Justin came home from preschool declaring that we NEEDED to make homemade peanut butter. "All you need is peanuts and apple juice, Mama!" So I followed the recipe that my four year old had in his head and it was DELICIOUS!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The habitats are done! They turned out very COLORFUL! Each child was responsible for including the four things that make a habitat- food source, shelter, space and water source. Alex took pains to try and re-create the grasses (using hay) and even put in a human hunter and his raft. She also managed to rig her pelican so that it looked like it was flying above the scene. Quite creative!
Justin made sure to include the prey of the lynx and a lot of colorful details-- like "pans of meat" (the four year old was concerned that his lynx wouldn't be able to catch her food all the time) and "fences".
What a fun project for the dreary winter days!
Monday, January 26, 2015
We decided to do some field research today and headed to the Minnesota Zoo to see what types of habitats the zookeepers constructed for the crocodiles and lynx. We brought our sketchbooks to draw and take notes!
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Inspired by our recent trip to Florida, Alex decided that she really wanted to learn more about alligators and crocodiles. Inspired by a recent shoe purchase, I decided to introduce the kids into the art of the diorama. I have very fond memories of diorama-making as a student, so we combined our interests and began researching animal habitats.
Stay tuned for diorama updates!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Back to reality...... we had a handwriting/painting lesson today. Alex got to use a very special quill that I purchased for her at Flourish & Blott's (the stationary store from Harry Potter's World of Wizarding).
Justin was feeling a bit left out, but he remedied that immediately. I told the kids in the morning that after Justin was done with preschool, we'd have our art lesson. So, when we picked him up from school he had a handful of cattails- "For me to write with, Mama!"
Saturday, January 17, 2015
For our last day in Paradise, we spent the morning swimming and finishing up our scavenger hunt answers at Sweet Escape. Then we headed to downtown Disney for a last little shopping and lunch at the T-Rex cafe. I was a bit worried that the kids would find it a little intimidating (they hide from the gorillas at Rainforest Cafe), but the preceeding week had definitely desensitized them enough so they could enjoy a fun meal!
Friday, January 16, 2015
We drove from AK to park at the Yacht and Beach Club, where we walked to EPCOT to tour around the World Showcase for a bit. I love that place and definitely need to plan a future trip to spend more time touring and window shopping!
Today's photos were lost, too (*sob*), but the big surprise for Dave was that I organized a fireworks cruise that left from the Yacht Club Resort and toured around a bit before settling into the perfect spot to watch EPCOT's Illuminations from. We even had a "Happy Anniversary" banner on the side of the boat in honor of our 11th year anniversary! It was a perfect way to wrap up our week at Walt Disney World--
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Since the adults in our group are ...ahem... big nerds, we HAD to take a day requiem from the Disney Complex to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. (Kids stayed at Sweet Escape with Grams and Gramps). Because there were 7 of us, it actually made sense to
crowd check into a Universal Studios hotel following the fireworks, catch a few hours of sleep and wake EXTREMELY early for our exciting Wizarding day. We got to use Early Park Admission with our hotel room keys, and the entire process could not have gone smoother!
We had the Universal equivalent to FastPass for EVERY RIDE (except a few of the HP ones) and made great use of them. I don't think we stood in line more than 10 minutes for anything all day long! After exhausting the Universal park rides, we hopped on Hogwarts Express and headed to Hogsmeade!
After experiencing Hogsmeade and the Forbidden Journey ride (which I personally found pretty scary!), we ventured out to explore the rest of the Islands of Adventure park. Our favorite stop? Springfield, USA- home of the Simpsons! Bet you can't guess where we took an afternoon siesta?
We stormed these two parks-- with the help of Touring Plans, it was an extremely busy and successful day!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
After our late morning/afternoon at EPCOT, the best way to top off this day would be with a Fireworks dessert party at the Magic Kingdom. I had snagged this reservation (for 18!) 180 days ago, and it was the highlight of the trip. We all met up at the Tomorrowland Terrace at 7pm to enjoy our dessert buffet (*yum!)
We capped off the night with an attempt at a group photo. Aside from Alex sleeping and not having her face towards the camera, it's a pretty darn good shot!
Now, fighting the crowds to get OUT of the park and back to the parking lot was a horse of a different color. Sheesh! But we all made it.
After lunch at the house, we headed back to EPCOT. I wanted to explore the World Showcase a bit before dinner with Mickey and friends at The Garden Grill. Well, we didn't get too far into the countries because....
We did make it to Mexico (to do the Three Caballeros boat ride) and Norway, to have some school bread. Mange tak, Norway!
We met Rorie, Chris and Cathleen for dinner at The Garden Grill. I went back and forth on this reservation, but I'm SO GLAD I made it, and I will lobby hard for dinner at GG every Epcot trip henceforth. First off, the characters are so cute in their farm wear!
Dale was HILARIOUS. He was hands-down the best character interaction I've ever experienced. He was very mischevious and naughty-- sneaking up behind Rorie and startling her. He then 'apologized' and proceeded to fall deeply in love with her. When we told him that she was engaged to Chris, he made a sign of a heart with his hands and then made it 'explode'--. We missed video of the first part, but here's what happened a few moments later--
We were laughing so hard! The part where he sticks his finger in his mouth slays me! (and I asked to talk to the manager afterwards to make sure that she knew he was SPECTACULAR!) Happy and full, we made our way to the Magic Kingdom to ride a few rides before checking in to the Dessert Party.