The adventures of a homeschooling family

Howard and Rachel
Annie, Emma, Sarah, Laura and Adam

Monday, March 10, 2014

Disneyland, again


We went to Disneyland again last week.  What can I say, it's our happy place.

The kids got sick before we went, but not until after the time limit to cancel with trip insurance.  So off we went, with cold ease and DayQuil.  

We drove down on Sunday. We planned to go to the park, but it was so crowded that the huge parking structure was closed.  We decided to skip Sunday and go Friday, even though that would mean driving home from the park Friday night.

It started out decent, considering the kids weren't feeling well.  The kids kept getting sicker though.  At some point, Laura complained that her ear hurt. Now, Laura has a high pain tolerance.  Like when she had her tonsils out she was jumping on the couch that day and refused meds after that first day.

So, with her complaint, we headed off to urgent care one morning.  Took four of the five kids in.  Laura had a "raging double ear infection," Emma had one infected ear, Adams lungs were suspect and Sarah had a concerning cough.  Left with 3 prescriptions for antibiotics and one for one of the nastiest cough syrups known to man.  Armed with these, we headed off for more fun.

The funny thing about Laura's pain tolerance, once she took the first dose of antibiotics and one dose of ibuprofen, she was pain free.

Later that evening, for the first time ever, someone stole our backpack from our stroller.  Who does that?  It's not like it was a fancy bag or had expensive valuables. It had Adams extra clothes, his ear hat, pirate hook, Emma's personal journal and her wallet, which was hidden among the superhero undies. Also had a half eaten bag of generic lemon drops and a new bottle of kids ibuprofen.  There was also a half eaten push pop in the side pocket.  Trying to figure out if the push pop is what motivated the thief to choose our bag.

Anyway, I have some advice.  Do not stand in the line to see the Frozen characters.  Not worth the 3 hours for 30 seconds.  Also, spring for the churros, they rock. And the desserts at the French market.
And the Dole whip. Always the Dole whip.

If you need a timeout, the benches by the Rivers of America are great.  If the forecast calls for rain, get ponchos at Walmart.  

Walmart also sells new backpacks
And most cool ever, if it rains, the Jedi training academy is canceled and instead you can take pictures with darth vader, darth maul and the storm troopers.  And if you are nice about it, the storm troopers let you hug them.

If you have kids who can't ride rides at California Adventures, you can spend the time waiting by meeting characters.
Even if you are in a bad mood, you can still have fun at Disneyland.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas 2013


Christmas was fantastic this year.  Everyone gave gifts, so everyone was excited to see the recipients open what was carefully chosen for them. The anticipation was almost overwhelming leading up to the big moment.

We had some good times leading up, including a trip to Apple Hill, looking at lights, a holiday recital, cookie parties, caroling, a Girl Scouts Christmas party and more gingerbread houses than we can eat.

We found snow up at Apple Hill and Emma made her first snowman in years.
Couldn't pass up a chance to play 
Annie loved this measuring chart, as she was taller because of the paver.
Lovely Laura
Sarah was brave and decided she liked riding.
Laura looking confident
Adam decided this pony was Bullseye.
Santa at Old Navy, and no standing in line!
When we looked at lights this house had a photo spot set up.  Not everyone thought it was a good thing.
It's a major award!
This house had an awesome display.
Before the craziness started
See those gingerbread houses in the back? There's 5 of them, with another big house in the kitchen. And of course, Annie is a cutie.
Laura with her as yet unnamed curly haired doll. 
Adam's sleeper hit of the year:  Slinky dog.  Notice his Woody shirt? Another Toy Story junkie.
Boots for me!!
Everyone got at least one thing they loved, and some loved something so much they slept with/in it.

It was a successful day, especially as Adam began his prayer with "thank you for Jesus." Love that kid.

Howard has to be back at work tomorrow, so the rest of us will relax and play with toys extra, just for him.

Our plans include playing battleship, exchanging a pair of boots for Emma, watching Doctor Who until we start speaking with an accent, and going on walks.  Possibly pulling Adam in the wagon.  And sleeping in. 


Friday, December 13, 2013

Letter placement


When one goes to Hobby Lobby often, one falls in love with many types of decor.   Usually they can be reasoned with, because while they may be amazing, they won't fit with the decor.  
Occasionally, an item will fit with little modification to the surrounding room.  This frame fit that description.  Additionally, when the cashier informs one that while the 40% off coupon is great, the item will be 50% off on Monday, it's like fate smiling on the purchase.
Add in the letter also purchased at hobby lobby and one has changed the wall completely from a boring blank one to one with individual yet commercially mass produced style.
All that remains now is to take some personalized pictures to replace the cute but unknown family that comes with the frame.