Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Disney Recap!

Friday, October 16. Up early, finished loading the car, and off we went!! We drove to Tallahassee, FL. Surprisingly the kids did amazing on the very long car ride.

Saturday, October 17. Drove the remainder of the way to Orlando, FL. Found our condo, but it was too early to check in. Did some shopping at Target for groceries and such. Exactly at 4pm we were punching in the key code to our home away from home. It was everything I'd hoped and more!! I highly recommend Windsor Hills to anyone going to Disney. $117/night for a gorgeous 3 bedroom/2 bath condo beats a hotel room any day in my book. Oh yeah, 12 minutes to the MK parking lot, 8 minutes to Epcot.

Sunday, October 18. Kids were super excited. Headed to Magic Kingdom for the day. I think they were amazed by all there was to see and do!! It was crowded, but the wait times were short. We let the kids ride what they wanted and we took advantage of some character photo ops.

Monday, October 19. Back to the MK. Freezing cold!! Glad I brought jeans and jackets for the kids. We stood in lines for the princesses and the fairies. I think the fairy line was the longest wait of the entire trip. I managed to score last minute reservations at The Crystal Palace for lunch. Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eyeore visited our table. Food was pretty good too!! At the end of the day, we did a little window shopping on Main Street. As we were leaving, Veronica went up to a mannequin dressed in a Cinderella gown and hugged it. (aw) Val followed. The cast member asked them if they wanted to help dress her for the ball.... and so they did! It was so sweet ~ a special moment just for them. They each got a Fair Godmother in Training button and a bag of confetti (fairy dust.) Perfect ending to our day.

Tuesday, October 20. Up really early for breakfast at Chef Mickey's! Food was good. I thought that the characters seemed a bit rushed though. Minnie did come to our table twice though to dance with Valerie. After breakfast we headed to Disney Studios. My least favorite park of this visit. There just didn't seem to be much there to interest the kids. Right before 3:00 we lined up for the parade. Then the music started ~ OMG it was loud. Deafening LOUD. Ridiculous. Veronica started crying and holding her ears, Val too. I YELLED at the cast member right in front of us and asked if the music was this loud everywhere and I don't think he heard me. He responded if we needed to cross the street to do so before the parade got there. That kinda ruined our day.

Wednesday, October 21. Last day at Magic Kingdom!! We decided to let the kids re-ride what they wanted. We got there at rope drop and saw the opening ceremonies. Val was thrilled as she had talked about the Good Morning People all week! We went straight to Fantasyland and almost everything was walk on. In 3 hours, we rode Dumbo, Peter Pan, It's a Small World, Haunted Mansion x 2, Tea Cups, Carousel, did the Ariel M&G, and the Fairy Godmother M&G.

We left for a break, and went back a little before 7pm for Spectromagic. We walked in front of the train station - the street was empty, or so we thought. Clint was videoing the color changing castle when this woman tells us we had to move. She was holding that spot. WTF? She and another lady were trying to keep about 12 feet of space between them empty. Did I mention it was the prime parade spot right in front of the train station looking down Main Street? They were waiting for 8 more people so they didn't want anyone standing in that huge space. Ummm no, sorry it doesn't work that way. I could see holding a spot for your husband or whoever, but commandeering 12 feet? So I argued with them at how ridiculous that was and how we were there NOW and on and on... and finally they gave up and moved!! Hahaha!!! Parade was AWESOME! We headed back to the ticket center (fewer loud pops) for the fireworks which were also AWESOME.

Thursday, October 22. We slept in a bit to catch up on our rest. Went swimming at the pool. Then headed to downtown Disney to do a little shopping. Couldn't find what I was looking for so I eventually gave up! It was way crowded there also, which was annoying. I caved and we bought the girls a Cinderella Castle Playset for Christmas ~ shhh! We headed over to 1900 Park Fare for our Cinderella Dining experience. I have to say parking at The Grand Flordian is weird ~ ha. We had the first seating for dinner, so we didn't have to wait too long. Once again, I found the characters were rushed. They walked up, said hi, and snapped one or two photos and were gone. I don't think anyone stayed more than 2 minutes. Maybe they didn't interact much because my girls are so small. Food was good though and it was still worth it to see what it was like.

Friday, October 23. Last day!! Val woke up with a runny nose and a cough, but it got better after a while. We visited Epcot. Clint and I hit Soarin and Test Track first. Did a few things with the kids. Clint's cousin and son met us and we walked around the World Showcase. Hot Hot Hot!! This was the hottest day of our trip. By mid afternoon we were beat from the heat and were ready to go. Friday night, Val was up very, very sick. She was burning up and very pale. Saying she hurt all over and her head hurt really bad. Flu symptoms. I was really worried and thinking we would have to find a clinic before we left.

Saturday, October 24. Somehow, Val woke up her normal happy self. We packed up and hit the road for the trip home. Kids were a bit more restless than on the way up there. We stopped in Pensacola, FL for the night. By early evening, Val was starting to look bad again and was very sick again during the night. But, woke up just fine in the morning.

Sunday, October 25. Home sweet home!! We were back after lunch. Unloaded the car and unpacked.

All in all, it was a fab vacation. We had great weather and managable crowds. It was truly magical watching the kids' reactions to everything. Valerie loved it and was so excited to see everything. Even 2 year old Veronica was fascinated with it all. Standing in line, she'd announce "I ready to RIDE!" In the car at the end of the day, "Don't wanna go hotel! Wanna go PARK!" She refused to ride in the stroller and walked the parks with us.

So I guess now we must decide when we're going back!! Spring 2010 maybe?!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


What a lovely way to come home from vacation!! It seems the kids brought back a souvenir of their own.

The Flu.

All that hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes didn't do a darn thing.

Valerie has a nasty sounding cough, but the worst of it happened our last day at Disney. Veronica was very sick and lethargic yesterday. The doc gave her the swab test yesterday and Tamiflu.

Guess I'll be next.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Home sweet home!

It's nice to get away, but it's also nice to return home! We got back yesterday afternoon. Hopefully I will soon get around to a full trip recap with pictures and maybe even video.

To sum it up, we had a GREAT time. The girls LOVED it. Every day when we were going back to the condo, Roni would say in the grumpiest tone, "Don't wanna go hotel. Wanna go PARK!" And that kid stood in the (short) lines chanting "I wanna ride!" Funny for a two year old.

We had great weather most days. NO rain, cool temps. The only really hot day was the last. Crowds were there, but wait times were minimal.

The kids even surprised us by tolerating the 12+ hours in the car rather well.

Unfortunately, they both came home sick!! We're off to the doctor once again this afternoon.

I have nearly 500 posts to catch up on in my reader. Heh, it may take a while....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


From the happiest place on earth!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It figures!

Of course since we are leaving for vacation in less than 24 hours, Veronica woke up congested and coughing. Oh and very, very grouchy. Off to the doctor we go!

I so don't have time for this!! Did I mention I still have to pack and do laundry and clean up the house??? And Clint is working so it's all up to me?

Friday, October 09, 2009

Thump....and bump....

Isn't this pitiful?

Veronica likes to be wrapped up tight in her bath towel each night. I don't know if we wrapped her too tight or what last night! But Clint carried her into the living room and stood her on the rug. I was in the kitchen picking up dishes and I hear a THUMP followed by screams. I went over to see what was wrong and after hugging her and saying it was ok, I saw smears on Roni's towel. Hugged her closer as she screamed louder and louder... THEN I got a better look and blood was dripping from her lip. Gah! It was pretty bad. I quickly got her some ice then Tylenol and we cuddled her as her lip swelled. She insisted we put a band aid across her lip. She looked so pitiful and sad!! Poor baby! It's a little better today and thankfully not bothering her much.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Disney's time lapse video of the MK

isn't this neat??

The kids want to watch it over and over and over!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

The mouse is calling

In two weeks - a mere 14 days (!) - we'll be here once again:

I'm already in the 'hurry up and wait' mode. I want it to hurry up and get here, yet I feel like there is so much to do!! But then it's too early to 'do' anything just yet. I'm sure I'll be in full blown panic mode at this time next week. I'm overly paranoid about the kids (or us) getting sick! It seems everyone we know has had the flu. I'd hate to postpone our trip due to illness. I wish for a cool front or two to make it down to Florida because it is darn hot right now. And the crowd reports have been insane for this time of year!! I hope the kids handle the 12 hour drive well. I hope they handle the long park days, along with the (loud) noise. Y'all know my kids are scaredy cats when it comes to such awesome things as fireworks. Oh, and can't forget the dark rides.....

But it is what it is... and we'll deal with whatever comes along.

I can't wait. (!!)

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hats off! or on...

Valerie found this sun hat at my Dad's house a while back. I am not sure how it turned up in the toys. I am certain it was something my Mom had to hang on a door for decoration. Anyway, it's white, floppy, and has some silk flowers hot glued to it. Valerie immediately claimed it has 'hers' and it actually suited her quite well. When we visited my Dad this week, Val asked if she could bring 'her' hat home. Of course! Yesterday she started calling it her tea party hat. At dinner time, she ran to her room to "get ready for the party", she said. And came out wearing her white dress that is part of a snow white dress up set. I then had to find Roni a party dress too. We just had to eat our fancy tea party dinner (burgers and fries!) in the dining room, which we rarely eat in there!! (We eat at the breakfast area table.) After Val wanted to take pictures in her fancy hat.