Friday, September 19, 2014

Disney Planner

Our Disney World trip is near. This will be our first time as a family. I went as a child, way back in the 80s! It has drastically changed, so many new attractions and characters. I spent 40+ hours researching and planning our trip. This is how I organized it all:

This binder came from Zazzle.

A set of plastic dividers w/tabs. I have sections labeled Travel, Hotel, Dining, Parks, and General.

The Travel section holds our info for the flights and map of Orlando International Airport. This page was found at Lovely Commotion's website here. She has some cute designs for a planner! The Hotel section has our resort info, reservation number, map of the resort, and the Disney movie times that are shown every evening. 

The Dining section contains all of our dining reservations & info about which dining plan we chose. I also decided to be proactive and print the current menus for each location so we all can get an idea of what we are ordering. Maximizing our time in the parks!


The Parks section has a sheet for each day for that particular park we've chosen. We decided where we would be according to the Magic Hours. We may find out we've over done it with such long days! These sheets have room for info like the park hours, our dining locations and times, and Fast Pass times. This was also found at Lovely Commotion. I included info regarding the Fast Pass options and  ride height requirements at each park.

I have current maps of each park so we could have an idea of where things were before getting there. I found these on eBay.

In the General section, I have maps of the locations of the Pressed Coin machines that I know the kids are going to love! These make great (and cheap) souvenirs. There is also a large map of the entire Disney World area so we know where each park is located from our resort.

I found this tip from all of my searching: use Mini M&M's containers to hold coins for the Pressed Coin machines. The penny machines are .50 each. Everything is ready to go when you load the containers with a penny and two quarters, stacking them in this order to the top.

Baseball card sleeves for any Transportation cards or Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom cards we may collect.

I wanted to be ready when we got there and not searching for these so I bought them from the Disney store beforehand. Autograph books and Pressed Coin book for everyone!

Also bought these ahead of time. Buying them at the parks comes with a day's wait to get them embroidered. I did that here at home. Also from the Disney store.

DrH picked this cookie cake up the day we told the kids. We let them know a month before so it wouldn't seem like forever waiting.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Month of July.....and Disney!

Sad to see July gone. Summer is officially over for us. We begin school in one week. A few highlights from the past month:

Drillers game with DrH's office

After-game (win!) fireworks

Blue Whale on Route 66

Arcade time

Fourth fireworks

Watching Papa feed the chickens

Teenage pool party (they're on their phones!)
14th birthday for daughter

Pinata for the big kids

Another daughter swim party & tie-dye shirts :)

Learned to swim!

New fur baby!

New fur baby # 2!

Weekend at the lake

Red to blond ombre. (I never color my hair!)

Since there were no big trips this summer, we are counting down the days now to Disney World! We are all so excited! Leaving baby behind; she would be a handicap. Next time for her. I have done so much planning for this ~ posting my Disney planner next :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fruit Fly/Knat Trap

It is that time of year again....fruit flies. I don't know how these things make it into our home. They hang around the sink area. I've put our bananas in the cupboard but they find them, even more disgusting when these nasties come out of there. I have found no super-duper way of getting rid of them. Surely you've seen this idea going around before:

My version is a mason jar, apple cider vinegar, piece of white paper, and masking tape. You have to roll the paper up just right so the hole at the bottom is big enough for them to go through but small enough where they won't find it again to escape. Once they go in, it usually takes a day or so for them to get tired of hanging on the jar and fall in to their, well, sad departure.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Surgery

We went back and forth on the decision for a tonsillectomy (at least I did). It was scheduled twice and cancelled twice before we felt it was truly needed for our 4-year-old. His tonsils were huge and he snored. We prepped him the week before. He really enjoyed his book given by the ENT's office.

Bought lots of popsicles, mashed potatoes, pudding, jello, etc. A trip to Build-a-Bear was warranted for a new friend to be by his side during the procedure. He chose a golden retriever who is now named Puppy Paws. Puppy Paws needed a Darth Vader outfit, along with a Batman costume.

Thank goodness DrH took the day off from clinic to be with us.

We were scheduled at 10:30 but that really meant 11:30! Our pastor came by for prayer. Goofy juice down and gowned up, my baby went out of sight.

I thought it would have been harder for me and my mama heart, but he had done so well about it and we were very pleased with our surgeon. In the recovery room, he gave a few cries but handled it like a big boy.

That evening, he was ready to eat anything (must have still been numb from the anesthesia!). He ate pizza, a burrito, and cookies - all foods we thought were on the No Eat list. We were told, however, to give him what he asked for. He needed the protein for his recovery period. The first two nights were bad, though. He slept with us and woke up crying from pain. He threw up both nights, scary when it was tinged with blood. He also came down with some respiratory illness. He wheezed and could not breathe well. We ended up talking with the on-call doctor who did not seem to be concerned. I knew something was wrong though; I know my son and this was not normal. Day 4 he spiked a fever and continued through Day 7. That day we went in to see his pediatrician because I had the suspicion that he had an ear infection. He was miserable. By this point he didn't want to eat anything; he said everything tasted bad. Still couldn't breathe well and coughed. Holding his ear and crying. What else!? He definitely had an ear infection.

So glad I took him so we could start getting him some relief. Day 14, and it seems we have our boy back. Scabs are gone and he eats normally again. No pain meds, antibiotics done. Really, the throat stuff went well, it was all the secondary junk that was the worst. He's adjusting to his new "voice". A little nasally, with all that new space where once had been obstructed. I hope we did the right thing. I guess time will tell. This was quite the experience that so many go through. Gosh, I really hope this is the one time for us!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Slamming Doors

Door slamming is like an exclamation point. Isn't that true? A slammed door is an act of making sure everyone understands your frustration or anger. We've instructed the kids to not slam the doors, mainly because of all the little fingers that could be in the way. Often it is accidental, excitedly running outside to play and not paying attention. But also in our house right now, that dramatic exit belongs to my 6-year-old son. He will get upset for a myriad of reasons, but I notice it's mostly when he's misunderstood. This really irritates me, and I want to focus on the slam rather than his feelings or what he is upset with. I am realizing that it is OK to wait, let us both calm down, then approach his closed door and ask to talk. Responding, and not reacting, is such a test in patience!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Last Week....

We've been very busy lately, more than usual. Hoping to finish school up with the older three; we are ready for a break! The weather has been wonderful and they have been spending lots of time outdoors. 

4-year-old graduating from Pre-K at a local church. He will be joining the others at home next fall!

Proud big brother!

New billy goat at papa's ~ appropriately named "Darth" by our biggest Star Wars fan

Aren't they pretty?!! I'm bummed that in our new neighborhood we will not be allowed to have chickens :( 

Our roses are busting with flowers

Funny photo op of our cat and the cat statue

Bike parade on the last day of school

Precious 18-month-old

Four baseball games this week with the 6-year-old, only two played due to rain

Four soccer games played in an end-of-season tournament with the 13-year-old

She did well!

End-of-year dance recital for the 11-year-old. This was jazz.


And tap.

A little slower this week. We have a tonsillectomy scheduled so that will be the main focus for us!