Friday, December 31, 2010

Jump! Jump! Jump!

Getting ready for naptime, working out that last bit of energy.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas recap

We had a very busy holiday weekend. We started the festivities on Thursday night when we surprised our friends (and babysitter) at their house. It was fun to visit with them and their kids. The boys had a blast playing with the other kids. By playing I mean being handed a ton of toys and given the chance to run around the place.
Friday my Dad came over and brought the boys a toy kitchen and trucks. They love trucks and were fascinated by the pretend food. It took a little while before they really got into ripping the paper off of the presents, but once they got it much paper was shredded. Along with my Dad, my sister came over with her clone; I mean daughter. Her little girl is a carbon copy of my sister as an infant. They stayed for a couple hours, just long enough to wear the boys out for naptime, which was wonderful.
We had dinner at Cody’s parents and watched the kids run around and dance to the Glee holiday CD. The boys were very tired after hours of playing and crashed as soon as we got them in the car.
Cody and I were up late wrapping presents. We put off wrapping gifts until that night just in case the boys were really into opening presents and unwrapped everything early. At 2 am we just planned on the morning being painful.
The boys slept in on Christmas morning, I woke them at around 9. Santa left the boys a basketball hoop, a ball for each of them, and a slide. Without hesitation everyone grabbed a ball and started shooting baskets. We were a bit surprised since the boys have never had a chance to play with a basketball set. In their stockings the boys each received a sing-a-ma-jig (in their colors) a weeble and a new shirt. Mom and dad gave them each a wooden puzzle, a baby doll and a three piece band set.
As soon as we could pry the boys away from their new toys we were out the door to visit family. We visited with Cody’s grandpa then my uncle. It was great to see my uncle, we don’t get to see him or his girlfriend often enough. They got the boys some trucks (they still love trucks). They were careful to pick out trucks that don’t make noise or require batteries which I really appreciated. The boys were so enthralled with the toys I had a chance to speak with Jill (uncle’s girlfriend), she is a children’s councilor and used to teach Parenting with Love and Logic, which is what we are using.  It also helps that her nieces/nephews are 17 year old quads, so she has an idea of the fun and chaos we experience.
Next we headed to my Mom’s house, taking the long way to give the boys a car nap. Grandma and Grandpa gave them each a truck (sensing a theme yet?) some clothes and a pair of Thomas the Train Engine pjs. My mom gave us a photo album filled with pictures of the boys from their first birthday. Since we were so busy child wrangling we didn’t get many pictures. It was a very thoughtful gift.
Our last stop for the night was Cody’s parents, we had dinner and opened more presents. From Grandma and Grandpa the boys got (you guessed it) trucks, really nice jackets and a wooden activity cube. The boys, Cody and I were exhausted after such a long day. We made it home at around 9. The boys were ready for bed when we got home. After the boys were down for the night, Cody and I stayed up to play Epic Mickey.
It was a nice Christmas, the boys now have their own fleet of trucks and some adorable new clothes. Next year the boys will “get” Santa which will only add to the fun.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Picking a photo

We’ve been offered a free canvas print from a coworker that runs a printing business. All I have to do is pick one. I’ve never had a print on canvas, so I’m not sure how some of our pictures with all black or all white backgrounds or that are in black and white would turn out.
Last night I started looking through pictures of the boys from last year, I want to print a picture of them before they turned one. It’s such a hard decision. Please help me decide. Here are the pictures I’m deciding between.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Over our colds and full of energy

Sunday while I was at work the boys were nice enough to wear themselves out for nap time. Apparently this went on for over 15 minutes. We call it pop pop frenzy.

I’m holding off on finishing talking about Disney until I have some photos. We’re busy getting ready for Christmas, just a few more shopping days left.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Disney World – Day 1 (sans pictures)

Everyone is recovering from the cold we brought home from Disney, but I thought I should start reporting what we did on our trip while I still remember all of the details. Like all of our Disney World vacations there was a lot of planning that when into this trip long before we left. As usual we had our color coded spreadsheet schedule with park hours, predicted crowd levels (thanks touringplans.com), dining reservations and the various meets we had planned throughout the week. The first half of our trip was during Reunion 2010. So we met with podcasters and fans of the podcast and website. The second half of the trip was during WDWPhotography’s first official meet ups. Also on the trip our friends the McNeils from Scotland would be at the resorts. Basically we planned on making a bunch of new friends, meeting people in person for the first time and seeing some wonderful old friends.
The first day in the parks is by tradition the Magic Kingdom where we will eat a meal at Pecos Bills. We arrived at the park shortly after opening. It turns out the boys are not a big fan of the monorail ride, so they were very happy to arrive at the park. Because of our planning we knew that the Christmas parade taping was scheduled to be done on the 3rd and 4th, but we didn’t know they would be also filming on the 2nd. Main Street was packed as cast members were roping off areas and getting guests into position for the taping.
Once we made it past Main Street, the park was pretty empty. First ride was Small World, the boys loved it. It’s classic Disney and it was fun (for me at least) to compare Disneyland’s Small World. On our previous visits within the first half hour we would have ridden at least one of the mountains and have fast passes for another. This trip I didn’t ride any of them. The mountains being Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. Surprisingly I am okay with that, it was so much fun to just take our time walking through the park and enjoying all of the details.
After Small World we stopped for some fruit and muffins to feed the boys. Finishing just in time to get in line to meet Jasmine and Aladdin. The boys were a bit unsure, but eventually warmed up and smiled a bit at the characters. After meeting them we wandered around a bit more, rode Jungle Cruise. We had an excellent skipper who even told a few jokes we’d never heard before.
Lunch was at Pecos Bills, while Cody went to get the food the restaurant’s manager came over to say hello to the boys and chat with me. No surprise to us we seemed to get a lot of attention through out the trip from cast members. The boys were given tons of stickers and cookies at a few places. Lunch was good, since we had the free dining plan each of our meals came with an entree, dessert and a drink. We bought a kids meal for the boys to share and fed them off of our plates as well. For drinks we ordered milk for the boys and just had water for us. Water was a good thing, it was cool outside, but we did a lot of walking.
Part of the days schedule included our first meet up with other Disney fans. We met with the podcasters from WDWToday and enjoyed a Dole Whip float. We talked to everyone for about an hour before the boys were done and ready for naptime.
We stayed in the parks a bit too long (my fault) so naptime was much more of a challenge than it ever is. The best part about naptime on vacation, means Cody and I get to nap as well. Cody and the boys slept for about two hours, before we got up and headed to Epcot.
Epcot has always been a favorite park of ours. The land pavilion is great, we headed straight for it and caught the last boat of the day for riding living with the land. I think this ride is always better at night. We ate at Seasons the quick service dining option in the pavilion. This is where the boys got their first cookie of the trip. While Cody was getting food, I was swarmed by a few employees. One asked if the boys could have a cookie and before I could really respond each had one in their hands.
Since most of the rides close fairly early in the evening we didn’t even try to go on anything else, besides the wait for Sorin’ was over an hour. My favorite part of Epcot is the world showcase and walking through all the different countries.
Each country (that celebrates Christmas) was decorate for the season and we got to visit the new caramel shop in Germany. Cody loves caramel. I’m normally not a fan, but the caramel was so good!
After our stop for a sweet we continued around the lagoon looking for a good place to view and take pictures of illuminations. The goal was to get a good view and have an exit strategy for me and the boys if they melted down due to the fireworks. Cody ended up shooting from the bridge to World Showcase, while the boys and I ducked into a gift shop.
We went back to our resort ready to sleep. By the end of the day we had walked 10.5 miles, I tracked mileage walked each day with an app on my phone. The hotel bed was not very comfortable, but the advantage of being on a Disney vacation is you are so tired at the end of the day it doesn’t matter.
I have to say just once that we were prepared, or so I thought for the amount of attention we’d get from people having been at Disneyland so recently. We were for the most part, people pointed, asked silly questions, told us our hands were full or that we were busy along with the usual comments of pity. The same things we hear every time we go out, but what I wasn’t as prepared for was just how many cameras I’d be jumping in front of. It sometimes felt that we were constantly asking people to not take pictures of the boys. I don’t care how unique it is to see triplets, taking pictures of a stranger’s kids on vacation makes you creepy.


Up next is day two at Epcot with the Betamouse team and with a little luck a few photos.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Delay of Disney trip details

I had planned on doing a day by day run down of our trip, but we brought home a nasty cold from Disney. All of us are feeling under the weather and today I came home from the pediatrician with a nebulizer. Hopefully after a few days the boys will be breathing easier and hopefully will stop coughing.
With everyone being sick Cody hasn’t even looked through our vacation photos yet. My goal is to just be unpacked and ready for Christmas by the end of the week. Cody does have a few pictures from our first Disney trip. This is one that I’m going to print, large.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Back from vacation!

We are home from an amazing week (9 days) at Disney World. Since we’ve done the commando style, non-stop ride everything type trips it was nice to slow down and see Disney through the boys eyes. This was also our first trip with Disney World decorated for the holidays. Part of this trip included meeting a lot of other Disney fans from various podcasts and websites. We met some old friends and made many new ones.
This was the boys first time on an airplane and the flight went really well. We had two lap riders and one in a car seat. We traded out who was in the car seat throughout the flight, so they could nap. It was quite the production getting through the airport with the car seats, stroller, luggage and all the different carry on items.
We had booked a room with a king sized bed at Pop Century, but when we got to the hotel they didn’t have a room for us. Three hours later, a manager and the hotel’s general manager we were upgraded to Coronado Springs for the week and given a night for free. Pop had done a systems upgrade that day causing many issues and from what we heard a lot of free upgrades.
The day we arrived we looked around the hotel a little and were very ready to go to bed and to start the next day at the Magic Kingdom.
As usual we took pictures and video, but we aren’t even unpacked so it will take a little while to get them posted.