Disney – Full Day #2

We had an…interesting morning.  Cassie spent a large part of her night tossing and turning, which in turn would wake me.  At about 4:00am I looked over to see her sitting up in bed.  I ask what is wrong and she tells me that her back is hurting.  After some Ibuprofen and a little bit of  massaging, she says it feels better so she lays back down.  At 5:00am she was sitting up again with her back hurting.  Long story short, we’ve been dealing all day with back pain and stomach issues.

Today we woke early and got ready to head to the bus stop.  (One of the perks of staying at a Disney resort is that there is free transportation to and from all the parks)  Andy opened our door and we heard the loud sound of pouring rain.  To say we were less then excited would be an understatement.  Yet, we had reservations for breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom so we ponchoed up and headed out.  Until this morning, I never knew that Florida has really loud frogs/toads that like to croak in the rain.  We couldn’t believe how loud it was.

Breakfast was very yummy.  And the girls loved seeing the princesses.  I was able to get pictures so I’m happy.  Andy joined some of the pictures since it is his birthday…and he gave in to the pressure of the girls, princesses, and myself. ;)

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After breakfast, we visited more characters, saw a show, and rode the teacups.  After lunch Cassie started not feeling well again and her back started hurting more again.  Due to this fact, we headed back to the resort and spent the rest of the day laying low.  I’m really hoping that tomorrow she is feeling much better because it really sucks being sick when you are suppose to be having fun at Disney World.

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Disney- Full Day #1

While it has been months since I last posted, I am starting up right now with some very fun posts!

We are currently in Florida visiting Disney World.  We got to our resort at about 7:45pm and were very ready to go to bed.  Food took precedence though and we headed to the local food court to fill our starving tummies before settling in for the night.  It was after 10 by the time we got things sorted in our room and everyone into bed.  Needless to say, no one wanted to get up this morning when the alarm went off at 6:30.

DSC_0387Picture taken by Cassie on the way to Florida

We finally dragged everyone out of bed and readied ourselves.  After meeting up with my parents we headed to Hollywood Studios.  First stop was, a family favorite, Star Tours.  Then we had Fast Passes for Indiana Jones Spectacular Stunt Show and Beauty and the Beast Live.  Both were good, but I think everyone’s favorite was the stunt show.  It was amazing some of the stunts they can do. (They showed us how some stunts are done)

DSC_0394 Cassie and Kalli outside of Hollywood Studios

For dinner we headed to Hollywood and Vine.  It was delicious!

Unfortunately, once we came out from dinner the sprinkles that we had been dealing with all day had turned into pouring rain.  We had our ponchos, but with nothing else planned for the evening, we decided to head back to our resort for an early night.

Tomorrow morning we are having breakfast with the princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  We are all excited for that as we’ve been there once before and the food was amazing.

Until tomorrow….  G’night.

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Christmas – 2 days and counting

This past Saturday my brother and his wife were in town and we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family.  It was so nice having them back, even if it was only for a few days.

Since then we have been gearing up even more for Christmas.  The girls received several games for Christmas and we’ve spent many hours playing them.  For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m not a game player.  I don’t enjoy board games and such.  But I’ve been sucking it up and playing because that is what parents do…right?  Right?

Today Kalli and I worked on a kit that Tony and Kelli got for the girls.  We made Gingerbread Men.  Cassie didn’t want to join us at that time so she still has to do her man yet.



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This evening I mixed up a batch of homemade marshmallows.  I thought it would be fun to give them a try.  We will enjoy them on Christmas Eve with some homemade hot chocolate while we watch our Christmas Eve movie, Polar Express.

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Baby’s First Christmas Ornaments

Every year my mom makes a homemade ornaments.  I am lucky enough to get one every year.  When the girls were born, they each got their own ‘First Christmas’ ornament made by Grandma.

DSC_0063My mom had to hurry to make Cassie’s.  Cassie was due in January but decided to come one month early on Christmas Eve.  That made her first Christmas in 2000 instead of 2001.  Luckily, my mom is good.


Kalli was born in May (also one month early) but it still gave my mom plenty of time to make Kalli’s first Christmas ornament.

Every year when we pull out these ornaments the girls take time to look at them and each hang their own on the tree.

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Nativity Set

These are two pieces are from my Nativity Set that my mom made me many years back.

DSC_0056Unfortunately, I don’t have the room to set up the whole set properly.  Instead Mary and Joesph make an appearance each year.  Baby Jesus is put away in a safe spot awaiting Christmas Eve when he can join the scene.


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Holiday Decorations

I’m continuing with sharing some of our Christmas decorations.

This little guy has been with me since I was in the first grade.  A long, long, long time ago.


We had a gift exchange in the class and this is the gift I ended up with.  I can’t remember who I got it from, what anyone else received, or even who my teacher was.  All I can remember is that we were all sitting on the floor in a big circle and we all opened our gifts at the same time.  Either way, I love this little ornament and I tell the girls each year how he came to be.  I’m sure one day they will be able to tell me the stories of our special ornaments.

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Christmas Stockings

I am planning on sharing a few of our Christmas items over this month.  Things that we put up each year and things that have a story or meaning to us.

Tonight I’ll show you Cassie and Kalli’s Christmas stockings.  My mom cross-stitched and put them together years ago now.  Each year when we pull them out the girls talk about how Grandma made them for them as they hang them up.  I can foresee the girls being grown adults still having these stockings in their own Christmas decorations.


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Let’s Rock!

Outdoor Christmas lights are up, Christmas Tree is decorated, and we are ready to rock this holiday!

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Decorating Tree 2013 (web)The girls decorating the tree

I feel pumped this year about Christmas.  I have things I want to do… a couple crafts with the kids, some baked food and candies, a couple outings… hopefully we have enough time to do everything.


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NaBloPoMo – Day 30

Cue the music, ready the confetti, and hit the lights.  We’ve made it people!!

Here we are at the end of November, day 30, and NaBloPoMo is coming to an end.  For anyone just joining in…NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is held during the month of November and is a challenge to post every day for the entire month.  Putting it down in writing like that makes it seem pretty easy, but I personally find it to be difficult.

Coming up with material is always an issue for me.  Especially as the girls have gotten older.  I want for them to have a little more privacy and they don’t all the cute and adorable things that younger kids do.  Gone are the days of “she said the darndest thing”.  Now I have to work to come up with stuff to write about.


Tomorrow we are putting up our Christmas decorations.  Out tree has been up for a few days now, but we haven’t been able to get around to decorating it or putting up any other decorations.  I’m looking forward to putting on some Christmas music and getting into our Christmas bins.  Of course, along with that we also have a lot of cleaning up to do.  With being at my parents’ house for the holiday and also being sick, things have gotten out of control.

I’ll try to post a picture tomorrow of our tree but don’t be surprised if I go AWOL for a couple days.  This chick needs a little break from posting nightly.

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NaBloPoMo – Day 29

This morning I woke up after a good night’s rest and was feeling almost back to normal.  With everyone feeling a little better we were able to have Thanksgiving with my parents.  Even though I wasn’t able to have very much, it was very good and I look forward to leftovers tomorrow.


Tomorrow is the last day of NaBloPoMo and I have to admit that I will be taking a couple days off.  Posting every day has been work and a break is deserved.  I do have to say that I’m proud of myself for making it all month and completing it.  Go Me!

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