Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sleeping Woes

It is a nightly ritual in our house for Brock to end up in our bed. No matter what we do or how much we try to keep him in his room or bed, it doesn't work. I'm told it is a phase, but this has been the longest "phase" ever! His reasons have become pretty clever lately.

We get....

I'm scared....
There's a monster in my room...
No people in my room, there are people here...meaning in mom and dad's room
Chair, chase me...

Then...this morning, around 7:00 a.m. he came in with the biggest smile on his face and said so certainly and proudly "I slept in my room all night, so proud"

I love you buddy. I guess it really is one day at a time. Now if we can only continue this excitment mom and dad could get some sleep.

Monday, March 30, 2009

30th Birthday

So I thought I'd be better at this blog update stuff, but guess I still don't have enough time to stay on top of it. My goal is to be better at posting regular updates, so here goes.

As most of you know, Travis surprised me at Christmas with the Disney cruise with the kids for my big 30th birthday. So as we were busy getting packed and ready for the big trip with the kids, it never dawned on me that there could be more to this birthday. Little did I know, Travis had been planning a big surprise party for me the weekend before. It was so much fun and a very nice surprise. All of our friends and their kiddies were there and we all had a great time. Thanks to all of you who came. I'd just wished someone would have given me the heads up to dry my hair and put on makeup, but I guess that would have given it away.

So...on to the trip. It was a very busy week for me at work right before we left, so as my neuotic self, I had many many lists of everything that had to be packed and done before we left. We were suppose to leave early Wednesday morning so the kids could sleep most of the way, but decided at the last minute to leave Tuesday night since we were ready to go. We bathed the kids, packed everything up and headed out around 8 p.m. We made it to Ocala, Fla. with no issues and spent the night in a lovely HoJo off the interstate. Thankfully, we only had 2 more hours to go in the morning. We stopped in Orlando on Wednesday to take Brock and Avery to Downtown Disney for lunch and to let Brock finally see Mickey and all his friends. He had a great time and was thrilled to be near Mickey. He loved playing in the fountain and we thought, why not, the weather was beautiful and you're only a kid once.

We spent Wednesday and early Thursday in Cocoa Beach and stayed right near the beach, which was nice. The kids experienced the beach for the first time and it was interesting. I don't know what to think of Avery - she ate lots of sand, but Brock loved it. Thursday we boarded the boat and that is where the real fun began. I'm always amazed at how Brock and Avery take in their surroundings and experiences, makes me realize that I don't appreciate my daily experiences as much as I should. First let me say that I think Disney Cruises are the VERY best way to experience Disney. It was top-notch all the way from the service to the food to the shows and characters.

Quickly - We spent Thursday on the boat, Friday we were in Nassau and Saturday we were in Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. There is so much to write, but I think I'll let our pictures do the talking for us.