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Monday, December 31, 2018

Disney 2018: Epcot

Our final day at Disney was spent at Epcot. If you've been around awhile and remember from our last trip, I got norovirus at Epcot and threw up on Living with the Land and all through our dinner at Marrakesh. It was horrible. So, you could say that I was a little nervous about spending another day here. We were there during the International Food and Wine Festival so I wanted to try some of the goodies, but was seriously afraid of getting sick again.

We had Fast Passes for Mission Space: Green, Spaceship Earth and Frozen Ever After. Alan and the kids did Mission Space while Cameron and I waited for them. I was afraid that I would freak out on the ride because of how close quarters it is. From what Alan described, it was a good decision!

We then rode Spaceship Earth, which of course made Cameron take a nap. Pretty much anything dark made him fall asleep. 

On the way to the World Showcase we stopped so Ewan could meet Baymax. Big Hero 6 is one of his favorite Disney movies so we wouldn't skip it. He also wanted to meet Joy and Sadness from Inside Out but the line was super long so we decided to come back later. Unfortunately we forgot.

Epcot is also the only place at Disney World that has any Phineas and Ferb stuff left. You used to be able to meet them and Perry the Platypus but since the show is no longer being produced they aren't available to meet now. Cecily LOVES Perry so we were going to try to do a couple of the missions from Agent P's Word Showcase Adventure. However when we got there it was closed and the only want to do it now is via an app so Cecily didn't want to. 

After attempting Phineas and Ferb we decided to explore the World Showcase and try some of the food from the festival for lunch. Some of the goodies that we tried include a mango lassi, beef brisket poutine (my favorite!), paella, and a croissant donut. We walked around the showcase until we got to Norway to ride Frozen Ever After. I liked the ride but I am so glad we had a Fast Pass because it was a 90 minute wait otherwise. No way! 

We of course had to make a stop in Japan so Ewan and Cecily could buy Pokemon toys. That was Ewan's favorite part about Epcot both this time as well as in 2016. Before heading back up towards the entrance, we also rode the Grand Fiesta Tour with the Three Caballeros. I didn't even know there was a ride in the Mexico pyramid until a fellow blogger posted about her trip. I'm glad she said something because I enjoyed it!

We had originally intended on staying for the evening show, but we were all exhausted so we decided to skip it and go back and hang out at the resort for the night because we were leaving early the next morning. But before we left I wanted to make it through Living with the Land without puking. So we rode that and Journey into Imagination with Figment. 

Epcot is so much more enjoyable when you're not sick!

Disney 2018: Hollywood Studios

Our third day at Disney World was spent at Hollywood Studios. Alan was able to get us a Fast Pass for the Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land, but we weren't able to get one for Slinky Dog Dash so we were going to run there at rope drop in the hopes that we wouldn't have to wait forever. 

Of course, everyone else also had that plan and the way there bottlenecks so that was fun. But, surprisingly when we got in line, far from the ride entrance, the wait said 40 minutes. We did rider swap and Cecily and I waited in line while Alan, Ewan and Cameron wandered around and met Jessie and Woody. Surprisingly we only waited about 25 minutes instead of the 40 we thought we were going to. That was awesome because Cecily was so over it by the time we got on the ride. 

For a kids roller coaster, it was more intense than I thought it would be. I loved it, but she was terrified and said she never wanted to ride it again. Ewan and Alan both loved it. 

Cecily and I explored the area while we waited for the boys to finish Slinky Dog Sash then use our Fast Pass for the Alien Saucers. The attention to detail is really cool and I was taking photos like crazy. You could also see the Star Wars area under construction so that will be another really neat thing to see at some point. 

Probably one of my favorite things that we saw all day was the Green Army Men drum corps perform right in front of us. I wanted to stay for the whole performance but Cecily was ready to ride the saucers.

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We opted not to do Toy Story Mania since we had done Buzz Lightyear's Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom so we left Toy Story Land to find lunch at this point.

After lunch we wandered over to use our second Fast Pass for Muppet Vision 3D. The last time we were here, I had wanted to see the show, but the kids didn't know who the Muppets are so we opted not to. This time however, I wasn't going to miss it because who knows how long it will still be there in the future. My favorites have always been the grumpy old guys in the audience and of course they were there. The show is cute and I definitely recommend it. 

At this point Cecily, Cameron and I went in search of Sorcerer Mickey while Alan and Ewan rode Star Tours. When we went in 2016 Cecily got to spend a long time with Sorcerer Mickey and he is her favorite so we couldn't miss seeing him again. The line was for him and Minnie but we also got to see Goofy while waiting in line. 

One of the things I for sure wanted to do was the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular because I wanted to see him get chased by the giant ball. However, Cameron was so done and I wound up having to get up in the middle of the show. But, to be honest, I thought it was kind of lame, so I'm not too sad about it. I think part of it was because it started raining so they couldn't do some of the stunts.

At this point, Cecily was also kind of over it so they waited with Alan while Ewan and I went and met the Star Wars characters in the Launch Bay. I thought it would be Darth Vader, some Stormtroopers, Chewbacca and maybe someone from one of the newer films. When a cast member told me it was the baddest guy of them all I was so confused when I guessed Darth Vader and he was like no, Kylo Ren. I was like Kylo who? I had to Google who he is LOL. I must be super old now because I'm totally a fan of the original trilogy. 

Kylo Ren actually kicked us out because I told him to come back to the good side like his parents! What I thought was pretty funny though is that Ewan doesn't really like Star Wars but he was all about it this trip. He was too cool for pretty much everything else but Hollywood Studios was his favorite because of Star Wars. 

While we were waiting to meet characters, Alan luckily had found somewhere to sit that was under cover because it had started pouring while we were inside. This was the day that Hurricane Michael passed by Orlando and while it didn't rain the whole time, the clouds were crazy and we had to deal with rain in the afternoon/evening. Our last Fast Pass was for Fantasmic that evening but we decided to call it a day at this point. While Fantasmic is an awesome show, we didn't really want to wait around for several hours with the possibility that it could be cancelled due to the rain coming through. We wound up waiting around for several hours the last time we were there too. I think that once the Star Wars area opens it will be an all day park but for us at least, it definitely is a half or short day. 

2018 in Review

Since it's New Year's Eve, I thought I'd leave you with my annual year in review post. Happy New Year Everyone!

Ewan turned 7.

We got a rare chance to play in the snow.

We honestly didn't do much in February but I started working on training for the spring race season. Alan went to Donuts with Dad at Cecily's pre-k.

We went to Washington D.C. for the kids' spring break and I ran the Anthem 5k with my friend Mary Rose.

We celebrated Easter at my in-laws on the way back from our spring break trip. 

I ran THREE big races this month. The Papa John's 10 Miler, River City 10 Miler and the Backside Trail Half Marathon

Cecily graduated Pre-k and I ran the Peace, Run and Harmony Half Marathon.

Cameron celebrated his first birthday and Ewan and I ran a 5k together with friends. I also ran a trail 5k right down the road. The kids went to a summer Hogwarts program and a music and arts camp. We spent a week in Northeast Indiana to go to my cousin's wedding and hang out at the lake house.

We spent July by going to the park, zoo, library, swim lessons and Cecily did dance camp at the YMCA. Fourth of July was spent along the riverfront in Evansville.

I also figured out Instagram stories and filters. Finally.

Back to school! Ewan started second grade and Cecily started Kindergarten. 

Alan spent most of the month on the road while I held the house together. I ran when I could to prepare for the fall race season.

October: We went to Disney World and Harry Potter! Which I still haven't completely blogged about... Alan and Cecily celebrated their birthdays and we celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. 

I ran the LBL 10k at the end of the month.

We were supposed to go visit my mom over Thanksgiving but she wound up sick and in the hospital a few days later so we wound up going to Louisville to my in-laws instead. The Christmas craziness started with Cecily walking in the Christmas Parade with her Girl Scout troop.

December: I turned 37! We did lots of Christmas stuff including pony rides, Kindermusik Jingle Jam, our annual drive through the Carnival of Lights and seeing Santa. We had our Christmas here on Christmas Eve before going to Louisville to spend Christmas with my in-laws.  

Here's hoping 2019 is a good one!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

2018 Holiday Home Tour

I cannot believe it's already mid-December! This month always flys by and before I know it, it's January and Ewan's birthday is upon us. So, I thought I'd give you all a little tour of some of our holiday decorations. 

I love wreaths and found this one on sale a few years ago. Then, when you enter into the foyer, you see our holiday decorations on the table just inside the door. These change out from season to season. 

Our family room is where we hang our stockings over the fireplace. Excuse the family photo minus Cameron...we desperately need to update! Third child syndrome...

In our kitchen we have this Melissa & Doug Christmas Countdown tree I found last year. We used to have a Mickey cling set but after using it since Ewan was a baby, it was starting to get gross. I'm glad I found this to reuse for years to come. 

These Christmas decorations sit on our end table in the living room. The little tree lights up, but I forgot to plug it in when I took this photo. The lantern came from Target's dollar spot and I made a printable to put in the frame. My latest addition is the little ceramic tree that I painted at a local paint your own pottery place a few weeks ago while Cecily was at a birthday party. 

Finally, our tree! We normally have two trees, this one, and a smaller tree decorated with the Holly Hobbie dolls my grandma made for me when I was a baby. I used to have a little tree of my own growing up since I have a December birthday and I have continued the tradition in my own house. When we were putting up our Christmas stuff, it somehow got overlooked and wasn't put up this year, unfortunately. I have written more in depth about this tree here.

I'm linking up with a few ladies to share my holiday decorations with you, Feel free to join us!

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