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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Random Thoughts Listed

Things I'm thinking about this morning:

1. It is looking incredibly cloudy outside (It's rained every day since I can't even remember when.) L has "water day" at preschool today and I'm hoping that it doesn't storm and cancel her fun. She is SO excited about it.


2. I'm headed to Radio Shack to get a new memory card so I can document our lives.....I have felt lost since Saturday.

3. I've gotta pack our clothing today sometime to go to Camp Patton Springs. This is a weekend camp our church hosts at this camp . A is old enough to be a camper as a rising 2nd grader (ICANNOTBELIEVESHEISARISING2NDGRADER!!!!!). We will take her with all her camping finery and drop her off with her group on Friday at supper time. She is beyond excited to be going to camp and having the rest of us be at home......that makes me some what sad, but I was the same way I suppose. Now I know how my Mom felt.....sorry Mom!!!










4. The rest of us are going for Friday night and most of Saturday. Hubs is to do Vespers on Friday. This means I have to pack up the Pack and Play for B to sleep in while we are there....Guess we will see how that goes. I love, love, love church camp and I'm so excited that we are going even if for just one night. And I'm so glad that A gets to go and stay the weekend. I hope she loves it, too.








5. I've been working this week on a bow order and made a friend of mine a couple, too. I will post pictures on my other blog soon....be on the lookout. I just love baby girls with their bowbands. They are so cute!!!


6. I want a monogrammed license plate like this one.....hubs won't go for a sticker but he said I could do this.....Now, I just gotta find the extra cash.....

7. I gotta go buy my ticket for this. I CANNOT WAIT to go. I'm going with a couple of dear, dear friends and it is going to be an awesome weekend!

8. I've gotten out and walked twice this week. Yea me for getting some exercise! Thanks to my friend Kandi for joining me. Having a walking partner always motivates me.

9. M came home from school yesterday and told me that she "almost got sent to the Principal's office"......Ummmm, WHAT? And her story of why made no sense what so ever.....I'm a little confused if she was in so much trouble that she needed to see the principal, why her teacher didn't send home a note?!!? So, I sent my own note this morning because I didn't have time to go in and talk to her.....hubs had to get to work by 8AM this morning.



10. My materials for my new bible study that starts Sunday have not arrived yet. I am beginning to get anxious about that. I need to prepare. I also always get anxious about starting a new study. I often talk like this post -- my thoughts come at me a million miles a minute and I'm not real good and shutting my mouth and organizing said thought before they are said aloud. I'm praying for God to show up BIG and use my mouth for his glory on Sunday and during this study. Ya'll pray for me, please.

11. I saw Dr. Oz on Oprah this week. Let me just stop right here and say that I am NOT an Oprah fan but I think that Dr. Oz and all his research and food studies are very interesting. He did a study with people this time where 12 people ate like primates for 10 days -- meaning raw fruits and veggies for 10 days....and I think they were were getting fiber supplements, too. Anyway - in 10 days their cholesterol came down like 25%--- that is A.mazing! He also talked about how Omega-3 Fatty Acids help reduce anxiety naturally. Let's all hear it for eating more fish! In seeing all this, I couldn't help but think about how awesome my God is that he made foods that help us all out more than any pill could! That is amazing, too!


12. I have to go get the shrimp out of the freezer for my Grilled Shrimp Fajita's tonight. See, I'm eating more fish.....does shrimp qualify as more omega-3's?

Talk to ya'll sometime.....maybe tomorrow but I'm not promising. If I don't get back here tomorrow -- ya'll have a fabulous weekend.










Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Heart Wrenching (Yet Captivating) TV


Do any of watch Jon & Kate + 8?


Even if you don't watch the show, I'm sure you've been unable to avoid hearing about their struggles over the past few months. Lots of allegations claiming that Jon cheated on Kate and that Kate cheated on Jon. While none of us know what the whole truth is,( and incidentally, I'm not sure either of them know what the whole truth is) what can be seen in watching last night's season premiere is that there is a LOT of pain in this family right now.


I will be the first to admit that I have had a love/hate thing for this family from the get go. I love watching their show and seeing the family dynamics with eight children. Seeing how they deal with discipline issues and logistics alone are enough to keep me watching. Yet, there is also a sense of entitlement that I see with Kate that drives me a bit crazy! Just let me say here that I do not think that having eight kids should entitle you to anything more than then love of eight children. My husband often bemoans my love of watching their show and says things like, "Why do we need to watch a show where children are crying and fighting? We have enough of that at our house." My response is always that it makes me feel like my family is "normal".


Well - that "my family is normal" line scares me now. I don't want my family to be normal if it leads to the kind of hurt I saw in the faces of this family last night. It was so sad! You could see the tensions and hear the heartbreak and pain in Jon and Kate's voices and in the words they said. I found myself wanting to give them both a hug and urge them to fight, fight, FIGHT for their marriage. I've told ya'll before that God has given me a passion for families and marriage. He has given me a longing to share with others how much HE cares about marriages and families as well as a longing to bring my parenting and marriage up to HIS standards.


The show last night was heart wrenching and yet I'm captivated by it too......It is quite the study in sociology in one aspect. But more important for me is just what I've been talking about.


I would love to have the opportunity to speak with both Jon and Kate. I am by no means an authority on marriage nor am I perfect in my own (far from it, right hubs?) but there are many things I would want to say to Jon and Kate.


To Jon:

I agree with you that you have made some bad choices. Having a 23 year old girl over to sunbathe in your yard while your wife is away was a very bad idea. It seems you've checked out of your marriage though. On the show last night, you said that you are there for your kids.....that isn't the right reason. Look back and remember the vows you took. You and Kate can save your marriage. Bring God back into it.....Go get counseling from a christian counselor.

And as far as being there for your kids goes, the best thing for your kids is to see parents who love each other.


I understand your desire to be out of the "spotlight". And while I agree with the people who say that you "chose" this for yourselves, I do imagine you never thought it would get to this. Having people follow you around all the time. I'm so sorry. Stay in there and fight. Get the help you need.....there are eight little people who need you to love their mommy.


To Kate:


I could really see your pain in last night's episode. I could see that you have anger about what is happening with Jon which leads me to believe that you do think he had an affair. I could see your sadness about the prospect of losing your family. And while I do think you believe that you are doing all of this for your kids, I'm thinking you have become a bit misguided. I do know that this show provides for your family but there are other ways of providing for your family. On the Today show this morning the lady interviewed said that you could not go back to being a nurse, but I completely disagree. I don't have eight children to provide for but I do have four and my husband is a minister and I stay home with the kids.....It is do- able. Especially if you go back to being and RN and Jon goes back to being an engineer. You will most definitely have to give up the lifestyle to which you've become accustomed.....but if it is important -- then you can do it. You just have to decide what is most important. Is it that you have a family - with dad and mom together? Or is it that you have the lifestyle you have now? I urge you really think about what is best for your kids. You keep saying that everything you do is for them.....but is what you are doing best for them? I appeal to your Christian upbringing and remind you that what is best for your kids is to have a mommy and a daddy who love each other. I urge you to get counseling from a Christian Counseling.... Go see your pastor. Work your marriage out -- even if it means losing the fame and notoriety....



SO - here is my question for all of you in blogland......


What would you say to Jon and Kate if you had the chance? Maybe you don't care, but I think that America is watching a marriage dissolve right before it's eyes and some of us Christians need to encourage these people to fight for their marriage!





Monday, May 25, 2009

The Marathon Weekend

I'm sitting her on this Memorial Day listening to nothing more than my fingers clinking on the keys of my laptop. It is so quiet because a) my girls are all at school -- make up day for the imaginary snow we had. b) mr. B is napping. c) K went to work. d) I'm supposed to be figuring out my menu/grocery list for the week so I can go get groceries, but I'm in a rut. And e) I'm exhausted after the weekend.

Friday night was the dress rehearsal for the big show on Saturday. That was about 5 hours long....so we were tired. Saturday was the "Greatest Show on Earth" (aka the dance recital). It was the best. My husband's step dad commented on what a professional show it was. The first Act was very much the circus.....complete with clowns, acrobats, bunnies and - peanuts, popcorn and cotton candy. I had a bunny, an acrobat, cotton candy and a clown in my brood. L's predance class were bunnies. They were so cute!!!! M's tumbling class were the acrobats. A's ballet class was pink cotton candy and danced to "Truly Scrumptious" and her tap class were Clowns and threw confetti "water" on the audience. The second act was very Cirque de soliel...... it was the Cirque de TTPAA..... A's jazz class did a great dance to "Zydego" in this part of the show.

What's that? Where are the pictures that show my adorable girls in their costumes?

WELL - I took TONS and TONS of them and would love to be able to show them to you but when I took the memory card out of the camera Saturday night and placed it in the computer, the computer didn't recognize the card......Apparently -- somehow the card is corrupted and so I LOST ALL OF MY PICTURES!!!! To say I'm upset about that is a complete understatement.

I sat up really late and even downloaded a free thing to try and recover the pictures.....it did some how run a scan but it found nothing.....bad scepters it said.....BOO!

AND -- that means I have no pictures of B's baptism and luncheon yesterday to show you either. However, it was a great day full of family and friends. He is one loved little boy and I was so happy they were all at church for this big day.


So, I will end this boring, pictureless post and try to get back to the laundry and my menu that needs to get finished.....oh no -- the quiet is gone. B's awake.....

talk to ya'll soon! Have a great Memorial Day

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nothing But Trouble






Girls! I just keep getting to read the best books. Susan May Warren's new book Nothing But Trouble is a great book. It captured my imagination and my attention in the first chapter and held on to the very end. It was suspenseful -- would she find the killer? There was a love triangle - who would she choose? And there were issues to be handled -- could she and her mother reconnect? And would those town folks forget her past? And girls -- you can identify with Pj Sugar. I certainly could.....she was always getting herself into just a bit of trouble!


Ya'll just have to go pick up a copy of Nothing But Trouble for yourselves! I loved this book. And rumor has it that this is the first in a new PJ Sugar series. I can't wait to read the rest and see what PJ gets herself into next!


More About the book: PJ Sugar knows three things for sure:

After traveling the country for ten years hoping to shake free from the trail of disaster that’s become her life, she needs a fresh start.

The last person she wants to see when she heads home for her sister’s wedding is Boone—her former flame and the reason she left town.

Her best friend’s husband absolutely did not commit the first murder Kellogg, Minnesota, has seen in more than a decade.

What PJ doesn’t know is that when she starts digging for evidence, she’ll uncover much more than she bargained for—a deadly conspiracy, a knack for investigation, and maybe, just maybe, that fresh start she’s been longing for.

It's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her hometown, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder--who also happens to be PJ's former flame--is convinced it's an open-and-shut case, PJ's not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend's husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.

Read the first chapter: http://gotsugar.susanmaywarren.com/ GO NOW! You won't be sorry!



About Susan: Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep’s Clothing, a thriller set in Russia, was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader’s Choice award. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota.

A note from Susan May Warren
Sometimes, do you feel like you just don’t fit in? You look around you and if anyone knew how difficult it was just to put yourself together, to smile when you feel completely overwhelmed, to even figure out what you were making for supper, they’d know what a mess you were. Maybe you totally relate to those words in 1 Peter – God’s elect, strangers and aliens in the world. Do you feel like when you look in the rear view mirror, all you see are your mistakes?

Maybe not. But if so, then PJ is your gal. I wanted to write a story about the person in so many of us who just wants to get it right…but can’t seem to stay out of trouble. My friend and I have what we call the “stupid mouth” club…and we report our weekly foibles (usually on Monday, after Sunday church!). PJ is our charter member. She’s the girl that changes her mind, always hopes for the best, is always discovering that she is just a little different than everyone else. PJ is us.

And that’s good news. Because God loves PJ. He loves her messiness, and her impulsiveness, her heart bent toward others, the hope that fuels her actions. And He has a plan for PJ – one that includes her weaknesses as well as her strengths.

Yep, I need to hear that – need to hear that I don’t have to be perfect for God to love me, use me, sing over me. Need to hear that although I don’t fit in, well, I’m not supposed to…in fact, I’m supposed to be a little…alien.

I wrote PJ for everyone who feels just a little messy, just a little like they can’t quite get it right. And who needs to hear that God loves them. Period. Full stop. Hallelujah.


What is your favourite Bible verse and what does it mean to you?
My current favourite is: Hebrew 4:16, “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” It means that even when I come crawling, my face to the floor, He won’t reject me. I pull it out whenever I blow it, or feel inadequate, or when someone hurts me, or...when I hurt someone else. Basically whenever I feel like I’m Trouble, I remember that God won’t turn away. In fact, He may even do what I do to my children – turn me to face Him, despite my puffy red face, wipe off my tears and pull me into His arms.


How did I come to be a writer?
I’ve always been amazed at the journey God has taken me on. I always loved to write, but being a missionary in Russia, I never dreamed about being an author. I just tried to do the best with what God had entrusted to me, and for me that meant writing missionary newsletters. I honed my skills through my newsletter, and then, after a number of years, began to write devotionals and magazine articles. Although I tried my hand at writing novels (I wrote 4 before I ever had one published), I never thought I would get anything published. But I diligently studied craft and analyzed books, even though I was hidden away in Siberia. I’ll always be grateful that Tyndale took a chance on me! I’m still learning, and still trying to be a good steward of the gift and task I’ve been given to write books that draw people closer to God.


Where did the idea for PJ Sugar come from?
Every author dreams of a moment where someone says something, or they see something on the news, or in a newspaper and it springs out at them, nearly shouting – STORY IDEA! This happened to me a number of years ago while talking to friends about their daycare situation, and how one of the parents ended up being a murder suspect! Scary! But an interesting idea. About that time, I was a mom who wore many hats – homeschooling mom, writing teacher, speaker, children’s church leader, -- and it occurred to me that a mother really has to be a sort of PI. Not only taking on different roles, but sleuthing out daily household mysteries like, who ate the last of the peanut butter (and put it back in the cupboard?) and whose socks are laying in the middle of the floor, and finally…(in our house), who let the dog (and her muddy feet!) in the house! PJ is the alter-ego in every mom, that super-hero inside of us that allows us to have esp (I know you’re not really done with your homework!), or have “eyes in the back of our head,” (stop poking your sister!) or even figure out how to whip together an award-winning science project the night before the fair. PJ just applies all those skills to bad guys and figuring out the truth.

PJ Sugar is also a woman who wants to be all things to all people. She wants to be her nephew’s champion and her sister’s best friend, and her mother’s favorite daughter, and Boone’s special girl, and the hero of her hometown. That’s not too much to ask, is it? Maybe…because God wants her to be His girl, and satisfied in who He made her to be. And that is a journey for all of us PJ Sugars.


Go check out the rest of the blog tour!


Now begins my marathon weekend! See ya'll on Monday -- hope your weekend is wonderful!

Painfully Unpleasant

See that title? That is what I fear today is going to be.....Why, yoiu ask? Well----because I have to clean out the playroom. I started working on it last night and I have to go down and finish it today. AND there is nothing like cleaning out the kids rooms and the playroom to make me see how much excess we have.

Embarrassing really. I am sorting through toys and we WILL be getting rid of some things and especially some stuffed animals. We have a pile of animals that could be 3 feet high and 5 feet wide......

Why, you might as. Why? Why am I cleaning out kids rooms and playrooms? Well - Spring Cleaning, maybe. But it might possibly also be that we TONS of family and friends headed to town tomorrow and Saturday. If I didn't mention it before -- it is a BIG weekend for us. Saturday is our girls dance recital (which in itself is wreaking havoc on my schedule this week) and then we are having Mr. B baptised on Sunday. Lots of people coming in for these two big events and, while I am so happy they are coming, I despise cleaning out!

It just gets me all worked up over why people can't put things back where they go? And why am I the only one who "knows" where things go? It just makes me wanna bulldoze and get rid of it all.....and really, I am not sure they would even notice.

And, AND! I have to take all 4 kiddos with me to dance rehearsal tonight. Hubs has some interviewing to do so he won't be able to help out during that. Then he has a softball game at 6:30 and that is just about the time we will be done at rehearsal so suppertime, bathtime, and bedtime -- all me today too. The evening routine is something I do by myself whenever hubs has meetings at church so that is really not unusual. Guess I'm just spoiled because he really is such a good Daddy who helps with so much. That includes baths and bedtime and coming home so I don't have to take everyone to dance rehearsal. It's just one of those days......guess I'm just complaining a little. sorry. I'll work on my attitude as we head downstairs -- so I can clean out and L and B can mess up.....ugghhh. I know -- working on the attitude.

SO - I will see ya'll tomorrow. I must drag myself down there to the unpleasentness that awaits.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Sweet Honor

Mindy May over at Mom in Little Man's World gave me a super sweet blog award. If you've never visited Mindy, go on over and see her. I've been reading her blog for a few months now and she has the cutest little boy! She is also such a pretty girl and she has such a heart for the Lord. Go visit her.


So -- the award....
And here are the rules that go alone with it....
The Rules:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
So, fifteen lovely blogs, let's see.....
2. Stephanie at Because of Love
4. Becca at The Stanley Clan
6. Jennifer at Dust Bunny Hostage
7. Janelle at This Little Piggy
8. JMom at Lots Of Scotts
9. Cheryl at The 29:11 Promise
10. Ginger at Candied Ginger
11. Queen Bee at Kelly B's Boys
12. Amber at Striving For 31
13. Lisa at One Hip Mom
Each one of these girls deserve this award and I hope you will go over and visit them and say hi!
Ya'll have a great Wednesday.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Looney Bin?

So, I went to a meeting at church this afternoon and as I walked through the door, I handed B to my husband who was in the same meeting.

I'm not lying when I say that about 30 minutes later I realized that my baby was not in hubs lap....so I looked around the room....he wasn't crawling/sitting on the floor anywhere either....

What does it say that I misplaced my child for 30 minutes?!!?

Luckily, he was in hubs office with the girls but still! I didn't even notice he was gone, ya'll.

Righteous Anger or Pharisee?

Well - like I said earlier I have a million and one things to do today and this week but I wanted to share with ya'll some things I'm pondering on and get your feedback.
One thing I know for sure is that God speaks though other people and I need feedback on these things.

Here is a list of thinks I'm pondering on and mulling over as I go through my day today.....

* Why do people come to church to be seen? And why bother if you aren't there to grow spiritually?
*The number of people who read their bulletins during the sermon. The number of people who don't look at their bulletins period.
*Children's church should be more than Sunday School revisited/babysitting service for older kids.
* And various and sundry other questions about church stuff.....

And all of these things lead me to:

*Am I being a pharisee or are these really things I should be pondering on? both?



What do ya'll think?

This Week

This week is going to be crazy.

This week is going to be busy.

This week is going to be crazy busy.

This week......is the week of the dance recital. We have rehearsals every night except tonight. Tues, Wed, Thurs from 4 - 6 and then Friday we have dress rehearsal. It starts at 4 and who knows how long we will be practicing. Between all the dance and all the meetings we have at church, I am only cooking one night this week. I am not really happy about having to eat so much fast food this week but I guess it will have to do.

Our menu this week will look like this:

Monday - Zaxby's (because kids eat free on Mondays -- we get 2 kids meals free b/c it has to be with a paying adult)

Tuesday - crockpot chicken tacos, spanish rice and guacamole salad

Wednesday - Feast at church. Hubs will bring me and two of the girls to go plates.

Thursday - something quick after dance....the kids want Wendy's -- guess that is better than Mc*Donald's.

Friday -- we will take sandwiches or pick up subs to eat at the dress rehearsal

See, what I mean? I am hoping to glean some nutrients from these meals.....not my ideal menu.

Saturday, of course, is the dance recital.
And hubs and I made a decision that since three of four sets of grandparents are coming to the dance recital and would be in town, then we would plan B's baptism for Sunday.

So, to say the least I have a million and one things to do this week. Not to mention cleaning house because we have having company and a lunch at my house after the baptism.

All that to say, I will try my best to get back here this week but it might not be as often as I would like.

Have a good Monday everybody. I gotta get back to the things I gotta get done.....let's see -- start some laundry, go get groceries, and a million other little things.....talk to ya'll soon!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Let's see if I can finish today?

Can I do it? I will try to finish showing you pictures and stop talking about our vacation to Disney World.....So, let's get on with it.

On Thursday, we went to Animal Kingdom. M had been throwing up all night so she and B sat the morning out with me at the condo.


The rest went on without us.....They rode a few rides and saw characters from Winnie The Pooh. Since I wasn't there - there aren't many pictures....
And saw this show -- which I'm a bit jealous that I missed!
By lunch time, M was deemed well. She hadn't thrown up in a LONG time and she didn't have a fever (which, btw, is the only reason I wasn't freaking out and thinking that we had the swine flu) so we caught up with the family. We did the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. It is so much fun....LOOK how close this giraffe was to us.....I do not own a telephoto lens for my camera....He was REALLY that close!We also went over and did the Maharajah Jungle Trek. We saw lots of animals and birds....
This is A's favorite animal so she was so happy to see them. And even looking at this picture gives me the willies.....

On Friday morning, hubs and I succumbed to the pressure lovingly allowed our girls to go to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. They got their makeup, nails and hair done for an embarrassingly large sum of money. BUT IT WAS MAGICAL! really, it was.....

And then we were done. This pictures cracks me up. To say I have three girly girls is definitely an understatement!
Let me stop right here and say that Nana Lee Anne made these adorable pillowcase dresses for the girls to wear. I LOVE THEM!!!!!
But, alas - they weren't to wear them for very long because after the boutique, we met Granddaddy and Nana Lee Anne at the Grand Floridian. We thought we were meeting there so we could ride the monorail (A's wish) back to the Magic Kingdom, which was our destination for the rest of the day. But the grands had other plans for us. Remember M's broken wand conversation? The grands decided to grant her wish and everyone got outfitted with their own princess dress, shoes and sceptre. Thanks Granddaddy and Nana Lee Anne. See, M-- wishes do come true.
And then, back to the Kingdom we went. We rode all the rides again.....Big Thunder Mountain a couple more times!
We then stood in line for over an hour! (The only long line all week) to meet Tinkerbell and her fairy friends.

By that time, the park was closing and our vacation was drawing to an end. Here is how the three princesses ended their day....

On Saturday, we made the 12 hour trek home. It is kind of sad because I know that by the next time we go to Disney World, the girls won't care so much about the magic and the princesses.....I will cherish these pictures. However, next time, Mr. B will be big enough to love some of the boy stuff at Disney. Maybe he will be more into Buzz Lightyear.......guess we will wait and see.

Ya'll have a good weekend. I'm done!

Friday, May 15, 2009

And Now....The Rest of the Story but not really.



I am going to do a final post on our vacation. I'm ready to finish telling ya'll about it. I mean - it's not like it happened two weeks ago or anything....Anyway, since this is going to be the final "vacation 2009" post, it might be a long one. Feel free to come back some other time if seeing little kids at Disney World isn't your thing. Otherwise, enjoy the pictures.


On Wednesday of our vacation, we made our first trip to the Magic Kingdom. As you can imagine, this was the favorite of our kids. Hubs had his plan (courtesy of Tour Guide Mike) so we made our way immediately to the Dumbo ride. Of course, we rode absolutely everything in Fantasyland.
One of the most anticipated rides was Mad Hatter's Tea Party. M was barely 2 the last time we were at the Magic Kingdom, but she remembered that the 'tea cups' were her favorite ride. There was discussion for months (REALLY - for months) about who was going to ride with who. I'm not a fan these days of things that spin me in circles so B and I sat this one out. Here are pictures of the rest, though.
We rode some more rides and and took a few pictures.....


I don't know why we didn't stand in front of the kodak "magic moment" stand...
We ran into the Fairy God Mother outside the castle.

And then....it was time. We had an invitation to Cinderella's Royal Table for lunch.


I think this picture is so funny. See B down there in the front. He would never look at us when we were taking pictures because he was so enamored with the characters.
At one point during lunch,Cinderella gave every little girl a magic wand and every little boy a sword. At one point during lunch, they had the girls made a wish.




At which point, M promptly said, "My wand is broken."



I asked, "Why do you say that?"



M, "Because my wish didn't come true."



Me, "What was your wish?"



M, "To be a princess like Belle and have her gold dress on"





My M has such faith in things -- this includes God. There is much to be learned fro me about that kind of faith! More on this later....
And one last photo from lunch --
I FINALLY figured out how to take really close up pictures with my camera.
Natalie, aren't you proud of me?
After lunch, we rode many many many more rides. Space Mountain was closed so we didn't get to ride it. We did ride Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, which quickly became a favorite. I think that we rode it about 6 times!
We met Goofy. B loved him of course.


And, the only princess who wasn't at Cinderella's Royal Table.....We found Ariel hanging out in her Grotto.

And the last picture I will share from that day, look at these pants! Nana Lee Anne made the girls the outfits they had on in these pictures. I LOVE how they turned out!

I'm realizing that this post is incredibly long and there is NO way I can finish posting on the last two days of our trip here. So -- I will finish up tomorrow if you are interested. Have a happy Friday everyone!