Just got back from a weekend with the mouse. We stayed at Pop Century, which is a budget resort and when they say that they mean it. Little rooms, out dated furnishings, plain jane pools, etc. - but the price was right, we were able to get a rollaway bed and they had a deal where they threw in a Memory Maker. We actually got photos with daddy in them, which is a first. (I'll post some when my DH downloads them).
We arrived on Friday night and turned in early because we were meeting our friends for breakfast and Magic Kingdom in the am. On Saturday we had a blast at the park even though it was broiling hot and one twin kept managing to lag behind (she is easily distracted by birds and small animals) how she always spots them at a busy park I don't know. Even though the park was packed we got to see lots of attractions in Fantasyland (a young girls dream part of the park) because so many people were lined up to see Anna and Elsa and to ride the new coaster.
We ate at Downtown Disney for dinner and it was nuts there. They have decided to plow up just about every parking space they have (it looks like they are building a multi-level parking garage). So we had to take an extra twenty minutes to drive around looking for a place to park. We ate at Portobellos (the food was okay, but the service was slow). After dinner we went back to the hotel and went swimming.
Sunday we went to Hollywood Studios and ate at Hollywood and Vine. If your kids like Jake, Doc McStuffins, Sophia and/or Handy a Manny you can be a hero if you take them there. The food is a buffet, better than some, but still food for the masses. But the chance for kids to sing and dance with cartoon characters is classic. Rose, Roni and their buddy Lily had a blast.
Our agency - CCAI - recently celebrated 11,000 adoptions. In celebration they asked for photos of our kids. So we had the girls make a sign - they wrote "We celebrate 11,000 born". They chose to wear one of the dresses we purchased when in China. Then daddy had a photo session with the girls.
Rose did a solo shot.
We had a few issues keeping the sign level.
Resting the sign on the porch floor solved the problem.
What a marvelous milestone. I am so proud of my two precious daughters - they are my heart and my greatest treasures!
Today is the last day of Kindergarten for the girls. It's been a challenging year - I went back to work, the girls had desperate classrooms for the first time and they went to aftercare for the first time. We managed to muddle through with a lot of support from their daddy who provided many school drop offs and pick ups.
The girls school does not do an official graduation ceremony for Kindergarten - they do a year end play instead. So for the past two months I have been hearing many new songs.
As the play got closer some children in each class were chosen to have a "speaking part". Roni was chosen for a special part - she was the apple core.
Rose's class all wore hats and performed with canes.
Their school has six Kindergarten classes so it was quite a big production. The final song was From Little Acorns Big Oaks Grow. I was crying by the time they showed a slide show of photos from the year. After the show their principal gave a congratulatory speech and then we took photos.
I am so grateful to be a mother. Today marks my third Mother's Day. As I have each year I've found myself thinking about my girls first mother. I do not know her life's journey past or present, but I am thankful for her. I am so blessed to have the honor to raise two funny, smart, charming little girls who are the light of my life. They bring me and their daddy so much joy.
I made dinner the other night and the girls really did not like it. I told them I was sorry they didn't enjoy the food. Rose said, "That's okay Mommy. Food doesn't love me, or hold me, or tell me I'm special. Food is just food."
Spring has finally sprung at our house. I know we didn't have the ice and snow that folks had up north, but it has still been cooler than normal. I'm hoping for prolonged warm weather so we can go to the pool soon. The girls are ready too!
We also took advantage of the warmer weather to wash the dogs.
And our cars. The girls raced leaves in the run off.