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Friday, August 29, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
One trick ahead of disaster
It all started about 2 weeks before the trip. I mapped out all 3 days with the precision of a hippo on a high wire. Day 1 we'd venture into the Right Half... Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, Day 2 we'd explore Adventureland, Frontierland, and Critter Country, and Day 3 would be all about Disney CA. We looked at maps and decided on which rides we'd conquer first, we YouTube'd them (because it's important to see if the Abominable Snowman is really scary or if he just looks like a big, hairy dog). Next, we figured in some parades and shows and tried to figure out how we could win a once in a lifetime prize, because it is The Year of the 1,250,000 Dreams or something like that. Gramma and Poppy gave the boys each a very generous $25 to spend, so we discussed the importance of taking time to seriously ponder the crucial and valuable souvenier purchases to be made. And last, but not least, the most important planning of all was to prepare for change and to be flexible.
Are you tired just reading about all this Disney planning and organization?? It might sound a little compulsive, but it honestly made for the best Disney trip we've ever had... especially since Son #1 doesn't do well with surprises, carefree romps, or not being privy to when his toy acquisition will go down. Since we got a late start on Day 1, we traded Day 2 for Day 1 so we could hit Nemo first thing on Day 2, which was then Day 1. On Day 1, really Day 2, we stopped at Day 3 for lunch, because Husband wanted to eat at a restaurant in the other park. On Day 2 we did Day 1, but had to do Nemo during the fireworks because the line was 70 minutes long at 8:25am... amazing!! Day 3 was pretty much Day 3 except for Soarin' Over CA which we did on Day 1 which was actually Day 2, because we'd eaten lunch there and figured we could Fast Pass it while we were there! In the long run, it all worked out famously, and because we were oh so flexible, we had the pleasure of running into some friends on Day 1, really Day 2, because we ate at Day 3. Then we ran into some old college friends on Day 2 which was really Day 1, while we were literally flying high on Dumbo.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I have a true affection for Fall days of all kinds. Except for my birthday. My birthday, for many years, most of my adulthood I would venture to say, has been plagued. An unexplainable dread descends upon me on that day. Year after year, I experience an overwhelming depression which gives birth to inexplicable tears and a disposition which is irritable and discontented. Searching my heart, I have tried to understand this phenomena... I am being selfish? Do I have specific expectations? Am I desiring recognition? I am literally embarrassed to be in the presence of people on this day; it would be far better if I crawled into a hole and emerged when it passed.
My loving husband has made his best efforts to make this day happy or at least tolerable for me. In recent years, he has covered the whole week in prayer, knowing that there must be some sort of spiritual warfare involved. A faithful warrior he has been, but victory has always eluded us.
This year will usher in a new type of observance. I know the Lord will be faithful to provide the details, but I know that most importantly this year's birthday will include prayer and fasting and trusting that our Great God will accomplish great things!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
There were a few things I had to take care of...
For instance, Mr. Willow Tree needed a haircut. Now that he has a new 'do I won't be tempted to play "Limbo Rock" anymore when visitors walk up my front path. Although that would have been fun.
Then I drafted up the Family Responsibility Management Plan or F.R.M.P. This plan will revolutionize the organizational structure of our home. Week one of implementation was a great success. Thank you family team members! :)
And then there was the great "Backyard Beach" operation. How many wheelbarrow loads does it take to move 3 cubic yards of sand from the driveway to the backyard?? We lost count, but the whole operation (research trip, weed removal and cleanup, grading, moving pea gravel, putting down weed barrier, and moving the mountain) took a whole Saturday! The boys now have the sweetest sand box under their play structure! I see a luau in our future!
I've also been working on another post... an emotional one for me. Hopefully I'll post in a couple days! In the meantime, you may want to stop by my husband's blog... he is chronicling our story. He calls it Beauty and the Beast. You've just gotta love teen romance!