Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Our kids have been inducted into a very exclusive club.  It’s been a long time in the making.  They started their quest in August of 2011.

I present to you:


The Lions Tap Kids Club.

Okay, so maybe it’s not exclusive.  And they only had to eat there 14 times to get their T-shirts (we just don’t eat out much…hence 2011).  And their t-shirts, sadly, don’t give them free burgers for the rest of their adolescence.  But, they were excited nonetheless.


They are available for autographs any time.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Pizza Party to Remember!

Last night we had our usual weekend Pizza Party.  Only it wasn’t “usual”.  We had a surprise in store for our kids.

We had them all open the pizza box together:


Want to see what they were looking at?  It was this:


After Austin read the note to everyone, there was a moment of silence as they all thought about what this meant:


And when they figured it out, we had three happy kids!


7 months is going to be a long wait, but we were too excited to keep the news to ourselves any longer!

We’re staying at the Art of Animation resort.  It’s pretty new, and looks amazing.  The rooms are suites so we’ll each have our own sleeping areas.  That was the selling point for Rob.  There’s also two bathrooms and a small kitchenette.  We opted for a Lion King suite. 


Lion King was a “neutral” movie and then we weren’t favoring Austin (with the Cars option) or Ellie (with the Little Mermaid option), and the Nemo suite (which would have also been neutral) had blinding blue walls and vertigo inducing carpet:


Rob’s seemingly constant traveling over the last year has been hard at times, but he was able to use his miles to buy all 5 airline tickets!  I think he even has enough left for me to join him in Florida on one of his future trips.  We might need a vacation from our vacation!

The hardest part will be Riley.  She doesn’t grasp the difference between today, tomorrow, and this year.  She will most likely ask us every day if we are going to Disney World.  She attempted to pack her pajamas last night.  (Her plan is to pack every pair of Disney related pajamas she has.) 

7 Months and counting!!!

Here’s the video of the whole thing:

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Evil Stepmother

Ellie asked me to play Cinderella this morning.


I bet this isn’t what she had in mind.

I can play this game all day!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Private Karate Graduation

Austin is so special he gets his own private ceremonies now!


Actually, I had the time wrong.  I thought it started at 6pm.  I couldn’t find the time on the schedule or on the website and I was so certain it was 6pm that I didn’t call.  Well, it’s at 5:30.  Oops.  But, Mr. Roell was nice enough to stick around after everyone else left and let Austin go through everything by himself.  He’s doing his Kalm Sun form in the above picture.

He also had a goofy conversation with Mr. Roell:

Mr. Roell:  Austin, is this your grandfather with you?

Austin:  No.

Austin:  Well, if by that you mean Grandfather is a nickname for Grandpa, then yes.  You can just call him Grandpa Smith

Mr. Roell:  Ha ha…okay.  How about I just call him Awesome?

Austin:  Ummm, yeah, he’s kind of awesome.

Mr. Roell: Kind of?

Austin:  I mean pretty.  Pretty Awesome.

Despite a not getting to perform with the rest of the class, Austin was pretty awesome himself.


He’s now a purple belt working towards his blue belt.  1/4 of the way through the program.