Monday, February 29, 2016

Winter break in Florida

This winter break we spent the week in Florida visiting my parents.  As usual, the weather was great and we spent a lot of time in the backyard playing ball, riding bikes around the pond, meeting a new animal at the zoo, and hiking in DeLeon Springs.    

This year we added some excitement to the trip and headed to Magic Kingdom for one day.  I believe this was the first trip for all of the boys to Magic Kingdom.  For weeks, Rory eagerly talked about seeing Cinderella's castle.  I didn't think any of them knew what to expect besides the castle, so on the car ride from Atlanta, I told them about various rides.  The older boys were immediately giddy about the roller coasters, which led Rory to become interested in them too.  Unfortunately, Rory's first roller coaster ride, Thunder Mountain, scared him, which deterred him from trying any more rides in the park.  We had to convince him to do Dumbo as he thought even that looked too fast!  I was worried we had spoiled his Disney experience, but then he met Pooh and Tigger.  The smile on that boys face and his spontaneous giggle were priceless.  Rory was wearing a Mickey Star Wars shirt and Pooh pretended to have a light saber, which Rory could just not get over.  The highlight of Disney World for Cal was the Country Bear show, which he thought was great fun and laughed and clapped along through the whole thing.  After the Country Bear show, we stopped to watch a street performance and he danced along.  Rory was ready to go home around 4, so my parents brought Rory and Cal home so Atticus and I could spend the rest of the evening with the Finnan and Jude.  A big thanks to Weggi and Paw Paw for that and all of the wondering around they did with Cal in the stroller while we stood in lines.  They dragged me on to Space Mountain, we saw some of the fireworks and made a few more stops before calling it a night.

After a late night at Disney, we packed up the car and headed to Legoland!  My mom followed us down there so that she could help trade off with Cal again.  At Legoland, we pretty much immediately split up so that the older boys could ride the roller coasters before the lines got too long and Rory and Cal could play in Duplo Land.  Rory was very pleased with the Duple Land train ride and tractor ride which he thought were the perfect speed for him!  It turned out we didn't have to worry about the lines at Legoland as the boys were able to get on and off the roller coasters as they pleased throughout the day.  It was another great day (and much more chill than Disney) and we stayed from opening until after closing going on the rides, watching the 4-D movie and the water ski pirate show, exploring mini-land, admiring an amazing Banyan tree they have on property, and of course doing a little lego shopping.  

Our big splurge of the break was a night at the Legoland hotel.  What a great way to end a vacation.  This place was made for kids- legos all over the lobby, the lego movie playing on repeat, characters leading activities at night, floating legos for the pool, a disco elevator and even a farting carpet (no, that's not a typo).

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Trip to Arizona

Over Martin Luther King Day weekend, I took Finnan and Jude to Arizona to visit my Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle John.  We all had a great time miniature golfing, bowling, riding in a golf cart, picking grapefruit and tangelos, learning about my Grandpa's Christmas village and watching the NFL play off games.  Even the plane rides were enjoyable with these two (and a good book ;))!  The boys really enjoyed spending time with their Great Grandparent and Great Uncle.

Dirt therapy

This boy just wants to get dirty.  Sometimes he has a partner in crime, but mainly, it's just him.