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!

For lunch after church I cooked the last of the kale, and we had that with sandwiches and some Fancy Yancey’s hatch chile cheddar. That stuff is so creamy!

After my nap and setting up the boys for their supper I left early to pick up Ted at the airport, and talked to Jo a long time. Ted and I went to Toasted for our supper date, where we both split the Southern Comfort (cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, housemade bbq sauce, mac and cheese) and the Angry Burger (chipotle cheddar, charred jalapenos, sweet tea, caramelized onions, sriracha). We ordered rosemary fries which were awesome and macaroni and cheese which was just okay. They also had regular fountain drinks, and a few fancy fountain drinks. I had set the boys up with the last of the pizza, oranges, and cheese and crackers for supper.

We liked both burgers, but I think we both liked the Southern Comfort best.

When we were halfway finished eating Max called with a shituation! I walked him through how to take care of it; I hope one day this won’t be part of our lives! When we were finished eating we went to Publix to look for some Cokes, and ended up going to Walmart for Cokes and groceries. Close to home I exited the toll road and the guy ahead of me was super indecisive and slow. At the last minute he changed lanes cutting in front of me, so I went to change lanes right behind him and ended up hitting a flexible divider! I’m so glad it was flexible!

At home we started to watch Stranger Things, but about 20 minutes into the first episode we realized that we have this season out of order.

I decided to take myself out on a date again and wanted to go back to my Indian restaurant but it had several low reviews recently; I think they were higher earlier this year. Instead I looked around at what else was out there and found a place near a thrift shop that had good reviews for chicken (or country?) fried steak. I headed out and talked to Ted on the way. I’ve been having trouble with the phone connection in my truck so he helped me troubleshoot that when I was sitting in the thrift store’s parking lot. When we were finished I found that though I was within the store’s hours they were closed. Jerks. I went right down the road and had an awesome chicken fried steak with an egg, home fries, and a massive biscuit. Then I went to the Salvation Army and Goodwill near our church. I didn’t find much, but bought a watering can, a Star Wars book for Max, and a book that Downton Abbey was based on. I hope I love it!

I talked to Ted on every part of my drive today, and things were going great, but then I mentioned that Mom is still considering a move based on outside factors, so I’m hoping that we can not rush into a house ourselves. This wasn’t new news to Ted, but now we’re at odds, and I hate that feeling!

I’ve hardly worked on my blog since I found out we’re going off the road, so I sent the boys out to the playground and worked on that for a while. I called the boys back in and we baked the chocolate bread house for a while. For supper we had leftovers and salad, and watched Fantasia.

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!