On our third day, we decided we’d keep it simple, but there was a surprise for the boys. They were going to go on a Pirate Cruise! Once we got there for their surprise, Alex was kind of excited, but concerned that we weren’t going with them, and William was just grumpy. I’m not sure why either. First he didn’t want to put his lifejacket on, and then he saw another boy’s pirate sword and was so mad he didn’t have one. But here’s them getting ready for their cruise.
Once they were all ready for the trip, the captains of the boat told all of the 20 children that they were going to pretend to be a sandwich – the captains would be the bread and the kids would be the inside, so when they were walking anywhere, the kids needed to stay between the bread. Then, they asked what everyone’s favorite sandwich was/what kind of sandwich they were going to be, and of course, the kids mostly yelled “Peanut butter.” William immediately yelled “NO! We can’t be peanut butter, I’m allergic to peanuts!!” The parents were dying laughing, as were we, so the captain then asked William what kind of sandwich did he want to be and he happily said “turkey sandwich!”
While they were on their trip, Josh and I got to have a quiet, relaxed breakfast together. It was a win-win for all of us! On their way back, it was funny to see the boat coming back but with no kids! LOL The kids were trying their best to hide They had a blast and had fun going through their loot. The boys told us all about how they found a map and the treasure chest was in the bushes and they all got to the treasure before the “bad pirates.” I’m sure we’ll do another one of these in the future.
We spent the afternoon swimming and then headed to Downtown Disney for dinner and souvenirs. The boys LOVED the Lego store. We had so much fun at Downtown Disney this year. There were 2 or 3 different areas with live music, and one was kid focused, doing dances like the Macarena and Gangnam style. I wouldn’t mind spending more time there for sure!
Our last full day at Disney had another surprise in store for the kids. We spent the morning/afternoon swimming, and then after a quick “rest,” we let them know: We were going to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party!
They were super excited to wear their costumes that we hid in our bags, but apparently pictures were another thing for William. Alex, on the other hand, loves his costume so much, he said he wanted to be on stage to pretend to fight! lol
We got to Magic Kingdom around 5pm right when a parade began. So we saw that, hit some rides and grabbed dinner before the real party began.
After it got dark, we got to see the parade, Villain show, light show and fireworks. We tried our hardest to meet Captain Hook after a Villain show (fail), and ended up about 8 rows back from the very front of the castle for the light show and fireworks. It was great for the light show, but the fireworks were pretty much blocked from the castle for us, depending on how they were shot. Oh well, we got great pictures of the castle during the light show.
When the (first) firework show was over, we expected the park to clear out quite a bit…not so. We thought we’d stay for the later activities and get better spots for the parade and maybe try to meet Captain Hook again, but the crowds were still thick, so we went back to more rides. From our experience, it seemed like most people were there for the parade, shows and trick-or-treating, but our kids don’t like to sit for good spots on the parade route, and T-O-Ting wasn’t a big priority for us with Will’s peanut allergy and the fact that the lines were long to get candy, so we did a lot of rides – and that was great! There are no fast passes for the Halloween party and most rides we walked right on! We re-rode Buzz Lightyear, The Little Mermaid, and Splash Mountain. We also decided to try Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The beginning was dark and VERY loud. Alex usually HATES that combination, but they both loved it! Alex was yelling “Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh! This is AWESOME!” We went on that a few times and Splash Mountain more. It’s so nice that they enjoyed rides that could still be thrilling for Josh and me Here’s a couple pics that were posted from Buzz Lightyear and Splash Mountain.
All in all, another great trip in the books. The kids definitely got their butts kicked (even though they wanted more!), and Will was out at the airport. Another easy trip home on the plane, and another compliment from nearby passengers saying that we must be doing something right as parents, because the boys were so well behaved. We were proud parents for sure! It was such a great vacation!
A couple weeks ago, we took our second trip to Disney. While they boys did ok driving there last year, we said we are never again driving, and so we flew. The boys were SO excited to fly, and we even practiced how they should act in security, and it all went so smoothly. With William having his peanut allergy, we were allowed to board the plane early to wipe things down if needed, and the boys got all settled in with their Kindles.
The boys did awesome on the flight. People in front of them commented to Josh that they barely noticed kids were behind them. Once we got to Orlando, we took the Magical Express to our hotel, got checked in, and immediately went swimming (of course)!
Day 1 we began with breakfast at the Tusker House at Animal Kingdom. It was a really early morning for us, but once we were there, it was great!
We immediately stood in line to see Donald Duck. For some reason William did not want to see Donald and did NOT want to take a picture with him. And so began our collection of pictures that we liked to hashtag “Happiest Place on Earth” and “Disney Magic”… Doesn’t he look SO happy?!
We got our Donald picture, and then were seated for the buffet breakfast where we just waited while Mickey, Goofy and Daisy Duck came around. These character meals worked out so well for us because there was so much action that the kids didn’t get restless or bored eating. They both ate a ton that got us through 1 o’clock.
We started with the safari. It was pretty good – we saw tons of animals, including baby giraffes and baby elephants, one which was splashing in the water. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves (most of the pictures we took on the whole trip was of this, whoops!).
Once we got done with the safari it still wasn’t too busy at the park yet, so we made our way towards some rides. The first one was the Kali River Rapids – one of those rides that you sit in a tube with 8 people and signs that warn you that you may get soaked. The boys loved it! We definitely got wet, but not the worst in our raft. We then did the Bugs Life show (cue Alex crying and hating it thanks to the mean Grasshopper) and Dinosaur (again, Alex was practically screaming, hating it so much). Both boys have talked about how scary those two things were.
The circle of life tree was super cool to look at with all of the animal carvings..
After some of the other rides, we saw clouds moving in and thought we’d hit Kali Rapids again real quick. Well, the second we sat on the raft, it started pouring. Florida pouring. So by the time we got to the falls, we were ALL soaked completely. Luckily the boys, including another little boy younger than William, didn’t mind the rain. Then Josh and Alex got it even worse with a huge gush of water at the end of the big drop. Once that was done, we got our dry stuff out of a locker and made our way to the buses, soaking wet – we were the family that everyone was snickering at. Oh well.
Day 2 was Magic Kingdom. Our plan was to get there early, and head straight to Peter Pan and ride it as much as we could before it got too busy. That plan was squashed when we speed walked all the way there to find it was closed, and would be for another few weeks. More #HappiestPlaceOnEarth #DisneyMagic photos.. although to be fair, we were all just as bummed as William. The kids had no idea who Peter Pan or Captain Hook were last year, so we were all excited for a different experience on the ride.
So we moped away when Peter Pan and Wendy darted right past us. I was not paying attention, but Josh saw William whip around, so we quickly followed them to get pictures. Again, one of William’s favorite characters, and he didn’t want a picture. He said he wouldn’t take pictures with characters who talked to them. He wouldn’t even look at them. (?) Whatevs. Peter Pan and Wendy were so cute – Alex loved them!
We did the Little Mermaid ride, the Buzz Lightyear ride, Dumbo, the Barnstormer roller coaster, Pirates of the Carribean, and Splash Mountain. I was really nervous how Splash Mountain would go over, but they loved it! Alex said he wanted to live there with the Br’er Rabbit.
We also got to see a little show with Peter Pan and Captain Hook in a battle. Very fun to see more favorite characters!
We left early in the afternoon, and went back to the hotel for swimming and resting, which felt great since it was a super hot day. Later, we headed back towards MK to go to Chef Mickey’s for dinner. Another awesome character dinner! The kids were so excited to see Pluto and Minnie this time, along with Mickey, Goofy and Donald. They took breaks once in a while to let the kids dance, and they had a ball clapping and twirling their napkins around. Their Mickey Mouse sangria’s were awesome too
After dinner we went back to ride some more rides and watch the fireworks. This is how close William was to not being able to ride on a bunch of rides. We told him to make sure he stands up super tall!
More to come tommorrow!
I’m really working on getting this blog up to date. Some day I want to print this in a book to be the boys’ picture books, so if you’d like to see the old posts that I posted (for some reason Wordbooker stopped working and the RSS feed isn’t updating in my google reader) here they are. Otherwise, please ignore
Although we saw Santa earlier in November, we had their “official” visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at a brunch. When we take our kids out to eat, they typically eat about 2 bites. At our Christmas brunch, we were scheduled at 10:30, and I think the kids only at a Nutrigrain bar in the morning. We got there and the kids were HUNGRY. In fact, they wanted to eat before seeing Santa. It was so nice to see them eat a full plate and ask for more lol
Cute boys waiting for Santa..
Alex quickly got on Santa’s lap, but Will played shy for a while, getting close and then running away. Finally, he was convinced to sit on Santa’s lap, but wanted nothing to do with Mrs. Claus.
After that, they got to decorate cookies and get their faces painted.
They both chose the Grinch!
Will’s final picture is a little blurry, but I like his face, because that is his crazy personality. (*Resolution #2435134: get a new lens and learn how to shoot better pictures that aren’t blurry)
The next day, we tackled Christmas cut-out cookies. Too bad we ended up ditching them all after we all had a stomach bug. Oh well, we’ll try again with Valentine’s Day. The kids are getting really good at learning how to measure things and how to pour things in the mixer carefully and slowly. I may let Alex make a mix of brownies or something by himself. Just need to teach him how to break eggs
Merry Christmas everyone! It’s a Christmas miracle that I have some time to update the blog
We celebrated the Shaver family Christmas on Christmas Eve this year. This was the first Christmas party we’ve gone to this year, so the kids were beyond excited. Look how cousin Aaron arrived to the party, picked out by himself!
Before we got to opening presents, we attempted the kids annual picture with reindeer ears. Let me know if one of these works for you mom! The kids were not cooperating that good.
Then present time – let the fun begin:
This is William getting his Bucky ship. He is obsessed with Jake and the Neverland Pirates. He loves this ship already.
This was Alex’s big gift from grandma, a huge castle. He was VERY excited over this!
Alex also got some transformers, but he’s not quite ready for them, and frankly, neither am I! The instructions are terrible and the pieces kept popping off. For now, he much preferred Will’s Rescue Bot that he got.
We drove home and got stuck in light snow, but bad, bad roads. Luckily, we made it home in time for the kids to test out their new toys.
In the morning, we heard the kids wake up and go downstairs. We both were ready to jump out of bed at the slightest sound of ripping wrapping paper, but William came to us a couple of times to tell us Santa came, and I heard Alex telling him to let mommy and daddy rest They were keeping busy playing with their toys from the day before. But we finally got up and got the coffee going.
This next set of pictures is funny to me. Notice what William is opening up. Next, notice what Alex is holding up. Then, notice his excitement when I tell him that I saw what he did..
William is starting to open his favorite book from school, but check Alex’s reaction to HIS gift. Haha! He cracks me up!
BUT apparently, he wanted a WHITE racetrack (where he comes up with specifying a color is beyond me). Seems like the non-white one was just fine!
Then they got their “big” presents, although they had no idea for a long time, what it was that they were opening. We got them Kindles. Not planned, but there was a good deal, and good kids package they have now. The kids love them, and I’m a little excited to play with it at night! lol
The kids definitely had a good Christmas. There’s some jealousy between them, but hopefully they’ll get over it and learn to share (dream on, right?).
Even the kitty likes his present from grandma.
Hope everyone else had a Merry Christmas too!
With Alex starting Kindergarten this year, he is learning how to read. They’ve practiced individual letters since the beginning of the year, and then around Thanksgiving, they started some sight words and have started sounding out words. Alex got a little notepad from a very early visit to Santa at the mall and immediately started writing out his Christmas wish list. He did pretty good, but forgot vowels for the most part. We lost his notepad for a long time, so then, once our Elf on a Shelf appeared, he wanted to draw pictures of everything he wanted to show the elf. His pictures are awesome we think!
First, a painting set (Ptdn). Next, a castle (Csl)
Then a train (trn) and stickers (wasn’t in his notepad)
Also, a racetrack (rs trac), and dinosaur, although this is also the picture for transformers since he didn’t know how to draw transformers (Dnosr and Trsfrz)
Finally, he wants a Dot-to-dot coloring book (dtot Clring Bc)
Once William saw all of Alex’s pictures, he wanted his wish list in pictures too. So Alex gladly drew them.
First is a game (like Alex’s Leapster Explorer), and then people – to play in Alex’s castle. (Sidenote here: When we had Alex’s parent/teacher conference in November, everything was great, except his teacher was confused about one thing. Whenever Alex draws people, they always have a big black (always black) dot on their crotch! lol That was a funny funny conversation! After we asked Alex about it (innocent questions that wouldn’t make him feel bad), he was like “duh, they’re the buttons on the pants!” So haha, here’s a wonderful picture of a person with the lovely button on his pants.)
Next, William wants cars and a pair of scissors (Alex traced his, and NO William is not getting scissors yet!)
Lastly, William also wants stickers.
These pictures were so helpful to us this year, and I’m going to love to be able to look back on them.