Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Day Number Whatever and Whatever Plus One

Every year we come, and every year we say we are going to do one day where we just go to the pool and hang out and relax. And then we don't do it. Remind us next year...

The Plan Yesterday: Ray's Birthday, Animal Kingdom in the morning, Japanese Steakhouse in EPCOT for Ray's birthday, Ashley and Ray to go to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

What Actually Happened: We got up and were at Animal Kingdom for the opening at 9:00am. Ray got his birthday pin to wear all day, and it was well worth it. We got free snacks (popcorn and ice cream from a stand) as well as free drinks that night for Ray at the Halloween party. But we only lasted at Animal Kingdom for 2 1/2 hours. The schedule and lack of sleep had caught up to Ashley. Ray and I did get to ride Expedition Everest, although I sat in the front and was scared and kept my eyes closed and didn't see the Yeti. Pretty pathetic, I know. We headed back to the room for lunch and naps. Ashley and Audrey are sleeping in the same room, and the only time we have had issues was this nap time. We actually got Ashley to sleep which was a miracle, and then we tried getting Audrey to nap. She finally got to sleep, and the about 45 minutes later, Ashley woke up crying and woke Audrey up. We got them both back to sleep and I ran down to the store in our hotel to get Ray a birthday cupcake, and by the time I got back Ashley was up and Audrey was up shortly after.

So off to EPCOT we went. We did the Living Seas and rode the Nemo ride and did Turtle Talk with Crush which was absolutely hilarious. We went into Innoventions and stood in line to see Mickey and Pluto. They had a special line set up for people who have the Disney credit card. And shocker, we have one. By then it was time to hike over to Japan for dinner. Dinner was great; we sat next to a family from Wisconsin who were really nice. They sang to Ray for his birthday and made him wear a hat, which he was totally thrilled about.

Right after dinner, we split up. Ray and Ashley headed over to the Magic Kingdom for a special event they have called Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. I headed back to the room with Audrey. Ray and Ashley got home at midnight, and Ray said Ashley did great. They met up with our friends again and saw the parade and such. Ray wasn't too thrilled with the whole thing because he said it was super crowded, but it has been the highlight of Ashley's week. Ever since her friend Hayden went, she has been begging us to go. I got Audrey to bed at about 8:00pm and watched a scary movie on TV like a dumbass.

The Good:
Ashley having fun at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Bad:
I have seen way too many ass cracks here....

Onto today....
The Plan: EPCOT in the morning, I don't even remember what else for the rest of the day....

What actually happened: Audrey woke up at 6:00am because she is a pain in the ass and won't sleep in on vacation, so I got up and got dressed and her and I headed back out to Magic Kingdom. Today was another early opening for families of preschoolers, and it was great. We rode the carousel with Chip and Dale and Goofy. We weren't even trying to sit near Goofy because Audrey could really care less, but Goofy came and sat right next to Audrey. Then we played in a playground themed after Winnie the Pooh, and Pooh and Tigger were both there and played with Audrey.

Ashley only slept in until 8:00am (why can't my kids sleep in??), so Ray and her met us at Magic Kingdom. We rode some rides, then headed over to EPCOT since we had lunch reservations at the Garden Grill. The Garden Grill is a character dining experience with Mickey, Pluto and Chip and Dale. The food was pretty good, and the kids got to decorate their own cupcakes for dessert.

Next we headed back to the room for naps, and I was off to the Grand Floridian spa for a massage. Ray booked me a massage for my birthday, and it was well worth it. I got there early and enjoyed the steam room, had my massage, and then Ray and the kids picked me up to head to Downtown Disney.

And this is where my kids became the spawn of Satan. Just kidding. Sort of.

They were just tired and wired and would not listen. Audrey has come alive this week, and now her favorite thing to say is "I do it." That and she chucked two golf balls in the Team Mickey store. Ashley was in her own little world singing and dancing, basically things she does to try and keep herself awake. We ate a great dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Express (Ray had macaroni and cheese since he is now 32 going on 4...but it really was good). We attempted to shop and didn't last long.

And now Audrey and Ashley are battling it out in their room to see who can outlast the other and who can be the loudest...I will let you know tomorrow who won.

The Good:
Magic Kingdom with Audrey this morning.

The Bad:
I think I actually might be sore tomorrow from my massage, is that a bad thing?

13 comments:

frannie said...

wow! I'm sore from just reading about all that stuff. what a lot y'all are packing into your trip! and with two kids. either y'all are very brave or very stupid. just kidding

bermudabluez said...

Sounds like you are having a rockin' time! You'll need sleep when you get home.

Beccy said...

I can't believe how much you are fitting in. When we went to Orlando we managed just one park a day and found even then we didn't have enough time to see everything.

ChrisB said...

I think you'll need another holiday to recover!!

Edie C said...

I'm SO glad Ashley got to go to the Halloween party and enjoyed it. It was crowded, but I'm sure it made her week!! What a late night for her and to only sleep in til 8?!? What the heck?? :) Hayden would have slept til 10 or 11!! :)

You're so lucky that you got a massage. How thoughtful of Ray. Hey, can you get him to give Dave some pointers?? Dave would NEVER think to do something like that for me. How sad, I know.

Today's the last full day in the park!! Enjoy!!!

Happy Working Mom said...

What a fun and tiring trip you're having!!! I would be really jealous of the massage except I'm getting one on Saturday :)

How fun that you and Audrey got to have some time in the park by yourselves!

Kellie said...

You certainly know how to make the most of your vacation!! I think you need a vacation from your vacation!

SJ said...

I'm amazed at your vacation planning skills.....can I bring you with me next time I go on vacation?

Sounds like you are having a great time! I bet the massage was nice....

Sabrina said...

LOL. You sound like you're exhausted but still having fun! Yes, definitely take a day off to rest next time you go!

The ONLY time I'd ever get a massage is if I set it up myself. I'm so doing it next time we go.

Julie said...

I'm so hiring you to plan our Disney vacation - whenever I scrap together the $5,000 to go on one! : )

my4kids said...

Wow you made me tired just talking about it all! Sorry the girls are not sleeping in well for you. Mine never have so I get how frustrating that can be. Glad you were able to have time alone in the part with Ashley

Pam said...

Wow! You are going to need to rest after vacation. I am glad you are all having fun...even if everyone is reaching their threshold....enjoy the rest of vacation...when you get back, I have an award for you!

la bellina mammina said...

Wow! Tiring, but sounds like fun:-) and Happy Birthday Ray!