Sightseeing

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!

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 finally saw our names on the boards at Everest and were close enough to photograph them! We’ve seen Max’s name here before, but have never seen Jack’s.

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!

This was on our walk out to our parking spot. Yes, we’re a bunch of 5-year-olds.

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!

We were those people at Disney who didn’t follow the rules today! There weren’t good directions about where to park so we ended up parking where we normally do, while everybody else was heading off to a distant parking lot. I checked out the nearby parked cars to make sure there wasn’t something specifically on each of theirs, and we look to be in the clear. I guess we’ll see when we get back!

I went through the bag line and the boys went around and waited for me; seems like there’s a big crowd today. I headed straight to get a DAS for Test Track while the boys waited to meet me at Soarin. When I asked for a DAS the guy knew which people were going on the ride and I finally realized that it’s because there are only three of us in the park; they know that because we scanned our bands at the front gate. When I asked him if that was how he knew he said no, he could just read minds and he knew which people I wanted to go on the ride. He made me laugh so much! Then as I turned away and was telling him I wish I knew how to read minds I ran into a woman who’d pushed her stroller about 2″ from my leg. I wish I had read her mind!

We rode Soarin and The Land, and then at 12:30 the boys and I parted ways.

Max is convinced that there’s a hidden Mickey here at the entrance to The Land, but I just think it’s a bunch of circles.
If you zoom in a bunch on that top right flower I think you can see a face!

I gave Max $20 for ice cream for each of them and a Coke to split. I walked around a bit and then got a Coke Zero and asked in Germany about the mac and cheese. When they said it was on the crispy side I walked to the nearby stand and got the fondue. I was sitting there having a nice, quiet time eating and looking at the lake when Max called me for help. They hadn’t gone any farther than the ice cream shop, but their ice cream was melting all over the place and was making a huge mess! Heh. I walked less than a minute to where they were and Jack was just covered, it had dripped all down his shirt and is all over his shoes. I sent Max to a nearby restroom to clean himself up and then I used all my wetties to wipe Jack down enough that he could finish his ice cream. Max came back calmed down and ate the rest of his super melty ice cream. He’d asked for cups thinking that they’d be neater, but you know how they overfill ice cream cups, and how fast ice cream melts in the heat!

We all finished eating and then I sent them off to the Ralph playground while I walked through the Norway and Mexico lands.

Jack asked me to take his photo here because he saw other people getting their photo taken, but then he wouldn’t look at the camera! Ornery child!

When it was time we rode Test Track and then skipped our Spaceship Earth fast pass and went home. I made us a big kale salad with avocado and garbanzos and a lot of other stuff.

Max played his electronics before asking me this morning, and lost his cool when I asked him about it, so I had him put up all the dishes and make both their breakfasts. After they ate and we all got dressed Max and I rolled out some sheets of chocolate bread and baked them while Jack played outside. Max cut out some house shapes when the cookies were cool.

I made caprese sandwiches for lunch and they were ok, but not exceptional. I’ll have to work on that.

Max’s new game finally finished downloading at noon, so he played that for a bit before we left. I had a plan on how to fit most stuff in, but Ted called when I was driving so that messed with my plans a bit. In all we stayed at the Primeval playground for a while, rode Primeval Whirl (which Max liked more this time, and Jack’s bar didn’t unlock at the end!), saw the birds fly overhead, missed Finding Nemo, and skipped Everest and Avatar. By the time we got the DAS for Avatar we’d have had to kill around 3 hours to ride it, and there’s just not that much to see there when you’ve been to Animal Kingdom as often as we have. It’s a good problem to have, and we still have one more chance to see it!