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Orlando 2012

We just got back from Orlando from what we affectionately call our “non-Disney trip.”  We went to Disney last year and decided that there was just so much to do in Orlando that we needed to go back and do some of the non-Disney stuff.  After a loooong drive in the car, the first item on our agenda was to unpack the bathing suits.

Day 2:  Sea World, baby.  Torin FINALLY mustered up the courage to ride some of the bigger rides.  She started with Journey to Atlantis, which was the flume ride that plunges into the water.  In her words, it was “awesome.”

Look!  It’s me laying out by the pool!  Oh wait, never mind.  This isn’t me.  It’s Shamu.

Day 3:  Discovery Cove.  Sure, I was broke after I bought tickets for this, but it was my absolute favorite park ever.  The best thing about Discovery Cove is that they only allow a certain number of people into the park each day, so it feels exclusive.  There were no lines to stand in and no crowds to fight.  I felt very safe with my kids walking around, and I was never concerned that I was going to lose them in a mob of people.  Between the dolphins, the reef, and the lazy river, we could’ve stayed here forever.

Day 4:  The vacation almost came to a screeching halt when Parker got sick and Tropical Storm Beryl dumped a ton of rain on us.  We improvised and had a read-in.  Thank goodness I packed extra books.

Day 5:  Parker was feeling better and the rain stopped, so we were finally able to go to Legoland!  He had been looking forward to this day for a very, very, VERY long time.

The dynamics of our family became quite clear on this trip.  Dave finally got his roller coaster buddy (woo-hoo!).  And we learned that Parker likes to keep his feet on the ground, just like his mama.

One of the cool things at Legoland is the Ford Driving School for kids.  Parker failed to yield, drove on the wrong side of the road, did not stop at the stop sign, and went the wrong way into the roundabout.  He’s got a lot to learn in the next eight years before he does this for real.

Another roller coaster for Torin…

It’s the Lego White House and the Lego Obamas!  Torin loved this.

There are still a few things that we want to do in Orlando, but that will have to be yet another trip someday!

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This is a little hard for me to talk about, but I have to do it.  All of you know about MacGyver (and by “all of you,” I’m referring to the three people who actually follow my blog).  We got him in January when he was just 8-weeks-old.  Over the next four months, I complained about his digging, his barking, his foul smelling crate, and don’t even get me started on how much money he was costing us… but secretly, I was becoming attached to him.  He was pretty well-mannered the first couple of months that we had him.  I took him to puppy training school, and he learned the routine.  He was always aggressive with the kids, but I just figured that was normal puppy energy, and I blamed myself for not making sure he got enough exercise.  I thought if he got more exercise, he wouldn’t be as aggressive.  While the exercise may have been part of it, he clearly was developing a very strong, dominant personality.  It finally got to a point where the kids couldn’t be alone with the dog unsupervised, and they could only play for a few minutes before he started jumping and nipping/biting their legs and arms.  With summer coming on, I knew it wasn’t going to work.  The kids were going to be home full-time, and I didn’t want to have to worry about dog injuries.

I called the breeder where we got MacGyver and asked if she would help us find him a new home.  She said that she would take him back and offer us another dog if we wanted to try a different puppy who had a much  more laid-back personality.  That’s when Dash entered the picture.  When I made the final decision to get rid of MacGyver, I never intended to get another dog.  However, the breeder assured me that Dash was great with little kids and had a temperament that would be a much better fit for our family.  Plus, the kids were BEGGING me to try again.  Call me crazy.  I gave in.

Meet Dash.  He is a 7-month-old goldendoodle, which means he’s half golden retriever and half poodle.

We didn’t pick the name, and since we are still on a trial basis with him, we’re still calling him Dash.  The name Dash makes us think of a few different things…

We’ve only had him for two days, but so far, he’s been a sweetie.  He is very gentle and calm, which is a huge change from what we’re used to.

We still miss MacGyver.  He was one ornery little booger, but we still loved him.  I’m sure he’s having a big wild party with all of his friends back in Bucksnort.  For now, though, we are enjoying Dash.  To be continued…

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