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Disney pictures!

Our big Disney trip has sadly come and gone, but we have blisters on our toes, sunburns on our necks, and tons of pictures to help us remember our five magical days at Disney’s Kidani Village.  Our balcony looked over the savanna, and we could always step out and see zebras, giraffes, ostriches, and some horned cattle creatures that looked like yaks (I don’t think they were actually yaks, but that’s what we called them).  We walked all over the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios – and lucky for us it was Star Wars weekend, which meant strange-looking people were everywhere!  Here are some highlights of our trip.

Gina W - May 31, 2011 - 7:28 am

Fun! Looks like a good time.

jennifer - June 2, 2011 - 3:11 pm

Love ALL of these! your kids will be so grateful for all of these wonderful pictures when they are older :)

Influential people.

I love these folks.  This is Parker’s karate instructor.  He is gentle with the kids and tough at the same time.  He is teaching Parker how to focus, how to be respectful, and how to defend himself against a bully.  Parker is learning self-confidence and self-empowerment, and if he’s ever in a cage fight in Vegas, he’ll at least have some basic skills. 

This is Torin’s piano teacher.  For the past year, she has come into our home every Monday afternoon.  While she and Torin are doing the lesson, I am usually in the kitchen starting supper or helping Parker with his homework.  She recently told us that she has taken a full time job teaching Chinese at a prestigious private school, so she will no longer be giving piano lessons after May is over.  My heart immediately sank when she told me, because we have grown quite attached to her.  There is something about having someone come into your home… the setting is much more intimate and you grow attached to the person super quickly.

I love both of these adults because they genuinely care about my kids.  They challenge them, encourage them, and inspire them.    I know that Torin will have other piano teachers in the future, and Parker may or may not be in karate forever, but for this stage of their lives, I am thankful to have them around such positive influences.

Resurrection Rolls.

I know I am a rookie compared to some of you moms who have been making these things for years, but honestly, last Easter was the first time that I’d heard of resurrection rolls.  We certainly didn’t make them where I grew up.  Maybe it’s just a Southern thing… I love how Southern women can find any excuse to roll something in butter and sugar.  Regardless, it definitely will not be our last year to do this – they were fun and DELISH!!!  In case you haven’t heard of them, here’s what you do.  Preheat the oven to 350 and get out a can of crescent rolls.  I put two triangles together to make a rectangle, and that seemed to make things easier.  You’ll also need a package of big marshmallows, some melted butter, and some cinnamon & sugar (mostly sugar).  Then you call in the kids.

Give each child a marshmallow.  This represents Jesus and His purity.  Have the kid dip the marshmallow in melted butter.  This represents the role of embalming.

Then dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon & sugar.  This represents the spices used to anoint the body of Christ.

Finally, wrap the coated marshmallow tightly in the cresent roll.  Bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.  This represents wrapping Jesus’ body after death.  (Totally off-topic, but it made me a little sad to notice that both of my kids are working easily at the raised kitchen counter without the need of a step-stool.  When did this happen?)

Place the rolls in the oven for 10-12 minutes.  The oven represents the tomb (pretend like it was 3 days and 3 nights).  When the rolls are done and have cooled, open the rolls and discover that Jesus is no longer there.  The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but like the tomb – it is empty inside!  How cool is that!?  Torin and Parker loved it.  Dave ate a couple of tombs himself, so I think he liked it as well.  :)

Operation: Easter Surprise.

We egged some of our friends today, and it was soooo much fun!  Armed with 85 candy-filled plastic eggs, Torin & Parker snuck up on each house, scattered the eggs, slapped a sign on the front door, rang the bell, and then ran as fast as they could back to the getaway car.  House #1 was our biggest challenge.  Fearful of getting caught, Parker decided to wear a mustache to disguise himself as he stealthily made his moves.

Ruuuuuun!!!  House #1 was sort of a half-success.  We saw one of the children peeking out the window as we sped off, and we think she recognized the getaway vehicle (probably because it is the same as the carpool vehicle).

House #2 was much less stressful.  As luck would have it, I happened to be on the phone with the Lady of the House earlier in the morning, and she mentioned that they were leaving soon for a doctor’s appointment.  Score!

No one was home.  House #2 was a total success.

House #3 gave us an unexpected twist.  We pulled our undercover car up to their driveway only to discover that they had a yard full of landscapers working (gasp!)!

We remained undeterred.  After nodding at the landscapers and and giving them the universal wave which means “Don’t mind us, we’re just here to scatter some eggs, and we promise not to mess up your mulch, por favor and gracias,” we went about our business.

Uh-oh.  The operation almost came to a screeching halt when the kids couldn’t find the doorbell.

Finally found the bell!  House #3 was another success!

And finally, House #4.  This house gave us something that we hadn’t exactly planned for – lots of barking dogs who were freely roaming the cul-de-sac.  We don’t believe that the homeowners were there at the time, so we’re just praying that the neighborhood dogs didn’t get into the Reece’s eggs and the Kit-Kats after we left.  Otherwise, we may be in BIG trouble.

Success again!

 

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

The trees behind our house have their leaves back, the sun is heating things up, and the countdown to summer has begun (only 5 more weeks of school!).

We had the cutest cheerleader ever join us for a baseball game last week.  Sabrina’s little voice yelled “GO PARKER!” while he was batting, fielding, walking across the parking lot, and getting into his car at the end.  We appreciated her relentless enthusiasm.

And finally, our big news… last Friday night around bedtime, Parker prayed to receive Christ.  He has now been washed in the blood, there’s a new name written down in glory, and he’s got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in his heart!

Spring break 2011.

It was a short trip – just three days – but the kids and I can cram a LOT into three days.  Even so, we never have quite enough time to do everything we want to do and see everyone we want to see.  We managed to spend time with the cows, the fish, Grandpa Marlin, and even take a quick drive over to St. Louis.  We had to hurry back home so I can work the last half of spring break.  Hard to believe there’s only eight more weeks of school and then it will be SUMMER!