Thursday, July 20, 2017

February...the birthday month

In our family, February could be called the month of birthdays! Layne starts off on the 7th, then Greg, then Elijah and then yours truly!

This year, Anna and Jamie were starting to move, so I offered to host Layne's birthday. My sweet grand daughter was turning 4! It was a beautiful day, the kids got to play outside.

The big 4 year old!

We had pizza and, of course, cake! Layne chose Minnie and Mickie Mouse for her Mimi made cake, and Minnie had to be wearing purple.

After eating and playing, the kids had fun with a pinata.

Nana and Grandaddy came, as well as Uncle John.

She loves to tease her big brother!

Jamie got into the festivities.

This year, due to an unfortunate mishap at the pool this summer, Elijah had to forgo his birthday party. We still celebrated my dear boy.

He had his birthday breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes with whip cream.

For his birthday cake he wanted a cookie cake that he could decorate himself.

He labeled it his "Spider Man cake"

Elijah is still very much into cars. He adores remote control cars and has a lot of specially designed lego cars. He has invented a contraption upstairs on the lego table, as  he is embraces his engineer skills. If I have to do anything, he will say, "Let the engineer take a look at it!" He is always repurposing things, which, although I recognize the value of it, it drives me nuts! There are always bits and pieces laying around, which formerly worked together to form some object. He has fixed the brakes on his bike twice.

This year, Elijah reached 50 pounds and was quite proud of himself. He hates to be called little! He is such a sensitive soul. All adults love him! He could talk to a sign post, if it would nod back and forth. He has such a talent for talking and getting along with others. I'm so proud of this little man! It will be fun to see God use Elijah's gift of gab and inventive nature for His good!

And lastly, it was my birthday bringing up the rear.

Abbey and Elijah brought me breakfast in bed.

Now, that's a beautiful sight to wake up to!

John bought me my very favorite cake.

We had gone out to lunch at my favorite Chinese restaurant a few days before.

February = birthdays!


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Day 4-Epcot

All things must eventually come to an end. For our last day at Disney, we hit the only park we hadn't gone to, Epcot.

Test track was the hit for all of us. We went on it 4 times.

The only rain we had for our entire vacation happened while we were in a movie about George Washington and other presidents. We came out and the rain had stopped, but people were still wearing rain gear.

We did enjoy the ocean area.

We walked and walked. This is what my phone recorded at the end of the day. Neither kids uttered a peep about all the walking. They were troopers!

The highlight of the day for me was the light show. We were standing near the handicapped area and the attendant there was very chatty. She talked at length with us about how one goes about getting a job at Disney World. She was from Canada and worked in the Canandian area.

We arrived at Epcot around 10 am and left at 11:15 pm. We were pooped!

The next morning we left pretty early and headed for Beth's house, as John had a meeting in Charlotte. It was such a wonderful trip. I really felt like it was a gift from God! I'm so very thankful for all the blessings of this trip and the great memories that were made during it!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Magic Kingdom~day 3

On our third day at Disney, as with the other two, we got an early start.

John and Abbey wore their Star Wars shirts from Hollywood studios.

The first ride we went on was Space Mountain

My favorite part of Magic Kingdom was the parade

We had a great selection of food. Elijah chose cotton candy as one of his snacks. Our plan gave us 2 meals and 2 snacks a day. Some of the snacks were enough for 2 people.

John's claim to fame is "make them feel like puking on the teacups"

Elijah loved driving the cars.

More parade pictures

We stayed to see the show on the castle and the fireworks. It was a long, but wonderfully fun day!

While we were on vacation, our dirty laundry wasn't!  Disney doesn't have any "clean clothes fairies". So while the rest of my crew went to sleep, I had a nice quiet time in the laundry room. I must admit to nodding a bit while I waited for the clothes to dry.

At least it was a nice laundry room!

When I finally laid my head down, I joined the rest of my family in a satisfied, deep sleep!


Friday, June 2, 2017

Disney-Day 2

Day two dawned with a purpose for us...get Abbey in the "Jedi Training" show at Hollywood studios. They take kids and they are allowed to be part of a public show. They take only a limited number of kids, and it is first come, first served basis.

We were up and on the first bus from our hotel bound for Hollywood studios. After the wait for them to open the gates, John and Abbey took off for the line waiting to get registered. They made it and Abbey was in!! (Elijah opted out. We tried and tried to get him to do it. He had heard you fight against Darth Vader and was afraid) She was scheduled to take part in the 6:00 show, so we went off to enjoy the rest of our day.

And enjoy it we did!! It was great!!

The first ride we went on was Tower of Terror

You can't see Elijah, he was beside me. But, he loved it.

Then we went to Rock and Roll Rollercoaster

Like father, like daughter...

We decided to visit Starbucks and have a snack...Frappuccinas and huge chocolate cupcakes were being enjoyed when we heard this loud announcing-like music. A whole brigade of stormtroopers came marching by.  They put on a little show right there in the street. Abbey was enthralled!

This was my favorite moment of the day!

Meeting Goofy was more Elijah's speed.

We had a great time the whole day. Then it was time to get Abbey in place for her Jedi training.

They paraded the dressed up kids through the crowds shouting, "Make way for the Jedi's".

Abbey got to have her turn being a part of the show, fighting a girl villain pal of Darth Vadar.
She loved it!

We then went to FantasMic. We were going to leave because the only open seats were in places that didn't afford a good view. A guide motioned for John to go inside the reserved section and we have a great seat of the entire show!

Quickly, we then made our way to the Star Wars light show.

It was a great end to a great day! We were sooo tired, but soo happy! Everyone fell fast asleep, except for me, and I joined them pretty soon.