Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Good Laugh

Ellie was the Star of the Week at school last week. She had to color a poster and fill out little blanks about herself. She was sitting in my office on the floor when I walked over to take a peek at how it was going. This is what I saw:

She was writing "I'm learning to do a back tuck." But she did a capital T and then realized it should be lowercase so she changed it.

This poster hangs in the hallway at school. Thank goodness I had some white out!!

Football, Pool time, and Backyard Camping

Over the long Presidents Day weekend, Gavin and a few buddies from school met at our park to play a game of football. They played for over two hours. Gavin has a new LOVE of football. Apparently when you get to third grade, nearly all the boys do. He really was debating football or baseball for the Spring. He decided on Baseball and plans to do football in the Fall.
These boys had fun---and perfect weather to boot:

Afterwards, a few of them headed to our house to swim. Because it was a long weekend, and it was gorgeous out, we heated the pool. Kids loved splashing around like it was summertime again.

This past weekend Frank wanted to camp with the kiddos. They decided on backyard camping. The 50 degree weather was perfect! Ghost stories, games, and sleeping in the tent----they have the best Daddy!

And that pretty much sums up the last two weekend. :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy 38th to Frank!

Frank turned 38 the week after we got home from Disney. He really didn't want to do anything for his birthday. I guess that is how it goes when we get older. I could care less about celebrating my birthday either. I did manage to get him to okay having dinner with our parents. We went to one of his favorite Mexican food joints Chuy's and I got a Marble Slab cake for him.

He wanted workout clothes, work clothes, and a Marmot backpack so that is what we got him.

The kids decorated his wrapping paper....

And we spent the night loving and being thankful for our Daddy (and Husband). He is such an incredible man. And we are so incredibly thankful for him!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Disney--Our Last Day...

We woke up and had reservations at our favorite breakfast spot Chef Mickeys.

We said goodbye to Mickey and all his friends.

We went and spent all our "snacks" on food that the kids could have in their lunches at school. And we let the kids get some souvenirs. Then Frank and I had an appointment with the Time Share people. We really had such a great trip that we wanted to learn about the Time Share. Maybe we are suckers...but we truly had a magical time and I know we will be back. And we were excited to learn that there are tons of properties all around the world. We can go skiing, to Hawaii, we can use the time share anywhere. While we were talking with them, the kids went to "kids camp." They didn't want to leave when we came to pick them up. But it was time to go.
We got on the bus to head to the airport.

And then about 5 minutes into the bus ride Hadley looked like this...

Disney World blew us out of the water. We had no idea that it would be so much fun. There was something for everyone, no matter what your age. It was a great week of memories. We are already trying to figure out when we will get to go back again. Hopefully soon. :)

Disney World- Day 6

Our last Full day. We couldn't believe that the trip was almost over. We let everyone pick their favorite rides and we decided we would park hop to all of their favorites one last time. We started the morning in Hollywood Studios. Hadley's favorite pick was the new Toy Story Ride, and Gavin's pick was the Tower of Terror. He also wanted to ride Rockin' Roller coaster which we never had a chance to ride the first day because the line was too long. Soooo...those were the first we were going to hit. We caught the bus from our hotel and were at the park when it opened.

The boys ran to get fast passes for Toy Story and the girls and I headed to the Tower of Terror to get in line. The boys met us back and we didn't hardly have to wait long to do one last ride on the Tower of Terror.

That is the hotel that you to to the top of and then fall in the background. It was such a great ride.

Photographers are all over the place and we took advantage of our Photopass...this photographer wanted to put things in our pictures..she did balloons..

We had lunch at the Hop and Vine for Hadley. It has Disney Junior Characters that you get to meet while you eat.

Disney's Shake It Up was having a concert when we were done with lunch. We got front row and Ellie and Hadley went out to dance with them. My girls LOVE Shake It Up. :)

Before we left we did the Rockin' Roller coaster. It was another of our Favorites in all of Disney World. So much fun. Hadley and Ellie weren't tall enough so we had to do swap passes. The girls had fun getting Minnie Mouse Cheerleader tattoos while we swapped and rode. The ride goes 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds and it blares Aerosmith music in your ear while you ride and do loops in the dark.

After we left Hollywood studios we headed back to Magic Kingdom for the Little Mermaid ride and Big Thunder Mountain.
It isn't a Morgan family Vacation without the jumping pictures. I thought in front of the castle would be fun.

Our photographer did another "magical" picture...

It started raining and the park just cleared. We weren't scared though. We ran into Gaston from Beauty and the Beast while walking around. He challenged Gavin to an arm wrestling match. Ha!

After leaving Magic Kingdom we took the boat to the Wilderness Lodge. We had dinner reservations at the show Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

We ate dinner and watched the show. It was a great way to end the trip.

We made it home just in time to watch the Alabama Football game and to see our last water show from our room.