Emily experienced the force of the Tower of Terror and vowed that she will never go on it again. One of my most memorable moments happend on that ride. Emmy was unable to get a scream out during the entire ride, and then when the ride ended and the "elevator" doors opened to the face of the "bellman" who would let us off the ride, Emmy let out a scream of all screams. It was so funny. The poor thing. And I think she gave the poor boy who was acting as the "bellman" a slight complex. Ahh, good times, good times.... and I guess I'll mention the not so good times in Disney World tomorrow...
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Animal Kingdom is by far the most beautiful of the parks...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
There is a new attraction for kids in the "countries" section of EPCOT that was really fun and interactive for the kids. It sends kids (and teens and adults, actually) on a "Kim Possible Mission" to save the world from bad guys. Totally up Noah and Emmy's spy kids alley. They were sent to different countries with an interactive cell phone and told/shown what to look for.
When they found the things they were told to find, they pressed a button on the phone and it would cause things to happen. For example, they had to find a particular lantern in Japan, and when they did, it lit up. Another time a waterfall started, music played, the Eiffel Tower lit up, etc.
It was great because they really got to see more of the countries and they didn't find it "boring". The only down side was that there were ALOT of people playing so you could here the cell phone sounds all around the countries. I don't think it bothered any of us that were playing, but I heard some complaints from people who didn't know what everyone was doing with these cell phones!
Tomorrow we'll go someplace really WILD....
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Yes, we were on the teacups... and by "we" I mean Noah and Emily. Because of all of the rides in the Magic Kingdom, Keith and I find this to be the most scary. For real.
Okay, next question... Where are we here?
Friday, June 19, 2009
We've had the opportunity to go to Disney World many times, and each time we've stayed at a different resort. This one wins for ease of transportation and location. At least for the season our kids are in right now. It is also very aesthetically pleasing. But if you are planning to spend a lot of time poolside, this may not be the right place. It is very pretty, and there is a water slide ( a must for my kids), but because of the layout of the pool it always seemed extremely crowded. Thankfully, on this trip, Noah and Emily weren't as interested in the pool as they were in the parks.
Hmmm.. Let's play a game...it will be more fun sharing the pictures this way. To make a guess, just click on "Comments" and share your answer.
Where are we in this picture?
Check back tomorrow for the answer, and more of our adventure - should you care to subject yourself to such things...
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Herb. Basil, to be specific.
Here are my cast of Herbs for this summer starting from the top row: cilantro, chocolate mint (yes, you read that right, I wasn't just trying to hide some chocolate in the post...) parsley, next row: thyme, basil, and more basil.., bottom row: rosemary and sage. I also have regular mint on my kitchen windowsill. I forgot to bring her outside for the picture.
My herbs are receiving a lot of TLC this week while we are away. Emmy's "camping buddy" is caring for my herbs and our garden this week. It is so nice having a dependable neighborhood friend that will care for our plants while we are away. I wonder if she says the "H". I'll have to ask her when we get home.
But now I wonder...am I supposed to say the 'H'? Do you say the 'H'? Is it a regional thing?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Happy Birthday My Boy! I can't believe you are 9 years old. I remember when I was 9 all too well. How can you be 9 already? Thankfully, I won't be thinking on it too much today, because we are too busy having fun on vacation! And that is how it should be.
Nice self-portrait, by the way. Good thing you're wearing a tux. It distracts one from looking up your nostrils...
Monday, June 8, 2009
Umm... Emmy the game has started, come watch your brother...
Really, Sweetie. Your brother is playing his game now....
He's up to bat! Come watch!...
Emmy! Did you see that out he made?
Wow! What a pitch! Wasn't that great, Emmy? ... Emmy?
Oh, that's right. It's in my fantasy world that my children are overflowing with excitement and anticipation for their sibling... Sorry about that. I get confused sometimes.
We are missing 3 of Emmy's games while we are away this week. I know Noah is as disappointed as she is because he LOVES to watch her coach-pitch games. Oh, ...wait...
Sunday, June 7, 2009
And sealed the deal on the team's FIRST WIN of the season...
The team went crazy and they wanted to do a "Pile-Up" on Noah. Thankfully, they didn't because my boy's crazy mother would have had to pull them all off by their ears to get them off her first born!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Asparagus Tomato Quiche (compliments of Christie Marino)
10" pie shell
4 large eggs
3 TBL Flour
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 1/2 C Half-n-half
2 C grated swiss cheese
10 Asparagus spears, washed and trimmed(I used a few more)
1 large tomato, cut into 1/4" slices
Preheat oven 375. In a med. bowl, beat eggs with flour, paprika, salt and
mustard. Add half-n-half slowly, beating well. Stir in cheese. Saving 6
aspargus spears for the top, chop rest into 1" lengths and lay on bottom of pie
shell. Pour in liquid. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and quickly arrange
tomato and aspargus on the top of the quiche in a wagon wheel pattern. Bake
another 20-30 minutes until firm when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Blueberry Croissant Puff (compliments of Anne Marie Solomon)
3 lg croissants, cut up
1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
8 oz cream cheese - can use low fat
2/3 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 c. milk
Place croissant pieces evenly in 10 (1/2 c) ramekins. Sprinkle with blueberries.
Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in med bowl with electric mixer until well blended.
Gradually add milk, beating until smooth. Pour evenly over croissant pieces. Let stand for 20 minutes.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until set in centers and golden brown. Serve warm sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Alternative: Make puff in one baking dish. Mix cream cheese batter as directed; pour into 9" square baking dish. Let stand 20 minutes. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until set in center and golden brown.
Where Are We? Hint: We will have the opportunity to sample foods from countries around the world. Hmmm... Last Hint tomorrow.
Friday, June 5, 2009
It is NOT here.
No, this is where I went a few weeks ago with Maria - again. Back to Terrain. One last 'hurrah' before the kids got out of school. It was wonderful...I got the Falafel Burger with Harissa and Tzaziki....
And Maria got the bay scallops with a salad of mixed green and prosciutto...
But I digress.. This is not where we are now. Now we are on a plane - hopefully, not one like this! The kids are missing their last full week of school. Shameful, I know. But worth it. Always worth it.
Another hint tomorrow. Maybe a real one.