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Old 04-23-2011, 09:52 AM   #76
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Another great update! We had a tough time with photo-taking, as well. I had planned on using PP a lot, but Max was rarely in the mood to stop and take pictures and if he was happy in his stroller I saw no reason to force him out of it. I'm glad the second photographer was more cooperative.

I couldn't get Max to stay for Illuminations and that's where I think giving him choices was a BAD idea. After a couple hours anywhere, his automatic response was, go back to the room. What can you do? And I applaud you for handling it all so gracefully with two kids!

Can't wait to hear about your day at AK, hope it was great!
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I just started your TR and read the whole thing. I am really enjoying it. Your boys are adorable. I am glad they are enjoying their first park day. You really did a lot for the first day. Fun Illuminations pictures. The condo is very nice.
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Another great update! We had a tough time with photo-taking, as well. I had planned on using PP a lot, but Max was rarely in the mood to stop and take pictures and if he was happy in his stroller I saw no reason to force him out of it. I'm glad the second photographer was more cooperative.

I couldn't get Max to stay for Illuminations and that's where I think giving him choices was a BAD idea. After a couple hours anywhere, his automatic response was, go back to the room. What can you do? And I applaud you for handling it all so gracefully with two kids!

Can't wait to hear about your day at AK, hope it was great!
Thanks, pictures are such a funny thing

Yep that was our kids after a couple hours, they wanted to go back to the house, our kids are so similar.

Thanks, AK is going to take slightly longer, cause I haven't written it yet, most of what I posted I had already written and it was just waiting for the pictures to get organized





HAPPY EASTER everyone will have some pictures to post Monday and then hopefully should get the first AK post up on Tuesday or Wednesday. Hope everyone is having a restful and fun weekend
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:10 PM   #78
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Life update

Hey all, so I can finally post my life update which I've actually known since the beginning of the month, but had to keep quiet until now.

We are moving, this is the reason I'm trying to get through my TR quickly because I'm sure I'll be without internet for awhile during the transition. It took a little while for us all to be excited about the move, but we are all very much looking forward to the move.

I liked this house when we drove up to check out the area, but my DH said it was too far from everything

The boys and I are hoping to eventually move into a home on a large enough piece of land to have a mini farm with a pig, some chickens, and a goat. And where I can have a nice little garden to grow some fruit and veggies.

The boys had fun decorating their easter bags and eggs with stickers this year

They helped stuff the plastic eggs with some little candies and Nemo silly bandz, with supplies in their Mickey bowls which we use daily, they are the best bowls, I want to get some plates too now


The boys got paint in their bags, Jack made this dragon, painting is nice therapy for Jack, we decided we probably need to have a special area in our new home for him to paint/draw/etc


And last I've been having fun making cakes and had to share my Easter cake


Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend, I'm hoping to get my AK post up tonight or tomorrow

There has been a lot of talk lately about things we want to do on our next trip, we are looking at first or second week in February 2013, I was hoping for a Fall trip with the boys but after our recent trip we agreed it's just not going to work so I'm hoping I can swing a fall trip next year (but it would have to be solo)
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How fun! A move to the country!! I love the idea of a little mini-farm; I really hope things will move along smoothly for this transition!

Your Easter celebrations looked fun with the boys! So many extras, and I love your cake. It's really pretty, Jessica!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!
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Looks like you had a nice Easter. I'm glad things are moving along nicely with your move. I hope you find the house of your dreams.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for your 2012 solo trip!
Thanks, time is ticking away and we still have several loose ends to tie up here so we may be pushing the move to July instead of June, DH has until August 1st, though we'd like to be there sooner than later. But he is leaning toward renting for the first 6mo to a year, there is a home we can rent through the diocese out there that is for people transitioning to the area like us.

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How fun! A move to the country!! I love the idea of a little mini-farm; I really hope things will move along smoothly for this transition!

Your Easter celebrations looked fun with the boys! So many extras, and I love your cake. It's really pretty, Jessica!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!
Thanks Liesa, I'm so looking forward to a slower pace of life, though DH and I have different ideas about a living space, we have come to a compromise on what we are looking for.

The boys really had fun this year, they are a little older so we have involved them more in the preparation, then just the participation.

Thanks the boys and I have really had fun making more things ourselves, and I have found the cake making to be good therapy for me Hope you area also having a great day. new post coming up
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Tuesday March 15, 2011: On to AK

The morning went pretty smoothly, the boys got up and dressed without any issues and we all ate a quick bite. The boys opened up their gifts from Peter Pan and my niece from Tinkerbelle, the only thing I can remember is that they got glow bracelets and a glow stick (they got this every morning).
We loaded the cars and were on our way.



We did not make rope drop but we did arrive at a good time to see some smallerish creatures.


The boys liked looking at the Toad and Tarantula.



Then we walked over to look at the bird exhibit, the plan originally was to make a dash straight for the safari but my sister was mia.





I finally inquired as to what was taking so long and my Mom said she went to get Anniversary buttons now since their anniversary was in a few days and she didnít know there were Anniversary buttons when they got their first visit buttons the day before. So I decided to walk over to the kiosk to look at the lanyards to hold my little card holder I had purchased in January which is where I kept my park ticket, debit/credit cards, and Jacks GAC. I purchased one and when I put it on it was so long, after awhile I pinned it up with the birthday button from the day before.

Finally everyone was ready to head to the safari, we saw this guy on the way:



By the time we got there I think we had about a 20-30 min wait. My camera died while on the ride but I did manage to get some nice shots of the animals and one video of the giraffes running which we all thought was pretty cool.







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check out that cute new baby


Jack was wondering where the zebras were and when we exited a CM started a conversation with us about the zebras, and told us they were causing problems getting the other animals too excited so the only place to view zebras now is at AKL. Next trip we'll have to plan a trip to AKL just to see the zebras

up next will the heat get to us or will we stay in happy spirits...
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That's the problem with going with family- everyone is always waiting on someone. I know when you choose to go with family or even friends, I have to adjust my expectations and go with a "we're in this together" mode of thinking rather than, I just want to do everything.

You got some really great pictures from the safari. I always struggle with getting 2 or 3 to turn out.

You saw a snake?? Is that what that is?? I love snakes and always look for them when I'm in FL, but never have yet. Someday.

I know I"m in the major minority on that one- sorry for all you snake haters.
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That's the problem with going with family- everyone is always waiting on someone. I know when you choose to go with family or even friends, I have to adjust my expectations and go with a "we're in this together" mode of thinking rather than, I just want to do everything.

You got some really great pictures from the safari. I always struggle with getting 2 or 3 to turn out.

You saw a snake?? Is that what that is?? I love snakes and always look for them when I'm in FL, but never have yet. Someday.

I know I"m in the major minority on that one- sorry for all you snake haters.
It gets better meaning not, lol

no it's not a snake, I think it's an anteater way down there all curled up, but I can't remember that is why I said "this guy" I'm sure you could see a snake in the front where we saw the toads and tarantula, I actually think one of the CM did have a snake in their box but there were too many people.

We visit the snakes a lot at our local zoo.
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I agree that traveling with a group definitely has it's challenges!

I can't believe there aren't any giraffes on the safari anymore! We skipped it this last trip (because we were soooo busy riding EE & Dinosaur over & over).
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Good luck with the move.

Yay on enjoying the safari even if you did have to wait to get everyone together
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I agree that traveling with a group definitely has it's challenges!

I can't believe there aren't any giraffes on the safari anymore! We skipped it this last trip (because we were soooo busy riding EE & Dinosaur over & over).
yes challenges, but I think it was more challenging because none of them had ever been

there are still giraffes just no zebras, I never paid much attention in January but when a kid keeps asking for something you take notice when it's missing

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On my sisters to do list was Affection Section so the plan was to head there next but Joey wanted a snack and I wasnít sure there would be any in that area so everyone headed in different areas to grab a snack and the plan was to meet up in Affection Section.

Joey wanted a pretzel, but when I went to the stand there werenít any plain pretzels and it was going to be 10-15 minutes before they got any more. Trying to talk him into fruit he would not stop, so my DH said he would sit with Jack and talked me into making my way to a different area in search of a pretzel. We got all the way to where you can see Devine (didnít get to see her) and Joey seeís someone with Mickey ice-cream so now he wants that, so we walk all the way back to where we were because there was an ice-cream stand we had passed close to where I left DH and I got two Mickey Ice-creams. Jack hasnít had ďrealĒ ice cream in a year and he devoured it so fast, Joey didnít finish his so Dh and I each enjoyed a couple bites.



We got on the Wildlife Express Train and just as we are chugging away we see the rest of the family making their way to the front of the line, so we knew they would be on the next train up. So we walk very slowly and as we all meet up my niece is asleep, Jack is acting up, and Joey wants to go no where near the animals. After the boys and I make our way through the conservation area (where DH had to escort Jack out of) my niece is awake. I take Joey to see the goats and DH takes Jack with him to see the goats as well. We only got one picture on DHís phone.



Deciding the area was a bust we head back to the train and make our way to Flame tree BBQ, my Mom said my Dad was hungry, but first we stopped to take the only big group shot of our trip (the kids were less than cooperative):





We get there and the line is really long and my Dad said he wasnít hungry (he never said he was, mom just assumed), so we head to Dinoland. The boys are both very agitated already, it is getting quite hot out. My sis and Bil want to ride Dinosaur and Mom says she wants to also and talks my Dad into riding. They leave my niece and Aunt with us. So we have two strollers and a wheel chair and just two of us. We decide to take the kids on Triceratops. The line was WAY to long and didnít help the boys mood, but we stuck it out and they all enjoyed the ride. We are waiting and waiting, I see a shaded area so I wheel my Aunt over to it and park her, then push my niece over and park her, Dh brings our stroller over with the boys. Joey wanted to go see the dinosaur on top of the restaurant.



We saw goofy and asked if the boys want to take a picture and of course they didnít (silly me for asking). So we wait some more. Finally the rest of the party joins up with us again and didnít ride the ride but ended up jumping out of line and got fastpasses for later. My Dh was pretty frustrated with that hour of time, but kept his cool.

We decide itís time to take the boys back to the house before a meltdown happens. So we part ways after some flustered discussion about what to do next.

On our way out I ended up carrying Joey and we are walking and we hear ďPictures with Pooh and friendsĒ Joey pops his head up and gets excited. John tells me to take him, he walks around with Jack.

Joey was excited for most of the wait until we got to the front of the line and then he starts crying, the PP pictures turn out pretty good after some cropping but after we see Pooh I make a mad dash out of there with a screaming child (not cause we are leaving, but because he doesn't want anymore characters to get near him).





In the end the tears were worth the few laughs we got and I think some cute pictures

up next should we stay or should we go?

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Love the Winnie the Pooh pics!

Am sorry to hear your day didn't go as planned.
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