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Old 09-23-2009, 12:40 PM   #91
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Yay for working out on the elliptical! We've been seriously slacking on our exercise program and are renewing our YMCA membership next month.

Yes, the necklace-style glowsticks we have were picked up at the local dollar store - each contains two sets of different colored necklaces. We usually lace them through our bike tires at campgrounds and ride around - gets lots of "ooohs" and "aaaahhhss" from the other campers

Robert needs to re-assess what "a lot of pictures" is. I've found that I usually take around 1,000 per day while at Disney/on vacations But very cool about the charger for the camera

It is great that you have E in swim lessons ...our girls loved having them and knowing how to swim is so very important for little ones.

Have fun with the card purchase planning. I'm not a pin trader either, but am starting to get more into pins. The girls may even do lanyards this year (my older daughter has a whole book of pins from last year's trip to WDW).
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:45 PM   #92
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The bike tire/glowstick thing sounds so cool!

My brother has a pool, and aunt and uncle are pretty much DS's favorite people in the universe, so it's definitely important for him to learn to swim. We had him in a Speedo vest at my brother's...that was great, but I guess isn't Coast Guard certified so he can't wear it at the Y, but he HATES the vests they have there, the collars actually tend to dump him face first in the water! Swim lessons were our main reason for joining, so I'm glad he's in the class.


The hubster isn't generally the picture-taker in the family. He's not usually ver good at it, either! I have been surprised, and pleased, at his increasing proficiency with the camera. He's actually using "my" old camera, which was actually given to me by my (now late) FIL. It went to Robert when I *thought* that camera had been stolen from the stroller while on a walk/jog around downtown here...I knew I'd had it, and then I remembered a woman talking to me about something on a walk, and then later I never saw the camera. We saved up and got me my pretty-looking-but-still-a-point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot S3...and then we moved, and while moving we got rid of my little recliner...and...the olympus was deep down in the cushiony depths of the chair. And so it became his camera.


Speaking of pix, I've been printing again. Had some free print credits from two places so got a bunch of 4x6s to continue doing the albums, and a couple bigger prints. So now I'm almost printed up to E's 2nd birthday.
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:23 PM   #93
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I am so glad that Robert found a charger. I would hate to be in a new place and to only be able to get a limited amount of pictures.

I have to put glowsticks on my list for DLR. Which I haven't even started yet! But, in my defense, we still have over 30 days before we go. About 37, I think. So, I'm still good.

Although, it would be good to get my thoughts down on a list, so they don't keep repeating in my head in an endless loop.

Is E. excited about your trip? Does he count down the days and ask you 50 times a day when you are going? My 5 yr. old does. He wants to look at the calendar and see how far away Halloween is, since we are leaving the day after to go to DLR. I don't think I'll do a countdown calendar, since we have Halloween to look forward to, but I will be glad when I can turn the calendar over and he can count his own days.
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I was just reminded in another thread that Michaels has really good deals on glowsticks (if you can find them in the store). More sticks per dollar than the dollar store, and they all have connectors.

E, as many 5 year olds do, has an alternative way of thinking of time, or perhaps a wishful thinking way of dealing with time...so every day he's fairly sure that we're off to Disney. We'll say "2 weeks", and he'll say "2 hours????" And so the conversation goes. I really need to make a loop link, though we kept forgetting to tear them off for the May trip and I had to keep recounting. If I do it today I'm going to write the dates on each loop!


Lists are good. As long as you just have the one list. I tend to write lists on whatever papers I can find, so then I need a list of my lists. Amazingly, I was able to put all of E's homeschool stuff, the record-keeping (not that anyone needs it here, but I do) stuff, in ONE spot, one organized spot! It was a miracle. And it took all summer to think it out.

Speaking of organization, I'm already preparing for yuletime! I can't even believe it. During the Lego extravaganza after our visit to my brother's, which started b/c my SIL gave E an incredibly generous check to buy him whatever he wanted and all he wanted was Lego...we actually snagged an extra Lego set and stashed it away. And I think i'm going to get him another box of Bendaroos, b/c he LOVES those things. I am, right now, wearing a Bendaroo necklace that he just made for me. Since I absolutely cannot stand the feeling of that wax covered string...and it's making my neck all clammy and gross-feeling, you can see how much I adore him, since I'm wearing it.

Of course, we'll be going out for more elliptical (me) and swimming (him) soonish, so this is a limited time necklace-wearing.


We've been watching lots of Nightmare Before Christmas, and Eamon has started plotting out his OWN movie of it. He won't be including the "scary witches" or the one-eyed guy, because they are too scary for him. And it's going to be a movie back in the time when the doctor could "walk on his two feet". So... he's doing a prequel. Great...all that Star Wars exposure has influenced him in a bad Lucas way...


OK, I gotta make my order for earplanes and kid earplugs (for HMH! and most of Tomorrowland b/c it's loud there) and such...back later!

Think good thoughts for hubby's flight later on! He's leaving the country he's in and going to another country. And hopefully, once he checks out of this hotel, my rewards site credit for the booking will start to come through! Booked with hotels dot com through a rewards site, fingers crossed it worked.
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Thanks for the tip on glowsticks at Michael's.

I am not very good at the countdown calendar thing, either. Whenever we might think to take a link off we are in a rush to get to school or to go to bed or to do something "important", so they get forgotten or we have to catch up later and that destroys the fun. Especially since we have to keep counting. Putting the date on them is a good idea.

Good luck with the elliptical. I am so uncoordinated on those things. I usually bang through Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. I like it and it's only 20 minutes. (Hard, hard work, but only 20 minutes)
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:12 PM   #96
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Wow, I did another hour on the elliptical. Well, maybe...56 minutes (2 automatic "weight loss" workouts of 28 minutes each), plus about 30 minutes on SLOW on the recumbent bikeE begged to play awhile longer.

Did the ell first, then he had his class (doing better every time! and his classmates are so adorable). The room I use is in the front, and it's for parents with children most of the day; they have a low-walled-off area where kids under 10 can hang out...parents are *supposed to be* in the workout room to supervise, but I've noticed that most parents are either not right in there OR have their earbuds hooked up. Anyway, he wanted to play more, so I did the slow bike to sort of stretch out just a bit.

I'm exhausted! But it's addicting...once I really get into it, I know I'll want to go all the time, though it usually does take something outside myself to exercise...growing up, my mom wanted to jog (late 70s, of course she did!), then we had big dogs that needed walk/runs, then my mom and I belonged to the Anatomy Asylum so she was going for aerobics and I was company for her...then I had a year of sloth in college, then I joined Crew and had to work out for the other women in my boat. I did have a good workout going while in chiro school, but I also had a workout partner...then again I was living with my mom and she always encouraged me to belong to the gym (awesome Gold's Gym in Burke VA, awesome!)...then the 10+ years in between happened. Total lazybones. But now I have E, who wants to go there anyway...so I go and I work out! He's my team.

Hey wait a minute...he encourages me to work out...but he discourages Robert b/c he doesn't want Robert to lose his belly. What's up with THAT?



The trip is so close! Woo!

I just watched the DVC/Grand Cal Villas webcast thing. Very disappointed. I was expecting *actual* footage from today, webcams set up, etc...no no no. Just the same ol' same ol'. Whatever.


But looking at the trip reports of it over on the DVC boards, and seeing that the pools are NOT separate, now THAT makes me excited about the trip.
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I just watched the DVC/Grand Cal Villas webcast thing. Very disappointed. I was expecting *actual* footage from today, webcams set up, etc...no no no. Just the same ol' same ol'. Whatever.

But looking at the trip reports of it over on the DVC boards, and seeing that the pools are NOT separate, now THAT makes me excited about the trip.
I watched the webcast thing and had the exact same reaction. Blah. I am excited to read your trip report. Keep rocking out at the gym!
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:00 AM   #98
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You all are so chatty! Good for you Molly, making it to the gym. We are Y members too, but I am off schedule. It is killing me! I know I will feel it when I am at DL too!

Okay, off to put glow sticks on my list. (I have tons of them too!)
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Yep yep, very chatty.

Eamon seems to think I'm torturing him, as we have the big bag of glowsticks just sitting there in the kitchen. OK maybe that could be considered torture. Or at least torment. After all, he is only 5.


I. Am. Exhausted!

I mean, wiped out. Gotta get the diet better, if I'm going to be depleting my resources with workouts to which I am unaccustomed.


E just said to me..."Mowy, did you know that flowers only work if you talk nice to them? I've been studying flowers...for ten weeks!"

That's better than yesterday's post-YMCA conversation..."How do you make friends? By licking each other's armpits???"

I did assure him that that is NOT the way to make friends....then again, I've been trying for a month to make a friend at the Y and it hasn't yet been successful..maybe E's way is the new trendy thing?
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Isn't it funny how kids minds work? My three have always come up with little pearls of wisdom. I will never forget one time when Loren was a baby and Kody was around 2 and a half and she was taking Me and my shadow tumbling class. Kody saw a baby boy getting his diaper changed and Kody was very interested in the whole process. She stopped where we were walking and said, "Mommy that baby has the same parts as Loren. Why do they have a tail and why is it in front?" I wanted to melt into the floor. This is the same child that at four wanted to know when she was getting breasts. Ah yes, kids
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Molly, I am so happy for you in respect to your dedication to working out. I wish I had that kind of drive.

I can't wait to see the pics from your upcoming trip. Your son is absolutely adorable and it seems like you guys have such a good time.
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She stopped where we were walking and said, "Mommy that baby has the same parts as Loren. Why do they have a tail and why is it in front?" I wanted to melt into the floor. This is the same child that at four wanted to know when she was getting breasts. Ah yes, kids


Meanwhile, DS continues to wonder why I don't have boy parts.

Since he's 5, he's still allowed in the Women's Locker Room (not the adult-only women's locker room with the sauna, etc), but I'm getting really uncomfy, both for him and for the girls in there, and routinely cover his eyes as we're walking through certain areas. But there are even older boys that go in there and their moms don't seem to care! I dunno...I think I'm going to not use the locker room for changing him for swim anymore (they have private family restrooms with showers in the pool deck, I have just not yet been organized enough to use 'em). But anyway, I know that he's going to bust out one of those questions, or point out parts...we use proper part names around here, and...it's going to be blushworthy, I just know it...



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I can't wait to see the pics from your upcoming trip. Your son is absolutely adorable and it seems like you guys have such a good time.
It's still early days...but it does feel good. Except for the exhaustion thing. Probably should start taking a multivitamin for right now.

I have a good feeling about this trip. First...Robert's been gone on his trip so long, and still has 5 days to go, and then it's only about 10 more days and we leave. Second...we really know what's important to us. Third...we know it's supposed to be the last DLR trip for at least a year (waaaaah), unless brother and SIL want to see E, so we want to make it good.

I'm hoping that the working out is going to make the long days a bit easier. It might mis-fire, I might be more tired b/c I'm still getting used to it. But at least my legs feel better and I feel better about my legs!




I'm still trying to decide if we want the Minnie's b'fast or not! I have a feeling we'll just end up doing it. It's a lot for eggs and coffee, with perhaps a powdered sugar sprinkled waffle for E...but if it gets some of the character-spotting out of the way, then it would be worth it.
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We have always used real names here too but I think she was confused, she never really looked at Loren.

I vote for Minnie breakfast. We have always done Goofy's Kitchen, but all of the pictures I have seen from the Minnie one the characters there are great.
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Poor hubster. He switched countries, and is now 2 hours behind where he was. Plus last night (my time) was his pill night, and his dose was doubled, so I'm sure he's still in slumberland...that stuff knocks him out. Since it has to do with prolactin (and any woman who has nursed a kidlet knows the sleepy zombie feeling you can get from that) and dopamine, you can imagine how sleepy he gets.

His mom just called. Wants to know if he's home. She just does not listen. I really really really should learn Korean. Hubby's only at a 3rd grade level. Get this...in Federal Way, which has a HUGE Korean population, has this great language place...they teach pretty much everything *except* for Korean! What the???? And the MIL still doesn't believe in teaching American kids Korean, even though learning as a kid is the best time.


I'll probably keep the Minnie's PS...might as well...it's been a couple trips since we did a character breakfast...




Thought I'd broken my foot at the Y yesterday! As it is, I must have pulled something or I've developed some sort of inflammation...fabulous! Totally thought I'd broken my heel, though...got up from watching E's gymnastics class (after 28 minutes on the elliptical before) and youch! Debated going straight to Urgent Care for xrays, but decided to hold off. Since just wearing my Crocs at home helped it go away, I figure it's not the bone.
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It could be bone spurs though. I have a friend that had them really bad and her Dr had her wear Birkenstocks. Poor Robert, that is not fun. It's bad enough dealing with the time difference.
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