Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
(We were talking about marriage in the car) J: Before you get married, you have to ask each other if you choose to live happily ever after."
M: (asking Kiree about the fiber one cereal) Do you like that cereal? K: yeah M: It's got lots of fiber-that's good for you. K: yeah, it's got lots of teddy bears.
M: Kiree, why are you wiping peanut butter on your legs?
K: i doan wanna get sunburn
(While Bob was taking a shower at our hotel on vacation) K: daddy's at work!
(At breakfast two days after we got back from vacation, Bob was already at work) K: daddy's pwaying bollyball
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Some of the "rides" were shows like the Muppet Vision 3-D. It was pretty fun and the girls seemed to like it even though they didn't really know who all the muppets were.After we saw the one show about animation, we waited in line to see the characters from Up. This was probably the longest line I personally waited in during our whole time at Disney. Kiree was not a big fan of the costume character people at this point. She was a little freaked out by the Up people. At least Bob took her around to the displays near the line while Jaide and I waited.
We decided not to wait in another line to take a picture with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible. We still got a picture with them, sort of..
We visited the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area which was kind of cool. We should probably show the kids that movie sometime before they forget this experience. Perhaps we should also explain what a roll of film is- that is what this slide Kiree was going down was supposed to look like. I think they got the gist of the giant supersoaker without too much explanation.
Kiree fell asleep as we were going to the Indiana Jones Stunt Show (and no strollers allowed inside) so Bob ended up taking her around while Jaide and I went to the show. It's kind of funny how they herd people like cattle at Disney, but I guess that's what you have to do when there's so many people. At church today the bishop mentioned how our ward has gotten big and we need to scoot in to the middle to fit more people in. Bob and I were saying maybe they need to get some people like they have at Disney- 'everybody scoot as far as you can to the left, we need every last inch!'
Anyway, Bob took sleeping Kiree around for a little while, eventually getting into a line to take a picture with Mike and Sully from Monsters INC. She woke up after a not too long nap. Kiree was okay taking a picture in the safety of her stroller.
Bob was our fastpass man. He kept track of when we could get more and ran and got them all for us.
Kiree and I waiting while Jaide and Bob went on the Star Wars ride. Kiree's Mater (or Motor depending on who you ask) cup from the Disney Store clearance section.We ended up having fastpass times fairly close together, so we got to go on several rides pretty much in a row. Jaide really lucked out, since with rider swaps, she got to go on some rides twice in a row. Jaide went with Bob on the Rockin' Rollercoaster and enjoyed it very much but when she and I tried to go on, they actually measured her and found her too short. I guess she is not 48 Disney inches tall yet (Six Flags thought she was). Somehow Bob lost our Tower of Terror fastpasses, but fortunately for us the regular line wasn't very long when we headed over there. Bob and Jaide waited in the line, then Jaide and I used the rider swap pass. Jaide was a little scared at first, but when Bob let her know it wasn't real (not a real haunted hotel), she decided that it was her favorite ride. Kiree was sad she couldn't go on this ride that Jaide liked so much. Just four more inches Kiree!
The original plan was to go home at dinner time and eat at the hotel. We had packed lunch but nothing else. And basically we're cheapskates and weren't going to buy food at the park. But we decided that we should stay to see the Fantasmic show since I had read that it was good and that it wasn't put on every night. The plan became that Bob would go back to the hotel and bring food. The girls decided they wanted to stay and see the Beauty and the Beast show. I think the real reason for that was because Jaide said something about there being popcorn at the show and they were both hungry at that point (it was dinnertime). Well there wasn't popcorn and tragically I didn't even have any way to buy any food, popcorn or otherwise. All I had when Bob left was the diaper thing, water bottles, and my nearly dead cell phone. I felt like the worst person in the world when I couldn't feed my poor hungry children as we waited for Bob outside the Fantasmic show. We didn't know if he'd make it back before the show. Fortunately he did and boy did we scarf that food down when he got there. We ended up having to stand in the standing section since it was so late, but we just sat on the ground and ate until the show started. I learned my lesson and kept cash on me the next day, but of course didn't need it.
Picture from Disney's site
Jaide loved the show. It was Mickey Mouse facing all the Disney villans with his sorcerer hat and fireworks and water and several Disney princesses on boats and fireworks too. Bob held Kiree the whole time and I held Jaide. It was cute to hear Jaide's reactions to the show. "Oh no Mickey! Behind you, run!" and at the end, "Yay Mickey!"
After the show, and a small amount of drama getting the stroller back, we wandered back to the Pixar area (still a huge long line at the Toy story ride at the end of the day!) and ended up going through the Prince Caspian thing (kinda lame) with a sleeping Kiree in Bob's arms. On our way out of the park we stopped near the giant sorcerers hat for some pictures.I wasn't the smart one who figured out how to get the picture to come out right, Bob did, but in the better picture, lighting-wise, of me with the kids I look psycho for some reason, so there you go.
We sure had a lot of fun though and did everything we had wanted to do there (which was just about everything).
A full day at Disney really tuckered the girls out. Aren't they cute?
Yeah, I couldn't do it in three posts, I'll try and wrap it up tomorrow.
Next: Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and going home
Sunday, April 18, 2010
When Bob and I came to Orlando on our honeymoon we took the bus all over and it always stopped for seemingly extremely long periods of time at the Florida Mall. Since we were staying very close to the mall, we headed there first on Tuesday morning and actually went inside this time. We got a power inverter so we could plug the little laptop into the car for longer kid video viewing on our drives. We also stopped at the Disney Store and bought some Eastery toys on clearance. Jaide got a kitty in a basket and Kiree got a Pooh Bear in an egg and a Mater cup. Unfortunately, this didn't have quite the effect I wanted it to have on the kids further asking for souvenirs at Disney. Oh well.
Another thing we often passed by in the bus way back in '02 was this upside down building. It is actually a science museum called Wonderworks and it looks like the white house fell upside down on top of it. We went there after the mall. Kiree really liked it even though she was very whiny near the end of our visit. "it cracked," she likes to say about the upsidedown building. Jaide and Bob went on a simulator ride which had a long line to get on it. The girls talked about the upside down house for a long time afterward. Jaide told me at some point that we did so much fun stuff and then we just kept doing stuff that was more and more fun. Kiree played the piano on the floor at the request of some random senior citizens. I think Kiree was crabby mostly because she needed a nap, but there was too much excitement. We went back to the hotel to go swimming in the pool. Kiree didn't want to take a nap when there was pool goin' a going on. So we all went down to the pool. Kiree wasn't much for actual getting in the water, but liked the poolside scene. Eventually I got her to lie down on a lounge chair wrapped up in most of our beach towels and take a nap al fresco. I don't know why I didn't get a picture of it. Bob and Jaide ended up going to the grocery store while I hung out poolside with napster and Bob brought me down the camera before they left.
file picture of Kiree napping
When Kiree woke up, we went back to the room, got changed, and had dinner when Bob and Jaide got back.
In our original plan, we were going to head back towards home on Wednesday after two days at Disney. We were going to stop at Myrtle Beach since it is basically on the way home, to break up the drive and have some fun beach-going time. We waited and waited for some reason to make hotwire reservations for those nights (we were going to stay two nights) and then one Saturday night we did. Unfortunately the next Sunday we found out Adam wouldn't be able to get us into Disney until Friday and Saturday of that week- doh!. We thought about going up to Myrtle Beach and then coming back down, but as it got closer eight hours driving both ways didn't seem like a sane plan. So we had to find a place to stay less far away than Myrtle Beach. We decided to just stay in Orlando for the next few days since it was really the cheapest place to stay. We found a different hotel on hotwire closer to Disney for the same price as where we were staying. No free breakfast there (Bob loves the free breakfast, but honestly, they're not always that great) but it was actually a really great place for us. It was a bigger room, which was nice, and it had a lot of fun amenities.
Wednesday morning we checked out of our hotel and headed to the Gulf of Mexico. We went by Tampa Bay and found a beach to visit. The beach we ended up at was Gulfport Beach. We tried to find one called Treasure Island, but somehow missed it. The girls loved the soft sand at this much smaller beach and Jaide had fun with a friend she met there. That's Jaide and her little friend in the water, not Kiree The water was very calm and shallow. It was also pretty full of seaweed and some dead things. We collected shells at this beach too (and some random piece of something with rows of flat teeth). That particular bag of shells stunk up the trunk of the car the rest of our trip.
Wednesday night after we checked into our new hotel, we went to Giordano's for pizza.
New hotel=more pads of paper to fill up with drawings. Giordano's was just across the street (we get deep dish pizza there every time we visit Chicago, they aren't in very many areas). The girls got balloon animals while we waited for the food and we also looked for things starting with each letter in the alphabet.
Thursday we were going to go to this cool looking state park you could go tubing in, but we decided to just stick around the hotel and enjoy what was there. We had a relaxing and fun time playing the hotel's mini golf course. Kiree developed her own special golf technique (cheating). The kids played with other kids in one of the playgrounds for a while (and Kiree went down a big slide all by herself for the first time!) Then we visited each of the three big pools and the two kiddie pools. They were heated too which was really nice (that's Bob's favorite kind of pool). We neglected to get pictures at the pool or of the cool little lizards we saw running across the sidewalks. Later Bob stayed in the room with Kiree for nap time and Jaide and I walked to some nearby souvenir shops (I wanted to find some small things for my primary class and of course Jaide wanted something too).
Next up: Disney!
Here's the video of Kiree's "golf technique" If I had just let it go a few more seconds I would have caught the happy little "i did it!" Kiree proclaimed at the end.