Marathon Weekend

So… I ran a marathon this year.  Well, I should say I ran *in* a marathon, and finished a marathon walking.  That was my initial goal, to finish upright – and that I did. Twelve hours before the race start, I had no intention of doing it.  This is so true, I’m pretty sure I had two desserts the night before, and definitely had fried food and all sorts of other non-race-friendly food for days before. Oh, and I hadn’t {Read More}

WDW: October 6

Our last day had arrived, but at least we still had a little while!  We finished packing and got our luggage (and ourselves) checked into the airline, and headed to Epcot by about 8:45.  It was absolutely packed again!  Once again we prepped Elise and Avery for not doing much, but it wasn’t really necessary.  They really get Disney World, and take in the atmosphere as much as the attractions – even if they’re too young to verbalize that. We {Read More}

WDW: October 5

We were up extra early on our second-to-last day to pack up our things for our departure from Old Key West.  We had booked a night at the brand new Art of Animation resort in the just-opened Little Mermaid section as a surprise for the girls for our final night! We made it to the Magic Kingdom at about 7:45 for a breakfast reservation.  It was morning extra magic hours, but there were so few people there I thought I {Read More}

WDW: October 4

Despite a nice, relaxing day and a good bedtime, the night was extremely rough – so we skipped Epcot in the morning.  Instead we just went straight to Downtown Disney when everyone was in a good mood, where Avery quickly reminded us that we needed a picture on the Winnie the Pooh bench! We also all made/chose delicious creations from Goofy’s Candy Company, which Elise and Avery thought was great.  We had a lot of fun watching them watch their {Read More}

WDW: October 3

Elise and Avery were up and ready quickly and Nolan actually slept in a bit, so we went on a walk around the resort.  We refilled mugs, explored the store, and scored some new balloon animals. Around 8:30, we were off to the Studios for a little while.  The girls got to be the special helpers to open the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show, and were unexpectedly shy.  Ariel and Eric gave them special cards, thanking them for their {Read More}

WDW: October 2

It was on this day that I had a minor meltdown – about the sweat and the rain and the fighting and the neglecting of the third child on his first trip.  I was thankful the trip was long, but sad knowing it wouldn’t be as easy to pull the girls out of school going forward, and really just struggling a bit, despite a relatively good vacation.  But since we’re focusing on the good around here, we’ll move on 😉 {Read More}

WDW: October 1 – Happy Birthday, Epcot!

That’s right, we were there for the big 30th Anniversary/Birthday celebration of one of my favorite places in the world!  If you’re reading this and that isn’t a big deal to you, just pretend – it was to us 🙂 But first things first, major itinerary changes.  We realized how difficult it was going to be to leave town as early as planned, so our ridiculous deal on flights was nullified when we changed them relatively last minute.  And to {Read More}

WDW: September 30

With a regular 9am open, we had no problem getting to the Magic Kingdom in plenty of time for the Welcome Show and rope drop.  Our first stop was to see Tink – and meet her sister, Periwinkle!   Elise and Avery got a lot of sweet attention from Tink and Peri, being twins.  (Side note: as I’m writing this, it appears Peri’s prediction was right – Ohio actually did get some snow this winter.  My girls are thrilled!  I’m sure {Read More}

WDW: September 29

Once again, we were well rested and out bright and early to start our day!  We began at the Animal Kingdom, where we started on Kilimanjaro Safaris.  The girls got to be honorary safari guides, and were pretty proud of themselves. Nolan was pretty unaware of his surroundings. Next we met Dug and Russell from Up!, and played in the Boneyard before walking right into the 11:00 Finding Nemo musical. After watching the show (phenomenal, as always!), we had a delicious {Read More}

WDW: September 28

We were out the door after a good, smooth morning (great nights of sleep will start you out right!), and were at the Studios gate at 7:50 for Extra Magic Hours.  After the traditional sugar-loaded breakfast (Butterfinger Cupcake) and the now-traditional run-in with obnoxious CMs regarding character meet and greets, we just headed over to Star Tours 2.0 so I could finally ride!  Kyle and the kids saw Muppetvision while I was at Star Tours and everyone loved both. Next {Read More}