Awesome Goody Bags…

  

Four days left until we tackle the long drive to Disney.

In order to make the trip more pleasant for the kids,

and for us,

we put together a bag of surprises for both the Princess and the Professor.

Each bag is filled to the brim with goodies, games, snacks, movies and lots of other fun and time consuming items.

  

More specifically, some of the items are:

Crayons

Scooby Snacks

Pad of paper

Index cards

Colourful dot stickers

Bubble Wrap – at least for as long as Daddy can stand it…Yikes!

Movies

Ninjago DS game – Professor

Pixar Leappad – Princess

Spiderman/Brave Napkins – for those messy little hands

Wet Wipes – for those messier little hands

Stickers, stickers and more stickers

Activity books of all kinds

Flat Stanley Books for the Little Professor

Pop Rocks – to try for the first time

Lots and lots of yummy snacks!

Some of my favourite items are:

and

and these,

which look fun and yummy…

We are looking at about 50 hours of vehicle time on this trip, so we want to be prepared.  We’re going to break the trip up into 11 hours of driving the first day.  At that point we’re going to stop at a KOA and go for a swim, have nice dinner, and get a good nights sleep.  The next day we’ll wake up super early and do another 10 hours and repeat the process.  Stop at an KOA, swim, eat, and sleep.

That will leave us with a 3 hour drive to Disney!

As I’m writing this, Daddy is putting together a playlist of Disney songs that we’ll play for the kids along the way.

We’re so exited to start our vacation!

We will be leaving around 2am so that the kids can sleep for the first part of the trip.  I can’t wait to see their little faces when they wake up to their goody bags and find out what’s in them!

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Happy Birthday Little Professor…

Today my Little Professor turned 7 years old!

It doesn’t feel like 7 years have gone by since he was born…

but it has and every year we celebrate having our sweet boy as part of our family.

Daddy dressed The Little Professor for his first birthday.  He also styled his hair!

On the Little Professor’s 2nd Birthday, he helped mummy make the cake.

On his 3rd Birthday Mummy and Daddy had to take a big splinter out of his foot.  It hurt and he was out of sorts for the first part of his party.  The gifts helped lighten his mood.

On his 4th Birthday he was just starting to become aware of Star Wars.  It didn’t take him long to be a fan.  Nana bought him a cool Clone Trooper cap and that was awesome!

Star Wars remained a hit for the rest of the year and on the Little Professor’s 5th Birthday, Mummy attempted to make him an R2D2 cake.  My little boy was thrilled!

For his 6th Birthday it was all about Spider-man!

Which brings us to my Little Professor’s 7th Birthday.  As Daddy mentioned a couple posts back, his “party” was having two of his friends camp with us but today was his actual birthday.  Nana J and Papa came over to celebrate with us.

There were many gifts…

  

money, lego, clothes, books and toys!

  

Nana J even gave the Princess some Pj’s and the Milk Monkey his own Tv remote!

Star Wars is still a favourite…some things never change.

The Little Professor had a great day celebrating his birthday!

My Birthday wish for my precious, 7 year old boy is…

that this year slows down for us so we can enjoy and cherish our time together

because the last 7 years went by in a flash!

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Daddy Says… Baby Dancer

The Milk Monkey really has his moments…

Some times, he’s a sweet little guy, with an easy attitude – others, he’s a screaming, chubby little ball of terror.

But one thing we’ve found, no matter what attitude you’re getting from him, just put on some music and you’ve got a cute little baby dancer on your hands.

He’ll dance to just about anything too.  The Wiggles, Thomas, a commercial with a catchy jingle.  He’s just so cute and he always makes us laugh when he starts dancing. It’s easy to forget that just seconds before he may have been screeching at the top of his lungs – but once the music starts – he’s a dance machine!

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Nekkid!!!!

Lately the Milk Monkey has taken up a new lifestyle…

He’s become a nudist.

This is not something new for my children.

The Little Professor spent the first couple years of his life naked.  He’d keep his clothes on when we went out but as soon as we stepped back through the door he’d strip down to his birthday suit.

The Princess was even worse…there was no guarantee she’d keep her clothes on whether we were home or not.  At her third birthday party she took off all her clothes in the jumpy house and really partied!

Then there was the time she mooned everyone at a BBQ we were guests at….

It would seem the the Milk Monkey is following in the steps of his older siblings.

   

Unfortunately, the downside to all the cute nakedness is that un-diapered privates leads to some very unwanted accidents.

That very thing happened today and I had to spend some of my very, precious time on my hands and knees scrubbing pee out of my rug.

The upside is…

It looks like it’s time to bring out the potty!

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Daddy Says… The Party

As I mentioned previously,the Little Professor decided to have a sleepover birthday party in our camper with some of his friends.  Despite a rainy start to the day, his friends showed up in the afternoon and a good time was had by all.

They used the skewers (Not Weapons!) to roast some hotdogs & marshmallows over the fire, and there were several games of Tag of all sorts – Flashlight tag (in the day no less…), Freeze tag, and even Zombie tag.  The Zombie tag was an on the spot invented version where the person “it” was a zombie, shambling along to catch the other players.  Of course, each additional player caught was “infected” and became a zombie as well and joined in the hunt for the remaining players – until finally there was just a group of zombie kids stumbling around groaning.  Though unlike movie zombies, I think these ones just wanted to eat cake!

      

After an afternoon of running around playing, eating cake and having fun, we got the kids set up in the trailer with some popcorn and a movie before bed.  They really enjoyed the movie, and were laughing and goofing around the whole time.  It was great to see them all having so much fun.

Finally, it was bedtime – and after an hour or so of playing with their flashlights and talking quietly with each other – they all drifted off to sleep.

In the morning we had a pancake breakfast and before long, Parents started showing up to pick up the Professor’s friends.  Later, when we asked him if he had a good time, the Professor enthusiastically responded “Yeah – it was one of the best birthdays ever!”.

Something tells me we may be doing this again next year.

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Daddy Says… Birthday!

This weekend we are celebrating the Little Professor’s seventh birthday!  He’s decided to have a sleepover with a few of his friends in our camper at a local campground.  As would be expected, he’s pretty excited at this point.  He and the Princess spent some time tonight setting up the loot bags, and of course – Mummy used it as an opportunity to teach.

The Professor is working on division in his math these days and Mummy realized pretty quickly that setting up the loot bags was a great opportunity to take an abstract math concept like division and use it to show some real world application.  With a bag full of Hershey Miniatures in front of him, he carefully calculated how many Krackel, Mr. Goodbar, Special Dark, and Milk Chocolate bars each bag would get.

He and the Princess were very careful to be sure every bag had an equal amount of chocolate, Shark Gummies, little personal flashlights & Hotdog/Marshmallow roasting skewers.  Of course, we made sure to tell them that the skewers are cooking utensils, and not to be used as swords!  I’m fairly sure that it won’t be the last time we say that this weekend.

"These are hotdog skewers - NOT weapons!"

 

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Inch by Inch by Inch…..

Lately…every day my little Princess asks me to measure her.  It’s not just once either.  She gets me to do it a couple times throughout the day.

She is desperate to grow another inch and a half!

It’s all about the Disney rides these days and their height restrictions.

The little Princess is measuring 42.5 inches, which is great because most of the “good” rides have a height restriction of 40 inches.

This is where we high five each other!

So, in that respect things are going pretty good for her, but then there’s the really cool rides like Space Mountain and Expedition Everest.  For those she needs to be 44 inches – another inch and a half!

We”ve tried stretching her, eating  self proclaimed, growth inducing foods like carrots and hummus and trying on various items that might help with the height issue.

We have discovered that when she wears her running shoes and a baseball cap she gains almost a whole inch.

This is exciting!  This means she has only another half inch to go!

With the countdown at 2 weeks it doesn’t give her much time to get there.

   

The Little Professor is riding high with his height of 48 inches!

Not only can he get on the “good” rides and the “really cool” rides but he can also ride the “super awesome” rides like the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  However because he is at 48 inches exact he can also go in all the kiddie sections at the water park.

He has the best of both worlds on this trip!

Their excitement is infectious and I’m in awe that my tiny, little children want to go on such big thrill rides.

I have to admit I’m a little more hesitant about letting them but I’m also super excited have new little ride partners.

They’re growing up so fast I can hardly keep up!

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Daddy Says… Old Friends

I just finished reading Stephen King’s book “The Wind Through the Keyhole” and I have to say, it was a really great read.  It’s one of his Dark Tower books, a series that I have been reading since I was a young teenager.  The series was published book by book over a span of 22 years and during that time, I came to know and love the characters.

Eddie Dean – the former heroin addict who saves The Gunslinger’s life in the second book, and eventually becomes a Gunslinger himself.

Susannah Dean – a woman merged of a split personality.

Jake Chambers – the boy The Gunslinger encounters in the first book, caught between life and death.

and of course – Roland Deschain – The last Gunslinger.

There are, of course many other important characters along the way, but the above four – along with a small furry animal named Oy – are the main characters of the series.  And in the 22 years it took me to read the books, they really became like friends.  So much so, that I dreaded reading the last of the books, knowing that their story would finally come to an end.

So, needless to say I was pretty excited to find out that “The Wind Through the Keyhole” was another Dark Tower book!  Another opportunity to spend some time with and share the adventures of my old friends in Mid-World.  And the book definitely did not disappoint.  I won’t go into details and spoil the story for any of you out there, but it takes place in between books four and five and it really is a great read.  Most of all, it was great to be able to pick up the book and rejoin my old friends on their road to the tower.

To Sai King, I say thankee – the ka-tet and I were truly well met on the road.

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Big Mickey is Watching…

Every once in a while I have a moment of pure genius!  This weekend I had one of those moments in the middle of an ongoing argument between the Princess and the Professor.

They had been after each other all day, both very snippy with fingers pointing out each others faults.  After many unsuccessful attempts to try and get them to treat each other lovingly and with respect I blurted out “Children who behave naughty are not allowed into Disney”.

The little Princess stopped immediately but the Professor challenged the idea.

“How do they know if we’ve been naughty? Will you tell on us?”

Tattling is frowned upon in our house, so much so, that it’s one of our big rules.  Obviously I couldn’t “tattle” on them to Disney.  I had to quickly come up with a plan and as I searched the kitchen for inspiration my eyes landed on a recent piece of mail we just received from the Disney Magical Express.   The icon has Mickey on it with a set of wings.

Of course Mickey would send a Disney Cam to monitor kids behaviors!

Without missing a beat, I picked up the opened envelope and started looking around the room. Unfortunately we have not been able to pin point exactly where the DC has been hovering, but every once in a while someone (mostly mummy or daddy) detects movement out of the corner of our eye.

Don’t judge me!  

It’s all innocent fun and it’s helped change the climate in the house this weekend, that is until the Princess became overtired at which point only sleep fixes her challenging mood.

My reasoning: Santa has his Elf on the Shelf…Mickey has the Disney Cam.

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