We had a nice, lazy morning this morning. We finally got moving around 10, and I was hungry! I made scrambled eggs for all of us…I’m really getting good at those! It also helps that my new skillet had an awesome seasoning on it already.

After we read the Bible (and we haven’t missed a day yet! Go us!) we got dressed and headed out to Ikea. The boys stayed behind and we told Max to text us every half hour to check in. We had a great date looking at the options for taking our dinette out and getting something bigger. Of course, there’s always the question of how the new thing travels and how or if the seatbelts will work with whatever we get.

In other news, I think my new bag will work ok at Disney. I’m gonna thin out what I carry; my battery back-up weighs so much I may just leave it in the truck.

After Ikea Tj was hungry, but we had the devil of a time finding something to eat…we couldn’t find a Mexican restaurant on the way home that had fajitas, so we eventually settled on Chili’s fajitas. How can this place have 3 or 4 Chili’s on our way home but no Mexican places? It doesn’t help that searching for Mexican food on Yelp brought up everything but Mexican.

Lunch was good, and then we hit Wal-Mart for milk and eggs. We also checked out some phones for Max while there. I think we’ll get him a non-smart phone just so we can more easily keep in touch while he’s babysitting Jack. His birthday is this week! I’m gonna have a teenager! That feels crazy to say! I don’t feel old enough, though I obviously am.

When we got home I practiced my uke while Jack jumped on the trampoline and Max and Tj played Legos. Tj and I made crabcakes and salad for supper, and we watched half of Cars 3 during supper. More uke after that…I’m trying to learn ‘Golden Slumbers’. That song is so beautiful!

I’m so thankful to have a son as responsible as Max. He does a great job keeping Jack for a few hours, though he does need a little more practice. He gave Jack a sandwich, and though I gave him 3 options for sides only Max got sides with lunch.

We slept a little late this morning, I know the boys are tired after 2 late nights. School was fine, the usual.

After lunch Tj took Jack to WDW while Max and I took a nap. Mostly me. Max did lay quietly though. We walked to the office after our nap to get my new bag…I hope it works for the parks.

I’m back to practicing my ukulele, but I just have no sense of rhythm! If I’m just playing it’s passable, but once I start singing I lose all stroke rhythm. Maybe tons of practice will help. Yay.

It’s so cool to hear the fireworks in the distance every evening!

10 January Wednesday

Tj came home this morning! Woot! We chatted for a bit till the boys got up, then snuggled with them for just a minute, and then he passed out. The boys and I did our school and then woke him up for lunch.

After lunch we headed over to Disney. I’m loving this fast pass from home business! We rode some of Max’s old favorites: Buzz Lightyear, Philharmagic and Barnstormer.

Max wanted to go to church tonight so we left Disney earlier than usual, stopped at home long enough for me to make pb&j sandwiches for the boys, and hit the road again. Max has his own class, and Jack sat through the song portion of church and then all the kids were called back to a class.

The boys showered and went right to bed when we got home while Tj and I had smorgasbord for supper. We went right to sleep after that, too.

11 January Thursday

I think Jack needs regular breaks during school, and I’d gotten lax on providing those, so I’m trying to get better. At 10:30 we all headed out for a walk. We dropped the boys off at the playground while we went to pick up Jack’s new trampoline…he’s jumped the last one to death! I’m sure being outside in the sun has helped dry rot the elastic and stitching. We set up the new one and then went to the office to find out where to dump the old one. We got the boys and then walked all over to find the big dumpster. All in all we walked for an hour!

We had burger patties for lunch, and then headed over to Hollywood Studios. We had fast passes for Muppets, Indiana Jones and Fantasmic. Tj and the boys ate supper at a quick stop before Fantasmic, but I wasn’t hungry. We headed home, but saw fireworks from the truck so I pulled over into another parking spot to watch those for a bit. After we got home Tj headed out to Wal-Mart to get us some more cool whip while I washed dishes and the boys took showers and collapsed into bed. Another great day!

I forgot last night, Jack said yesterday at Disney, Mooooom, I need a restaurant. It hadn’t even been 2 hours since lunch!

It was supposed to pour today so it was a good day to stay home. It didn’t pour. Guess I need to get used to this weather. We did school with a few windows opened, and then we kept opening more and more, and finally the door. I’ll be using the a/c tonight and probably all day tomorrow!

We all rode our bikes today for a break from school, Jack is just about too fast on his bike for me to walk with him!

Sometimes at school I’m so excited for how much he’s learning, but other times I’m amazed at how much he just doesn’t know. It’s hard to tell sometimes when he’s just being ornery and when he has no idea what I’m doing. Today he had a sheet with 3 yellow things, a banana, a lemon and something else. Then he was supposed to draw something yellow in the empty space. I asked him what was in the sky that was yellow and he said up! I asked him about the sky a couple more times and got about the same response. I figured something more tangible would be better, so I asked him what was on the table that was yellow and he said brown. I told him he wasn’t listening to me, so I asked him again slowly, and he said brown again. I asked him a few different ways, but he never understood, or he never listened to what I was saying enough to understand. I could feel myself getting so frustrated. I’m asking him a simple question, if he listened he would know. So I calmed down and told him I love him. Relief and happiness lit up his face.

After school and lunch I solidified my meal plan and grocery list, found a couple of thrift stores and Jack and I hit the road. Max stayed behind to finish up his last school unit. Both thrift stores were a bust so we headed to Aldi and then to Walmart. I texted Max that his new Lego had arrived so he ran to the office to get it. He’d finished up his school and folding/putting away the clothes like I’d told him to.

In the truck on the way home Jack said Mom, Daddy take Jack to playground.

Once home I manipulated everything to fit in the fridge and freezer. That’s a feat! Then I made pizza for the boys and a pizza with a tortilla crust for me. We watched MASH during supper as we often do. Max said just this week that he’s not gonna watch Lost anymore. I can’t say that I blame him, there are too many times he has to cover his eyes until we tell him it’s ok to watch. I’m glad he’s come to this decision himself!

8 January Monday

Today was a hard school day…just stupid little things getting to all of us. We finished school around 1pm, ate a leisurely lunch, and headed to Epcot. I wanted to fix the screen door…put magnets on it so it stays open…but think I should wait to get Tj’s opinion on it.

We walked straight to our first fast pass (Tj told me his sign-in to the Disney page so I set those up Saturday night). We rode Journey into Imagination. Max didn’t want to play in the exit area this time, we spent a good while there the other day. He wanted to head right over to the Test Track, so we did, stopping just for a few minutes at the jumping water again.

You pass under a car screaming by at Test Track and that scared Jack. He was hyperventilating a good bit. I calmed him down a couple of times before we got onto the ride. Max really liked making his own car and seeing how it performed; I see us going to this ride several more times before we leave. Jack did ok on the ride, but didn’t want to go on it again. I think I’ll make him, though. He held on to me really tightly, but I think it’ll be easier for him now that he knows what to expect.

Our last fast pass wasn’t due for about an hour so we went to taste all the Cokes again, and then to Innoventions and looked around a bit. I’m always awed at really powerful microscopes, and we got to see a few things there with one. Amazing. We also saw a bit on carbon and how in the future there will probably be wrist wraps that will have Google Maps, etc.

We headed to Spaceship Earth and sailed on through with our fast passes. 3/4 of the way through the ride our little car TV stopped working! When we got off the ride the lady asked us if we wanted to ride it again since it was broken, so we did. We played a few games at the exit again, and then made our way home.

I made quesadillas for supper in my new skillet, and it works like a dream! The cheese that melted out didn’t stick to it like it did to my old pan Papa sanded for me. When I (gently) scraped up the cheese in the old pan it pulled up some of the black! That doesn’t bode well! But in the new pot it just came right up with no problem. Oh well. Gonna have to test the old one with a drop of egg soon.

After supper I sent Jack to shower while I scrubbed the blue speckled enamel of my new pot. When he still hadn’t turned on the water I went to check on him and found out that the water wasn’t working! I went outside to check it and all seemed fine. I asked our new neighbors (Bill and Lucy) and theirs was fine, and then turned to a trickle as I was talking to them. I guess it’s park-wide. I walked over to the bath house to see if there was water there, and there wasn’t. I talked to a guy there and he said he works for Disney, 4 hours a day. He does the personal tours Tj had just read about! It was a pleasant chat. I walked back and chatted with Bill and Lucy about the situation, and then about our lives. I went home and found out that the water was now back on! I opened the window and yelled to Bill and Lucy that it was back on…hope I don’t annoy them! They seemed sweet.

Some things from other days that I’ve forgotten to mention:

The second time we went to Disney I pulled up to a right-hand parking booth without realizing that it’s for cars with people in the right-hand side. Dummy! I just gave the cards to Jack and all was fine. Heh.

I practiced the ukulele again for the first time in a couple of weeks and boy is my left index sore! I’m skipping tonight to give my finger a break, but I don’t think it’ll be a problem to get back into a habit of practicing it.

Yesterday was the 2nd full week of my low-carb diet. I just bought a scale Saturday so I’m not really sure if I’m losing any weight. Some big changes of this diet/lifestyle are that I’ve cut out cokes…though I will have one every now and again. In those 2 weeks I had 1. I also stopped eating chocolate, though this wasn’t a priority for me. I just kept not eating it and everything was fine…I had my first piece last night. I don’t think I’ll have any tonight. I’m enjoying whipped cream with roasted almonds. That doesn’t mean at all that I like them as much as chocolate. No way.