Monday, October 31, 2011

Longboat Key

While in Florida, we were able to spend a couple of nights on the beach in Longboat Key. It was fun to introduce the girls to the ocean.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Disney, Part 2

Here are some more Disney pictures. While none of them are particularly "good", they all capture moments of the day I want to remember.

Attempt at a picture after first entering Magic Kingdom.

First ride was the Tea Cups. Of course, we had to run for one of the pink cups.

Another attempt to get a picture of the girls with Cinderella's castle. Let's just say they were more interested in eating their raisins!

On Cinderella's carousel.

Watching the parade go by.

Dancing with parade...

... and clapping with the parade.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Disney World - Meeting the Characters

Thanks to some generous friends, we were able to go to Disney World for two days while we were in Orlando (all we had to do was pay the $14 a day parking fee which felt like a bargain when you see ticket prices).

We really enjoyed the time and have already forgotten the consequences we paid for pushing through Davey's nap two days in a row.

A few things not reflected in the pictures (mental pictures I need to capture):

- The first day, Davey was obsessed with the park map. She carried it around, half-opened most of the day "guiding" us around.

- We learned how easily Malia gets scared. She cried on multiple rides/performances including the Little Mermaid (Ursula), the Lion King (Scar's song), A Bugs Life (3D bugs) and even on the People Mover (extended darkness). Davey on the other hand was completely unphased by all of the scary parts.

- Hollywood Studios has a new Toy Story ride that Andrew and I loved (we highly recommend it). If it wasn't for the girls, we might have spent all day on it trying to beat our previous scores.

- Disney lets you bring in your own food so we packed lots of snacks, sandwiches and even drinks. We did splurge and buy Davey some beloved milk while in the park but that was it.

-The characters were definitely the big draw for the girls.

While standing in line for Pooh, Davey was adamantly against saying hi to Pooh. She watched Malia hug and talk to Pooh and she warmed up a little.

Then Pooh started playing peek-a-boo with Davey and that really broke the ice and got her into seeing the characters.

Our only family photo of the whole trip!

And of course the highlight was seeing the princesses. We went both days to say hi to Cinderella, Belle and Sleeping Beauty.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Feeding the Alligators

While in Orlando we had to take the girls to some of our old hot spots. One of our favorite places to take people who visited was to a mini-golf place on International Drive where you can feed hot dogs on fishing poles to baby alligators. Sounds awesome doesn't it?

The alligators... ready to eat.

Davey was a little skittish while there. I do not really blame here but she kept her distance.

Malia was up for feeding them.

I cut off the end of her rod in this picture which has the string and hot dog on it but you get the idea.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tea Parties with Aunt Bobbie

We are home. After 12 days on the road and two states (Indiana and Florida), we returned home on Monday (and are all sick - yuck).

We spent the first part of our trip in Indiana, attending homecoming at our alma mater, Taylor University (more on that later) and then flew to Orlando for vacation, family, friends and a little work.

Within hours of arriving in Orlando, the girls were having a Pooh tea party with their Aunt Bobbie.

Reading Nurse Nancy to the girls.

The girls got to give Pooh a "shot" like Nurse Nancy.

Davey loved playing with all of the Pooh figurines, especially Eeyore.

Another night we were over and the girls got to play with a tray of little, intricate, colorful, shaped boxes... they loved it.

They also got to have a Raggedy Ann tea party.

Davey poured (and spilled) her own drinks!
Bottoms up!

Thanks for all of the fun Aunt Bobbie!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Aquarium

We went to the Aquarium over the weekend and loved it (Andrew's parents had gifted us tickets for his birthday and we finally used them).

It is not a great place to take pictures but I did snap a few.

The friends we went with have a membership and so we were able to get free face painting and the chance to feed the sting rays.

Andrew was the only one who successfully fed the sting ray but we all got to touch them.

The girls loved the mermaid show and so they wanted mermaids painted on.

We opted to get it on Davey's arm instead of her face. She loved it and just kept staring at her arm.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

B Week

Last Friday started B week at our house. We talked about butterflies, bugs, books, birds, bears, etc. Here is a sampling of what has been going on.

I created a "B Box" filled with things that start with the letter B. The girls enjoyed playing with it all week.

The B Box

Practicing writing her B's (COAH)

Cutting the bugs out

Stringing beads on a pipe cleaner (future wings for a butterfly)

Mixing paint in a ziploc bag (which was eventually turned into a butterfly)

Our butterfly creations.