Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Bunny Rant

I have some really cute pictures of the kids from yesterday. I'll post them tomorrow. Maybe. But right now I want to talk about the Easter Bunny. Apparently he's the Spring version of Santa Claus. I'm not sure when that happened-- it was probably a gradual shift like most things of this nature are. But when I was a kid the Easter Bunny was the secular symbol for Easter. That's it. I guess he hid the eggs for us to hunt, but I remember knowing that my parents actually hid them.

Anyway, the Easter Bunny now brings toys. Yes. Toys. Not just dyed eggs with the occasional candy-filled egg thrown in there. He brings games and toys and DVDs and gift cards and BOXES of candy!!  My kids came home from school today telling me that their friends asked why the Easter Bunny didn't get them anything. They thought my kids were too naughty this year so the Bunny withheld gifts. What?? Really?? Our focus is always on Christ and on  church services that celebrate his resurrection... we have one egg hunt each year and that's because our church organizes it after the annual Easter Morning Breakfast. We don't even do a family Easter dinner thing-- that idea is so foreign to me. I didn't even know that Easter family dinner was a thing until I was about 20. My kids get Christmas. And birthdays. Why on earth do we need yet another holiday to spend 50+ bucks on our kid to celebrate it? Even atheists who maybe use Easter to celebrate Spring don't need to celebrate it by giving their kids a bunch of gifts!

I'm already perturbed by the amount of stuff kids get at Christmas. Not just that they get it, but that it's now the cultural norm. Parents in the U.S. spend, on average, $216 per child on Christmas gifts. I forsee Easter turning into the same thing.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Bluebonnets 2014

They weren't all so very cooperative, but we still managed to get some good shots!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Just Alike... Sorta!

In pictures like these, Jane reminds me of Nora. They're both so very expressive and funny. And beautiful. They're also both joyous and rambunctious- when they've decided it's ok to be so. Put them around strangers and they both freeze!

But then she'll climb up onto the bar or the bunk beds or lut of her 5-point harness. In the stroller. While I'm pushing it. And she reminds me of Cory. She looks like him, too...they both look like their daddy. 

Then again, she refuses to watch cartoons and MUST be around people at all times. That is just like Collin.

So, who knows?! Maybe she'll just keep taking a little out of each of their play books. Just the little bit that she likes. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

That Baby!

Cory was a climber, too. It scared me at first, but I stopped freaking out all the time after I realized that he has super balancing skills. I wouldn't stop a budding artist from drawing, would I? So why should I stop a kid from excelling in motor skills?

Anyhow, Jane has her brother's awesome climbing abilities. The girl knows when she's about to fall and will stop to get a better grip on whatever she's on. The only times she has fallen is when big brother or sister were trying to catch her- she trusted them only to find out that they aren't big enough to handle her weight! Nora is pretty capable now, though. She can get her off the swing and the landing on the swing set.

And, like Cory, I let her climb. Call me crazy. Call me a horrible mom. Whatevs. But try reading this article first and THEN I'll have a serious conversation with you about my parenting style.

So, here ya go. Pics of baby girl climbing and getting into tight spots. It's her own special skill set!

Monday, March 31, 2014


By the time I was 20, I had given up on the idea of being tan. Not even a tanning bed can tan this pasty white ivory skin. I've tried a few times and failed every time. I've accepted and embraced my skin tone and routinely slather on the spf 75. But so far this year it hasn't been warm enough to worry about spf anything! So imagine my surprise on Saturday when we walked to the park for what was supposed to be only 30 minutes of playtime and I got a sunburn! We ended up staying for 1.5 hours (friends kept showing up so we kept extending our stay). I must say, though, that I almost welcome the sunburn (almost). I'm just so happy that it's finally warm enough to stay outside in a tank top long enough to even get a sunburn!!

Of course, it was a bit too chilly (by my standards) yesterday and so far this morning for frolicking in the outdoors. I'm hopeful that the weather will warm up as the day goes, though. The back yard tire swing is calling my name again!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Disney World: Fastpass Updates

***Updated again on 1/14/2014***
***3rd update on 3/8/14***
***and again on 4/2/14***

Disney World has been working on changing FastPass over to Fastpass+, or FP+. I was skeptical about the changes, then totally on board and now back to skeptical and then slightly more on board. Here's why:

At first the FP+ system was only opened to resort guests and not day guests. Then they included day guests but you couldn't reserve them in advance on the website. It was also limited to only 3 FP+ per day. And no park hopping with them!!

Well, as of last week, day guests can now reserve the FP+ selections online in advance! It's only 30 days in advance, compared to 60 days for the onsite guests. But I'll take it! Plus, they now allow us to reserve additional FP+ selections the day of once we've used our initial 3 FP+ selections. Shiny!!

This answers all my previous 'issues' I had with the new system. So why am I only slightly more on board? Because they've sunk 1.5 billion dollars into this thing!!! That's 1.5 billion that they could've used for new attractions. The big kicker-- they had to scrap plans to update Tomorrowland with a Star Wars theme because FP+ went over budget and over schedule. Ugh. I'd rather have new, better attractions then have them put so much money into a new system to replace an old system that worked just fine.

But... at least I can now reserve my FP+ selections early and get more than 3 per day now. I'll try to keep my complaining to a minimum!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Falling Behind

I've not been doing a good job of keeping this blog current the past several months, have I? So, in an attempt to make up for it, here are a few stitched together photos of what we've been up to:


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