Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Green Tree Frog

I just went into the backyard with some shears in an attempt to whack down enough of the four-foot-tall grass to be able to use our lawnmower on what was left (the meadow/cornfield we currently have growing is way beyond its capabilities), but then I found this guy. And decided that eh, we’re way past mowing our lawn anyway. I think we’ll just consider the backyard a wildlife refuge at this point.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Ellie + Mothra

Look what Ellie found right outside the church doors.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cotton Candy for breakfast

Getting an early start to eating treats. We haven’t even left our cabin.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

What happens

What happens when you delegate.


Delegation of transportation.




Today is Epcot, and we’re excited about all the good food, but we’re most excited that we’ll have our whole party again together today. On Sunday night Saya (my brother’s 3-year-old) hurt her arm jumping off the top of a bunk bed, resulting in a midnight drive to the hospital, an x-ray that showed she had broken the growth plate in her elbow, a surgery to fix it, and a pink cast over most of her arm. Naturally, she, her parents, and Grandpa weren’t able to go to Hollywood Studios with us for most of yesterday (although we were able to take her older brother Max). This morning we’re all together again, and ready to pamper Saya a whole lot.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Toy Story Land

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.

Animal Kingdom

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!” 🐼 When I said that the benches were made out of recycled milk jugs, Alyse thinking I said that the benches were made out of recycled nun-chucks. 🐯 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.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Dad and Me

Animal Kingdom today. We’re ready!

Magic Kingdom

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!”

Friday, August 10, 2018

Travel Day

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!