Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Disney World Day 1: Magic Kingdom

As if Disney World isn't overwhelming enough with littles ones, the added stress of trying to snap a photo at every memorable moment can sometimes be too much. At one point I wanted to just tuck the camera away and be in the moment with the boys, but of course i'm glad I didn't. Now I can remember this trip with my boys forever!!

On Saturday morning my alarm clock went off at 4:30 to get up, ready, and picked up at 6:00 by Grammy and the girls. We arrived to Disney World just before 9:00, and headed up to Miss Amanda and Gigi's room to get our boys out of their pj's and into their Disney gear.

Didn't he look so excited to head into Disney?

One of my only attempts at a picture with both my boys this weekend... great one huh? :)

Anxiously waiting for the bus at the hotel to head to the park
After waiting for the bus, waiting about an hour in the ticket line (which we had bought in advance... total waste of time!), waiting for the ferry across the pond to the park, and waiting in the stroller line... we FINALLY made it in! I think two of the four kids had already napped at this point, but anyhow... we made it in!

First on our list was to see Mickey and Minnie

Waiting in line to see the stars of the day
Think my boys were a little excited about who they saw when we entered into the room... into yet another line.
Trying to get a sneak peak at Mickey
Finally meeting the duo
As you can see, clearly he was loving every second of it!
He loved them!!
We had bought our autograph book at the gift shop at the hotel before we caught the bus so we could document the whole trip and remember who we met.

Our official picture with Mickey and Minnie :)
Landon did well too, but kind of cared less. You'll see in later pictures he wasn't always so mellow about the situation.
Ryder and Ally...the relationship that has developed between these two lately is so special to me. Ryder absolutely adores his Auntie Ally, and I think she feels the same way. He loves everyone else too, but there is something special between the two of them. Sometimes I think he loves her more then me :)
Getting Pinocchio's autograph
Ryder, Pinocchio, and Sophia
And Pluto... for some reason he said we had to find Pluto. I wasn't even sure he knew who he was before we got there. He was so excited when we saw him.

These two napped while they held our spot for the upcoming parade. I think this is the only time they napped at the same time the whole trip. They were both so great, but as expect, a lot of work!
If I had to pick, I'd say the parade was Ryder's favorite part of Disney. He was so excited with every character he saw, and loved when he realized if he put his hand out they might come up and give him a high five.

My Momma and Auntie Ally :)
We always get this shot at Disney. It's right after the Buzz Lightyear ride. Ryder wasn't feeling it, but clearly Landon was judging by the smile on his face. I think he was just excited to not be held or in the stroller for a minute.

Ryder was so thrilled to see Buzz waiting right outside the ride when we got off. So we waited in yet another character line. Right before we got to Buzz Ryder told me he didn't want to see him anymore. I told him after waiting in the line we had to, and it was one of the highlights of his trip. Landon at this point developed some character anxiety.
We have two big food traditions in Disney World... Eating the Mickey Premium Bars and these lollipops... Landon liked the lollipop one :)
The castle just as it was getting dark
I believe it was nearing the 10 o'clock hour when this picture was taken.
These two were clearly exhausted!
And now they are cranky...
By the time we left the park, took the bus back to the hotel, got checked into our room, and moved all our stuff from Miss Amanda's room it was nearly midnight.... and clearly someone was done for the day!!
We ordered some pizza to fill our tummies, and then it was time for bed. I was SO nervous! It was the first time for Landon in a hotel setting, and Ryder's first time sleeping with someone. I thought for sure we'd be hearing from someone around the 5 am hour. Of course because of hotel blackout shades you never know what time it is. The kids slept throught he night, and in the morning I hear "Mommy, it's light outside". I asked my mom to check her phoen for the time and it was 8:20! I handed Ryder his video game while I jumped into the shower and everyone else slept until 8:45 or so. The boys did so amazing, and I couldn't have been more proud.
Day 2 coming soon!

We're Back!

We had such an amazing vacation at Disney World!
Ryder loved everything about it
Landon could not have been a more perfect baby
and best of all we got to share it with family and best friends
To sort through 600+ pictures!
We'll be back soon with a lot more photos!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lookin' Good

Yesterday I took the boys to get their hair cut so they'd look nice for the million pictures we'll be taking in Disney World this weekend. I tried to snap a picture of the two of them this morning together.... this is what I got :)

We got the mohawk a little more under control on this one and got his side trimmed up nicely

This dude was not interested in pictures.
I pretty much annoy him any time I get my camera out.
This was the best he opted to give me... So sweet of him huh?
Tomorrow we are packing for our trip, and early Saturday morning we will be on our way!!!
We can't wait for our fun weekend :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Little Bit of Sunshine

We were in some serious need of some sun around here! Between the holidays and the move we haven't be able to enjoy this amazing winter weather in Florida for a while. We finally made our way to the beach today with friends, AND I broke out my real camera for the first time in a while. Only because I got a text from Amanda this morning that said "bring your camera today"... clearly she knew it had been way too long since we've gotten pictures of the kids together. Maybe the last time we were at the beach mid-December :)

Ryder absolutley loves the beach... Unfortunately his skin does not. We were there for two hours with 50 SPF which was also reapplied... his skin now looks like he sat out all day with no sunscreen :(

He just melts my heart with that smile!

Can you see them?! We officially got two brand spankin' new pearly whites last week!
Little Miss Sophia is getting so big... We can not wait to go to Disney World with her this weekend!
This is Miss Makenna
Her mommy Jaimie happens to be Amanda's other best friend and had the same due date as me.
She is, I believe, three days younger then Landon, and such a cutie pie! Lucky for us, she just moved back home from Tampa!!
Ryder trying fly a kite with Miss Amanda
She a cutie huh?!
And the last cutie pie of the group... He was snoozin' when we first got there :)

Ryder really loved this bubble machine
Sorry for the Dyson overload...
his Mommy just moved and needs some new pictures to put up around the house :)
These two loved the water today

I put Landon in the sand after he played in his stroller for about an hour, and he was hysterical. Later I put him up on the solid surface by the playground for a group baby shot, and he still wasn't having it!

We got asked multiple times if they were triplets
I'm thinking he might be developing a love affair with monster trucks like his brother

Such a great day!
We need to make an effort to get their more often!!