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Old 03-06-2013, 01:13 PM   #856
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Mother of the Year. NOT!

After our bellies were full of goodness from the Hunger Bear we continued on our way and almost immediately saw Brer Fox!


He has a canoe paddle


He went on down to the Davy Crockett canoes


Put on a life jacket


...or tried to!




And cheered on the crazy folks going canoeing on this chilly day!

It was a fun thing to see! We left the area before we saw if he actually got into a canoe, but it sure looked like he was going to!


The Haunted Mansion - it was closed, they were taking down the holiday overlay





Remember those FastPasses I had collected for Big Thunder? Well, during lunch Henry had decided to ride with me. He boldly marched up to the queue while Joe and I cheered him on about how big of a boy he was.



And then we got here



and he started to have second thoughts.

We boarded. The train started and he started to cry.

I don't remember much of the ride, I cannot tell you if it was better than WDW's or not. All I could do was feel very, very guilty. I DO remember that at the end it splashes through some water, which took me by surprise!

I took a few pictures on the ride, but most didn't turn out since I had one arm around Henry to try and comfort him.





Very soon we were off the ride. Henry was still crying, I was still feeling like the Mother of the Year. NOT.

We recovered. And opted to do something we knew, without a doubt, Henry would enjoy. The Shootin' Arcade!



After the arcade, we decided to hop over to DCA to cover a few more things we hadn't done there yet!







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Old 03-06-2013, 01:15 PM   #857
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Continued from previous post


Oops - I guess we made a pit stop for some shopping too! At some point Henry had lost the pin he traded for earlier in the trip. He was really upset about it, so we stopped and let him pick out a brand new one.






The Disneyland version!


How cute is this?










I like these shelves too




Hi Walt!


Henry's pick!

Out the gates we went, across the plaza and right into DCA! Park Hopping in Disneyland is so nice and EASY!
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:02 PM   #858
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Luvin the update. Poor Henry on Big Thunder Mountain. I don't blame him for crying. I won't go on coasters at all
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:59 PM   #859
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I was in a bit of a panic watching Briar Fox go down by the canoes and put on a lifejacket.
I was like Oh Heck No - You can not put a large HEAVY Furry costume in a canoe. What if it tips????

Once I saw the size of the lifejacket I was confident he was just Goofin'.

I had visions of a drowning Briar Fox. In water I cannot see the bottom of.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:04 PM   #860
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Your photos are awesome as always! I really need to get into a better habit of looking up. I miss so much.

I understand the Mom of the Year guilt. I "encouraged" my DS to go on TOT when he really didn't want to, but he is one you just never know if he'll like it until he tries. I should've known better.

Isn't walking from park to park the greatest thing?! If one is too busy, that's OK because you can just wander over to the other one.

Disappointed to say DD showchoir will not be headed to NY. Money is a huge factor for many kids in our school district, and they just didn't have enough kids able to afford the trip.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:33 PM   #862
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Great updates! I have got to get back to DLR ASAP!!!

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Old 03-06-2013, 09:44 PM   #863
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Don't feel bad, Brook- Henry needs SOMETHING to talk about in therapy when he grows up!
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:45 PM   #864
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Ok, so I have a LOT to catch up on...but just wanted to say hi!! I'm here!
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:26 PM   #865
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I have coaxed my dd into trying something (actually just this last trip) and having her absolutely be terrified. I don't think you are a bad mom... sometimes a gentle nudge and our kids find something that they love. My oldest dd would not go on a rollercoaster for anything. Her dad bet her real money she would like it and she took the bet. Now... it could have been one that my dh lost and we would have been horrible for coaxing her... but SHE lost and also won because she LOVES roller coasters and has from that very first one she road.

I like BTMRR in DL a bit better. I think there are more drops?

The canoes crack me up... you have to actually "work" to do them. My dd had a bit of a fit on them.

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Old 03-07-2013, 12:07 AM   #866
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Don't feel bad about taking Henry on BTMRR. On our last trip our DD was finally 40" tall and wanted to go on everything!!!! Well that backfired!! DH went to take her on Space Mountain (she wanted to go) but by the time they got to the ride vehicle she was not feeling it and was crying. Needless to say I was already there to take her away before they got on (I had a feeling she wouldn't go). Then my DH did take her on BTMRR. She laughed until they did the first drop! Cried the whole rest of the way. Then I took her on Radiator Springs Racers (similiar to Test Track). She liked it until the race started (the fast part). Cried the rest of the ride. Oh well. Did I feel bad yes but you never kow if they are going to fully like it until you get them on it. And yes we were that family that would take our screaming, crying kids to see the characters cuz we never knew when the breakthrough would happen. Now we have the kids who are running up to them to give them the biggest hugs ever!!!

We also say Hi to Walt every time we walk by the firehouse. Now I have another reason the firehouse will always hold a special place in my heart. Over the New Year (while I was in DL) I lost a freind that I had known since elementary school. He was a former firefighter and had been teaching classes to our local school.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:04 AM   #867
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:40 AM   #868
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I hate to say that I've coaxed my kids onto rides before and they either came out crying or ran off to a corner and sucked their thumbs. Okay, so I'm exaggerating a little. Seriously, Henry probably got over it much more quickly than you did.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:19 PM   #869
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Brook -

I think that my last post about New Orleans Square's decorations got buried at the very end of the previous page, right before the page turned, so I'm not sure if you saw it...but I thought of something I wanted to ask you anyway!

If I recall correctly, in looking at DISboards' e-mail alerts/subscription notifications that came through I think I saw that you use SmugMug (or is it Smug Mug?)? The photo links had a SmugMug reference. Do you like SmugMug? Is it worthwhile to join? What are the advantages?

The reason I ask is because I am a longtime Photobucket customer and they have been reworking their website so much lately that it is now full of bugs and very non-user friendly (especially for people who post hundreds or thousands of photos of forums!). They basically forced everyone into a half-finished new website that is missing some key features we all used to use. I am looking for a good replacement, but there are so many image hosting sites that it is hard to decide which ones are best.

One thing I need is the ability to be able to choose a size for uploading multiple photos at once. I don't want my photos to turn out gigantic when I upload, but I also don't want to have to go through and individually resize each photo one by one to get them at the size I normally use. One great feature of the old Photobucket was that we could choose the size we wanted before uploading many pictures at once. However, they do not have that feature working on the new site. So if I can find another image hosting service that has that feature, I will gladly start uploading any new photos there. Does SmugMug have that function?
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I am a little behind on your TR but I saw the title of the latest update and had to peek! Part of being a great mom or dad is coaxing our little babies into being big kids and expanding their horizons! It's not always going to work out in our favor, but someone's gotta do it! Believe me, I have been on the "Mother of the year! NOT" list myself a time or two (I recall specifically last summer we took dd on a child's roller coaster in Six Flags. She started crying before it took off and got so worked up that she literally threw up on herself. MOM OF THE YEAR, right here, looking to take your trophy! lol

But don't self-bash too hard, even if you had a moment where you felt like YOU made your darling boy sad, you are still the mom that takes him on all of these wonderful adventures and there is a reason that he leans into you for comfort when he is sad or scared! To Henry, you are the best Mommy in the whole entire world.
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