Jack woke me up before I was ready to be awake; that rarely happens. We snuggled a bit and then I set him up with a movie, a banana and a cup of milk. When we all got up we read our Bible for the day; here’s a picture of the boys reading together:

I had to chuckle today when I thought what I’d tell Kim tomorrow at church…that I’d saved up enough money to get the right side of my hair cut. I’m still getting used to this cut. I’ve used the mousse and now the powder on my hair…that powder works wonders! It’s amazing; I just need to figure out how to use these things well.

Yesterday as we were walking to the tram at Hollywood Studios Max asked if Disney was making a gondola. Ted looked it up and yes, they’re working on it! I hope it’s finished by the end of the year and that we can ride on it then, but I won’t be holding my breath. There were several pillars with pulleys up, but I didn’t see any sign of a platform for people to get on or off.

Today was a school day because we took our Saturday last Monday. I thawed carnitas for lunch, and Max finished school not long after lunch. Ted walked to the office and extended our time here another week, then he started working on placing the booster. He bored a hole above the fridge and we worked together to get the cable up and through the wire to the top of the roof. We went through all the stuff in the boxes and got the cable mounts so he’s siliconing the screw heads and mounting the cables now.

Today Jack made several Star Wars characters’ noises and it was so funny! He does a really good impression of BB-8, but his Chewbacca needs some work.

When I went out to dump the back this morning a neighbor stopped me to chat and asked when we’re leaving. Apparently we’re in his spot! Heh. He said he’s not in a big hurry to get it back once I told him we’re hoping to extend another week so Ted can go to another dental appointment.

I made pizza dough this morning, and then helped Ted find a way to get the booster cables inside the bus. After lunch Ted and I took a nap for an hour and then we headed out to Hollywood Studios. We had fast passes for Toy Story and Tower of Terror. While riding the tram to the park I noticed that we had a generic fast pass…Tower of Terror had broken down for a bit so they automatically switched our tickets out. This is the second time that happened this week!

We went straight to Toy Story Mania for a DAS, and on the way out of there we saw World of Disney so we stopped a bit and looked at the cool stuff. There was more to see, but they called for the film so we watched a little video about Walt Disney’s life; we’ll have to go back to the museum when we have more time. It’s funny; all the times we’ve been to Hollywood Studios I’ve never been back in this area. We’ve always just headed to our fast passes and missed this whole area of this park!

Next we headed to see Chewbacca and BB-8. When we were finished we saw that Kylo Ren didn’t have a long wait time so we saw him too. He was kinda funny, he pointed at us to tell us where to stand, and had a programmed speech he played while we were in there talking about us joining the dark side. I think I like BB-8 and Chewbacca better with their unintelligible speech. Max stayed in the gift store the whole time and played with the Star Wars lego figurines.

Next up was Beauty and the Beast. We had some time to kill before the show so we headed to the sweet shop and bought another carrot cake cookie for me and Jack, a piece of peanut butter fudge for Max and Ted, and a couple of drinks. We took a couple of bites and then headed down to BatB. We sat by a guy who looked like he had a really bad cold, so we moved forward a row and that was perfect. It was a fun show to watch; I think Jack enjoyed himself. The carrot cake was as wonderful this time as it was last time, too.

Next we headed to Rockin’ Roller Coaster. On the way we sent Max to Tower of Terror to get our DAS. After those 2 rides we were done. At home Ted said he was really jonesing for another meatloaf sandwich so I mixed together the ingredients and we used the last of the sweet-hot mustard on our sandwiches. The boys had those same sandwiches with burger patties and regular mustard. We started ‘Support Your Local Gunfighter’, but didn’t get very far before calling it quits. The boys had showered while I fixed supper, so after Jack got into bed and Max got set up with his computer Ted and I read before bed.

Today Jack and I worked on bigger and smaller. I had him write ‘bigger’ and ‘smaller’ on 2 cards; then ‘more’ and ‘less’ on two other cards. I drew a bigger and smaller circle and more and less circles on the corresponding cards. We just worked a bit on that. I wonder what it’ll take to help him comprehend math. He’s great at memorizing, it just seems like there are so many math figures to memorize that understanding is what he needs, but that’s not working so well for us.

A while back I made some adding pages with 2 columns of empty boxes for him to fill in both amounts he’s adding, and then he can add all the boxes together to get the answer. He’s been doing these pages at least this whole year, but he still doesn’t seem to understand that numbers are always the same, and he definitely doesn’t understand bigger vs smaller no matter how many different ways I’ve tried to show him. Ted realized today that when Jack works these sheets he always puts the larger number in the first column and the smaller number in the second column, no matter which number is on top in the addition problem. What??!! So, basically, intrinsically he has some understanding of which is bigger, but if I ask him which number is bigger he answers randomly. Crazy. I really don’t know how to show him that he knows the answer, so for now I’m just going to go over the paper after he’s finished and ask him which number is bigger. Wow. I’m really stumped here. I think it was easier when I felt like he had no knowledge whatsoever.

Today I went back to WM and implemented my plan to fix my haircut, and it worked! Without questioning another chick cut my hair short; she was the one working next to Elia who cut my hair last week. She apologized a couple of times and I wanted to say it was alright, but Elia really did give me an entirely different cut than I asked for and she knew it. I went ahead and bought some product for my hair…that’ll be new. I’ve been mostly air-drying my hair for many years now and only blowing it dry when it’s practically dry. Actually fixing my hair will take some learning.

After my cut I hurried through WM for a couple of groceries ALDI didn’t have last night. Texting with Ted back and forth I told Ted I loved Jack and Jack asked, “Love Chewbacca, right Daddy?” Oh, and lately Jack’s corrected his original pronunciation of Papa John’s. He used to say ‘Papa’ with a short ‘a’, like ‘apple’. Heh, we’ve gotten a lot of laughs out of that one every time we pass Papa John’s on the way to church.

When we got into the park at Animal Kingdom Ted realized he didn’t have his keys. He sent us off to get a DAS at Avatar while he went back and checked. We met back up at the tree and headed to Kali River Rapids. If he had been 5 minutes earlier he would have gotten to see the 10 or so parrots fly from the tree and down the street. It’s the second time we’ve see them; but I don’t think they print the times for that or I’d plan to be there.

When we got to Kali it was closed so we had to figure out what to do. In the meantime we got some drinks and spent some time watching the monkeys. By the time we’d done that and gone to the bathroom Kali was up and running again so we rode that. It was fun, but really short. We got wet, but not soaked. I was appreciative of the free locker nearby for our phones; although since we didn’t get soaked I’m not sure we needed to use it.

Next up we rode Everest to dry off. I think this was my third time to ride it, and it was more fun this time than the other times. I really noticed and enjoyed the part where we went backwards; the other times I could hardly tell we were going backwards. Then we walked all the way across to Avatar. After that we headed to the exit, and while we walked Ted was saying maybe we should try the Navi River ride in case we liked it. We checked the wait time on it, and then noticed that we had a fast pass for it! We’d completely forgotten that! I made these fast passes last week so some time has passed; so we headed off to Navi. Now that we’ve done it I don’t ever feel the need to ride this ride again. And I agree with Ted, if I’d waited 135 minutes for this ride I’d be super disappointed! So many of these rides were awesome when the park first opened, but with all the amusement parks available these days these rides are just outdated: It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Navi and a few others are pretty much the same. But that’s the awesome thing about being annual passholders…we haven’t wasted any real time on this ride since we had a fast pass.

On the way home Ted reminded me that we use sweet-hot mustard on the meatloaf sandwiches I was planning to make for our supper. I know we don’t have that kind of mustard so Ted drove us home and I looked up recipes on the way. I found an easy one, and then an even easier one, so that’s the one I used. The only problem is that both of them suggested making it hours or days in advance for the mustard to mellow; oh well. I mixed it up first thing and then started cooking the rest of the meal. The boys showered and then helped set the table. The mustard was a hit! I do agree that it will be better later, but what can you do?

We have our second financial advisor’s call today after lunch. I’d hoped to go see about getting my hair ‘fixed’ today, but I bet there won’t be enough time. I’m just gonna go in there and if I see the girl who messed up my hair or a manager I’ll say I wasn’t happy with my cut, and the girl knew it, and would they be willing to fix it? I’m not planning on paying for another cut at this point, but we’ll see how it goes when I’m actually there.

I made Mississippi chicken and spaghetti while Jack was writing his spelling words. So we did school and ate lunch, and then the call took more than 2 hours! That’s so long, but it feels good to sort of have a handle on our future. I know anything could happen, but we’ve done the best we can do and I’m leaving the rest up to the Lord. The boys were awesome…Max took Jack to the playground for half an hour or so, and then they came back and played Legos outside while we continued to talk. In the time after the call and before church I planned more of Max’s school; we’re so close to the end now!

We also planned a litte bit of our travel future. We debated going to Memphis since it looks like Ted will have a long reserve there. I want to go so we can visit our friends, but then it might still be so cold that it’ll be hard to leave the bus. Who know, though, it’s so far away and everything always changes. We’ll probably go up the coast a bit and stop there while Ted goes to work.

After church I had popcorn for supper and Ted had a sandwich; just a few more days of soft diet for him!

Last night Ted found us some movie options at Downtown Disney, so we hatched a plan to go there for lunch, and do school around that trip. Today, though, it stormed like crazy! A half an hour before we were going to leave it was coming down cats and dogs, so we decided to push it off until supper. When it came around to going later Ted said he’d rather stay home. I think we’re all still a little pooped from our full day yesterday.

While the boys did school Ted and I both took care of old dental insurance mix-ups; finally they’re both resolved. And it looks like the shower wasn’t leaking after all! The day we found that leak I had sprayed the shower near the place where the top and bottom of the stall overlap, and that must have leaked. It just happened that the water ran and puddled right where the other leak was puddling. We’ve all showered in it several more times, a whole week’s worth I think, and no more water has been seen. Praise the Lord!!!

Jack had a hard time with Bible reading today, and he wasn’t doing well in school either. I think yesterday was hard on him, and then we stayed up a little late with the ice cream and movie. Today after lunch and after his Gemiini I had him lay in the bed with me for a rest. He ended up not sleeping, but I sure did! Man, we’re all so tired after yesterday! It’s a good thing Sea World doesn’t stay open as late as Disney! Heh. Old people.

Ted thought he had a shot at a trip that would put all of his sick time back and get him paid for the month, but that fell through. It stinks, but I think he needed to get his teeth taken care of. He mentioned the other day that when we got married he didn’t have any cavities or any other problems with his teeth. Boy have things changed! In these last 5 or 10 years he’s had so many problems. He better not be blaming me for them!

We had stuffed shells for supper and watched some Mash. The boys played Uno while I washed dishes, and then we all played Skip-Bo, which Jack asked for by name!