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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Oktoberfest 2018

Our friends in the neighborhood had their annual Oktoberfest party and this year Andrea decided to dress up for it. We went to the Tavern with Ross and Gina beforehand and then headed over to the party. The DJ did a good job with the dance music and Andrea had fun dancing with Annie and friends. It was a great turnout and I think there may have been more people dressed up this year than last year.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Chloe's vet visit with Paige

Chloe had a few accidents at the pet sitter over the weekend, so we took her to the vet to get a checkup. Paige has been saying for a while now that she's considering being a vet when she grows up, so I made the appointment in the afternoon and picked Paige up from school on the way. Paige enjoyed helping with Chloe and the veterinarian was sweet about talking to Paige and letting her use the stethoscope to listen to Chloe's heart.

Paige's favorite part though, by far, was playing with the kitty in the waiting room. The little kitten was available for adoption and Paige would have been super happy if we'd taken him home with us.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 and Four Seasons weekend

On Friday night, September 5th, we went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We try to go every year and we went a bit early this year to make sure we'd get it in this holiday season.

The weather was super hot when we arrived, but we stayed out of the sun and once the sun went down it was bearable. We started off in the Adventure area and with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, enjoyed our Pineapple Whip, rode the Jungle Cruise, and then started our way around the park.

The kids were cute about the rollercoasters and who they were going to ride with. On the Barnstormer, Connor said he wanted to ride with Paige and it made her day to get to ride with him. Their first time on a rollercoaster without a parent holding them in.

The Space Mountain ride was different than I've ever experienced it this trip. It's always a rollercoaster in the dark, but this time around it was DARK. There's usually a light tunnel at the beginning, some flashing stars in the sky and some other stuff. It's usually dark, but you can still see a little. This time around it was completely blacked out. The only thing you could occasionally see were the red lights around some of the security cameras. The kids loved it and we rode it twice.

We didn't stay too late and left just as the fireworks were starting. We did a lot of trick-or-treating and got lots of goodies. We also pretty much rode everything we'd wanted to as well. The party is an awesome way to do a lot without having to wait very much. 

On Saturday we spent the day at the Four Seasons pool area. They had a 4 player Pacman Battle Royale game, which was fun to play as a family. Paige and Andrea loved a big touchscreen restaurant game, and it was neat they could play it together.

Paige, Connor and I all climbed on the rock wall. Paige is getting fast with her climbing and scrambled up it four or five times like a little monkey. She had a little trouble a couple times, but got to the top multiple times. Connor struggled with it, I think he was trying to go too fast and wasn't really using his legs or getting his balance before reaching for the next handhold. He got frustrated and quit after falling a few times.

We enjoyed lounging by the pool and the lazy river as well. We all went around a bunch of times and had a nice day relaxing.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Puzzles with Paige

Paige has been enjoying puzzles lately, so we went out with her on Saturday and did some shopping. We decided to get a more complex puzzle with 200 pieces. On Sunday morning she sat down and worked on it for a couple hours straight and finished it. I helped a little, but she did most of it herself. We will have to get some more puzzles for her!

Tesla Test Drive

On Saturday night we decided to try the Tesla Model X out to see if we liked it. We liked it quite a bit more than we expected and the kids loved it. We probably won't be getting one in the near future, but we had fun trying it out and the kids loved the "Ludicrous Mode" acceleration.

Donuts with Dad

On Friday morning, I went to Paige's school for the PTO's Donuts with Dads event. We ate some Dunkin' Donuts, had some OJ, and listened to a local sports nutritionist speak. It was a popular event and we got to see some of Paige's friends and saw quite a few dads that we knew as well.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Grandpa and Grandma Vernon's house

On Sunday we decided to stop by Grandma and Grandpa's house to say hi. We watched a little football and goofed off with them. Connor's getting taller, almost as tall as Grandma! Paige played piano for us and pretended to be a well trained puppy dog. Good times!