Friday, February 19, 2016

Fort Wilderness Fun

Chris's parents, Richard and Cindy, were kind enough to host us all at Fort Wilderness for a fun family weekend of "camping" and hanging out. It was quite cold (especially by Florida standards) but we managed to have a great time anyway and most of us didn't spend the weekend hiding in our warm motor home... ahem, Corey, cough cough.

Saturday night, we had dinner and did some dancing at Mickey's Backyard BBQ. It was fun watching the kids dance with the characters and Goofy actually took a turn dancing with me! You don't get to see the pictures of that, though, because I was moving so awesomely they were blurry. Yup. That's the reason. 

James is in the black and blue jacket, dancing with Goofy.
Taylor, James, Jackson, Hope, and Paul twisting the night away.
The gang's all here.
James found out he was too tall to go on the pony rides. Poor kiddo.
Matt leads Jackson on his pony trail ride.
The cast member let James pet a pony to make up for being such a big kid.
You're never too big to goof around with Mom!
The lovely Richard and Cindy. How cute are they?!
Corey. Too cool for the rest of us. Or something like that.
S'more time in our campfire. It's not camping if you don't have s'mores.
My boys. Love them so. 
Hope and Jackson celebrating a moment of happy sibling time.
Matt and Ayesha.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Is the woman behind me really on the phone while on a roller coaster? Really?!
Another beautiful day at the Magic Kingdom. 
James and his Papa enjoy a snuggle on our last night together. So sweet!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Off to a Great Start!

2016 is off to a great start. January had some fun adventures and there are more on the horizon.

The best adventures begin at home. This is our backyard.
Reading can take you on all kinds of adventures!

We were thrilled to welcome our friends, Tanya and Declan, to our place for a fun weekend with some good times spent at Disney. 

Not too big for Dad's shoulders... yet!
Declan, James, and Tanya take on Big Thunder Mountain
Crazy kiddos enjoying our delicious dinner at the Rose & Crown in Epcot.
Saying hello to our old pals, Minnie and Pluto. 

Chris had to drive up to the Charlotte office for a couple days of work, so James and I tagged along. We are always up for a road trip! Our time in the car was spent listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and James is hooked. He loved it and we can't wait to keep going through the series. Homeschooling was done in the morning at the hotel and the afternoons were for field trips. We enjoyed an afternoon at the Sea Life Aquarium one day and the next day we took in Discovery Place. There was a special Body Worlds exhibit at Discovery Place that was really cool and tied in nicely with some of the life science we have been studying this year. 

Checking out the fish
This was a neat way for kids to get a closer look. He thought making a fish face might help.
We love to watch the jellies and we have been studying cnidaria in Science.
An experiment on the power of pulleys at the science museum.
A water table is always a fun time!

We were lucky enough to enjoy some light snow flurries in Charlotte, but we headed back to Florida before the big storm came. 

He couldn't wait to start catching snowflakes on his tongue!