Disney Vacation (pt5)

The conclusion of our Disney trip… from September, yes, I’m totally on top of it! 😉 The final Disney Day we didn’t have a Magic Morning, which was kinda nice actually cause we could take our time getting awake and at em. However, months of waking up early to milk goats often keeps me from sleeping in even when the opportunity arrises! And one of my children has maybe slept in 3 times in his entire life. 😉 So we had a mommy/son date at Starbucks in Downtown Disney while everyone else slept! It was fun! Fun Fall themed decor at the front gates to Disney Land! Taking selfies with my lads while we wait for the gates to open. You may, or may not, notice that I dress the kids alike when we’re at Disney. It’s so I can keep track of just one color. Of course, it kinda backfired because Ella wanted to wear her princess dress 2 days in a row, but at least with the boys I knew to keep my eyes peeled for the bright orange shirts. Ella and her beloved rental stroller. 😉 I love Main Street! I could sit here and absorb the atmosphere and be totally happy for some time! This day I made sure that Ella got to meet some of the princesses!! We weren’t about to stand in an hours long line for a ticket to see Ana and Elsa, but we did get to see some of the others and Ella was thrilled!! I confess that these were some of the moments I was most looking forward to from the moment we decided to take the kids to Disney this year! The “courtiers” that escorted us in to see the princesses did a big flourishing bow to Ella and she responded by curtseying like her cousin Helen taught her! It was so fun!! I liked the Merida princess best of all. She was outside under a little umbrella, but she took time to talk (with her lovely Irish brogue) to each girl who came to see her. It was very sweet! Be brave my little, Ella! I love that you are such a sweet little princess! We rode on top of a double decker street car down Main Street! They were growing cabbage all over Disney!! Made me want to ask what they planned to do with them. 😉 Farmer girl here! Small World! Everyone’s favorite ride. Ha!... read more

This Old House

It’s pretty taboo to complain about a decent house when so many people live in substandard homes. Ours keeps us warm, has a lot of space, is so much more than what a lot of people have. And let me just say that I do have a thankful heart for the house that God has provided for us. It has allowed us to live debt free, and for that I will always be thankful! But… It’s far from my dream house for sure. It’s been a “project” for the 8 years we’ve lived in it and it’s still a project. There is painting that needs to be done, unfinished walls and siding, floors that need a LOT of attention. Those are cosmetic issues that likely will change one day. I don’t know what day that will be but it’ll be one of them. I’ve found it increasingly hard to function in this house. I become overwhelmed by the piles of junk that just end up everywhere. Granted we have 5 kids and clutter is going to happen. But it just seems to compound till I can barely breathe, never mind figure out how to deal with the problem. Since there’s not much I can do about the constant state of project that the house is in I’ve decided to take drastic measures and work on the contents of the house. Some of the biggest issues is that stuff just doesn’t have a “place.” And you know the mantra “a place for everything and everything in it’s place.” That’s a good one. When stuff doesn’t have a good place then it means there’s too much stuff. I ran across a blog post someone did about how to have a clutter free home in 8 weeks. I’m taking that challenge! The basic idea is that you spend 30 minutes a day (minus weekends) for 8 weeks. Focusing daily on different areas of your house and getting rid of 10 things a day. By the end of the 40 days there will be 400 fewer things cluttering your life! How’s that for awesome!?! I’m excited about it. I’ve known for awhile that I needed to hunker down and just get things purged, but again the overwhelm of the enormity of the task just gets me down. Anyone can do 30 minutes a day!! So I’m jumping in on Monday with this 8 week challenge! I’m looking forward to a less stressful environment... read more

Disney Vacation (pt4)

Okay I’m back! I have to get these photos posted! 😉 Life doesn’t always like to give me time to keep up with all the blogs, and the fitness groups and the homeschooling all at the same time. Looking through these photos makes me homesick for more Disney though! It’s amazing how it gets in your blood, it really is a magical place! Ella’s still talking about it almost daily too! So for our second day in the parks we went to Disney Land!! Finally after all of that. We got in with the Magic Morning, but found that the extra hour wasn’t really all that amazing in this park. You couldn’t get to the popular rides for fast passes even though you were there early so… not sure about the best way to make that early morning more worth it. We certainly weren’t going to stand in line for an hour to get a ticket to come back and see Elsa and Ana, but a LOT of other people were. And then… when the park did open for everyone else, people were RUNNING to get in line for those princesses. I hadn’t seen anything like it as the Disney cast members were yelling for people to walk. Insane! But we did get to get our princess’s picture in front of the castle before the hordes of people came through. Trying to figure out where to have coffee… the most vital need of the grown ups on the trip. 😉 Ella’s grumpy again because she had to be out of her stroller. She was VERY possessive of that rented stroller. 😉 This is how a grandma in the midst of political campaigns and home remodels does Disney. 😉 We visited the Tiki Room, one of my all-time favorites! And durring a lul while waiting for Popeye and Daddy to get through Indiana Jones, I got the kids Lolly-Pops! Myles had it in his head that they needed one of these at Disney and he talked about it a LOT! I don’t recall if they got one the last time we came, but they must have and it must have made an indelible impression on him because he NEEDED this to make his experience complete! (Kinda like I needed a churro to make my trip complete!) Ha! Me and my Repunzel. The Disney cast members would call Ella “Princess Repunzel” because of her dress, and she LOVED it! 😉 Waiting... read more

Disney Vacation (pt 3)

We started our actual trips into the parks with a Magic Morning in California Adventure!! Here’s a tip, use the extra early hour to get fast passes for the really popular rides. 😉 While the guys were getting the passes, the rest of us had an extremely yummy cinnamon roll for breakfast at Starbucks! I absolutely LOVE the atmosphere in California Adventure! I found MU! We spent some time in Bug Land where we all shrink to the size of ants. Ella’s grumpy face came out a lot while we were at Disney. I think she was insecure being out of her element and then of course she seemed to think she should just be able to sit in her stroller the whole time instead of stand in line. We went on this spinning ride… I forgot how much I didn’t enjoy it the last time we were here. 😉 This caterpillar train ride is a favorite of the kids. Probably because he belches loud at the end. We also did this spinning ride, but it wasn’t as bad for some reason. You might notice the ink on Ella’s hand. I put my phone number on all the kids hands/arms and then covered it with liquid bandaid. In the even that they did get “lost” they’d have my number since none of them know it. Cars land is just awesome!! Cute!! We rode Mater’s Junk Yard ride! Love it! Walking with my buddy! We had a 1:1 ratio for adults to kids which was nice! We ate lunch at the Paradise Pier! I love all the food options at Disney!! Stuart and I had a bread bowl with broccoli cheese soup! Nice to not have to eat burgers and fries! Kids had turkey sandwiches in the shape of a fish! Myles kept us on track with the map! I love this man! And we got to see Donald which THRILLED Ella’s heart! He was declared to be “so soft!” 😉 Everyone else went on the big ferris wheel while I sat on a bench and watched. After a carrousel ride and the Screamin’ California coaster I need a motion break. 😉 Ella met Jessie, and I just think this photo is so sweet! More buddy walking time. Ella crashed in the afternoon, but got in a really good nap, which always boggles my mind! How do they sleep with so much going on around them? We spent the last... read more

Disney Vacation (pt 2)

Day two started out with a hotel breakfast, which I forgot to get photos of. And I have to say that for a hotel the breakfasts at Hampton Inn and Suites are pretty good! All together again and ready for our drive through nothingness till you hit the everlasting city! Kidos are happy to start with anyway… The drive seemed really long the second day but I think it’s just because the last part was through all that city traffic! After the hotel coffee (not nearly as good as the breakfast part) I saw this and thought that it might be enough coffee for me! 😉 Ella konked out at one point and it was good because she needed a nap! You know what I mean. 😉 Eventually we made it to Huntington Beach and LUNCH was the first priority. We ate at a fun 50’s style burger place where they decorate your catchup bowl! Ella was obviously impressed! Finally we made it to the beach where we spent the afternoon! It was the first time our kids had been to the ocean, so it was super fun! Ella and Popeye taking on the waves! The boys enjoyed playing tag with the surf! Grandma Noggle and I were there too! I hadn’t intended to get wet much, but the boys insisted that I join them out in the waves! Popeye buried Ella in the sand! She was the only one willing to go for it! The wind kept trying to take my hat! Sand castles! Happy Vacationing! We walked out on the pier and saw a dead fish! It was super exciting! 😉 After all the excitement of the day we finally made it to the Paradise Pier Hotel on Disney property, and were greeted by Mickey in our room!! That night we ate in Downtown Disney and visited the super cool Lego Store there! Next our day in California... read more

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