Saturday, September 26, 2009

My favorite helper!

Hollywood Studios at Disney World

Yesterday afternoon, Dan looked at me and said "What are we gonna do tonight, Nic-Nic?" I said "Whatever you want!" Little did I know that within two hours we would have purchased our Disney Annual Passes and been well on our way to WDW. I knew that Disney was offering Florida Residents 15 months for the price on 12 on annual passes. I was not sure if AAA would honor that. Passes are typically cheaper for AAA members so I called them. Not only did they honor the FL resident deal, the passes were almost $150 cheaper for each one of them. We got a GREAT deal and now have passes for the next 15 months. As you can see, we were all excited to have them.

We decided to start with Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios) since they were open until 9:30 p.m. We walked in and headed straight for The Little Mermaid show. Well, that is AFTER we took a couple of pictures at the iconic hat.

If you know Jonah at all, then you understand his obsession with Toy Story. He loves all things Toy Story so we could not wait to get him to the Pixar section of the park. He immediately spotted one of the "Little Green Army Men" and ran right over to him.

After seeing The Little Mermaid, we walked out and were facing The Playhouse Disney building. The shows were all done for the day but that didn't stop Jonah from checking everything out.

We headed back to the Pixar area and got in line to meet Woody and Buzz. I didn't know how Jonah would do with the wait but knew it would be worth it in the end. He adores those two characters so I could hardly wait to see his reaction. They had cool props from the movies throughout the wait so you could take pictures.

When Jonah rounded that corner (see video below) to see his buddies, Woody & Buzz, his day (and probably life) was made! He could not have been more thrilled to be doing anything else in the world in that moment. Can you tell how thrilled he is in these pictures?

After our turn was up, he just stood there staring at them. He was in complete and total AWE!
We left there and headed across the street to Toy Story Mania. It was a 60 minute wait and Fast Passes were long gone by the time we arrived so we stuck it and and waited the full time. Jonah did okay and the wait. The line is really cool with so much to see while you wait.

I wasn't sure what he would think about the 3-D glasses but as you can see, they weren't a problem for him.

These pictures from the ride totally crack me up. I couldn't see their faces as I took them because it was dark in there. And, I was holding the camera out in front of them. So, when I uploaded them and saw these, I laughed. Dan was thrilled and Jonah's glasses were way too big for him.

The final score wasn't very good for Jonah. Dan beat him GOOD. Oh well, there are 32 years between the two of them.

When we got off the ride, he cried a heart breaking cry. I guess we didn't prepare him for the ride ending. Poor guy. He wanted to see "Woody and Buzz just one more time!" The sadness went away when we bought him a $7 light up sword thingy. (Sorry, don't know the official name!)
At 9:30, we headed to see Fantasmic. Dan & I have seen it but Jonah never has. HE WAS ENTHRALLED! The kid sat completely still and enjoyed every single moment of that show.

We were gone for about 7 hours total (including the drive there) and had a fabulous time! I'm so glad we live close enough to take advantage of annual passes. Jonah loves Disney and his mom and dad love watching him experience life!!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Great Packing

It seems our unpacking days are just about over. The last of things that are hanging out in boxes or on the floor are just waiting for furniture to arrive. That furniture should be here tomorrow so hopefully, everything will have a place and be off the floor and the final boxes will be gone.

One of the reasons it has taken us a while is because of the extensive wrapping done. If you have never moved with a professional moving company, then you may not be aware of how they pack. Let me just tell you, they do not spare any expense when it comes to protecting your valuables.

Yes, that is a BIC pen. Yes, it was wrapped in 5-6 sheets of wrapping paper. Yes, everything we have was wrapped just like that. It was insane! The hardest part of this move was unwrapping every single item. Fortunately, I had a few GREAT helpers (like Kathy) to help me weed through all of the paper to find our actual belongings!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fishing, Worms, Fish, Tractors, Food & Tears

We were invited to the Wood's home last Thursday for dinner and fishing. I accidentally forgot Jonah's Spiderman fishing pole that Papaw & NeNe gave him for his birthday. He was a little bummed about that but forgave me pretty quickly when he saw the "big ole pole" Mr. Frank let him use.
Jonah's job was to carry the worms from the back deck to the pier. He took his job very serious and would not even stop to pose for a picture while holding the worms.

With Mr. Frank's help, Jonah immediately caught a fish. He was quite proud of himself. He made sure to turn towards me to show me each time he caught one.

If you know Dan, you know he is not a fisherman. We lived in Vidalia 7 years and people begged him to fish with them. He always declined. He only fished one time with Cliff when they took Jonah to fish for the D.A.R.E. tournament last year. Well, Jonah told his daddy he wanted him to fish so guess what Dan did. He fished! Good dads will do most anything for their little guys!

See that fish? You'll never believe who caught it? YEP! My wrangler of a hubby brought that one in. Greg and Cliff, please tell me you are impressed! We took it to a taxidermist to have it stuffed for our wall. (Not really!)

A little story for you about God's providence. We spent MANY Thursday nights in Vidalia at Sue Wilson's house. Our favorite meal there was Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes. Well, when Mrs. Margie invited us to dinner, he message was something about "dinner at her house on THURSDAY night for FRIED CHICKEN AND MASHED POTATOES! It our minds, it was kind of confirmation from God that he took care of us in Vidalia and He isn't going to stop in DeLand. Well, we stopped at church Wednesday night to speak to Mrs. Margie in her car only to discover she drove the same car as Sue. Strange huh? Anyway, as we were out on the pier Thursday night, we talked to all of them about how we used to have the same meal at Sue's house on Thursday nights and how odd that was that we were kind of "repeating" that in DeLand.

We all talked about God's provision and how things sometimes work out like that as a reminder of God's faithfulness in our lives and how we can trust Him for happy things like fried chicken on Thursday nights. Well, we finished dinner and headed inside. On the way in, Mrs. Margie told Jonah she had a gift for him. We walked in to find this!
Yep, another little sign from God that even though we moved almost 1000 miles from Vidalia, there are things that will almost always remind us of our time there and people we love so much. Whether is be MeMaw's John Deere tractor or Zoo-Zoo's fried chicken, God is in the little details! He was faithful to us there and He will be faithful to us here.

And, just so you know, this little boy ate like a champ! He gobbled that food up and entertained us all while he did so.

The Pastor Search Committee was scheduled to be at our house at 8:00 that night to deliver all of the food from the pounding. So, we had to cut our visit a little short. Jonah cried his eyes out because he did not want to leave. I'm pretty sure that Mrs. Margie and Mr. Frank would have kept him if we had let them! :-)


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