Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Day of Relaxation

After going to three parks in three days, we were ready for a break. We slept in and decided to spend some time at the pool relaxing. (Zoe decided to stay in the room and read her book, so no pictures of her.)

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After spending the majority of our day poolside, we thought we’d go out for a nice dinner somewhere. So, we headed back to Downtown Disney and settled on Fulton’s for dinner.

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I ordered a clam chowder because I love chowders and I think it might have been the best I’d ever eaten. (I wasn’t the only one who  loved the chowder either. Dakota nearly licked my bowl clean! She just loved it!)

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I could have had nothing but that and been satisfied, but since we were at a crab house I figured I’d get some crabs too. Unfortunately, I should have just stuck to the soup because the rest of my meal wasn’t very good. The crab legs were so dry they were nearly inedible. It was sad. But, I wasn't in the mood to complain, so I just ate of it what I could and we left.

We went back to our room and hung out for awhile before getting ready for bed (early!!) and preparing for our day at the Magic Kingdom.

Hollywood Studio’s, Part 2

The Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure was a really fun place to let the kids run around and blow off steam. After all the waiting in lines and whatnot it was nice to let them run and climb and slide for a little while.

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When I made our character meal reservations I also made reservations for us to have dinner at the SciFi Diner. We really enjoyed eating there last time we went and had a good time this time as well. Harper LOVED being able to watch the movies while we ate and Dakota, Zoe and I LOVED the milk shakes!

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After dinner we went to see Muppet Vision 3D. It was a cool show even though my kids aren’t big Muppet fans, they enjoyed it.

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On our way out of the park we got to stop and get pictures with Lightening McQueen and Mater, two characters that Harper actually knew!

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*We also rode The Great Movie Ride, but I didn’t get any pictures of it for some reason or another. It was a fun one though!

That wraps up our day at Hollywood Studios…

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Trip to Patapsco

After sending Landon off to school this morning, Zoe and I decided to pack up the little kids and go to Patapsco State park.

It was a beautiful morning so we decided to go ahead and make the short hike up to the waterfall, something Zoe wanted to do since the first time we went. Hiking up to the waterfall was short, but it was a bit slippery and Dakota refused to walk, so it wasn’t simple. Luckily, it was worth it.

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When we got tired of the waterfall we walked down to the river. We chose a different spot this time but the kids had just as much fun as usual. They splashed and poured and threw rocks to their little hearts content…and then we had lunch.

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It was a good day and probably the last we’ll get to play in the water until next year.

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Our 8th Grader

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I’m not happy about it, but school is back in session. Landon started back this morning, Zoe’s first class is on Thursday and Harper goes back after Labor day. I hate that summer has ended and wish it could’ve lasted a lot longer…

My day got started super early when I woke up at 2am to our alarm going off. I jumped out of bed when I heard it and despite being worried that someone was breaking in, I swung our door open to see what was going on. As I opened our bedroom door, the alarm abruptly stopped (it was still going off, just not in our house). I stood at the top of the stairs for a few minutes trying to detect any movement or whatever and when I felt like it’d been long enough I checked on the kids and then began to wonder why our alarm company hadn’t called. As I walked back to our room I realized my cell was ringing (it was on silent but the screen was lighting up my room) and it was the security people.

As I answered the phone I woke Tony up and he jumped up and grabbed my arm and asked me what was wrong. I told him the alarm had been going off and he got up to help figure out what was going on. Long story short, we found the reason behind the ringing alarm was that one of the sensors had fallen off one of the windows. So, Tony fixed it with some double sided tape and when our hearts stopped pounding, we went back to bed. I must have stayed awake until nearly 4am I had been so scared! Tony, on the other hand fell back to sleep within 1/2 an hour. >eyeroll<

Around 4am Harper woke up crying and when Tony went to see why he said he was afraid of the dark. Harper never wakes up crying in the night so it was unusual and after the alarm situation, it was scary. But, Tony got him back to bed and he went back to sleep.

It was rough getting out of bed when the alarm went off this morning, but since it was back to school day, it had to be done! Landon got up without any trouble and was excited about going back to school. I expect that to last till Thursday or Friday of this week. I had to drive his medicine up to the school and when I asked Landon if he wanted to go with me or take the bus, he chose the bus. He said “Mom, I have to ride the bus so I can pick my seat!” That’s important when you’re in 8th grade!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hollywood Studio’s, Part 1

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Harper and Dakota really loved Disney Junior- Live on Stage! They got to see some of their favorite shows come to life on stage. There was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins. It was really cute!

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When we left we got to meet Jake!

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Since Frozen is all the rage right now we stopped along the sidewalk to watch Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome parade. It was seriously crowded and I was thankful that my two little’s aren’t too into it because we could hardly see a thing. (Zoe and Landon went to ride Rock 'n' Roller Coaster while we were watching the parade. Neither of them cared for that ride, and I remember thinking it was a pretty lame coaster when I rode it.)

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After meeting up with the big kids we began to walk down the street when all of a sudden there was a commotion behind us. I turned to see a little truck coming down the road and when it stopped I insisted we go see what was going on. I’m glad I did too because it was probably the highlight of the day for me!

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The best ride of the day had to be Toy Story Midway Mania. We waited a very l-o-n-g time to ride it but it was certainly worth the wait! Right as we got close to the front of the line, Harper said he needed to use the bathroom.Tony grabbed him and ran to the bathroom and somehow they made it back just before our turn! Phew!

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Another show we enjoyed was Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Landon really liked this show a lot because of all the stunts and things blowing up! We thought we were getting great seats when we found some down towards the front of the stage but we quickly found out that the best seats were higher up and under the fans! We were SOOO hot and near the end Dakota just couldn’t take it any longer. We’ll know better next time!

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The Studio Backlot Tour was fun too. It looks like a real movie set and it’s neat to see how they do some of the things they do.

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*Voyage of the Little Mermaid was a great show but I didn’t get any good photo’s because it was too dark.

I’ll finish the rest tomorrow…hopefully. :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Animal Kingdom, Part 2

Festival of the Lion King is an amazing production. We remembered it being amazing 10 years ago and it didn’t disappoint this time either. Somehow, Dakota slept through the entire thing (it’s extremely loud) and my back was nearly broken when the show was through, but it was good nonetheless.

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After the show we found a very short line for Pocahontas and stopped to get her autograph.

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After chatting up Pocahontas we noticed that the Flights of Wonder show was about to begin, so we headed in. It was a cool show featuring all types of birds.

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The owl kind of freaked us out for a minute. We were sitting right next to the post that it flew to and once it was perched on the post it noticed something near us and the owl was really studying whatever it was. We think it was looking at a little stuffed frog toy a kid next to us had, but we were starting to get a little worried it was going to snatch up one of our kids and fly off. It finally flew back to the lady at the front of the show for some treats and we were relieved. :)

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Dug and Russell from Up were nearby signing books, so we stopped to see them too.

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And then, on our way out of the park, we found out where Daisy Duck was hiding…and the cutest thing about the picture below is the fact that Harper and Dakota are holding hands. Cutie pies.

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After our visit with Daisy we stopped by for another photo shoot with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. They were in their safari clothes this time, so it seemed okay to stop, haha!

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And that wraps up our day at Animal Kingdom. :)

*Zoe and Landon went and rode Expedition Everest while we took the two younger kids to see Flights of Wonder. They both said it was awesome and pretty scary.

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*We were a little disappointed that the Tree of Life was closed while we were there but hopefully it’ll be all new and cool when we get back! :)

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