Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Florida: day 2 pool & day 3 Magic Kingdom

The next day in Florida we spent by the pool.  The weather so pretty good that day - mostly sunny and mid 70's.  The boys kept Mike and I busy going from one area of the pool to another area and then to a completely different pool all together.  We had a great day just laying low and enjoying each others company.  When the boys finally had enough of the pool, we headed back to the condo for supper and then we went to Downtown Disney for those much promised souviners. 

A & L with their treasured purchases
waiting for our icecream at Ghardelli

On Tuesday, we went to Magic Kingdom!!!!  It's the first time for the boys at Disney World and boy, were they excited.    Here's just a few highlights of our day.

We had a family picture in front of Cinderella's Castle
We rode a magic carpet...and loved pushing the fly button
We met Goofy the Pirate.
We watched Mickey & Minnie sing and dance
We rode the "it's a small world" ride
We got mad when we were put on dad's shoulder to watch the parade
We spotted Pluto in the parade...he was a favorite for one member in our family
We rode the Mad Tea Cups...a couple times
We met Buzz Lightyear and really liked the fact that he used a stamp for his autograph.
We saw Cinderella's Castle at night time.
We ate more ice cream.
We had a great couple of days!!!!  

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Florida: day 1 Legoland

Well, I'm finally getting around to documenting our trip to the land of MAGIC, BRICKS, & SUN  aka Florida.  We had a great time, definitely busy but lots of fun and tons of memories were made.  We left two weeks ago yesterday, Feb 3 after the boys got out of school and drove until we got to Florida only stopping for supper and gas.  Yes I know we are diehards when it comes to traveling...no extra potty stops, and I made the boys eat their breakfast (a cup of cereal and fruit) in the car.  Mike drove the whole way except for a 2 hour break from 6-8am on Saturday morning.  We arrived shortly after lunchtime.  The rest of the day was spent laying low, swimming, getting things organized in the condo and getting groceries.  The boys were in bed before 8pm and Mike & I both dozed off in front of the TV before our pizza was delivered.

On Sunday, we headed to Legoland...what a cool place.  The boys LOVED it.  

One of the first things we did was get the boys all a mini-figure to trade.  It's kinda like the pin trading at Disney.  If you see an employee of Legoland with a mini figure that you like better than your's, you can ask to trade.  Only two of the boys did any trading...Brendan had the opera singer and traded that as soon as he possible could. :)

Connor was pretty much terrified on this hopper ride...it's one of those that jumps up and down on a pole.  But he made it through it, but definitely didn't want to do it a second time.

The favorite ride of the majority of the family was the coastersaurus...an old wooden coaster.  Although when asked if he wanted to go again, Lucas quickly declined and that didn't shock us one bit.

Connor found this dog and just needed to have his picture with it.  That boys loved his puppies.
Mike and three of the boys driving some boats...Austin is not ready for the road yet.
The boys standing in front of a real size Ford Explorer made out of Legos...quite impressive
The boys all went to driving school, where they learned about right a ways, stop signs, turn signals, and much more and than had to go practice them...they all pass and get a driver's license...I know, scary!!!!
Austin, driver #28
Brendan, driver #9
Lucas, driver #20
Connor, driver #10

After a couple more coasters, a couple of the boys were done...Austin had a headache, Connor was tired and Lucas, well, he just didn't know anymore (that's he's new thing "I just don't know"... no more "Seriously!!!").  So just Mike and Brendan the last roller coaster. Yes that's Mike with his hands in the air and Brendan's right next to him.

The last thing we did before leaving was head to the BIG shop.  The boys didn't know where to start...there were so many things that they wanted.  So after lots of decision making and recalculating their money, we headed to the checkout.  Only to find out that the BIG shop couldn't except their gift cards.  WHAT a BUMMER!!!!  We left the well thought out souvenirs on the counter and walked out of the store with 3 very puzzled boys...one of them on the verge of tears.  Once outside, we tried to explain that situation and told them we could get their legos at the Lego Store in Downtown Disney the next day.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Catch Up: building a snowman

Seeing the snow fall this afternoon reminded me that I had some updating to do here on my blog.  It's been a while and for that I apologize.  A while back in January when there was snow the boys thought it would be fun to make a couple snowmen.  They really wanted to make them only so that they could run over them with the quad.  BUT  this mom had to make a photo moment on of it.  So I grab the snowman kit from in the house and the boys humored me with a couple photos...I even got Ally in them.

And as far as running them over with the quad...the battery was dead and the snowmen melted overnight so that didn't have.  Which I'm actually glad about cause I had visions of the boys flipping over the hand bars when the quad hit the super density snowman.