Disney Fantasy: October 12

On embarkation day, Nolan woke up at 4am – and woke everyone else up by 4:30.  Instead of sticking around the hotel we decided to leave as early as we could (around 7am), praying for naps in the car as we drove around town.  As we drove by the port, we could see her – the Fantasy had gotten in overnight!  The girls lost their mind, even  having only seen the top half.  I may or may not have teared {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 11

I was up at 3:30 ready to go – or as ready as I was going to be.  I didn’t jump out of bed, I didn’t have a playlist for the drive, and I was mortified by the amount of luggage we had.  Oh, well.  We were on vacation, and that’s all that mattered! We were Columbus-bound at about 4, with all three kids awake until just before we got to the airport.  Check-in was smooth and we were relaxing {Read More}

Hilton Head 2013

The Kaufman and Maas families take a yearly trip to Hilton Head, and for just the second time we were able to join them this past summer!  We had a blast, but – as is often the case with beach vacations – I only have a few dozen pictures… many of which are from our epic sandcastle project.  You’ll understand why momentarily. Our family stayed in a condo with Grandma Shelly and Grandpa Mike, Aunt Kelly, Uncle Justin and Bryce. {Read More}

Gatlinburg 2013

Hi! Remember me?  The one who drags you back and forth across the calendar, trying so futilely to catch you up on our lives?  Yeah…. hi.  *sigh*  Just gonna jump in here, I guess…… 🙂   In May of this year, just after Cassi and Grant got married, much of our extended family went to Gatlinburg for a great little getaway.  It was so much fun to be able to spend that much time with out-of-town relatives.  Looking at these {Read More}

Disneyland/California: March 5 and a Wrap-up

Remember that nearly perfect ending I mentioned?  Yeah, let’s pretend our trip ended there.  The night following, as some of you know, all 5 of us at once experienced the most violent Norovirus.  It was worse than I could have even imagined, even in healthcare – and it was all of us, all night.  Oh my gosh,  I wish I could erase that night from my memory. We spent the early morning hours determining whether we could even fly home {Read More}

Disneyland/California: March 4

Our last day at the Disneyland Resort – boo!  There was, of course, so much left undone… but we looked at some options, made our top choices and headed out. We started the day at California Adventure, waiting at Rope Drop to get fastpasses for Soarin’.  First stop after that was Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.  It was already a 25 minute wait (we are so spoiled, I know!) but it was well worth it.  We hung out in Carsland with Nolan {Read More}

Disneyland/California: March 3

This was the second day we were heading out into the rest of Southern California, and Kyle and I were very excited!  The girls?  Meh.  On and off.  For some reason, driving along the coast looking out the window isn’t all that exciting to 4-year-olds.  They’d live, though, and even enjoy it. 🙂 We hung around the hotel room and played until about 9am since we weren’t in a huge hurry.  After some breakfast we had a nice drive on {Read More}

Disneyland/California: March 2

Early on in the day, Nolan began vomiting.  We had just given him his first taste of dairy, so we wondered if that wasn’t the culprit.  Turns out it probably wasn’t, but we wanted to be safe then – so no more yogurt or cheese for the rest of the trip! We were off to Los Angeles that morning, hitting the road just after 8am.  LA is rather unimpressive looking as cities go (which we knew), and also not all {Read More}

Disneyland/California: March 1

First stop this particular morning was in Tomorrowland at Disneyland!  Kyle went to round up a few fastpasses while the rest of us walked ahead to the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.  “It’s our first time on a real submarine!”  Oh, the joy of Disney as a kid. 🙂 They were pretty cool, though.  We were on the first sub of the day, and really enjoyed the ride! Next we took turns driving on Autopia, which is definitely better than the {Read More}

Disneyland/California: February 28

Except for an insanely infuriating phone call from a courier bringing our found carseat at 2am and expecting me to come out and meet him, it was an ok night.  Everyone was up at 6:15 despite a late night, but whatever.  We had been impressed with the kids so far, overall, and there was little to do about it anyway. Elise and Avery donned their Rapunzel dresses and were so pretty, ready for another day at Disneyland park!  First stop {Read More}