I mentioned in an ealier post that Julianna had placed 1st in a regional spelling bee, and that she would be going to state competition. Last Friday we got up early to make that trip. The competition was tough, but we were so proud when she took 3rd place. It took an hour and a half to finish her division. She even got a word that we had never heard of. She spelled that one correctly which kept her in longer. She was relieved when it was all over-she was ready to have some fun.
After we ate, we went to Downtown Disney. This place is perfect when you don't have a whole day to spend at an amusement park. It is free to go through all of the shops, take a boat ride, and enjoy Disney theme stores all decked out for Christmas.
The first place we visited was the huge Lego shop. Samuel absolutely loves creating with Legos, so he enjoyed all that they had to offer. Here are the choices of loose Legos on the wall that you can buy.
If you need a particular Lego person, I am sure you could find it here.
A Lego Santa.
How would you like for your kids to have to put this creature together?
A Lego family-complete with dogs.
Of course, the kids liked the moving dinosaur.
Kids could build a Lego car and race it down a track.
One of my favorite places was Ghirardelli's. They were handing out yummy peppermint bark when you walked in the door. We shared a waffle ice cream cone-so delicious.
Goofy in person!!
Enjoying our boat ride.
Yes, we had to have a family picture. We were pretty tired at this point.
A benefit of living in south Florida--beautiful poinsettias in the ground.
The candy shop-fudge anyone?
Lydia longingly looking in the window.
After we left Downtown Disney, we went to Daryl's house, Doyle's brother. He had invited us over for a cookout and to spend the night. The kids love spending time with him--he really spoils them. Daryl and Amber went all out to make us feel special: grilled meat, fresh green beans, stir-fry, and a home-made pound cake. Lydia is busy catching them up on the day's events.
Relaxing in the hammock.
It was too cool to get in the pool, but that did not stop them from sticking their feet in.
This game of checkers was interesting-they have different ideas of how the game should be played.
We all went for a walk in the morning. Daryl gave the kids a ride in the wheelbarrow.
Here they go!
Doyle gives Daryl a break.
Julianna makes sure Blaze has his exercise.
We had such a nice time being together. It was a wonderful weekend.