Monday, August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018 at 11:18PM

Hollywood Studios today! We got there super early (7 am) and got to really enjoy the awesome new Toy Story Land. All the rides are really fun and the theming is great. via Instagram

August 13, 2018 at 01:01AM

Highlights from today: 🐙 After we got off Navi River Journey (which is comprised of imaginary glow-in-the-dark creatures, notably including some that look like jellyfish), Susie told me: “Amazing jellyfish. Amazing.” And then a few minutes later: “Amazing jellyfish. Amazing EVER!” 🐆 The girl cousins all wore matching red leopard dresses. They were adorable. 🐘 Six or seven hours into our day (with the kids playing together the whole time), Saya looked over at Zelda and said, “Hey, we’re wearing the same dress!” 🐅 The guys all wore matching hats and safari shorts. They looked awesome. People were close to asking them for directions. 🐉 For Ellie: going on the Avatar fly-a-dragon ride twice. 🦊 For Zelda: getting a little stuffed animal fox that she immediately named Kevin. 🦄 For me: Zelda referring to the our cabin as “our cab” and the Magic Kingdom as “Magic Land.” 🥘 Our lunch buffet at Tusker House. 🦖 The girls dancing with Chip and Dale in Dinoland. via Instagram

Sunday, August 12, 2018

August 12, 2018 at 08:47AM

Animal Kingdom today. We’re ready! 🐅🦋🐍🐘 via Instagram

August 12, 2018 at 08:43AM

Highlights from the Magic Kingdom yesterday: the lightning strike that was so close we thought it was in the park, and going on Peter Pan and Zelda gasping when Tinkerbell made a globe really spin, saying, “That was real. That was magic!” via Instagram

Friday, August 10, 2018

August 10, 2018 at 11:23AM

We are all so excited because today we are going to DISNEYWORLD!! My dad is taking our whole family plus my siblings again (he took us last summer, too). We can’t wait to see everyone! via Instagram

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


So, June! As the summer started, I started using instagram more. So if you're friends with me there or on facebook, you've probably seen a lot of these pictures before.

On day one of summer vacation, we went to the farmers’ market. They were having a health fair and as part of that had free bounce houses, games, and an obstacle course for the kids. The girls had SO much fun. One bounce house was the normal jump/slide combo, and they spent a lot of time in there, but the other one was a sports inflatable thing I haven’t seen before. It had four sides and each one had a different activity: kicking soccer balls, throwing footballs, hitting baseballs, and dunking basketballs. The baseball side had a pyramid of air that the ball floated on (like a magic tee ball). It was cool. And the girls’ friends from church were there! We played with them and then drank some delicious lemonade from their market booth.

Susie loved the floating ball. 

Bounce house fun:

Sharing lemonade:

Before church one Sunday morning:

Susie brushing my hair:

Church on another Sunday morning:

That evening, some of our friends invited us over for fresh homemade peach ice cream. The ice cream was delicious, and it was so fun to hang out with them. We also got to play outside in their awesome backyard with their baby goats! And their chickens. And dog. And swing set. And trampoline.

Sue told me that she was in the "big swing."

On her way to find chickens:

She found them!

This chicken let Ellie pet it:

A few minutes after this, Ellie opened the door to the chicken coop and Susie crawled inside. We couldn't persuade her to crawl back out, so our friend had to crawl in there and rescue her. 

Aaand trampoline fun:

Back home, the girls found ways to entertain themselves:

Zelda drew this awesome unicorn:

(The blue things all over it are its sparkles)

Susie helped Daddy play peekaboo:

The older girls and I went to an interactive children's play, "Stone Soup," at the library:

Okay, so one evening I was folding laundry in Sue’s room when this uncanny valley version of Ellie walked in and scared the living daylights out of me. I turned around and saw her and my brain knew something was wrong but I couldn't immediately figure out what I was seeing, and actually screamed. She thought that was hilarious, and explained that she made herself into a zombie. Her outfit was complete with a word bubble that says “Brains!” and a sign on the front of her dress that says “D is for Death.”

One day when Jason was off work we took the girls to the park in the morning. Even though we were there pretty early it was already sweltering. So we played on the slides for a couple minutes, had a snack, and mostly helped the girls bike to the playground and back.

On another day Ellie dressed herself up as a unicorn (see the construction paper horn taped to her forehead? And her blanket is her tail):

And Susie cuddled in bed next to me and talked to me in two-year-old-ese:

Susie and Zelda chased each other around wearing paper bags on their heads:

And after washing this fruit and laying it on this towel to dry, I thought it just looked rather - I don't quite know what word I'm looking for here - succulent? Appetizing? Bountiful? Anyway, it looked good enough that I wanted to take a picture of it.

Okay, so after Charlie died, I wanted to cuddle cats, and as I knew it wouldn't be wise to adopt immediately, I applied to be a foster. Apparently summer is known as "kitten season" in the rescue world because of the flood of kittens in shelters, and they need places to go. So only about a week after I applied to be a foster, we had an adult female cat, plus a neutered young male cat, plus a mom cat and her five kittens in our house. 

Here are Moonlight and her kittens on the day they moved in to Ellie's closet (the kittens are only three days old here!):

This same day, Ellie made a recipe she called "Ice Cream Pudding." It was made out of Unicorn Magic ice cream, vanilla ice cream, and ... yogurt. In this video she feeds some to Susie.

Later that week Susie decorated my face with stickers:

And the kittens grew! Here they are about one week old:

This is Rose, the adult female that stayed with us. She was nice enough, affectionate and very stereo-typically cat in her behaviors:

Moonlight with her babies, about a week old:

And park day with Daddy at the end of the month: