This morning the internet guy came by to set us up. Ted is kicking himself for not doing this earlier, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. For lunch Max made us a caprese salad with our leftover mozzarella and tomatoes, while I made sandwiches and nachos for our main meal.
We went to Downtown Disney where I found the scarf Jo wants, Max got his new lightsaber, I checked out the lost and found situation on my earring, and the boys went to the LEGO store for a bit. Ted was able to find a Boba Fett shirt and a pew pew mug that he loved, so he finally got his gift from Mom and Jo.
On the way home we stopped at Walmart and got a big tub of chocolate ice cream. We sent Max in with some money for it, and Ted and I talked about what’s next on the agenda with his mom. These talks are never fun. I don’t like being an adult at these times, and neither does Ted!
When we got back home we sent the boys out to play while Ted talked to his mom to get the lay of the land. We were planning on fixing up the internet before the boys came back in, but it got so windy and the skies were so dark that we ended up bringing in the boys and the hammock and cleaning all the toys out of the yard. After we finished up the internet mess we watched the next two movies on our Avengers’ list and had popcorn and sandwiches for supper. When Jack got bored with our movie we set him up on our bed with his movie.
Ted and I are continuing our Sudoku challenge. I’m having a lot of fun, but that may just be because I’m doing better in general than he is.
I slept till my alarm ring at 8:20, and then started getting everyone up. I saw when I raised the blinds that they’d moved the trailer! Hallelujah!
Ted left for his lunch at Chipotle with Eddie. I hope he has a good time! The boys and I had the last of the kale salad and baked potatoes. We watched The Carbonaro Effect while we ate.
When Ted came home we had a nap, and then we all left at 3:45 for Disney. Max and Jack went to get a DAS at Soarin, then to Club Cool for Cokes. Ted and I went to Mouse Gear to see about Jo’s scarf and to see if they could find anything to spend his money on. We didn’t have any luck, so we met the boys at Club Cool where Max got a blue birthday slushie. We all walked to China and Japan to see if I could find any gifts for my girls.
We realized as we headed out of the Lands that our Spaceship Earth fast pass had been changed to a generic fast pass; this worked out better for us, honestly. We got in line to ride Test Track, and the line was so super long! While we were in line Jack said oh my gosh so loud, and with such a long pause in the beginning of the last word that we all wondered how he was going to finish it! When we finally finished Test Track we went to Mars with our generic fast pass. I guess these are the only rides we’re going to do here our last time at Epcot; our last day at Disney!
The boys went back to Club Cool to get a last birthday slushie, and I went to China to buy the bags I decided on. We stopped for some photos on our way out of Disney for the last time.
We had thought we would eat supper at Epcot, but nothing was really calling us. We decided to go to Smokey Bones tonight, and it was pretty good. Ted got his usual burger with a fried egg on top, Max and Jack each got cheeseburgers and Max upgraded his fries to loaded french fries. I got the ribs with broccoli and a baked potato. My ribs were good and my veggies will be a good meal for another day.
We went home and went to bed. Ted thinks he’s getting sick!
When we got to the park we were able to park so close since we were early that we just walked in. The Lost and Found was on our way in so Jack and I branched off to go there, while Ted and Max went through the gate and then they split up so Ted could get a haircut and Max could go get a DAS for Space Mountain.
When we got to the lost and found building I was surprised that the door was locked; a guy looked at me through the window, but didn’t let us in. When I asked if this was Lost and Found he opened the door and explained that in the last few months this building has changed to their security office. Lost and Found is now located at Disney springs. Apparently I need to fill out an online form for my earring. Poop.
We all met up at Haunted Mansion and rode our first ride of the day. When we got off Ted told me that he’d lost his phone! He and Jack had been riding together and he went to pull his phone out of his pocket at the beginning of the ride to make sure it wouldn’t fall out, but he hit his hand on the bar of the ride in the dark and his phone fell out of the car! The cast member at the exit said that they weren’t able to stop the ride to look for his phone, so we would have to wait until 11 p.m. tonight! I can’t imagine how Ted’s feeling! I would be so lost without my phone! I know he feels exactly the same. I don’t see how he can enjoy anything the rest of the day for thinking about his phone all day long.
We rode our next fast pass, the Buzz Lightyear ride, and then Ted wanted to go back and ask at Haunted Mansion about his phone. Max went with him so that we would have a way to contact each other in the park.
Jack and I debated going to get a snack or watching the Laugh Floor. I asked him what he wanted to do and he said the Laugh Floor, so that’s what we did. I checked the wait time and it was 30 minutes. That’s longer than I usually like to wait, but I was fine with it this once. I looked around for the standby entrance and there was a cast member with a sign pointing to it. I got into the line but after a couple of seconds I realized it was actually the fast pass line. I walked over to ask the cast member where the standby entrance line started and could hear that a couple of other people were also asking him. After a few seconds he rared back and yelled loud enough for everybody to hear, “Hey people do you see my arrow? It’s pointing this way! The entrance to the standby line is this way, the same way that my arrow is pointing!” He was so angry! I could see little bits of spit at the edges of his mouth and shooting forward! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Other cast members nearby also saw and heard him, and other Disney visitors just stared at him and then quickly walked away. I blatantly took a picture of him; I figured if he was proud enough to yell that loud in front of such a big crowd he should be proud enough to have his picture taken. At first he shielded his face from me, but then he did a super sarcastic wave and I got a photo with this face and name tag. I finally found the back of the standby line and there was a cast member there so I told her what had happened and asked her what to do about it. She suggested the new kiosks that are stationed around the park, but said she didn’t know what they would have the ability to do because they’re pretty new. Jack and I went to the one right near where we were and waited in line for about 5-10 minutes, but the line was really not moving. I hated for Jack’s last day at Magic Kingdom to be a bunch of standing around in line, so I decided to go ahead and meet Ted and Max at the ice cream place and just give up on this. Surely somebody else would have mentioned his crazy behavior. As we walked to the Dole Whip shop I saw another kiosk and no Disney visitors were there so I went up to the cast member and explained my problem. She seemed properly horrified, and the other cast members nearby also wanted to help report this dude’s actions. She asked what we were planning on doing then and I said after all that drama we were going to get some ice cream, so she said she’d like to give us some! I told her that I was going to get the pineapple upside down cake and she gave me a coupon for four ice creams that size or smaller. So for the first time here all four of us have gotten our own item, no sharing!
After we finished our ice cream we headed over to Pirates of the Caribbean. Ted splashed Max a few times on the ride and claimed that it was the ride; I can’t believe Max fell for it! Next up was Space Mountain, but we went to Haunted Mansion first to ask again about Ted’s phone. Then we rode Space Mountain and headed home.
The neighbors haven’t moved the camper. Poo. I don’t know if they tried and failed or if they haven’t even tried, but I don’t think I should do any more about it. We didn’t really have time before church to eat a full supper but Ted wanted a snack, so we all had cheese and meat and then left for church. The first time Jack asked to go to his class before we even left the bus I asked Ted and Max how many times they thought he would ask before it was actually time. Ted said seven, I said six, and Max said 14. In the end he asked exactly 7 times!
When we got home I fixed our enchiladas, then the boys showered and got into bed, and it was time for us to leave for Disney. It was funny being the only people in our monorail car!
When we first got through the gate Ted said I should ask at the Emporium about Jo’s scarf. I went to the first cast member that had an iPad and showed them the scarf and asked for help. The man found the SKU number for me so I wrote that down, and he said that there weren’t any that he could see in the Magic Kingdom but that Epcot had some and Downtown Disney had some as well. He also suggested I download the Disney shop app and look for it there, but I did that after I walked away from him and it shows no sign of that SKU number. I’ll ask at Epcot tomorrow and see what we see.
Ted got to the Haunted Mansion about 10:30 and asked at the entrance again about his phone, and they told him the same thing they’ve been saying all day; wait until they shut down at 11 p.m. and then they’ll look for his phone. They told him that he should probably go ride another ride and then go to Guest Relations to wait for them to bring everything they find after the ride shuts down. Ted suggested we go ride the Mine Train since I’ve been wanting to ride it and we haven’t done that yet. I said that was fine with me, but we could ride Haunted Mansion and see if we saw his phone. We got in the ride car at the conveyor belt and as soon as we passed through the doorway into the actual ride, only about one or two feet after that, I saw Ted’s phone laying on the floor! He was calling it but I couldn’t see the face light up because it was face-down, but since it’s a white phone case I could see it against the dark carpet! I leaned over as far as I could and reached but I couldn’t touch the phone. What agony! I reached over a few times after that and couldn’t touch the floor, so I don’t think even if we rode the ride again I would be able to reach the phone by myself. We went outside and talked to the cast member at the gate again and told her exactly where the phone was, and she said we’d still need to wait, but this time we only had about five minutes until the shutdown. Now that we had seen the phone and knew exactly where it was she told us we could wait right there at the gate and probably someone would bring us the phone. And that’s what happened! We were praying so hard that the face wasn’t cracked and that it was his phone and everything was fine, and our prayers were answered in the affirmative! They brought the phone out at about 11:10, and it was in perfect condition! Thank the Lord!
The boys put up their dishes, and made and ate their breakfast. Ted and I showered, we all got ready and left early for Animal Kingdom. Max went to Avatar to get a DAS, while the rest of us made our way to Everest. I can’t believe this is our last time riding this ride!
We let the boys play at the playground for a little while while we decided what to do next. Today was so hot! Ted and I got chocolate shakes with a piece of candied bacon in it, and bought the boys a chocolate shake to share. When we downed those it was time for our fast pass to Primeval Whirl.
We planned on eating lunch here, but Ted wasn’t sure what he wanted to eat. I’ve been wanting to eat the pulled pork french fries for a while, and he was able to find something that looked good from the same restaurant. So we went to The Flame Tree BBQ and I got the fries, Jack got pulled pork on mac and cheese, and Ted and Max each got a pulled pork sandwich. I thought the pork had a great taste, and the fries were really good too. Ted wasn’t very impressed with what he got. He thinks the whole sandwich was good, but the coleslaw was too industrial and brought the whole thing down.
We skipped our fast pass to get photos with Disney Pals while we ate; I’d had trouble finding fast passes for this week because the parks are pretty full. But I knew that anytime Jack got a photo with a Disney character he would be excited, so I made this as a throwaway pass; and in the end we threw it away. Now it was about time for us to go to Avatar. As we walked that way we were in perfect time to watch the birds fly overhead! I finally got a great video of that, but I don’t know how to upload that here. Oh well.
When we left the park Ted was hankering for some Abracadabra so that’s where we went! That’s such an awesome place. I think I’m going to miss it more than Disney!
At home I got my courage up and went next door to ask the neighbors if they would consider moving their trailer. The lady obviously spoke English as a second language, and when I told her that the glare from their trailer into our camper was very strong she said what did I want her to do about it? I asked if they wouldn’t consider moving their trailer to behind their camper and she immediately said oh no it won’t fit. She told me that they were here for three more weeks so I guess we’ll have to put up with this for that long! I came into the bus and slammed the door like a petulant five-year-old. I’m not proud of that, but I was so frustrated about losing half of our view out of the bus for that long. I went and laid on the bed and snoozed and calmed down for a little while. After an hour or so the neighbor came over and talked to Ted; she says they’re going to try to move their camper tomorrow! I hope they can figure something out!
For supper I made sliders and we watched Ant-Man, then the boys took their showers, and the top right shower door roller and contraption fell out! I hope this bus stays together long enough for us to sell it!
Ted basically went right to sleep when we got in the bed, and I wasn’t far behind him. We slept for several hours, and then both woke up in the middle of the night. We watched an episode of Stranger Things and then went back to sleep :-)
We all slept late this morning, I finally woke Ted up at 9:30 and called the boys in for a snuggle. I planned to laze around and make a new recipe, cranberry orange scones, for our brunch before leaving for Disney. While we were lazing around though, Jennifer said that Rachel was missing Jack and they wanted to video call us. I’m never going to turn that down! What with one thing and another the scones were just coming out of the oven when it was time for Jennifer to call. When I realized that was going to happen I gave everybody a turkey stick so that we wouldn’t be hangry during our phone call.
When Jennifer and Rachel called Amy was there too! It’s so good to see my girlfriends. Ted had said he wanted to record Jack when he saw Rachel because he often has some really exuberant responses to seeing his favorite people. Little did I know that this whole phone call setup was a ruse! Jennifer and Amy had some surprising news: they’re coming here in three weeks and Ted planned for me to have a week off and stay with them in a hotel down the street! I’m so excited! I’m so blessed to have a husband who cares enough to let me have some time off from homeschooling every year, and so awesomely blessed to have girlfriends who want to spend their free time with me! Even with my exciting news Jack got to have a good little visit with Rachel.
Mike and Linda arrived today, so after our phone call and lunch I went outside to visit with them. I’m so glad they’re here; they’re such sweet people.
Later Ted and I walked to the office to get whatever packages we had there. Amazon has failed to ship our screen protectors for so long, but I think they might actually be in today. Also, Ted ordered a couch cover. I don’t think this thing can ever look nice, but it’s what he thinks is best, so we’ll see.
The boys and I noticed a few days before Christmas that the trash was piling up at the campground. There are now three trailers with trash bags piled high next to the dumpster! When we walked into the office it was almost as crazy! It looked like there’s only one woman (Carmen) working there and the packages are piled up all around the left desk. Ted and I looked at the packages without touching them to see if we could find ours while Carmen helped someone. There was an older lady sitting in a chair who saw us reading the names on the packages and she told us not to touch anything because Carmen would holler at us if we did! When Carmen overheard her say that she kindly said yes, please don’t go through any of those packages, I’ll help you in just a few minutes. We reassured Carmen that we weren’t in any hurry, and that we wouldn’t touch anything. As soon as the person Carmen was helping left, the grumpy old lady jumped up to make sure Carmen helped her next. When Carmen found the old lady’s box the old lady said I guess there’s nobody here to help me take this package to my camper? Off to the side Ted motioned to me that he would offer to help her out. Poor Ted! When he left carrying her heavy box I told Carmen that we weren’t in any hurry but I thought we had a package or two. She had mentioned that we couldn’t help her look or anything because there was a camera in the office watching her; I completely understand that they don’t want anybody who doesn’t work there to touch the packages, so I just stood back and to tried to describe the size of what I thought we were looking for. In the end we had one box that had everything in it. As we were finishing up and I was signing for the box she talked about how she just tries to stay calm even when others around her losing their cool, because you never know what the Lord has planned for you! I told her a tiny bit of our story and said the same thing as her, that we’re happier where the Lord wants us than where we want to go. It was nice to have a small visit with her like that.
When I got back to the bus and texted Ted we realized we passed each other on the way. The old lady lives right down the street from us! I was glad he didn’t tell her where we live. Ted started putting the couch cover on and I helped him fit it. It looks pretty good! Go Ted!
We left for our last day of Hollywood Studios then. We sent Max to get a DAS for the Slinky Dog Dash while we walked over to Star Tours. Jack was the rebel spy today! Next up was a snack, and I love the way Jack looked as Max poured all the rest of the powdered sugar into his mouth after their funnel cake!
Toy Story Mania was next, and then Tower of Terror. Then it was time for our last time on Slinky Dog Dash.
On the way out we stopped for a last Hollywood picture.
At home the boys got in the shower while we made supper: sandwiches and chips and dip. We also ate a little bit of chocolate bread house, and watched Age of Ultron while we ate. Jack went to bed before the movie finished, but the rest of us waited for the new year. When the movie was over there was only about half an hour left, so we watched Chopped until it was time. Then we stepped outside to watch a few fireworks. I’m excited to see what the new year brings!