Saturday, May 9, 2015
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
At Claire’s request, we are putting this information on our blog in hopes of helping her and her friends reach their goal.
Claire and the other kids at our church are raising as much money as they can between now and March 9th to help kids who don’t get enough food to eat.
The money you give will buy food to make Weekend Packs that are sent home from school with kids who need food for the weekend.
To learn more about Weekend Packs and how EBC is supporting local schools and food shelves check out www.eaglebrookchurch.com/hopeinhunger
Claire must turn in all monies by Sunday, March 9th. Claire is really excited about this and really wants to help out the kids who need it. If you can help, you would not only help the kids in our area go to bed with full tummies and the knowledge that we care about them, but you would be helping to teach my daughter about generosity and caring for those who don’t have all that we have.
Once all monies have been collected, the church will purchase food. All four of us are going to help pack the Weekend Packs. The goal of our church campus is to pack 7,000 Weekend Packs. Please help us reach our goal.
If you need our address, please send me an email or comment on this post. Thank you for helping out!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Aboard Disney Cruise Lines, you actually eat in a different restaurant every night and are served different cuisines in each. On Monday, we ate at Lumiere’s, which served French cuisine. It was so neat and so yummy!
I took pictures of a few things just to show you the attention to detail.
There was also a Beauty and the Beast mural on the wall that I somehow failed to get a picture of.
We did a little shopping before our show started. Cale loves trying on hats.
Our show Monday night was “Villains Tonight!” It was very cute.
On Tuesday morning we went to “Wake Up With Disney Junior.” We danced to all of the Disney Junior theme songs, including Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Roll Up The Map, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, The Hot Dog Dance, etc. Jake came to the party too.
Since Claire had already met all of them except for Princess Tiana, she said that Cale should have his picture taken with Jake, who was waiting outside of our morning dance party to meet everyone. What a sweet sister my girl is!
On Tuesday, we docked in Nassau in The Bahamas.
We returned to the ship for lunch, and then Steve and I watched Saving Mr. Banks while Grandma and Grandpa watched the kids. Cale took a short nap with Grandpa while Claire went swimming with Grandma. We all ended up in the pool. Steve, Grandma and Claire all went down the waterslide. It was a beautiful day!
We got out of the pool just in time to get ready for dinner. Tuesday we ate dinner at Animator’s Palate. Again, I took pictures of the amazing details.
Tuesday dinner was our optional dress-up night. We all got a little fancy. The boys wore Mickey Mouse bow ties with white shirts and khaki pants. How handsome! (Cale is wearing his new leather bracelet.)
After dinner our show was “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story.” It was my favorite show of the cruise.
On Wednesday, our ship docked at Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island.
Claire went to the Oceaneers Club to participate in some of their events. Cale was too young for Oceaneers Club, so he stayed with us.
After the movie, Steve and Claire went swimming. I stayed in the room with Cale and read. Cale ended up taking a four-hour nap! I guess we wore him out since we had kept him up late every night for a week and didn’t allow him a single nap during that time either. Cale woke up happy and ready to play.
One of Cale’s favorite things to do is play with cars. He had a few with him, and he loved how he could play with them in the windows. He could put them in the circle and let go, and they would roll down and back up the other side. It was endless entertainment.
Thursday night was Pirate Night. Our dinner on Thursday was in Animator’s Palate again. But everything was different than before. This time all of the frames had pictures of pirates and movies of pirates.
And I just have to share this. There was a family sitting a couple of tables over from where we sat. Every last one of them was totally decked out in pirate garb. (I’m guessing it wasn’t their first Disney cruise, because they were so totally over the top that they looked like they had walked off of a movie set. They were so cool!) Check out the baby’s costume – she was a parrot!!! I love it!
Speaking of getting ready for the pirate party, we needed to as well. Aren’t we cute?
Cale was also getting really tired, but he seemed to find enough energy to show off his killer dance moves. He’s too funny!
Thursday was a day at sea. The weather changed on Thursday, and it was much cooler out. If you were outside in an area where the wind was blocked, it was wonderful. But if you were on the open deck, it was chilly. So we opted for a few inside activities.
After breakfast, Claire, Grandma and I went to a group activity where we made a few crafts. I failed to get pictures of the crafting, but I did manage to take pictures of the finished products. First we made door hangers.
After lunch, Grandma and Grandpa watched Saving Mr. Banks, Claire and Cale took naps, and Steve and I packed. Claire attended a royal ball in the Oceaneers Club but asked to be picked up so that she could take another nap. After the movie, Steve, Grandma and Grandpa went to the game show “How Well Do You Know Your Family?”
Our final dinner was in Carioca’s, a Brazillian restaurant. It was delicious! I didn’t take any pictures however.
Our final show was “Disney Dreams: An Enchanted Classic.” Our kids were so tired that we watched the show on the TV in our stateroom.
We managed to easily board the 10:00 a.m. flight from MCO to MSP and were home by 1:00 p.m. We ate and put the kids down for naps. I unpacked while Steve snowblowed our driveway, walkways, etc. By the time the kids got up I had already done two loads of laundry and had everything else put away.
We had the absolute best vacation ever!!
Our favorite parts of the trip:
Claire – Meeting the princesses and riding the roller coasters
Cale – Meeting Mickey Mouse and seeing him everywhere
Steve – Uninterrupted time with family, the AquaDunk waterslide onboard the Disney Magic, two dates with Amy and seeing the joy on our kids’ faces every single day
Amy – I would have to concur with my husband – seeing the joy on my kids’ faces is priceless! I loved meeting the characters and riding the rides, especially the roller coasters. The food onboard the Disney Magic was phenomenal. The shows were fantastic.
If we were to do this vacation again (and we will!), we would do some of the same things:
- We would definitely walk ourselves and our luggage through customs rather than setting our luggage out in the hall the night before. That was so easy and fast.
- We will pack light for the trip. We only took one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on sized suitcase for all four of us for 10 days. We had plenty and even took some things we didn’t wear and some things we didn’t use. However, I would essentially pack the same items since we might need them next time.
And we would change a few things:
- We would wait in line to see the princesses on the cruise ship. (Claire had met all of them before, except for Tiana, but I would have made time for her to see them again.)
- I would not have put Claire in the Oceaneers Club while in Castaway Cay. I would have spent a day at the beach as a family.
- We would do one shore excursion in Nassau. (We didn’t sign up for one this time because our kids are so young we thought it might be an expense we didn’t need when they might not appreciate the experience. I still think we were right to skip it this time, but our kids will be older next time.)
Overall, it was the best vacation ever! We had a wonderful time!!