Thursday, December 17, 2009

A fun day without parents

Jonah and Sara Madalin had a super fun day on Monday. Both of their parents left for the day and they got to hang out with Miss Mandy. Fortunately, she took pictures all day (on both cameras) so we could see what their day was like.

I love having little glimpses into his life when I'm not around. It is fun to see what he does and how he interacts with others. It is obvious he and Sara Madalin love each other, huh?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Whose beanbag is this??

Friends at Disney

One of the best things about living in Central Florida is seeing friends who visit Disney. We could think highly of ourselves and believe they are all coming really to visit us but we know the truth. The mouse attracts many people to Central Florida. We are okay with that. We are just happy to see friends while they vacation here. Last Friday, we drove over to Disney to spend some time with two separate groups of friends.
The Johnson's were here on a week long vacation from Liberty, MS. They were Dan's adoptive family while he was on staff at Liberty Baptist Church from 1996-1998. We love their family and see them very regularly. Jonah actually spent our last weekend in Louisiana at their house. We spent Easter with them and discussed this trip and even considered joining them for the week. We never imagined we would live here when they visited.

It is always fun for me to see pictures of us with friends from way back while we hold our own children. The above picture of Jessica, Brody, Heather, Sarah, Dan and Jonah speaks volumes to me. God has been so gracious to allow us to serve Him in different churches and form relationships with people who are now lifelong friends. I love it!

After spending some time with them, Jonah and I headed up into the Swiss Family Robinson Tree house. He turned around at one point and said "Mommy, is there an elevator?"

We did not stay at Disney long that day because I had to head to the Orlando Airport to get Reagan, Malinda and Sara Madalin Brown. Several months ago, they planned this visit to Disney and our house. We were super excited about having them in our home and sharing life with them for a few days.

One of the best things about doing Disney with friends is that you have a built in photographer. Jonah was not super stoked about having his picture taken. He wanted to "ride some rides" and not stop for pictures.

We took Flat Stanley along with us but he spent most of his time in the stroller. Poor, poor Stanley! After a week with Sara Madalin that involved a broken arm, I think he was happy to to just hang out in our stroller.
We kept having to stop for Malinda to take pictures. It actually got a little old. I mean, who takes that many pictures??? (Hello pot, I'm kettle! Very nice to meet you!!!) :-)

The kids always have a blast together. They are 14 months apart in age and act so sweet together. Jonah always seems so grown around her. It is amazing to see how much kids grow and develop in just a year. They had on super cute matching shirts but we somehow missed getting pictures of them from the front without their jackets on.

We got on the Monorail so we could check out some of the resorts decorated for Christmas. The Grand Floridian had a HUGE Christmas tree in the middle, a live band and the World's Largest Gingerbread House. I'm going to go on record saying this place was not toddler friendly. We got out of there ASAP!

We were booked for a 9:30 Harbor Cruise to watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from a boat. We have heard fabulous reviews for this and booked it back in August. You would know that would fall on the one night that was freezing here and then it rained. Fortunately, our boat captain told us we could reschedule by calling a certain number. Originally, we were told there was a 48 hour cancellation policy and they would not reschedule. I think he felt sorry for those two babies. I'm so grateful he did. That would have been miserable. So, rather than cruising around the Seven Seas Lagoon, we loaded up the cars and headed to DeLand with the Brown Family.

Way back WHENsday

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Another Disney Day

Early last week, Dan called and said "Why don't we use one of our free hotel nights and stay at Disney Thursday night?" We already planned to be there Friday with Reagan, Malinda and Sara Madalin so that was a great plan on his part. We decided to get tickets to Mickey's Christmas Party just to make it even more special. Jonah and I left early in the day since Dan had to work on Thursday. We got there just in time to see JoJo and Goliath come out to meet people.

After we left them, we headed inside because it started sprinkling. I chose the building that I knew how a few character spots. We spotted Mr. & Mrs. Incredible immediately so we headed that way. I noticed Jonah pulling back from me then I looked down and he was shaking his head. He was scared. Poor guy! I have not seem his even the least bit intimidated by a character since Santa in 2007. We walked up to meet him and he got so scared that he started backing up and caused me to trip over him and we both fell!
Mr. Incredible was so, well...INCREDIBLE! He got down on the ground next to us and just tickled Jonah. He was giggling so hard and trying to tickle him back. Everyone in line was laughing. He never warmed up enough to get up and have his picture made but at least he wasn't petrified.
As we left The Incredible's, we saw the place for UP. Jonah "wanted to give them hugs and tell them I like their movie!" So, we did!

When we got back outside, the rain had stopped but we noticed the Playhouse Disney show was starting. So, we ran over and barely made it inside the door. This was Jonah's first show to see back in 2008 when he visited Disney as an almost 2 year old. He loved it just as much this time.
Dan called to say he was leaving work around 3 p.m. so Jonah and left Hollywood Studios and headed towards our hotel. Jonah needed a nap before Mickey's Christmas party. It would not be over until midnight and we knew he couldn't hang all night with no nap during the day. As we were leaving, we caught the parade.

Jonah was able to get a great nap in before we headed to the Magic Kingdom. We were amazed at how small the crowd was. He was able to ride the teacups 5 times without having to get off. We only got out of a teacup long enough to get into another one. It was great. We basically did that all night long. Once he found something to ride, we just did it over and over until he was ready to move on. THAT is the way to do Disney!

As we were walking towards Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to measure him, we spotted Abu and Genie from Aladdin. Jonah was over the top impressed to meet them. He ran to Genie first to hug him and Abu hung his head. Jonah quickly turned to give him a hug too!

After lots of rides, we headed to Main Street to stake our spot for stage show, parade and fireworks. We had a great spot to see it all.

I could not help but laugh when I turned and saw Jonah walking to the car at 12:30 a.m. His future really is so bright, you know...he's gotta wear shades!


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