Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Family Time in Orlando

On the train at the zoo
During our Christmas trip to Florida, the kids got to spend some good quality time with all their grandparents. I was very thankful we able to make time for everyone.

We visited the Central Florida Zoo with Grandma Darlyne on Tuesday. We were all impressed with the herpeterium which housed a King Cobra among other slithering serpents. We all ended the trip with a ride on the kiddy train.  Our membership to the NC Zoo got us all in free - gotta love that!

Wednesday, we met Grandma Theresa (their great grandmother) in Altamonte where we watched a marionette puppet show of the Little Drummer Boy. This was a first for me and I really enjoyed it. Kudos to Pinocchio's Marionette Theatre at the Altamonte Mall for providing such a classic, yet unique venue for kids.

Marionettes on Stage

Checking out the T-rex
The next afternoon, Boompah joined us for a trip to the Orlando Science Center. Again we got in free there with our membership to the Durham Museum of Life and SciencesHere is Jonah playing at being a meteorologist. They had several life size castings of dinosaur skeletons and one animatronic T-rex. All four of us stepped into a hurricane tunnel - I couldn't stop giggling during this, but Elisabeth was more than ready to exit the experience.

The day after Christmas, we went with Grandma Theresa to see her mom, Grandma Margaret - the kids great-great-grandmother.

Four of five generations
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Cypress Grove Park

Cypress Grove Estate
On our second day in Florida, Kelly had to fly to Brooklyn on business. The kids and I hung out and rested in the morning and then took some lunch over to Cypress Grove Park. This park has become my favorite place to take the kids when we are in town. It is very close to Kelly's Dad's house and makes for a great escape from the traffic and hubbub that characterizes South Orlando. This was also one of Kelly's preferred jogging destinations when he was in high school.  The park was fairly new then, and he remembers many of the trees being newly planted at that time. Besides winding walking trails, there is a great playground with swings as well as a beautiful estate house and grounds. On the shore of Lake Jessamine, it no doubt makes a picturesque backdrop for weddings and parties. In our case, the kids simply enjoyed smashing the acorns on the sidewalk out front. (Which is what they were doing when I snapped the picture above with my phone.) Everywhere a live oak stood deceptively dripping with Spanish moss, there was in fact a sea of acorns. A sea of fun in the eyes of preschoolers and spectacle of beauty and joy for a mom.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ice Skating in Winter Park

On our first full day in Florida, we went ice skating in Winter Park. (Kelly and I were married just down the street at the Winter Park Country Club. We passed by the building by chance on the way to the ice skating venue.) Kelly's mom told us about "Winter in the Park" weeks ago and suggested we go. Jonah attempted the ice but only lasted about 10 seconds. He wasn't able to even balance enough to stand, which freaked him out.  It was pretty much a repeat of Gatlinburg a year ago. So he went to spectate with Grandma Darlyne, Rick and sister, while me and Dad continued around the ice. I ended up hugging the wall a few times while Kelly skated circles around me. Like a dork, I fell and hit my knees hard and cut my hand open on a chunky bracelet I was wearing. Kelly came swiftly to my rescue - my Hero. Once I was comfortably bandaged and off the ice, he went back for more. He either has an aptitude for it or all that roller blading experience from college gave him an advantage.  Here's some video.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Babies

Playing in Elisabeth's crib. It looks nice and calm - but I assure
you it's a noisy affair.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas with Kids

We had a little Christmas celebration with our church fellowship yesterday during which I let the kids open their presents from Mom & Dad.  For Elisabeth, I got a little high chair for all her babies and both she and Jonah have been playing with it since then.  Jonah got a light up, rotating mock aquarium.  They've been moving it around and turning it on and off and pulling up their chairs and the baby doll high chair as if it's a movie to watch.  So cute...  They've been throughly enjoying the other gifts they received yesterday carrying them all around in bags and playing with them.  Christmas with kids is so much fun!  There's no greater gift than children!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Our Trip to NYC: In Review

I have had this post in my mind since getting back from New York and finally getting all of our pictures downloaded from all of our devices - a quick reference guide to our trip that puts blog posts and pictures in chronological order.  So here goes:

Monday, October 4th: Blog Post #1  Blog Post #2
Tuesday, October 5th: Blog Post #1 Blog Post #2 - Photos
Wednesday, October 6th: Blog Post - Photos
Thursday, October 7th: Blog Post - Photos
Friday, October 8th: Blog Post #1 Blog Post #2 Blog Post #3 - Photos
Saturday, October 9th: Blog Post - Photos
Sunday, October 10th: Blog Post #1 Blog Post #2 - Photos

Monday, October 11th: Blog Post - Photos
Tuesday, October 12th: Blog Post - Photos
Wednesday, October 13th: Blog Post - Photos
Thursday, October 14th: Blog Post - Photos
Friday, October 15th: Blog Post - Photos
Saturday, October 16th: Blog Post - Photos
Sunday, October 17th: Blog Post#1 Blog Post #2 - Photos

Monday, October 18th: Blog Post - Photos
Tuesday, October 19th: Blog Post - Photos
Wednesday, October 20th: Blog Post - Photos
Thursday, October 21st: Blog Post - Photos

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Impromptu Singing & Dancing

This lopsided video is my attempt at trying to catch Elisabeth in the middle of singing and dancing without interrupting - gotta love the lyrics - "I love my mommy and daddy and Jonah."

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Another First for the Kids - 1st Parade

The weekend before Thanksgiving, we took the kids to the Raleigh holiday parade.  Jonah has been learning about band music in his Kindermusik class and I really wanted him to see some marching bands.  Honestly, I was very underwhelmed.  It seems like I have been to some small town parades that had better floats and a diversity of entries - but maybe I'm just getting old and jaded. The highlights were the Turkish society and all the guys dressed up as Star Wars characters.  If you mention the parade to Elisabeth, she will say her favorite was the firetruck at the end.




More pictures here.