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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Spring Break, Part Three
On our final two days of Spring Break at Disney World, we visited Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. As Hollywood Studios opened, we headed straight for Toy Story Mania for some arcade-style fun.

Next, we headed to Tower of Terror, but on the way, I somehow managed to talk my kids into trying the Rock-N-Roller Coaster. My Favorite Boy said he would never try it because it goes upside down, but for some reason, he changed his mind. With shoes on, my Best Girl was just tall enough to ride it, so we left Dad behind and got in line. This roller coaster takes off very quickly, and I love my Best Girl's eyes in the ride photo.

Of course, as soon as we exited, they both declared it their favorite ride ever and wanted to do it again immediately.

We spent the morning and early afternoon enjoying our favorites at Hollywood Studios: Tower of Terror, the Muppets in 3-D, the Little Mermaid, and more Toy Story Mania and Rock-N-Roller Coaster.

Then, we headed to Downtown Disney for shopping and went back to the hotel to pack.

We only had three hours on Friday morning before we had to leave for home, so we were at Magic Kingdom before its 8 AM opening.

We planned to do Space, Big Thunder, and Splash Mountain again, and my Best Girl also wanted to see the princesses. Notice the death grip she has on them. I will be sad when we move past this stage. It is still all real to her.

As we left Splash Mountain, we got to see western Mickey and Minnie. As I mentioned earlier, we love to see characters in costumes we haven't seen before, so this was a treat.

We had never met Prince Eric before either, so this was an exciting photo opportunity for my Best Girl.

My Favorite Boy and Dad saw Mickey's Philharmagic while my Best Girl and I visited with Ariel and Eric, and then we all met up for a final ride on Pirates of the Caribbean where we ran into Pirate Goofy.

Before we could leave, we had to search for my Favorite Boy's glasses, which were left in the vehicle on Space Mountain. Unfortunately, they hadn't been found at that point, but leave it to Disney to fix problems. They found the glasses and mailed them to us. I love Disney service!

We had a magical Spring Break trip at our favorite vacation destination! Although many of the things we do are the same, each trip is new and special to us, and I am thankful for the family time and memories that these trips provide.


  posted at 6:39 AM  

Monday, May 23, 2011
Spring Break, Part Two
While I am in catch-up mode, I'll backtrack to our Spring Break Disney trip (I wrote about the first part of our trip HERE). During the middle portion of our trip, we visited Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. At Epcot, we started the morning with some of our favorites: Soarin', Mission: Space, and Test Track. Later, we visited Journey Into the Imagination. This is a corny ride, but my kids love it.

After leaving the Imagination Pavilion, we were happily surprised to run into friends from church. The girls had a good visit, and then we headed to the World Showcase area.

My Best Girl enjoys a certain popsicle at WDW. It's called an Itzakadoozie. She's always a sticky rainbow mess when she finishes!

While in the World Showcase area, we divided up so the kids could do Kim Possible adventures separately. My Favorite Boy and I headed over to England to fight crime while my Best Girl and Dad headed to France. Thankfully, all bad guys were defeated.

After saving the world, my Favorite Boy and Dad headed to Innoventions for some video games and interactive fun. My Best Girl and I visited the butterfly garden (the Flower and Garden Festival was in full swing) and enjoyed Test Track again.

After a full day, we headed back to the hotel for some swimming and relaxation.

Because it was spring break season, Magic Kingdom opened every morning at 8. Since we are early risers, we were there and ready to enjoy the next day. We had about three hours in the park with no lines before the crowds showed up, so we were able to do a lot. We've now been to Disney many times, and one of our favorite things is taking pictures with characters we haven't seen before. My kids were excited to visit with Pinocchio and the White Rabbit for the first time (I got to see Pinocchio in February during my half-marathon trip as well).

The kids always enjoy the Indy cars. I am very thankful my Best Girl won't be driving a real car for a while.

As usual, the three mountains (Space, Splash, and Big Thunder) ranked at the top of our favorites list!

Not only do we enjoy finding characters we haven't met, but we also like to find characters in different costumes. We were thrilled to run into Mickey in his George Washington costume at the Hall of Presidents!

In the early afternoon, we stopped for one of our favorite treats: a Sleepy Hollow funnel cake. After that, the boys headed to Disney Quest to play video games while my Best Girl and I enjoyed Magic Kingdom for a while longer.

We all met up in Downtown Disney and headed to Chili's for dinner. They happened to have a balloon artist there, so we left with souvenirs. It was a great finish to a fantastic day!

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Friday, May 20, 2011
Disney World
I've you've visited my blog for any length of time, you already know we're addicted to Disney World. I am excited to share my love for Disney and my appreciation for Disney guidebooks at the Kirkus Reviews site today. I hope you'll click over and read my review!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Kindergarten Celebration
Last week, my Best Girl participated in her first school program. On Thursday, they did a dress rehearsal in front of the school. When my Best Girl arrived home, her daddy gave her these...

Friday morning, the kindergarten performed in their Sunday best. My Best Girl was worried about everyone looking at her, but she did a great job. I can't believe that my baby girl has only three more days of kindergarten!

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Monday, May 16, 2011
Music City Kids' Marathon
Since kindergarten, my Favorite Boy has participated in the Music City Kids' Marathon. Because of his baseball schedule, we thought he wasn't going to be able to participate this year, but the makers of the tournament schedule smiled on us, and he didn't have to play on Friday night. To add to the excitement, my Best Girl was old enough to participate this year as well.

The kids race with same-age peers. Here are the third graders from my Favorite Boy's school at the starting line. (My FB is the fourth from the left.)

He was all smiles at the finish line with a new medal to add to his collection. The loot this year also included ice cream. This was a big hit with all the kids, especially since it was very warm.

For the past three years, my husband has run with my Favorite Boy. FB ran alone this year, but my Best Girl needed a partner. She chose me! Two years ago, I wouldn't have been up for the challenge, but I am now. We were all smiles at the start, and she couldn't resist giving me bunny ears.

My Best Girl took off in a flash, but wore down quickly. We would run quickly and then walk slowly, but she saved a burst for the finish.

She is so excited to have a medal like her brother, and I hope I can convince her to do more races. I need a running buddy!

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Easter and Softball
I guess Easter and softball aren't usually combined, but I since I am trying to catch up, I ask for leniency.

My Best Girl is having a fun softball season. Last fall, she hit well, but she was more concerned with playing in the dirt than paying attention in the field. This season is completely different! My Best Girl goes after every ball no matter where it is on the field (this is humorous when she is playing second base and the ball is hit to third); we are so proud of her for hustling! During one game, she got to play the pitcher position for the first time, and she was grinning from ear to ear. That same night, her teacher showed up to watch her play, and my Best Girl also got a big hit. This was a special evening for my Best Girl!

Easter Sunday was wonderful. We had NO BALLGAMES, so we were able to wake up, enjoy the Easter baskets, and go to worship without worrying about schedules of any kind. Although I haven't had any sugar since March 30th, my kids enjoyed some sweet treats and hunting for eggs. We enjoyed the low-key family day! (I am so bad about not getting a picture when my kids have their church clothes on. By the time we are ready, we usually don't have time for pictures. Maybe next year!)

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Sunday, May 15, 2011
Catching Up
I haven't posted much lately. We've been busy, but I've also had the bloggy blahs. That happens from time to time. I am going to try to post about some of the things we've been doing. Mostly, we've been at a softball game, baseball game, or both every day, but we've done other things as well.

I mentioned in February that our beloved principal was leaving to take a job at the central office. In mid-April, we attended a reception in her honor. This is one amazing lady, and we are so thankful for the time she served our school!

On Good Friday, all of us, Dad included, went to a local farm for some spring fun. My Best Girl is all about animals, but I am glad to have photographic evidence of my son feeding an animal. I am not sure he has ever been willing to do that before.

We enjoyed many different activities, and my Favorite Boy, who initially felt he was too mature for these kinds of things, succumbed to the pressure and had a great time.

It was wonderful to spend the day together as a family!

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