Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Disney- Epcot

EPCOT
I'd never been to Epcot but I'd researched it a lot and I had big plans to get reckless with my snack credits.  Also the number one thing that everyone said was you have to ride Soarin'.  Several people listed it as their number one favorite ride (both people in real life and on the internet).  I was really looking forward to this day.
We slept in a little.  Several people said it wasn't really a full day park so we took our time getting there.  (this is the one day I would do differently if we had the chance to redo it.) I would have gotten there at rope drop and planned to stay all day long.  I also would have done the fast passes a little differently. 

Our first fast pass was to meet Mickey, Minnie and Goofy.  Again we weren't really sure how Barrett would react so we went in with low expectations.
And then this happened.  He ran right up to him and gave him the biggest hug.
And this is where I had my ugly cry moment.   
I also love that his bear is in all these pictures too.


I was trying not to cry, while smiling.  Not the best picture face.


I wasn't sure if we would get any pictures of just AveryAnn with the characters.  But Mickey knelt down and the photographer told Patrick to sit her in his lap and it was so perfect.   
And then when I thought it couldn't get any more perfect, Barrett sat in there with them. 
It was so sweet!! 
Then we met Goofy and I had to fight tears again. 
I just love the character interaction. 

Minnie is my favorite and Barrett was smitten with her too.



AveryAnn was trying to grab her nose.


After we met the characters we went to Turtle Talk with Crush and it was really cute.  Then we rode the Nemo ride, it was really neat.  We spent some time walking through aquarium and then we set out to find some lunch.  We walked all over the world showcase and finally settled on China for a quick lunch.  Okay that's not the whole story... we thought we wanted a quick lunch in Italy but it turns out Italy doesn't have a quick service restaurant.  So while we're standing in Italy trying to decide what to eat, it starts pouring.  And it's not your typical florida, it'll be over quickly downpour.  So we debate about what to do.  We finally decide to poncho up and head to china.  It worked out perfectly.  About the time we were finished with lunch the rain had stopped and we finished our day in the sauna.
(i'm pretty sure my timeline is off because we made two passes around the world showcase)

The other thing that I really wanted to do in Epcot that I'd read about was the "pick a peal" thing in Japan.  You go in and pick an oyster and they open it and you get to keep the pearl. 
Here we are choosing our oyster.  I'd read to choose the ugliest one for a better pearl. 

It was a fun little "show" she made us count down in Japanese and then she opened our oyster.
She opened it and her eyes got big.  I was so excited...

She said "You are very lucky, because you got two pearls!"

They are the same size and are going to make perfect earrings.  I was so excited.
AveryAnn had pooped on her other outfit.

After this we headed to Norway for our Frozen Ever After fastpass.
I'm not a fan of the tiered fast pass system at Epcot and Hollywood studios, I understand why it's necessary but it makes things a little tricky.  (If I had realized how to take advantage of the rider swap system I would have totally done it).  We had fast passes for turtle talk, character meet and greet and Frozen Ever After.  No Soarin', I just knew we would be able to get one later in the day after we used our 3.  I was wrong.

Here we are on Frozen.  Jackson fell asleep in the stroller so Jessica stayed back with him.

Our plans were to go back to the room after Frozen and rest because we had an 8:45 dinner reservation.  So we headed out, then it started pouring rain. We went ahead and left but if I had it to do over again we would have stayed.  It rained so much that we didn't even go to our room when we got to the resort, we just hung out in the little play area and then headed back to the park for dinner At Le Cellier in Canada.  We seriously considered cancelling our dinner reservations.  We didn't want to pay the fee and it was our two table service credit dinner so I knew we wouldn't be able to eat two more table service meals to cover it.  So we poncho back up and headed to the park.  The bus driver actually told us we were a little nuts when we all got on the bus.  There was a young couple that asked where we were eating and then said it was totally worth it.  The rain, the kids, the late night was all worth this meal. 
And they were right.  This was Patrick's favorite meal of the whole week.  Barrett was a total nightmare of a kid that night.  He required multiple trips to the restroom for discipline but it was still worth it.   There was a couple at a table next to us that joked with their server that they were celebrating the fact they didn't have any kids due to our kid's behavior.  It was a little annoying.  I didn't know they'd said this until we had left or I might have walked over to their table to tell them that while dinner was less than ideal, they're also missing out on seeing their kid meet Mickey Mouse.
After dinner the wait for Soarin' was something crazy like 5 minutes so we rushed over there and got to ride it.  At first it was Patrick, me and Jeremy.  As soon as we got off we knew we had to force Jessica to ride it.  Patrick wanted to ride it again so I sat with the kids.  I was so glad we went back.  We would have missed the awesome meal and getting to ride Soarin'.  If I ever did an adult only Disney trip I would definitely spend two days at Epcot.  I would love to take my time strolling around the world showcase. And I would definitely use some snack credits.  I didn't use a single one and I'm still disappointed about it.
There were a few rides we didn't get to ride like Test Track and Mission Space that I will definitely do next time.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Disney World- Travel & Magic Kingdom Day 1

Get ready for {poor quality} picture overload. 
February of last year the Moore family asked us if we were interested in going to Disney World with them.  I remember it vividly, we were in Gatlinburg with my brother and his wife, we'd just had a miscarriage and Patrick asked me what he should tell them.  I was like "well, I don't know, we want to have another baby, do you really think this is a good time. tell them we'll think about it."  5 seconds later he said "I told them we wanted to go."  Well okay then.  I guess we're going to Disney.  I'm pretty sure Patrick thought I'd forget about that conversation and we'd never actually go but he was wrong.  Instead, I dove in head first.  I started reading anything I could find about planning a Disney World vacation.  We booked it 18 months out and the countdown was on.  I thought it would never get here.
We drove, it just made more sense financially for us and our kids travel pretty well. We drove half way and spent the night on the way down.  (We drove it straight through on the way home.) 
Here we are packed up and headed out.  We were all so stinking excited!


We stopped about 3 hours in so I could feed AveryAnn.  The boys got ice cream.  We got to our hotel for the night and the boys were wired.  I didn't think they'd ever get to sleep that night. 
UP bright and early for the last leg of the trip.  I didn't think we were ever going to get there.  We had several potty breaks.  The last hour was definitely the longest.
We both got texts saying our rooms were ready but they were on opposite sides of the resort.  So Jessica called and they were able to move them to right next door to us.  Our building was probably the furthest from the main building but I actually liked it because we were right next to a lake and could see the fireworks from one of the parks at night.
We unpacked the cars and got settled in, then we headed to Disney Springs to grab some food.
Going into this trip we didn't really know how Barrett would feel about riding the rides.  So when he asked to ride the carousel we were optimistic, then he chose the sensible bench seat and we all just laughed. I love this picture and his big smile up at his Daddy.

This girl was a trooper.  She rode in that stroller like a champ!

We were all nearly too excited to sleep!  Monday morning we had reservations at Chef Mickey before our day at Magic Kingdom. 


We were so excited about breakfast with Mickey.  I knew this would be the test to see how Barrett would react to the characters.  Much to my surprise, he did fantastic! 
He was not excited about the picture before our meal.

Goofy was the first character we saw and as soon as the boys caught a glimpse of him they started standing in their chairs and waving at him.  They were saying "Goofy over here", it was so funny. I was so excited that Barrett was excited to see him.  He wasn't scared at all.

I think it might have been around this time that Jessica started ugly crying.  I was so glad it wasn't me.  I knew that the emotion would catch up with me at some point during the week.  It's just so special seeing these things through your kids eyes.

Then the main man showed up.  To say Barrett was excited would be an understatement.

Even sister got in on the action.  She tried so hard to grab each character's nose.  I just loved the interaction they each had with her. 

Then Minnie showed up and the boys were smitten.  Jackson even gave her a kiss and Barrett was so funny.  He kept saying "Jackson and Minnie kissed!".


Donald Duck!  This was the only character meal we did and it was so much fun I was a little sad we didn't book any more.  I would definitely do this one again on our next visit.

We left there and headed to Magic Kingdom!

This was my first glimpse of the Castle.  I was so excited!
And this was our photopass picture of the castle.  Barrett was a little overwhelmed and didn't want his picture made.  My biggest regret will be not trying to get another picture.
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin was hands down Barrett's favorite ride.    If anyone asked him what his favorite thing was he said Buzz every time.  We probably rode it 6 times all week.  Jeremy even got the highest score so he got a sticker and a card saying he was a "Galactic Hero". 


They loved the Tomorrowland Speedway too.  Seeing Barrett's smile all week was the best thing.  There were plenty of meltdowns, but that smile made it all worth it.

Barrett loved Dumbo.  And I was shocked at how many rides AveryAnn got to ride too.  I took them both on Dumbo and then there was a little roller coaster that Barrett didn't want to ride so I rode it with Jeremy, Jessica and Jackson while Patrick took the kids on Dumbo again.  I thought he looked so cute wearing the baby.

We used a snack credit at Gaston's Tavern.  I'd read all about the cinnamon rolls.  They were good but I don't need to have one again.  It was huge.

Magic Kingdom was open late that night so we decided to head back to the room and rest up.  The boys passed out hard.
We headed back around 7:00 and people were already lined up for the Electrical parade that started at 10:00.

The crane was down so I got a few pictures of the castle.  We ate dinner and really just walked around taking in the sights. 
We were walking along and then all of a sudden the fireworks started.  Barrett is terrified of fireworks.  He starts screaming. I scooped him up and ran in the first place I saw.  Then AveryAnn started screaming.  To be honest, we were on the backside of the castle and they were pretty intense.  Even Jackson, who isn't scared of anything, wanted to go inside.
After the fireworks we went to Aladdin and rode it and then walked on Pirates and Jungle Cruise.
It was the perfect ending to the first day.
We were able to catch some of the electrical parade and then we headed to the bus stop. 
Tuesday, we headed to Epcot.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

7 Months

Seven Months, I can't help but laugh at how different AveryAnn's first year is from Barrett's.  I feel like every move he made was documented.  I was a little sad when I just opened blogger to see that I haven't blogged in a whole month. I have several things I need to write about and maybe one day I'll get around to it.  I guess I'm doing good getting these monthly posts written even if the pictures are poor quality from my cell phone.
  • You weigh 15lbs 6oz.  You've gained almost a whole pound this month.  Which is exactly what you needed to do.  You're now in the 25% for both height and weight now.
  • You're around 26" long.
  • You're still wearing mostly 6 month clothes.
  • Still wearing size 3 diapers and going through 5-6 each day.
  • You sleep 10-12 hours at night.  I'm waking you up a little earlier so we can get an extra feeding in each day. 
  • You take two good naps during the day and a little cap nap in the evenings.
  • You're sitting up so well.  Barrett loves to sit with you and play.  It's really sweet.
  • You're rolling both ways.  You aren't crawling but you can get around scooting.  I heard you crying the other day and Barrett said you were under the coffee table and sure enough you'd gotten yourself stuck.
  • You're still mostly breastfed.  You got several bottles of formula while we were on vacation because nursing you in public is a nightmare because you are so distracted.  You took it like a champ and I'm pretty sure that's why you've gained so much weight.  But you also woke up at night to nurse so I'm pretty sure you still need me.
  • You nurse every 3.5-4 hours during the day and take in 4-5 ounces.
  • We started cereal this week and you've done so great.  I'm thinking we might skip right over purees because you want to feed yourself.
  • You are still very much a thumb sucker but only prefer the left one.
  • Your hair is still dark but it's not quite as wild as it has been.
  • Your eyes are still blue.
  • We were looking at your daddy's baby pictures and you look so much like him.
We have had so much fun this month.  You are sitting up like a champ and this is my favorite stage.  You're laughing so much and so easy going.  We went to Disney World for a week and you had a blast.  You got to ride so many rides and sit in Mickey Mouse's lap.  People thought we were crazy for taking you but I'm so glad we did.  We made so many memories with our little family and it was so special.  We can't wait to take you back.  By the time your brother was 7 months old I already had his birthday party planned.  I haven't really even thought about it for you.  I guess I'm in denial that time is passing so quickly.  We love you so much and can't wait to see what's in store for this month.