Friday, December 30, 2011

A Little Bit of a Scare

So last night, Audrey gave me a little bit of a scare. And by a little bit, I seriously almost FREAKED OUT!

Last night the boys ran to Wal-Mart after dinner to pick up a few things. At about 7:30 I laid the girls down for bed. Alexa’s knees were hurting her, again so it took her a while to fall asleep.

At about 8:45 the boys came home. I hear Alexa start to cry so I went in to check on her.

She was laying on the ground, half under her bed with her lamby crying. I picked her up, rubbed her knees a little bit and got up to leave the room.

That’s when I glanced over at Audrey’s bed…. she wasn’t there.

That’s not all that strange, as we’ve found her sleeping on the floor numerous times. I looked all over the floor, even behind the door and didn’t see her. I picked up her blankets to be sure, no Audrey. I stepped out of the room, looking in the Living Room and Treyton’s room and called to Tim who was unloading the car “Tim, where’s Audrey?” Thinking he was playing some sort of evil trick on me.

“I don’t know” he said with a chuckle (like I was crazy!)

“Are you serious, or are you kidding around? Do you have AUDREY?!?!” I said with a little bit more panic.

“No, I don’t have Audrey. Come on, Amber, are you serious?”

“I can’t find her!!” I said picking up my pace towards her bedroom.

Once again I scanned the floor, checked the closed closet, behind the door, in Lexie’s bed and then I got down on my hands and knees and looked under her bed, though I don’t think she could fit all the way under her toddler bed.

Nope, not there.

Then I glanced over and looked under Alexa’s bed, which actually has a couple of totes under it. Behind one of the totes, and halfway under the bed I saw the back of her jammies!!! She was almost entirely hidden behind totes and stuffed animals at least halfway under the bed.

I could not believe it.

I nearly had a heart attack and there she slept peacefully.

I could go my whole life and not feel that way again, and I would be just fine!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Florida Vacation Day 11

I haven’t spent much time on the computer the last couple of weeks so I forgot that I hadn’t posted on our last day of vacation.

We drove from Florida to Lousville, Kentucky on the 11th. We stayed over night there, and the next morning got up to go to the Lousville Slugger Museum.

This was an awesome stop – I’m so glad we did it!!  IMG_0043Here we are in front of the museum and standing next to the biggest bat in the world. Its 120 feet tall and weighs 68,000 pounds. IMG_0046I had given Treyton several choices on what he wanted to do on the way to and from Florida, and this was his first choice. He was really excited about this stop. IMG_0047During the tour we saw how they made the bats, as well as how the Major League Baseball bats have changed over the years. IMG_0049 Here Lexie is holding a larger, older style bat. IMG_0050This was one of Babe Ruth’s bat, where you can see the niche’s he carved in for each home run he hit with this bat. IMG_0051  IMG_0053 They also had some wax players that we got to take pictures with. IMG_0054I’ll be honest, the only two I recognized without reading the tags were Derek Jeter and Babe Ruth. IMG_0055 

IMG_0056We had a fun tour guide, we were the only family on the tour, so it was really personal and friendly. In the picture below, Treyton is holding a billet which is what the baseball bats are actually carved out of. IMG_0057 

IMG_0058The kids really enjoyed the up close and personal view throughout the entire tour. IMG_0059I would definitely recommend this tour to other families. We really enjoyed it and learned a lot. IMG_0065After our tour, Treyton and Tim were able to swing some actual bats used by different baseball players, I think this was Derek Jeter’s bat, but I can’t remember. IMG_0069Then we went to the kids section where there was a little batting cage, that Treyton of course ROCKED! IMG_0073 To say he enjoyed himself would be an understatement.  IMG_0075

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Florida Vacation: Day 9

Treyton’s do-over park choice was Animal Kingdom.

After going on Treyton’s favorite ride (the Everest roller coaster) a couple of times, we headed over to Alexa’s: the spinny dinosaur one. We did it four times in a row this day!! This is not a Mommer or Daddy style ride, so mom was left to hop on board with the kids, it wasn’t too bad actually, they keep it slow enough that I didn’t get dizzy at all. IMG_0004 Audrey went on this ride too, she loved it!! She yelled at first, more out of surprise, then delight. IMG_0006 In Africa, we took a train ride out to Rafiki’s area – where we got to pet some sheep and goats. IMG_0028The kids liked this – as did I, until a hungry goat stepped on my flip-flopped feet and cut my toe… ouch! Those things are heavier than they look!  IMG_0015 Audrey loved the animals so much she wanted to crawl into the pen with them :)  IMG_0018 Ohhh Audge… the animals are too much! It’s too exciting! IMG_0020We had wanted to do the safari ride on our fist visit, but it was shut down due to some track problems. So we went this day, instead. IMG_0031The coolest thing we saw on it, were hippos actually out of the water (much pinker than we had thought), but I didn’t get my camera out and aimed in time. IMG_0034 This ride was a big hit for the whole family. IMG_0035

We called it an early day, and went back to the condo to enjoy the pool for the last time. IMG_0038 There were lots of tricks this day. IMG_0040 Mommer, Audrey and I sat happily on the sidelines, dry! IMG_0041

Day 10 we left early (about 6am) and drove all day to Louisville Kentucky, where we stayed in a hotel for the night.

Florida Vacation: Day 8

After visiting all four of the parks we let the kids both pick one park to revisit. Alexa wanted to go back to Magic Kingdom. This time when we got to the park, we headed to frontier land, the only area that we didn’t really get to explore on Monday. We (Tim and I) went on the railroad roller coaster ride first and then did Splash Mountain with Treyton. IMG_0092

Afterwards we took Alexa to see the Toy Story characters and to get a picture. While we were waiting in line, Alexa fell off the rope and nailed her head on the concrete. Needless to say, she wasn’t in the mood for a picture after that, so Audrey and I took one instead.  IMG_0057 She really liked the characters.  IMG_0062 This time around, after on going on Space Mountain and the Peoplemover again, we also visited the Buzz Lightyear ride, which the whole group was able to ride. You ride through and shoot at targets… they kids really liked this one. IMG_0073We went on it twice.  IMG_0067 Afterward we met up with Stitch…. Lexie was able to redeem herself with this character encounter – she cuddled right up.  IMG_0068 

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We went on It’s a Small World, again and then on the Winnie the Pooh ride and lastly, we went on the carousel, as a family. Good times. IMG_0075Alexa is all the way on the end, you can’t see her, but she’s there.IMG_0078  IMG_0081 At the end of the day, the girls were tired, so we put both of them in the stroller and headed out. Alexa did a great job taking care of her sister, and letting her rest. IMG_0086  IMG_0090The trams in and out each of the parks were always a good time for the kids. It’s like another ride. IMG_0091 After getting “home” and taking naps, we took another swim in the pool. A great end to a fun day. IMG_0094

Florida Vacation: Day 7

Day four of the Disney Parks we spent at Animal Kingdom. It’s always hard to choose a “favorite” park, but this one is right up there. Tim says this one is his favorite.

It’s divided into Africa, Asia, Discovery Island, Dinoland and Camp Mickey and Mini.

This was the only day we were there that it was actually a little chilly, which actually meant fewer crowds in the morning, which was really nice.  IMG_0019Treyton’s favorite roller coaster of the week was the Everest one, I would have to say that this one was also my favorite. It made Daddy a little woozy, so it would not be his favorite :) The roller coaster mountain is in the background, rather impressive (below).

IMG_0020This is a picture of us on the roller coaster (below). I am in a seat by myself, Treyton and Mommer are behind me. We’re rows 3 and 4.

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IMG_0023 Lexie’s favorite ride was a Dinosaur ride that went round and round and up and down.  IMG_0024We went on it once this day and four times in a row on our second day at this park.  IMG_0026

For lunch we ate at the Tucker house. It was a character buffet restaurant with Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy. IMG_0028The kids don’t watch a lot of Disney, but they were more excited to see these characters than I thought they would be. IMG_0032Audrey was all about the characters this day. She liked them far more than the princesses. IMG_0034 Mommer loves goofy. So here she is in one of her only solo pictures. IMG_0040

Goofy was really tall :) IMG_0041Mickey actually visited our table twice, and didn’t realize it. I think he may have been a little surprised we didn’t take a picture the second time around, but I think he’ll be okay. IMG_0043While visiting Africa we passed some drummers on the street. We stopped to watch and listen, and within a few minutes they called Mommer up to dance with them…IMG_0050She ended up talking Lexie and Treyton into coming up with her.  It was one of the funnier moments of the trip.  IMG_0052Lexie didn’t last that long in front of people, but Treyton did the whole show. Here are Mommer and Treyton with the lead dancer.  IMG_0055

I don’t have a picture of it, but we also went to the live Musical Lion King show, which is so good.

We left the park at about 3:00 went back to the Condo, took naps and swam in the pool. We went out to dinner at a place called “Miller’s Ale House” – it was AMAZINGLY good and possibly the most reasonably priced restaurant I’ve ever eaten at!!

image We ended up eating there three nights in a row, and I ate the same dish every night!! It was a lobster and seafood bake seasoned with a crab boil seasoning. It had corn on the cob, potatoes, mussels, clams and crab legs…. mmmm-mmmm! So good.

They also had these UNBELIEVABLY yummy desserts – called Captain Jacks – there was a chocolate one (my favorite) and a nutter butter peanut butter and chocolate one which was Donna’s favorite one. We got them every night ---- possibly the best dessert I’ve ever had. I wanted to take a picture of it, but forgot all three nights. Seriously, I was so excited when they brought them to the table I couldn’t even take a minute to snap a picture….

My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Next time we’re in Florida we will be going back here (probably more than once) FOR SURE! A highlight of the trip for me.