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I just confirmed our reservations for Disney World!  We are taking a vacation to Florida in a few months and part of that time will be spent at Disney World with our close friends who are celebrating an end to a year of chemo. (YAY!) I have been to Disney a few times since I have been married and I am looking forward to exploring it again, this time with Mollie (which I know will be a whole new experience).

I’m linking up to ohamanda’s Top Ten Tuesday today.  Here are 10 of the things that I want to do:

1. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – This was one of our favorite rides that last 2 times we were at Disney, and yes that was without kids.  Maybe it is because of the ‘video game’ element and the fact that we are actively participating, or the short lines, but we went through it 2 or 3 times in a row.  Erik beat me every time.

me and hubby fighting off Zurg

2.  Hoop De Do Review – I feel like I am hearing about this one a lot lately.  My parent’s just mentioned to me that they went to it when they visited Disney before I was born.  Has it been around that long?  We have already made our reservations and will be going with our friends as a ‘date night’ (without the kiddos! – thanks Grammy C!).

3. Test Track – Super fun ride at Epcot!  Someone will have to watch the baby, though.

4. Toy Story Mania – Haven’t been to this attraction before, but from what I have read it looks fantastic.  Have you been on this?

5. Mickey’s PhilharMagic – Loved the music and the true Disney style entertainment.  And the wicked cool glasses.

me and hubby before the show

6. Space Mountain – I’m pretty sure that I chickened out on this ride when I was 8… or 13.  I know.  But it’s a great roller coaster, and still freaks me out because we are in the dark.

7. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – My sister-in-law took us on this at night.  A-maz-ing.  Seeing out over the parks at night like that was a highlight of my visit.

8. Splash Mountain – One thing I remember thinking about this ride was that it was really long.  Was that my imagination? 

9. The Crystal Palace – I’m looking forward to having lunch here again with all the characters.  I can’t wait to see the kids reactions to them!  Hopefully, my almost 1 year old, won’t be too freaked out.

10. Pirates of the Caribbean – I remember when I went on this for the first time as an adult thinking that it was slightly inappropriate, and I didn’t remember it being that way as a child.  Am I the only one that thinks that?  Of course, it’s still a favorite for me… do you think Mollie will get scared?  Can she even go on it?

disney 2006

Having a 1 year old will definitely make this Disney trip a little different for us.  What are some things we should expect?  Do you have any suggestions for going to Disney World with a toddler?

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my busy girl

Mollie is  2 and 1/2 weeks old and so far she has had many adventures.  She has been to her first birthday party, church (and heard Grandpa preach!), a huge combined worship service, her first photo shoot, the grocery store, walmart, work with mommy, the doctor and has had lots of time with family and friends.

Yesterday she weighed in at 7lbs 14 oz… that is over a pound that she has gained since she was born!  Good girl!


Mollie with her BFFs at home group… their boyfriends weren’t there last night


At cousin A’s 1st birthday party


chillin with cousin M

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Yesterday, an historic campground that my family has been connected to for several generations suffered a massive fire burning nearly 40 cottages.  You can read about the fire here and here.  Several families lost cottages that had been in their families for years, however, thankfully none of the homes were occupied when the fire began.

I spent six summers working at the campground as a camp counselor and program director, and several more summers visiting and vacationing with my family as I was growing up.  Just a few years ago my parents received ownership of a cottage that had been in our family since my great-grandfather built it (after another fire at the campground in the forties, I think).  I am grateful that our cottage was spared but my heart breaks for close friends who have lost theirs.

my family’s cottage

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Yes, I know that in about 2 years I will be shocked that I ever uttered that statement… however when I come across a fun ‘little kid’ project I always wish I had a little one to do it with.  Soon enough that will be the case!

Here is a great Easter food craft to do with your little one!

In other news… my dear friend heard some great news this week!

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Okay, so there is probably no one left checking in on my blog.  It has been months since I have posted… life has been busy… and I have been lazy.  I’m attempting to jump back into the habit of posting a few times a week but it may be a slow start.

So, you ask, what have I been doing since Christmas?  Here are a few things that have been going on…

  • I am now 35 weeks pregnant!  Yikes, just writing that down freaks me out.  We are taking hypno-birthing classes, getting the nursery ready, and trying to enjoy these last few weeks of being child-free.  I’m feeling huge and have trouble getting up from the couch and out of bed.  It seems like my ankles are swelling up more often and I have to go to the bathroom about every five minutes and I’m quite forgetful… but other than that, I’m doing great!
  • My best friend(and preggo bud – we were due 2 weeks apart) was diagnosed with cancer this month.  She is an amazingly strong woman with a faith that I envy.  Within days of finding out her hip pain was due to a malignant tumor on her femur, she delivered baby Ethan by c-section at 34 weeks and then had her hip replaced three days later.  She and baby are now home recovering and getting healthy before she begins 9 months of chemo in April.  I must admit that this had rocked our world in the last month as this family is one of our closest friends.  Here is a picture of us at Mass General just a few days prior to her c-section:

  • After Christmas we made a trip down to North Carolina to see some extended family on my side.  We drove whole way which wasn’t so bad because I watched the entire season 9 of Friends on my laptop.  I love that my grandparents totally do it up for Christmas:

 

I’m looking forward on keeping everyone up to date over the next several months as we go throug many exciting changes in our family!

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Now that we have our power, I can look back on this experience and see that it wasn’t all bad…although there were some highs and lows.

lows:

  • 6 days(140 hours) without electricity… which means for us: no water, no heat, no showers, no cable, no internet, no flushing toilets, no stove
  • I didn’t realized how un-relaxed I was until our power came back.  I didn’t really unwind at all when I came home from work… this really affected Erik also.  I didn’t really sleep well at all the whole week.  By the end of the week we were both tired, cranky, and short tempered.
  • camping out in front of the wood-stove isn’t really that comfy when you are pregnant
  • it got really cold for a few nights
  • not being able to cook (and having to eat out a lot) really through off how I ate and didn’t really sit well in my stomach.
  • realizing that I missed the finale to the Biggest Loser… ugh.
  • our house started to smell
  • trying not to be incredibly jealous/covetous when other people got their power back

highs:

  • on the first day without power Erik and I: sat by the fire, picked a baby name (for a boy), played scrabble (I won!), played rummicub (Erik won), cleaned up all the clothes on my floor (which were all mine) while Erik napped, cooked lunch on the wood-stove, and generally enjoyed being “unplugged”
  • we camped out in the family room and slept in front of the wood-stove
  • Liberty Mutual provided a meal for all the employees who still didn’t have power.
  • We realized the generosity of our friends; we were able to borrow 2 generators and visited a few different homes for hot showers… and there were countless offers of hospitality throughout the week.
  • I didn’t have to do any dishes for six days 
  • hearing the beep of the phones when our power came back!

Thank you so much to everyone who shared their homes, generators, and sympathy with us!

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So, I had grand plans for fixing up this blog, blogging more often, and showing you all the Christmas fun I was having this month.  Well… some stuff has got in the way of my plans.

Last Thursday we lost power during an ice storm and it has not come back yet.  This is apparently the worst storm in the history of PSNH(our local utility company), with almost 400,000 customers losing power initially.  They have restored power to about 3/4 of those that lost it… however we are in the lucky 25% that are still in the dark…we are on day 5.

I heard a nasty rumor today that our neighborhood wouldn’t be getting power until Friday. 

We have been living day by day, with no heat, water, or electricity.  We are grateful to have wonderful friends that have loaned us generators, given us use of their hot showers, and offered their warm homes to us again and again.  We have a wood stove in our family room so that has been helping to keep us warm when we don’t have the use of a generator.  It was quite cold over the weekend and our family room (where we were sleeping) was hovering around 46 degrees even with the fire roaring.  Our bedroom (over the garage) reached 34 degrees.  Our biggest concern was that our pipes were going to freeze and burst but it seems like we are safe in that area.

I have come to terms that I might not be able to do all the Christmas-y things that I had planned since this little storm has gotten in the way.  I’m going to choose to prioritize and be selective and in the end it might mean that you won’t receive the my Christmas Letter until after the holidays.

Erik tending to the fire before we camped out in the family room.

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