25 December 2009

Hadn't You Heard?

We live across the street from the Griswolds.

Have a very merry Christmas.

The Ordinarys.

17 December 2009

Wooden Block Nativity

Will someone please come over and help me make this wooden block nativity featured on PW?

I know it is probably so easy for someone who is not me. It's so easy that PW didn't even bother putting up instructions and opted to feature close-ups instead. But since I'm still me, I need help. I'm not skilled in cutting, gluing, measuring, or copying. Occasionally I can trace. In return for your assistance, if you need someone to revise your resume, analyze data, or do something equally non-housewifey, I'm your housewife.

PS I'm not teasing. I really do want someone to come over.

16 December 2009

Downtown Disney

The boys are still happy in this photo because they have no idea they are saying good-bye. It's so sad to leave good friends.
Our condo had hidden Mickeys all over.
After Patrick took the Ms to the airport, we journeyed around Orlando with the few hours we had left before heading back to reality.
I love these swim trunks. I think they once belonged to DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Jonas didn't have quite as much fun in Downtown Disney as we'd hoped. Unfortunately, this was fairly indicative of the flight home.
Build-A-Bear captured his attention.
These Legos looked like rock climbing holds.

All Legos.

Bye bye Orlando. We'll be back.

15 December 2009

Magic Kingdom Day 2

On our last full day in Orlando, we went back to Magic Kingdom which by far had the most to offer Jonas. He loved all of the rides and renewed a sense of wonderment in me as well. Love that kid.

This looks mighty similar to The Little Mermaid city

Team Jacob.
Even the happiest place on Earth knows.

Magic Kingdom Day 1

Ah, Magic Kingdom. I felt like I was introducing Jonas to an old childhood friend.

14 December 2009

Hollywood Studios

For our day at Hollywood Studios, we swapped babysitting to give the boys some much-needed rest. In the morning, we made sure to get them good and tired at the pool.

Being able to get up and go without filling a diaper bag with Cheerios and assorted baby goods was reminiscent of a different time. I really can transition quickly. And who knew it was such a luxury to use a public restroom at the same time as your spouse? I'd begun to think all bathroom breaks took 30 minutes.

The street performers were the most entertaining.

I received these Disney bucks because the game show host liked my outfit.
The Tower of Terror was a unique experience. I felt like someone was tickling me while still trying to make it a thrill ride. I couldn't stop giggling, nor could the other riders.
My days of fast roller coasters are over. I am so weak and faint of heart. Heaven only knows how I braved Stateline without batting an eyelash and felt that Montezuma's Revenge was mere child's play. This photo is not staged and I almost feel like I should get paid for how good it is.
Indiana Jones stunt show.

I'm player 2 and was soclose to beating Patrick. I had a very bad round where he racked up 13,000 points and I only got 200. Boo.
This is our typical photo. Patrick grimacing and me overcompensating.
Beauty and the Beast was so well done. Loved every minute.
And speaking of Beauty and the Beast, does anyone else see the resemblance?

We ended the evening with the American Idol experience. Each day there are qualifying rounds where the studio audience votes for the best singer. The final performance pits all of these folks against one another and the winner receives a ticket to the front of the line for a real AI audition.
Dinner after the park. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. Thanks to Aunt Gerry and Uncle Mark for introducing us to our favorite Chicago pizza place.