Sunday, April 12, 2009

Spring Break!

This past week has been so much fun! Bryant had Spring Break and we went down to Orlando to visit the Disney Water Parks - Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. We drove down on Sunday (the 5th). Bryant and I jumped into the pool while Jeff watched the race.

Monday, we decided to chance going to Typhoon Lagoon even though the forecast called for rain. The wind was blowing and it was a bit chilly when you got out of the water, but it was a blast. Jeff and Bryant hit most of the slides (Bryant chickened out on a couple) and I enjoyed relaxing on a lounge chair and wandering around the park. After lunch, we decided to all join up in the lazy river. Halfway around, it started raining. We jumped out of the tubes we were riding and got in the water until the rain stopped (the rain was cold!!).
The next day was way too cold for water parks (low 60's for the high), so we went to Downtown Disney. We ate lunch at a really good Italian place there and saw "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" at the theater. Bryant laughed through the whole thing. Then we hit the Lego store. It was PACKED!!! You couldn't move without bumping into someone. But no one seemed to mind. There's an entire wall of bins of loose Legos - all sizes, shapes, and colors - and you can fill a cup with whatever you want (for a price, of course). Jeff and Bryant took their time picking and choosing. When we got back to the hotel, I sorted, then counted how many they were able to get into a cup (think large McDonald's cup size). It was almost 1000!!! Of course, more than 150 of them were tiny jewels that Bryant HAD to get.

Wednesday was a bit warmer and promised to get into the low 70's, so we decided to chance visiting Blizzard Beach. It was literally high 40's, low 50's when we walked in the entrance gate at 9:30. We spent the morning wandering the park and taking pictures. The afternoon warmed up enough for my two brave boys to try a few slides before we tried the lazy river. It was SO cold!!! Especially when water sprayed on us. We didn't make it all the way around before I insisted we get out. BRRRRR!!!!!
We went back to Typhoon Lagoon on Thursday. (We bought annual passes, since it cost the same as a two-day pass.) The weather was MUCH nicer and the crowds showed it. Every single chair and lounge was claimed by 11 am. It was a very good thing we arrived just as the gates opened. We claimed a great spot in the shade. The lines for the slides were long and the lazy river was very crowded. We left early, tired and satisfied with our experience. What an awesome week.

Easter was pretty low key for us. The Easter Bunny came and left lots of M&M's, money, and some Bakugan (with cards!) for Bryant. We relaxed most of the day, just chillin'. Dinner was a bit late, since we didn't realize a lamb roast takes about 2-3 hours to cook. Good thing there's no school until Tuesday.

Little baby boy is doing very well. I swear this kid never stops kicking. Bryant likes to lean his head against my tummy so his brother can kid him in the head. He gets such a kick (pun intended) out of it! The doctor says he's doing extremely well and is very healthy. Every time we get an ultrasound done, my due date moves up. It's now tentatively August 7th. I don't want this baby to be big. Please, please, please, not a big baby! I have another appointment tomorrow morning. Bryant is going with me. I'm excited for him to be able to hear the heartbeat. As for a name...we haven't made a final decision. Until we do, you'll just have to be in suspense. Bwah-ha-ha! I mean, uh...darn.
We're in the middle of a major decluttering/purging spree. No closet, drawer, or shelf will be spared. We are getting rid of tons of stuff we just don't need or use. We're hoping to get it done by the end of the month. It's very cleansing, not just for the house, but for the soul. It's amazing how much the mind clears when you clear out the clutter.
ATTENTION FAMILY: Late June or July of next year (2010), we're planning on driving out for a couple of weeks. Instead of meeting at homes, we would love to do a reunion of sorts at Yellowstone. We're giving everyone lots of notice to enable proper planning and maximum attendance. Feedback would be wonderful.