Saturday, June 18, 2016

Disney: Day 3

Hollywood Studios Day!  Star Wars Day!  Jedi Training Day!  The kids (especially Graham) were excited about visiting this park!

We got to the park and headed straight to sign up for the Jedi Training...which turned out to be the right thing to do.  The line was quite long, but all four kids got a slot in the morning.  We headed over to ride Star Tours and watch the Muppet 3D movie before it was time for training. 

It was a HOT day, but the kids were ready to take on Darth Vader.  They got fitted in their robes, and headed over to meet their opponents.


Here they were receiving their instructions.  This was serious business!


Clare and Graham battled the Seventh Sister.















Sydney and Jane took on Darth Vader!




 Despite the heat, all four of the kids loved the Jedi Training.  The force was strong with these four!



It was time to head to our lunch reservation at Hollywood and Vine.  Here we met Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny and Jake!



After lunch, we had fast passes for Toy Story Mania, a crowd favorite!  Then, we scooted over to watch the Frozen Sing-Along.  This was a such a great show.  The kids loved the "snow" at the end! 




We headed back to the house to have some down time because we were planning on watching the Star Wars fireworks that evening.  Upon returning to the park, we met some jawas at Launch Bay!


We watched the Little Mermaid Show and then we grabbed a spot for the Star Wars fireworks show. 


Disney does everything well, and the fireworks were no exception!  The show was amazing!  We decided to stay late and watch Fantasmic before leaving the park.....very late, I might add!  One more day!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Disney: Day 2!

After a full night's rest, we were ready to head back out!   We began the day with a great breakfast at Chef Mickey's.  We met the whole gang!






We started at the Speedway.  We determined we have some terrible drivers amongst us!  We did Seven Dwarfs again, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Winnie the pooh and Pirates of the Caribbean.  


We were determined to try a Dole Whip on this trip, and we checked that off our list!  Refreshingly sweet!


We hit Splash Mountain and Ariel's Under the Sea ride.  It was mid-afternoon, and we we're losing steam.  But through a series of events, we had scored some awesome "use anywhere" fast passes.  So, we decided to head over to Epcot and hit our old favorite ride...Soarin'! 


I'm not sure it was anyone's favorite this year, but it was so nice to be able to ride it.  (It has been closed for renovation for months!)  We also rode Test Track, which was really fun!  An added bonus was running into one of Graham's favorite characters....Baymax!



Everyone was wiped out!  We headed back to the house for a dip in the pool and a much-needed good night's sleep!  The next day we were headed to Hollywood Studios!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Disney: Day 1

The excitement levels were at all an all-time high for our second trip to Disney World!  We had a super early flight on Friday morning, but our kids were up and at 'em with very little rousing!  Deedee flew to Orlando the day before us, and was there to pick us up from the airport. 


The kids were excited that Mickey had left them some souvenir gift cards!


We quickly headed to Magic Kingdom!


We covered some major tracks on Friday afternoon.  The weather was overcast and very pleasant, and we made good use of our half day! 



We rode Astro Orbiter,



Buzz Lightyear (Graham is checking to see if his laser works!)


Dumbo, the Barnstormer, and we got everyone on Space Mountain!  Graham loved it!!  He turned out to be quite the thrill seeker.  Clare was not quite as big a fan.  She hated Space Mountain on this trip!


We had fast passes for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train....such a fun ride.  One of my favorite pictures from the whole trip....Graham loved this ride!


We finished the day with Mickey's PhilharMagic and the classic "It's a Small World" and were excited to see our names on the screen!

It was getting late, and our energy was running low, so we left Magic Kingdom for the night!  Day one was success!!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Last Day of School

Yesterday was the last day of school for the girls!  This year has flown by, as they all seem to these days!


I have LOVED my days with just Graham this year.  He is so sweet, fun, and easy to just hang out with.  We spent our last day at Chuck E. Cheese....one of his favorite spots!  I'm going to miss my days with my running buddy!


The kids were greeted by signs announcing their next grade level.  Usually, I put these up outside, but it was rainy and yucky yesterday, so we moved it inside!




We started our summer making a list of things to do.  We'll see how much we get done!!

Here's to summer!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Preschool Graduation

My baby is a graduate!!  Graham graduated from preschool last week! 

There was a preschool program with a circus theme.  Graham decided to go as a human cannonball.
 

The four year olds get the esteemed privilege of riding in on electric cars!  It's so fun to watch because the kids really look forward this every year.  Graham took his driving duties quite seriously!


After the circus portion, the pre-k class changed into their cap and gown. 


He was given a diploma by his great teachers, Ms. Dina and Ms. Robyn.


My sweet boy is all set for kindergarten....but is his mama ready to send him???


Ready or not, here he comes!!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mother's Day Brunch

This year we went with a more casual fiesta theme for our annual Mother's Day brunch! This is such a fun event, and I look forward to it every year.


Clare was our graphic designer, and she printed the menus!


My kids are so lucky to have three sets of grandparents around, and this is just a small gesture of our appreciation for all they do to help us through the year!


After brunch, we exchanged gifts. 

It was a nice way to start Mother's Day weekend!