McKenna's Birthday Get Together!

After my kids turn 4, they start getting a friend party every other year.  The "off" year, they get to do something fun with a few friends.  This year McKenna chose to go paint pottery with some friends!  We painted pottery, got some Strange Donuts, and then went to McDonald's.  She had the BEST time!!

She just couldn't wait to open her presents!

Life Since Disney!

Ever since we got back from Disney, life has been crazy busy between birthdays, activities, and getting our house ready to sell! Here's a little bit of what's been going on.  

-We went to CFA for Cardinal day!  

-I got lots of cuddles from Elsie! 

-Elijah started playing soccer!  He was SOOOOOOO excited!  The first few days after his first practice, every morning he woke up he would ask if it was "soccer ball practice" day!

-We celebrated McKenna's birthday with my family!  Elijah was chatting it up with my aunt!

-My work site is right by Elijah's school, so one day he came with me in the morning before I took him to school.  One of my student's loved him, and wanted a picture with him!

-Elsie went through a phase where she would take off her clothes ALL THE TIME! She cracked me up when I saw her just chilling like this watchign TV!

-The weather was FINALLY warm enough for the kids to play outside!  Elsie LOVES riding around with the big kids!  She just laughs and laughs, and it's SO cute!

-Poor Elsie got a stomach bug AGAIN!  She threw up soooo many times this time, and it was just so sad!  This girl gets sick so much!

-Brother gave her a ride around the next day to try to make her feel better!

-We had the auction for McKenna's school and it was so fun! 

-Elijah had some "homework" from school, and Elsie had to do some too!


Elijah's 4th Birthday!

On Tuesday the 4th was Elijah's 4th birthday!!  He took Despicable Me cupcakes to school, and some Paw Patrol masks.  His teacher took this picture for me and I adore it!!!

He had some cupcakes leftover from school, so Elsie dug into one when we got home from school!

How is this boy 4?  He is the sweetest brother, friend, and son.  He LOVES to help us to anything and everything.  He is a rule follower .  He is a cuddle bug, and makes my heart melt.  He loves: all things sports, Octonauts,  fruit, his pillow, and being with his family.  We love this big boy!!

He brought home some masks for Elsie and McKenna! 

Our tradition with him is to get donuts.  Since we had to work that morning, we got donuts after school! 

For dinner he chose to eat at Cici's!

We hope you had the best birthday, big boy!!



Since we got home so late on Saturday, we didn't go to church until the 11:30 service.  Of course, the kids were up somewhat early to see what the Easter Bunny brought!  I couldn't find their Easter baskets, so the Easter bunny just had to leave their goodies on the table!

After church we came home, and Tony and I got to work getting our house ready to sell.  The kids lounged around, and then we went to my aunt's house!  It was a fun day celebrating our Risen Savior at church and with family!

Disney Vacation Day 8 and Day 9: Pool Fun and Adios Orlando!

Our hotel had a water park, so we headed there for part of the day!  These 2 were super excited to go!

Poor Elsie just kept getting sicker that day.  She was pretty lethargic, crabby, and had a temperature.  We still tried to make the most of the vacation, and got all ready to head to Disney Springs for the evening.  As soon as we started driving out of the hotel, Elsie started throwing up again. So back to the hotel we went!  We decided not to try again, so Tony took her inside, and the other 2 and I went to get Elsie some medicine and to get us all some food.  It wasn't the way we wanted to end our vacation, but we had already had the best time, so it wasn't the end of the world!

We woke up super early, and left at 5 am Florida time.  We hit some traffic, but the ride wasn't too terrible.  We got home around 10-11 our time.  The kids were FANTASTIC road trippers!  They really never complained one time!

Until next time Disney...


Disney Vacation Day 7: Magic Kingdom

One of our favorite rides last time we came was Seven Dwarf Mine Train.  I had the opportunity to get 9 fast passes to Magic Kingdom and could not get one for Seven Dwarf Mine Train. The typical wait for that ride was 2-2.5 hours and there was no way we were waiting in that.  So our last day at the parks, we woke up and left our hotel by 6-6:15 am so that we were at the gates before the opened.  We got to the gates at about 7:30ish so that we could run to Seven Dwarf Mine Train right when the park opened.  You'd be shocked at how many people were doing the same as us!  The plan worked though because we only waited a few minutes to get to ride!  Elijah LOVED it, and I'm so happy that the kids got to ride again with Tony using the ride swap.

Since we were there so early, we decided to head to some other rides that normally have a longer wait.  First stop was the Speedway.  Elijah got to steer and McKenna got to push the pedal!

We split up next.  McKenna and I went to ride Space Mountain, while Tony took the little's to ride Buzz again.

We had fast pasesses for Pirates of the Caribbean next!

Magic Carpets of Aladdin was our next ride!

We walked through Cinderlla's Castle on our way to the next stop!

We walked through Swiss Family Robinson's Home next!  It was really cool!

We had fast passes for the Jungle Cruise next!

Elijah was in need of a haircut before Easter, so I made an appointment to get his hair cut on Main Street at the Barber! It was a throwback Barber Shop and was so cute!!

The kids both got Pixie Dust in their hair at the end!

We went home after that for a break before coming back later for dinner and to see the show!  When we were driving out of our hotel area, Elsie threw up everywhere!  We really weren't sure if she was sick, had some bad milk, or what, so we just turned around, changed her, took out her car seat, and headed back!  She was fine thankfully after that!  (Well that is until we got in the car to head home and she threw up again!)

The little's only made it through the first night show and then they were out!!  The show was the perfect ending to our Disney Trip!

Elijah had to sleep with his Buzz that night!


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