Saturday, April 29, 2017
The birthday child, in turn, makes a card for his/her parents.
This is what Callum made for us. ❤
I've been horrible at blogging this last week or two because I've been laid out due to my back (which I'm sure is what he's referring to). But, I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel .... I've been on steroids for the last few days to help with the pain and inflammation, and will be starting PT again on Monday. I'll see my back Dr for a follow up next week too, since I had another MRI done this last week as well.
Thankfully, now that the boys are older and more self sufficient, I feel like I've been able to take better care of myself and recover faster than past flare ups. (I'm also, generally, in better shape, stronger and weigh less than I did several years ago, which no doubt has helped!)
Of course, cards like this always help too.😊
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
The boys were showered with gifts and goodies every day at the Give Kids The World village, not to mention all of the great toys they bought on their own while in all of the parks. I thought I should take a few pics of Callum's biggest score yet - he found the very last Hank (the septopus, from Finding Dory) on our very last day at Disney - Hank is one of Callum's favorite Disney characters, so we were all happy to see him get it. :)
Our flight home was pretty long and tiresome, but we made it!! Callum took a couple hour nap, which I'm glad he was able to do, since he was pretty tired and overstimulated by the entire trip. I'm not sure how I lasted, I guess because I had to ;-) but I'm pretty sure I was the happiest of us all to finally be home. Heehee
Still, we owe so much to Make A Wish for such a grand trip! Thank you thank you!! It was really special and everything we could have hoped for!! We originally thought we wouldn't do a Wish for Callum but I'm so glad our oncology team talked us into it. I'm sure the boys are going to remember this one forever. ❤
Meanwhile, I found a bench in the shade and laid on my back - sitting is the worst and walking/standing isn't that great either when it's this bad - plus I knew I needed to "store up" some time because we had a long day of travel ahead of us.
So, most of my view yesterday was the last pic - watching the clouds move across the sky. ;-)
Since our flight wasn't until the late afternoon, we spent our last hours hanging out in the Village. While Jon checked out and returned our keys etc, the boys and I went back to the Castle to see where the Star Fairy had placed Callum's star. It's in the Star Tower, in the Panda circle (the last pic shows where exactly it is, recorded in their system, in case we ever want to come back to see it again). Speaking of coming back, we are now Give Kids The World alums, and can come back to visit the Village anytime we want! :)
Saturday, April 15, 2017
While I'm bummed my back decided to fail me this trip, I'm glad it allowed us time to get back to the Village early today, so the boys could spend a few more hours in this very special place.
Right now, there are over 130,000 stars lighting the ceiling and walls of the castle! :)
All around the Village are these water hydrants painted as different characters that kids will enjoy. Callum has pointed out this Harry Potter one so many times, I figured I better get a snapshot of it before we go home. :)
Because of our Make A Wish passes, we got front row seats in "the Splash Zone". For the first half of the show, as the sides to the left and right of us got wet, the boys (and mostly Logan), kept turning to me and saying "but we're not getting wet, Mom!!" Don't worry, we will.....
Finally, towards the end of the show, the whales starting splashing everyone. And they had absolutely NO MERCY for us front and center folks. We proceeded to get completely soaked, over and over, which really upset Callum a great deal. He turned from the happiest camper on earth to a scared crying little boy who wanted to leave ASAP. :(
So, I ran out with him to avoid any more of the splashing and took him outside to sit in some sun, warm up a bit, and calm down. Poor kiddo.
After the show, we grabbed a bite to eat and at some time between leaving the stadium and walking out to find food, I did something wretched to my back (I have no idea what), and it just completely gave out. :( Jon says it's probably the last 4 days of nonstop walking but I think I must've done something to tweak it since it was totally fine and not bothering me for the last few days. :(
So, I limped along while we grabbed some food and headed to a "family friendly" Shamu Express roller coaster that the boys wanted to try out (they're sitting in the front in the pic I took). But my back was clearly disabling me more and more by the minute.
Luckily for me, the boys and Jon were all running out of steam themselves, and sadly, most of the rides were for either very small kids or really big kids :( so we went on one more ride where we got to see some penguins afterward, and then headed home.
Callum woke up a bit earlier than Logan, so he and Jon headed over to the cafeteria for breakfast while Logan and I bummed around our villa.
While they were out, they checked over the water park/pool area, and Callum rode the carousel many times over. Meanwhile, after he woke up, Logan hung out at the playground across from our villa, with another boy who was staying near us.
We finally headed out about noon for our last park day of the trip! Today was a visit to SeaWorld. :)
The boys were great our entire time. Only a few whiny complaints but really, overall, we couldn't have asked for a better time.
I'd say we did Disney right. ❤
What a nice way to end our last evening!
One of the rides we did at Hollywood was the Rock n' Roller Coaster, which was a super high speed, high thrill roller coaster, complete with huge drops and corkscrew spins. Callum was not a fan, but Logan had a blast (he's now discovering the fun and thrill of roller coasters this trip - pretty fun). :)
So, once we got back to Magic Kingdom, we had a necessary ice cream break and then caught a few fun rides, one being Space Mountain for Logan (he absolutely loved it) and back to the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train coaster that Callum loved.
We wanted to time it so that we could have dinner during the fireworks show, and miss the crazy packed crowds (both in the park and leaving the park). But, as we waited for our table at Be My Guest, it just so happened that the fireworks were going off RIGHT above us (that's the Be My Guest castle, not Cinderella's castle)! So we got an amazing view for the first few minutes of the show, before heading inside. :)
Here we entered the 1950's, and dined in old cars set up in a drive-in theater, where we watched old black and white Sci-Fi movies! :)
But there were times when it also looked like some mink stole, especially paired with 3-D glasses from various rides we went on. So, I had to snap a couple of those moments too. ;-)
So, since it was our last day of our 3-Day Disney pass, we knew we still had to squeeze in a few things! We started off at Animal Kingdom to take a Safari Ride where we got to see all sorts of amazing animals! We loved it. 👍🏼
Thursday, April 13, 2017
We took a fun ride in the Seuss Trolley Train Ride to check out most of the world, before heading back on our merry way out of the park!
We had a fun day but everyone was pretty beat by the time we got back to our car. It was about 8:50pm so I decided I better call the restaurant before we trekked over to Downtown Disney and then we couldn't get in. Sure enough, the wait was about 2 hours (!!) they said, and they closed at 11pm.
So, I did a quick search to find something else to stop at for dinner instead. We found a funky little restaurant that had pretty good food (and most importantly, no wait!). We all four scarfed everything up like we had been walking for miles all day ;-) and once our tummies were full, we climbed in the car and headed back to our hotel. Another late night (the boys didn't wind down until a little after 12am) but still a really great day!
We were trying to coax the boys to start working their way out of the park by then, because it was getting close to dinner time and we had wanted to try a place that I didn't get reservations for (so we knew we'd have to walk in and wait for awhile).
But, it was pretty tough to drag them away. They had a blast practicing more spells around Hogsmeade as well and were actually getting quite good at it by the end! :)