said "Oh brother I missed you!"  That was one of the sweetest moments of our trip!  Before we knew it we were ready for our final day of our trip, back to Magic Kingdom!

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