A Few Photos

From our recent trip.

I had 60 on my camera. And I have no idea how many on my phone. Eek!

Boys & Mickey

cinderella's castle

Arrrrr!

I learned something about my child while we were at Disney World last week.

I mean, it was something I kind of knew about him. After all, I once made the mistake of downloading a soundtrack he wanted to listen to 24/7 for a solid month.

I mean, it’s fine. I’m happy he’s expanding his interests, but I just didn’t realize it was going to take hold this young.

Butter loves pirates.

Yes, he asked for a pirate party for his birthday this year. It was kind of cool to see, too. There were a lot of Jake touches because that’s kid friendly. The only things that weren’t Disney inspired were the pinata and the flags on the cupcakes. I figured he didn’t mind because they seemed to go along with the theme, enough that he was all, “Okay, Mom.”

But no, he genuinely loves pirates.

So much that he had his face painted like a pirate when we were at the Animal Kingdom.

We rode Pirates of the Caribbean, and when left, we caught a show that taught about being pirates hosted by Captain Jack Sparrow.  And then we heard about The Pirates League. It seemed like a no brainer. But there was a problem in that the reservations were difficult to get. But when M called to try to get one, the lady on the other end of the phone told him about Pirate Adventure. This is from the Grand Floridian’s web site.

Children (ages 4-12 years old only) wear pirate bandanas and follow clues to search Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon for buried treasure. Following these clues and the Pirate’s trail, they sail to many exotic “ports of call” (Resort Marinas) to collect treasure. During the voyage, the children enjoy a reading of “The Legend of Gasparilla” (a real Florida Pirate). At the final port of call, children will have a snack (such as pretzels, goldfish crackers) and a drink (such as water or drink box) and split up the “buried treasure”.

He had the best time.

After that, we headed over to Hollywood Studios for lunch with Jake.

I think . . . I think this an obsession I can live with.

I Have SO Much to Talk About

But there’s this little problem of me being exhausted.

The kids left with their grandparents earlier today.  M & I have tomorrow to ourselves, in order to celebrate our sixth anniversary. It’s really hard to believe we got married six years ago, but that’s a post for tomorrow. If I can remember to do it.

For now, I’ll just say we spent more time than I ever have at the Magic Kingdom. I didn’t know it could be so enjoyable. I got to ride the Tower of Terror. Butter rode it with me, and he didn’t hate it, but he said he didn’t want to ride it again. That’s fine. We’ll try again in a few years. Bear finally got to meet Mickey this morning, and he. flipped. out. He also gave Stitch a kiss on the nose. Don’t worry, I totally got that on film memory card.

We saw amazing fireworks at Epcot. We spent some time at Blizzard Beach.

We rode Big Thunder Mountain more than once. We rode Splash Mountain more than twice. I rode a roller coaster with my kid. [Sorry, Drs. Zager & Messé.] We saw beautiful animals at Animal Kingdom [and oh, how that place has grown in the last eight years!]. I absolutely teared up when Butter saw Cinderella’s Castle for the first time.

I cried as we were leaving today because it almost didn’t seem fair that my kids are going home and I’m staying here.

Happy Friday, everyone.