Friday, September 13, 2013

Andrew's 7th Birthday

 So now that we've seen the Disney pictures, let's back up and catch up on the rest of 2013.  January brings us to Andrew's birthday.  This year our seven year old did all his celebrating on one big day.  He woke up to our birthday streamers and decorated breakfast table.  Gigi and Papack had come the day before so they could help with Jonathan during the party.  For breakfast, Andrew ordered biscuits, ham, bacon and eggs.  

 His party was at lunchtime at the laser tag place.  We were given this party room to decorate.  Andrew, like most other seven year old boys, is all about Legos.  So, a Lego theme seemed a great idea.

 His friends arrived and played a round of laser tag.  Claire was the only girl to make the guest list this year, and I was a little worried that she might not enjoy the party.  I told her mom that we would completely understand if she decided she didn't want to attend, but Claire was pumped that she got to do laser tag with everyone!  In fact, Claire was one of the smartest players we had.  She hid herself in the maze and then ambushed everyone who came along who wasn't on her team.  She did quite well!!

Then we headed to the party room to eat pizza and cake.

 And of course he opened presents.  Lots of Legos!

We sang Happy Birthday and ate cake.

I thought it was pretty funny that mostly dads brought their boys to the party.  Only one mommy friend was there for me and Gigi to talk to.

They played a second round of laser tag and then everyone had tokens to use in the arcade.

It took some longer than others to make up their minds about what "treasures" to purchase with their tickets.

 Our party favors were thanks to Pinterest.  I made these marshmallow minifigure heads,

Lego brick cookies,

 and a few other fun surprises and put them in these bags for everyone.

 Gigi and Papack took Jonathan home after the cake so he could get his nap.  Brent and the boys and I loaded up all our things after the party and headed home.  We stopped by the mall and the grocery store to pick up a few more things I needed for our next celebration.  When I came out of the mall, this is what I saw in the back seat.

 We got home and got ready for Nana and Pop-O to come join the fun.  For supper, Andrew chose hamburgers and hot dogs, nacho chips with cheese dip and I don't remember what else.

There was cookie cake with Blue Bell for dessert.

And then more presents to open.

Bath time and a picture with the grands.

 A family of five picture,

and then us and our first boy.

 What a fun day we had celebrating you, Andrew.  You were and are still such a blessing to our family and to everyone who knows you.  We are having so much fun watching you grow up.  If you could just slow down a little bit, we would love that too.  We are so very proud of you and we love you more than you can imagine.

Every good and perfect gift comes from above.  James 1:17

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Magic Kingdom - the Last Day

Well, our final day arrived and we spent it at Magic Kingdom.  This time we focused on Adventureland and Frontierland.  We arrived early again and caught the opening show.

We had a few things to do from Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, so we headed there first.  Andrew wanted to ride Space Mountain again, so while he did that with Papack and Brent, I rode the People Mover for the first time with Coleman, Jonathan, and Gigi.  It was a nice little ride that the four of us enjoyed.  Then we headed through the castle to ride Peter Pan.  We stopped to make a picture in front of the castle for everyone.

We rode Peter Pan and then went back for one last go on the Buzz Lightyear ride.  Then we crossed over to Adventureland.  Our first stop was the magic carpet ride.

Then we explored the Swiss Family Treehouse.

We also rode Pirates of the Caribbean, but the Jungle Cruise was closed for renovations.  We walked on over to Fronteirland and let Gigi and Jon Jon preview Tom Sawyer Island and the gift shops while the bigger boys and remaining adults rode Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  This was Coleman's only roller coaster this trip.  I wanted to get a photo of him afterwards, but he would not look at the camera.

I can't remember if we ate lunch next or what, but that day we got yummy burgers and fries from Pecos Bill's.  It is one of our favorites in Magic Kingdom!  It was good to sit down in air conditioning again too.  This day, a cloud front had blown in, so it wasn't quite so oppressive, which was really nice.  After lunch we headed over to Tom Sawyer Island.

The boys loved it and would have explored for hours I think if we'd let them.  We wanted to be able to swim that afternoon though, so we kept moving.  We also went to the Country Bear Jamboree.  It was funny and corny.

Then the bigger boys wanted to do the Haunted Mansion, so we sent them off with Brent and Papack.  Gigi, Jon Jon and I visited a Christmas shop and then Jonathan fell asleep in my arms.  We were meeting the others at the Hall of Presidents when they finished, so we sat down next to the door and let him sleep a little bit.  The Hall of Presidents was as good as always and a nice sit down break.  The last thing left on our list was to ride the train around to the front gates.

When we boarded, we looked over the side and saw Woody and Jessie!  Everyone waved as we went by.

We left the park and got on the monorail to ride back to the Polynesian.  Jonathan was cracking us all up pretending to drive the train.  He did this every time we rode.  He would hold his little hands up like he was holding a steering wheel and mash all kinds of buttons on his legs.

He took his job very seriously.

Here's Andrew with his favorite roller coaster.

And then back at the resort I made a few more pictures.

That night for dinner we went to Downtown Disney.  It was our first trip over there, and I think it would be easy to spend a whole day there too.  The boys loved this pirate outside the World of Disney store.

Then we visited the Lego store.  Of course.  Here they are with the giant statues of legos.

With our dining plan, we each got a snack every day.  Well, we also took snacks into the parks so there were several days where we didn't use our snack option.  On our last night, we decided to cash in our snacks at Goofy's Candy Company.  We had enough snacks left for everyone to choose a dessert to eat that night, and one to take home, plus a few extras!

Coleman and Jonathan each chose these huge blue cupcakes.

Andrew chose a football cookie, which turned out to be shortbread and not a sugar cookie.

Brent chose a chocolate covered pineapple skewer, and I chose maple nut fudge.

The next morning we left after we made a few more shots of the beautiful lobby.

It was a wonderful, magical way to celebrate Coleman's sixth birthday.  We were so glad Gigi and Papack went too.  We headed home that day exhausted, but in the very best way.