Vacation Part 6 (and final!)

Friday, we spent a good chunk of the day at Epcot and then headed home.  The kids wanted time to swim and to just hang out!  Again, we weren’t 100% sure we wanted to do Epcot, knowing that it wasn’t as kid friendly as the other parks.  It was definitely worth it for the rides that they do have – and it was kind of nice to only spend part of the day there.

I think the favorite ride was Test Track – but by the time we thought about doing it again, the line was a couple of hours and the fast passes were gone.  We also really like Soarin’ – although Lucy wasn’t sure about this one.  Once we started – she liked it and Daphne said it was one of her favorites of the entire week.  Daphne and I waited outside while the rest of the group went to Mission Space.  Apparently, this was not a favorite for Lucy.  I think she was in tears before they even got to the ride.

We skipped the World Showcase – assuming the kids didn’t care about it.  We grabbed lunch and then headed back to the house to swim!





Saturday we went back to Magic Kingdom for several hours.  Then, we headed home for naps before spending the evening at Magic Kingdom for the parade and fireworks.

Daphne REALLY wanted to see as many princesses as possible, so here is the photo dump of that.







Another favorite of the girls was Story Time with Belle.  Norah participated in the little drama – she was Mrs. Potts.  It was so cute and definitely worth the wait if you have little girls!





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We had a FANTASTIC time in Disney – the girls were the perfect ages to experience the “magic” of the trip and still be able to do most of the rides!  Our flight home was uneventful – thankfully!

Vacation Part 2

On Monday morning we went to Hollywood Studios.  We started out at the Toy Story ride – that was definitely the favorite of the day!  For Daphne’s sake we went to a Disney Jr. show.  She thought that was fun – and, actually, Lucy loved it, too!  Norah and Savannah probably thought it was a little babyish, but they were both great sports about it.

Food was tricky and since this was our first day – I didn’t feel as prepared as I should have been.  However, we were able to get Daphne a Power Pack Lunch at Pizza Planet.  This boxed lunch had yogurt, carrots, apple slices, goldfish, and milk.  She was thrilled with this lunch!  There was a breakfast bar in box that was processed with peanuts – so Norah and Lucy shared that instead.

We saw a 3D Little Mermaid show, a 3D Muppet show, and a Beauty and the Beast show.   We had a great day at Hollywood Studios.  We were home in time for the kids to swim, have dinner, and get to bed at a decent time.

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Weekend Away

We spent the weekend in Nashville visiting the Morrison’s. Just before we headed out on Friday to make the trek south, Daphne fell and split her chin open. Thankfully, she just needed a quick trip to our doctor for some dermabond and she was good to go.

The girls did great travelling on Friday – they read, watched movies, drew pictures, listened to music, etc, so I slept and Kevin drove. Daphne actually napped – probably as a result of a slightly traumatic morning.
Kevin and Ryan headed to a basketball game on Friday night so once the kids went to bed, Heather and I were able to spend time catching up (plus, she showed me some of her homemade Christmas presents – amazing!!).
On Saturday we went to the Nashville Zoo – it was a beautiful day! Daphne was exhausted because she didn’t sleep very well – so she was slightly on the feisty side.

Sunday morning the kids played and played (and several cried from exhaustion – lol) and then we headed home. The ride home was not quite as relaxing since we had some sleepy kiddos but we made it in one piece!!
It was fun to hang out with Morrison’s again and look forward to doing it again!

We had a great 4th with the Diehl family! The kids only play together a couple of times a year and they get along great and have a blast together!!

(left to right) Norah, Luke, Bennett, Lucy, Jack Henry, Daphne


As mentioned in my previous post – we had a CRAZY – but fun – week last week. We had a play date everyday except Tuesday, swimming lessons Mon- Thurs, and doctor’s appts. We were all relieved to have Saturday come and not have to go anywhere or do anything.

Of course, I didn’t take my camera to any of our play dates. I seriously need to be better about that. Oh, I should add that it was about 100 degrees ALL week so it was hot! We played with the Diehl family one day – the girls were excited to see the boys!! Now that the kids are a little older and busier we really don’t see them more than a handful of times a year. We met at a park, and while Nicole and I tried to stay cool, the kids ran and climbed and laughed – steering clear of the cicadas! They parked it under the playground equipment for some relief from the heat!! We had lunch and shortly after a school bus dropped off a huge group of kids we decided to head out!
We also played with the Good girls one day. The kids were all over – inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs – playing dress-up, hide and seek, legos, Barbies. Sarah and I enjoyed catching up – even though our conversation was constantly interrupted by any one of 6 little girls!
We went to my sister’s one day to play with Ryan and Will. The kids played on the slip n slide most of the time. They started by sliding down by themselves. Then they were catching cicadas and sliding with them down the slip n slide. They ended by just throwing the cicadas down the slip n slide. We did have lunch, and Lucy, DJ and Will made pictures with stickers. It was a fun, active few hours together!!
We spent the evening on Friday at the Harper’s – our good friends from church. This was a little good-bye play date because they leave for Singapore in a couple of days. They will be gone for 2-3 years. It is never easy to say good-bye to friends and saying good-bye to the Harper family was especially difficult. Karen and I met 5 years ago at our women’s Bible study at church. We clicked instantly and the fact that we each had a new baby girl and a 2 year old girl was a huge bonus! Norah and Kate were also instant friends, and Lucy and Brooke became friends as they grew up together. Over the last 5 years we have had play dates, girl’s nights out, and family dinners. The Harper’s have been a HUGE blessing to our family and we will miss them dearly!! Thankfully, we had one more chance this morning at church to say good-bye and the girls had lots of hugs for each other (and I took my camera so we were able to get a few pics)!!

Lucy, Kate, Norah, Brooke and Daphne (I took her cup away from her so she is yelling, “Mommy, thirsty! I need dink!)

Kate and Norah
Let me just add this – I really hope no more of Norah’s good friends move anytime soon. 2 in less than a year is more than enough for a 7 year old!!
The girls were exhausted by Saturday so we had a few meltdowns – by all!! They were able to catch up on sleep a little this weekend and we are gearing up for another BUSY week!!
Swimming lessons need a post of their own – so I will save that for after this week of lessons!!

I am thankful for. . .

my friend, Jenny. She offered to have Norah and Lucy come over today so I could get some things done this afternoon while Daphne napped. Jenny is an art teacher so while her little boy napped, she and the girls did a couple of art projects. They did some clay projects (she has a kiln so after she fires the stuff, the girls will go back and finish them) and made a picture with oil pastels, paint brushes and water. The girls had a blast and Jenny said they worked for almost 3 hours!! Nothing like a private art lesson by a really talented artist!! Look at this adorable cat that Jenny made and fired and then let the girls help decorate.

(sidenote: Jenny makes and sells all kinds of really cool animals. If you need a unique Christmas gift and want to get in touch with her, let me know!)

I really enjoyed having a couple of hours to get a few things done around here.

4th of July Fun

We had a great night with the Diehl family. I have more pics to come – just too tired to do it now. Had to post this picture, though. Love it!!

Jack-2 1/2, Lucy-4, Bennett-5, Norah-6, Luke-7, Daphne-17 mo.
We have been getting together on the 4th since before Luke (who is 7 1/2) was born. I think this is the first 4th in a LONG time that there isn’t a brand new baby or one on the way.