Monday, November 17, 2008

Picture Day

We just went to Kiddie Kandids to have the kids pictures taken. I am a little late, but it was Jack's 6 mos, Katie Beth's 18 mos, Charlie's 5 yr and Will's 7 yr. I can't believe how big they are getting! Thankfully, they were all "on" and it only took about 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Disney, Day 6

This was the final day of our trip. We didn't have to leave the condo until noon, so Keith took his traveling fishing pole and all the guys went to the on-site pond to fish. Mom and I stayed back with the babies to let them rest and let us pack. We ate lunch in the room and then headed to the airport.

Travel went well, except for the usual chaos of security check-point. Also, Katie didn't sleep on ANY of the flights, going or coming home...even though I had specifically planned them during naptime. She did well, all things considered, just the occasional outburst instead of non-stop crying and screaming. We survived on Dum Dums from the dollar store.

Once we got back to Fort Worth, we all stopped at Mexican Inn for supper. A cold front had just come in, so we were freezing since we were still in shorts and t-shirts from Florida. Once we got home, the kids went right to sleep...and so did we! It was a great trip. We learned a lot about what to do and Not do on our next trip. A HUGE thanks to mom and dad for going along as childcare and being such good sports about it. We could NEVER have done it without them!

Here are the last of the trip photos. I almost forgot to take pictures of the condo, which would have been so bad, because it is really nice!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Charlie chatter...

A few days ago, Charlie burned his finger and got a nice size blister on it. Last night in the car, we heard him telling Will, "Hey, I just got a little hole in my blister and all the pee came out. That's why I call it my pee blister."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Disney, Day 5

This was our last day in the parks. Our day started early though. We left the babies with mom and dad again and went to a character breakfast. It was at the Disney Beach Resort and featured Goofy, Minnie, and Donald Duck...all in beach attire. We had hoped to see more characters, but at least we got those. The boys enjoyed seeing them, but I think Will's favorite part was that we got to do his own plate, TWICE, in the buffet line. He kept asking, "I can get whatever I want?!"

After breakfast we met mom and dad at Disney's Hollywood Studios. We did the Star Wars ride first...a HUGE hit. Then we did the Indiana Jones Stunt Show, which we all enjoyed. We saw a lot of characters here as well. We didn't get to do the Toy Story ride, because the lines were just too long and all the fast passes were given out for the day. Still, we had a great time. On our way out of the park, mom sat with all the kids while Keith, Dad and I rode Tower of Terror. If you haven't ever been there, it's a must do. If you have been there, you know what I mean. It takes you on a 13-story "elevator" plunge, only it's PUSHING you down and then it pushes you back up...repeatedly. You never know when it's going to stop. FUN!!!

That night, Keith, Dad and the boys went swimming. I was shocked that my dad went. I could probably count on one hand the times I remember him EVER going swimming in my whole life. I guess with it dark he didn't have to worry about a sunburn. While they swam, mom and I got the little ones ready for bed and relaxed. Another great day. Hard to believe our trip was almost finished.

Disney, Day 4

well, if I have any readers at all left, here is day 4 of Disney. I can't believe we've been home for almost a month and I'm still working on this. Guess it falls under the category like so many other things in my life...best intentions.

Day 4, Monday, we went to Epcot. On Sunday night, I knew that we were all wearing out. The heat and all the walking were taking their toll. After putting the kids to bed, I sat down to map out the next day. I suggested that we take it easy in the morning and get to the park just after noon. Our kids had not done any of the light shows at night yet and I really wanted to stay for the Illuminations and fireworks at 9:00pm. Mom and dad had an even better suggestion. "Why don't we go to the park from 9am-2pm, then you can go after that until they close? We will keep the 2 babies home and you can get out alone with the boys." What a great idea!! (I probably would have thought of it if I had any remaining brain cells.) We knew both groups would move a lot faster and see more if we split up.

So mom and dad headed out to get to the park when they opened. Keith and I hung back at the condo. Keith took the boys swimming, we let the babies nap, got more groceries, and just relaxed. Dad called around noon and was so excited. He had already done 2 of the new rides there with no wait. Also, at one point he was approached by a park employee. He started asking if dad was here alone. Dad explained about our vacation and that we would be coming later. He looked at dad and said, "Well, you're in the right spot at the right time. Here are 7 dreampasses. They are good for everyone in your group, today only, at this park." I had never heard of a dream pass, but they were just that, a dream!! It is a pass you wear around your neck, (like a VIP badge.) When you get to the most popular rides that take the fast pass, this dream pass acts as your fast pass and you go to the MUCH shorter and MUCH faster line. For example, when we got to the flying ride called Soarin', the wait was 85 minutes and all the fast passes had already been given out for the day. That meant that if we wanted to ride it, we would have to wait like everyone else...for 85 minutes. But since we had the dream pass, we got in the fast pass line and only waited about 15 minutes. We kept telling the boys all day, "God is so good to us. He let Pappaw get these special tickets for us so that we wouldn't have to wait in line as long!" I think it was the pick-me-up they needed. We got to do LOTS of rides that day.

Another thing that helped with our energy level, besides not having the babies in tow, was that it was overcast, cooler and even rained on us. During the rain, we were able to do a lot of the indoor attrations and because the crowds were lower that day, we hardly had to battle lines on any of the rides.

That night we ate in China and then sat outside to watch the IllumiNations show. I think the fireworks scared Will. I realized he's never been that close to them before. They both enjoyed it though. When it was over, the park was closed, so we bagan to make our way to the gates. Charlie was worn out, so I carried him out...asleep. We woke him for one final picture in front of the ball. It was probably the best day we had in any of the parks. On our way home, we asked the boys what their favorite thing was. Will's was a ride called Fast Track (like a road test for cars), Charlie's favorite was riding the Tram in the parking lot. KIDS!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

With hope...

No time for a long post, but I had to put this in. If you went to bed last night and woke up this morning feeling dismayed, join the crowd. The election coverage literally made me sick to my stomach, I just couldn't watch. I can't imagine what it must be like for a Holy God.

As I pondered on the election and what our future would be like, it was easy to become fearful and defeated. But then the Truth came, none of this took God by surprise. In fact, it all passed through Him first and was orchestrated by Him. And this has not lessened His Power in any way. He is still on the throne and just as much in control as He was the day before and as much as He'll be tomorrow. "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."

As I told Keith, this may be God's way of driving His people back to their knees and back to total dependence on Him. It may also be His way of judging us for our disobedience and willfulness. May God forgive us and have mercy on us.

As a reminder that God is still in control, all 4 states voting on same-sex marriage passed bans on them, including California. That can only be God!

Thanks for letting me rant, I promise this is not going to become a political blog.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Disney, Day 3

On day three of our trip, we headed off to Animal Kingdom. We had been warned that this is sort of a glorified zoo, but since Charlie loves the animals, I wanted to do it. Again, it was really HOT!! At one point in the day, as we waited for the safari ride, I had to concentrate on NOT getting sick. We left the park about 3:30 after no air conditioning breaks all day. The kids did GREAT! We loved seeing the animals and the big Tree of Life, but the biggest hit was the characters. They have pavilions set up so that they characters are out continuosly. (I think they actually have 2 sets that rotate throughout the day.) The lines to see them were short, so we got to see them all.


After we got back to the hotel, we watched the Cowboys game and rested. The boys had their own TV in their room, so they got to watch cartoons and play. We also gave Katie a bath in the big Jaccuzi tub. I turned on the jets and she thought that was so much fun. She even learned how to wash her hair. SO CUTE!!

Doctor's visit

Yesterday I took Jack and Will to the doctor for their well-checks. Jack is now up to 16#, 5 oz. He is in the 25% in weight and 50% in height but is steady on the growth chart. Will is almost in the 10% in weight and 25% in height. The doctor said both look great. We had a nurse practitioner student come in first and I don't think I've ever seen such a thorough exam. The boys were great "test" subjects and patiently let her poke, prod, listen, and look. Every commented on how laid back sweet little Jack is.

Will was a little reluctant to go, but I promised him that he would get no shots this time, just the flu mist. By the way, they are out of the flu mist and there is a chicken pox vaccine booster at age 7. OOOPS! He was a trooper though and very brave. He even rubbed Jack's head while Jack got his shots.