Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Z's 7th Birthday Party!

The weekend before Z's actual birthday, we had his party at our house. Technically, the party was in the Game Truck in front of our house, and believe me, that was even better!

The boys played outside while we waited for the truck. To say Z was excited would surely be an understatement!

The Gametruck has a wall of gaming consoles with large screens and a long bench/couch facing them! It's air conditioned and there are 2 game coaches (plus the proprietor) keeping an eye on things. In short, it's amazing!

We also decided to have our local ice cream truck come by and set up our table with food in front of the trucks.

The boys had a great time, and were completely occupied the whole time! I had some adult food and conversation going on inside the house (hello, air conditioning!), so that was nice for my adult friends and my family. It was relatively low-key overall, and we had a great turnout! Happy birthday, Z!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Disney, Part 2

We woke up bright and early on Day 3 and went to Hollywood Studios before it opened so we could sign the boys up for Jedi Training. The weather was gorgeous, and we were ready to make up for lost time!

After the boys secured their spots, we headed to meet Kylo Ren and Chewbacca. Lu was not feeling Kylo (obviously, super real looking and acting), but she LOVED Chewbacca. He was really friendly and made sweet Chewbacca noises (I know, great analysis, huh ;)).



Then we went on the Great American Movie ride, which is not supposed to be scary, but got to Z a bit during the Western scene when they were shooting. Real looking guns freak him out.  

Then, the boys rode Star Tours and prepared for Jedi training and the girls went to Disney Junior Live. Lu enjoyed it, but I think our Disney Junior days are numbered (tear)!

 We had to peace out of Disney Junior Live to make it in time to see the boys do their Jedi Training. I couldn't believe how much bigger Z looked this time compared to last time!

They were very serious!

The girls met Doc (I think, while the boys did Star Tours again), and we went to the Muppets 3D. 

 Attempted a reproduction of the snowman shot from 2014 (fail).

Julie magically and mysteriously got us into the Sci-fi Dine-in theater for lunch, and it was perfect! Yummy food and milkshakes, nice and cool and entertaining for the kids!

After lunch, we had a fast pass for the Buzz Lightyear ride, which is super fun!

And then, the Frozen Sing-Along, where I laughed, (maybe) cried (a little), and lost my voice, because it was my most favorite part of the day! It worked out where Nick sat with Lu, which I was sad about, but then I realized I really would've cried if I had been sitting next to her. Don't know how Disney does it, but dang they get me all the time!

The plan was to stick around for Fantasmic, well, really the plan was that we had reservations at Mama Melrose's on Friday, so we'd have prime seats for fantasmic, but we lost that with the hurricane. We decided instead of waiting around that we'd head back to rest for a bit then walk to Magic Kingdom. Seeing the castle for two days and not being able to go was slowly killing me! I needed some Magic in my life!

These guys were hanging out in front of our room when we got there!

 Then, MK in the Fall!!!


It was beautiful (and packed!), but we snuck in a few fun things, like Mickey's Philharmagic, The Haunted Mansion and the Jungle Cruise and ended up sticking around for the second to the last (ever!) Electrical Parade!

The next morning was Bippity Boppity Boutique! I only packed Lu's Elsa dress for the Halloween party (which she wore for the ride out hotel dance party), and she had been saying she wanted to be Minnie for BBB, so I just decided to let her pick when we got there, so she chose Snow White.

 After the makeover, they did a little photo shoot with her. The photographer was so nice and funny. He kept calling her other princess names and doing other funny things to make her smile. I think he did a pretty good job (also, shout out to the Smith's for letting us use their Photo Pass!).

After the ROYAL treatment, Lu turned into a ROYAL pill. I don't know what got into her, oh yeah, she wanted the package that included the special crown and wand! It was rough! 

The boys rode Space Mountain (Z's favorite) and a couple other rides while we were BBB-ing, then we met up for breakfast in the castle with the princesses! Maybe it was all just too much for Lu, because it took her a while to snap out of her "moment," and it's ironic because the whole morning was planned just for her. Okay, I'm over it now...

We spent the morning at MK (can't remember what we rode, Pirates and Little Mermaid, I think), then decided to go to Animal Kingdom for the afternoon. We were going to scrap AK all together when we lost a day and a half to the hurricane, but I'm glad we didn't. We made it just in time to see the Lion King show, which is another one of my faves!

After Lion King, we had some TIRED kids, and Lu was in a mood! She changed out of her princess dress, splashed around got some TLC from Aunt Julie, then she was feeling (mostly) better.  

We took much needed naps then headed back to MK for dinner at the one and only Crystal Palace! We love Crystal Palace! While Z didn't run to Pooh and exclaim, I have you! He did give him a big hug and tell him he has a stuffed animal of him, and while I didn't shed any tears, it was still very sweet!

I think that night we rode It's a Small World, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Carribean, Jungle Cruise, and finally Dumbo during the fireworks! That was a moment!

It was a jam-packed fun-filled perfect day! Days 5 and 6 up next!