Sunday, January 31, 2016

Shorts in January!


Now that's my boys' kind of weather! Still experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures here in our part of the world for late January. Kelly and Sawyer were out on their own adventure, so I loaded up Connor and Xander for an afternoon at the park ...




Connor found a friend from school, Hudson, so I didn't see him until the end and it was time to go ...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Wildlife Preserve

Sawyer and Aunt Kelly took advantage of the nicer (for January) weather, and went to visit the Salato Wildlife Center this afternoon ...





Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Radioactive

Xander has gotten into music lately, trying to take over the playlist on our drives too and from school. He has several favorites that he requests on a regular basis. "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons has been a big favorite lately.

I love how he knows the melody and the cadence of the words, even if he sometimes doesn't get the lyrics exactly right ...



(Resolution is low so that the video would upload to the site).

Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow Boys

First snow at the new house ...

Bruno loved it ...





Connor wanted to eat it ...



Xander wanted to make an Elmo snowman ...



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ten

It simply doesn't seem possible that the twins turned 10 today. How did that happen? Where did all those years go. Some days it's seemed really slow, but most of the time it seems much too fast.

For the first time ever, Xander made requests about what he wanted for his birthday, from the type of cupcakes (white with red icing, with Minions on them), to the type of party hats (also Minions) to the types of presents he really wanted (think dancing Minions and plush Elmos)!



Sawyer, on the other hand, was less impressed with the birthday festivities. He just wanted to watch a movie and play iPad all afternoon!





Sawyer did enjoy putting together his new Melissa & Doug stained glass mosaic (always a favorite) ...








Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hollywood Studios

Day two ... we are not going to talk about the screaming baby who never slept in the room next to us the entire three nights we were there. We're not going to talk about how exhausting the trip was and how that really, really didn't help!



We're also not going to talk about the alligators we saw in the lagoon, especially since we had a ground level room with a balcony just a few yards from the lagoon.

  

We're going to talk about Xander's doodles on the notepad ...



And the beautiful view and a spectacular sunrise (even though I had to see it because the twins' renewal for their Medicaid waiver program was due while we were on vacation and I spent nearly three hours on the phone doing that, the first hour just waiting for a case worker) ...



Day two took us to Hollywood Studios ... where we waited nearly three hours to ride the Toy Story arcade game ride ...

  

Connor was in Star Wars heaven ...









The boys loved the fireworks show ... and our later start to the day mean the boys were able to stay in the park ...







And our last morning before heading out and heading back home ...

Monday, January 4, 2016

Walt Disney World

After our week at the beach with Grandma and Grandpa, we took the boys on a special vacation. We made the day drive over to Orlando to check into the Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World. We made a stop at the airport along the way to pick up Aunt Kelly, who was going to be helping us on this adventure (one-to-one ratio for adults and kids).

Checking into our room the night before the boys were supposed to start back at school (we were hoping that meant it would be less crowded at the park) ...



Connor and I exploring the lobby and seeing the giant Christmas tree ...



Watching the fireworks show from the Grand Floridian dock ...



The view from our balcony ...



Waiting on the monorail to take us to the Magic Kingdom ...



Xander says "Yes, Disney!"



Family picture in front of the castle ...



Our first ride ...







Our second ride ...







Riding the river boat ...





The long wait at the Seven Dwarf Mine Train ...



And the actual ride ...



Ice cream snack ...







Splash Mountain, which we probably shouldn't have saved for the end since it was already cold (Xander's face is priceless) ...



On Main Street after a long, long day at the Magic Kingdom (and not enough energy or patience left for the fireworks). And even though he doesn't look excited about it, Xander had been coveting the red Mickey balloon ALL DAY LONG. We waited until the end, so we didn't have to tie it off at every single ride and hope it was still there when we got back ...



And that was day one ...