Disney Fantasy: October 17

I “slept in” until 7, and was shocked to wake up to a family still sleeping!  We had a nice, laid-back day at sea, so it was the perfect day for this miracle to occur.  The kids were finally up at 7:35.  We made our way to Royal Court for breakfast which was a la carte (instead of a buffet) and oh-so-delicious.  We looked around the different dining rooms at the beautiful princess mosaics since the restaurant wasn’t bustling with {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 16

I woke to a definitively broken camera even after dismantling it and letting it air out, so between that and the fear of losing everything on the memory card, I wasn’t too thrilled.  Alas, there were more memories to be made, so off we went… We ate a quick breakfast as the girls excitedly sang “Happy Half Birthday” to Nolan 🙂 then we were off to a day of adventure in Cozumel!  We could see the city waiting for us {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 15

The following day was a very low-key one.  The shore time in Costa Maya is very short, and we had no excursions booked – so it was nearly a day at sea. On this particular day, we decided to try breakfast in Enchanted Garden instead of Cabana’s.  The buffet was still impressive if much smaller, and the atmosphere was far more relaxing.  Hanti was working in there as well, and came over to say hi and give hugs and kisses. {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 14

Having crossed into another time zone overnight, it was only 5:40am ship time when we were all awake – so we had to play in the room for a bit.  Everyone was in a good mood though, so no complaints.  Nolan really loved the bunk beds 🙂 We had breakfast at Cabana’s again, then ran into Anthony in Shutters.  He greeted the girls by name and spent several minutes talking to them about the artwork on the walls, favorite characters, {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 13

So since we’ve gone to Walt Disney World twice now in 2014, it seems I had better quickly finish up with our cruise trip report, yes?  Goodness. On our first full day at sea, everyone was up before 7 – of course.  The girls went to get drinks with Kyle while Nolan squealed with joy that our TV had Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Breakfast was at Cabanas, where we just brought back a little of everything for the table.  It would {Read More}

Trucks, Giant Stoplights and Haircuts

While the girls were on Christmas vacation, we got to go to lunch a couple of times with Pappy!  One time, it was at his work – which all three kids really enjoyed.   In a COMPLETELY unrelated story, Nolan got another haircut last week.  Hmm… I suppose I could have connected the two events via a transportation theme, given that at Cookie Cutters Nolan got to drive both on the playground before his turn and during his haircut.  Alas, {Read More}

December 2013: Christmas and New Years

So here we are, at my attempt to catch up once and for all.  Oh, one can hope! We had a really, really nice Christmas/New Years.  Lots of time with just the five of us, plus lots of time with extended family, too!  We spend Christmas Eve together playing games and eating dinner, as well as making Rice Krispy Treat trains.  If you’ve been here long you know my opinions on Gingerbread Houses, and I thought this little train kit {Read More}

December 2013 Recap

December brought Christmas, of course, and so much more! We celebrated Grandpa Charlie’s birthday with Grandma and with two of his favorite sweet treats (Butter Pecan ice cream and chocolate-covered pretzels).  The girls woke up thinking it would be really special to celebrate him since we “remember him in Heaven”. The girls’ dance team had their first game – but not at CHCA.  Instead, at halftime of a UC Bearcats game! They also had their CHCA PK-Kindergarten Christmas Program, during {Read More}

November 2013 Recap

Continuing the half-hearted recap of the end of our 2013… In November, we had a lot of fun! We all went on the 5K Step Out walk with families from Kyle’s work, in honor of a staff member’s daughter with diabetes.  The girls walked the whole time!  And because apparently that didn’t wear them out enough, we also took them ice skating for the first time.  You guys, I love skating.  But skating with 5-year-olds is so much harder! 🙂 {Read More}

October 2013 Recap

See here for why all of a sudden I’m a slacker. In October, obviously the cruise trip was a big deal. I’m still going to continue writing about that, but it wasn’t the only thing that happened. Nolan continued going to Gymboree Play & Music classes.  He most enjoys the bubbles, musical instruments, and the freeze dance song!   Elise got a corneal abrasion when she stabbed herself in the eye with a silly straw.  She was fine once she {Read More}